Shop now for Almost Skateboards decks, wheels, t-shirts and sweaters. Almost is the collaborative brainchild of old friends and technical skateboarding pioneers Rodney Mullen and Daewon Song, who formed the company in 2003. In keeping with Mullen’s lust for progressive technology to compliment the pace of progression in skateboarding, they manufacture boards with 7-ply, 8-ply and carbon fiber constructions. The decks are bound with Resin epoxy glue. The carbon fiber constructions are included in a number of models, named Impact Support, Double Impact and Über Light.
Shortly after founding the company , Almost released their debut full length video, ‘Almost: Round Three’ – the title referencing the fact that the video could be seen as a logical sequel to the previous ‘Rodney Mullen Vs. Daewon Song’ videos previously released by their long term sponsors under the Dwindle distribution house.
In 2006 they released ‘Cheese & Crackers’, a video solely featuring Song and professional teammate Chris Haslam as they absolutely annihilate a private mini ramp, combining insanely technical transition skating with ‘mousetrap’ style chain reactions arranged using ropes, old car tyres and anything else they could find. The brand ethos definitely places an emphasis on fun, silliness and not taking skateboarding too seriously, as can be inferred from the naming of their most recent video outing, ‘5-Incher’.
Almost’s pro team also includes long time rider and creative spot hunter Cooper Wilt, and the death-defying German Christoph “Willow” Wildgrube, who turned pro in October 2012 when Almost released a video in which Haslam surprises Willow with his first professional skateboard deck model at a signing in Germany. Their amateur team has also benefited from the addition of the Moroccan-born, Belgium-raised Youness Amrani.
You can always count on Almost to take it to the next level, with Daewon Song becoming seemingly more insane and even more skilled as the years go on. With each video part he creates Daewon always seems to need a new approach or theme to focus on. This has included skating spots into water, and more recently rocks and trees. Who knows what the future holds…