Decks

Bye Mother, Hello Quasai

Bye Mother Collective, Hello Quasi

Some of you might be wondering, what happened to Mother? Almost as quickly as Mother appeared, they were seemingly disappearing, however that isn’t quite what was happening. Due to some legal disputes with another company whom apparently own the word “Mother” they were forced to change their name. Out of this forms:

Quasi Skateboards

Quasi Skateboards Title Page

Nothing changes. Same brand, same team, new name. The classic Mother graphic style still remains though just a different word is written on the boards. In the next few weeks the summer 2.1 collection will drop making these Quasi products a reality.

As it stands we still have a few of the old Mother Collective decks which could become collectibles when Quasi really pick up, becoming great parts of skateboarding history. Even if that doesn’t happen, they’re still great boards so its a win/win!

Keep an eye out for the new Quasi boards when we drop as we eagerly await the arrival of our pre-order.

Program Skateboards Cover Image

Introducing: Program Skateboards

We are pleased to announce that come early September, we will be stocking Program Skateboards, a new board company by Michael Sieben. This will be the first ever drop from Program so it’s definitely not worth missing.

Here is an extract from the Program website to give you a bit of background about the brand:

On May 16th, 2015, I was digging up the courtyard in front of my house when my shovel hit something hard. I thought it was a rock, but what I actually found was super crazy: a buried chest. After tracking down a pair of bolt cutters (it was locked), I cracked the thing open and had a genuine holy-moly moment. Inside I found five animal skulls, loads of unprocessed Super 8 film cartridges, a Super 8 camera, a Polaroid Land Camera, a slide carousel (filled with slides), a photo album, a journal, a book about puppet making, a few cassette tapes and three puppets. Needless to say, I was floored. I became immediately obsessed with the find and put all other projects on the back burner.

Quick rewind: a few months prior to finding the chest, Stacy Lowery and I were working on a new skate brand called The Program. But after finding this buried treasure, I totally dipped out. I couldn’t think about anything else. Stacy kept trying to get ahold of me to work on our company and I kept putting him off—telling him I had to focus on this mystery. He eventually suggested making The Program all about the treasure chest. That very same day I read this passage in the found journal, “I was unable to finish the program. I hope whoever finds this can do so for me.” The Universe was screaming at us.

 So I’ve spent the past few months pouring through the contents of the chest. The guy that buried it was named Samuel (I haven’t been able to find a last name) and I’m assuming he lived in my house at some point. Based on the notes in his journal, he was (again, I’m assuming) emotionally unstable. He thought that the puppets he’d created were possessed and/or haunted. Stacy and I are currently working on getting all of the Super 8 footage processed and transferred in order to figure out what Samuel’s program was all about. Because at this point, his program is our program. And our program is The Program. We hope you’ll Get With The Program and join us on this journey. —Michael Sieben

We instantly fell in love with the whole idea and mystery revolving around the brand, especially the creepy haunted puppets. Sieben has turned the images he found into some great board graphics that we just had to get behind. They are reminiscent of some graphics from Welcome Skateboards and Heroin Skateboards with their vibrant, cartoony graphic styles which you really can’t fault.

Heres some excerpts of the catalog of the boards we grabbed from the pre-order. Can’t wait to see what they’re like in real life, and more importantly to find out how the skate.

Program Skateboards - Conspire

Program Skateboards – Conspire

Program Skateboards - Super 8 Spencer

Program Skateboards – Super 8 Spencer

Program Skateboards - Eddie's Knife

Program Skateboards – Eddie’s Knife

Program Skateboards - Conspire Yard Bard Shape

Program Skateboards – Conspire Yard Bard Shape

Program Skateboards - Goat Skull Bowl Troll Shape

Program Skateboards – Goat Skull Bowl Troll Shape

We hope you’re as excited about Program as we are.

Get with the Program.

 

Welcome Skateboards decks

Welcome Skateboards Summer 2015 Drop 2

The long awaited second drop is here from Welcome Skateboards bringing you the rest of the summer 2015 collection.

As with all of Welcome’s boards, their decks are hand crafted by PS Stix (just like the Mother boards) who are notorious for making some of the best boards out there in terms of material and production. We picked 6 of our favourite graphics and shapes to stock in store and are so excited to finally get some more of their boards back on our wall. The ones we chose are:

Welcome boards come in some interesting shapes with even more interesting names. These boards are at home skating both street and park and even make great wall hangers with some of the amazing graphics they come up with. If you’re getting tired of the old popsicle skateboard shape, definitely try out a Welcome deck, they have enough different shapes to keep you trying something new for many months to come.


We also grabbed a few of the new t-shirts and hats from this drop and some of the new colour ways of their rocking-dog slider cap. All of Welcome tees are super soft, 100% cotton and 1000% magical.

 

Polar Summer 15 Decks

NOW IN: Polar Skate Co. Summer 2015 Drop 2

The new Polar Skate Co. goods are in! We are extremely excited to finally be stocking Polar apparel alongside some of the new hardware as they are one of our favourite skateboarding companies.

We also managed to get our hands on a few of the new decks from the collection and they are definitely some of the most beautiful decks Polar have made. Polar decks have some of the best shapes out there and are definitely built to last. We’ve skated plenty of them and have nothing bad to say. We have limited stock of both the apparel and decks and its likely that once they’re gone, they’re gone. Polar are on absolute fire recently with their designs and we can safely say that we support them 100%.

The decks we stock (from left to right in the image below) are:

Polar Summer 15 Decks

Polar Summer 15 Decks

As you can expect, the apparel is of equally outstanding quality. Below are a few photos of the new goods. If you get a chance, come down at see them in real life as photos truly do not give them justice.

Polar No Comply Pike Polo

Polar No Comply Pike Polo

Polar Cut Out BS Nosepick Tee

Polar Cut Out BS Nosepick Tee & no-comply 6 panel

The no comply 6-panel hats especially are a surprise as they are so soft and comfortable straight out the box. Ditch the ralphy and go for that embroidered no comply logo. They come in a great range of colours so you can definitely get those summer vibes goes. We also stock the stash pocket hat & the trucker snapback.

No Comply Caps

No Comply Caps

Stash Pocket Caps

Stash Pocket Caps

There’s also a restock of the ever popular happy sad socks in black and white, as well as two new colour ways – the green/white and the grey/black. These make the perfect skate socks as they have some ridiculous technology going into them and are super comfy.

Happy Sad Socks

Happy Sad Socks

Come in store and check out the range we have or have a look online @ Aylesbury Skateboards.

Mother Collective

Mother Collective is a new board brand straight out of Ohio recently created by Jake Johnson, Tyler Bledsoe, and Gilbert Crockett. We have been lucky enough to get a few of the boards from their spring/summer 1.3 drop in stock and they are looking rad. Sizes range from 8.0″ up to 8.5″.

Mother boards use PS Stix wood for all of their boards and not just the Pro models, meaning you’re getting quality you can trust with any deck you pick up from them. All of the boards have “Hand Crafted by PS Stix. Made In Mexico.” printed on the top just to make things more legit.

The shop favourite has got to be the Jake Johnson Catherine (one) in red. The deep red of the bottom ply stands out so much on our shop wall. All of the decks come with a Mother logo sticker so that’s pretty great too.

You can check out our range of Mother Collective boards on our store website Aylesbury Skateboards. All decks retail at £54.99.

 

Deck Size Guide

Board Sizing Guide

Skateboard decks come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Every skater has their preferences depending on their skate style, where they skate and sometimes shoe size.

Many people come in and ask:

  • Which skateboard deck size should I get?
  • What is a good skateboard size for beginners?
  • What even is the importance of the size of the skateboard?

Deck sizing is based on the width and length of the board. For example if you see a board that says 7.5″ next to it, that means that its 7.5 inches wide. Widths can range from around 6″ (Below 7.5” Tend to be shorter than 32” in length) wide all the way up to 10″ wide. A lot of it comes down to personal preference when deciding what board width to get. As a beginner (lets say aged around 11-12) we’d say a 7.5″ is a good size to start with. 7.5″ is considered the standard size for a skateboard. At this size the board is wide enough to be comfortable under your feet but not too wide that it becomes difficult to skate, or too narrow that its difficult to balance.

Anything below this width we call a ‘mini skateboard’ and are great for even younger children or people with tiny feet. Being a mini also means that it is shorter as well, making it easier to carry and skate for younger people.

If you’re a bit older or just have larger feet, you could go for a board in the  7.75″ – 8.0″ range. This gives you a little more board size to stand on, making it easier to balance as you have a slightly larger platform to stand on.

The great thing about skateboarding is that you can be as picky as you like with your parts. For example you can get a board that is 8.0″ wide, but then you may see one that is 8.06″ or 8.1″ or even 8.125″ wide. While these differences might seem insignificant, I know people who swear by an 8.125″ as being perfect and refuse to skate anything else.

So what difference does the width actually make? A wider board means that there is more to land on when doing a trick, but it also means that (for some at least) they’re more difficult to flip as they spin slower. Its all a matter of trying a few different sizes and see which you prefer, no one else can decide for you.

As an example, I am 20 years old, size 10.5 feet and I’m currently skating an 8.125″ wide deck. Aaron on the other hand is 19 years old, size 9 feet and skates a 8.25″ wide deck.

The next thing you need to decide on is shape. Shape is extremely important, technically more important than size. There are many brands that offer all sorts of different shapes and concave on their boards, take Polar Skate Co, Welcome Skateboards and The National Skateboard Co for a few examples.

The reason shape and concave is such an importance is because they affect everything. I mean the push, pop, scoop, flick and catch. You may want to have a high concave deck like a WKND to get your feet deep in to the pockets and unleash huge tre flips or, have more of a mellow concave such as a 5Boro to have more comfortable boardslides. Obviously you can have monster tre flips and easy sliding boardslides with any deck as it comes down to preference, you just may find one easier to do certain tricks on than the other.

Then you have the shapes. Shapes can be extremely funky in comparison to the typical popsicle shaped decks, but you can also have the shapes that only differ slightly, such as a squared off tail or a pointier nose. Again, this comes down to preference but some may find carving bowls or shredding some mini ramps easier to do on a wide, Banshee 90 Shape Welcome Board. They may also find it easier to hurl themselves down stairs on a typical popsicle shape. Either can be used for anything really, it just may come easier to the user with a specific shape and size. We recommend you experiment with your skateboards as you just might stumble across a gem that increases your skill set as well as your enjoyment when riding a skateboard.


If you need anymore help deciding what board size to get, or any other question you may have, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

You can view the range of skateboard decks offered by Aylesbury Skateboards here.