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KOTA deck styles draw their names from historic military aircraft flown by the intrepid Knights of the Air. That’s where our name KOTA originates as well. The Knights of the Air pushed the limits of their crafts’ performance while maintaining honor and respect. At KOTA we’re inspired to do the same.

In 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first powered flight on a beach near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. When the world went to war in 1914, powered flight was still a relative novelty – romantic and daring. First coined in France, the title ‘Knights of the Air’ was given to the daring pilots who flew these early airplanes into combat.

Knights of the Air was more than a moniker as it embodied the chivalric code from medieval times. This code of courage, honor and esprit de corps often defined the conduct of pilots even amid the desperation of aerial combat.

KOTA Longboards embraces the concept of chivalry forged in the air by these brave warriors. We strive to bring you handcrafted longboards of the highest quality and sophisticated styling. We’re honored that you have an interest in our product. Enjoy the ride!

Our Heritage

KOTA deck styles are pioneered from historic military aircraft flown by the intrepid Knights of the Air, where our name KOTA originates. The Knights of the Air pushed the limits of their crafts’ performance while maintaining honor and respect.

American Made

Every KOTA deck is handcrafted out of American Hard Rock Maple from the rich forests of Wisconsin. Rated at a Janka Hardness of 1,450 pounds-force, nearly twice as much as other maples. No other wood will do for KOTA longboards.

Why Colorado?

The mountains, weather, the energy…there’s no other place on the planet like Colorado. We’ve lived and worked all over the world but Colorado has always been home. Colorado is in our heart and soul – and our longboards.

Our Technology

From day one we’ve not been content with the status quo. That’s why we developed KOTAgrip, the first truly clear, non-porous, durable grip finish. KOTAgrip gives you confidence in your command of the board even riding in the rain. You’ll only find KOTAgrip on a KOTA longboard. Learn more about this and the other technologies KOTA uses.

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Giving Back

KOTA supports veterans groups including the Navy SEAL Foundation, Danny Dietz Leadership & Training Institute, the Wounded Warrior Project, Little Warriors: A Brian Bill Project and others. KOTA displays any appreciation we can for warriors.

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