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A board for a 5 year old

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steve-g
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 6:04 am Reply with quote
Joined: 17 Jul 2003 Posts: 7046 Location: UK.
Hello All,

Our boy is five this October and down the local curb he's taking an interest in skating. He wants to be pulled along and he generally fucks around with our decks while we're trying to get serious on the slappies. I think he needs his own board and I reckon for his size something around the size of a '60s Hobie Super Surfer would be good. I've been looking at what Blender has been doing with narrow trucks on Instagram and what he's riding here would be great (they're probably rollerskate trucks):

https://vimeo.com/167815823

I'm looking for trucks with 5" axles (narrower than an Ace 00)
A flat deck around 6" x 25"
52mm 78a wheels (think I can get these easily)

Does this sort of equipment exist? I know there's all these plastic cruisers but the fun is building something special as well as riding it!

Cheers!
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surfmurse
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 7:20 am Reply with quote
Joined: 10 Jul 2008 Posts: 1335 Location: Jax Bch, FL
IDK about little trucks but thanks for the Blender vid, sickness!!!! Good luck in your search. As far as boards go, I found a couple surfboard/60's skateboard shaped bamboo cutting boards in the size that you're talking about that I've bought drilled and turned into little cruzers, that might solve the board problem.

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steve-g
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 8:22 am Reply with quote
Joined: 17 Jul 2003 Posts: 7046 Location: UK.
surfmurse wrote:
IDK about little trucks but thanks for the Blender vid, sickness!!!! Good luck in your search. As far as boards go, I found a couple surfboard/60's skateboard shaped bamboo cutting boards in the size that you're talking about that I've bought drilled and turned into little cruzers, that might solve the board problem.


Yeah, that vid is cool, man. Thanks for the tip on the chopping boards; could work!


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steve-g
Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:51 am Reply with quote
Joined: 17 Jul 2003 Posts: 7046 Location: UK.
Some progress:




I got a friend to machine down a set of 101s to 68mm. Those are Powell flatback rollerskate wheels. The whole thing is 5 inches wide. Just need a 5" deck now!
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Obed
Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:02 am Reply with quote
Joined: 06 May 2015 Posts: 445 Location: Fuckin' Canuck
That's awesome. When you can't find it... make it!

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steve-g
Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:27 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 17 Jul 2003 Posts: 7046 Location: UK.
Ended up going plastic. A mate gave me this red deck and our boy couldn't wait for his lazy ass dad any longer.




Kryptonics deck, machined 68mm Indys, white Khiro bushings & Powell roller skate wheels.
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gheepup
Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:05 am Reply with quote
Joined: 24 Dec 2008 Posts: 305 Location: PNW
Thats sweet! Love them custom modified Indys. Uhh...but...he is 8 now and needs a bigger board? One made from wood.
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steve-g
Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:41 am Reply with quote
Joined: 17 Jul 2003 Posts: 7046 Location: UK.
gheepup wrote:
he is 8 now and needs a bigger board?


Haha - I know, it's true. We're all shooting around on this little thing, though, it's wild!
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Buddur
Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:20 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 04 Aug 2012 Posts: 908 Location: Western Pennsylvania
Powell Peralta has mini completes for ~$100. Check online skate shops for mini decks or decks with a thin width / short wheelbase then get trucks and wheels to fit.

Nothing will make him happier than getting a board/graphic he wants. Have him check out at what you're looking at and get his opinion. You're a lucky Dad, and you got a lucky pup.

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