I was sitting watching sum skate videos and starting thinking……
Who invented, or where and when did the first modern “popsicle” or double-kick deck originate??? After contemplating this a bit, I suddenly had an interesting memory:
When I was around 10 or 11 years old I had a Deck called “The Vision- Double Vision Deck”
Vision Skateboards was quite a company in the late 80’s and had many of our now legendary world class skaters on board their team. Some names - Mark “Gonz” Gonzalez, Mark “Gator” Rogowski and The now infamous “Vision Psycho Stick” deck which was actually so hot it was placed on the cover of INXS, now classic album KICK. That was about the time I noticed people began to use skateboarding as a marketing tool to legitimize or make themselves “look” cool. Skateboarding was in full effect for my generation. That board and the Vision streetwear logo were everywhere and people were fiending to get some kind of a vision street wear clothing product. The VSW Shorts and Converse like hi-tops were dope and I loved them.
So during my hunt to refresh my memory of the double-deck, I came across this forum dated to 2006, which I think is awesome because it was cool to read that people were debating this topic almost ten years back. These days people are so oriented to the standard “popsicle” shape, that I can imagine many don’t even consider where it originated. If you know your history, the boards that were for sale around 1985-90 were wide, heavy and designed with a stylish shapes that made each shape unique and functional for the moment. ( I cant believe some of the ollies I saw people blast off on those still!) But, with kick flip type tricks and switch skating being born in the mid to late 80’s (another discussion up for debate on the exact originators and time period) , a more symmetrical shape was desired and this forum claims the double deck and Mike Vallelys “Barnyard” Board to be a pinnacle turning point.
Attached to this link is an amazing story and discussion featuring the designer of the double deck. (I didnt catch his name…) He tells stories of meeting with Gonz And other skaters of that period who helped him understand where skateboardings future was headed, and what demands design-wise would be practical for the skaters of the future.
Check it out and make your own decisions, I’m happy to have seen anyone talking about this and find it to be a really cool story.
I’ve also attached a few piks of the original “Double-Vision” add that was in Thrasher magazine, and a photo of the original production run of this board. Know your history.
Enjoy & Skate Straight!