Schmitt Stix Chris Miller Model skateboard deck

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Description (Brief)
"Schmitt Stix - Chris Miller Model" skateboard deck created by Paul Schmitt. Chris Miller turned pro for G&S Skateboards in 1985 but began riding Schmitt boards in 1988. As Chris explains in an interview with Ride Channel, “My Schmitt board was famous for being the first board with an upturned nose that was long. It started that trend towards modern boards. I can't take credit for it. It was going to happen whether Schmitt did it or someone else. But the other side is that Schmitt did do it first. He came to me and said, “I have an idea for your new shape,” and it was about the mold and all that. At first, I didn’t like it aesthetically, but I was the first person to do backside lipslides on vert and I went from a G&S board with basically no nose—think about coming in from a backside lipslide, where you need a little nose to bring yourself in—to the Schmitt shape, and it was a game-changer for me. I loved that board, and we're only talking four or five inches of nose. If you look at it now, it's a tiny little nose, but then it was crazy-looking.” Miller went on to found Adio Footwear and Planet Earth Clothing, two companies that had a huge impact on the skate industry. Miller still rides and has consistently won the Dew Tour Legends Bowl Jam for the last few years.
Paul Schmitt, President of PS Stix, Inc., CreateASkate.org and The New Deal Skateboard Products, Inc. owns and operates one of the largest and most successful skateboard manufacturing companies in the United States and is known in the industry as 'Professor Schmitt’. For almost 30 years Schmitt’s companies have been considered an innovative leader in the design and the manufacture of high quality skateboards. Schmitt has been involved with many different brands throughout the skate world including Schmitt Stix, the New Deal and Element. His CreateASkate.org program started in 2004 and teaches kids from 5th to 12th grade how to build a skateboard while learning about math, science, physics and chemistry. The kids don’t even realize they are learning, they just know they walk away with a cool skateboard that they designed. Schmitt, a skater himself works with skaters and industry leaders to constantly transform the sport and is one of the most respected innovators in the skate industry.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
Schmitt, Paul
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 31 1/2 in x 10 in x 1/2 in; 80.01 cm x 25.4 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
2013.0224.07
accession number
2013.0224
catalog number
2013.0224.07
subject
skateboarding
Sports
Manufacturing
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Skateboarding
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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