The story of Worlds Greatest is a curvy one. It started out of a desire to do something in collaboration with my friend Brent Van Auken. We thought about a bunch of different things, and for a while we thought we might create a creative agency. Along the way we stumbled upon the idea to make skateboards. Brent is a skater and I like making things and so pretty soon I was making boards and Brent was making them look real good on Instagram. Not long after that Brent started designing motorcycles and working with Kickstart Garage to get them looking good and running right. Our first bike won an award at The One Show in Portland. Our second bike got to be part of a product launch at Iron & Resin honoring Bruce Brown films. So there it is, we make skateboards and motorcycles. My friend Matt Diffee says that makes us a transportation company, which seems to fit, but in reality we are just having fun making stuff and chasing whatever good idea comes next.
Each of our skateboards are made by hand from a piece of red oak.
They are a direct reference to the early days of skateboarding, before the swimming pools and half pipes, to the days when kids were cutting boards by hand and repurposing roller skates.
Our boards are classic and simple. The grain of the oak is the most important element and we treat each board like a a painting, with the main design element being where the grain falls.
We plane our boards down to 5/8ths of an inch, the perfect balance of weight and strength. We use 89mm Tracker Dart trucks and the narrow stance turns a street corner with ease, We use 65mm wheels, ABEC 7 bearings and ¼ in risers.
We think they're perfect, they are beautiful and fun to ride.