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R!SKA

Retro Skateboards

PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel Mendonça

PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel Mendonça

PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel Mendonça

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João Silva had his first contact with the art of woodworking in his family’s small carpentry workshop, where he grew up watching and helping his father and his grandfather. A keen surfer and skateboader and interested in the world of design, fate would have it that the young man from Ovar would return to the family business, to transform wood into a handcrafted longboard, that he designed and made himself. And it was then, about a year ago, that the R!SKA – handmade boards project came into being.


After choosing the model, purchasers can customise their board, choosing the types of wood and width of each stripe   


After choosing the model, purchasers can customise their board, choosing the types of wood and width of each stripe   

Boasting retro design, inspired by 1960s styling, each R!SKA board longitudinally combines woods such as Brazilian copal, sucupira, ash and granadillo. Handcrafted, the boards are made in three layers – two high-quality woods for the outsides and beech plywood to place between them –, and are finished with fine quality varnish, which protects the wood from UV rays and wear and tear over time and through use. After choosing from the three models available – Dancer, Voyager and Mini –, the purchaser can customise his or her board, choosing the types of wood, the width of each stripe, and in the process, acquire a unique and original product.
Aware that this “is a project that is still maturing and constantly developing, creatively and technically”, João Silva defines “launching the R!SKA brand powerfully and with quality, focusing on handcrafted, customisable, retro style skateboards”, as a priority. The positive feedback from the market for R!SKA skateboards already means that the creation of new products is on the horizon, namely clothing and accessories, which are also “unique, limited edition, designer pieces”, thus allowing the company to stand out “in a market of mass-produced products”.