Marcus, RAW's founder got his first skateboard when he was 7 years old. It was a green and pink fishtail with plastic wheels and skidpads. Used primarily for riding down grassy slopes at his grandmother's house. Sitting was fun, but standing took the experience to the next level. The board was similar to one the pictured here.
Skateboarding really started to take off now and every weekend was spent going to Thrashers Skatepark, or sneaking in to our primary school, to attempt the ledges and stairs. Marcus' first street deck was bought second hand from a skater at Sidewalk Surfer in Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria. He still has the venture trucks he bought almost 20 years ago.
Inspired by the longevity of his venture trucks Marcus decides to create a skateboard brand one day. Focusing on design, strength and quality, RAW creates its first boards.
RAW is born and the first decks are pressed, with a lot of back and forth during the design process. A laser is acquired and the designs are taken to the next level. Welcome to RAW, a brand that believes in a minimalist approach to art, skateboarding and environmental impact.