Decade of Deviance

It's been ten years since Deviance Skate Supply opened its doors in Wichita Falls.

While this is a huge milestone for the store, it's more than just a business.  For everyone involved, it's been about building the skateboarding community.

It was a bit of a risk since Wichita Falls didn't have a skate park, but they took a chance anyway.

"There were enough skaters here to where we could justify it, and we were hoping with the skate park it would spawn more," he said.

Then, three years into it, the idea of building a skate park in the city came to life.  Marion explained it was a lengthy process.  Several meetings took place at Straight Street where city leaders, city planners, and skaters attended each meeting.

"I wasn't involved in the initial steps with Straight Street, but then I caught on the tail end and then from there I was involved every step of the way," Marion said.

This wasn't exactly something he planned on taking part in, but he felt he needed to be the voice for the community.  Of course, there were challenges with the project.

"The biggest challenge, number one, convincing the city that there's enough kids here to utilize it," he explained.

Then came the design concept and how it was going to be built.  Marion said making sure it was built with concrete instead of a prefabricated skate park was a big deal.  With the concrete, the skate park would last longer and need less repairs.

After all of the details were knocked out, it was time to make it a reality.  Marion said the skate park was completed in 2008, and since then it has been used quite a bit.

The shop isn't just for skaters.  Screen printing is actually the majority of the business.  Marion said that part of the business really helps facilitate the skate shop.

As for the next ten years, Marion of course hopes to continue to grow the business, but also the community.

"You know, hopefully the skate scene will keep growing here in Wichita Falls and even in the surrounding Texoma areas," he said.

He also explained he doesn't plan on going anywhere anytime soon.  Skateboarding will always be a part of his life.  Still, he can't wait to see what the next decade holds.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6