About Dangerous Decks
A Dangerous Beginning
Dangerous Decks started in a London workshop that made kitchens in 2009 with a small team of riders. As the brand grew and there was more and more demand for boards with a combination of pressing and shaping that had to happen around the kitchen business eventually some of the production moved out and was being run out of a squat in an abandoned unit.
When coming back to change the presses around one evening it turns out that the council had been round and changed the locks to the unit. Chaos ensued to get the equipment out and a scramble was on to remove everything Dangerous Decks related online, but the web manager was currently at free party in a London warehouse.
A New Beginning
In the Spring of 2012 team racer Will Stephenson took over Dangerous Decks and with the help of fellow team rider Jamie Tharp setup the Worcester Workshop. Dangerous Decks had now moved up in the world to a literal barn, the deal with the landlord was that if we kept the rats out we could use it for free, but had to use our own diesel for the generator. With pallets as benches, resin being mixed up in microwave food containers and an aging labrador acting as chief rat catcher development over the summer of 2012 was exponential with a range of new or improved boards, graphics and layups. Testing was carried out in the foothills of Malvern and across the UK.
New Landlords and Third Move
By the start of 2013 the barn had been sold to new owners so again Dangerous Decks was on the move but this time it was only 3 miles up the road to Clifton-on-Teme and in Will Stephenson's garage. With a much smaller workspace this meant that everything had to be compressed, but we no longer had to buy diesel to keep the lights on! During the move UK racing legend and event organiser Tom Worsley helped out with setting up the workshop a vacuum pump so that some of the boards were now vac bagged instead of clamped, making for more even pressure across the moulds and composite boards possible. There was also a switch for some boards from vinyl sticker graphics to screen printed graphics.
Hiatus and Revival
Towards the end of 2014 Will had moved to Manchester in an attempt to settle down, get on the straight and narrow and keep a regular job, by 2016 he had moved again this time to Wales and production had closed, in pursuit of a career in the Fire and Rescue Service. 2017 and 2018 was filled with his passion of Street Luge racing, during these seasons he finished 3rd and 2nd in the world and reignited the thinking and problem solving that is design and production. Dangerous Decks had never done a production Street Luge or Trucks and throughout 2019 and 2020 many design iterations and prototypes were done until the first production run of Street Luges was done in late 2020. 2021 will see the second batch of Street Luges with an option of carbon fibre parts.