After getting tired of heavy boards, in March, 2011 we decided to try and make a lighter board by only making it five plies thick, rather than seven, and maintain it’s strength by wrapping it with carbon fiber. In addition, the tips of the board had a Kevlar laminate underneath the carbon fiber to reduce wear on the ends (i.e. “razor-tail”) – making skateboards took time and we wanted it to last as long as possible. Unexpectedly, the board had better pop; and many other skaters in the park tried and confirmed it. Everyone was able to Ollie higher with this board. It seemed the combination of light-weight and the extra resilience from the carbon fiber was to thank. The thin, carbon-black board looked like a piece of shinny slate – this was the first Slate deck. But after weeks of riding, we discovered that the Kevlar laminate became soft, reducing pop, and that fraying carbon fiber is very irritating on the skin.