Makaha Re-Build and Wentzle Ruml IV

Wentzle Ruml’s name came to my attention only recently, while images of him skating are classic and familiar. I am rebuilding my Makaha skateboard, which I bought in 1978. During online research I came across a 70s ad of Ruml holding what looks like an earlier version of my board: surfboard shape, 3-stringer look of dark and light wood vertically laminated deck and the Makaha branded wheels – two orange and two green ones. However I couldn’t find mentions of a Wentzle/Makaha sponsorship, but instead learned that he used to be an original Dogtown surfer/skater on the Zephyr team.

Makaha is currently selling sets of an updated version of said wheels. And there’s actually a n.o.s. set on eBay right now, where you can also find the risers the boards came with in the 70s. I also discovered an image of another board similar to mine, but with a wider outline and two extra strips of “stringers”, with black printed “Jordie” on it. This had green risers, while mine had orange ones.

But I decided not to purchase 70s components – I have never seen the trucks offered anyway, reason enough to go with Bennetts, which are quite similar, with a high profile, considerable rake and hopefully sturdier baseplates.

My choice for wheels: here in Berlin there is Mantra Skateboard Co.. It’s one guy building 60s style mini cruiser boards. The wheels he offers are caramel or white colored ones resembling 60s clay wheels in size, shape and branding. The urethane used is quite soft 78a, so the ride will still be as smooth as it used to be, however with a much narrower contact patch, not extruding the deck’s outline.

Makaha skateboard with Mantra wheels

The Mantra wheels match the deck’s style perfectly in my opinion, somehow bringing out the slight rocker and kick that have been Makaha design landmarks in skating history.

I will try and remove the dings and sand it carefully before finishing. I also hope to get rid of the ugly black graphic I sprayed on, some time in the 80s. The board originally had sand glued to the top which didn’t last long in the critical spots. So I’m contemplating whether to put on clear griptape (like it currently has), stripes of regular griptape on the stringers, or white on the light wood segments or actually put a coat of Solarez and sand onto the deck. Hm…

Links for 4/2/19

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The “Tragedy of the Commons” was invented by a white supremacist based on a false history, and it’s toxic bullshit


 

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WindPal is a practical solution for outdoor lovers to charge their devices. It’s a lightweight (less than 1 kg), portable wind turbine that generates power. And it can be assembled in less than one minute


 

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Makaha Skateboard Team 1965


 

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Drop Knee on a Skate Longboard

I’m always working to incorporate longboard surfing movements into my skating. To be somewhat ready once the right wave comes my way. I guess. After starting to figure out a tail first drop-in (or take-off) carving into the subsequent 180 on a bank or transition, I now start to work on drop-knee turns. The proper hard one, which is a cross-stance. It’s about as hard as a switch foot kick-turn. So, being a good 21st century skater, I searched for tips on the internet and this site is basically all that comes up. But it’s great putting it all into perspective, surfing and history wise!

Drop Knee Tribute | Background information on the drop knee turn

Links for 12/19/12

Checkmate: how do climate science deniers’ predictions stack up?


 

This skate company is turning guns into skateboards


 

Climate change has created massive blooms of ecologically disruptive jellyfish, but luckily they’re delicious


 

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“Pacific Vibrations” 1970 “Brave Ulysses”, Ashish & Randy’s Music


 

Bros go to LA city council to speak for house parties


 

The problem with nuclear waste


 

Source: House Preparing to Sacrifice Right Whales for Big Oil


 

MCS joins 150 organisations backing call to ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging | Marine Conservation Society