By Valentina Diaz
V. Diaz, a journalist and passionate skateboarder is a full-time writer for SHIT®️ Magazine.
We have earlier talked about skateboarding history and how the boards have evolved. Materials, shapes, trucks, bearings, grip tapes, even shoes; you put them together and you will have your skateboard perfect to confront any challenge.
The skateboard evolved according to the skaters needs. In the 70s there was a wave of skateboarding popularity and before it met 'The Ollie', riders used to skate on a small deck with the tail and nose concaved but with sharp and high wheels.
"Skateboarding in the 70s was interesting because no one had done anything that we were doing before so I think it was a really fun time," Kurt Hurley said in reference to that season to ABRA Marketing.
At the end of the 70s, a surf brand called Banzai began to distribute these skateboards. To a skater, the skateboarding challenge was a little of freestyle, creativity, hippie jump, rolling around, nose manual with a foot, play with two skateboards and so much more, depending on the skills of each skater.
"In 1976, Banzai Inc. released one of the most timeless skateboard designs in the culture’s history. Made entirely from anodized aluminum and featuring one of the world’s first double kicktails, it went on to become an icon of sidewalk surfing," Banzai said.
Even though this kind of style went on for a while, this project will revive a season where the whole skateboarding story began, those who were young then will enjoy to see it again, "leaving a short-lived but memorable imprint on the culture of cruising concrete and early pool skating," the brand added.
A Product to Experience How Skateboarding Was Before
This year Banzai reappears with an exclusive collection of this board. "The heritage of the brand, which is deeply rooted in the California skateboarding and surfing culture of the 1970s, has never been lost sight of," they state on their official website.
According to the brand, it has launched a sophisticated design, mixing the advances of this era but going back to remind how it was before, "43 years later we are celebrating its legacy by releasing a limited edition rerun of the brand’s most original shapes," the brand told and added that there will be just 50 boards per color and size. The Banzai skateboard was made entirely from anodized aluminum, it doesn't have grip tape; the deck comes in green, white, red, blue and yellow, there are two shapes, Medium (60 cm) and Large (72 cm); lightweight trucks (x-caliber trucks) and stainless mounting parts to resist a walk on the beach; urethane wheels, ceramic bearings.
When you buy the product, you will receive "a high-grade collector’s box featuring an art print by one of the following artists: David Carson, Jay Nelson, Nathaniel Russell, Todd Glaser, and Cole Barash," Banzai highlighted.
Inside the box, you will have everything to put your skateboard together with, even the tools. Like every skateboard, you will have to follow the instruction and assemble it perfectly to live the whole experience.
"There is a reason why Banzai skateboards are not assembled unlike today’s average slalom or cruiser boards. Carefully assembling your personal Banzai board from its components will give you a deeper understanding of its design and functionality," they explained.
Enjoy Skateboarding Without Caring About Surfaces
For sure, Banzai wants to rescue those people who love skateboarding, enjoy to skate, go out everywhere with a skateboard, including the style of the board you have in your hands. "Elements of the 70s and early 80s merge seamlessly with the current state of skateboard fashion."
You probably will be faster, you will not care about surfaces because of the 59mm wheels, you will not slide on the deck, "the rigid inner core of the wheel ensures stability and absolute concentricity."
Its price goes around $506 USD. Even so, if you are going to roll around or skate inside the bowl, it's going to have enough durability, but if you are going to make an impact trick, the only thing that you will have to change will be the deck, just in case.
Definitely it is a huge pride to see brands revive skateboarding history through skateboards. Because each new feature is part of a precedent that was experienced by learning new tricks, impacts, speed, power, including the spots where the skater had to practice it.
Most of the iconic pictures from the 70s reminds us how skateboarding was for the youth of that period. Since then and until the 90s the skateboard had too many repairs that influenced the style and tricks' execution.
Some of the most important riders of this vintage season are Patti McGee, Ellen O'neal, Tony Alva, Allan Gelfand, Bucky Lasek, Stacy Peralta and a long list of the pioneers who brought us the skateboarding that we know nowadays.
In that way, you can travel to the past with just a device that will bring you happiness and if you really value what this is all about you will understand that for decades this sport has changed and saved lives. It's a fact that most of the people who began to skate still does it because of how it help them with a good physical and mental health, not to forget all the friend you meet there.
You can find the Banzai skateboard on their official page, there are only 250 units and if you try it, let us know how about your experience (pics and videos please), we appreciate to see skateboarding its different varieties, including the oldest one.