We often meet – and get emails and messages via from – people who want specialised freestyle equipment but don’t know where to get it from. Most brick-and-mortar skate shops haven’t stocked freestyle boards or anything smaller than 126mm trucks since the start of the 90s; thankfully, the internet has enabled manufacturers, open-minded skate shops and specialised retailers to sell product direct to freestylers worldwide.
Below, we’ve compiled a list – broken down into geographical region – of places where freestylers worldwide can get their hands on proper freestyle boards, trucks, skid plates and wheels. Hopefully, it should be fairly comprehensive, but if you run – or know of – a shop or manufacturer that sells freestyle-specific equipment, let us know through the comment form at the bottom of the page.
Mode makes some of the highest-quality equipment in North America. Run by Terry Synnott, they sell skid plates, wheels and three different hand-screened freestyle boards.
Moonshine are relative newcomers to the freestyle market, but they’ve come out strong with two solid shapes – a fairly standard modern double-kick model and a wider, popsicle shaped variant for someone who wants a freestyle length but wants to use 129mm trucks.
Decomposed has been around for a while and acts as a virtual one-stop shop for freestyle. With a constant flow of new shapes and products – including bargain completes – it’s a great place to both get your first freestyle setup or pick up a replacement set of trucks or wheels.
Sk8kings is run by the Carrascos, a family with a long history in skateboarding. While primarily supplying the slalom scene, they also make a range of freestyle boards and wheels – and stock all the trucks and accessories you’ll ever need.
These guys are legendary, and should need no introduction. They do three freestyle shapes (oddly listed with the street decks), skid plates and the Momentum freestyle wheels, but you’ll need to go elsewhere for the trucks. It’s definitely worth looking at Christian Heise’s model, though. It’s beautiful.
Moonshine offers the same two freestyle models in the UK that they sell in the US, with more coming soon. Now they even have a UK-based webshop, which means that getting a freestyle deck is finally as easy in the UK as it is in the USA. We’ve only waited 15 years for that!
Michael Erskine’s eBay
Need skidplates? Our very own Michael Erskine has got your back. These skids are designed for the Moonshine board, but will fit most double kick freestyle boards on the market at the time of writing. If you get in touch with him, he can make ones to fit any shape you need.
Longboards UK is the online shop of Oddballs, a pair of weird skate/longboard/slalom/circus shops in Camden and Brighton. As the name suggests, they primarily sell longboards, but stock freestyle-sized trucks and (usually) freestyle wheels. On occasion they have been known to stock the odd freestyle board, too.
Octane is a well-known supplier of the slalom scene in the UK. And as many slalomers like to dabble in the dark arts of freestyle, they also tend to stock the odd freestyle board, sets of 106mm trucks and freestyle-friendly wheels. Unfortunately the owner is currently struggling with health problems and the supplies are drying up, but they’re always worth checking when you need something.
Yoyo Schulz was the sole supplier of the European scene for a long time. Now his webshop has effectively closed, but if you contact him he always has some supplies. He also cuts a range of tail and nose skids which are regarded by many as the best in the business.
Never Enough Skates
Never Enough is effectively the European version of Decomposed – only with a better website. Their decks are generally slightly wider than the typical 7.25″ modern freestyle board, but they offer reasonably-priced completes as well as all the typical supplies.
I’m fairly certain Little Wheels used to do freestyle boards. Nowadays, they only seem to do freestyle wheels, which Bernhard makes in his basement. For €22.50, they’re worth a punt.
These guys have a small selection of Sk8kings’ freestyle models, a Mullen reissue, Tracker and Grindking trucks, and a range of different sized skidplates. Sadly, no wheels. Guess this is where those €22.50 wheels from Little Wheels come in!
Nose and Tail
Marius Constantin – the most hard-working and noble promoter of freestyle in the world – has been lamenting for too long that it’s difficult to get freestyle products at reasonable prices in Romania, so in typical Marius fashion, he’s stepped up to the plate and made his own webshop. If you’re in Eastern Europe, this is the place to go for freestyle gear. I know he also sends out signed photographs if that’s your thing.
Thanks to Vladislav Kanin, Russia now has its very first freestyle board. While we’ve yet to see one in person, it looks like a great single kick with very slight concave and a hint of a spoon nose. Apparently, it’s built with a “monolyte core” – whatever that is – so it’s not just Cirus who are experimenting with unusual deck materials in Eastern Europe. It’s also worth noting that you can’t simply pick one of these up “off the shelf” as SuperApe don’t keep them in stock – you have to email SuperApe and then they’ll build one for you within 12 days. Pretty cool.
Cirus are the newest option in the freestyle world. Manufacturing boards entirely from bamboo with carbon fibre inserts, they do two shapes and ship anywhere in Europe. They don’t, however, stock anything else, so you’ll have to source your trucks, skids and wheels elsewhere.
Per Canguru’s Shop
Per Canguru is one of the most legendary freestylers in Brazil and sells a whole range of products in order to get freestylers in his country started – including some great wheels that are very hard to get anywhere else.
I believe this is run by Tai Tai, who organises events out in Brazil, but I may be wrong. At any rate, they sell one freestyle deck. I don’t know anything about it because I don’t speak Portuguese. Sorry, Tai Tai!
M80 is, from what I understand, the center of Japan’s ever-growing freestyle scene. I wish I could tell you more than that, but my knowledge of Japanese is severely limited.