My name is Paolo, born and raised in Rome, Italy. I moved to California in 2015.
I had a longboard in Italy but it was hard to bring it with me since it didn't even fit in my suitcase. So I took off trucks and wheels and stuffed them in my bag.
Once in California I looked for a shorter deck that I could bring with me more often. I realized that all the available short skateboards have small trucks and wheels that feel unstable and far away from the feeling of a longboard.
So I started my quest to combine longboard rides with the smallest possible board...
I'll be honest, I never designed a skateboard when I started... but I knew how is the ride of a longboard!
This required some trial and error, with me going out to "test" new designs, and often ending on the ground because of some technicalities I didn't consider.
After several prototypes, the Eggboard shape was born!
The egg shape is perfect because it's wide, but also narrower close to the trucks. In this way, the deck doesn't touch the wheel when turning, avoiding nasty "wheel-bites".
Once happy with the design and the ride, I invited some skater friends over for lunch. I cooked some pasta for them, made sure to fill them up with red wine and then unleashed them with the Eggboards. The result is what you see in this video... everybody had fun!
For the first year I used the Eggboards just as my personal skateboard to get around San Francisco.
I wasn't event sure if there was a market for a tiny longboard. But I kept on getting compliments from strangers about my board when riding around... so I gave it a shot!
This adventure turned out to be awesome... and a good business! I'm lucky to have great friends and a wonderful girlfriend who helped me along the way.
With the first sales I also got to know people that are excited about the Eggboard as much as I am... I LOVE IT!
In 2018 we moved to Venice Beach with my girlfriend, and Eggboards moved with us.
We miss San Francisco sometimes, but it's beautiful here!! And the Eggboard is perfect to cruise around the boardwalk.
If you happen to be around Venice, please come visit! Bring your Eggboard or borrow one of mine and we can go for a ride all together 😁.
See you outside ✌️