Founded in 1994, Globe often pushes the boundaries of the norm. This allowed Cohda the freedom to explore new, value added products outside of Globe’s typical market streams whilst maintaining the company’s image as one of the market leaders in designing and manufacturing premium skateboards.
The resulting Deck Chair is the first in a range of designs for those who are more comfortable on a deck than a chair but appreciate good design, bold styling but aren’t catered for by mainstream brands. With the current furniture markets and trends set to same and safe mode, the Deck Chair aims to disrupt the conventional and offer something unique.
Much like a skateboard deck, the Deck Chair’s wooden components are cold-pressed maple veneers and uniquely shaped to accept a heat transfer film to the rear. This allows for a limitless range of bold, custom graphics, meaning chairs can be as expressive as the skateboards they’re based on. The folded steel legs are engineered to float on rubber bushings normally found on skateboards trucks, allowing the chair to flex for comfort.
This combination means the chair uses a minimal number of components in its makeup so can be flat-packed for ease of shipping, assembled with standard hex keys, and easily disassembled and recycled at the end of its life.
New on the market are the Powell Peralta Kevin Reimer Purple 72 mm longboard wheels that will most probably quickly become Powell’s yet another freeride favorite.
Following the success of Powell’s Snakes, the new Kevin Reimer Purple longboard wheels feature their SSF (Soft Slide) formula but poured in a freeride wheel with square lips.
The new Kevin Reimer 72 mm tall longboard wheels have a 57.5 mm width and contact patch. In a 75a durometer, these should be much easier to slide. Powell Peralta describes the new Kevin Reimer wheels as more durable but with the same reliable smooth slide and grip as its predecessors.
Compared to their other wheel models, these should be grippier than Byron’s but less grippy than the 72 mm Green Kevin Reimer longboard wheels. The Purple Kevin Reimer skateboard wheels are best for downhill and freeride on smooth surfaces.
The price for a set is $47.95 on the official Powell Peralta website.
Ever wondered what Full-Face helmet is best for longboarding? Well, there’s no unbiased answer to this. However, here’s a collection of Full-Face helmets from trusted brands that are the most recognized and most commonly worn in the longboarding scene.
We’ll look at the features and certification of each helmet and you make the choice on which one you like the most style-wise.
Please note, this list is not in a best-to-worst order but should serve as a guide to help you make an informed decision. This is your first step to find yourself the best Full-Face helmet for your downhill and freeride needs.
Let’s check out which Full-Face helmets are the best and most popular in longboarding…
TSG – Pass, Pass Pro and Pass Pro Carbon Full-Face Longboard Helmets
It’s safe to say that the TSG Pass helmet is one of the most popular Full-Face longboard helmets worn on any given freeride or race.
With the design help of Martin Siegrist (three-time World Downhill Skateboard Champion in the early 2000s) TSG’s first longboard helmet ‘’The Pass’’ hit the market back in Spring, 2014 and has been a staple in the community ever since.
Currently, this downhill skateboarding helmet is available in three models; The Pass, The Pass Pro and The Pass Pro Carbon. Certification wise, there is no difference between them as they all provide protection with NF EN 1078+A1:02 2013 and ASTM F1952 safety standards. However, the major differences are weight and price.
The cheapest and the heaviest is the Pass Full-Face weighing in at 1060 grams with a price tag of 250 €. Next is the Pass Pro with 940 grams at 350 €.
The lightest and the most expensive is, of course, the Pass Pro Carbon. This one weighs 10 grams less than the Pass Pro probably because it includes Carbon Fiber instead of Fiberglass. The price for a Pass Pro Carbon longboard helmet is 450 €.
Because they have so much in common, we’ll have a look at the OG, the Pass helmet. Even though the Pass Pro usually has more color options.
The TSG Pass Full-Face Helmet for Downhill Skateboarding
The Pass Full-Face helmet features a hard shell Fiberglass Construction with EPS foam and a fabric liner in a compact and aerodynamic shell design.
As opposed to Half-Shell helmets, Full-Face helmets feature minimal venting to preserve the aerodynamic performance. The Pass includes two nose vent ports on the chin guard to prevent fogging, as well as small ear slots for ambient noise.
Because Full-Face helmets tend to be a lot ”hotter” the Pass also includes an Air Flow vent system that pulls fresh air over and around the head while forcing stale air out.
A Pass longboard Full-Face helmet normally includes spherically curved visors (clear and tinted) with both scratch and anti-fog coating. In an effort to further minimize fogging the Pass helmet includes what TSG likes to call an exhalation-fogging-blocker. This means an inside soft foam available in two sizes that is placed around the nose area.
When closed the visor on The Pass Full-Face helmet is completely sealed so consequently, there’s no whistle sound or air coming in the helmet when you skate.
The interior includes TSG’s washable comfort liner and removable cheek pads that are available in different sizes for a snug fit a helmet needs to have.
The design of the Pass downhill skateboard helmet is rounded off with a secure double D-ring closure which you can, with some practice, buckle even with your longboard gloves on.
Triple 8 – T8 Racer Full-Face Longboard Helmet
The next most commonly used helmet for downhill and freeride is the Triple 8 T8 Racer longboard skateboard helmet.
With a streamlined profile and an aerodynamic design, this Full-Face helmet caters with a distinctive logo-stipe on the top and lettering around the ear area. On the back, this helmet has a higher cut for less neck restriction and a more comfortable tuck position.
Triple 8’s T8 Racer complies with U.S. CPSC Bike and ASTM F-1952 safety standards. Its construction is a mix of a hand-laid fiberglass shell and an EPS foam liner with a velvet lining.
It includes a multiview flip-up visor made from a shatter-resistant material. The visor for the T8 Racer comes in two options; clear or tint. If you’re looking for that nice mirror look TSG has, you’ll be disappointed.
As opposed to a double D-ring, this helmet has a plastic buckle. We could debate about the pros and cons of both but a buckle allows you to snap it into place easier than the former.
The T8 Racer Full-Face longboard helmet includes two sets of fit pads that let you customize the fit. And the price? The Triple 8 T8 Racer Full-Face helmet goes for around 270Euro or $299.99.
With the success of its predecessors, the DH6 and DH6-X full-face helmet models, the DH6-Xg is a fairly new longboard helmet model on the market.
The DH6-Xg helmet design presents the evolution of Predator’s previous models with a more rounded off shape. The DH6-Xg Full-Face longboard helmet is as minimalistic as it gets. The only exterior embellishment is the logo lettering on the sides.
This helmet is available in Gloss Gold, Matte Gunmetal Grey, Matte Black, and Gloss Whitegold colorways.
With a pre-preg fiberglass shell, a large visibility window, internal ventilation and an air vent on the chin, the DH6-Xg weighs only 900 grams. It is the lightest of the helmets listed in this article.
The DH6-Xg meets CPSC standards and is CE-1078 certified but doesn’t have an ASTM certification.
It includes optically correct curved tinted and clear visors and a nice fleece-lined carry bag. Predator also offers additional visor options such as silver mirror, color mirror, black, and others.
The DH6-Xg is available in one size only. It accommodates head sizes in a range of 58 – 61 cm (22.9″ – 24″) with three cheek pad thickness options. This means there is no XL size, but only the range from small to large.
As per usual, the DH6-Xg buckles up with a Double D-ring buckle and a padded strap.
The price for a new Predator DH6-Xg Full-Face longboard helmet is around 350 Euro or $380.
S1 – Lifer Full-Face Longboard Helmet
Another Full-Face helmet that is commonly used by longboarders is the S1 Lifer Full-Face helmet for downhill skateboarding and freeriding. At S1 they made their well-accepted Lifer Half-Shell into a Full-Face model that shares quite some similarities.
S1’s Lifer Full-Face has a deep fit design with a shorter front profile to prevent excessive head whip upon impact. Inside it features S1’s EPS Fusion Foam that can withstand multiple low force impacts as well as a high impact.
Its ABS outer shell is paired with protective EPS Fusion Foam in a hard-shell construction and inner sizing pads. This helmet is certified as CPSC for High Impact and ASTM for Multiple Impact.
The field of view on the S1 Lifer Full-Face is wide for good peripheral vision. It’s paired with a removable visor with tilt mobility. The visor is mounted on the helmet in a way it potentially prevents fogging and allows proper airflow.
The Lifer Full-Face has ear holes so you can hear outside noise but does not have additional external venting. It relies on the shape of the inner foam to redirect stale air out from the bottom of the helmet.
Normally, a Lifer Full-Face longboard helmet offers an option to choose 2 visors. It can be either Clear, Tinted, Iridium or a Mirror model. S1 also includes a helmet bag, three cheek pads for size adjustment and two extra sizing liners.
There you have it, we’re at the end of this article. You now know what are the most commonly used and trusted Full-Face helmets for downhill and freeride. Skate safe, until next time …
This year we got to attend the Velefique International Freeride that took place from the 5th to 8th of September, 2019. The Freeride has been around for 9 editions already and is located just short of 60 km away from Almeria in the southeast of Spain.
It was our first time there so we didn’t know what to expect but we knew the event road is wide, dynamic and located in scenic desert-like surroundings. That eventually also made us want to go.
Velefique Freeride Location
The meeting point for the event was the municipality called Velefique. The ”town” is quite small and in 2017 it reportedly had only 247 inhabitants. Nonetheless, it had everything needed – a restaurant, a good-sized swimming pool, large parking and a campsite. If you planned ahead, there was also an option to rent a house/room in the town which quite a few people did.
The Event Track
The track itself is around 4 km long with a total altitude change of 265 meters and a bunch of 180-degree corners. Pavement wise, it is in good condition with some mid-run changes but without any major damage. On top, you could literally see the whole track with riders descending down and enjoy an amazing view of the surrounding hills.
Predominately visited by Spaniards, the riding style at Velefique is a healthy mix of longboard, trike, luge, inline and roller riders. Longboarders were outnumbered but there were a few international skaters from Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, UK, and Germany.
The day of skating at Velefique is split into three parts. A ”morning” session from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. is followed by a lunch break until 4 p.m. and continued by the ”evening” session until 8 p.m. Furthermore, the event had two large busses and numerous volunteers that made sure the runs went by fast and seamlessly.
During the break, one could take advantage of the free meal included in the rego or grab a variety of small snacks (”tapa”) from the menu list. The beer was also cheap with a caña costing only 1.5 Eur. The last day of the freeride was celebrated with a huge traditional Paella.
Overall Velefique Freeride was a great gathering of Spanish riders and a handful of international longboarders. The vibe was very relaxed and everything ran smoothly. For us the lunch break made it feel like we had 3 days in 1 so to describe it as ¡Muy bien! would be just.
It will take more than just a set of good longboard bearings to keep you going. That’s why we made a list of top recommended half-shell skateboard helmets for you to check out.
If you already have a helmet for more than 3 years, you should consider replacing it with a new one. The reason is that even if it never received a hit, other factors like UV-rays, heat, and sweat can compromise its protective properties.
The following helmet models can be used for cruising, freestyle, longboard dancing or even freeriding.
The Certified Sweatsaver longboard skateboard helmet by Triple 8 in one way presents a combination of a soft-shell and a hard-shell helmet. It includes both high-impact EPS foam and a dual-density soft foam in an ABS hardshell construction.
The most inner soft foam is surrounded with a Sweatsaver™ Liner and resembles a similar type of protection you would find in a soft-shell helmet without EPS. This also serves as fit pads but in a noticeably thicker design as in standard skateboard helmets, which potentially offers a more snug fit.
An important feature of a skateboard helmet is the venting system as you tend to overheat during strenuous skating. The Certified Sweatsaver helmet includes two vents in the front and back, as well as six vents on top in a similar design to Triple8’s logo.
With the word ‘’certified’’ included in the product name, we also need to point out what certification it has. As stated on their official website, the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver Helmet is best used for biking, skateboarding, in-line skating/roller skating, and scooters, as most of them are.
It is marketed as dual-certified, and yes it is. It complies with US CPSC Bike and ASTM (ASTM F-1492) Skate Safety Standards.
The Certified Sweatsaver is available in standard matte or glossy solid colors, and even two rainbow sparkling models. What’s also ”cool” about this helmet is that a portion of the sales will be donated to the Tony Hawk Foundation as stated on Triple 8’s website.
TSG – The Evolution Helmet
Next on the list is the TSG Evolution Helmet that has become widely accepted in both cycling and skateboarding. In downhill skateboarding their Pass full-face helmet is widely recognized but that’s a topic for later…
The TSG Evolution longboard skateboard helmet features an ABS hardshell construction with inner protective EPS foam and fit pads in two sizes. TSG’s Low Fit design means it sits low and fully protects the entire back and sides of your head.
For somewhat maximized venting, the Evolution Helmet includes altogether 14 vents, just like the Certified Sweatsaver but distributed differently. It has two vents in the front, six in the back and 6 vents on the top.
As stated by TSG, the Evolution helmet is one of the slimmest hardshell designs available and weighs 460 grams which is OK for a half-shell helmet although there are lighter ones out there (even from TSG).
TSG Hardshell Helmet HARDSHELL CONSTRUCTION: For maximum safety, TSG’s hardshell construction combines a super strong injection moulded outer shell and a shock absorbing EPS inner shell. Amazon.com $39.95
TSG Superlight Helmet IN-MOLD CONSTRUCTION: The protective EPS is foamed directly into the shock resistant polycarbonate shell, for a super light, yet extremely stable helmet construction. Amazon.com $79.95
An added bonus to TSG products is that you can find their certification test reports on their website. Based on the reports, this helmet complies with CPSC, ASTM1492, and NF EN 1078 + A1:02 2013 which one could interpret as the French standard for CE EN 1078.
TSG’s Evolution helmet is available in quite a wide array of styles that cover anything from solid colors, various graphic designs, different colored EPS foam and diverse color combinations of their nylon adjustable straps and plastic buckles.
S ONE – Lifer Helmet
Moving on we’ll check out the S-One Lifer longboard skateboard helmet. This one stands out because it checks off all of the certification marks we want to see in a helmet for longboarding. But let’s start with the features first…
The S-ONE Lifer helmet features an outer high-rebound ABS shell with S-ONE’s own FUSI1ON EPS foam consisting of low, medium and high-density beads. To help with size adjustment it includes color-coded sweat absorbing fit pads.
As for the venting system goes, the Lifer helmet includes only 11 vent holes with five circular and six teardrop shaped vent holes distributed throughout the deep fitting design of this helmet.
Most importantly, the Lifer is a certified multi-impact and a certified high impact helmet for skateboarding, longboarding, BMX, scootering, roller skating, and roller derby. As such, it is marked with 4 certification marks: CPSC, ASTM F-1492, CE EN 1078 and the AS/NZS 2063:2008.
Second, to plain color designs, the Lifer is also available with double glitter paint jobs and even fun designs like watermelon and leopard.
Predator – FR7 EPS Certified Skateboard Helmet
The Predator FR7 skate helmet is less used in Europe than the US but still well worth its place on the list. This is also the only one of the listed longboard helmet models that is marketed for longboard freeriding.
With a somewhat different look, the Predator FR7 skate helmet features a high-density protective shell with an EPS foam liner accompanied with fit pads. Venting is somewhere in the middle with a total of twelve air vents, but what makes it special is the stylish front visor.
Predator FR7 Half-Shell Helmet Comes with a fit kit including additional foam pads to allow adjustment for maximum comfort & snug fit. Dual-certified for skateboarding, it meets all Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for the best in impact protection. Amazon.com
Predator FR7 Half-Shell Helmet Comes with a fit kit including additional foam pads to allow adjustment for maximum comfort & snug fit. Dual-certified for skateboarding, it meets all Consumer Product Safety Commission standards for the best in impact protection. Amazon.com $54.95
The Predator FR7 longboard helmet is available in multiple color options with a standard fit and weighs about 500 grams. That’s 40 grams more than the TSG Evolution helmet, but it makes up with its style points.
If we have a look at the certification, it complies with the American CPSC and the European CE EN 1078 safety standard.
Nutcase helmets for Adults
We’ll end this list with a wild card that is the Nutcase helmet for adults. What got them to the list is the various funky graphics and color designs that make them interesting to look at and also provide certified protection.
Nutcase helmets are the only helmets on the list that feature an in-mold construction of a PC shell and inner protective EPS foam. Some of them have a dual-position spin dial fit system which lets you further adapt the fit, as well as 3M reflective straps and a Fidlock™ magnetic buckle.
On some models, the shape is a tad shallower but includes a snap-in visor similar to the fixed one on the Predator FR7 longboard helmet.
The Nutcase helmets for adults are mainly marketed for urban bicycle riding, however, you can use them also for skateboarding.
With a CE EN 1078 certification, these are appropriate to use for longboard cruising and longboard dancing, however, we wouldn’t recommend them for freeriding as we would suggest at least an ASTM certification for that.
There you have it, our pick of best longboard helmets for cruising, longboard dancing, freestyle and even freeride if you chose to not wear a full-face for that.
We hope this article will help you choose the right helmet for you and your riding style or at least provide you with information about what to look at when taking the step towards your safety.
Seismic Skate releases new 80.5 mm tall ALPHA Wheels in two widths – the 60 mm wide DH Race for fast downhill skateboarding and the 55 mm wide LDP Trim created for long distance pushing.
Both wheel models feature DEFCON™ high-rebound urethane formula in either 76A or 78A durometer and Seismic’s Fusion™ core. Let’s take a look at the specs…
The 2019 Seismic Alpha Longboard Wheels
The ALPHA Longboard Wheels are technically two different wheel models that share the same components but a different shape adapted to the discipline of longboarding they are best used for.
The ALPHA DH wheels are 80.5 mm high with a 60 mm running surface, a 6.5 % offset bearing seat, square outside edges and a straight-cut inside edge. Each wheel weighs 9.125 oz. or 258.689 grams.
The ALPHA LDP Trimwheels with an 80.5 mm height and a 53 mm contact patch feature the same 6.5 % offset bearing seat, beveled edges and a weight of 8.75 oz. of 248.058 grams each.
What joins these two models is Seismic’s pride and joy, their core, and urethane formula. The Fusion™ core is a 46 mm tall x 44 mm wide supportive hub with 8 hollowed-out support beams and a robust bearing lug made from durable 85D fiber-reinforced thermoplastic and surrounded by their DEFCON™ urethane in one of the two durometers mentioned above.
In an interview at the ISPO Longboard Embassy Seismic claimed their new DEFCON™ is faster than their BlackOps™ formula and proudly mentioned Pete Connolly’s Guinness World Record where he reached 146.73 km/h (91.17mph) rolling down on Seismic wheels at the L’Ultime Descente in Canada.
With a fresh take on longboarding, Alternative Longboards 2019 lineup features three new pro-models including Lombardi PRO by a two-time Red Bull No Paws Down winner Patrick L. Lombardi and two trendy speedboards, La Barou and La Barouquette designed together with their French team rider Lillian Barou specifically for narrow trucks.
Improved construction and sidewall protection
All decks now include an improved construction featuring more responsive flex and a new sidewalls integration to make the decks last longer.
Until this year, Alternative only used the sidewalls protection on their dancing decks but this year almost all of their downhill decks have it as well. The only two decks that are an exception are La Barou and La Barouquette.
Other than that, the new changes include higher kicktails for better pop, slightly stronger concave and the new graphics made by a polish artist Tomasz Leśniak.
Finally a pro model deck by Patrick L. Lombardi
In July 2018, Alternative Longboards welcomed to their team one of the best riders in the world, a two-time Red Bull No Paws Down champion Patrick L. Lombardi and developed a longboard deck according to his specifications.
Unfortunately, in September last year, Patrick had a bad accident and had to undertake surgery which set him off the 2019 season. He is expected to recover and get back on his board only after this year’s season. In the meantime, his deck will have to be promoted by other Alternative team riders.
Lombardi PRO deck features
The Lombardi PRO longboard deck for downhill and freeride features a wider platform to accommodate riders with bigger feet sizes. It measures 25cm (9.84”) in width and 93.4cm (36.77”) in length, including the kicktail and a slightly upward curved nose. Next to the Fantail, one of Alternative’s most popular decks, it is the most versatile deck in the line up right now.
The Lombardi PRO deck boasts a symmetrical stiff platform and a features 8 mm (0.31”) micro drop, 2 mm (0.07”) rocker and a mild 12.23 mm (0.48”) concave.
The price for the Lombardi PRO decks is 190,00 Euros via Alternative Longboards website.
La Barou & La Barouquette for narrow trucks
Recently many downhill skateboarders started skating on narrow trucks and a shorter wheelbase. Alternative team rider from France Lillian Barou is one of them. Following the rising trend, Alternative released two new additional longboard decks built according to Lillian’s specifications; La Barouquette and La Barou.
Both decks feature a beautiful wooden finish which makes them stand out in Alternative’s 2019 lineup. The La Barou and La Barouquette both have an 8 mm (0.31″) rocker, 12 mm (0.47″) radial concave and measure 22.77 cm (8.89″) in width while offering adjustable wheelbase ranging from 50.85 cm – 60.2 cm (20.02″ – 23.7″).
The biggest difference between the decks is that La Barou has a fully functional kicktail and measures 91 cm (35.83″) in length while the La Barouquette features a fishtail design and is 77.47 cm (30.5″) long.
Mirko Paoloni and Simon Lechner took a 10-day skate trip to sunny Tenerife where they tested the new REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. They hit some of the gnarliest and most scenic spots on the Island and came back with loads of footage to prove it…
REKD Ultralite helmet
Last year, a UK based company REKD Protection released the REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. The REKD Ultralite is an EN1078 and CPSC certified in-mold helmet. Relying on the certification, the helmet should provide enough protection for both beginner and pro level longboarders but can also be used for other sports like roller and inline skating, BMX etc.
Good helmet for longboarding?
Obviously, when skating at high speeds, it is better to consider wearing a good full-face helmet rather than a half-shell helmet. However, if you’re more experienced and know what you’re doing, riding downhill and at higher speeds with a half-shell is not a sin. Better any helmet than no helmet. In case you decide to buy and have one half-shell helmet for all your skate activities at least make sure that you’re getting one that’s certified and produced by a well-established company, like REKD.
In-Mold Fusion Technology
REKD Ultralite helmet is produced using their In-Mold fusion technology. This allows for the inner EPS core and the outer PC shell to be fused together allowing for helmet to be more compact and lightweight as well as more durable.
Compared to other helmets on the market, weighing just 290 grams (S and M size) and 310 grams (L and XL size), the REKD Ultralite helmet is up to 1/3 lighter compared to similar helmets in the same price range of approx. 45,00 Euros.
The helmet is really lightweight and very comfortable. The fit is really good, it feels snug but not too tight. We skated for hours in Tenerife and it really made a difference to wear a lighter helmet, you don’t feel as warm or as tired so easily. ~ Mirko Paoloni
Extended comfort with super low-profile and anti-bacterial line padding
Its designers put a lot of thought into the REKD Ultralite helmet in order to deliver a great protection-to-weight ratio. However, apart from being extremely lightweight, thanks to REKD’s exclusive shape which features a super low-profile and premium anti-bacterial lined padding, the Ultralight helmet offers a great deal of comfort as well.
You can really feel the difference when you wear an In-Mold helmet, you can barely feel like you’re wearing one which helps you to ride for longer without getting too hot and sweaty! But for when you do sweat, REKD has put in antibacterial padding that has been heat-stamped with their logo. The padding is really premium and very well finished, making the helmet super comfortable to wear ~ Mirko Paoloni
Aera Trucks, the synonym for precision and response just released their newest Aera RF-1 Trucks. After years of development, these bad boys finally hit the market and longboarders from around the globe are already putting them to the test.
The RF-1 Aera Trucks feature cold forged hangers and bases with CNC cut axle holes, permanent kingpins, and bushing seats. These are said to be stronger than other machined or CNC varieties with nearly the same level of precision.
Cold forging is the process of stamping a hardened aluminum material with 30,000lb of pressure – this nets a very precise part, and also one that is stronger since the material flows into its final shape. ~ Aera Trucks
The unique pivots on the RF-1 are paired with in-house poured urethane pivot cups that allow deeper carves, more lean and greater stability. Aera’s RF-1 are completed by Hardcore Bushings and Grade 8 hardware.
Furthermore, the Aera RF-1’s are available in three models in two colors and sold individually so riders can mix and match:
Aera RF-1 DH (Downhill) feature 46˚ bases and a 176 mm width, paired with 93a Bushings. As the new go-to truck for downhill at high speeds or heavier riders, these feature the hardest Hardcore bushings of the bunch.
Aera RF-1 FR (Freeride) provide 46˚ bases, a 180 mm width, and 90a Bushings. Known as the all-arounder in the lineup, these can be used by the majority of riders for intermediate downhill and freeride.
Aera RF-1 Carve (Dance or Commute) consist of 50˚ bases, a 180 mm width, and 88a Bushings. Designed for the masses as great trucks to start with, these can be used for all varieties of longboards thanks to its versatile baseplate. This set-up is promoted to be easy to carve, have fun in the city or do some easy freeride and downhill.
Seismic recently released their new longboard slide gloves for both freeride and racing. These high-performance slide gloves are described to be made from advanced materials with an ergonomic design for a snug, yet comfortable fit.
With a closer look at these new models of slide gloves, one can immediately notice a robust goatskin exterior and an added layer for a much-needed reinforcement of the fingertips and other high-stress zones.
These well thought out reinforcements are also placed right underneath the puck and on the Purlicue, better known as the space between the thumb and the index finger. This especially comes in handy in both disciplines at times where you need to grab rail or act quickly by putting your hands down.
Another feature that we find interesting is the cuff design paired with industrial-strength Velcro. This form-fitting goatskin/neoprene hybrid features a pull-on extension on the bottom of the wrist for easier use and bigger coverage of the palmar side of your wrist.
The differences between these two longboard slide glove models are mainly in the outer design. The Freeride slide gloves feature a breathable synthetic material on the back of the hand that is paired with a stretchy neoprene knuckle accordion. This keeps the gloves light, breathable and flexible, perfect for freeride sessions.
Their Race gloves offer a bit more durability and protection as the back is made from perforated goatskin with an integrated Kevlar® knuckle bar.
Last but not least, Seismic also replied to the common nuisance known as seam placement. The seams are strategically placed for a better wearing comfort and durability, while the Velcro split is positioned so it compliments the natural palm crease.
Earlier this year, Alternative Longboards team riders got together at “So You Can Longboard Dance?” competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands. After the event, they decided to prolong their trip for another day and set off to explore Amsterdam on their longboards.
Riders: Alina Ruess, Mateusz Kodym, Robbert Van Haaften and Mateusz Wiącek.
We all know KebbeK by its fun loving, adventure seeking, hill bombing spirit, but what goes down in the background includes a world of head scratching and creative thinking that provides the masses with a means to pursue their passion.
KebbeK Skateboards strives for perfection in every little detail, whether it’s the board features, graphic designs, apparel or their international team of riders pursuing podiums or that one new trick one just has to land.
Their latest video features both worlds, indoor and outdoor, that results in the perfect lifestyle we all seek. Joey Binder, KebbeK’s brand manager we all know and love from KnK Longboard Camp, spends his usual workdays in their new store and headquarters in Montreal which they launched earlier this year.
The video evolves into shots of their team rider Jordan Wells taking his brand new Tabarnak deck paired with KebbeK’s Tepakan wheels for a spin. After a few trials and errors, his efforts definitely paid off.
A few shots later Jordan switches his board for the 2018 Dig Deep with a pool/bowl inspired shape and a beaver graphic. This skateboard has a squared off nose, great for all kinds of different grabs and a nice pocket on the tail for stable foot placement while doing sick wall rides and grinds as Jordan does in the video.
Video by Fool Media
Rider: Jordan Wells
Sound Engineering: Lora Bidner
Towards the end of Week #2 at KnK Longboard Camp a special race is held. The Single Set Survivors race has few rules apart from this; racers are not allowed to change their wheels creating a more level playing field. Typically, sponsored racers will always have an advantage in having multiple sets of new wheels to ride. Riders tried to choose the longest lasting wheels for the best chance in the race.
This year we had to change conditions: it rained just before the first run. With temperatures above 25 degrees, riders had to judge whether it would dry quickly or if it would rain once again. Nikolay Keller rolled the dice and changed to rain wheels along with a few others. In the first round, this proved hugely advantageous over many riders on near fresh wheels.
As the buses drove up the hill ready for us to go into the next stage of the race the sun blazed on the track resulting in a dry run. Riders like Harry Clarke and Max Heaton we’re rewarded for being on near fresh wheels with a huge advantage over the rain wheel riders. The riders on rain wheels found themselves knocked out as we moved to the semi-finals.
Once again, the buses drove back up the hill but this time the skies opened once again to dampen the track. The advantage would have been with the rain wheel riders if they would have been able to stay in the competition. The semi finals and finals were heats full of chaos. Harry Clarke describes it:
I pushed out first, footbreaked the whole way around the first corner. We were pushing out of corners and then wondering how we would slow down for the next one. Everyone crashed multiple times including a pile up on corner 8 which I managed to avoid, it was just hard to stay on. At the very end Victor and I were side by side balancing off each other in a slide screaming are you okay to each other as we moved towards the finish line. It was pretty damn crazy
As KnK Longboard Camp 2018 10th anniversary edition ends we would like to thank the brands that sponsor this event:
Almost 230 riders are riding the track daily without a hurry as they enjoy 18 hairpins basked in the summer heat. As the IDF Euro tour circuit finished racers have come to relax with us for 6 days of shredding.
The mix of riders coming for Week 2 is interesting, lots have come to learn to control their boards here. With how wide the road is and the level of protection where you can crash without fear, KnK Longboard Camp has the relaxed vibe to perfect your skills. For many riders here the Bear’s Guts track is the biggest hill they have ever skated and for some, this is a steep learning curve. However, after 3 days the progression is immense, riders that could hardly get down the hill are now fully in control of their boards.
Clear skies have brought about changed riding conditions for the riders. The heat means most wheels slide smoother and every corner requires a longer check. The lower levels of grip make for great fun on the track for downhillers and freeriders alike. Conditions are likely to stay the same until the end of KnK Longboard Camp 2018 so it looks like the Single Set Survivors race is likely to feature many slides.
A short drive from KnK is a section of the river Kolpa that is perhaps around 7 meters deep with a rickety old bridge over it. The Dutch riders like to gather at the river and dive deep into the water. A wide array of acrobatics is on display, from backflips to perfect dives. Unfortunately, I was not able to replicate their acrobatics despite multiple attempts. Rider Nikolay Keller spent 30 minutes meditating before finally doing a backflip. In his last moments before jumping, Patrick L. Lombardi encouraged him; “The brain is a poison, don’t think and just jump. You can skate a hill at 110kph in shorts and yet you can’t jump” After further meditation, he finally managed to backflip.
Sabrina Ambrosi, KebbeK Skateboards team rider has joined us after her intensive IDF Euro tour. Together with Joey, she has been overseeing riders as they try out KebbeK Skateboards 2018 line up. Of interest to all the riders was Emily Pross’s new pro model, with all 5 Pross demo boards grabbed by the riders. The Ben Dubreuil pro model as well as the Emma Daigle we’re also quick to be exhibited on the Bear’s Guts.
Even though we are moving towards the Single Set Survivors race the relaxed vibe is here to stay at KnK Longboard Camp week #2. Make sure to join us for the Single Set Survivors Vlog coming out on Sunday.
The KnK Longboard Camp 2018 presented by KebbeK Skateboards has always been a gathering place for freeriders, but an added element of racing was bound to make its mark at the event. The Red Bull No Paws Down challenge is a highlight at the end of week one where racers are competing to win 1000 Euros. The only catch is, they can’t touch the ground with their hand for the full 18 hairpin course.
After a week of practicing on the Bear’s Guts track riders were ready. Last years champion & ROCKET LongboardsDominic Schenk felt that he had already achieved his life goal in winning the Red Bull No Paws Down and was happy to MC the race from the corner 8 with Joey Bidner, Brand manager for KebbeK Skateboards. He was sure that the winner would either be Dave Süess or Patrick L Lombardi.
However, there were wild cards in the mix as well. Oscar Rodriguez from Spain was very nimble but always on the edge while Ian Freire, Alternative Longboardsrider Jan Izquierdo and Brandon DesJarlais all had a shot at winning. With Ian Freire making an early exit in the quarters and Oscar Rodriguez losing out in the semi-finals we were down to only Dave Süess, Patrick Lombardi, Brandon Desjarlais and Jan Izquierdo.
Brandon Desjarlais takes us through the finals: I got off the line quickly and was around 20 metres ahead by the first corner. Patrick was reeling me in and passed me right before the second corner. Between corner 3 and 4 I really started to gain on Patrick, but I messed up in corner 4 and by this point knew Patrick would win, he kept a confident lead on me and had grippier wheels. Jan was always behind me pressuring me, I had to play defence to fight for second place. Dave tried to make a move on Jan in corner 5 but washed out and put his puck down. At the end of the day it’s whether you ride grippy wheels and risk losing control or freeride wheels and be consistent. I ended the final with Jan just a metre behind me and Patrick cleanly out front.
The party place at KnK Longboard Camp gradually ramps up throughout the week to an apex of the KebbeK Wheel of Misfortune on Friday night. Joey Bidner and Maxwell Kaye were your terrible hosts, taping boards to riders and handing out beer bongs with exotic ingredients. A delighted crowd looked on as riders are rewarded for their valiant efforts. Brandon Fanthome ate a whole garlic covered in Tabasco sauce to win a board, describing it as one of the worst experiences of his life.
After such a hectic week of KnK Longboard Camp 2018 Week #1, the crew is taking a break before Week #2. Hay bales are being replaced and the bar is being re-stocked. Thank you to all the riders for joining us for KnK Longboard Camp Week #1 and if you are heading to Week #2 then get excited, it’s going to be awesome.
Close to 200 riders have descended upon the forested hills on the border of Slovenia and Croatia for the 10th edition of KnK Longboard Camp presented by KebbeK Skateboards.
Maxwell Kaye is staying with us and did a run-through of the day on the Vlog, check it out. Vlog #2 is in the works focusing on the upcoming Red Bull No Paws Down World Championships. Last years winner Dominic Schenk is retiring after winning the 2017 No Paws Down title, paving the way for another rider to be crowned World Champion.
Despite a damp early Monday morning, spirits remained ecstatic as the weather soon turned from cloud to sunshine. The second day started with morning pack runs with about 10 riders per run, only because the Bear’s Guts is wide enough for groups of riders to slide alongside one another safely.
The uplift shuttles are speedy and riders are getting in around 9 runs per day, exceeding the 8 runs daily minimum. With 18 corners and a 4 km track, that means lots of worn out legs and a great appetite for the watermelon at the end of the track.
Some skaters who are like family and come to KnK every year feel that it’s tradition to jump into the river Cabranka that marks the border of Slovenia and Croatia to keep the blood flowing for the leg burner that is the Bear’s Guts. After a day of hard skating people immediately go to the campsite, grab their swimming trunks and jump off the rope swing.
Joey Bidner and Maxwell Kaye are the taking care of the evening entertainment with daily videos and fun games like the KebbeK Skateboards Go Tuck Yourself contest, where skaters in heats of 4 challenge their mind and body to stay on a balance board until two of them fail to advance into the next round.
The first few heats were around 2 minutes long, but as soon as the semi-finals and finals came, the competition ran high. The lactic acid was building up, leaving the riders with weak legs and sweat glazed foreheads.
Lilian Barou, Alternative Longboards team rider, won the Go Tuck Yourself contest with a laser engraved special 10th edition KnK Longboard Camp graphic courtesy of KebbeK Skateboards. Andrea Moreni and Deen Mondt won the style and aero points showcasing the best tuck form on the stage.
As we move towards the second half of this week we look forward to bringing you coverage of the Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship and the KebbeK Skateboards Wheel of Misfortune. Stay Tuned!
The 10th edition of KnK Longboard Camp is just around the corner and in less than one week’s time, the Bear’s Guts will once again awaken the stoked summer vibes by bringing together the international downhill skateboarding community in a small village based in the wildest part of Slovenia.
Close to the border of Slovenia and Croatia, the first week of KnK will take place from July 23rd to July 28th, while the second week will cater to everyone’s freeride needs from July 31st until August 5th, 2018.
The famed 18 hairpins of the Bear’s Guts track will provide the same consistent and smooth sliding pavement, with unchanged asphalt from top to bottom, as back in our early days of the event.
As an addition to the 6 days of full freeriding, you’ll also be able to join the Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship at the first week for a chance to win the grand prize of 1000 Euros or challenge yourself and your gear at the Single Set Surviors race on the second.
For this year’s winners of Red Bull No Paws Down, Fibertec Skateboards also prepared some special trophies as seen on the photo above.
With continuous support by KebbeK Skateboards, everyone joining us this year can expect the same good vibes and plenty of skating like the years before, with some extra goodies for the 10th anniversary.
Last year Joey Bidner took care of unique daily challenges on and off the track followed by sick prizes for everyone up for the fun.
With a special KebbeK shuttle bus for their last year’s Hype Free Tour, this year they prepared a great watercolor graphic inspired by KebbeK’s 2018 board collection, that will shuttle the speed-hungry longboarders up and down the track for 8 straight hours a day.
On top of the track KebbeK once again prepared their Core a Set – Get a Set, which will challenge you to destroy a set of KebbeK wheels in order to get a fresh set for free – this provides an unlimited supply of urethane during the whole duration of the event.
During the event, you can buy the first set of their Takawan and Libre wheels for 30 Eur, while their smaller, 60 mm Tepakan wheels will hold a price of only 20 Eur.
Down at the campsite, KebbeK will also host the TV game show inspired and the most misfortunate wheel of them all; the KebbeK Wheel of Misfortune. With distinct fun challenges live on our stage, everyone will get a chance to participate to win new longboard goods or just enjoy the show.
Steeze it up in our new event T-Shirts
Those who will join us at the 2018 edition can expect a new KnK T-Shirt design hand sketched by a Slovenian graffiti artist Maksim Azarkevič, printed and delivered by Sickboardshop from the Netherlands. Here’s James Kelly rocking the 10th-anniversary KnK Longboard Camp T-Shirt straight from the press.
Everyone shredding the Bear’s Guts will get the T-Shirt for free at registration and after the event, we’ll try to make this design available also in other color models, as well as hoodies, so you all will get a chance to rock it on the streets of your hometown.
Pack your street skate
Those who enjoyed KnK with us last year, know that we upgraded the party place under the Red Bull tents with a chill-out lounge with sofas to provide a place to relax your legs after a long day of skating. The set-up remains the same with a few improvements and one big addition.
We’re talking about the highly expected, special delivery straight from the lake to land – the minicamp courtesy of Red Bull! Be sure to pack your street deck along with your downhill gear for evening skate session under the starry skies.
What else to expect
In between runs while enjoying your falafel or swarma, you’ll be able to stroll around the starting line and check out Bam Bam Skate products that will bring even more fire to your runs, try out test boards from ROCKET Longboards, have a laugh with Joey from KebbeK Skateboards or head over to the Sk8bites booth and grab a set or two of freshies, grip tape and other longboard gear you just can’t have enough of.
During the freeride everybody will have access to free drinking water and free watermelons mid-day to sweeten up your hot summer day.
And last but not least, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who had fun with us at Bear’s Guts so far and everyone who is joining us for the first time this year. We continuously strive for improvement and we’re stoked you’ll be celebrating the 10th KnK Longboard Camp with us!
Like almost every other brand, STANT is a skater owned project. It came alive from the need for change and improvement but most of all just doing something the way they want it to be done.
One day they just rolled with it, figured out a name, chose a RAT for their logo and started working. All of which resulted in their first collection named STREET&TRIP.
Their goal is to stay basic, comfortable and at a certain distance to the popular streetwear fashion, which brought the collection together.
Since they really wanted to do things their way, all of their products are designed and made from scratch with the help of clothing technicians and material specialists. Sewing and applying graphics is also made in Poland – no shortcuts.
STANT’s first lineup includes two T-shirts models, two sweatshirts models, and socks. Their classic T-shirts are made from 100% premium cotton in a standard cut with a well-fitted neck welt. These are designed in light colors for a clean and fresh look.
Their second model of what they call Impact T-shirts is made from a thicker cotton reinforced with elastane, that flows with the movement of the rider and offers a higher durability for skating. It features a looser fit neckline and shorter sleeves. The Impact T-Shirts are available in darker colors for a loose and relaxed feel.
Their crewnecks and hoodies provide a minimalistic and clean look, made from a lighter material. The double stitching on critical areas provides that extra durability, while a special kind of weave makes them a great choice for chilled summer evenings.
Their sock models provide a mixture of white elegance and sports style, that dries faster, provides better traction and all around wearing comfort.
All in all, they choose a simple lineup of products they would want to personally wear, products that make the person wearing them feel good. One way or another, they’ve mixed those worlds together to achieve something different.
Apart from the materials, cuts, and designs, STANT wants to communicate through skate life situations which most of us encounter on daily basis. Their graphics are crystal clear to some and completely ridiculous to others. The whole point of the brand is to be able to identify with your individual passion in a less obvious and more fun way.
Like every upcoming brand, STANT has plans and ambitions, but their goal is to keep it mellow and relaxed. If you like the concept visit their website for more information or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
Icone Longboards introduced their new Icone Attacks longboard, a downhill and freeride deck, adapted to fit the needs of riders with smaller feet, which is also easy to stow when traveling thanks to its compact size.
Mostly downhill decks are designed for bigger sized feet, the main reason for it is probably that men outnumber women in the sport of downhill skateboarding. Being a skater with smaller feet, I learned how to deal with wide boards over the years. But as my riding got better and faster, I wanted to know what it feels like to have a narrower shape under my feet.
So of course, the first thing I tried was to cut the sides of one of my old decks to make it narrower. The result was a true eye-opener. I felt a lot more comfortable doing fast changes between toeside and heelside slides on technical roads which helped me improve my skills a lot.
Seeing me so happy made Icone Longboards consider properly designing a deck that fits the needs of downhill longboarders with smaller feet.
Anna Pixner and I are in fact two riders on the Icone team that belong to the group of female small-footed skaters. Anna also travels to attend races all around the globe, that is why she wanted a board that is as compact as possible to make traveling easier.
The result is the new Icone Attacks, a compact full shape deck that is 83.5cm/32.9″ long, 23cm/9.05″ wide and weighs 1.5 kg. As you can see from the specs, this board is lighter, narrower and shorter than most other downhill longboards.
Furthermore, the board offers 0.8cm/0.3″ rocker and wheel wells with a comfortable, mellow concave that is not limiting or annoying. The wheelbase options range from 62 – 65cm / 24.4 – 25.6″ and ensure a direct riding behavior with lots of turn.
Of course, you can rely on the usual Icone quality with their unique, entirely built-in 3D core construction that provides extreme torsional stiffness despite the compact size of the board.
I have been testing the Icone Attacks for several months now. In that time it has accompanied me on skate travels, where it proved to be super handy on the go, as well as long-lasting and functional on rough pavement conditions.
The narrow shape helped me improve my freeriding skills since my foot position is exactly how I need it, and also on technical race tracks the board has not let me down for it is as stable and precise as one can only wish for.
To learn more about the Icone Attacks longboard deck, visit www.icone.at.
After a harsh winter, the mythical passes of the French Alps were opened and it was time to visit Col Du Galibier between Savoy and Hautes Alpes for the grand longboard opening!
The crew said goodbye to their snowboards and skis and replaced them with their longboard gear to tackle this sixth highest mountain pass, with an altitude of 2,645 meters above sea level.
To us the high peaks, the altitude, the lunar mountains and the endless runs that bend are home to the most enduring riders.
For me these kinds of sessions are moments of true expression, while the riders Pierre Hardillier, Benjamin Sornin, Alex Martin, Yanis Markarian, Elton Vejux, Augustin Joan Montes, Alice Bonnet and Arnaud Tisserand got a chance to enjoy their freedom, and together the whole trip took on another dimension.
Together with French pro rider Achel Machin, Longboarding Days&Nights created a dream program for longboarders of any level, known as their Longboard Camp 2.0 in Santa Cruz, Portugal.
From the 24th of June to July 1st, 2018 the organizers welcome you to join them in a lovely coastal town of Santa Cruz, Portugal for surf & yoga lessons, delicious BBQs and ocean-side walks…and of course, numerous hours of longboarding with new friends from across the world.
Last year in spring they organized their first camp with Aboubakry Sadikh Seck, Kate Voynova, and Timur Totoev.
This year their longboard dancing camp in Portugal welcomes Achel Machin as their full-time instructor, who will give lessons to everyone who wants to start or improve their freestyle and longboard dancing maneuvers.
Together they created a program that is fun but pretty intense, with a lot of skating, surfing, and functional training, with the aim to have fun, learn and connect, but also build a stronger and healthier self.
Here’s a peek into one of Longboarding Days & Nights night sessions with Achel:
Longboarding Days&Nights Portugal activities are suitable for people with different skill levels, which means participants of the camp will receive a personalized guiding according to their abilities and desires under the beautiful rays of the Portuguese sun.
If you couldn’t make it to the event, you can check out our coverage from BigMountainSkate’s Alpenrauschen here: Part 1 and Part 2, and get up to speed with everything that happened in those 4 days in Tauplitzalm, Austria.
During the event, the ROCKET Longboards team riders were on point, stacking numerous clips, either filming themselves or filmed by Mirko Paoloni with a follow car. One of that film runs is the one you got to see right now featuring Dominic Schenk (Switzerland) and Ian Freire (Brazil) sending it stand up at around 90 km/h.
Dominic and Ian met each other in 2015 during the RedBull No Paws Down where they competed with each other in the finals. That year Ian took 1st place and Dominic 2nd, but in 2017 Dominic took home the gold. Soon after their first RBNPD race, they became good friends and Ian Freire joined Dominic on the ROCKET Longboards team two years later.
In the video we could see how comparable these two “champions” are with their almost synchronized flow, both targeting the fastest and most technical lines. This really is a match made in skate heaven.
Both Dominic and Ian have their own pro model deck, handmade in Switzerland by Daniel Iseli, the founder of ROCKET Longboards. Dominic’s deck of choice in the video is his pro model the ROCKET Domination, while Ian took his Ian Freire Pro, featuring ROCKET’s LAF technology, for a wild spin down the Alpenrauschen track.
Besides Dominic and Ian there were 4 other ROCKET team riders on the track; Danilo Porto, Till Heiden, Dave Süess and a new team rider who has yet to be announced.
Olginate (LC), Italy – The third edition of Ghost Town Freeride is just around the corner. For two days in June, from Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th, over 120 riders from all over the world will be coming together to shred the gnarly downhill skateboarding spot in Consonno, Olginate (LC) where 9 punk-rock bands will be rocking their favorite tunes during a weekend of non-stop longboarding and Rock’n’Roll.
The Ghost Town Freeride is an event organized by Sbanda Brianza, a sports club based in Olginate (LC) in Italy that is supported by FISR (the Italian Federation of Roller Sports), Comune di Olginate, Provincia di Leccoand Regione Lombardia. The goal for this year’s event is to ride the wave generated by the success of the previous event editions, characterized by media and public growth.
An estimated public of 2 thousand people will gather in Consonno to admire the evolution of the riders enrolled for the freeride who will slide down the 1.3-km track, reaching the speeds of close to 85 kph.
Ghost Town is not just a freeride…The event promotes longboarding and skateboarding by combining sports activity with the cultural aspect that strongly characterizes these sports. This translates into a weekend mixed with downhill skateboarding, shredding the ramps and live music, with no less than 9 bands, good food, street art, boardsports, and action sports related exhibitors. On Saturday evening, the official after party will rock hard in order to scare away the ghosts from the abandoned town.
Sbanda Brianza started as a hobby project 6 years ago by a group of riders who shared the same passion for skateboarding and the need to create something that was missing. Since then, the project has become more serious and in 2015 it turned into an official sports association affiliated with FISR (Italian Federation of RollerSports). The association is now regarded as a reference club for longboarding in Northern Italy and has many followers, especially longboard fanatics and other people who are fans of extreme sports.
Sbanda Brianza is now very active on the Italian longboard scene through event organization and organizing the learning courses with a “sbanda” (“swerve”) state-of-mind with FISR/CONI certified instructors.
Thanks to the agreement with Comune di Olginate, since 2017 the association manages the first-ever authorized longboard spot in Italy, welcoming many riders every Saturday, thus giving to this sport a reference point where it is possible to practice downhill in safety and without traffic.
“Our lifestyle? Adrenalin, music, bruised knees, wasted boards and parties!”
Consonno DH Spot
Consonno is an ancient village hidden in the hills around Lecco in Italy, 50 km North of Milano. After being turned into a little Las Vegas in the ‘60s, it drastically fell from grace in the mid-‘70s and the town slowly became uninhabited.
Nowadays, Consonno is one of the most famous longboarding spots in Italy. The hairpins that connect the abandoned town with the rest of the world became the headquarters of Sbanda Brianza where you can bruise your knees on the sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In May 2017, the use of the track has been regulated by an official ordinance, making “Consonno DH Spot” the first-ever skateboard downhill spot authorized in Italy, where riders can practice longboarding in safety, in a paved street closed to ordinary traffic