Friday, January 13, 2017
NOS Ray Underhill Mini Model
So, why did so many of these decks suddenly become dead stock in 1991? Other companies seemingly had no problem selling their minimally marked boards, but these Powell decks are still out there in the original shrink wrap just waiting to be ridden. The explanation, in my opinion, was the rise of Rocco and World Industries. Many of the young riders from Powell followed Mike Vallely and left the fold of George and Stacey and headed toward Rocco and Rodney (who also rode for Powell most of his early career). Guy Mariano, Rudy Johnson, and Gabriel Rodriquez all followed suit. The mighty had fallen. Vision, Santa Cruz, Sims, and Powell were all fighting for relevancy in a post vert skateboarding based economy. And a lot of boards being produced by the big companies at this time would be passed over for boards coming from World Industries and other smaller and lesser known companies which multiplied like rabbits. 26 years later and here we are which leads to the question of why?
Why did you order one of these decks? Nostalgia? Price? Shape? Size? The answer is all of the above but special emphasis on size. After riding 32-34" boards for so long I have had a yearning to ride a wider (9.5") and shorter (30-31.5") board again. Why? Fun. No other answer I can think of. I love skateboarding. Probably way too much.