In sun-soaked Southern California, skateboarding was changing the lives of Zac and David. After David busted his third skateboard that year, his dad a woodworker, had seen enough. He saw no reason why a simple skateboard couldn’t be built by hand in the garage. David began to construct the machine that would press skate shop-quality seven layer maple decks.
Meanwhile, a few hours up the golden coast, to achieve the goal of a seamless ride up curbs and over cracks, Zac was honing his ollie skills. To master this foundational trick, Zac set a hockey stick across the sidewalk. Countless scrapes and scratches later, he cleared the small but momentous hockey stick, and stuck the landing.
David now had a two-part wooden press, hand-shaped to squeeze seven individually glued layers of hard-rock maple into the curves and contours of the common trick skateboard deck. With bros Adam and Travis, Board One came off the line sleek, strong, and ready to ride. Lekker Skateboards was born. Lekker was chosen from a box of chocolate sprinkles, meaning “tasty” in Dutch. After high-flying years of skate videos, tee-shirts, and board sales, high school commencement came and Lekker Skateboards unofficially disbanded.
David, just for fun, replicated a vintage 1960s sidewalk surfboard. It wasn’t the same trick board that took him down stairs and off ledges, but it would become the keystone for the rebirth of Lekker Skateboards. Praised its snappy maneuverability and retro style ride, the cruiser model gained popularity and set the scene in style and form for the next decade.
Via a work connection with Zac’s dad, Zac found his feet on a custom cruiser shaped by David. Zac visited David’s garage where the board was born, and the two geeked out over power slides and power saws, making the next step a no-brainer. Zac and David would stoke the embers of Lekker Skateboards to unite skaters everywhere through the exhilaration of that first ollie and ignite the skate renaissance. Get back to what you love. It is the people’s demand.