THE SKATEBOARD MAKER

The Skateboard Maker

The Skateboard Maker

“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”
― Ray Bradbury

Have you ever had the urge to chuck in your day job and just do the thing you love.

Well that is exactly what Palm Beach man Jimmy Kakanis did about two years ago when he took up skateboard making full time.

The idea came to Jimmy and a friend when they were having trouble finding the perfect board to skate downhill, so they decided to make their own.

Jimmy wasn’t deterred by his lack of knowledge on the skateboard-making process and quickly learned the fundamentals from watching numerous Youtube videos.

He now has the process for skateboard-making down to a fine art while still maintaining his own unique style.

Priding himself on each board becoming a unique one-off shape and pattern is what makes Jimmy’s boards different from everyone else’s.

His use of fabric to decorate the deck is his big point of difference.

Originally sourcing recycled fabrics from op shops in recent months the process has evolved into Jimmy creating his own graphics from drawings and having those printed on cotton.

Skateboarding is a huge subculture on the Gold Coast and Jimmy is a passionate man trying to make his mark on the industry with his own sense of style.

(Source: ABC Open Gold Coast)

For more on Jimmy and his handcrafted skateboards… Go here and visit cottageskateboards.com

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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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