Iris Skateboards

IRIS Skateboards

We recently received a custom IRIS skateboard from George Rocha and set it up and took it for a roll through the streets. For several years now, George has been creating these truly unique one of a kind skateboards from – skateboards! His upcycling process begins with the donations of used skate decks which are then glued together, sliced into slabs, shaped, cut and sanded into an awesome and unique line of 7 different cruiser decks all from within his garage space in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district.

These skateboards are genuinely derived from self-made craftsmanship that liberates old discarded decks (by the hundreds) from clogging up the landfills and gives them new life within a new piece of skateable art. The Point Break model that we received measures in at 27.25” x 7.25” with an effective 17’ wheelbase. I set it up with a set of Independent 109s and OJIIIs for a smooth, responsive roll and it quickly brought me back to that embryonic magic rolling feeling as the sidewalk quickly passed beneath my feet as a young kid. So good!

All IRIS decks feature a unique look from each and every board that is produced and they creatively make use of recycled crushed glass which is environmentally friendly, super grippy and allows for the beauty of these original colored veneers to shine right through. Whether you’re a collector or looking for a profoundly unique daily cruiser, IRIS skateboards are both functional and favorable, made from skateboarding and a lifelong skateboarder.

Be sure to drop on by the IRIS Skateboards website for more info, photos and video of George’s creations and follow socially @iris_skateboards.

– Bryce Kanights



 
Iris Vertical

 


 
iris double view
Top and bottom views of the Point Break model

 
iris glass top
Recycled crushed glass for an environmentally friendly and fun ride.

 
iris top macro
Recycled crushed glass detail

 
iris complete setup

 
iris pointbreak
Point Blank Complete

 
iris detail beneath

Day By Day – The Iris Story

Day By Day is a short film by Jeremy McNamara that gives a glimpse into the life of functional artist George Rocha and his DIY skateboard brand IRIS. George is best known for his work making used skateboards into new functional objects. He truly has carved out an unusual life for himself by being resourceful and doing it his way. Have a look!

Iris Skateboards Gives Second Life to Discarded Decks

YouTube Preview ImageThe SF Weekly has featured George Rocha and his San Francisco-based Iris Skateboards brand. Have a look at his motiviation and hard work in the video above and read about his unique boards which are handmade entirely from recycled skateboards right here. Repurpose, reuse and skate another day. Cheers George!