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Five Years of Maestro

written by Ryan April 9, 2015

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since we made the first Maestro prototype (shown above on the day of it’s creation).  Needless to say that weekend we did alot of skating and nearly all of us became instantly obsessed with this board.  I think I personally bombed the Williamsburg Bridge 25 times that Saturday afternoon, stopping often to take pictures of the rough cut masterpiece that was under my feet. Five years later, the Maestro is still my go-to board and people around the globe are still catching the bug known as Maestro Fever.

To celebrate 5 Years of Maestro, I pulled together a little photo journey with some of the people that helped make the Maestro Series what it is today.

My great friend Travis Davenport was one of the first riders to test the Maestro with us.  Here he is in Brooklyn on my original Maestro prototype.

My great friend Travis Davenport was one of the first riders to test the Maestro with us. Here he is in Brooklyn on my original Maestro prototype.

The original pusher, Mike Dallas, riding the first edition Maestro in the 2001 Central Park Race

The original pusher, Mike Dallas, riding the first edition Maestro in the 2001 Central Park Race

The name Maestro was inspired from a friend of mine who tagged 'Maestro'.  "Keep it on the DL, but yes you can use my tag and call the board Maestro."  This story conflicts with Steven Vera's who still thinks the Maestro is named after him.. haha.

The name Maestro was inspired from a friend of mine who tagged ‘Maestro’. “Keep it on the DL, but yes you can use my tag and call the board Maestro.” This story conflicts with Steven Vera’s who still thinks the Maestro is named after him.. haha.

I offered Adam Crigler a trip to Vegas if he won the Broadway Bomb.  He did, but was then disqualified for skitching.  No, he didnt the Vegas trip.  Only clean wins count.

I offered Adam Crigler a trip to Vegas if he won the Broadway Bomb. He did, but was then disqualified for skitching. No, he didn’t get the Vegas trip, only clean wins count Adam.  And I’m glad you didn’t kill Ian that day.

You can't mention the Maestro without mentioning King Solomon.  But dude, those pads...

You can’t mention the Maestro without mentioning King Solomon. But dude, those pads… Sol reached more people in NYC with the Maestro bug than anyone else and probably changed many of their lives forever.

Jeff Vyain, aka The Wiggler, came on board right about the time we were releasing the Maestro Mini.

Jeff Vyain, aka The Wiggler, came on board right about the time we were releasing the Maestro Mini.

A young kid named Bruno shows up at the Brooklyn Shop and schools everyone on the new Maestro Mini.

A young kid named Bruno shows up at the Brooklyn Shop and schools everyone on the new Maestro Mini. I remember filming him this day and thinking that he would become a superstar.  I think its safe to say he lived up to the hype.

Marc Rodriguez, aka Harlem's Host, was one of the early Push Culture NYC adopters and was the favorite in many of the Broadway Bomb and Central Park Races for years.  He was one of the first to help us develop the first generation MaestroPRO.

Marc Rodriguez, aka Harlem’s Host, was one of the early Push Culture NYC adopters and was the favorite in many of the Broadway Bomb and Central Park Races for years. He was one of the first to help us develop the first generation MaestroPRO.

The original Maestro Prototype (pictured) was actually closer to the new Maestro-5 with less wedged truck mounts.  Over the years tweaked the mold some and created more wedging. The Maestro-5 not only represents an answer to feedback from riders, but also a return to the roots of the Maestro shape.

The original Maestro Prototype (pictured) was actually closer to the new Maestro-5 with less wedged truck mounts. Over the years tweaked the mold some and created more wedging. The Maestro-5 not only represents an answer to feedback from riders, but also a return to the roots of the Maestro shape.

The new Maestro-5 and Mini epitomize all of the changes and aesthetic improvements we wanted for the Maestro Series

The new Maestro-5 and Mini epitomize all of the changes and aesthetic improvements we wanted for the Maestro Series

I was fortunate to hook up with Brazilian artist Rafael Highraff on the graphics for the new Maestro's.  There have been alot of Maestro graphics over the years, but these go down as two of my favorites.

I was fortunate to hook up with Brazilian artist Rafael Highraff on the graphics for the new Maestro’s. There have been alot of Maestro graphics over the years, but these go down as two of my favorites.

Last but not last, here are just a few of the videos that have been produced featuring the Maestro.





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