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Bruce Logan model skateboard deck

Bruce Logan model skateboard deck

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This is an original 1970s release of the Logan Earth Ski, Bruce Logan World Pro Champion model. Bruce Logan began skating in 1959 at the age of 8 with his older brother Brian. They created a skateboarding club, The South Bay Skateboard Club with a few other skaters and had t-shirts and jackets printed but no sponsors. When skateboarding began to take off in 1964 the Logan boys got an official sponsor through the Bing Surfboard shop located down the street from their house. They changed their club name to the Bing Skateboard team and began competing locally. They were featured on Surf's Up with Stan Richards which was the first time skateboarding was shown on television. They earned second place behind the Hobie team on the live show and didn’t lose a team competition after that. Bruce went on to compete and from 1965 to 1975 winning most every freestyle competition that he entered along with many slalom events. The Logans went on to start the family business of Logan Earth Ski, creating its own skate team which included some of the top skaters of the era including Jay Adams, Laura Thornhill, Tony Alva and, of course, the Logan family. Brian, the oldest brother retired from skating and runs the business while the rest of the family continues to skate.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
skateboard deck
skate deck
skatedeck
date made
1970s
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 29 in x 7 in x 1 in; 73.66 cm x 17.78 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
2013.0186.02
accession number
2013.0186
catalog number
2013.0186.02
subject
skateboarding
Sports
Professional
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Skateboarding
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

I had one of these with Tracker Truck's and Urethane tires ...My brother sold it. Also my Baine Board disappeared.
This board was likely manufactured by Palavan Industries located in Gardena California. Date of manufacture 1975-1978. Material is white oak, 3/4” thick. Silk Screening was done at California Silk Screen which was across the alley from Palavan Industries. I worked at Palavan from 1975-1977 along with all of my closest friends, we all surfed and skated together. I became shop foreman at age 19 and have much more information about the manufacturing process of these decks, we produced thousands of Logan Earth Skis as well as Sims decks. I was the second person hired at Palavan, it was founded by Tom Palacio and Dick Depew, a couple of engineers from TRW in El Segundo California. My career ended there after a serious industrial accident wherein I lost three fingers of my left hand. Not long after Dick Depew was killed in an automobile accident and the business wound down.
Very cool Dale! Love getting a more extensive history for one our objects.

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