On Tuesday NHS put on an open day at their facilities in Santa Cruz, California. We were able to silk screen T-shirts, watch board graphics being heat transferred, and check out the history of the NHS art department. The NHS research and development team showed us tests for the grippiness of griptape, flatspotting wheels, and how much impact various boards can take. They unveiled their new P2 concave (these boards are strong!) and plied us with good food, brew, free tattoos, a live band, and good vibes. Thanks for having us NHS!—Dave Chami

Photos by Dave Chami and Skin Phillips

One of the many high-tech product gadgets at NHS.

Punishing boards in the name of R&D.

Some classic SC decks.

Never forget, Tim Brauch.

Free ink!

Taylor Bingaman gets some.

Mad carne asada. Nice apron!

Wes Humpston x Natas board.

Crooked grind out back.

Back Smithers.

Front blunt.

Ron Whaley with a nice Flip deck.

Krux grip.

Bob Denike with the first Santa Cruz board.

Dave Chami and Ron Whaley.