Mark Gonzales

Professor Schmidt Talks Building Jumbo Gonz Board For Street Plant

Street Plant linked up with Mark Gonzales to redevelop his Jumbo Original Gonz Board with the help of Professor Schmitt. Now, the board sold out in minutes, but according to Schmitt, they’re printing a few more come spring. Mark your cals.

And Schmitt, the unreal amazing board builder he is gave us an inside look at the process of redeveloping Gonzales’ old school shape. 

The story kicks off last winter when Mike V told the Professor he wanted to make a Jumbo Board with The Gonz. 

I got to know Mark when I moved to California in 1985 when he rode his original Vision model. That 10” x 30” board with the square edges was produced by the Taylor &Dykema Woodshop.

By 1986 I had the Placentia Woodworks Woodshop in Costa Mesa running for Vision. We did boards with round edges.

Mark was always around in his Gonz kind of way, He always had ideas and posed questions. We drilled holes back to use existing molds to get him what he envisioned at that time.

Gonz got lots of custom boards in this era of progression and was part of my feedback loop. When you skated with Mark, I paid attention and was influenced in my sponge-like way.

Boards in the early 80s had a triangulated concave that was deeper in the front and shallow in the back. For the jump ramp era, this meant boards broke easily, especially with fish inspired shapes. Spoon noses started to come into fashion, but they weren’t functional enough from my perspective.

When I built my S3 DoubleKick Concave the spoon nose was so 1983 to me. I had that design attribute in my original Schmitt Stix mold.

Now back to the story of the origins of this Jumbo board. I pressed some 13” Wide blanks to get started for Gonz. This board represented 1985 with a few twists. We kept the nose short. Not upturned at all. When you look at this board from the nose you can see the original perspective.

However, this Jumbo Gonz board is made in a concave with parallel rails. When you look at it from the side it will have hips in the back to make it Strong and Stiff and thin like a modern board.

Mark didn’t want to keep the square rails like the OG board. With Gonz skating back in the 80s he knew square rails were great for a Shiner’s and caused the board to chip easily.

He rode the samples and gave us feedback to fine-tune this Jumbo. We tried double drilling, rear wheel wells, and tail, width & length adjustments.

This made a board ride like he wanted — a reimagined 11 ¼” x 32 Jumbo.

We ended up with wheel wells in the front and cropped the graphic back around the wheel wells like back in the day.

This board ended up 11 1/4” with a 17” Wheelbase 4 1/4” Nose and this a 6 5/8” Tail.

These boards are painted a solid color just like they were back in the day, as Dyed Hard Maple did not show up until 1986.

There will be a few more colors of these #StreetPlant boards in the spring. Keep your eyes peeled to Street Plant.