“I wanted to get back into longboarding for years but was totally unimpressed with the lack of quality and style of the boards I was seeing. That’s when I saw my first KOTA. I was blown away by the classic beauty, lines and craftsmanship. It was what I had been searching for so I ordered my first, a SPAD XIII American Flag print. When I first opened the box, I was immediately impressed by the clear coat grip and its durable light weight. What I couldn’t expect was how good it would feel under foot! It handles and performs so well that It revolutionized how comfortably aggressive I could carve. Now I like travel to places where I can have fun riding my boards with confidence, class and joy.”
Location: New York, USA
Board: SPAD XIII, US Flag Edition
“Longboarding teaches the lessons of life. Sometimes things come naturally, easily. Sometimes it takes just one try. Other times, you fall. Riding my U.S. Flag – Freedom! board teaches me to push harder, adjust and breathe. I acknowledge the risk but pursue being fearless. Why? Because the reward you will feel is worth it. You walk, I KOTA Longboard. I fell in love with KOTA Longboards because it’s veteran owned, American and skillfully made. Their designs are rolling works of art, made for every age group and are just all around fun. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing both sides of KOTA Longboards, giving back to our nation’s finest as well as for purchasing my own board. “It’s your life – Carve It.” couldn’t have been a better slogan.”
Location: Texas, USA
Board: Nieuport 17, US Flag
“Here’s why I love KOTA Longboards: it’s owned and operated by a hardworking American family, the boards are works of art skillfully made by local craftsmen and it’s an opportunity for me to challenge my middle-aged brain and body to learn balance. Plus, it’s fun!
Since I purchased my board, I’ve enjoyed learning to glide down gentle slopes and slowly gain momentum. I have a long way to go in learning but I’m excited to continue and expand my abilities while overcoming some fears, like falling, looking silly or being “too old for this.”
“I ride with my family every single day weather permitting so my KOTA longboards are a pretty big deal. I couldn’t guess at how many kilometers I put on my boards in a summer but it’s a pretty big number. And it’s not just about the boards. It’s also what you do for veterans and what you’ve done for me. I’ve had several longboards before buying my first KOTA so I can confidently say that KOTA is not your typical longboard company and these boards are definitely not your typical longboard. My deepest gratitude to Nikki and Mike. You can bet I’ll keep spreading the stoke up here. Mike and Nikki’s dedication, tenacity and spirit are felt in these boards. I challenge anyone to find a more beautiful, comfortable, smooth-riding longboard.”
Location: Alberta, Canada
Board: Handley Page, F4U – Corsair
“Waiting for my board to arrive made feel like a kid again and when I opened the box I could not believe how beautiful it was. I’ve been having a blast riding it.
When we have company, especially the younger kids there is a lot of oohing and aahing (and they can’t believe an old fart like me can ride it).”
Location: Florida, USA
Board: Handley Page, Waimea (Merlot)
“KOTA is freedom to me. Freedom from the craziness of life, from the business of the world, from the difficulties we all face. Freedom from the standard day to day routine of life. Freedom to fly, go fast, go slow and focus only on the wind in your hair. Learning to skate has been a dream of mine for many years. My KOTA board has given me the opportunity to experience incredible moments, discover fun downhills in the road and new places. I ride my KOTA to run errands, go to a friend’s house or just to escape for a little while. My best days are when I get to take my KOTA out and just fly. When I’m on my KOTA longboard I feel happy and free. I feel empowered to take on the world. I feel happy to be alive and in this moment.”
Location: Florida, USA
Board: Nieuport 17, Plumeria (Mahogany)
“My boards are a vehicle to freedom, passion and artistic expression. KOTA’s a way of life, a family, beauty, sport and fun all wrapped into an amazing work of art. I’ve skated for 45 years and nothing comes close to the quality, craftsmanship, passion and love that go into every product. My KOTA boards are about expression, status and where I am in the grand scheme of life. Some days I want to pad up, throw on some Zeppelin and bomb the steepest roads I can find. Some days are for cruising, long glides and tasting a sunset. When I walk into a coffee shop after a great skate everyone stops and stares. I’m holding a rocket ship on wheels packaged as a work of art. People want to touch my board, try a glide and know where it came from.”
Location: Colorado, USA
Board: Nieuport 17, US Flag, Spitfire Mk V and many others
“I love the fact that KOTA is a veteran business. U.S. made awesome products, with folks who treat you in the kindest way. Getting my board customized and getting to discuss the design was such a treat. It feels like the crew that KOTA attracts is a tight-knit, one-of-a-kind community. It doesn’t feel like a group of teens (nothing wrong with teenagers!). It feels like a group of grown ups who never forgot what it means to be a child at heart, to feel the wind in your hair while riding down a quiet street. It’s not a competition, it’s just a group of people who know how to enjoy themselves.”
Location: New York, USA
Board: Nieuport 17, La Marriane custom
“I currently own 4! To me, KOTA is not just a longboard — it’s identity, passion, and the pursuit of excellence. I love the fact that KOTA is also a huge Veteran programs supporter. The craftsmanship of these boards cannot be touched by any other maker, period! When I get on one of my boards, it takes away everything that was going on that day and brings me peace. It’s therapeutic!!!! You can design a board that fits your personality, one of the many unique things about these boards. Not to mention made here in the good old USA!!! I’ve got my boards for life and will proudly refer anybody that asks about the best damn longboard manufacturer around, KOTA Longboards!!!!!”
Location: Virginia Beach, USA
Board: Handley Page, Dewey Weber Cornelius, Spitfire Mk V and many others
“I had always wanted learn to longboard, but when I was young I was too afraid to jump on a board because I had been told it was dangerous! Nothing could be further from the truth! Mike taught me to ride in an afternoon a couple years ago and I haven’t stopped since. When I’m on my KOTA longboard, I feel strong and free, relaxed and focused. I ride whenever I can, in between meetings at the office, waiting for my son to get home from school, or early on a Saturday morning before the rest of the family is awake. I am a super active woman, skiing and mountain biking are a huge part of me, but they take hours. I can longboard anytime and anywhere. That is why I ride. That is why I love KOTA.”
“I first heard about KOTA on ABC News. I really dug KOTA’s designs and liked that the company had a veteran and aviation flavor. I’d gotten into longboarding on Okinawa as a means getting around the seawall, but wanted a board that stood out. I got a KOTA Flying Tigers design. The coolest thing was you guys went out of your way to work with me to ship it to Okinawa. When the board got there it was awesome. We asked KOTA if we could do a custom board to commemorate the MC-130P that we flew. We came up with a design and you guys made it happen. I truly appreciate the boards, not only because they’re a blast to ride and look cool, but because they’re a reminder of one of the best unit’s and aircraft I’ve ever had a chance to be a part of.”
Location: New Mexico, USA
Board: Handley Page, Flying Tigers, Spitfire Mk V RAF and many others
“For our family and where we are in our active lives….its about enjoying the journey, never forgetting to play and feeling the joy of life…..Our KOTA Longboards always get us there!!! It’s not just the incredible KOTA product, it’s the whole experience – and the experiences we’ve had on our KOTA longboards have been awesome. The boards are high quality, built with pride and are true pieces of art when being ridden or when hanging proudly on our wall between rides.”
Location: California, USA
Board: Handley Page, Custom, Plumeria, Spitfire Mk V US Flag and many others
To commit yourself to a life of service means, that at some point, you have made the conscious decision to put someone else’s best interests ahead of your own. Crossing this Rubicon is a life-changing event guiding your approach to life, relationships and business.
KOTA is honored to give back to our community in many ways from supporting causes that benefit veterans, first responders and children to our for-credit longboarding program with local middle schools. We’ve also recently launched, Carve It For Life!, a Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) healing program serving veterans, first responders and veteran’s families.
Camber brings your ride to life! Camber is the upward arc from nose to tail present in every KOTA longboard. Concave refers to the U shape molded into the board’s upper surface. These engineered elements in the construction of KOTA boards are what allow YOU to control your ride, delivering adventure on your terms – infused with performance and style.
Concave adds turning response and confidence! Concave in the upper surface directs energy in the core to the board’s edge, giving you added leverage to manipulate the board’s camber.
Camber & Concave – packing your ride with energy and responsiveness while giving you a smooth and comfortable carving experience.[Learn More]
Each and every KOTA longboard is handcrafted with a focus on quality and detail. Utilizing our AIM-54 stains, we’re able to highlight the extraordinary beauty of the Maplewood grain making every KOTA board unique.
Every KOTA board features our exclusive KOTA metal medallion inset into its toe. Designed in the genre of vintage bicycle head-badges, the KOTA medallion adds something special to your ride. It shows everyone around you that you’re a part of the KOTA family.
Whether you ride a KOTA Classic, Michael Schwab Collection, Dewey Weber, Military Series or Macchi M.40, your KOTA longboard is uniquely YOU.[Learn More]
At KOTA we’ve never been content with the status quo. That’s why we developed KOTAgrip, the first truly clear, non-porous grip finish. KOTAgrip will last the lifetime of your deck giving you confidence in your command of the board even riding in the rain.
All KOTA longboards are manufactured from start to finish in our factory in Denver, Colorado. Just a few blocks from the new Levitt Pavilion in Ruby Hill. You’re welcome to come by and meet the team that made your ride!
1400 S. Lipan Street, Denver, Colorado 80223
Open M-F 9 AM to 5 PM
Weekends by appointment[Learn More]
Join Our World! Come ride with us and embark on your own lifelong longboarding adventure. Learn from KOTA Escadrille riders how to safely carve on your KOTA longboard. In short order we’ll teach you how to be in control of your ride, unlocking the freedom and excitement of this emerging action sport.
At KOTA, what really inspires us is YOU because we believe you are all pilots, race car drivers, adventurers and explorers. KOTA connects with a diverse, broad and dynamic demographic embodying fellowship, honor, trust, confidence and compassion.
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