Gordon & Smith Sidecut 1983? For Gator Skateboard Gullwing TeamRider. This is an interesting find. This is a board that has been setting around for a while. I was here in Escondido, Gator’s home town, during the birth of Old School BMX and Skateboarding in Escondido, San Diego. I have tried, with due diligence, to place this board in some sort of a timeline. But, please, if there are any G&S historians out there, please step up… Mark was 1st sponsored by Gullwing Trucks before being signed to his 1st actual Skateboard deal with G&S, Gordon & Smith. I believe this board is possibly an early G&S Gator Prototype. It has Gullwing IV Pro Trucks and YOYO Wheels. Side note about my history, and the memory i referenced earlier… I was a vert BMXer in the early and mid 80s. I was “sort of” in the scene (Not Really – But, Yes, I was catching air and I broke a lot of bones), traveling back and forth between Escondido and Oklahoma City – eating peanut butter and jelly sammiches with Mat Hoffman. Back to G&S and this skateboard. My best friend at the time, neighbor and fellow BMXer, here in Escondido, had a narrow and scary 8ft high x 8ft wide x 16 foot long half-pipe. Standard for the early BMX Plus and Freestyle Magazine readers who used the blueprints from the magazines. Escondido Jeff’s ramp was superbly built by his crafty father. It was just a gnarly 8′wide x 8′ high x 8′ floor. Skinny and very fast. We had a lot of fun on that ramp. Just him and me most of the time. Not many people trying to get air back then. Tight group of people. Then out of nowhere, “Gator” showed up. He had punky purple Dreadlocks. I don’t remember him bringing anyone. He just came by himself. Jeff’s mom walked him in like a little boy wanting to play. He just wanted to “checkout” the ramp. So, we watched him ride. He was mind blowing. Contrary to reports of arrogance, he was amazingly nice and appreciative to all of us. I had already seen him ride around town, though. My father was a professional photographer and had taken pictures of him around Escondido on several occasions and at the San Pasqual Highschool parking lot where there were rad burms everywhere. The school parking lot back then had great swells on the edges. It was easy to catch air, do foot plants, hand plants, etc. NOSTALGIA ASIDE AND BACK TO THIS SKATEBOARD. Neal’s (Blender) first board in 1982 was the 1st Sidecut’ G&S Skateboard. G&S asked him what he wanted. He asked them to shape it like Tom Inouye’s board without the bulging out tail because it looked like a penis. Ironically, the next gen “Sidecut” would apparently do just the opposite, bulge out the tail just a little and eventually be called the “Foil Tail’, then, simply the “Gator Board. The original “Proline Sidecut” and the Sidecut were way different boards than what the Sidecut evolved into in late 82 early 83. Around the same period, Gator is filmed at Del Mar on a “Sidecut” board with full company graphics. Then, not long after, his “Sidecut/Foil Tail board was photographed with his “handwritten “Gator” across the belly. Skateboard companies asked skateboarders to draw their own design. While Gator’s name obviously stayed in the middle of the design, his art was disregarded. However, Neil Blender became known as an artist… When Neil submitted his art, he expected G&S to “fix” his art. But, G&S printed it to his exact design. He is now considered a great skateboard artist. But, the fact that I found this board here in Escondido is intriguing. The fact that this board came out around the same time that Gator was getting huge is intriguing. The fact that Gator was riding as a “Team Rider” for Gullwing around this time and this board is littered with “Gullwing Team Rider” stickers is intriguing. Or, is this all possibly coincidence? Not, many kids that i knew could afford this board back then. For this reason, I have held onto it for a while just to gather more history. The 80s G&S history has been terribly preserved, almost undocumented, and what is documented, is hard to decipher. While at the same time, it has still retained the respect as one of the most rad surf and skate companies of the early 80s and in history. Not along ago I found another old board. It was a “Santa Barbara” “Team Member” skateboard. And, though I had done hours and hours of research, I didn’t know much about it at the time. So, I listed the board at a very high price – hoping someone would comment. An actual team member and friend if the creator. Until that moment, there was no way of truly knowing. But, I accepted a lower offer. This board is unfinished wood. No paint, no sealer, nothing. This board although unfinished, has the Proline grip-tape from the late 70s early 80s, yet it has the “Tail” cut. This board presented here, in my opinion, appears to be a “Prototype” post Neal “Sidecut” board, designed with a slightly flared tail “possibly” to “court ” Gator. The mass market “Sidecut” board was extremely short-lived. It was very temporarily called the “Sidecut” with a few shots of Gator on the “Stock” board at Del Mar. Then the style was changed to “Foil Tail” and subsequently – the “Gator”. This would later become one of the most famous skateboards in history. Unfortunately, the board was made for Gator by G&S. But, then Vision took it, barely changed it, and mass-marketed the design. Not, much is known about how that was allowed to happen. But, the early Vision board is almost a paper cut-out of the G&S board. And, Gator would never have had this board in the first place with out Tom Inouye & Neil Blender and G&S. Interesting it is the dark world of G&S. These boards were very expensive and certainly not widely produced pre-Gator. So, yes, I believe this is a prototype, and very quite “possibly” a prototype board designed specifically for “Gator” to “TEST”. I “believe” it is the possibly FIRST “Gator” board! I can not confirm if this is in fact a prototype made for Gator. I do 100% believe, at the very least, that it is a prototype. I always do deep research before making any claims. I very much believe, very quite possibly, that this was personally owned and given to Mark “Gator” Rogowski by G&S as a prototype to test. If anyone with authority can confirm or not please do. So far, there have been no confirmations or shut downs. The condition of this board: This board is old and is not intended to be a “rider”. It is intended to be a “wall piece” a collector’s item. I originally had it listed in it’s complete form, as it was found. But, i had too many Ball Busting Low Ball Cheap Ass offers. So, now, it will be parted away.. Here is the Gator Prototype “SideCut” G&S Deck. I have published my findings many times and for long periods of time. I have requested corrections from anyone interested or anyone with supporting or opposing info. I have not received any correspondence or rebuttal. This item is in the category “Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Skateboarding & Longboarding\Vintage”. The seller is “mehran917″ and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Brazil, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Bahamas, Mexico, New Zealand, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Cayman Islands, Martinique, Nicaragua, Peru, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras.
- Model: Sidecut – Foil Tail
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Custom Bundle: No
- Theme: The 70s 80s
- Featured Refinements: G&S Skateboard
- Type: Skateboard
- Brand: G&S Gordon and Smith
Heres the only thing I could find on this board. The post below was for the new wave 10.5 edition and this board is the 11.0. Either way an awesome rare piece. Below was a listing for the wave 10.5 NOT this skateboard. Experimental #4 NEW WAVE 10.5 skateboard from 1978. Flat no concave Custom-made deck, similar to the early SIMS LaMar, Andrecht, Ayres, Bowman But with smaller channels and larger rounded wheel wells. Deck was probably made in a wood shop, or perhaps was a prototype for a company that went under. There were several companies at the time trying to keep up with the skateboard movement.. Pipeline park in Upland CA, Blackhart wheels, T&C surf, original release Independent stickers, Superwide, Inouye Pool Service (IPS), Del Mar Stage 1 no-pinch trucks, 131s (superwide). Sims snake conical wheels 65mm green/yellow (faded). Sims Silver German Racing bearings. Tracker Space Pad Risers (original grey). Great condition original hardware. Deck painted white & black. Deck is 10 5/8 inch wide x 30 1/2 long. The item 1978 Experimental Skateboard Sims Conicals Independent Stage 1 Trucks 131 RARE is in sale since Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Vintage Skateboard Prototype Experimental Sims Comp 2 Independent Trucks Powell. The item “Vintage Skateboard Prototype Experimental Sims Comp 2 Independent Trucks Powell” is in sale since Friday, August 14, 2020. This item is in the category “Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Skateboarding & Longboarding\Vintage”. The seller is “waldh.jef” and is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.
- Brand: Sims
- Theme: The 70s
- Featured Refinements: Sims Skateboard
- Type: Sidewalk Surfboard
Here we have a super rare 60/40 Skateboards prototype of an unreleased Ron Chatman pro model skateboard. Never gripped, never mounted, straight as an arrow. The item “OG 1995 Ron Chatman 60/40 Skateboards Prototype MILK ATM Click RARE MINT” is in sale since Saturday, September 14, 2019. This item is in the category “Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Skateboarding & Longboarding\Vintage”. The seller is “nearlydeparted” and is located in Chelsea, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Brand: 60/40
- Model: RON CHAPMAN ROYAL CHAPMAN COLA
Complete 1970s Penny Size Skateboard. Prototype / Factory P romo : Lords of Dogtown (2005). Was Previously donated by the Birdhouse factory in Huntington Beach, California. 100% Genuine The real deal! Huntington Beach Factory Promo board. The few existent boards were apparently given to a few charities and longtime suppliers of birdhouse Merch/ skate shop owners. The deck itself is in excellent condition with no wear on the graphics anywhere. Besides only a few minor scuffs on the nose or tail from storage there is nothing to complain about. The grip tape has a little bit of dust on the top from display but will come off. Up for sale is a gem for vintage to present day skateboard collectors. Within the last 2 to 5, Birdhouse has become one of the most popular & collected skateboard cos out there. The deck is very simple with only the Birdhouse logo & Huntington Beach, CA 2004. Beautiful skateboard, and unique in a handful of ways. I never seen another birdhouse deck Huntington Beach, California written on the deck! This is definitely a gem in the Birdhouse collector community. From what I was told by a representative, a few of these were manufactured and given to charities, skate park donations, long time suppliers of birdhouse merchandise/skate shop owners. There is no official number of how many were manufactured and put together but certainly not more than a handful. When it comes to skateboard companies from the 1990s to present day, birdhouse would be on top of the list for collectibility. These 1990s eraly 2000s model skateboard decks continue increasing in value… And willl hold that value far down the road. I wish I could put a real value on this one, Im sure its much higher than what Im asking especially in the birdhouse community! This board was professionally manufactured but only to a Prototype level which you can tell in both the wood and trucks. Up until recent years birdhouse never manufactured any type of vintage era skateboard In fact I dont think anybody did in 2004. At that point Paul started re-releasing some of his graphics but they still did not have the Peralta name. This was donated by the Birdhouse factory and does not include any type of documentation whatsoever. The only documentation is the small information provided. From what I understand it was created around the time they were filming the Lords of Dogtown film. Apparently Mr Hawk did stunt work in the movie, along with his brief cameo. This Penny Size 1970s era skateboard was manufactured in the same size, shape and even graphics of the most popular processional 1970s skateboard. As you probably know the design of the skateboard is modeled after the Bruce Logan Earth/Ski skateboard model popular from the mid to late 70s. It would make more sense to me that the Prototype could have been manufactured with the idea of creating a line of Penny size 1970s style skateboards. The side of the board has birdhouse classic which makes me believe the company wanted to mass produce these after the success of the Lords of Dogtown film. The trucks are generic with a plastic base, One which has unfortunately has cracked plastic. Similar to some of the skateboards in the mid to late 1970s, all the way into the mid 80s The trucks were manufactured with plastic silicon base and a metal hanger. Unfortunately the area where a king pin normally would be located is made of plastic and is broken off on one of the trucks. Although the board would still roll with us its not a good idea and it would just break it further. Not that you want to skate it anyways. You can see the truck defect in the last photo included. Considering the price birdhouse decks continue to bring, this is a great investment. Please refer to the pictures for the exact item and his condition. If you want to see any additional photos send me a message and I can help. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. The item “Birdhouse Skateboard 2004 Factory Promo Prototype /Prop Lords Of Dogtown Vintage” is in sale since Sunday, December 16, 2018. This item is in the category “Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Skateboarding & Longboarding\Vintage”. The seller is “smurphytom2018″ and is located in Marshfield, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, Ukraine, Croatia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Viet nam, Uruguay, China, Bolivia, French guiana, Cayman islands, Luxembourg, Peru, Reunion, Russian federation, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Israel, Singapore, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia.
- Brand: Birdhouse
- Model: 2004 Prototype / Prop Classic Series
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Super Rare NOS Christian Hosoi European prototype Pro Street Tri Tail skateboard deck. This is a prototype deck shape created as skateboarding was moving from being vert-dominated to modern street skating and Hosoi’s hammerhead shape was being transformed in the process. Don’t sleep on snatching up this piece of skateboarding history and one you’ll likely never see again. Awesome 80′s colors. Please ask any questions. The item “Prototype NOS Hosoi Pro Street Tri Tail Skateboard 80′s Vintage Powell Peralta” is in sale since Thursday, January 31, 2019. This item is in the category “Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Skateboarding & Longboarding\Vintage”. The seller is “jm_us_anxdtortpv” and is located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States.
Vintage skateboard deck NOS Sims Lamar prototype from the 70′s. This is a very rare prototype Lamar with larger stickers and larger routed areas where the stickers go. This is not a reissue, copy, fake or Buzzbuzz. Authentic Sims from the 70′s prototype. There are a few of these I’ve seen but not many. I have no idea how many but there can’t be a lot as this was not a production deck. This one has a few marks and scratches from being around but is still in very nice shape considering. Check out my other vintage skateboard parts! The item “Vintage Skateboard Deck NOS Sims Lamar Prototype Very Rare 70′s old school” is in sale since Wednesday, June 6, 2018. This item is in the category “Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Skateboarding & Longboarding\Vintage”. The seller is “bigdamnphish” and is located in Aurora, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Brand: Sims
- Model: Bert Lamar