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Just want to thank you for building the flight deck. At 6’3” and 265lbs, traditional wooden decks do not last. For me 2 or 3 broken decks per session was normal. I have literally saved thousands of dollars in decks since the flight deck came out. But knowing that it won’t break when I land allows me to try and do things I never would on a regular deck. So many thanks.

— Wallace Patriquin

George Powell is an innovator,and true to the game!,always has been,haters be damed!!This means of transportation,wooden toys,skateboarding, can always be improved on when it comes to product,and George has done that,in the 40yrs I've been rolling and well before that!Well Powell has done it again with these dragon formula wheels,there incredible!!,a soft wheel that has the ability to slide,truly the best of both worlds.After four decades I've finally found a wheel that I will roll for the rest of my days,may that be forever.Thank you George Powell for your life long pursuit of making quality,innovative products for skateboarders.

— Gville “Gville”

Big fan of Powell Peralta. The company went from being an OG veteran skate make that targeted more towards appealing old school bowl skaters to now being on the bleeding edge of innovation with your dragon formula wheels and flight deck construction for both street and transition skaters. Improvements can still be made for example I still chip my flight decks but I don't need to worry about them snapping because it doesn't happen. Here's hoping Powell continues pushing innovation to solve all the big problems with modern skateboards today.

— Richard Malcolm

When a stubborn rock snagged my board from under me crossing the street, my board flew in front of a car that went over it with both tires right in the middle, i saw it curl almost like it was a high carbon steel foil only to pop back into shape and when i retrieved it there wasn't a splinter or crack on it.

— Ashley “Hash Ash” Gilbert, I should be more organized

Seen a video the other day with your boy Andy Anderson in it. Number 1 great kid. Seen a contest video he was in. Not sure if he won or not. That not the point tho. What I seen was a young man taking some freestyle to the ramp and street. And it’s about time . He is raising the bar on the whole game. Making it limitless. Redefining the whole dam game ! All I got to say is the rest gonna be playing catch up for along time. Wish him the best on all of it. To infinity and beyond!! Country

— Tim “Country” Dunman, Roving stagehand

Have been skating since 1968,GT hardwood board,the rest have been PP,all the way through until today,June 2021,now skating an Andy Anderson board,Bones wheels and bearings.Thank you George,Court,(LCJ),and dedicating time to produce the best boards,wheels,videos and hardware.

— Tim Phillips

In third grade a friend of mine came into class with the Caballero mini, and from that moment PP had me. It would take a few boards before I got my own Lance Mountain with Tracker Aggros and the Rat Bones II wheels, but that was the peak skating era of my youth, the Bones Brigade were my childhood idols, and the last board I had as a kid was actually the Wade Speyer Slayer Hell Awaits deck (which I REALLY wish you'd reissue ;)) everslick bottom and all. Music became my be all end all for most of my life, but I always followed the era of skateboarding I liked and kept up on what was going on with it. This past year the pandemic has put a freeze on the music and I have gone back to skating. Have since acquired the snubnose Ray Bones, OG Ripper, and the aformentioned Caballero mini that got me started all those years ago, only it belongs to me now ha. I wish these style decks had been in production during the 90s as I'm sure I never would've stopped. I know I'm never going to now. Lifetime customer with me. Cheers.......

— Mike

My 14 year old son started skating last Summer. I skated when I was his age and so I highly encouraged him to pursue this activity. I take him and his friends to the local skate park and we watch videos all the time on how to improve on skating. When I started talking to him about skating he gave me this look like you know what you are talking about. Up to this point he really didn't have a clue that I really knew how to skate. He thinks its pretty cool that I know "things and stuff". Well about a year ago and half ago i had open heart surgery (quintuple bypass and my ascending aorta replaced). Since then I've rearranged my priorities in life. I told my wife I was going to start skating again (she thinks I'm crazy). So at 49 years old I purchased a 9 x 32 sword and skull. I set it up exactly the way I wanted. Independent 159's, 58mm Powell Sword and Skull wheels, Bones bearings. It is the smoothest riding board I have ever owned. My 14 year old thinks its neat that I can ollie (I don't remember them being so hard HA), walk the board, board flips etc. He likes my board more than his. His is a good board as well but not a Powell.
My only regret is it took me 29 years to hop back on. Currently saving for a Andy Anderson flight deck. My son will getting that.(he doesn't know that yet). Thank you for helping me my new journey.

— Britton “DeWeese” DeWeese

Dear Powell Peralta,
I have been a life-long fan of your boards. As a child, I looked up to the Bones Brigade. Now I'm in my early 40s and still look back fondly on those times. The autobiography really brought back good memories. I had a Lance Mountain deck as a kid, and now my daughter has one of her own. It's so great sharing this hobby with my kids. The reason I'm writing to you is because I'm a teacher and I'm modeling that companies enjoy praise as much as every person on the planet. So... I thought of you first. You were a HUGE part of my life, and still are. I simply wanted to hank you for that.

Sincerely,
Damien Buckley
53083 Kentland St
Macomb, MI 48042

— Damien “Bucktroop” Buckley

I cleaned my 4 and a half year old swiss bearings yesterday while i had some time at the shop and they are still so fast and so superior.
I tried out a set of Bronson G3's on a board just to see how they stack up and they don't even come close.

— Jen

Hello, I am messaging because I just broke my Powell-Peralta flight deck while skating. I’ve had this board for over three years and this has by far been the best board I have ever had. I cannot find anymore in stock anywhere. I bought a normal 7ply Canadian maple deck recently and used the Powell-Peralta as a back up before it broke and the 7ply maple was broke in under a month and I was back on the flight deck. I bought a Santa Cruz Vx in hope of something similar to the flight deck, but it was cheaply made, unbalanced and delaminated within a week. I spent 80$ on the Santa crux vx and after less than a week I’ve had to return it. I am messaging out of desperation! I need another flight deck! I cannot skate anything else the same, I am always trying to learn new tricks and I skate hard and fast regularly. Normal 7ply decks are just not strong enough to last for me.

— Percy Johnson

I brought my vintage Riedell rollerskates in to have a pro look them over after I cleaned the bearings.
Carlos took the time to help me, also helping other customers present in the shop with the utmost patience.
He took the time to put all new spacers in my wheels and checked all the bearings.
Exceptional service!

— Jennifer Buur

I just wanted to tell you guys that I have been watching your latest generation of skateboarders including Andy Anderson. Great work in picking some CLASS A athletes as well as great personalities. These are the types of skateboarders I would like my son and daughters to look up to as they learn to skate. Just as I and my brother had the likes of Stacy and Tony Hawk while growing up. Keep up the phenomenal work and kudos to your talent acquisition team....

— Neil Garneau

Hello to Mr. George Powell and thank you for allowing the tour of the factory. I have been skating for 40 years and this has truly been an insight into a part I was lacking in skateboarding history and knowledge. I will definitely try to support your company as much as possible due to watching the factory tour video and seeing how much your company has done for skateboarding. Thank You Again for the Innovation and Innovation!

— James

I been skating a flight deck and I love it. It skates incredibly well and also didn't break the bank and it keeps skating and has lasted very well and still hasn't broken yet is still going strong where as my other decks would have broke by now and if they did I would not care at this point cause I got my value out of it but yeah this board is still going strong. and there is also something about the O.G. Powell shape and design that skates very well on just a superior level of quality not just in terms of durability but also skate ability that I remember as a kid and still in my 30's. I also like the graphics and colors on it kinda reminds me of a phoenix. I got the red 8.0 I love it. This is quality you can only get from a long time of experience in the industry and a dedication to quality, Thanks you and much respect!

— Kason “Kellstrom” Kellstrom, Kason Kellstrom Professional I.T. Services

I grew up in Goleta in the 1970s-1980s. In 1980? at a long gone board shop in Calle Real, I bought a blue and yellow skull and sword board, complete with yellow bones on tracker trucks. It had white nose guard, grip rails, skid plate, and truck grind protectors. I grew up with that board, riding around town, through concrete drainages, and in the bowls at long gone Golf & Stuff (where the auto dealerships are now near La Cumbre plaza.) I kept the board into adulthood and gave it to my son, Hunter, when he started skating and riding. Although he had other modern boards, and became quite the long boarder, he always loved the skull and sword. The years have shown their wear (it’s 40 years old now). He’s 24 and in chiropractic college now, but was home for a few weeks because of Covid-19. We took the opportunity to give the board a facelift! We taped off the original skull and bones, and the original skid plate, painted it krylon candy shimmer metallic blue razz (nearly identical to the original color), removed the tape, and put few coats of clear coat over the whole thing. Then we slapped on your retro grip tape (differs from original which was yellow dragon over blue), and he put on his favorite set of longboard trucks and wheels. It looks awesome, we’re super proud. He took it back to school, but has plans on passing it down to his son someday. Do you have an email so I can send you some pictures? Goleta local forever!

— Jeff Pietrzak

I just recently got into skateboarding about 5 weeks ago and I just wanted to reach out and say you guys got some of the coolest skate supplies I've seen! The boards have some of the most unique drawings and designs! Planning on purchasing the flight deck and some other boards, along with some clothes when I get the money. I'm waiting on a hoodie/shirt with the logo you have now on it! By far the best skating company I came across so far love your stuff, keep up the great work!

— Dale Kassick

Hey,
i just wanted to thank y'all for you great wheels and pool boards.
Thanks,
Drake

— Drake Jordan, Believe Boardshop

Ordered quite a few things on a Friday morning. Shipped same day. Outstanding turn around. I don't know of too many companies that can do that. Skate 1 products are not only functional, but look great and perform as promised.
Considering I am a big fan of nostalgia, there are lots of great items here that are great for display to take you back in time, or can be used for hard core shredding. Many thanks to George and Stacy, and all of the Skate 1 folks who help keep us rolling along.

— Greg “Greg” Clark

Hello, this is Frank Kelly, from Atlanta GA. I am writing this email in hopes that it somehow reaches Steve Caballero,
who captured my admiration 20++ years ago...but so recently and I am sure unknowingly I doubt he will recall me or the brief encounter...but I will never forget, as it has greatly enhanced my life, the lives of all my children (all 5 of them ranging from 3-13), my love and even our nanny and closest friends.
As a kid, I lived and breathed skating...but the last 20 something years since...life, career, circumstance and kids took front and center and it wasn't until this recently fading summer when I bought my 2nd oldest child(daughter Rowyn age 12) a longboard for her bday that I realized I had completely forgotten how much I loved to ride. a week later I found myself building a street board (Lance Mountain but looking for a Caballero) while I was in the skate shop in Charlotte NC, we were invited to an art show they were throwing nearby and Steve Caballero was supposed to drop in and even though we had plans to do other things that evening,..I wanted to meet Steve! We spoke for about 20-30 min and I realized something that I had never considered in my youth. This was not a superhero (well that is not entirely true) this was a regular person...just like myself...his life was so centered around his kids, faith and profession. Very Humble, very easy to talk to despite the crowds of people (I wondered if they realized this was an ICON and a Legend) as a father of so many kids (of the 5, my tow oldest daughters age 12 and 13.5, mother disappeard and never heard from since when they were 3 and 4.5 and have been with me everyday since). It dawned on me that all three of us all had started skating some (more my 12 year old and I)
and maybe I needed to try and make it a family activity with all of the kids...just like Caballero!!
Now a little over a month later we all have longboards and street boards and pads, brainbuckets and even a mini-half pipe in the garage. I told them the story about PP and the Bones Brigade and how many of the greatest had grown up with diversity just like them...and my oldest daughter even pointed out one afternoon when her schoolwork was incomplete and she could not go out for what we call the "evening shred" that she was disappointed she could not go because it is the only thing we all do together as a family that was fun for all of us, even the little ones.
At that moment, I realized that somehow...by divine intervention, a plank with wheels on it and primarily the inspiration I gained from just those minutes talking to Cabellero...my relationship and QT with my kids has become such a priority...since, I can barely keep myself in my office past 4pm...before this inspiration I would work too late and sometimes even missed dinner with the kids. but not anymore!
In Short...I want Steve to know that he had such a huge impact on me as a kid and now (nearing 40 soon) has become an inspiration and a HERO in our household. We love looking up his videos (new and old) and his social media updates with his family and kids all bonding like we do (although we are not as skilled...but improving) I tried to find a way to let him know how much of a positive impact he has had and hopefully this can trickle down to him somehow.
Utmost appreciation to you Steve!! and to Powell-Peralta.
Warmest Regards,
Frank, Emmy, Rowyn Sam, Pudge, Owen, Katie, Naimah, Kahlil and Colin. (the scabbed squadron)
Riding Powell-Peralta since 1986...and still

— Frank “DAD...DAD...DAD...DAAAAD!!” Kelly

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