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New Powell Peralta Old School Reissue Skateboards

New Powell OG boards just came in. Super sick. New Powell Peralta Old School Reissue Skateboards

Brief History Of Powell Peralta

In the mid 1960s, George Powell was just another teen in Southern California building skateboards out of two-by-fours in his parents’ garage. He’d ride those things “until they died,” he jokes, as well as continued skating through college. Additionally saving up Blue Chip stamps to exchange for new boards when he shattered the others.

 By 1974, Powell was building boards for his son, who one day confessed he’d seen other kids riding yellow wheels that had come from roller skates and were better than his. Powell assured him the color didn’t make much of a difference, but visited a skate shop just to make sure.

Turns out, the wheels were polyurethane, a type of material that allows a skilled rider to glide over obstacles like twigs and cracks in the pavement. Having worked with urethane as an aerospace engineer, Powell knew he could use the material to make something better.

At the time, Powell was living in the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, working as a sales engineer for an aerospace. It was hardly a glamorous gig, so once he met the famous skater Tom Sims, who requested a high end, flexible board, Powell knew it was time to go in business for himself.

The wealthy contacts and venture capitalists Powell approached for funding politely declined skating is just a kids’ fad, they said. Undettered, he sold his house and used about half the equity to launch his company. Powell. He also downsized, purchasing a smaller home in Santa Barbara, where his wife’s family lived. As well as along a factory where his own family stayed until the deal closed. With help from his wife and brother-in-law, Powell began producing his first line of skateboards. Long decks that looked like “silver torpedoes,” he says. He aptly named them Quicksilver. (No relation to the Quiksilver brand.)

New Powell Peralta Old School Reissue Skateboards

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