Santa Cruz Skateboard Deck

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Description (Brief)
Inspired by his dad’s love of skateboarding, Tim Brauch (1974-1999) began his career in the late 1980s. He rode for the Sessions team early in his career and picked up sponsors Vans, Independent and New Deal. In 1992 Santa Monica Airlines (SMA) gave Tim his first pro model and shortly after Tim established the Este line of shoes and clothing with his friend and fellow skater Salman Agah. Using the “Es” from Salman and the “Te” from Timto form “Este”, they were among the first pro skaters to branch out into the shoe and clothing market. At this point Tim left Vans for Etnies footwear and in the mid 1990s switched to Santa Cruz skateboards. In 1998 Tim won the Vans Triple Crown Street Competition although Tim’s career was cut short when he passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest at the age of 25. Brauch’s sponsor, Santa Cruz, created this deck with an image of a boy letting a bird fly toward the sun as a memorial tribute to Tim. His family holds the Tim Brauch Memorial Contest each year to celebrate Tim’s love of skateboarding. They have also established the Tim Brauch Memorial Fund which promotes skateboarding as “a safe, healthy and fun activity.”
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1999
Brauch, Tim
Santa Cruz
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 80 cm x 19 cm x 5 cm; 31 1/2 in x 7 15/32 in x 1 31/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Frank and Joan Brauch
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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