Five years ago, Voxel entered the longboarding scene determined to make high quality products and bring their vision to the community. They’ve made leaps and bounds in those 5 years – from two workbenches at home in to a 10×30 mini factory in present day. They’re now setting the tone for the integration of technology into the manufacturing process with 3D printing.
We last spoke with Voxel in 2017 when they released the 3310. Even then, Voxel understood the importance of iterating until things were right – they made five molds before they got the 3310 just right. Now, you can see how they’ve incorporated rapid-prototyping and iteration into their products.
2021 has been a banger of a year for Voxel and as the winter approaches they’re more ready than ever. Read on for our interview with Voxel and what they’ve been up to this year.
Wigga Skateboards is a longboard manufacturer based out of La Gaude in the southeast of France. Situated at the base of the French Alps, the town is located near some of the greatest destinations for gravity sports in the world. The company was established in 2013 but its founders were born and raised skating the area. With origins like theirs, they’ve developed some truly epic skill as downhill longboarders but even more impressive is their craftsmanship.
At Wigga their skills harmonize to make epic, futuristic skate machines. We caught up with Florent from the Wiggateam to learn more about Wigga and the Mini Zoulette Pro.
Italian based Victorwood Longboards manufactures handmade downhill and freeride decks with over 20 years of experience. Their decks are more than performance tools, they are emblems of quality and craftsmanship. This year the Wolf has been updated.
Sanctum Collective is based in Colorado and with that comes the Colorado style. Their Sanctum lineup features some of the most unique construction and concaves on the market. The Stratos is made with the signature Alloy Construction that features 8 plies of maple with a single ply of aluminum on the bottom. This creates a very stiff, durable deck ready for the abuse that comes from downhill and freeride.
I’ve been skating the Stratos for about two months now and it has taken quite a few beatings; however, the crew at Sanctum make boards to last. The Alloy Construction has kept the board as stiff as the day I got, it has saved the Stratos from curbs and not surprisingly, it’s still immaculate looking!