Top skateboards reviewed, just in time for holidays


Travis Tolksdorf, Staff Reporter

Deathwish. The name isn’t meant to be taken literally it is just a tribute to the original Deathwish movies starring Charles Bronson. I have been skating Deathwish for a while now and they have solid boards and have been quite dependable. The artwork put on the boards really shows me the “Rebellious” and “Trippy” side of skateboarding if you are into that kind of style. They can go through all sizes and are all at standard prices which makes them very convenient if you need a new board. The style they shape their boards are shaped which in my opinion gives it more “Pop” it’s all really personal opinion. I personally suggest Deathwish because of how they differentiate themselves from other brands and show their passion to strictly skateboarding.

Baker: I enjoy the simplicity of their stock board just simply Baker with different colors. The style shows you don’t need an outstanding piece of artwork to be good at skateboarding. While most teams have a pro team, Baker has their owner skate with them on the team, which shows the flexibility of skateboarding. If you are a more aggressive skater, I recommend Baker.

FA: FA was started in the early 2000’s and finally opened up shop in Hollywood on May 11, 2019. FA boards are usually shaped differently with a “Popsicle” type shape. It means it’s basically flatter and are usually most functional for street skating and technical types of riding. If you are really into mainly street skating and freestyle, then this is a quite good choice. They have been quite trendy recently with the graphics and style of there decks. They are basically a better actual functioning version of Supreme and usually look a lot better than they do. If you want something trendy and versatile, then this is quite the choice for you.

Antihero: Antihero was started in 1995 by Julien Stranger. The boards usually have decent concave and a typically wider size makes them a strong board. The ability to distribute weight evenly throughout the board helps prevent snapping. Made by deluxe Distribution, a Brand that specializes in skateboards really puts trust in the making of the boards. They typically last a solid two or three months, depending on skill level and how hard you skate. This is a full-on all-around board for good skaters to Beginners. I suggest this to everyone.

Krooked: Krooked was started by Mark Gonzalez who was formerly pro for Real skateboards. I really enjoy brands that were started by former pros because they usually have better grip to the world of skateboarding. The skateboards usually have cartoon eyeballs on them with neon colors. If you like weird and flashy boards this is a direct example of it. Yes, they do have other types of boards most of which are shaped and have more pop. Krooked does use cubistic, surrealistic, and all-around crazy graphics for each of their decks so if you’re into this style then get it.

Plan B: Plan B was started in 1991 by Mike Ternasky, Danny Way and Colin McKay. Plan B has a lot of 90’s style boards with the artwork and shape. Like most brands they didn’t stop at just decks and make wheels and other parts. I believe they were an innovational company and brought a lot to skateboarding. I have never skated one of their boards, but I’ve read a bit on them. If you are in to the 90’s and their crazy kind of skateboarding, then I definitely recommend their boards.

April: April skateboards started by Professional skateboarder Shane O’Neill is a recent and new brand. The boards are usually quite simplistic and come in aesthetic art. Mainly basic photos or drawings nothing crazy. If you are more into boards with simple look of boards then April is something you should check out. In my opinion April is more of a brand for laid back skateboarding instead of fast and thrashing. If you’re more into just slower and more chill skateboarding, then this should be a solid brand for you.

Element: This brand is beginning to die and lose popularity. Opening shop ion California in 2014 element was once a popular brand it still collaborates with several brands. It’s most recent was National Geographic the photos use for the boards even makes me want one. They are sturdy, shaped boards and usually are earth themed. If you would like to save a brand or collect a few boards before they die off, then I recommend Element to you.

Palace: Palace is from south London but have made their way up to compete with Supreme. Palace boards are relatively lighter than Supreme boards and still at basic price. If you enjoy the aesthetics of Supreme or FA but desire lighter and different shapes, then this is perfect for you. Yes, all boards come in different shapes, but the standard boards are usually sold shaped. The pop of the board I’ve heard is desirable and gets you to where you need to get. I recommend this to real skaters with a hype appeal.

Supreme: On the more hype side of skateboarding now from what I’ve heard are Supreme boards. They are heavier than normal boards. They do look very nice and sleek and have very nice wood used which does make them stronger. The majority of the boards are collectibles made to just be hung up on a wall and look nice. I wouldn’t really recommend these boards unless you’re slightly more experienced and can lift a bit of weight. If you do enjoy posing and join the kickflipping “E-boys” then buy their more expensive boards and pose in pictures with them. It funds skate events and really helps the skate boarding community.