Jeff Hedges’ Skateboard
“Reflecting on my residual self image from work life, I realized I was in the Matrix and somehow had become fatter, older, lamer…
Unplugging from the cube farm, I saw the real world was still spinning its wheels, grinding their trucks, and slapping rocks.
I’m just a washed-up 80s vert skater turned family man and corporate cube dweller. Laid-off in the aftermath of the disaster that was the Bush administration, only to re-find skateboarding as my true purpose in life.” – Ffej
Jeff Hedges is always smiling… Maybe it’s because he’s just happy to be riding a skateboard at 47 years of age, or maybe he’s trying to invent a new type of invert, “The Happy Plant”. I’d be smiling too if I had his natural talent.
Ffej, as his friends refer to him, is well known for having one of the best inverts in the business. Not only is Ffej obsessed with riding anything with vert, he is also a walking encyclopedia of skateboarding knowledge and a strict enforcer of proper trick naming conventions. Scott Foss and I often get a chuckle out of seeing him cringe when we jokingly call out, “Nice frontside indy”. His excitement, passion and enthusiasm for skateboarding tends to rub off on people. Jeff is one the most humble skateboarders i’ve ever met and i’m proud to call him a friend.
This is Jeff Hedge’s skateboard. There are many like it, but this one is his.
Custom DIY garage pressed and cut deck from Chris Gobber @ AZ Laminates
Standard 7 ply, 9″×32″, 15 3/16″ wheelbase
|Trucks||Independent 159′s – Silver, Loose|
|Wheels||Bones SPF – 58mm, White|
|Bearings||Bones Swiss Bearings|
|Bushings||Bones Hardcore Bushings
Jeff actually rides the harder white/black ones on the bottom, with the medium 91A white/yellow ones placed on the top.
|Rails||Old 2nd generation Schmitt Stix Rails from the 80′s|
|Risers||Independent Riser Pads 1/8″|
|Grip||Mob Grip Tape|
|Pads||187 Killer Pads – Custom Pro|
|Helmet||PRO-TEC Classic Helmet|
|Shoes||Vans – With lots of duct tape|
|Deck||Santa Cruz Salba Badlands Deck – 8.6″ x 32.5″ (15″ Wheelbase)|