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greetings from TEXAS! i just want to say, i am 46yrs old, and i just started skating again after almost 30 yrs off.. it is the best thing i have done for myself EVER! i feel like i am 20yrs younger..we have a really nice outdoor park here with a KILLER pool, and a ripping mini bowl..those are pretty much the only things i skate..if there are any of you "old farts" out there that have been thinking about taking up skating again,,,DO IT!!! i promise, your whole outlook on life will improve! i have also started collecting old skool decks. i have already scooped up over 40 of them. mostly re-issues from the glory days!!! it is a sickness, I TELL YOU! once you start,,,you can't stop! (skating or collecting!) it's never too late to SK8 ! THANK YOU POWELL PERALTA FOR KEEPING THE OLD SKATERS ALIVE!!!! ...MAX

— max saxon

You guys at Powell should make the new school boards in bigger sizes. (8.25, 8.5) Thanks for the insane boards! Shred On \m/

— Luke Blake

im brazilian and im fan from powell since the 80´s. im still collecting boards and wells at home. thanks to keep the skate alive...

— fabio “big jack”

Parabêns aos membros mais recentes da equipe ! Um forte abraço ao BRASIL e seus atletas. BRASIL EU TE AMOOOOO !

— Márcio “¨MOTIM"” Miranda

Hey, folks.
Lord knows if this will reach Stacy. I hope it will. I've been a fan for some time of the dog town and z-boyz docu. The movie was ok, but the realness of his documentary carried so much more weight, loved the music!! More to the point, I just now finished watching his Crips and Bloods docu. I'd just like to say well done! I live in Dayton, OH. A small city by comparison to say the least, but given it's economic hardships of late, has not helped our outlook on life one bit. In the Dayton metro area with the closing of the GM plant, unemployment jumped by at least 10,000 from that closure alone. Hell, we even had some folks do a docu. about us from HBO about the plant closing. Yet, I ramble. Stacy, or who ever the hell reads these things, I just want to say that your documentaries give me a small flicker of hope that given our problems here in Dayton, that we too, can overcome. Because if not, the gang issue we have here will only get worse! Not to mention Police cuts and Fire/EMS cuts...ugly stuff. We face a very uncertain time in the future and I hope that with the help of those like you that can bring these things to light for all to see that some headway can be made!! Well, guess I'll hope off the soap box for now. Much Love and please keep up the good work, Stacy!!

— seth hargis, n/a

I've owned three of your boards,the Tony Hawk "Chicken Skull",Caballero "Dragon" and Rodney Mullen's "Chess Deck".The Rodney Mullen "Chess Deck" was the one for me!.Please oh,please,oh please bring it back!

Thanx for your time,Bullfrog....Brrrrribit!!!

— Jeremiah “Bullfrog”

Just came across your website and was surprised to learn Powell Peralta is hq'd in Santa Barbara.

I still have my skull & crossbones deck with bones wheels (circa 1984) that I purchased as a young teen in Dallas, TX. It's a bit tattered. I'll be in Santa Barbara over the week of Thanksgiving. Not sure how many decks remain from the 80's--that aren't broke. If there is any interest, I'm happy to bring mine by the shop while I'm in town.

— Timothy Lavender

Como dijo Tony Alva una vez "When God decided to create skateboarding he said: 'Let there be Jay Adams" ♠

— Mauro “Tony Montana” Deo, Gangbanger

My parents got me my first "real" skateboard when I was 5yrs old in 1986. It was the Powell Peralta Ripper(blue). They started taking me to the Bones Brigades Demos that came through the Baltimore area and I even skated in one at the age of 7 (I guess it was an open contest for the locals during the event). I grew up in the same suburb as Bucky Lasek and skateboarding was a pretty big thing. I continued skating for 11 years until I got my car and finished up highschool. Fast forward a few years and I started skating again at the age of 21yrs old and ended up breaking my ankle. I'm now 29yrs old and have a 1yr old son I plan to introduce to skateboarding and see if it's his thing. I plan on starting again myself. Looking at the old powell peralta videos on youtube bring back the awesome memories of my younger days. Can't wait to see the new bones brigade video!

— Mike “Mike” Calcagno

i am 15, when I was 4 I had a Powell-Peralta board, and love Powell-Peralta ever since, recently bought a Lance Mountain family board.

— Jackson “Stacy” Stelzer

First let me start by saying thanks for bringing back the re-issue stuff. I'm 32 now and can remember back in the 80's getting my first powell peralta board, Tony Hawk, and then got a Mike Mcgill. I wish I still had them, but I think my mom sold them in a yard sale a long time ago.I have a cousin that's 4 years older than me, and he's the one who got me in to skateboarding, but anyway, I was playing basketball a few months ago with some guys and one of them was in my cousins class and we started talking about the past and how things were back then. Somehow we started talking about the skateboarding days, and a other guy their was saying how skateboarding is dumb and how it's not a sport. I just want to say I love sports period weather it's football, golf, basketball, etc, etc. I would like to say to him and anybody else who thinks skating is not a sport that anybody can pick up a basketball and throw it through a hoop, anybody can pick up a bat and hit a ball, but not everybody can drop in on a half-pipe. But anyway back to what I was saying, I had never really even gave skateboarding a second thought untill that day. So I started thinking about it, like about the skate shop we would go to called skate and surf connection it had a half-pipe in the middle of the parking lot. It was cool store but what got me was they sold surfboards also witch made no sense b/c their is no where in Arkansas to go surfing. But anyway I just want to say thanks for all the memories you guys gave me. POWELL PERALTA#1 BONES BRAGADE

— Stony

I agree with Floyd that the Brite Lite was my favorite board for bowls and pools back in the day. I went through a lot of other boards, mostly bigger and the feel of that Brite Lite was magic.
Re-issue the Brite Lite, PLEASE! In the meantime, I just picked up a Future Primitive and am loving it. Salutes to Stacy for going big on surf and skate docs.

— Mark “skidmark”

Hi my names Spencer Hill. I'm a 20yr old skate/snow boarder from SEA WA currently living Portland, OR. I've been buying Powell gear ever since I can remember and I absolutely love your products (artwork especially). When I'm not at work I'm skatin the parks and everywhere in between. Keep up the good work. Cheers.

— Spencer Hill, Mt.Si B/S

I skated in the mid to late 70's, Lakewood, Big O, Skateboard World Torrance, Marina, Upland, all in CA. My FAVORITE board was the "BRITE LITE", set up with GYRO'S, double conicle & 151 Indy's. After about a 20yr+ break, my friend tried convincing me to start skating again. I refused, but he was persistant. Low and behold, he got me out. My first session was at Vans in Orange Ca. I thought, can I still do this? I borrowed his deck, a dual tail DP. First thing, went to the mini half pipe, dropped in, and it was like riding a bike. Next, went to the big half pipe, dropped in and went to town. I had a blast! After that day, I was hooked again. That was Mar, it is now Sep, and there is no stopping me. After, 3 decks, 2 sets of trucks, 5 sets of wheels, I found a board close to my "BRITE LITE". Ray Bones, orange re-issue, 149Indy's and Mini Cubes...Love it CAN YOU PLEASE BRING BACK MY "BRITE LITE"..
Thanks for bringing back my good times,


They were called Street Bones red wheels. I had them in the 1980s. They go for 145 clams on the fleabay they sort of had a pink magenta.

— David kornblatt

I love the idea of Powell re-issues! You guys should consider re-issuing the old Vato Rat bones deck. Keep making great skateboards!

— Luke Blake

As the youngest of three brothers, all of whom skated, we used to share boards around and skate on the footpath outside of our family home, looking for that dip in the concrete and those perfect spots of loose sand/dirt to do some little slides on, nothing fancy, just kids having a bunch of fun.
I got into my mid teens (mid to late 90s) and the modern day boards came out with the different set-up and gear and general aesthetic . I moved into that whilst still keeping my old boards. While the skateboard was my mode of transport I still enjoyed it immensely, but I noticed my friends were all treating it differently than when we were kids - We all had new boards and they all wanted to do kick-flips and a lot of the modern day trickery. Which I could, and still can appreciated the modern day approach to the sport but I just always loved to cruise and get low to the ground and feel the concrete rushing by under my 70mm wheels. So like any teen who feels like he's not advancing in something and feels like an utter stooge because he cant pop the board up and flip it as well as my peers, I inevitably moved away from skateboarding.
15 to 20 years down the track I'm now 27 years old and I've gotten back into it. Purely to cruise the streets and get from A to B and have a hell of a lot of fun while doing it.
Due to my love of older boards I recently searched through my parents garage looking for some of those old 80s/early-90s boards to little or no luck. EXCEPT! The only one that remained was my eldest bros Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade board with Gull Wing trucks and red Kryptonic 70mm urethane wheels that would spin for minutes in the air when boasting how good they were to your mates.
I've cleaned it up as best I can and removed some artwork that one of my brothers took liberty to spray paint on the bottom when we were teens but I couldn't restore it to its original artwork unfortunately (I couldn't find this Bones Brigade board online anywhere, no photos or anything. Does anyone recall this board?).
Still, it rides as good as it always did and I'm loving being back out there and remembering what it was like when I was a little dude just doing it for the love of it.

Thanks Powell - Peralta for the quality and for the memories!

— MS

Used to skate on an '86 Tony Hawk board back in the 80's when I was a kid with all my neighborhood friends, we'd watch Animal Chin every day on VHS, now I'm 30, and bought a few boards again and picked it up...and loving the re-issue decks, wheels, etc...keep it up! Would love to see the '86-'87 era decks re-issued, especially the Cab full Dragon, and the Mountain Future Primitive...I'm having a blast! Thanks for bringing back my youth and some good memories Powell-Peralta!

— Nick Garcia

Just as you were the greatest of skateboard company, Haro was the greatest of bikes. My first board was a Tony Hawk with Tracker trucks and Bullet 95 A's. Even though we had boards better than each other, one thing remained, it was all about skating without finding out who was the best. That was the fun. Someone did a long wheelie, or the highest ollie, who cared. It was all about the fun and trying to better ones-self while trying to better others that they rode with, right? Ok, so I am from the between plastic and seven-ply days; was it Bo- Nite? However you spell it, that is when I tore up the streets on my Hawk Skull board with cheap rails and no tail or nose guards. Man, it was a riot to skate in those days on the streets of San Jose during my first years of middle school in 86' or 87'. I would ride to school from south S.J. to Willow Glen and beyond to my friends house everyday, hitting all those cool places to ride around his house and mine, as well as in between. As old- school riders, we did not try crazy stuff such a McTwist or any ramp tricks; mostly street stuff like wheelies, grinds, and rail- slides. Not to brag, but I did pull off a wheelie across the gas station one day across from Willow- Glen Bike Shop. That was the best I had ever been, but that is all we strove to be. Like you, I started from the begining, learning things that would seem so primative to kids these days. Our heros were Tony Hawk, Cab, Mullen. The companies on top were Powell- Peralta and Santa Cruz. God, if only those days were here again so that me and my greatest friend could skate all over the city again. How much fun we had. Well, I must close now. If Stacy could send a reply to my e-mail, I would be grateful. By the way, how is Tony, and Jay doing? I would like to do some sort of article on you and those guys sometime if possible. Thank you for this time, and I hope this gets to you Stacy. 1976, hey that's when I was born.

— Patrick Justice

I second that comment by Johannes! Please bring back the Per Welinder deck (streetstyle). I had one of those with the 'bonite' layers. I was one with that board - it was perfection ...perfection.

— Nick

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