Helmets: Many of the tricks and stunts that skaters practice and execute are dangerous to perform without protective gear. Helmets also became much more than protective gear with designs that reveal the skaters personality or make public statements.
- Judi Oyama’s Fly Away skate helmet from the 1980s
- George Orton’s custom shark painted helmet, used to set the world record, Sept. 15, 1996, at a speed of 61.87 mph—smashing the old record by 7 mph
- George Orton’s custom street luge helmet
Skateboards: Skateboards come in many different shapes and sizes. The collection of skateboards donated to the museum shows the evolution of the skateboard from a simple board with wheels to a thoughtfully-crafted piece of equipment that is often also a work of art.
- Patti McGee’s Hobie Super Surfer, 1965
- Jack Smith’s board used to ride across the US in 1976
- Robin Logan’s Logan Earth Ski pro-model, 1975
- Laura Thornhill’s Logan Earth Ski pro-model, circa 1976-77
- Tony Hawk’s first board, given to him by his brother, Steve, in 1977. It is a 1975 Bahne skateboard made out of fiberglass and modified by Steve Hawk.
- Julian Stranger deck from REAL skateboards. The graphic features a Jewish star and Nazi swastika and says “NEVER FORGET 6,000,000 DEAD,” about 1995. Only 125 were produced. Donated by Nick Halkias.
- George Orton’s 39-inch carbon fiber composite board with free-floating Randell skateboard trucks and x-skate wheels, used to set the world record Sept.15 1996, at a speed of 61.87 mph
- Deck used by Mimi Knoop when she earned her first X-Games medal in 2004
- Rodney Mullen’s board that he rode at the Smithsonian in 2012
- Dwindle and Cindy Whitehead’s “Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word” prototype board featuring original artwork by Cindy Whitehead
- Custom Roger Bros. Street luge used by George Orton in both the X Games and Gravity Games
- Honeycomb pool board designed by George Powell
- Santa Cruz board used by Tim Brauch
- Mark Lake pro model
- Powell Quicksilver used by Stacy Peralta
- NASH Goofy Foot Sidewalk Surfer
- Brauch urethane wheels (Santa Monica Airlines)
- Mark Lake pro model deck
- Skate deck belonging to Frank Brauch
- Nightmare skate deck used by Mark Lake
- Tim Brauch’s first pro board by SMA
- Tim Bauch memorial board made by Santa Cruz
- Lane Segerstrom speed record longboard
- Shaggo skateboard
Rails and boards: Many skate tricks are performed on rails or boards. These objects can vary in size, shape and material.
- Paul Schmitt donated a number of rails and boards:
- Schmitt Stix rails, his first commercial product
- 1978 Formica, fiberglass, and wood (Formica to slide and fiberglass for strength)
- 1979 Hand Cut UHMW plastic rails
- 1980 Extruded UHMW Plastic Rails Half Round, which eliminated hang ups
- 1983 ATV Board built in a small workshop in Tampa Florida
- 1986 Wider Rails, which had a round edge and a grab lip
- 1986 Paul Schmitt’s Yardstick Complete
- 1987 Chris Miller Model First Double Kick Board built in high production factory
- 1988 Skinny Rails
- 1989 T lock rails with Hidden Bolts
Medals: As skateboarding became a more organized sport, tournaments emerged and skaters could show the public their skills and talents.
- X Games medals won by George Orton
Bibs: At skate tournaments, contestants wore bibs—numbers that distinguished them as they competed for the championship.
- Cindy Whitehead’s Gold Cup Contest bib
- George Orton’s X-Games bibs
Apparel: Although clothing tailored to skateboard culture is now available commercially around the nation, many skaters made political, artistic, or personal statements with their apparel.
- Mimi Knoop’s Alliance T-shirt worn during the 2006 Women’s vert contest at the X-Games
- Original graphic T-shirt from DEL MAR Skatepark featuring the Pushead’s art, which was his first “published” work
- Cindy Whitehead’s Sims Team Jersey, padded Molly skate shorts, and Puma tennis shoes
- Bates racing leathers used by George Orton in the X Games and Gravity Games
Archival Material: As skateboarding became a more organized sport, several publications emerged to document the latest news and trends. In addition, nationally recognized publications featured the skateboarders and the sport.
- National Skateboard Review, 1976-1977
- The first second and third issues of TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine, uncirculated and in mint condition. These magazines were donated by Nick Halkias.
- New York Times and Los Angeles Times articles on the Alliance from 2006. The New York Times article helped the Alliance gain the attention of John Skipper, president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks.
Miscellaneous: There are many different types of objects that make up a holistic skateboarding collection. Not all of these objects fall within the typical categories people associate with skateboarding, but they are very important to the sport and culture.
- Set of master keys to the Skatepark of Tampa circa 1994. Donated by Nick Halkias.
- Skate cards used by Cindy Whitehead
- Skate wrench used by Cindy Whitehead