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Back in 1987, I was 14 during a family vacation and I saw a group of skaters in South Padre Island and I was pretty interested, next year I got a copy of the Future Primitive video and that was the begining of everything that change my life. My hometown is in southern Mexico, in the east coast, a place called Veracruz and every body travel to the US border for shopping on holidays, when I turned 15 I bought my first deck, I still have it hanging on my wall, a Tommy Guerrero deck, other guys, you know, those friends from a friend, also bought Powell Peralta decks, soon we were 7 friends, all of them riding only Powell Peralta boards, one of us lived in front of the Zaragoza Park, so we called the Zaragoza Brigade, pretty soon we started a whole skater movement in the town, later we moved to play in rock bands, went to college, married, have kids, etc. A couple of years ago, I went to visit my old friend who lived in front of the park, but he wasn't there so I seat in a park bench and I started to remember stuff, when somebody, I didn't recognize him, started to talk to me about the old days, he seems to know everything about the ZB and its members, it made feel good. Last year I started to play again in a band and for fun and nostalgy I bought a couple of T shirts and suddenly everything started all over again, we got together as a band again, playing in local clubs, still wearing my new, old designs, Powell Peralta T Shirts, who might say that this brand will make my friends for a lifetime and reunite them with me after 10 years, thanks for every thing, I really mean it.

— Jorge “El Indio” Alvarez, Zaragoza Brigade

Back somewhere around 1986 when I was 16 years old, I saved up enough money to leave the poser world of crappy Nash skateboards behind and went to my local skate shop to set up my very first board from the ground up. It was a silver Per Welinder with Tracker trucks and Santa Cruz Slimeballs and Bones Swiss bearings. God I loved that was f#cking beautiful! And growing up without a ton of money in a small town with nothing much to do, it was my most prized possession...Powell-Peralta was the putting out the best boards and sporting the best skaters...the Bones Brigade were our idols! Life was good!
I tell you that to tell you this: Today I'm 43 and still love to skate, just now, its on my long board cruising parking garages and neighborhood hills. I also now have an 8 year son who is showing interest in skating and is finally kicking around on the crummy starter board I got him for Christmas from Target a year or so ago, so its getting close to time to get him a new board. I couldn't think of any better reason to also get myself a new "classic" ride so I can enjoy some skating with my boy...I've never been a big fan of the boards that most kids are skating these days...(I guess you can call it old school or maybe just old). So I've been looking through all of the re-issues and old-school decks and I can't seem to find a Per Welinder deck anywhere?? Well, I found one guy selling a few for $499.00 !?! WTF??? Not sure if I get it? I'd kill to get my hands on a Per Welinder to set up and skate, but clearly not for $500 bucks! Just wanted to know what you can tell me about my options and the story behind the Per Welinder decks and re-issues. I still plan to set up a Powell-Peralta retro board for kicking around with the boy, but I thought I'd ask you guys what was up....I dig the Cab Chinese Dragon and the Cab Street re-issues and I'm sure for what I'd be skating with it, it would be just fine, but there is just something about that Per Welinder that I can't get over! Thanks for making great boards and products for so many years.

— Mike “Scratch” Scarborough

Please tell Stacy and the whole Bones Brigade Crew.. Many Thanks for Creating The Bones Brigade AutoBio... I'm 45 now and quite honestly didn't know about it until I came accross it on Netflix last night.. I was in aw of all the stories, my friends and I must have watched the original 100 times or more.. It was great to see the whole gang and what they look like and to hear their stories as well as Stacy's.. It brought back many many good memories...My four year old was watching with me and I said you know All your shoes say Tony Hawk! Thats him! It was really interesting to find out that Stacy actually groomed this team, most us didn't know that we thought these guys just met at competitions and became buddies and got to skate all day. Seems like yesterday.... I've owned all those boards at one time or another.

Stacy says in the movie that he's embarrased by a lot of people when they say they liked the movies- I live in Sacramento and had to move to Montana with my dad for two years and to me and all the kids who live in places away from Cali.. I SAW FIRST HAND THESE VIDEOS WERE ALL THESE KIDS AND SKATERS HAD, TO SEE WHAT IS OUT THERE, TO LEARN TRICKS FROM AND TO SEE WHAT IS POSSIBLE OUT SIDE THEIR AREA! TO US THESE WERE THE COOLIST MOVIES EVER... AND YES WE DID RE INACT THE MOVIE and tried to be like Lance etc... SO AGAIN A BIG THANKS!!! THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO PUT THIS TOGETHER! Warmest Regards,

— Rob Wiley, Wiley Fine Homes & Esates

I was on Netflix the other day and I ran across the bones brigade movie. Of coarse I watch it and it was teenage years all over again. I started skating in 84-85 and that movie bought back such amazing memories. My brother and I skated everyday to school the store wherever. I had a mountain and my bro had a cab. I just wanted to thank you for making the bio picture. Bravo sir
I might pickup a reissue mountain board and ride again at 42 years old, is that wrong?

— Wayne Chapman

Just got my a couple of the Bones Brigade reissues in the mail. Love them, thanks for going with the old school truck bolt pattern and the real squared off wheel wells. Thanks for putting the "reissue" below the top graphic, that way nobody get's duped into paying NOS prices for a reissue but the look great on the walls. While you have the old wheel well sanders fired up please, please, please do a proper reissue of the Vato Rat and the Ripper. I'd gladly pay $99.99 for a couple top notch reissues of those decks, I'm sure a lot of other guys would too. P.S. - Screen them instead of the sublimate graphics, charge another $25 dollars or so and the old guys (like me) will be throwing our money at you.

— Terry

I just want to start off by saying thank you to the whole Powell Peralta team and crew. I use to skateboard when I was 12 years old up to about 15, but when I was 16 I tore the cartilage in my left knee. Needless to say, I stopped skating. I am 21 now, and for those 5 years, I didn't skate, but I watched so many videos of skaters who inspired me in the first place, Steve Caballero being one of them, and it made me miss skating so much. And about a month ago, with the help of my local skate shop, I purchased a Ray Rodriguez Skull & Sword reissue and hopped back on. And it feels amazing to be back! I'm far from as good as I use to be, and I've been falling more than I use to, but I have this company to thank to inspire me and motivate me enough to drop back into a pool. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping me keep the kid inside me alive and strong.

— J.T. Acosta

I have a Powell-Peralta Medallion Tony Hawk skateboard that I love. I threw on some reverse freestyle wheels and got a couple of world records last week. This board is a tank and is built to last and I dig the shape. It is my bread and butter and go to board when I need to throw down. I feel very confident when riding this vintage board at high speeds. To see it in action on Nov. 25th, 2012 Denver, Colorado with (Danny Cisneros) setting: ( 2 world records in handstand skateboarding.)
35 miles an hour and 0.8 of a mile, lasting two minutes. CINEMATIC PRODUCTIONS LLC is the link. Enjoy
Danny Cisneros ( MY FAVORITE BOARD )

— Danny Cisneros

I'm 17 and I have skated on and off for the past 10 years I have always considered myself as an old school skater. And with the Powell Peralta Caballero street on my huge independent trucks sitting on some black G bones I love it. I'm coming back to this brand every time for the rest of my life.

— zachary “ZAKK” Demrest

Ladies and Gents at Powell,

I was feeling somewhat nostalgic this morning, and had the sudden impulse to build an old deck, which I loved and subsequently road to dust as a young man. The board was a Powell Hotel, but I see (apparently) that you no longer make this model. I wanted to double check however, to make sure, and also to see if you might reccomend a deck of a similar design. Thank you for whatever response you can provide.

— Jake

Powell rocks!

— James Bowles

Came across a vintage 1991 Steve Caballero Motorcycle Dragon skateboard deck. Trick is, this deck is black with a red dragon. I have never seen one of these, not even on the internet. Just wanted to know a little bit about the skateboard history that I now hold.

— Rick

My Thoughts and Prayers go out to Mr.Peralta and his Family.

— James Monsalve

Will you please reissue the Ray Bones Snubnose again? I would love to set one up and ride it. I always wanted a beamer too. Thanks.

— mark Conahan

My name is Kevin LeBlanc, I an 39 years old, My first board was in 1985, it was a blue Tony Hawk board, gullwings, and vision shedder wheels. I remember this, because I work my butt off all summer to buy it. I was 12 years old. I had a lot of Powell decks after that,but that was my favorite board. This also was the same year my father died. For my 40th birthday all I wanted was a mint Tony Hawk Board. Today my dreams came true!!! along with the Mullen, and Tommy deck. Thank you,Thank you, Thank you Powell Peralta. I think I'm going to cry!

— Kevin “peppy” LeBlanc, engineer

Yesterday i saw the premiere of the film Bones Brigade, here in Brazil and found aewesome.
I just wonder one thing. Where is the movie VCJ? He is a key player in building the image of the Bones Brigade along with the skaters. The image of skaters is fully associated with the shapes and designs of their shirts. That's it. I missed VCJ in the documentary. But it's a great film that I will treasure. Thank you :)

— bricio “kongo estudio” dias,

hey PP,
long time love.
-with the BB doc and re-release of boards and shirts, why is there no shirt re-issue for tony hawk's classic graphic? thought maybe he owned the rights to the graphic, or something. however you guys re-released the board, so... why no shirt?!?!?!?!?

thanks for everything,

— colton “colton brown” brown

Basically, Powell's are definitely the number one choice when it comes to my deck. When I want a good solid made deck with great pop I go to Powell, and not only does it have great pop but the pop lasts longer than any other brand I've skated. The ligament feature is nice so you don't go doing the splits and breaking your balls. Thanks Powell for making superb skateboard decks.

— Kevin “Ellen” Crow, The Edge Portage, Michigan

My skateboard back in the 80s was the Guerrero Flaming board. My seven year old just told me he wants a skateboard. I told him Powell Peralta.

— matt carlton

Hey!! I just wanted to say i still have my Bucky Lasek deck. Its almost in mint condition just scuff on one of the edges, only had trucks on it and was never ridden.. i was about ten when i got it. that was in 86 i think.. found it at my dads place this summer. ahh the good old days. i'm just gunna hang it on the wall..

— Danny

I've been a skater since the 70s. My first board was a craptastic piece of plastic. I watched pro skaters like Stacy and fell in love with Powell-Peralta immediately. My father was also in aerospace like George Powell. I purchased & tried to put Bones on that crappy board and failed miserably. I recently sold a Santa Cruz Classic Face (Rob Roskopp) Cruiser Board. This reminded me of my roots & I started rebuilding a Hobie Board with Powell Mini Logo Bearings & Powell Oval Dragon Wheels. I am two years older than The BIRDMAN to THE DAY! I can't wait to finish my rebuild and skate this refurbished board with Powell wheels & bearings, Pig Pile Risers, Shorty's Hardware and a decent Hobie Deck. When I saw that George & Stacy reunited I was CraZy for the new things they could do.

— George “Slick”

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