Last summer, I stopped a guy skating in the street, to ask him where he’d bought the bought he was cruising on. A small wooden deck with soft wheels, perfect for street crusing, resembling an early 1970′s Californian skateboard. The board in question was a hand-crafted model by a local French brand, Footloose.
The wood derives from the Gascogne forests in the south-west of France and every board is hand-crafted individually by one of their ‘shapers’ and to correspond with the demands of the individual. With a team of collaborating artists and surfers that counts Robin Falxa, Margaux Arramon Tucoo, Jerome Junqua and Kim Francis, and based in Biarritz and Anglet, Footloose brings skating right back to its surfing roots.