Gremmie Beginnings, Interview with Corey Brindley, Thalia Surf Shop, Laguna Beach, Ca,

Kevin Skibs

Kevin Skibba – Hand crafting.

So ‘Skibs, where are you from?
I was born in Houston, Texas, lived there for 3 months and I’ve never been back. I’ve been in Southern Cal. my whole life with the exception of a couple years in San Francisco.

How’d you first get into the sidewalk surfing scene?
I got into sidewalk surfing as a kid. I think it was around 1973 or 1974, my dad moved us inland so I was landlocked. I would read every Surfer Mag cover to cover and then go out and cop what I saw in the mags and apply it to skateboarding. Larry Bertleman was a huge influence, ’cause he was such a ripper in the water and then you would see him skating the same way at Wallos ripping just as hard, he just killed it back then.

Kevin Skib

Kevin Skibba

How long have you been making these boards?
I’ve been making these particular style boards for about a year now. I never expected it, but it’s growing so fast! I’m really having a hard time keeping up these days. I’m not complaining, this is a good problem!

Can you describe the process that goes into making a board?
The boards have to ride as good as they look. That being said, it usually starts with a shape that I think might work. I’ll make a template, then a prototype and see how it rides. If it lags I’ll scrap it, if it works then it goes in the lineup. The actual procedure is pretty standard to any other skateboard manufacturer except it’s just me making them. I do get a little creative with the paint and finish. The Gremmie image is made of rice paper and some of the grip on the deck is actually sugar I add in the clear coat, so there’s still a lot of surf influence to the overall finished product.

Kevin Skibs

What inspires you to go about it that way? In fact, what inspired you in the first place to make Gremmie a real thing?
I think the inspiration comes from years of loving and being around the Southern California surf scene and a strong skateboarding background. I think the actual inspiration to build the boards came a couple of years ago. I spent a couple months working on a boat in Hawaii. Nobody that worked on the boat had cars, everyone got around on a bike or a skate. The kids always gravitated to the longer cruiser boards. To me, they just didn’t work well in crowded sidewalk situations. I wanted to turn hard and quick, just go around people like slalom cones and I couldn’t do that on the cruiser boards. The response was slow and the boards to me were cumbersome. Don’t get me wrong, they have their place, they just didn’t work for the style of skating I was after. In the end, the inspiration came from being around a lot more shapers than skateboard builders, so when I first started constructing them they were critiqued pretty hard by some pretty heavy shapers.

Kevin Skibs

Kevin Skibba – Alley ripping.

How long have you been making these boards?
I’ve been making these particular style boards for about a year now. I never expected it, but it’s growing so fast! I’m really having a hard time keeping up these days. I’m not complaining, this is a good problem!

Just from our store alone we’ve shipped Gremmie boards to Australia, Japan, I think even Spain, Skibs are you planning a worldwide take over?
I wouldn’t be bummed. But right now I’m takin it one board at a time.

Alright, last question, downhill skate comp at Thalia St. You in?
All in!

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