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Vintage Old School Skateboard Decks from the 80's

Updated on June 14, 2011

Vintage Skateboards

Skateboarding in the 80's rocked.

Whether you were a hardcore skater, a rampside watcher, or even a board collector ...

If you want to get back into skating but find that new boards are just to narrow and you can't tell the difference between the nose and tail ...

If you want to find that favorite old school deck and hang it on your wall ...

If you want to find out about great 8o's deck manufacturers, like Powell and Peralta, Alva, SkullSkates, Vision, Santa Cruz, G&S, and the pros who rode them ...

Or if you just want to stroll down memory lane and see some of the classic skateboard decks from the 80's ...

Then you are in the right place

This just in ... It's been 20 years and Animal Chin has just been reported missing again, see if you can find him here and drop a line in the guestbook.

What's here

Here you will find vintage skateboard decks from the 80's, including pictures, old school skateboard companies and skaters, and of course where you can still find some vintage decks or reissued versions of the classic skateboards.

Attention - read first

While many of the vintage skateboards and reissued classic decks shown here can be purchased, even the new reissued decks are released in limited quantities and sell out very quickly. If you notice the deck you are looking for is not here or sold out, drop us a line in the guestbook.

Powell and Peralta

Powell and Peralta is probably the most famous of the 80's skateboard manufacturers, having the single most famous skater ever, Tony Hawk, a member of the Powell Bones Brigade, riding for them.

George Powell, the Godfather of skateboard manufacturing and Stacy Peralta, skateboarding legend/film producer, both founders of Powell and Peralta, have recently re-joined forces once again in an effort to re-relase many vintage skateboards and other merhcandise.

Powell and Peralta Reissued Decks

These are re-issued to be exact replicas of the original skateboard decks. Even though they have been reissued they are produced in limited quanties and still sell out very quickly, chances are if think about it too long or come back to this later, the vintage deck will be sold out.


Vision was established in 1976. By the early 80's, with the release of Gator's pro model, and the ultra successful "Vision Street Wear" brand, the company experienced exponential growth. Vision became enormously popular and was a marketing machine for many years. Still today, Vision Street Wear is one of the most successful skateboarding clothing manufacturers, most notably for their Vision Street Wear Shoes, made the same since their creating back in the 80's.

Vision Re-issued Skateboard Decks

These are exact replicas of the original 80's Vision Skateboards. They are reproduced in limited quanitites.


One of my personal favorite of all skateboard manufacturers is Alva due to their cutting edge deck design and graphics, not to mention they just skated great.My first ever PRO Skateboard deck was a Bill Danforth made by Alva. (pictured on the left)

Alva was founded by Tony Alva in 1977. Alva's company was the first company ever run and owned by a skateboarder as well as being one of the first to use layered maple plywood for their skate decks.

Vintage Alva Decks Reissued

These are re-issued to be exact replicas of the original skateboard decks. Even though they have been reissued they are produced in limited quanties and still sell out very quickly, chances are if think about it and come to this later, the vintage deck will be sold out. Click the images to get a better look.

New Reissue Zorlac Skateboards

One deck that I definitely wish I still had or zorlac would reissue issue is their Gargoyle Deck.. (pictured on left) It was the only deck that I ever snapped into and it hung on my bedroom wall for years, before it became lost to moving. Unfortunately, Zorlac has only reissued the following decks thus far:

  • John Gibson's Pig
  • Gringo Double Cut
  • Craig Johnson's Voodoo

and these go very quickly. Click the decks below to get a better look at them.


Zorlac was probably my all time favorite of skateboards made in the eighties. Many Zorlac boards featured art by Pushead , a favorite of mine, as well unique deck cutouts, which I enjoyed more than the basic cutout. Zorlac was started in a two-car garage some 30 years ago and is probably most famous for the Metallica Skateboard, one I am still fortunate enough to still own and has become quite the collectors item now.

Zorlac Metallica Board - and other great oldschool decks by Zorlac

The Metallica Skateboard by Zorlac is one of the most sought after vintage skateboard decks from the 80's. It has seen to fetch as much as $400 dollars from popular auction sites such as eBay. It's fame is partially due to the great recent demand of oldschool skateboard collecting but mostly due to the huge success of the band Metallica. At the time the skateboard was released Metallica, just on the rise, actually was pretty heavy into skating and before their great fame if they weren't rocking out or guzzling imported beer they were skateboarding. James Hetfield actually broke his arm skateboarding in 1986 while touring with Ozzy and their record label then forced them to sign a "No Skateboarding Contract".

Santa Cruz

Santa Crux began in 1973 and was started by Richard Novak. Today Santa Cruz, still located in Santa Cruz, California, manufactures skateboards and wheels and have added snowboards, surfing, and a complete line of gear for any type of boarding. Like most other vintage skateboard manufacturers Santa Cruz has began re-releasing old school decks by such famous Pro Skateboarders as Corey O'Brian, Rob Roskopp, and Jason Jessee.

Santa Cruz Re-issued Vintage Skateboard Decks

These are re-issued to be exact replicas of the original skateboard decks. Even though they have been reissued they are produced in limited quanties and still sell out very quickly, chances are if think about it and come to this later, the vintage deck will be sold out.


Dogtown has been in existstance since the early 1970s. It was founded in the birthplace of progressive skateboarding, Santa Monica and Venice, California by Jim Muir, a rebellious teen looking for an outlet for aggression. For nearly 40 years Dogtown Skateboards has been synonymous with hardcore skateboarding and has a hardcore loyal following.

Madrid Skateboards

Jerry Madrid started out shaping surfboards in his parents' garage in Norwalk California. To a surfer, Skateboarding is the next best thing when the waves weren't good, so Jerry enjoyed riding the streets instead of the water. With his passion for shaping boards, it is no surprise that his shaping surfboards turned into shaping skateboards. Jerry Madrid started making skateboards out of fiberglass in the late 1960s. He developed different types of laminations, shapes, and dimensions. Using the knowledge gained from making surfboards, Jerry Madrid turned to making skateboards for friends and laminating anything from stickers, magazine covers, or posters onto the decks. In the early 70's Jerry brought his brother Jeff Madrid into the picture to help with new designs.

Suicidal Tendencies- Possessed to Skate - Skateboarding Anthem from the Eighties

This is the original video by Suicidal Tendencies for their song Possessed to Skate featuring some classic skateboard tricks and their own Suicidal Deck.

Suicidal Tendencies were from Venice Beach and their own band skateboard was manufactured by DogTown.

Skull Skates

Skull Skates was founded in 1976 and began mass producing skateboards, clothing, and accessories in 1978. It was founded by the Ducommun Brothers, Rick and Peter. The Most memorable skull skate deck to me is the "Dead Guys", which was coffin shaped and featured John Belushi, Elvis, Sid Vicious, James Dean, Jimmi Hendrix, and Albert Eisnstein, painted on the bottom, but the Skull Skate Logo is as unforgettable and timeless as skateboarding itself.

Remember the Search for Animal Chin?

2 DVD disks, jam packed with special features, original, never before seen footage, outtakes, music, special events and extras.

Search For Animal Chin Special Edition
Search For Animal Chin Special Edition

Twenty Years Since the original release... The Search for Animal Chin has been remastered and re-released in this special edition version with the original Bones Brigade, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain. This special release includes Includes the original version of The Search for Animal Chin,

A full length Brigade audio commentary version of The Search for Animal Chin, featuring Stacy and the full brigade, the entertaining new 44 Minute Documentary The Making of Animal Chin, produced and directed by Don Hoffman in collaboration with Stacy Peralta.

Plus, an audio section featuring Bones Brigade video tunes with an Easter egg full of surprise additions. Video coverage of a special presentation honoring Steve Caballeros 25th Anniversary with Powell Skateboards at ASR,

A complete scene selection menu with Easter egg featuring the never before seen, Johnny Rad dressing room scene,

Hilarious, never before seen outtakes and bloopers,

Video trailers of other Bones Brigade videos and

"A Have You Seen Him?" sticker.



I know I could never document all old decks, companies, or skaters here. I will keep adding to this so keep checking back. If you have any request just let me know in the guestbook.

Also I am looking for old school decks, no, not ones in mint condition that you would want a mint for, I just want them to hang in my garage regardless of condition to remind me of years past. Drop me a line if you have one laying around in your garage or basement that you'd just assume throw out than keep around. - thanks

SO... what do you think about Skateboards or Skating From the 80's - or share your thoughts on this lens

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      Raul 2 years ago

      My commet is I had a board shaped like a Taco or was it a dream!

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      yimyam 3 years ago

      value of kamikaze rising Sun 80s original and complete red white

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      lewistoddr@gmail 3 years ago

      Looking for Both vintage original Vision Gator in black and blue, and the reissue if it comes out n black and blue. Still have my original from but parents threw it in the shed when I moved away and it was exposed to the elements for years. Help me out!

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      UKGhostwriter 7 years ago

      Excellent lens

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      ceetothelizzo 7 years ago

      I am looking for a 1987 Steve Steadham Midi Model Deck. If you have one for sale, please email me at



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      itsmuzza2011 7 years ago

      anyone remember gullwing trucks? kryptonics 90mm? or good old bones? they where cool when i was a kid

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      triathlontraini1 7 years ago

      Brings back many skateboarding memories. Blessed! :)

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      Lost in Mirkwood 7 years ago

      Now I'm really inspired to build myself and 80s setup! the new school skate scene isn't the same as it was in the 80s, especially here in the UK, so I stick to longboards usually!

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      Francis Luxford 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Really cool boards. Nice lens!

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      joanv334 7 years ago

      Hello, thanks for sharing!

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      danny79 7 years ago

      Hey Man, great site, you are the reason i got into squidoo,

      Thanks and good luck

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      MusicalKay28 7 years ago

      Nice lens! I have never skateboarded myself though.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      found an old Bill Danforth deck (tore up) in my parents basement last week. That dude was cool.

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      Randell LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I'g be interested in thqat Bill Danforth Deck, even if cracked or broke into, especially if its the alva pictured above, contact me and let me know.

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      BackyardsSkateS 7 years ago

      Great lens! I spent the 80s wanting a Santa Cruz skateboard, settled for a Variflex in the end!

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      charder 7 years ago

      Great trip down memory lane. Thanks!

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      So many cool skateboards! You have an amazing collection here~

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      WorldVisionary3 7 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Jeff Wendland 7 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      I used to skate in the 80's. My favorite board was my old Steve Cabellero. Thanks for taking me down memory lane.

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      palodi 7 years ago

      Nice lens. I´m a skateboarder too, a middle age one.

      I invite you all to visit my Celebrities Skateboarding lens.

      Keep on pushing

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      yo go to all powell

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Man, do I miss being young and skating with my whole crew from huntington park, ca. We had around 20 guys that used to skate from huntington park, ca to downey,ca. I rode a powell skull and bones, a santa cruz roskopp, mcgill powell and a tony hawk. I even had a dogtown at one time. We traded amongst friends a lot and we'd never had a board too long or it cracked. We used to crack and snap inde trucks all the time. I think they are made better now.

      keep skating!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hwats up just checkin some of this shit out real kool i remember all this shit im 35 now and still skate but i can't even imagine riding one of these boards again i skated hard from 88-94 now bout once a week ........ from old school to new school......... it's a trip being a 3rd generation skater........

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Great collection of information for vintage skateboard fans - blessed by a SquidAngel

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I met up with old skool NY skater Ian Frahm from Skullskates. I was working for thrasher doing Thrasher Comics a cartoon called "Evol Baby". Ian is still doing designs. He's on YouTube. I have to show him this website. He'll freak out.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Does anyone remember a board by the name of Naked?

      I could have swore that back in the mid to late 80's I had a Naked Fox skateboard.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Didn't there use to be a Skateboard called a Naked Fox?

      I could have swore I had one back around 87 or 88.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hi ,i check on your site now and then and think its fantastic.i love 80'z skateboarding,growing up skating when it wasn't popular just gave you so much room to do what you wanted to do .no crowds ,no one hanging out at the bowl who didn't love to skate,no one really cared about skateboarders back then so it was so free,most people thought that we were freaks,(i think when i used to walk in to a shop with my pads down near my ankles, covered in sweat the shop owner just thought 'you stink' was probably the reason) but that made us skaters.we didn't care about them either...just skate and have fun live in the world of skateboarding...don c

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Im looking for an old rare Limited Edition Steve Steadham..I still have one from when i was 13 (1989)..still works good but, I want to restore it and see if there are any boards like the one i have still out there. Think it was made by Team Steadham Corp.

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      Mikelangelo 8 years ago

      Man how can you manage to find such rare and beautiful skateboard everyday

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      just found your site>cool! i am 41 and still skate! noticed you mentioned cryptic slaughter , i just played a tape the other day. i have a ray rodriguez deck from epic that is cool but i can't find it to see what it is worth? it is in good shape and gonna put it on e-bay? i put brand new rib & tail bones on it. any idea or was he a nobody? i can't remember how log i have had it? also have two z-flex roller trucks i am gonna sell. do you remember those? i don't think they were out very long ?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i have a ross goodman santa cruz deck from 89 that is still in the wrapper. i want to get rid of it but don't know what it is worth. i can't find any info on it because it is so rare. the art is of a grave digger with his dog.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Does anyone remember the Benjiboard and other solid wood boards like that?

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      Janusz LM 9 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid (Sports fan) Angel :)

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      Stephen Carr 9 years ago from Corona, CA

      Wish I had my dogtown from 1979. Used to skate at the oasis under the freeway in San Diego. Amazing how I remember the beach cities were slums and run down. Now look. The rich folk moved in. Good times. Never be the same.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Check us out, we have some of these boards for sale:

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      mountainbikes lm 9 years ago

      Excellent lens with great valuable content. Very interesting.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 9 years ago from Michigan

      I don't think I've ever been within five feet of a skateboard. But this was an interesting read and a well-put-together lens. Lensrolling it to one of mine.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Vintage!.....hey, that's me....LOL. I was having kids in the 80's!! Seriously, great lens! Free Fun Stuff!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hey I have Doug & Smith NOS GORDON & SMITH Never been set condition. Its an aqua colour (you can see the woodgrain) Anyone have any idea what its worth? I saw one similar but it was white and it went for $350 american.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Is old Madrids worth more than $50

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm with you, I like the Zorlac most! Great inspiration of a Top Lens!

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      Jesse_Hall 9 years ago

      Great collection..I have found a core shop that has dusted off some originals and priced them to sell. I am so excited to these still available. Rock on..

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      BobbyBOOMBOOMBi 9 years ago

      Those are some bad a** boards! If you ever get some pictures of skateboarders blowing bubbles, let me know. 5 stars!

      Bobby "Boom Boom" Bickerson

      The Biggest Bubbles Ever!

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      _whitney_ 9 years ago

      Congrats on your win. Fab lens!

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      juozapuxasz 9 years ago

      Nice lens dude. Really great info, nice skateboards :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your win :)

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Congratulations on winning the Best Sports Lens in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards. Well deserved.

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      ThomasC 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid 2008 Award! Very well done!


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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Congratulations on the win!

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Congratulations for winning the 2008 Best Sports Lens award!

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      Lakota429 9 years ago

      Very interesting! My son will love this one!!! Great job on a top notch lens! 5 stars and a favorite!! Annie~

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      In awe of the sport of skateboarding and where it still is today! Congrats on your 2008 Giant Squid nomination...woot! (

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Gee. The 80's are now qualifying as vintage. Man. What does that make the 20s? Ancient times? (just kidding)

      Great lens! Congrats on your Giant Squid Awards Nomination.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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      nancydodds1 9 years ago

      Good explanation about vintage skate boards. My 5* for you.:)

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      nice one, maybe I could post mine here too!

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      anonymous 9 years ago


      Great informative lens about skate boards. The skate boards importance is well explained in this lens .

      Feel free to checkout my thedeckbuilderdirectory blog

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      miragana 9 years ago

      Good day! I like your lens. It is very informative and has a very good quality in it.

      I have given it a 5 star rating.

      Thank you very much for your time.

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      Squidoo-Pat 9 years ago

      You should have seen my old one from the late 60's. It was just a thin piece of wood on flimsy chipped wheels. Not pretty.

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      dwdave lm 9 years ago

      Awesome Lens

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      FootballCrazy LM 9 years ago

      A really very interesting lens. I watched the Gator documentary a couple of years back and absolutely loved it. I love skateboarding, have a great collection of boards and also love viewing all skateboard related films and reading skateboard related articles such as this. Excellent work!

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      INTERSTATE888 9 years ago

      Great Lens, Man I would love to have my old skateboard back.


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