Love this thread!
I was a skater after BMX then moved to mountain bikes. My first deck was a Variflex Eliminator, pretty standard, £50 in 1986, saved my first 8 weeks paper-round money up for it and my Dad gave me a tenner towards it for saving so hard. Got an Illusions Homeboy deck after that and some orange cosmetic defects Slime Balls wheels from Southsea Skate Park for it, think I had Tracker trucks on it. I have a complete NOS Variflex Joker board in a box somewhere, will dig it out and take some pics.
I saw the Powell and Peralta team on tour at SSP too, 88 I think, I still have the T-shirt! So many happy memories from down there, every Sat morning, 10 to 12 session, when it went up to 55p I had to ask for a pocket money rise so I could still go, that was '83 on when I was BMXing. My lad is 4 now and he wants to head down there, cool!
I was a regular at Southsea Skate Park around then & also saw the Powell tour (also saw the Haro Freestyle tour & Eddie Fiola demos)
I found an old Santa Cruz board at my local tip around 10 years ago,i don't know what model as it was all scratched up so i sanded it & sprayed it yellow added new bearings & cushions. Its still hanging up in the shed now
I always wanted a Zorlac or Alva but could only ever afford blank decks.
"I wonder if Florence is a virgin?"
"Drops 'em for sure" said Noddy and he's the biggest stud in Toytown!