Special Projects

The Zeppelin Aero Works Special Projects Division was created to curate projects that honor skateboarding's rich and diverse history. Some of these projects include:


Collaborations and/or consulting with other skateboard companies

While we aren't particularly fond of "collabs", we do sometimes collaborate, confer, or consult with other companies and brands to develop new products, marketing strategies, business plans, or ad campaigns, among other things. If you're a skateboard brand or company that needs help with product development, strategic planning, promotions, marketing, or advertising, hit us up! We're always happy to help!


Creating special skateboards

These skateboards are typically reserved for team use, and are used to develop new products; re-interpret and/or re-engineer old skateboards; or for special events.

 

Here's an example of one of our Special Projects skateboards, our re-creation of the historic Hobie Super Surfer "Dana Point" model circa 1965. Scaled up a bit, sporting a slightly different Zeppelin sticker (instead of the Hobie-branded original), and utilizing modern urethane wheels and trucks, we made only four of these for our team riders to go do photo sessions on.

 

Special Project #4: The Hobie Super Surfer "Woody" (Style #1462)

This is a scaled-up and modernized re-creation of the 1960's era Hobie "Super Surfer" skateboard, Style #1462. In the 1960s, Hobie made several versions of the Super Surfer; some, like this one, were solid wood, while others had a very elaborate vertical-lamination layup. For this re-creation, we substituted a modern laminated 8-ply maple layup (thank you Madrid) to replicate the overall thickness of the solid wood original, and added a mellow, rockered concave for rider comfort and control. While we were at it, we also substituted modern Ace 00 classic trucks, 1/2" risers, and 59mm/80a Acid Chemical Company Jelly Shots wheels for the Chicago originals while maintaining the classic looks and overall proportions of the original setup.

Only four of these were made for team use. Two of them were retained in the Zeppelin Aero Works archives for ongoing research and development; the other two will be auctioned off at a special event at the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum in Simi Valley, California sometime in the fall of 2024.

The original Hobie "Super Surfer" (Style #1462) at bottom right, with the re-creation. The inset photo is the custom sticker that we designed for these boards, made by Jim Gray's crew at Inkgenda in Costa Mesa, California.

 

 

Special Project #5: The Makaha Phil Edwards model

This is a scaled-up and modernized re-creation of the 1960's era Makaha Phil Edwards model. To many people, Phil Edwards was the best surfer of his time, an icon of the era; Makaha capitalized on his popularity and legendary status by woodburning his signature into their solid-wood skateboards in order to boost interest and sales. For this re-creation, we substituted a modern laminated 8-ply maple layup (thank you Madrid) to replicate the overall thickness of the solid wood original, and added a mellow, rockered concave for rider comfort and control. While we were at it, we also substituted modern Ace 00 classic trucks, 1/2" risers, and 62mm/78a bottle green Bennett Alligator wheels for the Chicago originals while maintaining the classic looks and overall proportions of the original setup.

Only two of these were made, and both of them were retained in the Zeppelin Aero Works archives for ongoing research and development.

The original Makaha Phil Edwards model (at bottom right), with the re-creation. The inset photo is the custom sticker that we designed for these boards, made by Jim Gray's crew at Inkgenda in Costa Mesa, California.

 


Special Project #9: Everything Skateboarding Magazine

Back in the spring of 2023, Laura and I were lamenting the fact that there really wasn't a media or a magazine out there for "skaters like us", i.e., skaters over 30. We dreamed up the concept of a skateboarding and lifestyle magazine that would appeal to skaters like us, and including stuff that we were interested in: recipes; wine, beer, and spirits; art, music, movies, and books; traveling and adventure; camping; skateboarding (of course); and maybe even a little bit of snowboarding here and there, just to top it off nicely. While we were at it, we invited our skateboarding friends and family to join in on the fun. Everything Skateboarding is available quarterly as a digital download at www.lulu.com, the internet's most user-friendly self-publishing website.

 

The cover for Issue One of Everything Skateboarding Magazine, released on July 15th, 2023 and available at www.lulu.com.



Putting together special events

Building a diverse and welcoming skateboarding community is super important to us, as is helping other skateboarders to learn about and appreciate our shared history and culture. To those ends, we organize several events throughout the year to bring our community closer together to honor our shared heritage while having a whole bunch of fun along the way. Need help planning, hosting, or promoting an event in your local community? Hit us up! We're always happy to help!

 

 

 

 

A few examples of the types of community events we host throughout the year.