Links for 3/15/20

Glazzies Real Horror Show


 

Mystico… Part II


 

Misirlou – from Klezmer to Surf Guitar


 

The Time for Multi-Storey Skateparks Is Now


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When the Icecap Is Melting Somewhere, Ocean Level Rises Somewhere Else


 

Gato Heroi Operator x Robin Kegel


 

Faced with segregation, black artists sold their work from their cars. They became known as the ‘Highwaymen’


 

Mini Moai


 

Video on Vimeo


 

Silver Skaters: the rise of skateboarding in California – in pictures

Links for 1/31/20

Tear-down of the San Onofre nuclear plant – work on the distinctive containment domes first on the list


 

‘We loved each other’: America’s first racially integrated all-girl swing band


 

Climate Change Will Displace Millions


 

Scotty Moore Tells It Like It Was


 

World’s Largest Vintage Skateboard Collection and Tour of SkateLab in Simi Valley

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Skateboard History Timeline


 

Google and Amazon are now in the oil business


 

Gregg Carroll


 

The Art of Dignity: Making Beauty Amid the Ugliness of WWII Japanese American Camps


 

Neoliberalism and Climate Change


 

Rip City or Die: The Tide of Gentrification Is Pushing Dogtown’s Oldest Skate Shop Elsewhere


 

Reducing music’s climate impact through innovation


 

Toxic Coastal Fog Linked to Dangerously High Levels of Mercury in Mountain Lions


 

An Old Brochure Reveals How the Palos Verdes Peninsula Became a Massive Planned Community


 

Where are the architects who will put the environment first?

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…