November 25, 2014 – 2:57 PM | No Comment

Omen Longboards started with the Carbon Matrix, which was the collaboration between a bunch of local Seattle skaters including Nate Blackburn and Trevor Preston. Omen didn’t have a physical location at the time, so the Matrix was outsourced to a local company. Due to the relatively low price tag (compared to other carbon boards) Omen gained some notoriety pretty quickly. After a little under a year, Omen procured space in a north Seattle garage and started producing the first Pike prototypes.

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CalStreets Featured In Ben Marcus Book
January 2, 2012 – 11:05 PM | No Comment
CalStreets Featured In Ben Marcus Book

CalStreets was recently featured in A Book by Ben Marcus called ‘ The Skateboard: The Good , The Rad And The Gnarly ‘. Many Photo’s for this book were provided by CalStreets.com as well as many of the vintage skate ads.

Dave Rochlen Speaks of Makaha and Hobie
December 20, 2011 – 8:46 PM | No Comment
Dave Rochlen Speaks of Makaha and Hobie

Dave Rochlen Speaks of Makaha and Hobie – Dave Rochlen was instrumental in organizing the Makaha skateboard team and later leading the Hobie team. As such, he was skateboarding’s first coach.

Truckin’ From ACS To X
December 17, 2011 – 7:10 PM | No Comment
Truckin’ From ACS To X

Of all the skateboard truck companies that bubbled up in the 1970s, the three that are still going are Tracker, Independent and Gull Wing. Those companies, their founders and the products get their own sections of this book.

Keep On Truckin – A Truck Glossary
December 17, 2011 – 4:53 PM | No Comment
Keep On Truckin – A Truck Glossary

In 1978, Skateboard Industry News published a series of Product Primer articles “aimed at giving the retailer a thumb-nail familiarity with skateboard engineering.” S.I.N covered decks in their April/May 1978 issue, then wheels in June/July and then in Aug/Sept they covered “the dreaded truck – and find they aren’t so difficult to understand at all.”

Dogtown Package Part 8 – Jay Adams Interview
December 17, 2011 – 4:07 PM | No Comment
Dogtown Package Part 8 – Jay Adams Interview

That’s Jay Adams on the cover graphic for Dogtown and Z-boys – one of the better photographs of one of the most photographed and talked about skateboarders of the 1970s.

Skate History – Steve Caballero
November 25, 2011 – 8:36 PM | No Comment
Skate History – Steve Caballero

Cab is a classic case of a skate park kid made good. Born in 1964 – the Year of the Dragon – Caballero utilized the dragon theme in his graphics, as he became one of the leading skateboard stars out of the 1970s and into the 1980s.