Shop now for Independent skateboard trucks, hardware, riser pads and bushings. Independent have been making the highest quality skateboard trucks since 1978. They were established in 1978 and are manufactured in the city of San Francisco by Ermico Enterprises Inc., the only dedicated skateboard truck foundry in the US. The company was co-founded by Richard Novak, Jay Shiurman, Fausto Vitello, and Eric Swenson.
The Stage 1 model was the company’s inaugural model, released in 1978. It has been claimed by the company’s founders that the Independent truck (or "Indy") was designed as a response to the lack of quality skateboard trucks on the market at the time. In reference to the two other major truck companies on the market at the time, they stated that ‘one broke, and one didn’t turn’ – referring to the now defunct Bennett Trucks and Tracker Trucks, respectively.
To this day Independent trucks remain the truck of choice for a large proportion of professionals and everyday skateboarders the world over. The iconic logo for the trucks, the Alisee cross, was inspired by an image of Pope John Paul II, who was wearing the icon on his vestment in an edition of TIME magazine. It has remained the Independent logo since the company's inception.
As of 2012, four team riders have consistently released signature professional model trucks for the company: Andrew Reynolds, Eric Koston, Chris Haslam, and Geoff Rowley. Christian Hosoi has also released a guest signature truck. Over the years the classic design has been updated with various models and innovations, including the option of a hollow axel to decrease overall weight, and trucks with a specially lowered hanger to achieve lower trucks for street skating. You can’t go wrong with a set of Indy’s.