2019 Skateboarding Hall of Fame inductee Tom "Wally" Inouye's original Caster branded stinger shaped deck was first released back in November of 1978. From those initial production runs and the subsequent rise of wider pig shapes, he and his friend Skateboarder Magazine's Contributing Editor Curtis Hesselgrave tinkered with the idea of creating channels to assist with grip for during skateboarding's rise of aerial maneuvers in 1979.
Thankfully, Wally had no interest in rails at the time and this one-of-kind skateboard appeared in Jim Goodrich's iconic photo of Wally skating Del Mar Skate Ranch inside of Skateboarder Magazine's 1979 Photo Annual and was never to be seen again. To commemorate the year which this unique deck was first created, ridden, and photographed, Lifeblood Skateboards has teamed up with Wally and Professor Paul Schmitt to produce an inspired, limited edition of 79 of these decks.
This commemorative deck comes complete with blue Jessup griptape with a Caster inspired laser cut Lifeblood logo. (Photo coming soon).
Specifications: Manufactured by PS Stix, Inc. with 7-ply maple construction with wheel wells and finished with 70s era sharp edges. Fully dipped in glossy white paint with 3mm deep asymmetrical channels finished in clear coat. Navy blue and yellow graphics via heat transfer application. Top graphic screen printed in navy blue ink. Numbered editions of 79 and personally signed by Wally with a black Sharpie on both the top and bottom of the deck.
Measurements: 31.125" long by 10.25" wide, 2.75" nose and 5.75" tail with a 17.25" wheelbase.
Enjoy this skateboard until the wheels fall off and/or hang it on your wall as a tribute piece to one of the most powerful and stylish skateboarding pioneers that is still out there riding pools and parks over four decades later with soul and passion in his heart. Get on board with Inouye's Pool Service - rolling strong in the backyards and skateparks since 1976!