1. Sims Salasnek (1994)

    This was Noah Salasnek’s first pro model and one of the most iconic Sims graphics ever. It was not the only skate graphic released in 1994, Kemper dropped a pro model for Andy Hetzel with a very similar theme. The debate around who came first is still unresolved. Noah an accomplished skater who already had a pro model skate deck was more than worthy of this graphic.

    Skateboarding’s influence has always been strong on snow but around this time it really blew up. Noah was one leading the charge with crazy jibs, massive pokes and freakish buttering. As a result of this shift, board design changed too. The winter before this, riders (myself included) began to saw excess nose and tail off their board to create less swing weight in order to make spin tricks easier. Companies took notice and twin tips were released with less tip and tail, shorter lengths, wider stances and increased width to run those zero zero stances!

    Do yourself a favour and sit through Noa’s section in Standard Films ‘TB2’. Apart from seeing this board in action it’ll make you want to go ride. Late spins, lofty grabless pokes and tech flatland butters look as fun to do as they are to watch. And if you think he was just a jibber, check the AK lines!

    Noah Salasnek

    Noah Salasnek

    Noah Salasnek 

    Noah Salasnek

    Noah Salasnek

    Noah Salasnek

    Shawn Snoke

     Shawn Snoke

    Shawn Snoke

    Nathan Yant

    Aaron Vincent

    Aaron Vincent

    Aaron Vincent

    Aaron Vincent