About

Welcome to OKA SKATEBOARDS.


A collaboration between James Gibson (designer, teacher) & Yoshiro Mizokami (craftsman, furniture maker).


OKA SKATEBOARDS

We started making skateboards because we wanted to ride them, it’s as simple as that. It began over a glass of beer and a conversation about Back To The Future. We asked the question: “Wouldn’t if be cool to make our own skateboards?”


So we did!


All the boards are made by us in Yoshiro’s factory set deep in the Shiga countryside. Many of then taking inspiration from classic surfboards and early skateboard designs; cut from wood picked for its colour and natural grain. 


We don’t use griptape, because it isn’t needed, in any case we love to see and touch the wood. Why cover it? OKA isn’t about the latest trick or going fast. We believe in enjoying life and work, in the quality of simple material and the feeling of motion, gravity and nature in perfect combination.

Being in & riding on nature.


OKA EVERYDAY LIFE OBJECTS AND GOOD

A collection of useful things made from simple materials that make your everyday life that little better. Some found, some handmade, and some blurring craft, design and fabrication. We believe in using honest materials where possible; materials which can be maintained, repaired, or recycled.