Street skater and future Olympian Nyjah Huston rides his own custom-shaped board, originally created by Huston and legendary boardsmith Paul Schmitt. For years skateboarders have asked Huston how they can get their hands on Huston’s favorite deck shape – and now, with the launch of Huston’s own brand, Disorder Skateboards, they finally can.
Huston actually launched Disorder Skateboards on June 25th with the “Apocalypse” graphic – and the boards sold out within two hours of launch.
Each restock will consist of a limited graphic drop until the boards are sold out. Today the brand debuted a new “States” graphic, the same deck that Huston will be racing at the Tokyo Olympics later this month. Huston will sign the first 100 boards sold.
Disorder Skateboards is meant to invoke the expressive, individualistic and rebellious nature of skateboarding. “As skateboarders we have always been rebels,” Huston wrote on Instagram. “We see life and our environment in a different way.”
Huston tweaked minor aspects of his deck shape for years—he made it a little less concave, with a softer nose and tail—but overall it’s served him very well. See: six World Championships, 13 X Games gold medals, six SLS Super Crowns and three ESPY Awards for Best Male Action Sports Athlete.
“It’s a pretty good classic form and a good all-around form for people,” Huston said. “When it comes to skateboards, it’s tough because it’s really a personal preference. Some people will like different shapes and sizes than others. So I feel like putting mine out there and telling people that’s actually my shape it’s not like it’s some crazy shape that’s all different and weird it’s something that most people would be pretty hyped about.
Huston, 26, had ridden for Element Skateboards as a hobby skateboarder – the company became his first sponsor in 2007 – and returned to the team as a pro in January 2011. In January 2021 he announced on Instagram that he and the company were parting ways and that “new beginnings are in the works.” This led to months of speculation about which company Huston would ride for before he announced Disorder in late June.
Disorder Skateboards manufactures decks in four different sizes: 8″, 8.125″, 8.25″ and 8.5″. Given the technical nature of his riding, it’s no surprise that Huston is on the narrower end of the spectrum, with an 8.125″, which he prefers for the balance between being light but also substantial enough. to ride on big rails.
“I’m excited to have my form out there so other people can ride and see and hear how they like it,” Huston said.
Disorder isn’t Huston’s first foray into entrepreneurship; Based on their experience living in Puerto Rico for a few years, Huston and his mother, Kelle, founded the nonprofit Let It Flow to fix wells and provide clean water around the world. Tony Hawk joined them on a trip to Ethiopia, where they repaired 15 wells.
Huston is already a skateboarding megastar, but as he prepares to compete for Team USA in Tokyo as skateboarding makes its Olympic debut, his star has arguably never been brighter.
“It means a lot to me to launch this at the perfect time, I guess you would say,” Huston told me. “Being there at the Olympics skating on the board that’s actually mine and a company that me and my homies started. It’s a special feeling and it’s just more motivation to go out there and kill him.
Huston said it’s important to him to be a positive role model for the kids who will be in his position 10 years from now. To be sure, he’s a competitor through and through – in fact, he’s the winningest skateboarder on the planet. But he acknowledges that going for gold in Tokyo is only one aspect of competing on the Olympic stage.
“There’s probably going to be a lot of people and a lot of kids who haven’t skated before who are learning,” Huston said. “What I have to tell them is that skateboarding is the most fun thing in the world. And if anyone loves it as much as I do…and has as much dedication as I did when I was a kid to train hard and go out and really skate on your own and just have that dedication to learning new tricks, you can be in the same position.
After all, says Huston, skateboarding is one of the most accessible sports in the world – all you really need to learn is “a good pair of sturdy shoes, a skateboard and some cements and some asphalt, flat ground”.
Although he is heading to Tokyo hoping to win a gold medal for Team USA – which would no doubt be a highlight of his highly decorated 15-year career – Huston also hopes to inspire the children of the whole world to pick up a board and follow his footsteps. Now if they want, for the first time, they can literally pick up his plank.