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Independent

Independent

As one of the most iconic brands in skateboarding history, for over forty years Independent have been manufacturing high quality trucks which has earnt themselves a near-cult following. Based in Santa Cruz, California Independent was founded by Richard Novak, Jay Shiurman, Fausto Vitello and Eric Swenson who worked together to launch the debut Stage 1 model in 1978 which suited bowl riding which was emerging at the time. Arriving at a time when skateboarding didn’t have an ‘anti-establishment’ attitude but was instead seen as a toy, the team felt there was a gap in the market for high quality skate trucks and used this as a focus for their own brand. ‘Indy’ developed products that were highly durable, adjustable and allowed for easy turning. After giving away trucks at competitions, it wasn’t long until a collective of pro riders were all choosing to ride Independent trucks for their

ability to withstand repetitive use. Through their ability to keep up with the spike in skateboarding throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, Independent catered to varying size and width needs which they continue to do to this day.

Fans of both ‘vintage’ and new styles flock to the brand due to its rich history and reliable weight, finish and strength, including the likes of professional skateboarders Geoff Rowley, Steve Caballero and Gilbert Crockett who each have their own favourite setup which they’ve stuck to for years. Not only famous for their products, Independent has an extensive back catalogue of adverts dating back to their founding year that appeared in magazines like Skateboarder, Action Now and Thrasher. 

As one of the most iconic brands in skateboarding history, for over forty years Independent have been manufacturing high quality trucks which has earnt themselves a near-cult following. Based in Santa Cruz, California Independent was founded by Richard Novak, Jay Shiurman, Fausto Vitello and Eric Swenson who worked together to launch the debut Stage 1 model in 1978 which suited bowl riding which was emerging at the time. Arriving at a time when skateboarding didn’t have an ‘anti-establishment’ attitude...

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