There are many different skateboard manufacturers out there on the market today, and each one creates high-quality, well-crafted skateboard decks that exceed the expectations of both novice riders and of skateboarding professionals summit board. This article is going to introduce you to some of the more popular and well-known skateboard makers who are in business today.
PLAN B SKATEBOARDS
Located in Vista, California, Plan B Skateboards started out in the early 1990’s as a professional skateboarding team, which quickly grew into one of the world’s leading skateboarding companies. As a team, they were considered groundbreaking, as they developed new techniques for actual skateboarding and for the way they filmed skateboarding videos. Today, they still remain one of the more legendary teams in the skateboarding community, and they are now also developing and retailing high-end skateboard decks which are also extremely affordable – thus allowing just about anyone the opportunity to take up skateboarding for themselves.
Andrew Reynolds is one of the world’s leading skateboarders, and in 2000, he founded Baker Skateboards. Much like other skateboarding companies, Baker Skateboards also feature a team of professional and world-class skateboarders. In addition to manufacturing skateboard decks, Baker Skateboards also produce skateboard wheels as well. When it comes to design, Baker Skateboard decks stand out from the competition, as their deck designs are bright, bold and big. Simply put, when you’re riding on a Baker Skateboard, everyone will instantly know about it when they first see you roll up on the scene.
Launched in 2003 out of El Segundo in California, Almost Skateboards (which is one of the cooler skateboarding names) is known for their innovation when it comes to deck development, creation and manufacturing. While traditional skateboard decks are made from wood, Almost Skateboards uses an interesting resin epoxy when building their boards. Because of this unique approach, Almost Skateboard decks are ultra-light, thus allowing for the possibility of greater speeds when in motion and of higher elevation when performing tricks. And, like pretty much other skateboarding companies, Almost Skateboards also feature a professional team.
Founded way back in 1989 by Mark Gonzales, Blind Skateboards is still going strong and still providing top-end skateboard decks. Recently, Blind Skateboards have also branched out into wheel development, accessories and even clothing featuring Blind Skateboards’ logo, the Grim Reaper. And while Blind Skateboards does feature a professional riding team, they are somewhat unique in that they also sponsor an amateur team featuring young up and coming skateboarders. When it comes to the actual design of their decks, Blind Skateboard decks are usually quite elaborate and detailed in the artwork featured on their skateboards.
Tony Hawk is considered to be the Godfather of skateboarding, and his company, Birdhouse Skateboards, aims to carry on the legacy that he built for himself as a rider. Formed in 1992, Birdhouse Skateboards, in addition to making decks, also manufactures wheels, clothing, apparel, accessories and skating videos as well. What gives Birdhouse Skateboards a competitive advantage is its high visibility in the super-popular line of Tony Hawk Pro Skater video games. Birdhouse Skateboards also feature two separate skateboarding teams, both professional and amateur.