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Jun 8th
05:58 pm
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Lekker Skateboards



Lekker Skateboards is more than just an endorsement. Zac is behind the company together with David Boortz (aka lekkerguy on Twitter and Instagram). Here is a bit more background info from their website about the company, its origin and the boards:




It was through a coincidental work connection that Zac first showed up in my garage. I had been working with Zac’s dad Dave for a few years and the topic of skateboarding came up many hours into a long nightshift. I mentioned to him I had made a few custom hardwood skate decks for some friends. I knew that Zac skated so I asked Dave if he thought Zac would be interested in custom board. A few weeks later I showed Dave the board I made for Zac, complete with top-of-the-line trucks and wheels.

At that point I had been working as an engineer for a few years and making skateboards was something I was only doing for fun, since the playful days of running a skate operation called Lekker Skateboards in high school. So when I gave the board to Dave, I wasn’t expecting, nor was I prepared for anything to really come of it. Zac had done some woodworking as a kid, so I thought at most he would have something hand-crafted which I knew he could appreciate.

It wasn’t long after the skateboard was in his hands that I got a call first from an assistant, then a publicist, then a magazine editor, all asking details about the origin of the skateboard. This is where everything changed. Zac did not tuck the board away with a pile of other free goodies, he was riding this thing all over town and even insisting it be a part of the magazine shoot he was doing.

I was told at the next available opportunity, Zac wanted to stop by my house to see my garage, and the proof that this was a skateboard made in his local town of Central California. So on a sunny afternoon I rushed home from work to meet Dave and Zac walking up to my front door. It was so bazaar. I had been in contact with many people around this skateboard, and countless emails answering countless questions. What showed up at my house that day though, was just another skater curious to see the life cycle of the board he had been riding.

I showed him some designs I had made, and the carefully selected lumber stock I use to make the one-off decks. We talked about design options, riding styles, and totally reminisced about our early skateboarding days. We agreed that it was a seemingly small accomplishment to an outsider, like the first successful ollie over a hockey stick, which felt like scaling Everest.

We exchanged ideas for hours, and it was agreed that Zac and I would revive Lekker Skateboards together.


We were not exactly sure how many skateboards we could make for the Central Coast Classic edition. Up to that point, I had only made two or three at a time. Also, where we could make them together was up in the air. My garage and all the tools are located in San Luis Obispo and Zac lives in Los Angeles. To meet the needs of his busy schedule, I agreed to bring the entire shop to his place for the first skateboard-build weekend. I packed up my truck with the tools, lumber, and extension cords and hit the road south.

We kept to a tight schedule, waking up early each day to continue working on the boards. It’s a laborious process, but with the help of a few friends, we cut, glued, shaped, and sanded for four days straight, ultimately finishing more than fifty, an astonishing feat considering my earlier expectations. And as a special detail, as a way to help secure your feet onto these precious pieces, we sprinkled each deck with Californian beach sand. Our final count is sixty-five in the Central Coast Classic line; all handmade by Team Lekker.

Here are 8 random boards of the 65; all boards have funny names and descriptions you can look up on the website. And if you have an extra $400, you can also buy one:

 
 
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laurenlipkinlip on June 8th, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
$400 is way to expensive for a board
Beejeezbee on June 8th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
Just because something is expensive, doesn't mean it's too expensive. These are handmade boards out of real wood - that type of thing costs money. They never said they are going to make cheap boards fans can afford. Traditionally manufactured (ie non-handmade, non-limited) standard boards out of synthetic material cost already up to $200, so idk what you expected. They were never going to cost as little as many fans were hoping for.

Edited at 2015-06-08 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Beejeezbee on June 8th, 2015 05:03 pm (UTC)
And how the reason why or which people buy them has anything to do with them being "too expensive?"
kleth on June 8th, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
"i feel like some fans are gonna buy them because zac made them"

Exactly. Zac's prestige adds a lot of sizzle to owning one of these boards. And $400 isn't too much for a limited edition, especially with a well-known celebrity skater involved. Limited edition books signed by the author sell for hundreds of dollars and are snapped up by collectors.
Bee: Zac - GQ - Jumping on Car 1jeezbee on June 8th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
They aren't even that expensive if you take out the "Zac factor."

I've googled for a hot second and they aren't really that expensive in comparison.

Nudie Boards seem to be between £320.00 and £520.00.

Woody Skateboards between €193.00 and €363.00

Worthy Skateboards are a bit cheaper between AUD189.00 and AUD289.00 but look it.

And all of these boards look much more simplistic in design and the cheaper ones do look cheaper. But more importantly, none of them are unique boards which don't exist a second time like Zac's.

Examples for unique wooden boards I found on the quick are $4.5k+.

None of those examples does even take the celebrity factor into consideration.

So, if you ask me, saying the boards are unreasonably priced is just silly.



Edited at 2015-06-08 07:22 pm (UTC)
countessm3countessm3 on June 9th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
True about signed books. My peers totally fan-girl/fan-boy over a book signed by an author I've never heard of (although I would scream and throw my panties at Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde. Unfortunately, they're dead.)

The fact that Zac might have touched the wood (heh-heh) adds about $100.00 to the cost. I'd pay that much for his used underwear, lol.
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Bee: Zac - People Sex - Flipped Collar 1jeezbee on June 8th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Zac found an outlet where he can channel his energy and creativity. The fact that they turned it into a commercial venture is just a bonus (I suspect they actually don't make much money with the current offerings yet once everything is said and done though). Either way, it should be worth for the experience and satisfaction he gets out of it anyway.

He seems to be having a good time in Hawaii. Good for him.
countessm3countessm3 on June 9th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Zac found an outlet where he can channel his energy and creativity.

This!!! And have you seen the golfing photos? The man has the face of an angel and the body of the demon. <3
Beejeezbee on June 10th, 2015 12:32 am (UTC)
It's a great start and a good thing either way, but unless he has all that equipment in his garage, it's not a time-filling thing yet. But I really like him developing a good side-interest in something other than acting, no matter what.
cindiest on January 15th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
are these for charity or just commercial?
cindiest on April 13th, 2017 08:00 pm (UTC)
His barefeet and when he wears Vans >

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