✓ — Jay Adams
RIP Jay Adams... 100% Skateboarder
Our last session with Jay at Arto's pool... 2011
1. Jay Adams, Jef Hartsel, Mark Oblow
2. Jay, Yong-Ki Chang
3. Jay, Bob Lake, Ed Templeton, Jef Hartsel, Dylan Reider, Gilbert Crockett, Johnny Layton
All [o]'s by: Isaac McKay-Randozzi
By far the best and most thought-out complete I've seen built. From the minds of Jef Hartsel and Jay Adams, this EZ Ryder complete is made with Koa wood, which is indigenous to Hawaii (now, pretty much only on the Big Island). With rich reds and browns, Koa has been coveted for centuries by Hawaiians. Pressed with love and built for perfection, this deck is a 4-stringer with 9 laminates and comes complete with sand casted aluminum trucks (hand-painted black and red by Jef Hartsel at his studio), 45mm 2-tone clay composite wheels, Abec 7 shieldless bearings and stainless steel mounting hardware (traditional and not drilled through the deck).
These EZ Ryder Koa Completes are from the "Product Of Design" exhibit in Los Angeles and were specifically for the Mini Skate Shop. Only a handful of these even exist. Total made, 50 completes. Every board is hand-built by Jef Hartsel. When you purchase one of these completes, know that all funds go back directly to Jef Hartsel and not a wholesaler or distributor, but directly back to the craftsman. Get 1 of the last 5 that Hartsel saved for the Mini Skate Shop. Mahalo...
The EZ Ryder Skateboards site has a great blog and digs deep into the culture of Jef Hartsel... one of my all-time favorite skateboarders, on and off the board. Below are Hartsel's recent designs, showcasing his style and heritage in skateboarding as he covers all aspects of building boards; from the shape/dimensions, EZ Ryder x ACE Trucks, to his selection of OJ III wheels.
All Roots Point To Heaven...