Monday, December 7, 2009
My first skateboard was a Variflex complete I got at the discount department store Brand Names. It really wasn't a bad place to buy electronics and other assorted things, but not so much for skateboards.
My first good board was a silver Tony Hawk. I bought it at Avenue Skates on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. I still have the deck. I got a complete with red Gullwing Pro IIIs that had metal baseplates and red Kryptonics wheels. The wheels were nice and soft, which was probably a good choice for the street quality in my town. I had the full board safety gear set up - nosebone, rails, skidplate and copers. I missed out on the laper, which was probably a good thing.
I remember Avenue Skates being jam packed full of gear. Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo has a lot of small businesses that often make use of old houses so you get some interesting stores. The store wasn't very big and the back wall was covered in decks. If I had any real clue about what I was buying back then, I bet I would have picked out something different. It's funny because today there is no way I would have bought red wheels or trucks. I hate the color red. I could go for a silver board again.
Transworld - December 1988 Volume 6 Number 6