Top street skateboarder and future Olympian Nyjah Huston famously rides his own custom-shaped board, originally created by Huston and legendary boardsmith Paul Schmitt. For years, skateboarders have asked Huston how they can get their hands on Huston’s preferred board shape—and now, with the launch of Huston’s own brand, Disorder Skateboards, they finally can.
Huston actually launched Disorder Skateboards on June 25 with the “Apocalypse” graphic—and the boards were fully sold out within two hours of the launch.
Each restock will consist of a limited graphic drop until the boards sell out. Today, the brand launched a new “States” graphic—the same deck that Huston will be riding in the Tokyo Olympics later this month.
Disorder Skateboards is meant to invoke the expressive, individualistic and rebellious nature of skateboarding. “As skateboarders, we’ve always been rebels,” Huston wrote on Instagram. “We see life and our surroundings in a different way.”
Huston has tweaked minor aspects of his deck shape for years—he’s made it a little less concave, with a more mellow nose and tail—but overall it has been very good to him. See: six world championships, 13 X Games gold medals, six SLS Super Crowns and three ESPY Awards for Best Male Action Sports Athlete.
“It’s a pretty good classic shape and a good all-around shape for people,” Huston said. “When it comes to skateboards, it’s hard because it’s really a personal preference. Some people will like different shapes and sizes than others. So, I feel like putting mine out there and telling people that it’s actually my shape, it’s not like it’s some crazy shape that’s all different and weird, is something that most people would be pretty hyped on.”
Huston, 26, had ridden for Element Skateboards when he was an amateur skateboarder—the company became his first sponsor in 2007—and returned to the team as a pro in January 2011. In January 2021, he announced on Instagram that he and the company were parting ways and that “new beginnings are in the works.” That led to months of speculation surrounding which company Huston would ride for prior to him announcing Disorder in late June.
Disorder Skateboards makes decks in four different sizes: 8”, 8.125”, 8.25” and 8.5”. Given the technical nature of his riding, it’s no surprise Huston comes down on the narrower end of the spectrum, riding an 8.125”, which he prefers for the balance between being light but also substantial enough for riding big rails.
“I’m hyped to have my shape out there for other people to ride and see and hear how they like it,” Huston said.
Disorder isn’t Huston’s first foray into entrepreneurship; based on their experience living in Puerto Rico for a couple years, Huston and his mom, Kelle, founded nonprofit Let It Flow to repair wells and supply clean water around the world. Their first trip, on which Tony Hawk joined them, was to Ethiopia, and they repaired 15 wells.
Huston is already a skateboarding megastar, but as he prepares to compete for Team USA in Tokyo as skateboarding makes its debut on the Olympic stage, his star has arguably never been brighter.
“It means a lot to me to be launching this at kind of the perfect time, I guess you would say,” Huston told me. “To be out there in the Olympics skating the board that’s actually my own and a company that me and my homies have started. It’s a special feeling and it’s only more motivation to go out there and kill it.”
Huston has said it’s important to him to be a positive role model to the kids who are going to be in his position in 10 years. To be sure, he is a competitor through and through—in fact, he’s the planet’s winningest skateboarder. But he acknowledges that going for gold in Tokyo is only one aspect of competing on the Olympic stage.
“There’s probably going to be lot of people and a lot of kids watching it that haven’t ever skated before and are just learning about it,” Huston said. “What I have to say to them is skateboarding is the funnest thing on earth. And if anyone loves it as much as I have…and has so much dedication like I did when I was a kid to practice hard and go out and really skate by yourself and just have that dedication to learning new tricks, you guys can be in the same position.”
After all, Huston says, skateboarding is one of the most accessible sports around the world—all you really need to learn is “a good solid pair of shoes, a skateboard and some cements and some asphalt, some flat ground.”
Though he heads to Tokyo hoping to bring home a gold medal for Team USA—which would be no doubt a highlight of his highly decorated 15-year career—Huston also hopes to inspire kids around the world to pick up a board and follow in his footsteps. Now, if they want, for the first time they can literally pick up his board.