HOBBYMASTERS SKATES BACK INTO BOARD BIZ

Hobbymasters employee Mychael, who declined to give his last name, shows off a board. Below, a board equipped with underside lighting. (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)

By DAN NATALE

The zenith of skateboarding’s popularity¬† in Red Bank may be past, and skating downtown could land you in handcuffs these days. But after a nearly two-decade absence, Hobbymasters on Monmouth Street hopes to pick up where now-defunct skate retailers Revolutions, Circles Bike and Skate, and Stokaboka left off.

Since last month, Hobbymasters has been carrying skateboards and associated paraphernalia, such as wheels, trucks, bearings, and anything else that a skateboarder would need to start shredding. It’s now the only skateboarding shop in a town that not long ago had three.

This is the second time that Hobbymasters has tried the skateboard market. Owner Alan Placer says he sold skateboards throughout the 1980s, but stopped around the mid-90s, once skateboarding declined in popularity.

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