Wentzle Quiver Rationalisation

 

Many of you may have already seen Joe Iacovelli’s recent post on Facebook. If not, then here’s a copy:

FOR MY SKATER FRIENDS – OG ZBoy Wentzle Ruml IV lost his lease and needs to liquidate 30 years of skate gear. A few vintage items, his Deathbox proto’s, Bulldogs, slalom, longboards, trucks and wheels. Hit me up if you want a list. If you’re a collector, Wentzle will of course sign it for you but his ego doesn’t make presumptions.”

 

Knowing that many of us are Wentzle fans for his quiet, understated yet skilled demeanour, I contacted Joe and requested a list so that we all had the opportunity to assist an OG ZBoy and share in well respected skate culture.

Photo Photo photo © Glen E. Friedman

 

Joe wrote: I don’t know if you have met Wentzle, but he’s very down to earth and I don’t think he would want to trade on his name in an ebay setting, but prefer to set some prices on the run of the mill stuff and take offers on what might be more collectible. Again open to suggestions, but here is an example. He has a few foam Roes that are in his concrete wave quiver photo. If they were mine or yours what are they worth $100? SO Wentzle’s would be worth a little more? But not a hyped up “Come buy the zboys skateboard for $500!” kinda thing. I’ve marked in yellow what might be collectible per his description on the phone. I personally think the rest should just go at whatever fair market value is (2 cambria $10 or less, a radikal rear $125? I’m open to any thoughts on prices.

 

Obviously shipping in bulk helps us all:

1) ORANGE GYROS (4) 2) GREEN O.G. GYROS (4) 3) ABEC PROTOTYPE 94s (4) 4) CAMBRIA (BLACKISH/NEW (4) 5) CAMBRIA (DARK GREY) (4) 6) CAMBRIA ( LIGHT GREY) (2) 7) CAMBRIA (WHITE) (20 8) CAMBRIA (LIGHT GREY) (2) 9) SEISMIC (ORANGE 69MM/84 DURO) (4 TOTAL) 10) SEISMIC (BLUE 69MM/76 DURO ) 11) SEISMIC (PURPLE 69MM/89 DURO) (2) 12) SEISMIC (GREEN 69MM/ 82 DURO) (2) 13) SEISMIC (WHITE (69MM / 80 DURO) 14) SEISMIC (RED 69MM 78A) 15) ZIGS (70MM/80 DURO) GREEN 16) GRAVITY CLASSIC (40 66MM/78A DURO) PLASTIC HUBS 17) BONES BOMBERS (NEW?) (4) 64MM/90A 18) SEISMIC TRUCKS (1 SET) 19) CUSTOM BENNETT “SKENNETT” NEW FRONT TIGHT SLALOM FOR 160-180 LB RIDER 20) RADICAL DRAGON TAIL BLUE (REAR ADJUSTABLE) 21) BEARINGS (NEW) ABEC 7s, REDS, P.T. IN NITRO CASE) 22) TOE STOP (CHAPMAN/NEW) 23) TWO TURNER CUTAWAYS (RED & YELLOW) 24) ROE UNLTD CUTAWAY 30” FOAM 25) ROE UNLTD. FULLTAIL 30” FOAM 26) INCECT DECK (NEW) 27) ROE HOLLIEN WOOD CORE 28) DEATHBOX WALLHANGER 29) SAM HITZ DEATHBOX “NEW ORDER” “GOATGIRD” (NEW) 30) SMA 30 (NEW) 31) DEATHBOX WRIV SRFSK8 CANYON POOL PROTOTYPE (1ST RIDDEN ONE EVER) 32) HACKETT DEATHBOX PRO SIGNATURE MODEL 33) GRAVITY DECK 36″ SINGLE KICK 34) SUBSONIC 24” T.S. DECK (NEW) 35) BLUE ICK STICK CARRERA *THE BOARD THAT GOT ME BACK INTO SKATING* 36) SUBSONIC COMPLETE (30” LOWLAND) W/ TRACKER/INDY/CAMBRIAS 37) D-BOX WRIV CANYON POOL SRFSK8 MODEL (PERS BOARD COMPLETE) 38) D-BOX PERS…SAME AS ABOVE…BOTH IN MAG SHOTS ETC. 39) FIBERFLEX TEAM MODEL COMPLETE ROAD RIDERS AND TRACKERS MY DEMO BOARD FROM MAKAHA TOUR 40) NOR EASTER…CUSTOM FOR WRIV RANDALLS AND FLYWHEELS 41) JESSE MARTINEZ SMA MODEL (LIKE NEW W/INDYS/BONES 42) BULLDOG GAS HEAD SIGNED BY WES (NEW) 43) BULLDOG FLAMING HEARTSIGNED BY WES (NEW) 44) BULDOG SHUGO (USED) 45) SKANDALL REAR 125MM 45) A SHIT LOAD OF CONTEST T SHIRTS FROM THE LAST 7 YEARS

 

Bit of History:

Excerpt from JUICE MAGAZINE

DogTown Chronicles:

WENTZLE RUML IV

INTERVIEW BY STEVE OLSON

Welcome to our series of articles about the Zephyr competition team and the “DogTown and Z-Boys” documentary. The first series of the DogTown Chronicles began in issue 52 featuring interviews with the original Zephyr shop owners, Jeff Ho, Craig Stecyk III and Skip Engblom. In issue 53, Juice talked to Zephyr team riders Stacy Peralta and Bob Biniak. Issue 54 featured Z-Girl Peggy Oki and Z-Boys – Wentzle Ruml IV and Jay Adams. Issue 55, Juice Magazine talked with Zephyr team riders Paul Constantineau, Tony Alva and Shogo Kubo, as well as DogTown documentarian Glen E. Friedman. Issue 56, Nathan Pratt tells his side of the Dogtown story. Issue 57, Allen Sarlo gives his perspective on the documentary and the classic style of The Z-Boys – the ultimate instigators of aggressive surfing and skating. This series of articles has generated plenty of controversy and proves, in fact, that history does repeat itself…

How long have you been skateboarding and causing trouble?
I started when I was 15. Biniak and I were best friends and we started making our own skateboards and stuff.

What city were you hanging out in?
In Dogtown, down in the Ocean Park district. We lived about a third of a mile away from each other and that involved going down Highland Hill which was about a 30-40 mile an hour speed run. It was awesome, perfect blacktop. We had Highland Hill, Marine St. and Pier St. Those were the hills that we charged. Biniak and I went to school together and we would hang out and build boards after school. This was pre-Cadillac wheels days so we used to ride Paul Revere with Sure Grips, then Cadillacs came out.

What was the difference when Cadillacs came out?
They had such a smoother ride and grip. We weren’t sliding all over the place. That was the big turning point. That was what really kicked us all into gear. It was a totally different ride and they were faster. I remember having two Sure Grips and two Cadillacs because I didn’t have enough money to have the other two Caddies.

Did you put the Cadillacs on the front or back?
I put them on the back for doing hard turns and stuff. Then I got rid of the Sure Grips. The Cadillacs were smaller than the Sure Grips so it was kind of out of balance but we made do. We rode Paul Revere a lot at that point. That’s when I started skating heavily. I’ve got pictures that were taken with my mom’s little Instamatic camera, out in front of my house, of Biniak and I on a board that was basically a 2×4. It moved fast from that point. We started stealing wood out of the lumberyard and going up to the wood shop at school and making boards.

What school did you go to?
I went to John Adams Junior High. Biniak and I both went to Santa Monica High School and we both got kicked out at the same time because we were truant and forging notes. We were just surfing and skating. We both got booted out of there and ended up at Olympic H.S.

You were surfing long before skateboarding?
Yeah. It’s almost like what Stacy said in the movie. The waves would usually get blown out in the afternoon so we would surf early. Southwest winds would come up and then blow it out. Then we would just not necessarily want to go to school, you know.

Right. And that whole Santa Monica cove is exposed to a south wind blowout early.
Yeah sometimes we would get up and go down to surf and the waves would be blown out already. And the other thing that I think is sort of important is that we used skateboards for transportation. I didn’t ride a bike. I skated everywhere. And then Jay and I became really close and then it was me, Jay, and Biniak. The three of us skated a lot together. We hung out everyday and we would catch the Blue Bus to Paul Revere.

How much was the bus back then?
It was a quarter. And we raised hell on the bus and then actually the bus would just cruise by and wouldn’t even pick us up. We had to start skating to Revere. We would skate from Revere to Kenter or hitchhike or do whatever we had to do. And usually with Bellagio, we would have to hook up with somebody that had a car.

How old were you then?
Fifteen or sixteen. It was pretty full on when I was sixteen, in terms of bank skating, then looking for pools. I have pictures of me and Biniak at the Canyon Pool that were taken with that Instamatic.

Was the Canyon Pool in Santa Monica Canyon?
Yeah, and it was definitely my favorite pool. It was where we started double carving and pumping turns and hitting tiles and doing forevers. It was so wide and smooth, like a big open bowl. It was definitely my favorite pool.We’re way too far ahead with the pool thing. You, Jay and Biniak were tight but what about the whole Zephyr team?
Well this was like pre-Zephyr. The Zephyr Team sort of evolved. And I think this is really important. I don’t think that Kent Sherwood has gotten the credit that he deserves for this whole era.

Who is Kent Sherwood?
Kent Sherwood was Jay’s stepfather. He is the one that came up with the boards. If it wasn’t for Kent we would have never had the boards.What did Kent do?
He was a boat builder. He was into fiberglass, working with catamarans and sailboats. He developed the molds for the original prototypes. I remember we would ride the prototypes and say, ‘This is too bouncy. It needs more glass.’ We went through a lot of prototypes before there was ever a Zephyr skateboard sold.

We?
Well, at that point it was all of us. The team was together. A few other people came in a little bit later. Cahill, Sarlo, Muir and Nathan Pratt were all surfing for the Zephyr team so they just kind of folded over to the skate team. We were all skating and it wasn’t like trying out for the team. We were hand-picked. We all had the surf style.

For the rest of the story – CLICK HERE to order Issue #54 of Juice Magazine.

Or better still, pick up some of his gear!

 

Sam

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7 Comments

  1. Paul
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Wentzle is still racing and is a super nice guy – I’ll be making some offers for sure!

  2. Rob
    Posted September 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I have made some offers – the Yellow Cutaway has gone by the way!

  3. SamG
    Posted September 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    And the Ick and Fibreflex!

  4. joe i
    Posted September 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Both Turner’s gone, blue ick gone but have a yellow one, BDS Sacred Heart gone, Jesse Martinez gone. I’ll be shipping one big package to the UK if you would like to take advatage. Pictures here as soon as I learn how.

  5. SamG
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Permalink
  6. joe i
    Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got three gentlmen that have placed orders from the UK, just waiting a couple more days to see who else might be interested, then shipping the BIG package.

  7. SamG
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    It was a BIG package! Thanks to Wentzle and Joe there are now quite a few English folk grinning from ear to ear. Here’s a big part of the reason why:

    Wentzle decks

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