We are one of the original skateboard companies from the 70’s. We were instrumental in the re-birth of the sport. We introduced the world to the boys from Dogtown. We helped bring skateboarding to the masses, through Skateboarder Magazine, major contests and demos – not forgetting we produced hundreds of thousands quality skateboards. We make sure skateboarding is fun. We are Bahne.
Bahne was an omnipresent name in skateboarding in the early 1970s, as the Bahne brothers – Bill and Bob – converted their means of production for Fins Unlimited into churning out dozens, then hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands of Bahne skateboards as skateboarding enjoyed its Second Big Boom, ignited by urethane wheels.
Bahne formed a partnership with Frank Nasworthy and Cadillac Wheels, and that lead to their co-sponsorship of the Bahne-Cadillac Nationals at Del Mar in September of 1975 – the skateboard contest that changed the world.
The Tony Hawk Connection
Tony Hawk’s first skateboard was a blue Bahne. A gift from his brother Steve:
“It’s true that Tony’s first board was a blue Bahne,”
big brother Steve said in an email.
“It was a hand-me-down. I gave it to him when I visited home from college one weekend. That was probably 1977. He would’ve been eight or nine. I was 21 or 22. He and my folks lived in San Diego, I was just finishing up school at UCSB. Don’t remember where I got it in the first place. I either bought it myself or got it as a present from my parents.
Tony still has that board. The wheels are fused with rust. I’ve heard it might end up in the Smithsonian.”
Sure enough this board was donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. by Tony in June 2013.