When the director of the new Point Break approached us, he told us he wanted to work with a performance-oriented company to make the board that would not only be featured in the story of the film, but also ridden by the stunt riders for the skateboarding action scenes. We were stoked to be a part of the project so we worked directly with the stunt crew as they began rehearsing the scenes, which involved surfskating down a spiraling parking garage ramp, dodging cars and going fast.
They needed a combination of control at higher speeds while maintaining tight maneuverability and quick response. We sent them various sizes and configurations until we arrived at the best proportions. At 33 ¾” this board is not very long, but the 19” wheelbase smoothes out the ride for higher speeds, while the chopped off nose gives you a nice wide platform for your front foot for extra carving control. It was a combination that worked perfectly for the demanding requirements of a professional stunt crew, and we thought it would be something our riders would appreciate, too.
For more on the story of this board, read the Currents story here.
double stringer griptape 33.75” long 9 7/8” wide 6 5/8" tail 3 7/8" nose 19" wheelbase 69mm Roundhouse Concave Smoke
Back in October of 2013 I ran into our friend Ericson at a cafe in our neighborhood of Venice, California. He was meeting with a location scout for a new film he was working on based on the 1991 cult classic Point Break. He said he wanted to make an action movie that got the details right, one that showed the action sports with the authenticity they deserved. To achieve this he was going to work with some of the best riders in the world, and use cinematographers that were already at the top of the action sports world. As part of this authenticity he wanted to work with Carver on the skateboards for the film.
Around a year later he sent over the script and asked us to come up with our own design and graphic. The board was meant to represent Johnny Utah’s character in his early days, when he was a skater growing up around the reservation, eventually getting sponsored. We didn’t imagine he’d have had a slick graphic designer work on his board, but rather have a friend who was a tattoo artist hand draw a symbol that represented Johnny’s true self. It probably would have been sketched on the back of an envelope and just transferred, raw and hand made, straight onto the board. It was with this backstory that we created the symbol that was meant to speak to Johnny’s roots, his DIY nature, and his daredevil, death-defying attitude.
We were stoked to learn that actor Luke Bracey was cast as Johnny in the lead role. Luke grew up surfing and skating in his native Australia so we were hopeful that he’d represent us well, but we still needed to see him ride. So when he was in LA he stopped by our offices and we took him out to one of our favorite banks and put a board under his feet. He took to the board right away, and told us “I have a bunch of other skateboards I’ve been riding for years, but this one feels just like surfing!” Even in his borrowed shoes he put the board on rail and pumped it along the bank like it was meant to be ridden. We were all pretty stoked as we watched his surfing style come through perfectly in his skating, as if he’d been riding Carver for years.
At this point the stunt crew had already started to rehearse the skateboarding stunts, and one of them had Johnny racing down a spiral parking structure on his board, weaving between cars. We sent the crew a quiver of different Carver boards to try out, and worked with them to dial in the best shape and length for the run. It needed to be able to handle some speed down the incline, but also maneuver around cars during the stunt. We designed a 34.5? board for a combo of speed down the line and control and maneuverability through the cars, and produced a dozen boards for the filming. We kept a few around the Carver offices, and it became a favorite for lunch-time taco runs and sunset sessions after work. It was the first board to feature the new super grippy Roundhouse Concave wheels, which fit it perfectly.
Films take so long in post-production that I had totally forgotten about it until I was in a theatre and came across the preview, where saw that the symbol we had designed for the board had become a tattoo on Johnny’s back, too. We also saw our Carver trident logo prominently placed on Johnny’s neck. The backstory for the graphic had found expression in the character, the symbol inextricably connecting him to the shadow of his past identity.
In the end the skating sequences did not make the final cut, as the story took a different turn in the final editing. All that survived were the graphics we made for it. But the stunt board lived on in our offices, and we fell in love with the size and shape, a great mid-sized board that was missing from our regular line up. The extended 19? wheelbase smooths out carves and has a faster top pump speed than boards with a shorter wheelbase, while the slighter deck keeps it snappy. Set up with the CX.4 truck set and Roundhouse Concave wheels, it’s nimble and grippy, and we felt it was a board we wanted to share with our riders, so we’re offering it as a limited edition with the original graphics during the launch of the film.