Shaper of the month : Boarder line skateboard

Shaper of the month : Boarder line skateboard

1- Can you introduce yourself? What do you do for a living?

My name is Enji Wadel and I am 44 years old. I am currently in ” reconversion ” as they say. Circassian acrobat since I was a kid, I rolled my hump a little bit everywhere with our circus ” La Compagnie Le Filet d’Air ” created with Isa my wife in 1999.

Funambulist, tent erector, Gypsy jazz musician, mechanic sometimes, this job allowed me to touch a little bit of everything and especially to develop the sense of ” bidouille ” when there is a problem…
The show must go on !

skate Boarder-line

2- When did you start making skateboards?

Mino I was a real daredevil, everything went bmx, rollerblading, skateboarding…
As long as there was big slope, I was up for it !

Then time passed and it was through the wire that I channeled that need for adrenaline.

Living in the Alps and tired of the increasingly short snow seasons, we started longboarding with my son Nino.

One thing leading to another, we started to tinker with boards, to recover some, to cut CP to test different Shapes ….
It was gone, we were taken by the passion of skate !

3- How did you learn to make a skateboard?

It was meeting two years ago with Christophe Stagnetto of Made in Alpes Skateboard that was a revelation for me.

I hosted him as a stage manager on the festival Festi’Street organized by our Trièves teens and Christophe was demoing Shape with Made in Alpes.

We spent the day chatting about skateboarding, he showed me the TAP, took the time to explain everything.

Three weeks later, I had my first kit Bambora series from Roarockit.

I’ve never taken an internship or anything, I’m observant and mostly a stubborn !

I search a lot, I make mistakes, beautiful discoveries and little by little I find myself making more and more boards of better quality…. It’s progressing continuously, just don’t let go !

4- What do you make them with?

This happens in three steps:

1 – Designing a prototype with the TAP technique and polystyrene mold.

2 – Once the concave and camber are found, make a wooden mold.

3 – Production, using a mechanical flange press, of a micro series of up to 10 boards.

I am currently working on a hydraulic concrete mold press that will see the light of day in early 2021 and should speed up the manufacturing process.
It currently takes about 1 month from design to completion of a new model.

I also make knives that I mount with recycled skateboard pads or better with my wood scraps.
I especially make a derivative model of grafting that I called ” The Gripper ” a tool that makes it easy to put the grip on and also works great for pizz’s during sessions !

5- How does Roarockit help you with his boards?

The TAP is an indispensable tool for making protos easily.

From its simplicity of use, one can quickly modify molds, search for the right shapes, size ect…

I also use the TAP a lot to press different objects I make with wood scraps (insert for knife mounts, guitar picks, wooden games ect…)

There are also tools that make life easier, the little scraper that’s good for finishing off round-offs, the rockitruler, drawing rules

6- What materials do you use?

I use Roarockit’s Canadian maple for all my work, which is super quality. It’s a real pleasure to work on super clean materials.
I love the color folds and the different shade changes the wood takes on depending on the stages of work ( rough, sanding, varnishing…)

7- What are your future plans?

To get back to roaming by being present on skate-parks, contests, sports events etc… With a Caravane-scene that we used to use for our shows that I’m going to refurbish this winter to make it a Mobile Skateshop.

The idea would be to distribute only boards from Independent Shapers and to have a workshop ” dépanne ” where the riders could rework the breakage of the day with material recovered here and there.
I’m not sure how to do that.

By the way, if anyone is into this, feel free to contact me, the more the merrier…

8- Where can we find you and buy your boards?

You can find my boards and other skateshop merchandise at ” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”> Grenoble and Atmosphère Gap.

You can of course stop by the workshop if you are in the area.

560 routes des oubérous 26620 Lus La Croix Haute

Then there are social networks @boarder.line.skateboard for Instagram and Boarder Line Skateboard on Facebook.

A website is under construction.

9- You have free card for your last question. (thanks, sayings ….?)

Thanks to Béber for the old Kity, to Bernard for his sanding roller and  his advice in woodworking, to the LET workshop and Laurenz for the knives assembly, to phil for the log, to polo for the future site to my neighbors for some illustrations and especially to the Riders who trust me.

A big big up to the family, buddies, and people in my village who support me.

It’s amazing to see that when you scratch a little, poke around, take an interest in others, a lot of doors open.
You just have to be patient…

The European Custom Board show / Skateistan/ Roarockit

The European Custom Board show / Skateistan/ Roarockit

The European Custom Board Collective Show event :

The European Custom Show event is a unique concept. Originally founded by the Chalk Custom Board Project collective and now with Roarockit Skateboard Europe as a partner of the event, this collective exhibition aims to bring together and showcase Europe’s most talented custom board artists

The first edition of the European Custom Board Show was born in Brussels in 2017 in partnership with the gallery The Art Project.

More than 20 European artists have been carefully selected to participate. Each of them exhibited up to 3 skates, cruisers or longboards, customized by hand. All unique pieces.

For this exhibit the Roarockit team made a hand-curved longboard board, which was then customized by member artist and Chalk creator, Mata7ik.

This board can be seen here or above.

Here are some photos of the event

The second edition of the European Custom Show took place in Darwin from June 5 to 26, 2019. In one of the cult places of urban culture in Bordeaux, experimental and artistic in the ultra-wide sense of the term.

More than 70 artists were present and no less than 240 custom boards were exhibited.

You can find the video presentation right here.

The 3rd edition was born in Brussels in an iconic building: the Halles Saint Gery. This year from July 2 to September 7, 2020, the exhibition welcomed no less than 50 artists from all over Europe and from a wide variety of backgrounds: tattooing, architecture, painting, graffiti, sculpture, graphics …

Over 150 custom boards were presented for the occasion.

For this occasion and because it is more important to us than ever, we made a piece, all of the profits from which will be donated to the NGO Skateistan (more details below).

In view of the circumstances and due to the security measures due to COVID-19 and their constant evolution, the exhibition is also available online on the European Custom Board Show website, making the virtual exhibition accessible to everyone.

It was a real pleasure to be a partner of this event once again. A success and an unforgettable moment of meeting and sharing!

Skate’N Chair :

The Skate N’ Chair is a project made by Roarockit Skateboard Europe in order to raise funds for NGO Skateistan.

This handmade chair takes its name from its design : 10 curved and assembled skateboards decks whose flexibility provides a natural rocking sensation, similar to that we can find when sitting in a traditional rocking chair.

In detail, this chair is composed of 4 street decks, 3 pintail longboards and 3 mini-cruisers for a total of 70 sheets of Canadian maple wood. Each top sheet of these boards has been selected for their wavy and birds eye effects. The rarity and aesthetics of these maple sheets add a unique side to this chair.

It took a little over a month to complete this project. The pressing of the boards required a particular technique to obtain these curves. An ultra-resistant glossy varnish has been chosen to highlight each board providing a velvety impression. Wheel-truck set-ups have been installed on all three legs to accentuate the rocking sensation and also makes this chair easily mobile.

100% of funds raised by the sale of this piece will be donated to SKATEISTAN.

Design and production: Sarah Jackson & Nicolas Alix

Varnish: Alexandre Marin.

You can buy this chair directly on the button below, and on the Roarockit Skateboard Europe website.

Skateistan :

Skateistan is a non-governmental organization, which empowers children through skateboarding and education in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.

By combining skateboarding with a creative and artistic education, they give children the opportunity to become leaders for a better world. They focus on groups that are often excluded from sports and educational activities, especially girls, children with disabilities and those from low-income backgrounds.

They provide safe spaces where children can have fun, build skills and confidence, and break down social barriers by making new friends.

In the words of its founders, it is about: “creating a better future for these young people and their communities, through innovative programs that aim to develop the experiences and skills of each of them”.

If like us you want to support this NGO, you can directly donate by clicking on the button below or buy the chair that we have made.

We would like to thank Chalk Custom Board Project and all the artists for creating and making the European Custom Board Show what it is today! A amazing experience, a moment of sharing and new encounters, art, talent and much much more.

May the stoke continue! 🙂

The European Custom Board show / Skateistan/ Roarockit

European custom board show / Skateistan/ Roarockit

L’Evénement European Custom Board Collective Show :

L’événement European Custom Show est un concept unique en son genre. Fondé initialement par le collectif Chalk Custom Board Project et désormais avec Roarockit Skateboard Europe comme partenaire de l’event, cette exposition collective a pour objectif de rassembler et de mettre en lumière les artistes « custom board » les plus talentueux en Europe.

La première édition du European Custom Board Show est né à Bruxelles en 2017 en partenariat avec la galerie The Art Project.

Plus de 20 artistes européens ont été soigneusement sélectionnés pour y participer. Chacun d’entre eux ont exposé jusqu’à 3 skates, cruisers ou longboards, customisés à la main. Toutes des pièces uniques.

Pour cette exposition l’équipe Roarockit a fabriqué une planche de longboard courbée à la main. Qui a ensuite été customisé par artiste membre et créateur de Chalk, Mata7ik.

Cette planche est visible ici ou ci-dessus.

Voici quelques photos de l’événement

 La seconde édition du European Custom Show s’est déroulée à Darwin du 5 au 26 Juin 2019.  Dans un des lieux culte de la culture urbaine à Bordeaux, expérimentale et artistique au sens ultra-large du terme.

Plus de 70 artistes ont été présent et pas moins de 240 custom boards ont été exposés.

Vous pouvez retrouver la vidéo présentation juste ici.

La 3ème édition a vu le jour à Bruxelles dans un bâtiment iconique : les Halles Saint Gery. Cette année du 2 Juillet au 7 Septembre 2020, l’exposition a accueilli pas moins de 50 artistes provenant de partout en Europe et d’univers très variés : tatouage, architecture, peinture, graffiti, sculpture, graphisme…

Plus de 150 custom boards on été présentées pour l’occasion.

Pour cette occasion et parce que cela nous tient à coeur plus que jamais, nous avons fabriqué une pièce, dont tous les bénéfices seront versés à l’ONG Skateistan (plus de détails ci-dessous).

Au vu des circonstances et en raison des mesures de sécurité dû au COVID-19 et de leur constante évolution, l’exposition est également disponible en ligne sur le site du European Custom Board Show, rendant accessible à tout le monde l’exposition en virtuel.

Ce fût un réel plaisir d’être partenaire encore une fois de cette évènement.
Un succès et un moment de rencontre et de partage inoubliable !

Skate’N Chair :

La « skating chair » est un projet entrepris par l’équipe de Roarockit Skateboard Europe dans le but de récolter des fonds pour l’ONG Skateistan.

Cette chaise fabriquée main tire son nom de part sa conception : 10 planches de skateboards courbés et assemblées dont la flexibilité procure un effet de balance naturel lors de l’assise comme on le retrouve sur les fameuses rocking chair.

En détail, cette chaise est composée de 4 street decks, 3 longboards pintail et 3 mini-cruisers pour un total de 70 feuilles de bois d’érable canadien. Chaque feuille composant les faces de ces planches ont été sélectionnées pour leurs effets ondés, mouchetés ou de loupes. La rareté et l’esthétique de ces feuilles rajoutent un côté unique à cette chaise.

Il a fallu un peu plus d’un mois pour arriver à terme de ce projet. Le pressage des planches a requis une technique particulière pour obtenir ces courbes. Un vernis brillant ultra résistant a été choisi pour faire ressortir les effets de chaque planche procurant un relief style velours. Des set-ups de roues-trucks ont été installés aux trois pieds pour accentuer l’effet de balance et rendant également cette chaise facilement mobile.

100% du montant de la vente sera reversé à SKATEISTAN.

Conception et réalisation : Sarah Jackson & Nicolas Alix

Vernis : Alexandre Marin.                              

Vous pouvez acheter cette chaise directement sur les bouton ci-dessous, ou sur le site de Roarockit ou sur European Custom.

Skateistan :

Skateistan est une organisation non gouvernementale, qui responsabilise les enfants grâce au skate et à l’éducation en Afghanistan, au Cambodge et en Afrique du Sud.

En combinant le skateboard avec une éducation créative et artistique, ils donnent aux enfants la possibilité de devenir des leaders pour un monde meilleur. Ils se concentrent sur les groupes qui sont souvent exclus des activités sportives et éducatives, en particulier les filles, les enfants handicapés et ceux issus de milieux à faible revenu.

Ils fournissent des espaces sûrs où les enfants peuvent s’amuser, développer leurs compétences et leur confiance et faire tomber les barrières sociales en se faisant de nouveaux amis.

Selon les mots de ses fondateurs, il s’agit de : « créer un meilleur futur pour ces jeunes et leurs communautés, grâce à des programmes innovants qui visent à développer les expériences et compétences de chacun d’entre eux ».

Si comme nous, vous voulez soutenir cette ONG vous pouvez directement faire en don en cliquant sur le bouton ci-dessous ou acheter la chaise.

Nous voulons remercions Chalk Custom Board Project et tous les artistes d’avoir créé et participé à la réussite du European Custom Board Show. Un moment unique de partage, rencontres, art, talent et bien plus encore.

May the stock continue! 🙂

Shaper of the month : Antoine Huber

Shaper of the month : Antoine Huber

Salut Antoine, 

1- Peux-tu nous faire une petite présentation de toi, d’où tu viens, quel âge tu as, où tu habites.. ?

Je m’appelle Antoine , je suis un jeune skateur de 16 ans de Gex , une petite ville française près de Genève . Je suis passionné de skate et de bricolage , l’association logique a été de fabriquer des planches de skate dans mon garage.

2- Tu as lancé ta propre marque de planches fait main, quand as-tu commencé ce projet et pourquoi ? 

J’ai lancé ce projet fin août 2019 , après la fabrication d’une première board pendant l’été . J’ai tout de suite adoré faire ça et je me suis décidé après avoir tester ma 1ere board . J’ai donc créer un compte Instagram @rippersskateboards qui comptabilise aujourd’hui 459 abonnés . Vous pouvez bien sûr vous y abonner , je poste une fois par semaine minimum ! 

3- Quelles sont les spécificités de tes planches ?

Mes boards sont toutes faites de 7 plis d’érable canadien croisés pour leur garantir une solidité satisfaisante . Je fais toutes les tailles de street en dessous de 8,6 pouces .

Chaque planche est signée à la main , sur le dessus , de la date de fabrication et du numéro de série . Certaines de mes planches sont de couleurs , d’autres sont nudes ou personnalisées par les acheteurs au Poska . Evidement , mes planches ne sont pas des pros models et sont imparfaites . Cependant , je trouve que chaque planche est mieux réussie que celle qui l’a précédée . 

4- Utilises-tu les technologies Roarockit ? Te sont-elles utiles au quotidien ?

J’utilise la Thin Air Press de Roarockit pour presser les plis . Cette presse est géniale , elle allie simplicité et efficacité . Je n’ai quasiment jamais eu de problème , excepté une déchirure que j’ai pu facilement réparé . Les matières premières , l’érable canadien et la colle sont eux aussi achetés sur le site de Roarockit .

6- Quelles types de finitions fais-tu sur les planches ?

Chaque planche RIPPERS est vernie avec du vernis à bois d’extérieur par dessus plusieurs types de finition :

-Nude , pour les minimalistes ou les artistes 

-Marquée du logo RIPPERS

-De couleur

Le vernis protège la board de l’eau et de la poussière , cependant comme toutes les boards , les slides laisseront des marques . Mais pour moi ces marques sont importantes , elles montrent que vous skatez vraiment .

7- As-tu une type de planche préféré et pourquoi ?

Je roule quasiment qu’avec des boards de street entre 8,25 et 8,5 car je trouve ces boards extrèment stables , solides et agréable à skater . C’est aussi le meilleur type de planche pour le bowl .

8- Des futurs projets, types de planches en vues ?

Mon projet actuel est de développer RIPPPERS en posant une partie des boards dans les skateshops alentours en dépôt-vente . Vous pouvez d’ailleurs m’y aider en vous abonnant à mon compte Instagram cité plus haut . 

Je vais bientôt lancer des planches old-schools , et une nouvelle taille de cruiser . Restez connectés !

9- Des remerciements, dédicaces, dictons préférés ?


Instagram: Rippersskateboards et Roarockit Skateboard Europe

Shaper of the month : David Zuber

Shaper of the month : David Zuber

Today, we would like to introduce David Zuber, skater, designer and builder.

Photo by: Caroline Krajcir.

Following several email exchanges, David sent us some images and details of a school project he had been working on. His project intrigued us, so we wanted to find out more…

“I started Skateboarding when I was about 11 years old. Now I’m 27 and it is still a big part of my life.

Without realizing, skateboarding introduced me to the creative aspects of life like Illustration, photography, product design and gave me a kind of outside the box thinking on the way.

Of course, I have never been the best in school but finally I’ll start my studies in product design this month – thanks to skateboarding for all of this. “

1 – You recently built a very neat school project, can you tell us a bit about this ?

“This was a three and a half weeks project at the ZHDK in Zurich. The topic was up to us and we could work quite freely.

My mind is a mess and I usually jump from idea to idea and try to figured out a lot of different things in one project.

The Goal was to make a customizable nightstand but as always, the process is the destination.

I started with a LEGO grid went over child wood puzzles, created a body in cinema 4D that moves depending on what kind of object (Things usually found on your nightstand) is falling on to it so I can create depth out of a two-dimensional plate.

At the end I ended up cutting the Roarockit veneer by laser cutter and layering them up.

I tried to figure out a way to get loose of the two-dimensional surface and create a customizable mini table.” 

2 – You used Roarockit material to do so, how do you find it so far and how did it come into play with your project ?

“I realized if I want to go into depth, I need to have a material to push the depth even further. So Lucky I skate and know that skateboards are made out of thin and colorful veneer to gain even more depth.

Since my mind never stops, I had to do something with the leftovers and created an induction charge, a lamp and so on. For my this was the biggest satisfaction during the whole project.”

Working with the Roarokit material was very interesting it gives you a lot of opportunities and you even discover a lot more during the process. One of the more interesting methods was bending the wood to give it a new shape without using glue.”

3 – You also recycle old skateboards, when did you start this project and what does it involve ?

“The first project I ever made was around 2014. After this I teamed up with some one of our skate group who was interested to work together on the same topic.

The main point is to simply recycle old skateboards. After a long time, we figured out how we can build bigger plates to create tables and furniture.

We always try to push the material to the limit and use it differently. We now also create bowls and are working on some smaller goods to finally put it on our web shop that should come soon.

But still my favorite thing to do is figuring out things and make up crazy concepts in my mind.”

Caroline Krajcir Fotografie

4 – Any future projects in mind ?

“OOOh yes my mind and notebooks are full of them.

I just made a concept to use some more Roarokit material but we first have to finish a 2.8×1.1 meter Table haha.”

Instagram: @waerchi_nr8

5 – Any comment, special thanks or favorite saying you would like to add ?

“Boys and girls keep skating and remember to always leave the skateparks and spots clean from trash.

To the Roarokit team, keep making this great material and keep the community up.

@Solothurn, it is finally time to give us a skatepark!!!

A big THX to my Teammate I know it isn’t always easy to work with me.

THX to all my skate friends and supporters of our wärch-Nr.8

THX @ Caroline Krajcir Who took the pictures of our Workshop

And of course, THX to my family and my girlfriend who are always supporting my!”

Follow and see more of David’s work on his instagram page.