Born in the Wrong Era: Erick Winkowski Rider Spotlight

Nowadays, it’s easy to get caught up in the hyper ‘tech’ world of street skating that we live in.

Tricks like a nollie backside heel to switch 5-0 revert come to mind from skaters like Mark Suciu, but skateboarding is and always has been whatever you make it.

Lucky for us, style and creativity are present in many forms of skateboarding today. It’s not like the early 90’s anymore – skateboarding is celebrated from the streets to the vert ramps, on popsicle decks and on ‘old-school’ boards with every shape imaginable. The latter of which just happens to be where rippers like Erick Winkowski shine.

Erick Winkowski, known to many on Instagram as @8ballr, is simply in a different league of modern skateboarding. It’s hard to categorize Erick as a street or transition skater. If you watch basically any Winkowski video part, you’ll see him grinding massive handrails, flipping over massive sets and gaps, but there’s a good chance you’ll also see him doing inverts in the deep end of a pool. Did we mention that most of his skating is done on classic board shapes from the 1980’s?! Yeah, imagine doing a front shuv or back 360 down a huge set with a totally flat nosed board. 

If there’s any way to describe Erick – it’s 100% skateboarder.

Even though Erick originates from San Diego, based on his sponsors, he’s deeply connected with the crew at NHS Fun Factory in Santa Cruz, California. His sponsors include NHS brands like Santa Cruz, Independent, OJ Wheels, Mob, and Bronson.

A humble dude, you can tell that Erick is passionate about all the stuff he skates and has respect for the earlier years of skateboarding. Check out his visit to the NHS warehouse where he discusses some of his favorite products and graphics!

While Erick is known to skate many classic old-school decks like Eric Dressen’s pro model or the iconic screaming hand, he now has a few pro models of his own that are entering the history books. Arguably one of the most sought-after Santa Cruz decks nowadays is the Winkowski ‘Dope Planet’ model.

At Cruisin City, we‘re obviously big fans of Erick and his skating. We’ve been stocked up on tons of Erick Winkowski pro model gear from Santa Cruz cruiser completes to his pro model OJ Wheels.

Browse our website and search “Winkowski” products to check out some of Erick’s latest stuff! Then you can hit the streets, or the bowls, or the ramps, or basically anything else imaginable – just like Erick!

Type “Winkowski“!

Santa Cruz Winkowski ‘Dope Planet’ 10.34″ Skateboard Deck


    Santa Cruz Skateboards Erick Winkowski Dope Planet shaped deck featuring spot matte graphic on Erick’s original shape with 7-ply North American Maple pressed individually using epoxy making a strong, responsive deck with long-lasting pop and consistent concave and kick   Width: 10.34″ Lenght: 30.54″ Wheelbase: 15″ Art by Tallboy @tallboy666    

1 in stock


OJ Winkowski ‘Tropics Original’ Mini Combo 99a 58mm Skateboard Wheels


  OJ Wheels Erick Winkowski Pro Tropics graphic on new Original 99a high-performance urethane. Mini Combo is an asymmetrical shape featuring a rounded back and a conical front with a wider riding surface for an increased lock-in on grinds and control on all surfaces.   Features: Diameter: 58mm Durometer/Hardness: 99a Road Surface: 21.5mm Shape: Mini…

Santa Cruz Winkowski Dope Planet Two 10.34″ Skateboard Deck

Original price was: 99,90 €.Current price is: 79,90 €.

  Features: Santa Cruz Skateboards Erick Winkowski Dope Planet Pro shaped deck Featuring spot matte graphic artwork by Tallboy (@tallboy666) Erick’s original shape with 7-ply North American Maple pressed individually using epoxy making a strong, responsive deck with long-lasting pop and consistent concave and kick Width: 10.34″ Length: 30.54″ Wheelbase: 15″ Concave: Cruise Missile II…

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Slime Balls Winkowski Mini OG 54.5mm 78a Skateboard Wheels


      Features: Diameter: 54.5mm Soft 78a durometer Green urethane mixture Erick Winkowski pro-model Art by Thomas Fernandez    

2 in stock

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