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Built to Grind catalogs the skateboarding scene from its inception. 320 pages of color photos, personal stories and fast-action skateboarding featuring the world’s best skateboarders and most renowned skate spots. 

Built to Grind is broken down into five different time periods: 1978-81, 1982-86, 1987-91, 1991-96, and 1997-2003. Through these years Independent Truck Co. has proven to be the epitome of skateboarding’s tried and true, sponsoring hundreds of top professionals that have made the Independent team the most diverse group of skateboarders ever formed.

“Skateboarding is a lifestyle,” said Keith Wilson, skateboarder and Built to Grind Managing Editor. “This book shows us how the skateboarding lifestyle started 25 years ago and has evolved up to today. Built to Grind is a must read for all skateboard enthusiasts, young and old.”

Hear the real stories according to the people that were there including foreword by C.R. Stecyk III and the writing and skateboarding of Steve Alba, Duane Peters, Bryce Kanights, Jason Lee, Christian Hosoi, Tommy Guerrero, Danny Way, Andrew Reynolds, Bucky Lasek, plus hundreds of other professional and amateur friends that have made up the Independent cartel since the late ’70s.

Independent Truck Company is a skateboard truck manufacturer based in Santa Cruz and San Francisco, California. Established in 1978; Independent Trucks have long been revered as the best skateboard truck available. 


Bob Denike is the editor of Built to Grind.