Only dead fish swim with the stream

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Only dead fish swim with the stream

Ever fallen in love with something you shouldn’t have?

Ever fallen in love with something you shouldn’t have?

Back in 79 during Brentford’s Rolling Thunder skatepark’s last throes, the skate shop there had a Dogtown Jim Muir Triplane on the wall.I wasn’t that keen on them at the time, but over the years I remembered it more and more fondly. Sort of an “Ever fallen in love with something you shouldn’t’ve” kinda thing. At the time I had a Z-Winger, which was the first ever concave skate deck. Everybody laughed at me at the time, after all who wanted a warped skateboard. Well we all know how that turned out. Some people wrongly believe it was the Triplane that was the first concave deck but it wasn’t as this snippet from Z-Flex’s own website confirms.

Z-Winger first concave deck proof

Dogtown Skates have recently re-issued the Triplane in red and black Yorkite finish. I normally wouldn’t go out and buy a deck of this era as a keeper, as it’s the earlier 70’s stuff that tickles my turtle but the opportunity arose. A friend had a long wait for the delivery of the Triplane he ordered and due to a communication mix up there was a spare. Too good an opportunity to turn my nose up at I’m afraid so I bought it, sorry Mr Bank manager. The pictures don’t do it justice, it really is a thing of beauty. Especially the top graphic.

Jim Muir Triplane top view Jim Muir Triplane bottom view

It’s also the deck Marc Sinclair rode when he visited Dogtown and in one of my favourite skate pics of his Fakie Ollie at Marina Del Rey.

It’s a big deck even now under my 53yr old feet, it must’ve been a monster back then to most mid teen skaters. So glad the opportunity to grab one came my way.

 

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