Custom Skateboard Designs Inspired by Ray’s Pool

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Ray’s Pool A San Diego Legend

Ray’s pool has been a hot spot for local San Diego skaters for the past 15 years. While skaters shred, spectators can watch from the sides of the pool or from the top of the roof that over looks the pool. Ray’s house and pool is a pretty sweet spot that is at a high vantage point of San Diego. Back in the day, before there were skate spots, this was where locals would gather to skate. Ray is putting the home on the market, marking an ending to a San Diego skating era. To celebrate the past decade and a half, Ray hosted a birthday party for local skate legend Old Man Andy. It has been the last big skate gathering at the pool since the beginning.

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A Bit About Ray

Ray was born and raised in San Diego. He is a bit of a local legend himself. Along with skating, Ray is into surfing and fishing. Currently, he is working on a new big project. He is the owner of the Pacific Beach restaurant Izakaya PB. This is a great spot for good eats and the freshest sushi in town. You can often find Old Man Andy and other local skaters having lunch and dinner at this spot near the beach. Not only can Ray shred the surf, he can also craft a really mean roll and cook up some soulful ramen. He keeps true to his Japanese roots through his craft of food.

Custom Skateboard Pool Theme

We put together a collection of custom skateboard designs to share with you. These custom skateboards are inspired by Ray and his pool. As you can see by the theme, the fusion of California and Japanese culture has fuzed together for these designs. You can find this collection of custom skateboard designs along with others at’s browse section.

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Custom Skateboard with Skateboard Quotes

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Pick The Ultimate Skateboard Quote

Skateboarding is a lifestyle. It has transcended the concrete bowls into its own culture with fashion, entertainment, and super stars. A lot of inspiration as risen out of the world of skateboarding, and we can learn some things from the big skate stars that have helped skateboarding evolve over the years. Here are some inspirational skateboard quotes to feed your need to skate, and to help you get started on creating a custom skateboard with your own skateboarding quotes!

Classic Skateboard Quotes

Here is a collection of some memorable skateboarding quotes from some skaters.

“Life is a lot like skateboarding.” – lil Wayne “I consider skateboarding an art form, a lifestyle and a sport. ‘Action sport’ would be the least offensive categorization.” – Tony Hawk “Skateboarding teaches you how to take a fall properly. If you try to kickflip down some stairs, it might take you thirty tries – and you just learn how to take a tumble out of it without getting hurt.” – Bam Margera “My whole life has been the skate life. I don’t really remember doing anything besides skateboarding.” – Ryan Sheckler “When I was a kid, everywhere I went people said I should be a model, but I was more into skateboarding.” – Daria Werbowy  

Custom Skateboard Quote Designing Tips

So when designing your custom skateboard, there are a few things to keep in mind. When you design the board, always keep in mind the trucks on the bottom side of the board. The trucks will be a part of the design once it is installed, unless this is a board that will hang on your wall. So… if you are putting a skateboarding quotes on the board, make sure it is on either sides of the trucks or in-between the four indicated dots on the template. Or else, you may get a board that looks funked up.

Some Short Skateboard Quotes

You could always put a long skateboard quote on the board, but sometimes a shorter one will do. Shorter skateboard quotes are easier to incorporate in to the design when creating a custom skateboard. With less words, you can play with the text size and placement of the text. This makes it easier to add style to your design and helps with creating a bold impact. Here are some short skateboarding quotes that are good for this type of custom skateboard design. “Skate or Die”, “Keep on Rolling”, “Go Skate Day”.

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New on – BLOCK Risers for Your Custom Skateboard!

All the New BLOCK Risers Are Finally Here!

We are excited to tell you that we have added new BLOCK Risers to our site! BLOCK Risers has used innovative skateboard riser designs to create a new skateboard riser with multiple functional “blocks” that can be swapped out. These risers are fresh enough for any skateboard with 5 colorful colorways and a signature design style. BLOCK Risers are a great edition to any custom skateboard, and they work on longboards and any type of reverse kingpin or drop through trucks. You can even top mount BLOCK Risers for use as a push plate or for filming from angles above the board. BLOCK Risers are currently the most versatile skateboard risers and longboard risers available.

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The BLOCK Riser Basics – BettyBOX

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The base unit for BLOCK Risers are the original BettyBOX. The BettyBOX is a tough 3/8″ riser unit made to fit on any truck setup. If you’re looking for light, durable skateboard risers the BettyBOX is designed to minimize the riser weight while still providing a stable rise usable by even professional downhill longboarders. A solid product in its own right, the BettyBOX really shines when used as intended and combined with the rest of the BLOCK Riser setups. Unlike most skateboard risers the entire BLOCK Riser BettyBOX series is also able to be used as longboard risers, even with drop through trucks.

BLOCK Risers GoBLOCK – The GoPro Mount for Skateboarding

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With the GoBLOCK, you can add an extra feature to your custom skateboard. The GoBLOCK adds a GoPro camera mount feature to your riser. The design lets you install the camera in a spot that is out of the way from your feet, both when mounted above and below the deck. With vibration restraints and a secure hold, the GoBLOCK will help you capture smooth skateboard footage. Its the most useful skateboard riser we’ve ever seen. Combine with the soft durometer BLOCK Riser Pads to get good footy even over sidewalk cracks. The GoPro attachment easily locks into the BettyBOX housing. so you can attach and detach your GoPro easily.

StashBLOCK Drawer Block Risers

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The StashBLOCK has a secret compartment that slides in and locks into the base BLOCK Risers BettyBOX. The box is perfect for storing keys and small items that you might need to bring along on the ride but don’t want to get mangled. If you hate skating with stuff in your pockets the StashBLOCK locks in securely and doesn’t fall out while you’re out cruising or ripping. Not too big and not too small the StashBLOCK is the perfect size.

Looking For More BLOCK Riser Blocks?

The entire premise behind BLOCK Risers is to keep adding new blocks and there are no signs of stopping. The latest addition from BLOCK Risers includes a GoPro light mount to give you an option of a bottom mounted light or a top mounted light that help you avoid cracks and stack crazy clips at night. Mix and match your BLOCK Risers boxes, both straight and wedge risers, and find your style.

Custom Skateboard Features

It is the details that count, and with these innovative BLOCK Risers, you have the option to upgrade your custom skateboard to get the best ride. They come in 5 bright colors of red, green, blue, purple, and black.

I’m Buying a Gift, What’s a Riser?

Risers are slab of durable material that is screwed between the skateboard deck and the skateboard trucks. They help the skateboard “rise” up a little and are useful when you want to use larger wheels without getting wheelbite or you have a skateboard that sits too low to the ground. They can also help reduce chatter and rumbling when going at higher speeds or skating on harder wheels. You can also use them to get a change in your pushing and carving. Most risers are flat though BLOCK Risers offers both flat and wedge. Typically skateboard risers are simple pieces of high durometer plastic. The difference with BLOCK Risers is their innovative design that allows you to actually use the riser for multiple purposes other than just additional height.

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Winter Deal on a Custom Skateboard

Winter is winding down as we are in the last month of the cold season. It’s the month of love, and if you are looking for a unique gift for your boyfriend, or girlfriend, we have what you need! A custom skateboard is a thoughtful and awesome gift for any skater girl or guy. Here at Whatever Skateboards, we have a special deal for you. You can use this coupon code upon check out to receive 10% off your order. Coupon Code: THANKU

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He Was a Skater Boy

Do you remember that song that use to play on the radio? It was about a skater boy that was denied by a popular pretty girl in high school. She was secretly into him, but did not want to let anyone know to save her reputation. A few years later, she ended up seeing him on TV playing at a rock show. Bummer! The song is a love story with a twist of fate, where the girl form high school is left with regrets and lost him to the girl who saw the skater boy who he really was. If you were lucky enough to catch a skater boy like Avril Lavinge was, then we have the perfect gift for him. A custom skateboard is also a unique gift for any skater girl!

Designing Custom Skateboards

What is awesome about Whatever Skateboards is that you can design whatever you like! We have a lot of designs that you can choose from in our gallery. Along with being able to pick available designs, you can also tweak the designs to make them your own. If you are looking to create your own, you can upload personal images. There are also text and background tools on our site to help you with designing.

Unique Gifts

One of the best things about a custom skateboard is that it is a unique gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend. They will be the only one with that special gift and will appreciate the time you took with designing it for them. We have a lot of different skateboard models to choose from and a lot of different colored wheels to choose from. Anyone receiving a custom skateboard would be stoked!


Design A Custom Skateboard!

Design Your Own Penny Board Style Short Cruiser Skateboard!

Design Your Own Penny Board Style Skateboard Deck!

Design Your Own Penny Board We’ve got the short cruiser skateboard shape that you want and we even let you design your own penny board on our world-famous Green Tail Skateboard and our 2016 skateboard models (no spoilers)! One shred sesh on this penny style skateboard equipped with cruiser style wheels and trucks and you’ll be hooked on the mini skateboard craze. We popped out the tail on ours to give a little more action than a traditional short cruiser and we also widened the deck overall for larger riders. But don’t worry, we have both a 25″ and an even shorter 22″ if you’re looking to go ultra mini. Mob alley cracks with impunity and surf the concrete sea like a salty old sailor on these little penny board style decks.

What Does a Penny Board Style Skateboard Ride Like?

Besides being under 28 to 30 inches with a fishtail shape one of the primary defining characteristics of this skateboard deck shape is the type of gear typically mounted on it. Most short cruisers, including our Green Tail series, come equipped with gear you’d expect to find on a slightly different style skateboard based on the size. Most penny style skateboards use large wheels than you’ll find on a traditional skateboard and often have gear that’s more commonly found on longboards or cruisers. Its no wonder penny boards ride different than most other skateboards: with that kind of control on that small of a skateboard deck you can get an awesome ride. You get the control and grip from a larger longboard but the zippy maneuverability you’d expect from a classic fishtail shape. Our penny board style short cruiser skateboard Green Tail are an improvement on some of our older mini shapes and this size remains one of our favorites, particularly with the ability to slide and pump on flatland. Paris Trucks Skateboard Wheels

Plastic Skateboard VS Wood Skateboard?

Until we find a better way to make truly quality skateboard we make all of our penny boards out of wood, none of our boards are made out of plastic. We use traditional or fine grain grip on the top so you can get more control as you skate without the intense coarse grip for a downhill skateboard. While we do like formed skateboard tops we’re not huge fans of the way plastic skateboards have less grip than wood skateboards. Another downside to plastic skateboards that caused us to choose wood for our mini skateboards was the overall deck feel. At that tiny size the bounce is great but too much bounce can be intense even on the boardwalk when riding one of these. Plastic skateboards are fun but in our opinion if you’re getting a professional skateboard deck you should get wood.

Shortboards Are Perfect For Designing Your Own

Unlike a longboard a penny skateboard style skateboard deck gives a smaller space for the graphic design so the actual graphics on the smaller boards create a great focal point. This cat skateboard, (Editor: technically a laser cat skateboard bro), gives focused and clear graphic able to be seen at a glance. Longboard designs frequently require the eye to travel up and down the board but if you design your own penny board the graphic can be focused and centered.

Our Finest Short Cruisers, Just For You!

Of all the skateboards in the office fleet the penny board style skateboards is one of the ones we’ve checked out the most. If you’re interested in being able to design your own penny board the Green Tail series was engineered to be the perfect choice! If you like the look of the 25 inch Green Tail series but want something even tinier we have a 22″ model that’s smaller and lighter. Our 22″ Green Tail is also made out of wood for extra durability, no plastic cruisers here! Want to design other shapes? Take a look at our other custom shortboard skateboards and custom mini skateboards! Be on a lookout for our new skateboards, some of the newest shapes will be penny board style!

Design Your Own Old School Skateboard And Old School Longboard

We know what if feels like to want to design your own old school skateboard so we made the very best old school skateboard decks and old school longboards around. Here are some of our best deck shapes to custom design with a timeless appeal. At Whatever Skateboards we’re all about designing your own old school skateboard, from the pinnacle of the park popsicle to the laziest longboard cruiser. Like any silver screen masterpiece the test of time has even improved of the classics with modern science, (read: fiberglass). Old school skateboarding style without riding like something from history class (Editor: *groan*). We’ve taken the time to break down some of the best “design your own” old school skateboards and old school longboards we have on our site.

Design Your Own Old School Skateboard – Skateboarding 101

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If there is one old school skateboard that took over to defined skateboarding and solidified itself as the official “skateboard” shape is it this iconic textbook shape. Nothing says old school quite like… well… a classic skateboard. One of the best formats to design your own this pro model also is made of top quality wood so you’ll be able to shred in steez. Gripped up with Jessup and ready to roll nothing says gourmet like a classic popsicle deck.

The Oversized Skateboard – Skateboarding 201

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Some people insist bigger is better and in a nod to the early days we’ve gone ahead and carved this massive hunk of old school wood pushing madness. Shaped in an older style with modern cuts the actual size of the board is much bigger than the old school style street decks. Built for ancient beasts and those who need a little more canvas for their graphics this is one of the decks we’ve finally grown up enough to mash around.

The Dart – Your Friendly Old School Longboard

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No trip down old school skateboard lane is complete without longboarding and no old school longboarding sesh is complete without a Dart pintail style. The original beach shape and preferred throughout Southern California for ages the surf style pintail give you that uplifting bouncy ride you remember. Pop up and down to some tunes on your Walkman and throwback to when when tails were out of fashion. Cooler than a skinny tie in a class picture this amazing old school beach style cruiser looks great with custom beach themed designs.

Official Whatever Skateboard Old Skool Skateboard

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This is our official slice of old school skateboarding and this shape is sweeter than summer vacation with a deck shape shimmering somewhere between cruiser, shortboard, and fishtail. When you tell your grandkids on their hoverboards about skateboarding this is the shape you are talking about. We took inspiration from all of our favorites so you feel like you’re riding every style of old school skate at once. Fishing for that monster fin in back? You’ll catch it. Want to get groovy with the sweeps? Jack up on some risers or use the carved wheel wells to snap in some reverse kingpins and throw peace signs on the boardwalk. Need to pop? The tail catches. Monster hill? Use the extra length we threw in with a slightly wider pocket in back. This is a go to daily driver and a dependable skate. The wide shape is awesome for custom old school designs and graphics and is the definitive upgrade for all old school skates.

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