Best Surf Skate

Today’s article is on the best surf skates in the market.

I go over a few options and describe to you which are best for beginners and people getting into it. Check it out below.

Best Surf Skate

FLOW Swell Surf Skate

The FLOW Surf Skate Swell 32 is a pretty all-around great option. It isn’t too expensive and comes with quality components.

It’s the best choice on my list.

The Swell comes in at 32 inches in length and 10inches in width. It has 69mm wheels and has a deck made of 7plys of maple with a kicktail at the rear.

It has a slightly longer wheelbase than you’d find on standard mini-cruisers at 19inch WB. This puts the trucks directly under your feet giving you better leverage and control over the board.

The Swell has a torsion truck upfront and a normal TKP truck in the rear.

The torsion truck in front uses a spring system, where the resistance is controlled by how tight the spring is – you can adjust the tightness of the spring to have a tighter or looser feel to the ride.

This system is unique and doesn’t work the same way an RKP truck or TKP would.

It allows for even deeper, and quicker turns than normal trucks would allow.

User Reviews:

Find out more about the Swell here on amazon.com.

Penny Australia, 29 Inch Ocean Mist High-Line Surfskate

Not too affordable, not too expensive, the Penny surf skate is a decent option. It doesn’t use a true surf skate truck as the other options do, but it makes it work.

Coming in at 29inches in length and 10inches in length, the Penny comes with its world-famous waterproof plastic deck.

As with all Pennys, the deck has a waffle pattern on top to give you the grip you need when you ride it, and because it has no rough griptape, you can also ride it comfortably barefoot – but I advise you don’t do that tbh.

Components wise, the Penny has normal TKP trucks but features a surf adapter on the front truck. This allows the front truck to articulate deeper than it usually would, allowing you to take very tight turns as you would on any other surf skate.

It also comes with a shorter wheelbase (14inches) allowing for tiger turns.

The Penny is a solid option, I think its greatest strength is that you can ride it barefoot.

User Reviews:

Check it here on Amazon.com.

Z-Flex Bamboo Surfskate

Another surf skate with a surf adapter, the Z-Flex bamboo is one of the more expensive options on my list. But is it worth the money?

Coming in at 31inches in length and 7.875inches in width. It’s made with 7plys of maple. It features a functional kicktail, that has an attractive tail cutout in the shape of a swallowtail. If you do use the kicktail (doing ollies and slamming it down), expect the swallowtail to wear away.

In terms of components, the Z-flex has 63mm tall wheels and TKP trucks. It does feature a Waterborne surf adapter on the front truck to give you those quick deep turns.

For the price, I feel like you’re not getting the best deal. It goes for about $200 whereas other options cost about $30.

The Z-flex doesn’t have anything special so I feel that price isn’t justified.

User Reviews:

Check it out for yourself here on Amazon.com.

Razor RipStik Ripsurf


The most affordable and unique surf skate on my list, the RipStik is certainly different. Whilst other surf skates have 4 wheels, this one gets the job done with only 2.

The RipStik comes in at 32.2 inches in length and 10.7inches in width – the standard length for most of these surf skates.

What’s unique about it is that it uses two wheels instead of four – something common among Ripstiks.

It has the same 360degree turning caster wheels that you get on a normal Ripstik, but unlike the normal Ripstik, this deck flexes and turns closer to where your back foot goes, and this aids in getting the front to turn more.

Whilst it is cheap and affordable, it does have quite a steep learning curve.

It’s also not the most relaxing of rides as you have to actively work it to keep it steady.

It’s not a great option for people looking to ride for long periods (+10 minutes). The Ripstik simply won’t be a great fit for all.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

How to Pick the Best Surf Skate

What is a surf skate exactly?

A surf skate is a type of cruiserboard that has been fitted with a really turny front truck and a stable back truck to help simulate the feel of surfing on land.

The turny front truck allows you to take very tight turns and dive into them, the way you would on a wave.

Is a surf skate exactly like surfing a wave?

No quite, but close. You can do a lot of the same things, like pumping to gain speed as you would on a surf board, and take really tight turns.

It’s very fun, but it’s not the real thing at the end of the day. It’s just something fun to do when there’s no surf.

Finally, if you do fall, the pavement isn’t as forgiving as the water.

The above said, surfers and skaters looking for a new way to enjoy skateboarding would absolutely enjoy using them.

How do they work? Why is it different from a longboards?

Longboards use the same trucks front and back. Surf skates use different trucks front and back.

Surf skates usually use a very turn front truck. And the type of front truck used is different across different brands.

Some of trucks have a spring loaded front truck that allows you to turn very deeply, others use a high-angle RKP truck with very tall bushings.

You’ll find a lot of diversity in the trucks different brands use.

The rear truck is typically a TKP truck, which doesn’t turn very quickly.

It does a good job of following the front truck, allowing you to take tight turns without the back suddenly slipping out because of lack of grip.

How much should you expect to pay for one?

You should expect to pay upwards of $150 for one. You can get some for less, but those are the low-tier options. They usually don’t feel the best underfoot.

The higher quality ones are more expensive, but they turn smother and react to your input better.

They offer a better overall experience and tend to last longer too. If you have the money, they are worth getting. Buy once or buy twice.

Can you just use an adapter?

If you already have a cruiser board, you can simply use an adapter to convert it into a surf skate.

The adapters typically go on your front truck and allow it to turn a lot more, giving you the quick turn that you need for that surf-like feel.

Check out the Waterborne skateboard adapter here on Amazon.com.

However, this doesn’t mean your cruiser will automatically become a great surf skate.

Most surf skates are designed from the ground up, and their components are adjusted to give them the right feel. An adapter will make your cruiser more turny, but it won’t necessarily perform as well as a proper surf skate would.

But they are a great option if money is tight and if you’re on a budget.

Which surf skate is best for you?

Surf skates are a fun way to enjoy skateboarding. They’re very playful boards and would put a smile on any riders face.

If you’re still on the fence the Flow Swell is a great all-around option for a beginner.

Best Drop Down Longboard

This week’s article is on the best drop-down longboards. These boards are often the go-to recommendation for beginners (and heavier riders too).

They’re easy to learn on and offer a comfortable and forgiving riding experience.

Check it out below to learn more.

Best Drop Down Longboards

White Wave Bamboo

The White Wave is both a drop-down and drop-through longboard. It is one of the most stylish boards out there – the Bamboo finish makes it look quite good.

The White Wave comes in at 39inches in length and 9.5inches in width.

It comes with cheap 180mm trucks and 70mm tall wheels.

The deck is made with maple, with the outer plys being made of bamboo – it looks good, is durable, and should be strong enough to support heavier riders too.

The deck is both a drop-down and a drop-through.

Overall, you get a fairly good deal for the price of this complete. Whilst the components aren’t the best, it should suitable enough for most beginner riders.

The White Waves greatest strength is that it is both a drop-down and drop through – this allows the standing platform to be super closer to the ground.

This makes it super stable, easy to ride, and easy to footbrake on.

Finally you get the option of mounting the trucks on the bottom to ride it as a proper drop-down – you get to experiment and see which riding style your prefer.

User Reviews:

Check out the White Wave Bamboo here on Amazon.com.

Minority Downhill

The Minority board is one of the more affordable options on my list. And like the Atom drop down below, it’s going to be a great option for heavier riders.

The Minority downhill board comes in at 40inches in length and 10inches in width.

It has Volador trucks (which aren’t that great in quality) and 70mm tall wheels.

The deck is made from only 8plys of maple – so it won’t be as durable as the 9ply Atom below.

Finally, the deck has pretty deep cutouts. Because of this, you don’t need risers to avoid wheelbite, the lack of risers also allows the board to sit super low to the ground.

This makes it easier to push, easier to footbrake, and more stable.

Again, with this board you get what you pay for.

It only costs about $80, but that is a fair price for the quality you get. It will ride ok but it won’t be the best. It will be a great option for heavier riders on a budget though.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Atom Drop Longboard

A semi-affordable longboard, the Atom drop deck is going to be good for heavier riders. Though the components are a bit cheaper, they are rugged enough to hold up riders up to 250lbs in weight.

The Atom comes in at 41inches in length and 9.5inches in width. It has reverse kingpin trucks that are 10inches wide.

It also comes with 70mm tall wheels.

The deck is made with 9plys of maple, so it’s going to be stiff enough to support heavy riders.

The Atom trucks come with risers to ensure you get no wheelbite.

However, if you’re a lighter rider you can take off the risers for a lower ride – just check to ensure no bite. The risers just ensure that you can turn and lean deeply on the board without worry.

If you’re a heavier rider, keep them on.

For the price, this complete is quite reasonable. The components and quality aren’t the greatest, but for something going for only about $100, you can’t ask for better.

User Reviews:

Check out the Atom drop down here on Amazon.com.

Landyachtz Drop Carve 38

The premium drop-down option on my list, like the White Wave, the Drop Carve is both a drop-down and a drop-through board.

The drop on the Drop Carve is different from other boards on my list – it has rocker instead of the traditional drop.

Instead of a sudden drop from where the trucks are mounted, the Drop Carve features a gentle curve throughout the board, with the middle of the board sitting lowest.

Some people prefer rocker to drop down, they say it’s more comfortable and helps relax the feet.

Otherwise, the Drop Carve comes in at 38inches in length and 9.5inches in width. Its deck is made from bamboo and fiberglass, which allows it to be lightweight and durable despite its size.

Finally, it features high-quality parts – it comes with Bear trucks and 72mm tall Hawgs wheels.

Whilst it is expensive, the Drop Carve is one of the best drop-down longboards on the market.

It’s the best choice for a lot of riders.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

How to Pick the Best Drop Down Longboard

What is drop-down longboard?

A drop-down longboard simply means the standing platform sits lower than where the trucks are mounted.

The standing platform might be lowered through rocker (a gentle downwards curve throughout the board) or through a sudden, sheer drop from where the trucks are mounted.

Are drop-down longboards good for beginners?

Yes they are. They standing platform sits low to the ground, which makes them easy to push, easy to footbrake and easy to balance on.

They are also a bit more stable because the platform sits lower than where the trucks are – so how quickly they react to a riders input is minimized.

They allow you to make mistakes without punishing you too much.

Drop through vs Drop down? Which is better?

I recommend drop downs over drop throughs.

Drop-throughs have a more sluggish ride when compared to drop-downs, but with a drop-down, you get a similar ride that is slightly more responsive.

If you get to try both, I recomend you do so to see which you prefer – longboarding is very subjective, people like different things.

How to pick a drop-down longboard?

Size

You first want to look at the size of the board.

Most drop-down boards are going to be about 38inches in length and 10inches in width. That size is going to be ok for most riders about 5ft 6 and taller.

But if you’re smaller you might struggle control a board of that size.

They’re not the best for smaller riders

If you’re a smaller rider, the big drop-down boards may not be best fit for you.

You’re going to want to get one that is about 35inches in length. Because they are shorter, they allow you to assume a comfortable shoulder-width stance with your feet not too far from the trucks.

The closer your feet are to the trucks, the better control you have.

Landyachtz make smaller drop-down boards for smaller riders, namely the Drop Cat 33 and the Evo 36. Pantheon longboards have some small drop-down longboards too.

Good-quality components

As a general rule of thumb, you want good quality components on the longboard you pick. Low-quality parts are going to hold back your progression and get in the way of your riding experience.

They should generally be avoided. However, if you’re budget doesn’t allow for it, it’s ok to settle for lower quality parts.

Most beginners can’t tell the difference between quality, but as you get more experience, be sure to invest in higher-quality gear.

Solid construction

Drop down boards need to have a solid construction. Because of their design, the necks of the boards tend to be weak points that can snap. If your board is poorly made, then the neck could snap when you’re riding. High-quality boards that are well made won’t snap when you’re riding them.

High-quality boards tend to be made with 8plys of maple (or more), or are made with composites. You can also ensure you are getting a high-quality board by getting one from a reputable company.

Cutouts to avoid wheelbite

You’re going to want suffecient cutouts and wheel wells to avoid wheelbite on your drop down longboard.

Wheelbite on drop-downs is bad, it stops you in your tracks completely and launches you forward.

A good drop-down board will have suffecient cut outs so you can turn as deeply as you want without worrying about wheelbite.

If wheelbite is an issue for you, you can always add risers or tighten your trucks so they don’t turn as much.

What do you think? Which drop-down is best for you?

If you’re a beginner looking for your first board, drop-down longboards are an excellent choice.

If you’re still on the fence about which one to pick, the Landyachtz Drop Carve is a great option that you’ll enjoy.

If you’re on a budget, the White Wave is the next best choice.

Best Downhill Longboards

Looking to get the low down on the best downhill longboards for beginners? Look no further.

Today’s article will guide you through the best options for downhill, learning to slide, and going fast on a longboard.

Check it out below.

Best Downhill Longboard Completes

Landyachtz Evo

The Landyachtz Evo is a complete almost 20 years old. It’s been around for so long because of how well it performs – both on and off the race circuit. And though race setups have advanced, the Evo remains one of the easiest boards to ride down hills.

The defining feature of the Evo is it’s drop-down standing platform and wedged and dewedged trucks – a lot of technical words I know. But this just allows the Evo to be super stable at speed and super easy to slide – this what made it a race-winning board 15 years ago.

The Evo comes in at 40inches in length and 10inches in width.

It comes with high-quality Bear trucks and Hawgs wheels.

It features Bear Spaceball bearings too.

The Evo should be your pick if you want an easy to ride beginner downhill board.

However, it is quite expensive, but you do get high-quality components with it.

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta

The Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta is a deck built with cruising in mind, but it will be good for some mild downhill and freeride too.

The Rasta comes in at 40inches in length and 10inches in width.

It is a drop-through – which means the trucks are mounted on top and through the board.

This type of mounting style makes the board more stable, easier to ride, and easier to slide.

Drop-through boards are one of the best choices for downhill beginners.

In terms of components, the Rasta comes with high-quality Road rider trucks and wheels. The wheels might be a bit grippy for sliding initially, but they should become better once they break in a bit.

The Rasta isn’t too badly priced, and though it isn’t a strict downhill board it will be good enough for most beginners. I recommend it as you get decent quality components with it.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Quest Zero 40

One of the more affordable options, the most valuable part on this complete is the stiff deck. The components aren’t great, but you do get what you pay for.

The Quest Zero 40 comes in at 40inches in length and 10inches in width, and it’s made with 7plys of Maple.

It won’t be the stiffest of boards – but should be good enough for most light riders.

If you’re a heavier rider you should consider a different option – it will flex under heavier riders.

The Zero 40 also comes with 7inch Aluminum trucks and 70mm tall wheels which have square lips (not the best for sliding).

These components aren’t of the best quality

Though the deck is drop-through (which means it will be stable and easy to slide), it’s held back by its construction and the components it comes with. But for only costing about $70, it’s very attractive for most people, that said, I’d recommend you don’t get this board if you have a bigger budget to spend.

If you do get it, I suggest you upgrade the components when you can.

User Reviews:

Check out the Quest Zero 40 here on Amazon.com.

Minority Downhill longboard

Like the Quest above, this too is an affordable downhill complete.

Similarly, it doesn’t have the best components, but unlike the Quest above, the deck is slightly stiffer – it is made from 8plys of maple.

The Minority downhill board comes in at 40inches in length and 10inches in width.

It is made with 8plys of cold-pressed maple (it will be better for heavier riders and will be stiffer for all) and features a drop-down standing platform.

The drop-down makes it easier to slide and more stable at speed. But unlike the drop-through, it leaves you with a bit more control over your trucks.

The Minority also comes with cheap 7inch aluminum trucks and 70mm tall, 78a, square-lipped wheels. These trucks won’t be the most stable (because they’re cheap) and the wheels won’t be the best for sliding.

I wouldn’t recommend you get this board, but if you’re on a budget it’s better than nothing.

I recommend you upgrade the trucks as soon as you can.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Magneto Tesla Downhill longboard

Only costing about $100, the Magneto downhill board is easily the best budget option on my list. The components aren’t super great, but the deck is speed stiff and is a good option for going fast.

The Magneto downhill board comes in at 35 inches in length and 9inches in width. It is made of several plys of Canadian maple.

Unlike most of the other boards on my list, the Tesla is a pure top mount – this means the trucks are mounted directly underneath the board.

This gives you the most control over your trucks, but it doesn’t aid in the stability or make it easy to slide.

It is not the most beginner-friendly option on my list, but you can learn on it if you’re determined.

The components aren’t that good. The trucks are cheap 7inch aluminum trucks and the wheels cheap 70mm tall square lipped wheels. They won’t be stable or easy to slide.

The above said and done, if you’re on a budget the Magneto is your best option.

Just replace the components when you can and you’ll have a decent downhill complete.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Globe Geminon Evo

The Globe Geminon is a lot more expensive than the budget options on my list, and though it comes from a decent quality brand, I believe it is a bit overpriced.

The Geminon comes in at 38inches in length and 10inches wide.

It has a unique construction – it is made with Olive wood and bamboo, an uncommon combination of wood amongst downhill boards.

It also comes with Slant 10inch trucks and 70mm tall 83a wheels.

The components are decent, and the complete will ride ok. But for the price, you should be able to do better – the complete costs around $200.

I’d say, you’d rather buy the Magneto above and upgrade it with high-quality parts than get this.

But for a complete that would work ok out the box, this is a good choice. It also looks quite good, so that does add to its attractiveness.

Check out the Geminon Evo here on Amazon.com.

How to Pick a Downhill Longboard

Make sure the deck is stiff

Downhill decks need to be stiff and rigid.

This stiffness and rigidity ensures that you have maximum control of your trucks and over what they are doing when you go fast. It also ensures that you get accurate feedback on what’s happening on the road.

Boards that flex don’t allow you to stay in control very well. Because they flex, the trucks can sort of articulate and do what they want to do independent of your input.

This often leads to speed wobbles and a lot of twitching at speed.

In summary, you want a deck that is stiff for optimal control. Decks that are this stiff are made in specific ways.

Maple decks

Downhill decks made from maple will often have 8 or more plys.

The industry standard is about 9plys for most downhill decks. Some decks in the past have even been 11plys so that heavier riders can use them comfortably.

If you’re heavier, you typically need more plys to keep the board stiff.

Maple decks are usually desirable as they are often not too expensive.

Composites

Composite decks are the next common option.

They are great because composites allow you to make the deck super stiff with little material. They also sometimes last longer than maple decks and can withstand more abuse.

Most companies these days include one or two fiberglass sheets in their completes.

They usually aim for 7plys of maple with two sheets of fiberglass to keep a board stiff but relatively lightweight.

You’ll also find carbon and other composites being used. A mix of maple and composite is the most common combination.

Though composites mean lightweight decks, it also makes them more expensive.

Most composite decks cost $150+ alone, with some boards even costing about $250. Full maple decks are best for those on a budget.

Vertically laminated boards

Vertical laminated (best known as vert-lam), are boards where the plys are placed vertically instead of horizontally. This results in lightweight boards as less material needs to be used to achieve the stiffness required.

A famous brand that uses this technique is Loaded boards. Almost all their boards are vertically laminated.

So yeah, vert-lam boards are really common on the higher-end of the market. You’ll mostly find composites paired with bamboo when you look at vert lam boards.

You need high-quality trucks

Trucks are a key part of your setup. They dictate how you turn left or right and how stable you will be at higher speeds.

Low-quality trucks aren’t desirable at all for downhill. They don’t perform very well. They have poor construction, are made poorly, and use low-quality pivots and bushings.

When they turn, they don’t lean over very smoothly and they’re hard to keep in control. When it comes to going fast they are simply dangerous to have under your feet.

High-quality trucks are very desirable.

They usually cost about $50 and they are worth investing in. They are made very well so they are strong and won’t bend when you ride them.

They fit well together, have minimal slop, and come with relatively decent quality bushings and pivots. When you turn and lean, they do so smoothly and you have optimal control. High-quality trucks are worth investing in if you want to go fast safely.

Get aftermarket bushings (and pivots)

Bushings are the little things in your trucks that are made out of urethane. They control how you lean, turn, and ultimately how stable your board/truck is.

Bushings perform differently depending on how much you weigh.

If you weigh a lot, a set of bushings can feel soft and squishy.

If you weigh a little, the same set of bushings can feel very stiff. So because of this, the stock bushings that come in most trucks usually aren’t the best fit for everyone. You have to get aftermarket ones for your weight so your truck can perform optimally for you.

I recommend the Venom bushings brand for aftermarket bushings.

Pivots in most stock trucks aren’t very good. It’s usually a good idea to change them too.

Aftermarket pivots make a truck perform great. They can make the turning feel a bit quicker and smoother.

I recommend the Riptide sports brand for aftermarket pivots.

Wheels need to be of good quality too

You can’t just use any old wheel for downhill. You need to get wheels for this specific type of riding. Furthermore, you’ll have to pick between wheels for downhill stuff and for sliding.

For pure downhill

For pure downhill, you’re going to want a set of wheels that have a square lip. The square lip just means that the wheel won’t break traction into the slide very easily. This is desirable, especially when you’re skating on open roads and need the grip to skate around a hairpin safely.

However, the square lip does make the wheel harder to slide. It might not be the choice for you if you need to slide to slow down – foot braking might be the safer choice. When you do get more experience with sliding, controlling and sliding square lipped wheels becomes easier.

For sliding

For sliding, a wheel with a round lip is desirable. It will break into the slide a lot easier and a lot smoother than a square-lipped wheel. If you’re learning to the slide, round lipped wheels are your best option.

What do you need?

You need slide gloves, a helmet, and some protective gear. The slide gloves will help you do hands down slides and will protect your hands when you fall. The helmet will protect your head from any brain damage when you knock it – just remember to pick up a certified helmet.

What do you think? Which board is your favorite?

If you’re still stuck on the fence, I recommend you pick up the Landyachtz Evo, I know it is a bit expensive, but it is by far the best option on the list.

If you’re on a budget, the Magneto Tesla is a decent option too – just upgrade the trucks and wheels when you can.

Best Longboard Clothing – Classic Styles that Function Well

Today I’m talking about the best clothing for longboarding. It’s one of those things that seems obvious – and is!

But sometimes isn’t really … there are often subtle differences that make different clothing suited to different types of longboarding and some differences that make them not suited to longboarding altogether.

You have to be careful which you choose to wear … Check it out below to learn more.

Best Clothing for Longboarding

Clothing to generally avoid

You’re going to want to avoid anything that can chafe or rough up your skin. You’re going to be moving quite a bit no matter the skating you do, so anything that rubs up uncomfortably on your body should be avoided.

You also want to avoid anything that constricts your movement – it’s gonna make you feel awkward and get in your way when you’re skating. For eg., a big thick jacket or stiff jeans aren’t going to make skating feel very nice.

What should you wear for cruising?

Let’s start with cruising. You can generally wear anything for cruising, but some clothes are a no go zone – like I said above, nothing that can cause chafing.

Are there any specific clothes for cruising?

Anything comfortable, flexible, and breathable will be good.

You’re gonna want something that fits those requirements as it’s gonna be easy to build a sweat/get hot just pushing and riding around, and anything that keeps heat in might make riding uncomfortable.

Shorts, pants, T-shirts, and most other clothes options are gonna be safe choices. If you choose to wear jeans, make sure they are flexible at the very least.

Do shoes matter for cruising?

You don’t need specific shoes for cruising, literally any can do. Of course, shoes like high heels, dress shoes, and cleats aren’t going to be suited to it. But yeah, most shoes with a flat sole and a non-slip bottom will be ok for it.

Best longboard clothing for downhill

Next, we have downhill. It’s important to get the right clothing here as it’s likely going to protect you when you fall – you don’t want to rely on a flimsy piece of clothing to protect you from road rash when you fall at 30+ mph.

What type of pants are going to be best for downhill?

You’re going to want something flexible but strong enough to withstand abrasing (friction with the ground when you fall).

Flexibility is also important because some pants/clothes can get in the way of your skating and limit your performance – some make it harder to tuck and comfortably get into the sliding position, especially where you have to squat and mobilize your hips.

Khaki pants, flexible jeans, and kevlar lined pants are often the go-to – some skaters also sew in leather patches to the bum area for extra protection and abrasion resistance.

Finally, in the past there were some clothing brands that have catered specifically to downhill, making pants that could stand up to the wear and tear – namely Push Culture. They made great pants for downhill, but you’ll be quite lucky if you can find any as the brand went under a few years ago.

Is it ok to wear shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts?

You can wear shorts for downhill, but just make sure you have knee pads on in case you fall. When you wear pants, they can offer protection briefly before you go on your slide pucks, taking a bit of the impact and abrasion.

Shorts don’t and your knees/skin take the brunt of the fall – it can lead to some ugly injuries.

You can wear short-sleeved t-shirts and be fine as slide pucks help your arms not get injured – you can catch yourself before you fall on your elbows. But sometimes you get little knicks on your elbows from hard impacts where you’re not ready to catch yourself. But this is rare. That said, the wise thing to do would be to wear elbow-pads if you don’t have long sleeves on.

Do shoes matter?

Shoes are incredibly important for downhill and not any will do. You’re going to want to buy skate specific shoes, that come with flat, non-slip soles.

Now it’s gonna be a matter of preference which you get, but most shoe brands dedicated to skateboarding are a safe bet. For eg. Nike SB, Adidas, Vans, etc.

An example of a good shoe is the Adidas Seelys.

These have a vulcanized sole that is gonna offer good board feel and grip.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on amazon.com.

Best longboard clothing for dancing and freestyle?

What clothes should you get?

Whilst not as intense as downhill skateboarding, you’re also going to be moving around a lot.

Something flexible and that doesn’t get in your way will best. You’re also gonna get hot and sweaty, so nothing too tight or unbreathable.

But with dancing, anything can go. You can wear your favorite pair of pants, a light t-shirt, a skirt, a large flowy dress, etc. The one area of concern might be shoes.

Best shoes for longboard dancing?

Like downhill, you’re gonna want something with a flat, non-slip sole. A flat shoe will give you the best input and control over your board, which is what you need to pull off those flowing dance steps and freestyle moves. Again, skate shoes are gonna work best.

Other clothing accessories you should think about getting

A fanny pack/bum bag

A fanny pack is so underrated for skating. It doesn’t get in your way at all and you can carry valuable things in it.

I use mine for downhill skating and when cruising around too. I put my wallet, phone, skate tool, and even a bottle of water in it sometimes.

It’s nice because it stays out of the way for the most part and doesn’t get damaged when I fall, keeping my valuables safe.

Normally, big bags make my back all hot and sweaty, but fanny packs don’t take up enough room to do so. They’re your best bet if you want to carry more stuff in a comfortable way when you skate.

Adidas makes some affordable and trendy looking fanny packs.

User Reviews:

Check out this one here on Amazon.com. 

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are good for your eyes and will keep them relaxed.

When you skate, you’re often staring at the ground and harmful UV rays bounce off of it into your eyes.

I always feel a little more comfortable when I’m skating with my sunnies and not straining my eyes.

A Hat

A hat might be a nice idea if you’re skating somewhere with little to no shade. Pair it with the sunnies and you’ve got an unbeatable combo.

What do you think? Are you considering wearing something different?

I think the impact of clothing on your riding experience is underrated. Not a lot of people consider how much of a difference comfortable clothing can make.

Whilst it won’t make a big difference if you’re skating now and again, it will be considerable for those who skate quite often.

 

Best Longboard Trucks – Performance and Control at a Good Value

Today I’m looking at the best longboard trucks on the market. If you want to learn which are the best for dancing, freestyle, downhill, and freeride, check it out below.

Best Longboard Trucks

Paris V3 trucks

The Paris V3 trucks are considered some of the best all-around trucks by most riders.

You name it, whether you want to do downhill, freeride, freestyle, or dance, they have options suited to each style.

Paris trucks are very turny but stable. They also have a smooth, consistent, controlled lean. This makes them good for all sorts of riding.

The stability and good turn make them great for downhill. You can go fast on them but you’ll never feel as though they lack for turn (or stability).

For dance, the smooth controlled lean will allow you to hold the turn for long without the truck ever suddenly twitching or turning too deeply.

Finally, the V3 trucks are super strong. For freestyle, this means the trucks will simply hold up to slams and abuse without bending.

That said, a minority find them to be too turny and too reactive to input, and prefer the stiffer feeling Caliber trucks below.

Stock, they come with either a barrel and cone bushing combination or a barrel/barrel combination if you choose to go with the 50* or 43* options respectively.

With the Paris V3s, you can pick hanger widths from 150mm, 165mm, and 180mm. You can also pick baseplates between 50* and 43*.

If you’re doing downhill, the 43* trucks are best. And for anything else, the 50* is better.

User Reviews:

Find out more about the Paris V3 trucks here on Amazon.com.

Caliber II Trucks

Caliber trucks are runners up for the best all-around truck category.

They’re pretty good trucks in their own right, but they haven’t been updated since like 2012 and are a little outdated in today’s market. They still feel good though.

Caliber trucks don’t have rake (the other trucks – Bear Gen 6 and Paris V3 do).

The Calibers are rakeless, this gives them the feeling of a linear turn, where the trucks only turn as much as you lean on them.

They also sit lower than the other trucks on the list. Because of these two features, the Calibers have a stable feeling ride. The linear turn gives the rider a feeling of control and stability – as the trucks to do exactly what the rider intends them to do.

Finally, sitting lower makes these trucks feel a little bit more stable and calm at speed.

However, these features make the trucks feel very dead and unreactive. Whilst they are stable and have a consistent feeling turn, a lot of people feel like they don’t turn enough – which is why a lot of people don’t like them too much.

When you have options like the Bears and Paris that are both stable and turn great, why go for the Calibers?

That said, at 50* they are both stable and turny enough.

Stock, they come with a barrel/barrel combination for the 44* trucks and a cone/barrel combination for the 50* trucks. You can pick between two hanger widths – 180mm and 159mm.

User Reviews:

Find out more about the Caliber II trucks here on Amazon.com.

Bear Gen 6 Trucks

Bear Gen 6 trucks are some of the best you can buy on the market today. Updated for 2020, these trucks far surpass the old Bear Gen 5 trucks – which a lot of people disliked.

These trucks feel like a hybrid between the Calibers and the Paris. They have the quick, deep turn of the Paris, but the solid consistent like lean of the Calibers.

They are surprisingly stable at speed and have a solid, calm feel. When it comes to turning, they feel even turnier and carvier than the Paris. They’re in my opinion the best trucks on the market.

That said, they do tend to dive into the turn. Whilst I think this is ok and kinda nice, some beginners may find that they dive too quickly into the turn, and they might some trouble getting accustomed to that.

Stock the Bears come with a broad variety of options. You can pick baseplate angles from 50, 40, and 30 degrees. For hanger widths, you can pick between 180mm, 155mm, and 130mm’s.

User Reviews:

Find out more about the Bear Gen 6 trucks here on Amazon.com.

Runners Up

Arsenal Trucks – great for downhill

Arsenal trucks come in two main sizes, you can pick between a 50 and 44-degree baseplate and a hanger width of either 160mm or 180mm. They have a tall bushing configuration.

They’re gonna be good for downhill – a lot of people have said they’re their favorite cast truck for downhill. They’re both turny and stable, whilst also having a deep lean – thanks to the tall bushings.

However, the tall bushing makes them feel awkward for other types of skating. A lot of people don’t like them for casual cruising or dancing as the tall bushings makes them feel a bit sluggish. They’re best used for downhill and freeride.

Check out the Arsenal trucks here on Amazon.com.

Gullwing Sidewinder – great for a surf style setup

The Sidewinders are a double kingpin truck designed by Gullwing. They articulate and turn a lot. When it comes to turning, they are one of the best trucks around.

The Gullwings were designed as a land surfer truck, to articulate quickly and turn as quickly and as tightly as a surfboard does on water. They do this well.

However, though they turn great, they often make boards not designed for them break.

They put a lot of stress on the necks of drop-through boards as they change where the stress is strongest.

Most boards are designed for regular trucks and aren’t going to be good for them. So yeah, only use these on the boards built for them (often by sector 9).

Finally, because they are so turny, they often wobble when you take them to any sort of significant speed. They’re not stable.

User Reviews:

Find out more about them here on Amazon.com.

Atlas Trucks – great for slow speed carving

If you want an RKP truck that turns very deeply, Atlas trucks might be right for you. Though not regarded as the best all-around trucks and not good for speed, these things have a great turn.

They have a unique ball-pivot which allows them to articulate deeper and have a deeper turn than other trucks.

When it comes to speed, this leads to them wobbling and twitching pretty often as the truck wants to turn deeply for the slightest input. But yeah, they are great for those slow speed turns.

They are also very strong and are quite lightweight. They’re a good option if you want a truck for slow speed skating.

User Reviews:

Find out more about them here on Amazon.com.

How to pick longboard trucks?

What type of trucks are there?

There are two main types of trucks. You have traditional kingpin trucks (TKP) and reverse kingpin trucks (RKP). They are both suited to different styles of riding.

What are TKP trucks?

Traditional kingpin trucks are trucks that have the kingpins facing each other. Or rather, the kingpins are on the inside.

This design makes them excellent for turning at slow speeds, excellent for doing tricks, and great for smaller wheelbases.

They’re great for tricks because the kingpin sits lower than the hanger. This allows a skater to do grinds on coping without messing up the kingpin.

If the kingpin is too tall, it will get scratched and messed up, the nut could also get damaged and you could have trouble removing it from the kingpin.

The hanger is also a lot thicker and stronger allowing them to withstand repeated slams without bending easily.

You’re mostly going to see TKPs on skateboard decks and smaller cruisers. For wheelbases under 20inches, TKP trucks are the go-to option. A lot of people find that RKPs are too turny under that wheelbase.

That said, TKPs aren’t the best for skating very fast. They have a progressive turn that makes them react very quickly to your input instead of gradually. RKPs are better for skating quicker.

Finally, TKPs usually sit quite low. If you’re gonna be running huge wheels (bigger than 60mm), you’re likely going to need some riser pads. Wheelbite is very easy to get on TKPs.

What are RKP trucks?

Reverse kingpin trucks are trucks that have the kingpin facing away from each other, or rather outwards.

They are based on the design of the traditional kingpin truck, but they’ve been adapted so they are better for higher speeds and offer more control.

They’re not gonna be the best for tricks and stuff. Most of them can’t withstand repeated slams without bending a little, and their kingpins usually sit quite high so they’re not good for grinds either (but some have been designed to be good for this stuff too).

However, they excel at cruising and stuff where you want to simply keep going straight.

Yes, RKPs are quite turny – even turnier than TKPs. But with their design they are more stable – you have more control and have a more forgiving lean to turn ratio. This is why you’ll see most longboards built for speed with RKPs.

Finally, you’re going to be seeing RKPs on most boards with a wheelbase longer than 20inches.

You have to pick the right truck for what you want to do

When it comes to picking trucks, you have to pick the one for the type of skating you want to do. There are so many different options out there and they are all suited to different styles of riding.

For example, the trucks you’re gonna use for downhill skating aren’t going to be the same as the trucks you’d use for longboard dancing. There have some differences that make them suited to either type of skating. The main difference is gonna be the baseplate angles.

I explain what the baseplate angles are and all the parts of a longboard truck below.

What are the parts of longboard trucks and how to pick them?

This section talks about the different longboard truck parts. Understanding them and what they do will help you pick the right truck for your needs.

Hanger

This is the part of the truck that holds the axles. It bears most of the rider’s weight. The hanger’s width is usually indicated in millimeters.

The hangers also have a bushing seat where the bushings will interact with the hanger. They also have a pivot, which will go into the pivot cup located on the baseplate.

Axles

This is where the wheels and bearings go. They go on the axles and are then bolted on by an axle nut.

The axle to axle width is often measured in inches – you typically want to match the width of your axles to the width of the deck you want to use. This should you allow to make the most out of your trucks and get the best performance out of them.

Baseplate

This is the part of the truck that sits on the deck. It is bolted on to the deck. The baseplate supports the truck. It has a kingpin passing through it. It also has a hole in it to accommodate a pivot cup.

What is the baseplate angle?

The baseplate angle is the angle that the hanger will sit at, in relation to the ground. The higher the angle, the more turny a truck will be. The lower the angle, the less turny a truck will be.

Most companies will disclose the angle of their trucks (mainly applies to RKP trucks). If not, it is safe to assume the angle is 50*s.

A 50* truck is gonna be great for cruising, dancing, and most types of longboarding. A 45* and less truck is gonna be great for things going fast – it’ll be good for downhill, freeride, and if you just want a bit of stability in your ride.

You can also mix baseplate angles (a higher one in the front and a lower one in the back), for stability at higher speeds without sacrificing the turn too much. But that brings some complications and you might have to get different bushings and such.

If you want to skate faster than 45mph regularly it’s something you should look into. Overkill for most beginners though.

Kingpin

The kingpin is a long bolt that goes through the baseplate. It allows the bushings and hangers to be attached to the baseplate to form a complete truck.

There is a nut at the end of the kingpin that is tightened down.

Bushings

These are the little barrels or cones of urethane in a truck. They have holes that will allow them to slide on to the kingpin. A truck is going to have two – one is going to be between the baseplate and the hanger, and the other between the hanger and the kingpin nut.

You’re also going to also have two washers – one that goes between the bushing and the baseplate and another that goes between the kingpin nut and the bushing.

Pivot cup

The pivot cup is a little cup that sits in a hole in the baseplate. The pivot cup holds the pivot from the hanger and it dictates how smoothly the pivot can rotate.

What do you think? Which truck is right for you?

It can seem intimidating but taking the time to pick the right truck is worth it. Trust me, you’ll be thanking me (or rather yourself) later.

If you’re still having trouble settling on a truck, I highly recommend the Paris V3s.

They’re honestly the best all-around truck and will feel great for most people and most types of riding.

Best Longboard Brands

Today’s topic is on the best longboard brands in the market. All these brands are the best of the best and products from them are top tier. Check it out below.

Best Longboards Brands

Sector 9

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Sector 9 is easily one of the most recognizable brands on the market. You could even say that they’re the reason longboarding is as popular as it is today. They’ve played a solid role in growing it.

Sector 9 started in a San Diego backyard back in 1993. It was just a handful of dudes, making some cruisers. Since then, it’s grown into a multi-million dollar company with a name and brand recognizable almost anywhere.

These days they make more than cruisers, they also have downhill, freeride, and commuter decks in their line up. Outside of longboarding they also make park decks for street skating and some surfboards too.

Sector 9 also owns Gullwing trucks and RAD wheels. Since 2016, they’ve been owned by Bravo Sports.

Most popular Sector 9 boards

One of the most popular Sector boards around, the Blue Wave Lookout is a classic. It is your basic drop-through board, but it comes with a high-quality deck and high-quality components.

The deck on the Lookout is made with vertically laminated bamboo.

The bamboo means this deck is gonna be flexible, which means a comfortable, cushioned ride that smoothens out most road vibrations. And the vert lam means it’s been made with few plys, which makes it lighter in weight.

Finally, it comes with high-quality components – Gullwing charger trucks and tall 74mm, 74a soft wheels.

User Reviews:

Find out more about it here on Amazon.com.

Landyachtz Longboards

Almost as old as Sector 9, Landyachtz has been in the game since the early 2000s. Since then, this Vancouver based longboard brand has been making waves in the industry, pioneering different pieces of gear here and there, and changing the game for everyone else.

Though they mainly focus on cruiser boards these days, Landyachtz has deep roots and history in longboard racing, with models like the Landyachtz Evo and Bear Smokies being components that led to critical race wins.

Landyachtz makes everything from cruisers, to race decks these days. They also make bikes and have a snowskate line on the rise. Most people these days know Landyachtz for their cruisers.

Most popular Landyachtz board

The Landyachtz Dinghy is easily the well-known longboard on the Landyachtz line up – it might be one of the most popular cruisers on the market.

The Dinghy is a mini-cruiser, it’s designed around portability and being easy to carry around and store. It is also an excellent cruiser that is super agile and reactive to your input. It’s super fun to skate and it’s no wonder it is as popular as it is.

The Dinghy comes with high-quality parts. It has Hawgs wheels, Bear trucks, and Bear Spaceball bearings. Landyachtz designed it to ride great out of the box – it rides smooth, turns great, and is a fun board.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Arbor Collective

Arbor started back in the nineties and before they ever touched longboards, they were a well known Snowboard making company.

These days, they make everything from Snowboards, to skateboards, to cruisers, whilst also moonlighting as a lifestyle brand – selling both apparel and footwear. They’ve been in the game for over 25years.

Arbor has a big focus on sustainability and on reinvesting back into the environment with their profits. They have pioneered the use of bio-plastic, bio-urethane and use recycled materials and responsibly sourced bamboo and maple for all their products. Minimizing their environment footprint is a big deal for them.

Most popular longboard from Arbor

The Arbor Axis is a 37inch long and 8.75inch drop through longboard. It’s been designed to be easy to ride, with a comfortable smooth ride in mind.
Because it is drop through, this board sits slightly lower to the ground. It’s gonna be easy to push and stable.

I think this board is gonna be great for a beginner.

Finally, the components are all high-quality. The Arbor complete comes with Paris trucks and big 69mm Arbor wheels. The wheels are a bit on the small side so they won’t ride as smooth as possible. However, the small size makes them really easy to push. I’d rather they were bigger though.

If you’re in the market for a stylish drop-through cruiser, the Arbor is a could choice.

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Loaded Longboards

Loaded longboards are one of the most premium longboard brands around, with some of the most exclusive, best looking products.

Loaded was started back in the early 2000s. They started making composite longboards and snowboards, and have stayed true that production formula since. In 2008, they created Orangatang wheels and started making and selling urethane products too.

Loaded products cover the entire longboard spectrum. They make cruisers, dancers, freestyle boards, techslide decks and even boards made for speed. They do everything! They also make kits for electric longboards and have boards geared towards that too.

The one drawback is that Loaded products are always quite expensive. You are often set back quite a bit, but thats what you get for a premium product.

Most popular board from Loaded Longboards

The Loaded Icarus is a staple in the Loaded boards line up. It’s been featured since the early 2000s. It’s been designed to be a carving beast.

The Loaded Icarus comes with a vertically laminated bamboo and fiberglass deck. This keeps it lightweight and allows it to react to your inputs quickly. It’s also a bit flexible. Because of these features, the boards allows you to bounce in and out of turns, giving you the ultimate carving experience.

Finally the board comes with high-quality components. Featuring Orangatang wheels and Paris trucks. You can also choose between two flex’s, heavier riders (170lbs+) should go for the flex 1.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Powell Peralta

More known for their skateboard and wheel line up, Powell Peralta are as old as Madrid. Like Mardid they started out back in the 70s, and have withstood the rise and fall of skateboarding over the years.

Owned by Skate One, Powell is one of the few brands using proprietary formulas in their wheels and producing everything in their California warehouse.

Their boards are highly sought after – Powell Flight decks are super popular, and their downhill boards have become ultra rare and collectible.

When it comes to longboards, Powell mostly focuses on downhill decks. However, there are rumors of a freestyle deck coming from them soon. Apart from downhill decks, they make some great wheels. The Powell Snakes are one of the best wheels you can buy for sliding and freeriding.

Their products are a bit on the expensive side of things, but are top tier. They will last you a long while and as such, are worth every penny.

Most popular board from Powell

The Powell Flight deck is a highly sought after deck. It’s made differently from the basic 7ply deck. It’s made with composite materials which leave it lighter, thinner and more durable.

They’ve been designed so that they still feel the same as a normal deck (except for the lightness). The pop and feel is fairly normal – which is key as a lot of composite decks feel off.

It is quite expensive, and you have to cough up about $90 to get one. That is quite pricey for a street deck. But given how durable and light it is, it seems worth it to me. It’s also worth buying one if you’re curious about trying one out.

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Rayne Longboards

Rayne longboards started out as a Vancouver based company, pushing the envelope on what what shapes were possible to put on a longboard. They were famous for their crazy lightweight boards, that had crazy concave shapes.

These days, Rayne has taken a different approach to their boards. Their boards still have that amazing construction, but come at a more affordable price.

They also aren’t pushing their designs as much – understandably as there isn’t much money in the market for most brands to risk money with new designs.

Rayne makes a lot of different longboards. They make some for downhill, some cruising and others for freestyle and dance. They’ve certainly got a variety and they are a brand worth checking out if you’re in the market for a board.

They also have their own wheel line up, and own the longboard truck brand Atlas.

Bustin Boards

Bustin boards are a New York based skate brand known for their “skate everything” ethos. If you longboard or skate in New York city, you likely ride a Bustin board.

Bustin started out in the early 2000s (like a lot of the other brands on this list). They started out in a small New York city garage and have grown from strength to strength ever since. As longboarding grew in New York, so did Bustin.

Bustin make a lot of different longboards. In their line up, you can find cruisers, downhill decks, dance decks and even boards built for long distance pushing.

They’ve also recently ventured into Eskating and have some high-quality eskates based on their longboards. If I were to pick up an electric longboard, it’s likely going to be a Bustin board.

Bustin boards aren’t all that expensive. In fact for the price you pay, you are getting an excellent deal.

Madrid Skateboards

Madrid is one of the older longboard/skate brands. They’ve been around since the 70s, and whilst other brands fell along the way, they have withstood the test of time.

Whilst you might not know Madrid, you will recognize some of their iconic boards. The Hoverboard Marty Mcfly skated in Back to the future was designed and made by Madrid, and the skateboards featured in Strange Things were designed and made by them too.

Madrid makes a ton of different boards and supports the manufacturing for a lot of brands out there. In their line up, they have cruisers, dancers, street decks, downhill decks, pintails etc., you name it, they got it.

They’re one of the few US brands still shaping and making boards in the US. All the boards they’ve made have come out of their Huntington Beach factory (a lot of other brands outsource the manufacturing to China).

Their longboards are also of fairly decent quality and are reasonably priced too. One of the most affordable, quality options on the market.

Comet Skateboards

Comet Skateboards has been around since 1997. Starting out in a boat house, these guys become a core part of the Ithaca longboard scene as it grew. Some of their older boards are quite collectible now.

Comet, like Arbor, focuses on creating longboards through sustainable and responsibly sourced means. They use bio-composites and eco-friendly glues, trying to minimize their environmental footprint.

Comet is one of the few brands still making everything in the USA. They are currently a one man show, but are slowly getting into the groove of things. They’ve downsized their line up to two excellent boards, but are planning on bringing back the full production line up in 2021. Still producing affordable, high-quality boards.

Their current completes are out of this world – if you could compare longboards to cars, these would be the Rolls Royce. Whilst they are pricey, the completes come with everything custom made for the best riding experience possible.

Moonshine Longboards

One of the more recent brands, Moonshine has only been around since 2014.

Whilst not as established as the other brands, they have a solid foothold on the market, with team riders like Brandon DesJarlais representing them all over the world (and in cinema too) – their boards were in the “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” movie.

Moonshine boards are unique. They are all vertically laminated as opposed to the traditional horizontal lamination used on normal boards. They also come with urethane rails all around, to ensure that the board is water proof and that it can hold up against hits to the curb.

A vertically laminated board is gonna be lighter and stronger than a horizantally laminated board.

However, this complex process and use of composites (bamboo and fiberglass) does make their boards quite expensive.

In their line up they have every thing from cruisers to downhill decks to longboard dancers. And whilst they are expensive, rest assured you are getting quality when buying a moonshine longboard.

What do you think? Which brand would you choose?

All the brands on this list are high-quality, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. No matter who you go with, you will get a great longboard.

The only issue is price.

If you’re on a budget, either Madrid, Rayne or Landyachtz are gonna be good options for fairly priced boards.

Best Longboards for Heavier Riders – Don’t Break the Bank or the Board

Today’s article is on the best longboards for heavier riders. Some of these boards can support riders over 270lbs!

If your weight is something that concerns you, then this article will be a great read for you. Check it out.

Best Longboards for Heavier Riders

Landyachtz Evo


Landyachtz Evo is a board that has been around since the early 2000s. It’s been the go-to board for heavy riders, beginners, long-distances skaters, and downhill skaters as well. It’s legendary, to say the least.

What makes the Evo great is how low it rides to the ground, it’s a drop-down longboard. This just means that the standing platform is lower than where the trucks are mounted. Finally, it also has a wedged front and dewedged back.

This just makes it very stable – you can skate quite fast before getting speed wobbles on it.

In terms of components, you get high-quality Bear trucks and Hawgs wheels.

This is simply a high-quality complete, and that means it’s expensive. But if you want a high-quality board that rides great out the box, this is a good choice.

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta

Coming in at 40inches and 10inches in length and width, the Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta is a classic and popular complete. Santa Cruz is a popular Californian brand, they’re well known for their skateboards and cruisers – they make some good longboards too.

The Lion God Rasta is a drop-through board. This means the trucks are mounted on top of the deck, and this lowers the standing platform making the board easy to ride – it’s going to be easier to push and footbrake on this deck because it is so low, it’s more stable too. This is great for beginners.

When it comes to construction, the Lion is made with 8plys of maple. It’s gonna be good for riders about 250lbs. If you’re heavier than that, you can ride it, but you run the risk of breaking it.

Components wise, it has high-quality Road Rider trucks and Road Rider wheels. It is on the expensive side of things, but it is a quality board that’s worth the money.

Find it here on Amazon.com.

Quest Native Spirit

A little bit on the cheaper side, the Quest Native Spirit is gonna be a good option for those on a budget. It looks great, but the components let it down.

The Quest Native Spirit comes in at 41inches in length and 9inches in width. It is similar to the Evo as it is a drop-down board too – the standing platform is lower than where the trucks are mounted. But the Quest doesn’t have any wedging or dewedging like the Evo – it’s going to be good for mainly cruising.

In terms of construction, the Quest is only made with 7plys of Maple. It’s not going to be the sturdiest board, but it will be good for riders about 250lbs.

The components let the Quest down. The trucks are cheap 7inch aluminum trucks. The wheels are cheap Quest wheels and the bearings are cheap Abec 7 bearings.

They’ll perform ok, but the board will not be as smooth and as stable as possible. You get what you pay for.

Check out the Quest Native here on Amazon.com.

Landyachtz Drop Cat 38

The Drop Cat 38 is one of the best cruiser boards around. It’s great for heavier riders and beginners alike. However, it is a bit pricey – but you get quality parts.

The Drop Cat comes in at 38.6inches and 9.9inches. It comes with quality Bear 852 trucks and big 72mm Plow King wheels. The bearings are Bear Spaceball bearings.

The Drop Cat features both rocker and a drop-through. The drop-through means the trucks are mounted on top and through the board.

The rocker is simply a gentle curve from tip to tail, lowering the board even further – the center of the board sits the lowest. This leaves the Drop Cat only about an inch off the ground when you ride it. This just makes it easy to push and very stable.

When it comes to construction, the Drop Cat is made with 8plys of maple. It’s going to be strong enough to carry riders weighing up to 250lbs. It’s also a bit flexible, adding comfort to the ride (it allows the board to absorb some road vibration).

It is a bit pricey, but worth it as it rides great.

Check out the Drop Cat here on Amazon.com.

Magneto Longboard

 

The Magneto bamboo cruiser is a fairly good board and affordable too. But like the Quest above, the components let it down.

The Magneto comes in at 42inches in length and 9inches in width. It comes with 7in aluminum trucks and 73mm tall wheels.

The trucks and wheels aren’t the best – but you get what you pay for. Fortunately, the deck of the cruiser is of great quality.

You get a drop-through deck that is flexible but can also hold up heavy riders – it has a max weight of 275lbs.

The deck is strong because it is made of vertically laminated bamboo and fiberglass. This allows it to be flexible, strong, and lightweight. If you’re in the market for a flexible, drop-through cruiser, this might be your best option.

Given the price and the quality of the deck alone, this is easily one of the best options out there – too bad the components aren’t as good.

Check out the Magneto cruiser here on Amazon.com.

Loaded Dervish Sama

 

The highest-quality and most expensive board on my list, the Dervish Sama is the board to pick if you’re looking for something that will last forever.

What’s great about the Dervish Sama is that it has options for riders of all weights. You can pick between 3 flexes, heavier riders can choose the Flex 1 option that is good for riders 170-270lbs+. It will still be flexible, but sturdy enough to not break on you. You can ride it with confidence.

The Dervish Sama comes in at 42.8inches in length and 9inches in width. It is a drop-through board, with the deck being made out of vertically laminated bamboo and fiberglass (just like the Magneto). It comes with high-quality Paris trucks, Loaded Jehu V2 bearings, and big 75mm Orangatang wheels.

Whilst it is expensive, you get something great to ride straight out of the box and that would outperform the most boards on the list.

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Powell Flight Deck

Not a longboard per se, but if you’re a heavier riding wanting a strong popsicle deck for tricks, the Powell Flight is your best option.

Unlike regular popsicle decks, Powell Flight decks are made with composite materials. This allows them to be lightweight and unbelievably strong.

These decks are strong enough to be rolled over by cars without breaking – Powell has several videos showing this.

Apart from being composite, they are also lightweight. They also feel pretty much the same as popsicle decks do. Some composite decks don’t have the right feel – they don’t pop the way normal 7ply maple decks do, and a lot of people don’t like them because of that.

The Powell Flight deck is made with a patent fiber, 5 layers of maple, and epoxy. Naturally, they are also quite expensive.

A Powell deck will set you back about $100. Most maple decks should work ok for really heavy riders to be honest, but if you want something super strong, this is the best available.

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

What to look for in a board for heavier riders?

What makes a board good for heavier riders?

A board that is good for heavier riders will have several different features. It’s going to feature a sturdy, strong deck and high-quality components. There are several different ways a board can have these features.

Avoid 7ply longboards

7ply longboards tend to be weaker than most. They are usually sturdy enough for most riders up to about 200lbs but tend to not be the most reliable for most weights after that.

Smaller 7ply boards are usually strong though. Most popsicle skateboard decks for doing tricks tend to be ok for heavier riders. You don’t have much room to stand and most of your weight is placed directly over the trucks, as opposed to the middle of the deck.

Because longboards are long, your weight isn’t applied directly over the trucks, the deck has to do a significant job of supporting you.

Extra plys means more strength

The more plys your board has the stronger it will be. A board with 7plys is going to be weaker than a board with 9plys. A board with 9plys is going to be super sturdy and won’t flex much. It will be able to hold up a lot of weight.

More plys simply means more strength. It’s as simple as that.

Of course, this is only in the case of maple boards. Boards made with different composites (like carbon, fiberglass, aluminum, flax, etc.) might use considerably fewer plys but can end up being much stronger. The same goes for vertically laminated boards.

What brands make boards with extra plys?

Zenit makes boards with more plys on request. Pantheon and Loaded boards make boards specifically for heavier riders. Most small brands can add an extra ply to your board if you want it to be stiffer, you’ll just have to email them and see what they have to say.

Try to get composite or vertically laminated boards

Composite boards tend to be very strong and lightweight, but they also tend to be more expensive.

If you don’t want a board that is too thick (think 9plys and more), a composite board is the way to go. You’ll get a board of regular thickness that can support you. Composites often used are carbon and fiberglass.

Quality boards tend to be stronger

Boards manufactured by high-quality brands tend to last longer and hold more weight. These brands simply use higher-quality materials and have better manufacturing processes.

For example, the wood plys they use might be higher-quality. They come from healthy, strong trees that are usually stored and handled better. Low-quality plys are usually weak and crack with use – they aren’t very strong.

Finally, most boards are pressed individually, ensuring that all the plys and epoxy stick together. Cheaper boards are often pressed in batches and they sometimes don’t cure fully. Leading to delamination and breakages later on.

What are good components for heavier riders?

A major component in a strong board is going to be quality components.

High-quality trucks

High-quality trucks are not going to bend after use. The hangers on cheaply made completes tend to bend easily – if you’re over 250lbs, they can bend even after a few riding sessions.

Trucks that are not bent ride better. You get a smoother turn and more control. They also ensure your wheels wear down evenly.

High-density wheels

These wheels are going to roll well. They are going to pick up speed quickly and coast for longer. Low-density, low durometer wheels are going to be gummy and slow.

Finally, higher duro wheels might be better for a heavier rider. They are stiffer so they roll a bit quicker. Consider replacing your wheels if they feel too slow.

Harder bushings

Most completes aren’t going to come with appropriately hard bushings. The bushings in most complete are going to feel too soft for most heavier people. They end up making the truck feel too loose and too soft. This can make the truck feel twitchy and lead to speed wobbles at higher speeds.

I’d recommend you invest in aftermarket bushings to get the right feel from your trucks. You can get harder ones better suited to your weight. They will allow for better control, feedback, and stability when you skate.

What do you think? Which board is right for you?

If you’re a heavier rider you should not feel intimidated.

Skateboarding is for everyone and there is a board out there for you.

If you’re still on the fence, I’d suggest going with the Quest Native spirit if you’re on a budget, or the Landyachtz Drop Cat 38 if you have a bit more to spend.

Best Commuter Longboard

Today’s article is on the best commuter longboards.

Whether you’re looking to quickly zip down to your coffee spot or push as fast as you can across the city, there’s gonna be a right board for you.

Check it out below to find out more.

Best Commuter Longboards

Landyachtz Dinghy

The Landyachtz Dinghy is easily the most popular cruiser after the Penny board. If you’re in the market for a mini-commuter longboard, this might be the right one for you.

The Dinghy is quite small. It comes in at 28.5inches in length and is 8inches in width. It has a single kicktail and an upturned nose.

In terms of concave, it has a very mellow, comfortable shape. For components, it comes with high-quality Bear trucks, Bear Spaceball bearings, and 63mm tall Fatty Hawgs wheels.

Like all mini-cruisers, the Dinghy has been designed with portability and maximum storage capability in mind – which is why it is as small as it is.

If you have to carry or put it away anywhere, it’s going to be easy. It’s small size and shape make the Dinghy discrete.

The portability is the Dinghy’s strongest feature. But when it comes to riding it does pretty well too. But because of its small wheels and shape, it’s a board that is best for shorter rides.

The small wheels pick up speed quickly but don’t coast for long. You’re going to end up pushing a lot and exhaust yourself if you have to skate a considerable distance.

If you’re riding for over 3miles, you’re going to want a bigger, comfortable board (with bigger wheels) like the Sola Bamboo.

User Reviews:

Check out the Dinghy here on Amazon.com.

Sola Bamboo Longboard

The Sola Bamboo is a great budget cruiser. Whilst you get exactly what you pay for, you can’t complain – the board has both great looks and a great price!

The Sola longboard is made out of 7plys of maple and bamboo.

The bamboo gives the board a lot of strength and durability and adds to that nice “surfy” look. The Sola is a drop-down longboard. This just means that the standing platform is lower than where the trucks are fixed on.

This makes the board more stable and easier to push – which is what makes this such a good commuter longboard. You can push for longer without getting as tired as you would on a pure top mount board.

When it comes to components, the wheels are 70mm tall, 78a wheels, the bearings are cheap Chinese bearings and the trucks are 7inch aluminum trucks. Out of all the components, the trucks and the bearings are the worst.

The trucks won’t turn the smoothest, but that’s what you get on a budget complete.

This board is great for those looking for a commuter board on a budget.

It doesn’t break the bank but it has important features that you need if you want to commute on a longboard.

User Reviews:

Check out the Sola Bamboo cruiser here on Amazon.com.

Loaded Tan Tien

Now, this is a high-quality premium board. Coming from Loaded boards, the Tan Tien is one of the best commuter longboards you can pick up. It is a bit pricey, but what you’re getting is absolutely quality.

The Loaded Tan Tien is 39inches long and 8.75inches wide. It’s made from vertically laminated bamboo and fiberglass. This allows for an ultra-thin and lightweight deck. But despite being super thin, the deck can hold a ton of weight.

You can choose from 3 flex options, with the heaviest one being good for riders as heavy as 270lbs and more.

The deck is also drop-through, which brings it closer to the ground, adding a bit of stability and making it easier to push too.

Finally, the deck has a bit of flex too. This means it flexes under your weight, and this allows it to “bounce”. This essentially acts like suspension when you go over cracks and rough bits in the road and adds to the smoothness of the ride.

Components wise the Tan Tien does not disappoint. It has high-quality Paris trucks and big 70mm Orangatang Stimulus wheels.

It comes with great Loaded Jehu Bearings as well. The Paris trucks are strong and durable. They have high-quality bushings and pivots to ensure a smooth controlled turn.

The above said the Tan Tien is quite expensive. If you’re on a budget, a board like the Drop Cat below would be a cheaper option.

User Reviews:

 

Find out more about the Tan Tien here on Amazon.com.

Landyachtz Drop Cat 33

The Landyachtz Drop Cat 33 is a pretty small board. It bridges the gap between the large commuter boards and mini-cruisers. If you want a low to the ground, easy to push commuter, that is also a bit more portable – this is a great choice. It’s good for kids and smaller riders too!

The Drop Cat comes in at 33inches in length and 9.6inches in width. It has a drop-through board that features rocker. This just means that the Drop Cat rides quite low to the ground – it only sits about an inch off the ground when you stand on it.

This combination of features makes the Drop Cat easy to push, stable, and easy to footbrake on. It’s a board that requires little effort to ride which is exactly what you want in a commuter.

When it comes to components, the Drop Cat has quality parts. It comes with 72mm tall Plow King wheels, Bear Gen 6 trucks, and Bear Spaceball bearings.

Like the Paris trucks in the Tan Tien, the Bear trucks are strong and come with high-quality bushings and pivots to ensure a smooth lean and turn.

If the Tan Tien is too expensive for you, the Drop Cat is your next best choice. It’s quality at a more accessible price.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

Minority Downhill Longboard

This is the board that heavier riders with smaller wallets should go for. It’s been designed to be strong and affordable.

The Minority comes in at 40inches in length and 10inches in width. Its deck is made with 8plys of maple.

This makes it a bit stiffer – which means it’s great for heavier riders. Because it is stiffer, heavier riders can be confident it will hold their weight without breaking. If you’re 200lbs+, you can ride this board with full confidence.

Finally, the Minority is a drop-down board. It works similarly to a drop-through board. You’re gonna be closer to the ground, and the board will be more stable to ride. It will also be easier to push and footbrake on it.

As for the components, they aren’t so good. It is a budget board after all and you can only expect so much. The wheels are pretty ok but the trucks and bearings are bad. The 7-inch aluminum trucks aren’t that great.

They use low-quality bushings and they are prone to bending after use. I recommend you replace the trucks if you can with higher quality ones.

For the price, you pay you can’t complain. If you’re a heavier rider on a budget, the Minority board might be the commuter longboard for you.

User Reviews:

Check it out here on Amazon.com.

How to Pick a Commuter Longboard

This next section talks about commuter longboards and what you should consider when you’re looking to buy one.

Are mini cruisers good for commuting?

Mini-cruisers aren’t the best for commuting. They’re great for short rides and if you need one to help you get over a short distance quickly they’re pretty great.

For example, if you need a board to get you from the bus station to your workplace, a mini-cruiser could be ideal.

However, for rides over 10minutes or over 3miles long, mini-cruisers start to not feel so great. They usually come with small wheels and these are exhausting to push over a distance.

Yes, these pick up speed quickly, but they also lose speed quickly. They don’t coast for very long and you have to keep pushing to keep a significant speed up.

Finally, mini-cruisers are super nimble. This is nice for obstacle avoidance and a fun ride but it also means that you have to actively work to keep them going straight.

You might not consciously be doing it, but after a while, your ankles/feet just get exhausted. And to add to that, not all of them are the most comfortable to stand on for too long.

So yeah, in summary, mini-cruisers are ok for short distances but aren’t good if you’re gonna be skating far. You’d be better off with a board that is lower to the ground and has bigger wheels.

What boards are best for commuting?

The types of boards that are best for commuting have the following features (but are not limited by them):

  • A flexible deck
  • Big wheels 70mm+ (the bigger the better)
  • A long, wide comfortable (deck) standing platform
  • A low to the ground (deck) standing platform
  • Quality components.

A longboard that has these features is going to allow you to commute distances upwards of 3miles/5kms with ease and comfort. Some people even use these sorts of boards to skate 50km distances. They’re built to be comfortable and efficient for long distance rides.

What makes a board good for commuting?

A flexible deck

The flexible deck is gonna allow for a comfortable ride. It will cushion you from a lot of road vibration, smoothening out the ride.

This comfort will just mean you can ride for a long period without being affected much by what’s on the road surface. It’s gonna allow you to ride comfortably on a ton of different road surfaces too.

Big wheels

The big wheels are gonna coast for longer. Because they’re larger, they can also roll over all sorts of things (pebbles, small rocks, cracks), whilst also providing a smooth ride. Perfect for urban environments where the conditions are unpredictable. And if they’re large enough, they can even allow you to roll up small curbs and such.

A long, wide comfortable platform

A long and wide enough deck is simply going to be comfortable. And if it has a simple, mellow concave, that is going to make it comfortable too.

A long and wide enough deck is going to allow you to stand in a comfortable shoulder-width position with your feet across the deck.

If you’re standing on a deck for miles upon miles of skating, you don’t want something that will make your feet hurt.

Low to the ground

A board that is low to the ground is simply going to be easy to push. The lower the board is, the less of a distance you have to reach down to push it. It’s that simple. And this translates to you saving a lot of energy when skating a considerable distance – it actually makes quite the difference.

Finally, the board will be more stable because of the position of this standing platform. It’s likely going to sit lower than the trucks.

This just means the board won’t be twitchy and reactive. It will be smooth and react slowly to your inputs.

Boards that are low to the ground are:

  • Drop down boards
  • Drop through boards
  • Boards with rocker
  • Platform boards made to be used with brackets.

Quality components

Quality components just mean better overall performance. A smooth ride, smoother turning, more control, etc.

You might be able to get away with one or two cheap components but for the most part, quality components are going to give the best performances.

At the very least, get quality trucks and wheels. High-quality trucks ensure maximum control and balance – they come with high-quality bushings and pivots which allow for good control.

You can also buy aftermarket bushings (tuned to your weight) and pivots for better performance from your truck.

What do you think? Are you going to pick up a commuter longboard?

Longboarding is a great way to get anywhere, but of course, every longboard has its best and worst uses and you need to be careful what you use it for.

Not every longboard is going to be great for commuting, so you gotta pick the right one.

I hope this guide has been useful and you’ve found a product to suit your needs.

Longboarding news – 7th December weekly roundup

This week’s article on longboard news from around the world! With all the latest bits on everything from longboard dancing to slalom.

7th December Weekly News Round-up

Latest videos:

Linked Media – Adrien Paynel kills it in the Serrias

Linked media just dropped this hectic raw run of Adrien Paynel. Adrien is one of the young, talented downhill skaters coming out of San Diego. He rides for Rolling Tree skateboards and Seismic skate. Mark my words, we’re gonna be seeing a lot more of this guy and his friends. They are absolutely killing the game right now and are giving the top skaters in the US a run for their money.

Hans Wouters – 10 easy tricks for beginners

Alright, so you’ve just picked up your longboard and are looking for some easy tricks to learn? Hans Wouters shows you a couple in his latest video. Check it out below.

Long-distance push around Paris

This video is of a long-distance skater pushing and pumping through Paris, France. Nothing special, but it is a great video with pleasant vibes and good music. It is interesting to see how a longboarder would get around Paris on a board and it really captures the vibe of just pushing around endlessly. Check it out below.

Meat Media – Korey Kamp

From the land down under! Meat Media run by Matthew Leo just dropped this absolute monster of an edit featuring Korey Kamp. Korey might be one of the most talented Australian riders at the moment, his mix of hands down and no-paws riding is very entertaining. The editing skills of Matthew Leo really bring the video together too. In my opinion, it’s one of the best edits that we’ve seen this year.

Downhill skateboarding in Kenya?

Downhill skateboarding really is a worldwide sport. Check out Abuga Aroni and his crew skating the hills in Nairobi, Kenya in the video below.

Community News:

Studio longboard – Pantheon interview

Studio longboard has had an ongoing podcast series where they interview all sorts of people who are of interest in the longboarding world. This week they interviewed Jeffery Vyain, the owner of Pantheon longboards. It is a very cool interview and Jeff provides a lot of insight on his design process – why he made certain types of boards and what the deciding factors are etc. Worth check it out. Listen to the podcast here.

Gear News:

Muthr truck co pre-order!

Muthr truck co is a small precision truck company based in San Diego – but with a twist. Their precision baseplates are compatible with Paris trucks, Calibers trucks, Paris Savants, etc. Essential most of the trucks made with the standard Randal truck co geometry. This simply means you can get a low-angle baseplate for your cast truck. This is incredibly valuable. You can get stability on a budget and tune your cast truck for performance at high speed. You’d usually be looking at spending hundreds of dollars on a precision truck to get that sort of high-speed performance. Order a set of baseplates from them now! Pre-orders close soon. Check them out here.

Event News:

Downhill skateboarding meme wars

In the bizarre off-shoot world of downhill skate meme pages, we now have a competition for the best downhill meme page of 2020. It’s run by @aerakrimes72mm, so go to their page and follow along to their story to vote for your favorite meme pages. It’s oddly heated and exciting to watch happen. At the very least, at least we have some friendly competition given how no races are happening at all.

Online cone race series

As a way to work around the whole Covid-19 situation, the International Slalom Skateboarding Association is holding a virtual competition.  The event will be held in different places around the world – if you’re interested in taking part you could connect your local race to it. Find out more about the event here on the Facebook event page. It runs from the 23rd of January 2021 to the 25th.

Longboarding news – 29th November weekly roundup

Looking to see what has transpired in longboarding from the past week? Look no further. Check out the section below to get updated on all the latest videos, and news.

29th November Weekly News Round-up

Latest videos:

Boarding media – Chet Bolstridge

Boarding media just released a fresh edit with Chet Bolstridge. Chet has an unbelievably steezy style – making high-speed drifts look dummy easy and natural.  This edit captures his style really well. The mix of both stationary, moving and follow-cam shots brings it all together. Quite refreshing to watch. 

Dance video – Elias Koch

Elias Koch just dropped another breathtaking dance video. Beyond pulling off some insanely slick moves, Elias dropped some breathtaking drone shots in the video too. Check it out here.

Jake Ballentyne slide style master

Jake Ballentyne is the 360 slide master of 2020. This guy pulls off 360s like it’s his job to do so. Check out this short edit of him on the Rayne longboards Instagram page.

Dogface208 on Shark wheels?

It seems the Cranberry, longboard guy is everywhere! Dogface has featured in everything from music videos, to being featured in the news. This time, he is on the sharkwheel page riding on of their electric longboards. Check it out.

Cuei Wheels – Vultur helmets

Check out this short film by Max Ballesteros and Thiago Lessa explaining what New Olders helmets are and what the different models do. This isn’t just your regular review video, Thiago (a world champion downhill skater) provides some great insight to what these products do, and Max Ballesteros filming (and editing) skills capturing it beautifully. This video is art.

Dance video –  Achel and Valeriya

Achel and Valeriya show off their synchronized longboard dancing skills in this video here. Both amazing dancers and freestylers, this video is just really fun to watch.

Brand news:

Black Friday support from core companies

Several brands close down for Black friday in support of skate shops, encouraging consumers to buy and support skate shops instead of buying directly from the brands.

Some brands who did this were – Rocket Longboards and Paris truck co.

Prism Skate Co. in Hawaii!?

Prism Skate Co has been in Hawaii for the last few days, filming a ton of runs. Their team riders have been teasing and blessing our Instagram timelines with reels from the trip.

The last time the Prism/Caliber/Blood Orange team was in Hawaii they blessed us with this godsend of an edit. It has over 500,000 views on Youtube and deserves every single one. It’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it, and worth watching twice if you already have.

But this time, Tom Flinchbaugh is gonna be the one behind the lens. Tom blessed us with this Hawaii edit – Bricks and Coconuts through the Skate Blood Orange channel. One of my all-time favorite edits to watch.

Longboard girls crew – new nonprofit

LGC has started a funding campaign to support their nonprofit @longboardwomen. They’ve created it with the aim of funding and supporting humanitarian programs that create a positive impact in vulnerable communities. Find out how you can help here.

Gear news

Landyachtz team tease Cheetah tweaks

In the weekly Landyachtz live stream, Dexter Manning dropped some news that the Cheetahs were being tweaked. These tweaks were just going to affect the lips of the wheels only, but should increase how much grip the wheels had.

They also teased the development of a new single kick, top mount freeride board! Exciting stuff.

 

Longboarding news – 23rd November weekly roundup

Looking to get informed on the latest news from the world of longboarding? Check it out below. Here is a roundup of the most exciting events from the last week.

23rd November Weekly News Round-up

Latest videos:

Diego Poncelet – Improvised 100kph run

Diego Pon just dropped a very cool looking raw run/edit on his Instagram page. Check it out here. A motorbike follows him down this 100kph run and they pick up some interesting shots and definitely a refreshing take on the worn-out car follow-cam dynamic.

Elias Koch – beautiful dance flow

Elias Koch just dropped a new edit on his youtube. Elias has an effortless flow to his moves and this edit was nice to watch – he makes g-turns look damn easy. The video was beautifully shot too and I recommend all longboard check it out, anyone can all appreciate his flow and effortless style. Check it out below.

Seismic Skate  Systems – new downhill edit!

Yanis Markarian just dropped a great edit through Seismic skate. Certainly a refreshing take on the typical downhill skateboarding edit, and one of the best I’ve seen this year. I know I’m gonna be watching this again and again.

P2s and Pasters

Straight out of North Carolina, Kyle Peterson just dropped this eye-candy of an edit through Lukewarm media. He films Kenny Nap flowing down this run on Aera P2s and Powell Pasters. It’s nothing special, but there’s just something satisfying about how each shot is captured. Check it out here.

Bumpy Longboarding in Bristol

Bumpy Hales from Bristol, UK, dropped this cool, creative edit of him shredding the local spots. Bumpy has a very creative style, mixing and matching the longboard disciplines. Check out the edit here on his IG TV.

Brand news:

Zenit drops merch

Zenit just dropped merchandise on their website. Go grab one if you’ve always wanted a Zenit sweatshirt or T-shirt.

Hyo Kyojoo on Champion

Hyo Kyojoo can’t be stopped! This time she’s working with Champion, featuring on their Instagram page. It’s not the first time Hyo has worked with a mainstream brand, she’s been on Vogue and worked with some other fashion brands. But it is always nice to see longboarding of any form in the mainstream.

Rider news:

Choose your rider!?

Emily Pross started a really cool skate trend on her Instagram. Rachel Bagels (skatebagels) and Lisa Peters (a7x_liesje) followed suite. They’ve basically made “Choose your character” reels with them dressed up differently. It’s just cool, creative, and fun to watch.

Pat Dort joins Descent

Pat Dougherty joins the Descent longboards team. Pat is one of the best American free-riders right now. He absolutely kills it in the North Carolina scene, skating America’s gnarliest road with grace and steeze. Wishing him the best. Check out a great video of Pat below.

Hans Wouters – Pop High. Stay Fly

Hans just dropped some fresh merchandise! It’s something he’s been planning for a while and he’s finally put it out there. If you’re a fan of his channel and his content, consider buying one to support him. He also dropped a new Youtube video to help him promote it. Have a look below. 

 

Longboarding news – 15th November weekly roundup

Continuing our new segment, below are all the exciting things that have happened in the world of longboarding this past week. Check it out.

What’s new in Longboarding?

Latest videos:

Landyachtz live – cleaning bearings/Dexter Manning interview

Landyachtz brings us another great video, it seems we’re going to be getting a live video weekly from them. This week, we get an interview with DangerBay 2020 winner Dexter Manning. He talks about what he did leading up to the race and drops some interesting information about his equipment.

Alex Hannigan also walks us through how to clean bearings and we get info on the new Landyachtz boards through Ed Avina.

North Carolina Downhill Skateboarding – NCDH

North Carolina is the mecca of downhill skateboarding. With runs and long downhill roads around every corner, it’s no surprise they have the most active downhill skateboarding community in the USA.

NCDH is the local downhill skate crew. Check out their latest edit, featuring locals thrashing the roads over there.

La Ficelle Skateboard Club

Tired ofthe traditional mountain downhill skateboarding runs? Check out this edit of these boys ripping it in a Swiss town. This is a refreshing take on downhill skateboarding and it is very fun to watch.

 Get That Podcast

Get That is a downhill skateboarding clothing brand based in Australia. They have a weekly podcast where they talk about all things downhill skateboarding. 

This week, they take on questions from the community, with a feature from the 2019 downhill skating world champion.

Powell-Peralta Dragonskins review

Downhill254 just dropped a review of the Dragonskin wheels. If you’ve been a part of downhill skating for a while, you surely know how hyped up these wheels are. This review is both exciting and does a good job of demystifying these wheels.

Race at the Knobb!

Park Vidmar just dropped an edit from his local outlaw race. Outlaws are unofficial/unsanctioned events that downhill skaters put on, just as a way to get those race juices flowing. Parker does an outstanding job of capturing the vibes in this edit. Check it out.

Gear news:

Valkyrie trucks tease Halloween themed gear and adjustable baseplates

Valkyrie trucks dropped some limited edition colorways of their Voxter trucks. Pick them up now if you wish to stand out of the crowd.

They’ve also teased that they will be releasing adjustable baseplates for their trucks soon! Exciting stuff.

Loaded Boards monthly give away

Loaded boards does a monthly give away on their Instagram. They do it at the beginning of every month. Be sure to follow them if you’d like to take part. you can win some goodies if you’re lucky.

New Moonshine boards in 2021?

On an Instagram live video, Moonshine team manager Brandon Desjarlais teased that new Moonshine boards will be available in January of next year. Did he mean new, new Moonshine boards? Or just a renewal of stock? It’s not clear, but either way, it’s exciting news.

Aera trucks tease a mini k3!

In an Instagram post, Aera teased the release of a 160mm version of their K3 trucks with an updated bushing seat. They’re doing this to celebrate 10 years since the K3 was first produced. This is great news. The Aera K3s are highly sought after trucks, and some of the best made for freeride. With the new narrower versions, they’re going to be more suited for the narrower modern boards.

Brand news:

Longboard girls crew changes directors

LGC changes directors. Isabella Motta will be taking over Valeria Kechichian as the director of longboard girls crew. Valeria has been in charge of the brand since it’s inception and has built up LGC to be what it is today. Interesting to see what the change of hands brings to the brand.

Longboarding news – 13th November weekly roundup

This is a new segment! I’m going to be bringing to you the hottest, exciting, and most interesting longboarding news. Check it out to stay updated.

What’s new in Longboarding?

Video news

Brandon Desjarlais – welcome to the team

Brandon Desjarlais doesn’t disappoint, he is always creating content. Though most of you may know he’s on-going dance and freestyle trick-tip videos, he just recently featured in one of the latest Paris trucks video. Check it out.

 

Paris welcome to the team video:

 

 

Brandon Desjarlais trick-tip video:

 

Nate Blackburn –  Anti-reviews

We’re all familiar with product reviews. Admittedly, they can be kinda boring to watch and often not that good – some people simply regurgitate the product specifications. So Nate is doing some “anti-review” videos, which are quite entertaining. Check it out his “anti-review” of the Powell Peralta Snakes below.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHHFoX0JuTt/

 

Caliber trucks – recon

Caliber trucks just dropped a new video. They’ve been up in the Californian mountains all summer and this is a summary of what they’ve been up to. I love the vibes in this video. Worth the watch.

 

Josh Neuman – ASCENT

We finally have a new Josh Neuman video. He just dropped the first video of a series. It features some longboarding and other cool lifestyle stuff. It’s inspirational. Check it out in the link below.

 

Competition/Race news

Danger Bay

With all this Covid nonsense, racers have been all but impossible to pull off. Most races these days are small outlaws attending by locals. However, Coast Longboarding was able to put together the annual Danger Bay race. It was an exciting event to watch live. You can catch the recap below. Congrats to Dexter Manning for the win.

 

Broadway bomb – Titus Lazare wins

The broadway bomb went down this year in NYC. Surprisingly, Keifer Dixons 9 year streak of winning got beaten. Titus Lazare beat him to the finish and has made it into the Broadway bomb hall of fame. Congratulations.

 

Board news

Landyachtz – new Dinghy designs

Landyachtz just teamed up with a new artist to make some fresh designs for the Dinghy. I honestly think they look pretty cool hehe and it’s more difficult than ever to choose between them now. Read about it and check out the boards here on the Landyachtz website.

 

Pantheon – Jeff tinkering and teasing new board designs

Pantheon has been teasing all sorts of new boards and showing off CAD designs on their Instagram. If you’re a fan of Pantheon boards, pay attention, and contribute as Jeff (the owner) is asking for a lot of community feedback on shapes, design, and flex. You just might get exactly what you want on a Pantheon board.

 

Comet Orbiter – riders finally getting their boards

Everyone who pre-ordered the Orbiter earlier this year is finally getting their hands on the boards. The complete caused some controversy when it got dropped earlier this year, really dividing the community, with a lot of people saying it was a dumb idea and other supporting. Well, all we wait is for rider feedback from those who got their hands on it.

Rider news

Cole Trotta joins Prism

In a shocking (and not so shocking move) Cole Trotta joined Prism Skate co. What’s shocking about this is just a few months prior he dropped a pro-model with Descent longboards and shortly after ended the sponsorship them. A bit of a bizarre move, but a sign of internal disagreements. Cole recently joined the Prism skate co team. All the best to him.

How to get Started with Dancing in Longboard

Looking to get started with longboard dancing? Look no further, today’s article is a longboard dancing guide to help you figure out what you need to do. 

 

I’ll cover everything from the sorts of boards you need, and I’ll even direct you to some useful tutorials.

What is longboard dancing and how to get started?

Longboarding dancing is essentially stepping on your board in various ways, throwing in some flashy moves, and making it all flow in a graceful way. For a good example of what longboard dancing is, check out the video below.

 

 

Just to make the distinction, “freestyle” longboarding is more when the wheels leave the ground. Ollies, flip tricks, and grabs are all freestyle tricks. And yes, whilst they are different you can mix both the dance and freestyle styles. However, this article will focus on dancing primarily and will present boards better suited for dancing over freestyle.

 

So what do you need to get started? All you need is an appropriate board, a willingness to learn, some tutorials and you can get started easily enough. But most importantly, you need to make sure you get the right type of board, not just any will do. 

Why you need to pick the right type of board

There are loads of different types of longboards and they’re all suited to certain types of disciplines. If you get an inappropriate board, you won’t have enough room to do footsteps, the deck might turn too suddenly, the wheels might roll too slowly, and it might not even have a kicktail. In short, you need to be careful about what you pick. Check out my guide below to find out more about the right type of deck for dancing.

 

What type of board do you need for longboard dancing?

The deck should be the right size

Most longboards come in sizes between 36-40inches. Longboards for dancing are usually much longer and tend to fall between 40-48inches in length. They tend to be this long so you can have enough room to do cross-steps and all sorts of moves on the deck.

 

Finally, this added length gives them a smooth turn. They aren’t very nimble, but they have a gentle sort of turn that makes them easy to balance on and ride.

 

For freestyle, most decks are about 40inches in length. This gives you some room to dance on them, but more importantly, makes them lighter and easier to pick up to flip and throw around.

 

The deck should have a bit of flex

Flex is when a board flexes under your weight. Most dance boards will have a bit of it.

How much flex you want in a board is down to personal preference, but most dancers favor flexy boards. This is what you should go for as a beginner.

 

Flex allows you to do a ton of footwork without really putting any input to your trucks. It allows the board to feel stable and not too twitchy when you’re doing quick footwork across the board.

 

Board manufacturers will often have different flexes for the same board. This is because flex varies depending on your weight. If you’re light, you’re going to want the softest flex. If you’re heavy, the stiffer flexes will be more suitable. Be sure to check the product guides when buying a relevant board.

How do trucks affect the ride?

The best trucks for longboard dancing are gonna be about 180mm wide and will have a baseplate angle of 50*. These two things will give the trucks a lively feel. They’ll be able to turn a lot but will have a very smooth lean. It will be easy to hold turns on these and the trucks won’t suddenly twitch when you’re doing quick foot steps.

What about the wheels? Will any do?

For dancing, you’re going to want a wheel that will roll quickly and that will roll forever. Wheels that can do this have two main features – they tend to have a large diameter and are made with a high-quality urethane (urethane is the rubbery material that the wheel is made from).

 

A large diameter means that a wheel can keep its speed and momentum. It will roll forever even after pushing it a little bit. This will allow you to do a ton of moves without your board slowing down too quickly. You’re going to want a wheel between 66-70mm in height.

 

Finally, a high-quality urethane will allow the wheels to roll fast and maintain their speed. Low-quality, low-rebound wheels don’t allow this. Low-quality wheels behave almost like flat tires, and this prevents the wheels from picking up speed and going fast. High-quality wheels are like tires full of air. They will pick up speed easily and maintain it.

 

Most wheels from reputable brands will be high-quality and good for dancing.

 

What about the components?

If you manage to buy high-quality boards, the components will likely be premium – you won’t have to worry about replacing anything. The only real customization you might have to do is upgrading the bushings – but that isn’t super important for most people. And though I’ve mentioned this, it isn’t something to worry about – unless you’re a super light rider.

What are some good tutorials for longboard dancing?

Now that you’ve got your board, you should get started learning to dance. But before you get too far, you should make sure you have the riding basics down first.

 

Check out the video below. Learning to push and carve are keys to skating. They’re essential building blocks to dancing.

 

Easy longboard dance tricks to learn

Once you’ve mastered cruising, an easy trick to move on to is the cross step. Check out Hans Wouter describing how to do it below.

Where should you practice?

What you need is a smooth flat space, that has enough room for you to turn and skate a considerable distance. Here are some good spots think about:

  • Empty parking lot.
  • Empty basketball court.
  • Empty roads in your neighborhood.
  • Empty school yards etc.

What are some good boards for longboard dancing?

Seething 42 Inch Longboard 


Coming in at a price just under $80, this is an affordable board. It will be good for beginners getting into dancing on a budget. It will also be good for cruising and other types of riding too.

 

The deck is made from 9plys of Canadian maple. It is on the stiffer side of flex and will be better for heavier riders wanting a more sturdy ride. It has a length of 42inches and a width of 10inches. It has twin kicktails. This board will be good or both freestyle and dancing. It has a ton of room so footwork won’t be difficult to do on it. 

It comes with 7inch trucks and 70mm wheels. The trucks are a bit on the narrower side, giving this board a quicker turn. 

 

All in all, this isn’t a decent board. It is best for someone who wants a hybrid board good for other stuff (think freestyle) as well as dancing. I have to say the components aren’t the best, but you get what you pay for. If you want something affordable, it is hard to pass up. Check it out here on Amazon.com.

 

Seething 42 Inch Longboard


If you’re looking for a similar board like the one above, but in a different color, check out these versions here on Amazon.com.

 

You can get some in exotic colors ways with different geometric designs. If you’re looking for a board with simple, but eye-catching graphics, they are worth checking out.

 

 

AODI 46″ Longboard Skateboard 


Costing just shy of $80, this is the best budget board for dancing on my list. It comes in the traditional dance shape, with twin kicktails and an appropriate length.

 

With a deck 46inches long and 10inches wide, this board will have a ton of room. You’ll be able to pull off cross-steps with no problem as that length leaves nothing to be desired. What might hold it back is the 7plys of construction, meaning it won’t be super flexible. This is fine as it will probably flex under heavier riders (it has a max weight of 250lbs), but won’t flex at all for lighter riders. 

When it comes to the wheels, this board has 85a hard 70mm wheels. These are quite appropriate for dancing, they’ll roll forever and will give a good feel when dancing.

 

Whilst the flex holds it back this board is quite good for the money. It is a great option for a heavier rider looking for a board on a budget but will be good for a lighter rider if they don’t mind the stiffness. Find out more about it here on Amazon.com.

 

Movendless YD-0016 Longboard 7 Layer


Another board more suited for freestyle and cruising, this one comes in at 41.75inches in length and 10inches in width. It has a single kicktail and features a tiny bit of flex. It costs slightly more than $130 so it’s on the expensive side of the spectrum. 

 

The board comes 6 inch wide trucks and 60mm tall, 80a wheels. These are great if you’re looking for a fast-rolling board that has a nimble turn. The wheels on this board light up when you roll them, so it’s a nice feature if you plan on skating at night or to stand out when you’re skating with others.

 

I would say this board isn’t worth the money. It is better suited to freestyle with the smaller 60mm wheels and smaller trucks, but you get about the same with the Seething above. The Seething is also better value for money I feel, where this is expensive. But this board has a better graphic and would be my pick if I was doing more cruising than freestyle. Find out more about it here on Amazon.com.

 

Magneto longboard


Coming in at just over $130, this is a great board for dancing. Unlike the AODI above, this one is made with bamboo and will have more flex. It will be good for a lighter rider looking for a flexy board, or a heavier rider looking for a REALLY flexy board.

 

The deck comes in at 46inches in length and 9inches in width. Whilst a bit narrower, this narrower width won’t hold it back – only people with really long feet might suffer but it should be good enough for most people. As I mentioned earlier this deck is made from bamboo, this gives it a nice bounce and flex which is pretty good for dancing. It will also be nice for cruising and will give a comfortable ride.

 

Component wise, the Magneto is pretty good. It has knock off Paris trucks, and whilst they won’t be as good as the originals, they will feel pretty good when skating. When it comes to wheels it has 70mm wheels, these are the best for dancing as they will roll for a long time and you won’t struggle when pushing them.

 

This has to be the best overall board on my list. It should fit most budgets and will work well for both heavy and lighter riders. If you’re on a budget and need something decent, this is hard to pass up. Check it out here on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

Volador 40inch cruiser


If you’re interested in cruising more than dancing, this is a good option. You’ll still be able to do some footwork and dance moves, but it will be limited. The deck on this isn’t very suited to dancing.

 

Coming in at 40inches in length, this board has a drop-through style of mounting. This means the trucks are mounted on top of the deck as opposed to underneath as they are on the other decks listed here. This mainly changes how they turn, making them turn a bit slower but smoother. This often feels a bit weird for dancing as the turning can feel delayed and awkward, but should be ok once you get used to it.

Finally, the drop-through mounting lowers the board to the ground. This makes pushing, foot braking, and just generally riding the board easier. It’s ideal for cruising.

 

If you want a board primarily for cruising, this is a good choice. The drop-through mounting makes it ideal. It will be stable and easy to ride. However, it isn’t the best choice for dancing. You’ll do better with the other options above.

Check out the Volador cruiser here on Amazon.com.

 

 

What do you think? Which board is best for you?

If you’re still mulling over which board to pick, I highly suggest the Magneto or the Aodi. The Aodi is great if you’re on a budget and if you want a stiffer board. The Magneto is the better option, but it will cost you a bit more. You can go wrong with either though.

 

Longboard Magazine EU is now Longboarding.co!

We’re happy to announce that as of today, longboardingmagazin.eu has re-branded to longboarding.co

Rest assured, all the longboarding, downhill, and freestyle news, tips, and reviews will continue flowing, but this time with a wider scope that the european market.

As the current pandemic has forced us to stay largely in our homes/cities, we’ve decided to open up our community to the world, which doesn’t make sense with our previous domain name and branding.

As always, we welcome all your feedback and look forward to keep promoting the best longboard skaters in the world!

Keep on shredding,
The longboarding.co team

Long For Board

LONG FOR BOARD – Longboard clothing brand for girls who skate

WHO RIDE THE WORLD? GIRLS!

Ever heard of LONG FOR BOARD? Well you better catch up, if skateboard or longboard is your thing. In a world dominated by guys, skating girls should feel unique and express themselves to the fullest potential. Why not do it with clothes? LONG FOR BOARD is a newly launched clothing brand created by a woman for women who love skateboarding and longboarding.

The brand was developed in response to the challenges faced by girls and women while looking for comfortable and good quality pants. The simple idea is to provide girls with a possibility of choices, of freedom of movement, comfort and joy while skateboarding. Its objective is also to help them let go of all the limitations. We know that everything is in your head and it’s your own personal victory when you face your fears when skating. Why not do it feeling comfortable and appreciated?

The pants are made from natural, elastic and breathable materials, including cotton and elastane. The cut of the pants allows a great range of movement and each pair has a secret pocket, where you can hide your little treasures or a smartphone. They are available in colors that perfectly match other clothing sets and they will for sure meet the expectations of even the biggest fans of minimalism. On the other hand, the hidden color details will make a nice surprise when no one expects it.

All the models in the LONG FOR BOARD shop were created to give respect to great women figures in our history: OPRAH, ELEANOR, DIANA, ANAIS. You can appreciate them and you can learn from their histories and words of wisdom they had left behind. Women are smart and brave and we want to shout about it!

Every new pair of pants is tested by the brand ambassadors of LONG FOR BOARD – Katarzyna Hajdan (longboard), Agata Halikowska (skateboard) and Ophelie Lahouille (longboard). The clothes are manufactured in Poland, where the brand originates from. You can check out the offer on the website www.longforboard.com or drop by for a fitting in their showroom in Warsaw if you happen to visit – Longboardshop Polna 30a street.

150

DIANA Black Women’s Skater TrousersSlim fit cut, high rise, 7/8 length, slightly tapered leg, natural and elastic fabric (98% cotton, 2% elastane).
Long For Board
67,00 €

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OPRAH Brown Women’s Skater TrousersClassic chino cut, high rise, straight leg, natural and elastic fabric (98% cotton, 2% elastane).
Long For Board
67,00 €

Come meet the Long For Board Girls Crew – check out the Instagram longforboard or Facebook longforboard.


Written by Paula, LONG FOR BOARD

Is The Downhill Skateboarding Scene In Trouble?

The last few years have been pretty tough for longboard producers and retailers. This year feels like we’re about to hit the bottom as the number of riders dropped to its lowest since 2009. Many businesses shut down because they simply couldn’t manage to survive on such low numbers and now the crisis has finally reached downhill skateboarding events.

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During their Annual General Meeting, IDF (International Downhill Federation) reported a small growth in the number of their members in 2018. They had 1111 members in 2017 and 1146 members in 2018, which is only 35 members more. Compared to the total number of members, the small improvement is basically insignificant and also represents the smallest growth in the number of members since 2013.

Looking at the number of IDF members attending the races, there were only 78 more members attending the races. The improvement is again very small compared to the drop the events have been experiencing since 2015 when IDF had 1667 members and 1047 of them attended the races. To sum it up, compared to 2015, IDF now has around 521 members less and 429 racers less.

Last year’s incident at an IDF sanctioned race in Brazil, where a rider tragically died in a collision with a vehicle on the race track, seems to have affected the rest of the IDF races around the world too. So far, there’s only one rider from Brazil listed on IDF Kozakov Challenge riders list.

Kozakov Challenge struggling, KnK Longboard Camp already near full

For as long as of 2009, Kozakov Challenge (Czech Republic) has been to racing what KnK Longboard Camp (Slovenia) has been and still is to the freeride scene. A little over a decade, these two events had led the scene by having the best organization, best racing track and attracting the biggest numbers of riders.

Other noteworthy events, like Alpenrauschen (Austria), Velefique (Spain), Gioasteka (Switzerland) followed closely but never really got to hit the big numbers like KnK Longboard Camp which was running as a two weeks long event for 10 consecutive years. In 2016 it reached a record attendance by hosting more than 450 riders from across the globe.

Recognizing the drop in the number of riders attending the events, as organizers of KnK Longboard Camp, we decided to reduce the event to only one week this year in order to avoid struggling to fill it up or potentially being forced to cancel one of the two weeks. The decision proved to be good since, at the time of writing this article, we have 228 riders registered for the event out of a 250 riders limit. The numbers are still good and we are more than happy but the current numbers show that the general number of riders reduced more than expected.

It looks like KnK Longboard Camp will once again count the biggest number of riders and while the target of 250 riders is not far away, there’s still a solid month till the event. It just might fill up.

However, Kozakov recently had to make an announcement on Facebook urging riders to sign up in case they intend to participate in the race.  This obviously shows that there are no riders around, otherwise, they would normally already register.

Currently, Kozakov’s riders list counts 128 riders and they are still far below their usual attendance at around 200 riders. Considering that Kozakov’s announcement came out less than a month prior to the event the timing is quite tight.

Another European IDF race, Transylvania DH falls short with only 31 riders currently listed on the IDF riders list. The organization of the Transylvania event also took a blow earlier this year as the two main organizers decided to split ways. In order to organize a quality event and provide with sufficient safety, more than 31 rider registration fees will be required, so we’ll likely see this event fading out in the near future unless they come up with the money elsewhere, like from the sponsors.

Do we need more events?

As the number of riders was growing in 2016, more and more people started organizing events around Europe hoping to make a few extra Euros on a side or even make a business out of it. Some organizers stretched as far as organizing 4-5 events in a season and not giving a damn if that’s maybe too much.

However, the bigger number of smaller, unsafe and not properly organized events will not likely do much for the scene but will bring it further apart as the riders stay limited to their local scene instead of connecting internationally as they used to a decade ago.

On the other hand, this is a good situation for the riders since they are able to attend the events by having to spend less money on traveling.

Anyway …

Could event “sponsorships” help keep the scene going?

Looking at the event sponsorships, the situation becomes even more worrying.

Before we can continue talking about so-called “event sponsors”, we have to clear up one thing: Businesses are not “sponsors” at an event … They are “advertisers”. They pay for the exposure, the right to be present with their branding and to interact with the riders at the event.

Unfortunately, since longboarding businesses are run by skaters and not marketing wizards, they failed to recognize this throughout the whole decade. Obviously, they didn’t have to pay much attention since the sales where OK and nobody really expected the good times to end so suddenly.

Compared to other sport industries, longboarding brands always managed to get away by “paying” the advertising with goods by giving a few decks to the event organizers. Obviously, for a smaller event, everything they can get their hands on will come in handy, but for big event organizers who actually have to provide with big media teams and much more complex event organization, a few pieces of gear is basically not sufficient compensation.

However, there were and still are a few brands left who are actually paying some money for the services delivered by the event organizers but their involvement is getting smaller from year to year as they make up excuses like “We are a small company and don’t have money”.

To sum it up, instead of investing in the scene to help it grow and promote their business, producers and retailers are cutting their financial involvement even more which doesn’t help anyone. After all, who can blame them when at this point they are basically fighting for their own survival.

Will skateboarding at the Olympics save the day?

The hopes are now all-in on the Olympics, hoping that someday downhill skateboarding will be a part of it and the sales will pick up where they stopped in 2016 … But let me ask you something – Does it really make sense to take an effort and include downhill skateboarding while, compared to other sports, there’s basically only a handful of downhill skateboarding riders around the world?

Thanks to less investing and thanks to the declining number of riders in general, we might see even more events disappear in the upcoming years while those who manage to stay intact might raise their prices.

Who can we blame, for real?

While this article is not aiming to blame anyone for the drop in the number of riders attending the events, probably the only thing we can all blame is the generation shift we started experiencing during the past few years.

Those who started skating back in 2009 when the boom started, are now 10 years older and most probably have other interests in life like a serious job, kids and so on … In simple words, they are not skating as much as they did and one thing the event organizers started noticing is that they are not coming back to their events.

Instead, there are more underaged riders on the scene. They are still in schools and they are financially still dependent on their parents. Getting the gear, traveling to an event and paying the registration fees is a big expense that’s only growing from year to year. Next to that, one thing to note is that they don’t own driving licenses or cars yet, making it so much harder for them to travel around on their own.

Finish line

What can we do now to make it better, you ask?

It will take a great group effort to get the scene back to where it was in 2016. The biggest events like Kozakov and KnK Longboard Camp will most likely continue running as usual but the advertisers will eventually have to step in or the number of riders attending the events will have to increase. Otherwise, the remaining riders might end up paying higher registration fees which could lead to the attendance to drop even further.

Rather than organising smaller events to continue breaking up the scene, it could be much better for local riders to organise classes and demo days in order to introduce new people to the scene.

Process to Pavement - KebbeK Skateboards

Process to Pavement – KebbeK Skateboards

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.

In the video we see Joey infused in his work while designing new boards and also glimpses of the store showcasing the KebbeK Skateboards 2018 board collection under the artsy led lights.

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

STANT - New longboard clothing brand

STANT – A new longboard clothing brand from Poland

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.

DESIGN

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.

PRODUCTS

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.

STANT - New longboard clothing brand
STANT – Skate socks

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.

COMMUNICATION

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 Attacks Longboard Deck

Icone attacks with the new Icone Attacks!

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.

Col Du Galibier - Photo by Alban Pernet

Col du Galibier Longboard Opening

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.

Photos by Alban Pernet Photographiste
Website: www.albanpernet.com
Instagram: @albanpernet

Partners: Blackkross longboard, Fastboa, Entre Couzs Collectif

Alpenrauschen 2018: Dominic Schenk & Ian Freire | ROCKET Longboards

Alpenrauschen 2018: Dominic Schenk x Ian Freire Raw Run

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.

Alpenrauschen 2018 is organized by BigMountainSkate and presented by ROCKET Longboards, with additional support by Sk8bites and TSG.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

During December 2017, I made a road trip through downhill paradise known as California together with Patrik Orlainsky. We got to skate many amazing roads, but this article is going to be about a very special one: The Tuna Canyon Road hidden in the Malibu mountains right at the outskirt of Los Angeles.

I compiled my experiences for you and edited a video of me skating this hell of a run, so you can see what I’m talking about.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Patrik sending it full speed into the most photographed corner on Tuna. Photo by Susan Heine

What’s so special about it you ask? Firstly, it is a one-way road, so you can be sure there won’t be any upcoming traffic. Secondly, downhill skaters are known and tolerated there which makes it even more fun. And finally, the course of the road is freaking crazy, challenging, unique, and so much fun!

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Enjoying the inside on the one-way section. Photo by Patrik Orlainsky

Like always, if you’re planning to skate spots in other countries, hit up locals to let them introduce you to spots so they can let you know about where and when to skate and how to behave. The downhill scene in Los Angeles is big and if you go to Tuna on the weekend, you can be pretty sure to meet some skaters.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
My Icone Longboard taking in the sunset view from the top of the Tuna Canyon Road. Photo by Susan Heine

The local skaters usually gather somewhere before the one-way section, so we used to start the run in a two-way traffic section. That’s where you should take it easy and save your energy for what’s to come. A stop at the big cactus is obligatory to take in the stunning views.

Once you’re on the one-way, you can cut corners and take the most amazing inside lines. The track starts quite mellow but becomes steadily faster and more technical. The whole run takes about 10 minutes in total, depending on how fast you go.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Patrik’s deep inside the Tuna Canyon. Photo by Susan Heine

Coming from Europe, the pavement feels strange in the beginning. The so called “slurry seal” is quite rough and therefore wheel-and-puck-eating, but you get used to it.

Unfortunately, the shuttle ride back up to the start usually takes about 35 minutes, since you can’t go directly back up, but must take a detour around the mountain and it’s totally worth it.

I’m riding the soon to be released Icone Attacks longboard with SKOA Vertex trucks with support of Longboardshop.eu.

Aleix Gallimo - I'm Gonna Downhill Forever. Photo by Mikel Echegaray

Aleix Gallimo is gonna downhill forever

With a boom of XYZ media channels we are able to feast our eyes on a lot of downhill skateboarding visuals. Some are more noticeable than others while the rest hold great memories of a certain era.

Well, Aleix Gallimo is not a media crew, but he is a downhill skateboarder, graphic designer, videographer, tattooer and what to him is most important, a father.

He’s been skating so long he doesn’t even know the exact number of years. Currently he’s living high in the north of the Spanish Pyrenees. His valley called Benasque is surrounded by up to 3000 meter high mountains with plenty of epic descents.

What he truly loves to do is downhill skateboarding, that’s why he is preparing an ambitious project for the 2018 IDF racing season with the aim to help the downhill community and give it the exposure he thinks it needs.

Our industry is running low so we need to put more effort into trying to raise it up. If we don’t do it we’ll be stuck like this for a long time.

One of the reasons he sees a problem with the industry is the amount of people wanting a sponsor without giving anything back. He feels that while it’s great to support skaters, brand owners should know how to support them in a sustainable way. In the role of a skater, he decided to take a more ”hands-on” approach…

What is I’m Gonna Downhill Forever?

Before describing his project to me he said he still remembers a few years ago when longboarding was growing rapidly, brands were getting strong and helped the riders by working with them closely. At the time riders got a chance to travel the world, mixing up different cultures and styles and promoting the sport in different countries.

I work hard to travel, learn and achieve the things I do around the world. That gave me the opportunity to learn from the best and see what exactly is important and what’s not. This is also the reason why I started I’m Gonna Downhill Forever.

This year while attending all IDF events, Aleix wants to show ‘’outsiders’’ how dh skaters meet, travel, learn, have fun, challenge themselves and portray the sport as, what most people would agree with, the best time of our lives.

Aleix will attend races on four continents; Asia, Europe, North and South America, during a 6 month period. He will start the project in the Philippines, followed by South Korea, later head over to Europe to attend IDF races in Romania, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain. He’ll visit the US twice and end the season in South America, Colombia, Peru and finally in Brazil.

Aleix Gallimo - I'm Gonna Downhill Forever

During his travels he plans on producing 1 video from each country, 3 quick blog type stories, online streams from freerides and races, and end his project with a final video to recap the whole tour. Besides races, he will also visit other countries along the way. All together he plans on making around 32 videos.

Where can you watch it and how to support it

The I’m Gonna Downhill Forever media will be showcased online, through his personal website and social media channels. For the final World Tour video he plans to have it screened in designated skate shops in order to give them and the local scene support.

I’ll try to show this sport as raw as I can and let people know it’s like other sports, you just need to learn the basics and go step by step and then boom, you’re deep in a fun thing that will bring some of the best times in your life.

At the end of our conversation, Aleix said that so far he has some help from his sponsors and he is going to invested his own hard earned cash, but the project is big. He hopes to receive donations to make this a reality.

For sure I’ll do my best to accomplish this project because I think it’s really important for our sport. My own sponsors help me with the basics for racing, but don’t cover the project. To make this happen I need help with the filming gear, work and I need to pay people for their work on the project.

Because the project is still in the beginning stage Aleix welcomes you to join and help out by donating. To do this visit the I’m Gonna Downhill Forever GoFundMe page.

Aleix Gallimo is supported by Long Island Longboards, Venom Skate, Atopic Supplies, Hondar Longboards, Osteobenas and All Year Longboard.