Some people have been asking “whats the first board you guys made?”. The answer is the ‘Complex’ (it was originally known as the ‘Oldschool’ but Jeff finally talked me into changing it a few years later). My brother and I grew up skating Lance Mountain and Mike McGill decks on a homemade halfpipe my dad made in our barn. One summer in college Rori (my gf then, my rad wife now) and I found a soggy longboard in the tall grass behind our rental house. It was a ‘Sherman’s Shrimp Skate Co.’ deck (I’d give anything to still have it) and it was different than most of the ‘longboards’ I saw kids buying down at the surf shops in Nags Head, NC. I carried the board home with me to Maryland and built a fresh version of it in my dad’s barn. My version had a similar shape, but was a little shorter and had more concave plus a slight camber towards the front for pushing. The first working prototype went to Rori and I painted a flower on it and called it the ‘Oldschool’. That’s because it reminded me more of an old-school skateboard than a ‘longboard’ (which to me is a term better fitted to surfy pintails and SoCal brands bought and sold by surf culture). To me the Oldschool was different and I couldn’t wait to get back to college and push around campus on one of my crafted creations. This project reignited my boyhood obsession with skateboarding and I’ve devoted my life to it ever since.
The Complex was taken out of production around 2010, but lives on through its mini-version, the Spliff, which comes from the same original mold. Dream big and make stuff. – Ryan