Back in 2008, after many years of not skating, I had the urge for a roll so I called up an old skate buddy and we ended up going for a roll. Well, to cut long story short I was hooked again.
Soon I was looking for new wheels and quickly discovered things had changed. I was amazed that I couldn’t find any decent new wheels on the market.
Where were the Primo Deano’s, Wicked Lips, Turbo’s, Ninja’s? All the legendary speed wheels of years gone by were no longer available and everything that replaced them just was not up to the same standard.
After doing a lot of research and speaking with my Dad, who is a chemical engineer, I decided to give making my own skate wheels ago. Finding the best raw ingredients was the first challenge. Picking Dad’s brain was also challenging, to say the least, followed by finding a good machinist to make some hubs. Mold making was another challenge. Next was figuring out the best way to process the urethane. Even today I am tinkering with new methods and materials.
After hundreds of test wheels, hundreds of rejects, dozens of different molds I finally came up with some wheels I was happy with.
Now fast forward to 2021 and Corey Skates has transformed from a part time hobby into a full time job with customers all over the world.