By Kyle Siegel
With spring in full swing and summer on its way, skateboarding will be picking up and there is a new destination in Sedalia for skateboards and apparel.
Zonies Boards, located at 323 W. 7th Street, recently opened up on March 17, and Owner/Operator Jason Waggoner is looking forward to meeting and supplying skaters in Sedalia with the latest and best boards and hardware on the market today.
Zonies Boards carries everything a skater needs including, boards, trucks, bearings, grip tape, safety gear, shirts, shoes, magazines, videos, and stickers.
Zonies Boards carries decks from Girl, Chocolate, Spitfire, Zero, and Santa Cruz.
Zonies Boards also carries trucks from companies Theve, Independent, and Thunder. Zonies Boards also carry wheels from Spitfire, Girl, and Chocolate.
“Spitfire you can’t go wrong with,” Waggoner said.
Zonies Boards will also start to carry shoes this week, from Lakai and Dakine.
“Now days, one distributor will carry ten brands. It is very different than it used to be,” Waggoner said.
Zonies Boards is currently open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
“When summer gets closer and kids get out of school, I plan on opening up during the week,” Waggoner explained.
Waggoner was asked how he got involved with skateboarding.
“I have been skating for over 20 years and I have little twin boys that are six. They kind of wanted to get into skateboarding. It is an activity we can actually share together,” he said.
Waggoner felt that with Sedalia being centrally located, it would make a good fit for Zonies Boards.
Skating has had its ups and downs over the years, and Waggoner was asked if he sees it on the rise again.
“I see some interest growing slowly. Today’s kids are different than when we were young. Kids need to get back to doing stuff outside,” Waggoner said.
He added, “It is a sport that the kids need to take a second look at.”
A lot of skate shops sponsor really good skaters and Zonies Boards is no different.
“We have on guy that is a shop rider for us. He is going to be riding in our (Zonies Boards) first competition in Kansas City on Saturday, April 21.
“His name is Phillip Curd. He is about 23 years old,” Waggoner said.
Another service that Zonies Boards offers is the assembling of complete decks.
“If someone needs something looked at or worked on, come on by. If you buy a complete deck, we will give you 10 percent off. We can also custom order stuff,” Jason explained.
On Saturdays, Waggoner tries to barbecue for the kids during the afternoon.
“It is a good safe environment for the kids,” Jason said.
If you are a long-time rider, or just getting started, feel free to go by Zonies Boards and check it out for yourself. If you have any questions, feel free to call (660) 851-0678. You can also visit their website at www.zoniesboards.com.