The typical skateboard is made of laminated wood and is durable, lightweight, and has the flex and bounce required by the average skateboarder. The Hydroflex Skateboard has all these attributes, plus it comes with a honeycomb-on-acid design.
Known for its 3-D surfboard glassing technique, Hydroflex Technology, based in Oceanside, Calif., has combined its surfboard constructions and innovative process to produce the most cutting-edge, high-performance skateboards on the market. In fact, the company asserts that their patented bonding structure makes Hydroflex skateboards the strongest available.
“The quality and durability of our boards is supported by the use of the highest quality materials in the industry,” says Rich Ciesco, CEO of Hydroflex.
CM Interviews caught up with Ciesco to discuss the company’s decision to produce skateboards as well as its creative laminating process.
Hydroflex has been making surfboards for years: Why switch to making skateboards?
Well we are still focusing our efforts on the surfboard building business and that will never change. We just decided to add a new product line that we think goes well with the focus of the company. For us, creating skateboards was something we were pushed into by mistake, even though both of these industries have been interwoven for years. Most of the people at our company surf and also skate, so we started making skateboard decks for personal use by using scrap pieces left over from our surfboard production. The original decks we built were much like our surfboards, foam cores laminated with our 3-D Glassing process, then hot coated and sanded.
When friends and business partners all wanted one of these new boards, we figured we should put some time into developing a deck we could bring to the market. The current boards are now infused, rather than laminated, so the process is completely different. The evolution came from our surfboard building. The idea to use bright colors also came directly from our surfboard-building experience – which we think helps them sell.
What makes the production process so unique?
Our patented bonding structure that is created between the layers, makes our boards stronger than others. This is really what sets them apart – that and the honeycomb core.
What challenges has the company encountered since deciding to commercially produce these skateboards? How did you overcome them?
We wanted to really focus on this new product and we couldn’t just make another typical skateboard deck. We wanted to come out with a product that could change the entire industry. In order to do that, we needed something that was completely different from anything else on the market. Other brands have tried to make composite skateboards but none of them are like what we are doing. Our boards are stronger and more durable than wood decks.