2 comments / Posted on by Zhen Paintal

(FYI) Powell Peralta is an American skateboard company founded by George Powell and Stacy Peralta in 1978. 

 George Powell studied engineering at Stanford University and started making homemade skateboards in 1957. In 1974, Powell's son came and asked for a skateboard. When Powell pulled an old one out of the garage, his son complained it did not ride smoothly. Powell became interested in skateboarding again, as he realized urethane wheels improved a skateboard's ride. With this prompting, Powell started making his own skateboards and wheels. He bought urethane and baked his own wheels. One of the test riders of one of his flexible slalom boards was Stacy Peralta. 

In 1978, George teamed up with Stacy Peralta forming Powell Peralta. Peralta took over team management and advertising. In 1979 they created a skateboarding team called the Bones Brigade, a team featuring the era's top competitors. 

Powell Peralta produced the Bones Brigade videos, starting in 1982, and showcased members of the Bones Brigade skateboarding team, including Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta, and Per Welinder, becoming some of the most influential skateboarding videos of the era:

The Bones Brigade Video Show (1984)

Future Primitive (1985)

The Search for Animal Chin (1987)

Public Domain (1988)

Axe Rated (1988)

Ban This (1989)

Propaganda (1990)

Eight (1991)

Celebrity Tropical Fish (1991)


Also must watch the Bones Brigade: An Autobiography;

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  • Posted on by Rhianna Hawk

    It’s interesting learning about the history of skateboards while my son is becoming interesting in learning to use them. The fact that Powell was able to bake his own wheels is pretty innovative, and that explains the flames you show on their logo. I’ll be sure to pass on your list of influential skateboarding videos to my son and see if that helps inspire him as he learns to skateboard and saves up for his own board.

  • Posted on by Anish

    Great article… didin’t know that Mr. Powell is a Stanford Graduate.. no wonder why Powell Peralta products are such good quality!

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