He forgets his board on the way to the park. He ends up riding his friend’s cruiser instead. He has so much fun on the cruiser—he makes that his go-to board. He needs trucks. The 215s he’s sitting on are too big. He cuts them down to 153s. He discovers how much time it takes to cut down the trucks—he does not make that his go-to. The modified 215 axle did mall grab better, though… —Luke Callahan

How to chop your trucks down to the size of your liking:

Danny Dicola, crail block fakie. Photo / Shigeo. Video / Cameron Holland

Danny broke down the evolution of his setups in our May 2014 issue:

INITIAL HAND-ME-DOWN
“I started when I was probably five or six. My first setup definitely would have been a hand-me-down from my brother. I don’t know exactly what it was, but it was an early ’80s monster truck–looking board. The first board I do remember—like first brand-new board that I got to pick out—was from McGill’s Skate Shop. I think it was a Mike McGill. I had that for years, until it was a rectangle. I lived in this cul-de-sac, and right across the street there is this little bank, it’s still there. It’s a little sewer drain/bank. I’d do kickturns on that and just going to the beach, trying to keep up with my brother.”

HAND-ME-DOWN (CONT.)
“Filming, that wasn’t until the eighth grade. I was friends with Ryan Bobier, I still am, and he was blowing up, so every once in a while I would get to go on his missions and skate with Lee Dupont, Jamie Thomas—all those Zero guys. That’s when I first started getting out there. I was skating hand-me-downs, just whatever Bobier was giving away. The whole $lave thing came about just being in the right place. Matt Mumford was an Encinitas [California] resident at the time, and I just started seeing him around a bunch, and we had some mutual friends. Around that time I was really getting into pool skating, I was moving up to 8.5.”

 

“I just thought that was clean, more comfortable for the mall grab and stuff.”

 

ADD AN INCH
“I went to the skatepark with my friend, and I forgot my skateboard. I had given my friend a War Pig setup; I never really rode that board, I just thought it was too big and just a cruiser board. I was so bummed that I left my board, and then he’s like, “Nah, I got this War Pig you can ride.’ I was like, “Oh, yeah!” So I rode it and I had so much fun riding that board that I pretty much never went back to my eight five setup. I’m not a flip trick guy, so I’d need to ride like a seven five or something. I love trying flip tricks, my feet hang off the board on a nine and a half board anyway. It doesn’t matter what I’m riding, my feet are going to be floppy, so I might as well have enough board to move my feet around.”

ENHANCED MALL GRAB
“I really liked how the old Independent trucks looked. They looked like a T with no meat to it at all. It’s a super-slim truck, and that’s what the Independent 215 truck looked like, the Mega Ramp trucks. I just thought that was clean, more comfortable for the mall grab and stuff. There was that aspect of it, and I needed some trucks and had gotten an Independent box with those 215s in it. I just wanted to slim them down just ’cause I heard there’s a guy up in Santa Cruz that does it and I have all the tools to cut through the axles and do all that, and I just tried it. It was kind of a pain in the ass. I made one and I was like, “Oh shit, I have to make a second one.” I liked how those old trucks looked and I also needed trucks and all I had was those big wide ones, so I just slimed them down and I rode that board for probably about a month and then my buddy’s son got his board stolen, so I just gave him those trucks, so that’s where those ones went.”

 

Deck: $lave War Pig size 9.5 | Trucks: Independent 169 | Wheels: OJ Doug “Pineapple” Saladino series size 58 mm | Grip: Mob Grip | Bearings: Hard Luck Hardwear and Bearings | Shoes: Size 9.5

 

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