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Independent

Grinding hasn’t always been part of skateboarding, but nonetheless, skateboard trucks have always been essential to skateboarding. Almost as essential to skateboarding is Independent Trucks. Once skateboarding progressed to the tops of pool walls and the edges of backyard half-pipes, the need for a durable truck became even more apparent. Grinding ramp coping, pool coping, ledges, rails, and curbs all take a toll on your trucks. Of all the companies making trucks today, Independent is one of the oldest, wisest, and generally most trusted in skateboarding today.


The Independent Truck Company released its first truck, the Stage 1, in May 1978. Founders Richard Novak and Jay Shiurman, Fausto Vitello, and Eric Swenson got together to start Indy because of their general dissatisfaction with the trucks available to them at the time. Today, the Indy Stage 11 is king - it’s the most popular, trusted skateboard truck on the market today. Evidence to Indy’s reliability and popularity can be seen in its team which consists of some of the best skateboarders of all time such as Andrew Reynolds, Eric Koston, and John Cardiel.


As skateboarding progressed, Independent skateboarding has been there every step of the way. In the early 80’s Tony Hawk and Christian Hosoi battled it out on half pipes across America. And in the 90’s and early 00’s when the likes of Dustin Dollin, Anthony Van Engelen and Geoff Rowley (all Indy riders) showed the world the kind of punishment skateboarder’s bodies went through in filming parts in videos like Flip’s Sorry and The DC Video, Independent was there.


The popularity of their trucks and skateboard team have made Independent T-Shirts a staple in every skateboarder’s wardrobe. One note worth making about Indy’s logo found on Independent hats and beanies, shirts, and hoodies is that is not an iron cross. Independent Trucks logo is actually the Alisee cross. According to Independent’s Wikipedia page, the logo was inspired by an image from TIME of Pope John Paul II wearing the icon.


And if all that wasn’t enough to convince you of Independent Truck’s legitimacy, take it from CCS team riders David Gravette, Ben Raybourn, and Aaron "Jaws" Homoki.


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