1- Présente toi ainsi que ton entreprise, qu’est ce que JF skateboard?
Hello, moi c’est Joël Meuwly, j’ai 32 ans menuisier de métier et artisan de skateboards/longboards et meuble divers mais, surtout fondateur de la marque JF-skateboards (J.Family-Skateboards) et du shop JF-Skatebaords (Skate & Tattoo) qui sont l’objet de cet article 😉 .
JF-skateoards c’est une marque née d’une passion de la ride et du bois qui se veut de représenter l’artisanat des skateboards / longboards Suisse avant tout, mais également la promotion des différents sports de ride comme le skate, trottinette freestyle, longboards, Pow Surf, Snowscoot et j’en passe.
2- Quand as-tu commencé ce projet?
Je crois que tout a commencé fin 2015 avec un pote Frank passionné de dessin. Nous partagions une passion commune « le skate » et avons commencé à réfléchir à différents projets. C’est comme ça qu’est né mi-2017 le shop JF-Skateboards (Skate & Tattoo) et par la suite fin 2020 la marque « JF-Skateboards » que j’ai lancé avec mon frère Jérémie.
3- Pourquoi as-tu créé JF skateboard?
Environ une année après (début 2017) avec mon pote Frank qui a commencé à s’orienter gentiment vers l’univers du tatouage nous
nous sommes dit, mais pourquoi pas essayer d’ouvrir une petite boutique qui mélange skate et tatouage pour se retrouver avec un produit artisanal et unique en son genre 100% hand made. Motivés par l’idée, nous avons très vite su trouver une surface commerciale et commencer notre activité.
4- Comment est venue cette idée de créer ses propres decks?
C’est à partir de là que je me suis mis à rechercher des planches sur internet et que d’un coup je suis tombé sur un site qui vendais du placage, pour moi, avec ma formation de menuisier, c’était une évidence, j’allais pouvoir mettre en œuvre mes idées.
À cette époque-là, je fabriquais déjà des longboards en bois massif à titre personnel.
Au début, c’était chaud, je travaillais dans une grande entreprise de menuiserie et le soir nous allions ouvrir le shop j’avais plus que le dimanche pour fabriquer les planches.
Très vite, j’ai compris que je devais faire un choix et il n’y avait pas besoin de me forcer. Ma passion, c’est avant tout l’univers de la ride.
Je me suis lancé à fond dans mes objectifs, il ne fallait pas faire les choses à moitié si nous voulions voir nos projets aboutir.
J’ai très vite passé commande sur ce site, j’ai commencé à faire mes propres planches pour des ami(e)s et moi.
Ça a commencé à se savoir et j’ai eu mes premières commandes dans mon entourage.
JF-skateboards était amorcé.
5- Comment as-tu connu Roarockit?
Mon plus gros problème quand j’ai commencé, c’est que je ne trouvais pas de fournisseurs d’érable de haute qualitée, mais finalement après quelques recherches, je suis enfin tombée sur le site Roarockit. Quel soulagement, de la qualité, réactivité et toujours de bons échanges lorsque j’ai besoin de renseignements.
6- Où pouvons-nous te trouver ? Où commercialises-tu tes produits ?
Actuellement, vous pouvez trouver tous nos produits dans notre magasin JF-skateboards (skate and Tattoo) à Rue du Marché 16, 1820 Montreux Suisse.
Ainsi que sur notre e-boutiqueJF-skateboard dans lequel nous livrons sur commande dans toute l’Europe. Pour plus d’information, nous avons également un Instagram JF_skateboards.
Mon frère Jérémie a rejoint l’aventure mi-2020 nous développons gentiment un côté magasin sport, une visibilité sur le web et nous venons de déposer la marque JF-Skateboards, les futurs projets pour nous seraient de faire évoluer cette marque qui restera toujours des produits artisanaux en ce qui concerne le bois et à la fois attaquer tout l’univers de la ride. Nous sommes actuellement sur un projet de Pow surf nous offrons déjà la possibilité de pyrograver et personnaliser toutes nos decks et dans peu de temps vous verrez peut-être une première mondiale, on n’en dit pas plus pour le moment, mais 2021 réserve de belles surprises.
8- Un petit mot de fin ? Remerciement, anecdotes ….
J’aimerais vraiment remercier toutes les personnes qui croient en mon projet et également ceux qui n’y croient pas, mais qui m’ont offert leur soutien. Un grand merci Roarockit de m’avoir permis de partager ma passion, d’en dire un peu plus sur mon projet dans cette interview et pour leur super matériel qui m’a permis de créer toutes ces merveilles.
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.”
Today we are taking a moment to introduce Julien Fouchard: Roarockit Skateboard Europe’s Luge Team Rider.
This introduction is very overdue, as Julien Fouchard has now been riding for the Roarockit Team since 2016.
An enthusiast of the Street Luge and Classic Luge, Julien has been riding since 2012 and started riding competitively in 2013.
His accomplishments include:
Season of 2014
Photo Jean Esquerre
Photo Maxime Lassale PND Julien
3rd place Street Luge Championships of the South-West of France
4th place Classic Luge, Pyrenee Championships
15th place Classic Luge, France Championship (CDF)
9th place Classic Luge, International Championships (IDF)
Season of 2015
5th place Classic Luge, France Championship
Season of 2016
3rd place, Classic Luge France Championship
5th place, Street Luge, France Championship
Season of 2017
Couldn’t compete due to car problems
We met Julien back in 2014 during events such as Peyragudes Never Dies, Le Rigalet, La D35 (…etc.). So many great events out there!
Julien was looking for a Luge that would meet his needs and enable him to take part in Championships and events across the world.
Roarockit technology makes it possible to build all types of custom boards, but a Street Luge entirely made of veneer and vinyl glue with oversize dimensions and shapes had not yet been done. We were up for the challenge and launched ourselves into the making of a unique Street Luge!
After several months, the first luge was ready. Made entirely using the Roarockit Thin Air Press, Canadian maple veneer and Titebond III glue. Julien participated in several freerides to test it, see if improvements were needed and to get a maximum amount of feedback on the board from other riders. Returns were positive but some improvements could be made: a little wider and shorter.
The second prototype was then a success! A Street Luge entirely handmade with Roarockit technology, a one-of-a-kind Luge.
The making of this first Street Luge entirely out of veneer is a great pride. A successful collaboration between rider Julien Fouchard, who brought his knowledge of the discipline and Roarockit for the technicalities of the build. The graphics were done by rider and artist Thomas, aka LeGrinch, Lako – Art & Co
This coming season of 2018 Julien will be taking part in several Freerides: the Rigalet, Montaut Express, Saint Pathik…etc.
And also the IDF championships: Transylvania, Kozakov, Verdiccilio.
We are thoroughly looking forward to following his accomplishments this season and are stoked of having such an awesome Roarockit Ambassador and Team Rider!
Plus big shout out to Julien, for his input on the successful build of the Street Luge !
May it be a successful year of downhill events for Team Rider Julien Fouchard!
So Matthew, tell us a little bit about yourself,
where do you come from etc?
“Hi guys, I am 21 years old from Hexham/Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK”.
When did you first get into skateboarding?
“I have been skating for well over half my life and plan to skate for as long as my legs will carry me!”
When and why did you start building boards?
“Like every skateboarder, I have always wanted to create and sell my own skateboards. I just always pictured it as a great feeling to be riding something that I have created and to see others doing the same. What really kick started the making of the skateboards, was my course at university. I was doing my BA (hons) in Graphic design/creative enterprise and had to write a dissertation on how brands label and market themselves as eco friendly and from a sustainable source, as well as creating a final product. Instantly I thought of skateboarding, as there is so much you can do to make a skateboard as eco friendly as possible. From there the dream became reality and I have been creating my ethically motivated skateboard company ever since.”
Where did the name « Big Aye Skateboard » come from?
“Like I said earlier, I am from Newcastle upon tyne, and the term ‘Aye’ and ‘Whey aye’ are commonly used words in the Geordie vocabulary, so I wanted to include that into my name, so it subtly linked back to where I am from. The ‘Big’ bit just seemed to work pretty well with ‘Aye’, so I just added that to the start and ‘Big Aye Skateboards’ was created.”
You make your boards with Canadian maple from Roarockit, how did you hear about us and why Canadian maple?
“Well I did my research to try and find places where I could source veneer to create my skateboards and Roarockit seemed like a really good place to make my first purchase from, as well you guys were very helpful when I was having problems finding out information about creating skateboards. The reason for choosing Canadian Maple, is because it is the chosen wood to create skateboards all around the world and it has been SFI certified meaning that it is from a sustainable source, which is very important. Especially with my brand ethos of being as ethically motivated as possible.”
You have just started up Big Aye Skateboard Skateboards, how are things going so far?
“It is going pretty well, I am constantly in my workshop creating skateboards and trying out different shapes and sizes. I have got a lot of support from a lot of my friends and people I do not know, which is a great feeling as it shows that people really like what I am doing and I hope that this continues for a long time. I still have a long way to go, before I am fully established, but thats all part of the fun. An official website will be made in the near future, as well as a skate promo video and more… Just keep an ‘Aye’ out and you shall see the progress being made.”
What are you working on now and what are your future projects?
“I am currently working on multiple different things, my main project is a custom shaped deck for one of my good mates, based on an ‘Enjoi’ deck that I really like. Each board I make is handcrafted and finished, making each board different in their own little way, making them very individual as no board will be exactly that same. So as well as that, I am constantly working on my woodworking skills. For the future, more skateboards and even more shapes and sizes to suit every skateboarder and the non skateboarders wants and needs! I am hoping to create surfboards at some point, as well as clothing made from hemp.”
Anything else ? any acknowledgment ?
“Just check out my page on Facebook and follow me on Instagram, to see the whole design process I go through to create these beautifully crafted/handfinished skateboards and to see even more updates, such as videos, drawings and other happenings!
Big shout out to Roarockit for their time!
All the people who have supported my company and bought decks from me! BIG LOVE!
And of course the famalam, for being a top fam!”