here we have a little bit on why I picked a Moonshine deck as I dip my toes in the dangerously dark waters of freestyle skateboarding. I mentioned that I’d go through my equipment choices, possibly boring you in the process but here we go.
I also mentioned that my daughter set in my head the idea for giving freestyle skateboarding a try. She did this by finding Mike Osterman through Andy Schrock/Revive videos. My plan for a first deck to try freestyle then was a Waltz.
Before I purchased though I though I’d do some internet research.
The research pointed out that the Waltz decks were different in the EU from the US models. A few companies do this.
I have no problem with this, but I wish companies would be more open about it. The issue though was that the US and EU decks have a different concave. As I researched more about freestyle decks, I knew I wanted to go minimal/no concave. The concave nature of boards I’ll explore in a future blog.
In my research, I found Moonshine skateboards. Confusingly they are nothing to do with the Mononshineskateboard/longboard I currently own.
I had heard of the other Moonshine as they have a heavy team of transition rippers, including Art and Steve Godoy.
I was kinda in, so I searched through their models. All of which were shorter and narrower than the Waltz. This made sense to me. The Waltz was not that far off from the current Magenta I ride so I’d probably be just as well not changing there.
In the end, I plumped for the Stefan”Lillis” Åkesson model as mainly I liked the graphic, it has almost zero concave, and it looked like a proper freestyle skateboard.
First Impressions of the Moonshine Lillis Åkesson “Elder” Freestyle Skateboard Deck
My first thought was how tiny is this, have I made a horrible mistake. I confounded this by nailing some terrible ollies on it once I had built it up. Once I changed my foot position though this deck has pop, it pops just as easy as my bigger popsicle sized decks.
The next correction involved manuals. It is now almost a tiptoe like operation but once I figured that out the deck balances really well. Now, I just need to work out how to actually do proper freestyle tricks on it.