Longboard Deck Types

There’s barely a sport or an activity that’s as exciting and adventurous as longboarding. Of course, longboarding itself is a broad term as well, since there are different styles to consider here. We have anything from just casual cruising, over downhills, and up to free rides and freestyle longboarding. This all comes down to personal preferences and what an individual is looking for.

But like we said, longboarding is a broad term and it includes different types of activities.

With this in mind, it’s only obvious that you’re going to find a few different types of longboards. After all, different types of ride require specialised boards so that the activity would not only be more pleasurable, but also more effective and, in some cases, even safer.

So we have longboards coming in many different sizes and shapes. If you’re just getting into this sport and are planning to buy your first longboard, there are some things you need to consider first.

You’ll need to have an overall idea of what exactly do you want to do. And according to this, you’ll need to choose the right longboard type for you. This is the only way you’ll be able to make your experience more enjoyable.

In case you’re having trouble finding the most suitable longboard for you, don’t worry – we’re here to help you out. If you’re new to longboarding, we’ve come up with a brief but helpful guide that will introduce you to all the different longboard deck types and give a little info on how they’re designed. So let’s get into it.

 

Longboard deck types by use

The first division we’d like to discuss comes down to longboards by use. This is usually the main concern of everyone who wants to get into longboarding. There are four main types we’ll mention here – cruising, downhill, freeride, and freestyle.

 

Cruising boards

As the name suggests, cruising boards are, obviously, intended for regular cruising. The design of these longboard decks is accommodated for longer, steady rides.

They’re designed in such a way to fit into crowded areas and to ensure comfort and “smooth sailing.” In most cases, they have wider trucks, and the overall design of the deck is conceived in such a way to provide stability and balance.

At the same time, these are not as mobile as some other decks. But this is not their main goal. Cruising boards are recommended either for beginners or just those who enjoy smooth casual rides without any specific thrills or tricks in mind.

 

Carving longboards

Carving is, in many ways, similar to regular cruising. However, it’s a more advanced technique that requires a lot of practice and skill.

The technique is also used in many other longboard riding styles, but can also be used as a style of its own. From the point of an observer, the carving style looks so smooth and effortless, but it requires a lot of balance and coordinated movements in order to do it right.

By carefully leaning back and forth, carving longboard riders move forward, but in a smooth “S”-shaped trajectory. By doing these movements, they keep the speed and momentum and keep “pushing” forward.

Although very similar to standard cruising boards, carving decks have their own traits. They’re designed in such a way to ensure easier ways to alternate between leaning back and forth.

downhill longboard

Downhill boards

While riding your longboard downhill might not seem like a very complicated idea, there are some important things to consider.

Firstly, you’ll need a specialized board that will, in the end, keep you safer in these settings. But these boards are also designed to have reduced wind resistance, while also keeping the focus on stability.

Again, these boards are similar to cruising ones. However, downhill riders will often be either in crouching or tucked positions. The longboard decks also accommodate to these settings and provide more stability and comfort for downhill rides. They’re usually a bit shorter compared to cruising or carving longboard decks.

 

Freeride

Now, freerides require more skill and practice. In fact, the freeride style encompasses pretty much all of the different techniques, and combine cruising, downhills, and other techniques.

These longboards are designed to keep up with the speed and stability, while also being able to do curb hops and slides. You can regard them as “jack of all trades” in the world of longboards.

Freestyle

And finally, we have the freestyle longboards and longboard decks. While these other types mostly focused on regular rides. freestyle is all about… Well, it’s about doing whatever the hell you want on your longboard! Different board tricks, sliding, fooling around, jumping, even dancing – it’s all fair game in the freestyle mode.

Of course, the freestyle boards are specific and are designed in such a way to favour mobility over stability and speed. You can’t expect these to be sufficient enough for cruises, carving, or downhills. And, at the same time, they’re also not the safest option for these settings.

In some ways, freeride is a separate art of its own, since it’s a completely different style of longboarding.

Longboard deck styles

While the main division of longboard deck types comes to their use, there’s a more detailed classification with all the different shapes and sizes. And every longboard shape has its own implementation in practice for these four categories we mentioned above. After all, it’s the shape that has a huge impact on the overall stability, mobility, speed, and performance for whatever technique you may need it. Below, we have the main styles that you can find on the market today.

 

Top-mount


When speaking of top-mount longboard decks, we’re thinking of the “conventional” board shape. It’s pretty widespread and it’s, in most cases, the most affordable one. The deck on these types of longboards is mounted on top of trucks, and the center of gravity is a bit higher compared to the other deck styles.

Although this configuration is not that stable, it provides more mobility for different techniques and you’ll also get more turn leverage.

But overall, top-mount deck types are the most versatile, which makes them a good choice for any style. But given that they’re multi-purpose, it’s a pretty good option for the freeride longboarding style.

Drop-through


The so-called drop-through decks have a pretty interesting design. The main thing that you can notice is that the trucks go through the board itself. This way, the height is decreased approximately by the thickness of the board. At the same time, the boards narrow down where the wheels come, and they look “exposed” when you look at them from above.

With such a setting, you get an increase in stability and more comfort for those long cruising rides. Therefore, these are the perfect choice for cruising, although they can also be used for downhills and freerides.

Double-drop



Similar to the drop-through type, you also have the design with wheel cutouts and trucks that go through the board. However, the main difference here is that double-drop longboard decks are even lower. This is, arguably, the most stable longboard deck type. On the other hand, these are difficult to come by, as they’re pretty difficult to construct. At the same time, they’re pretty expensive as well. With all this said, they have a more narrow scope of use and are quite popular among the downhill fanatics.

Drop deck


The drop deck also features two main traits that we mentioned above. You have both the wheel cutouts and the deck that goes below the trucks. Of course, such a design is what lowers the center of gravity, making them very stable. You’ll also notice that you’ll use way less effort when swinging back and forth. So you’ll find this particular style used for freerides, although it’s also pretty common among fans of downhill rides.

Variations in shape

To make this guide even more detailed, we’ll need to go into other variations in shapes. We already mentioned some, but here, we’ll see to explain some traits that you might see with longboard decks.

Wheel wells or wheel cutouts


We’ve already mentioned the wheel cutouts, which are also known as “wheel wells.” The board narrows down sharply at the wheels, exposing them and giving them space to “breathe.” These are usually found on longboards with lower deck settings. When turning sharply, your wheels can make contact with the board, ultimately making damages and even throwing you off the board. So, in short, these cutouts allow you to turn sharply without potentially falling off the board.

Kick tail


The so-called kick tails are found on one or both ends of some boards. This design feature lets you lift the board for any kind of jumps or tricks. Since they allow easier and quicker turns, they’re quite useful in crowded places, or anywhere where you need to make a quick turn. This is why you’ll find kick tails on many freeride or cruising longboards.

Concave decks


Concave longboard deck designs come in handy if you need a stronger grip. Your feet will take this shape and will increase the overall contact area of your shoes. This is usually something that you find on downhill and carving longboards. There are also modifications of this shape, with the slightly flattened middle part, or the so-called “W”-concave boards. The profile of these “W” boards has two concave sections, resembling the flattened “W” letter.

Longboard deck types: a brief buying guide

With all this information being thrown in your face, you might feel a little confused. But it’s not that complicated really, and there are a few things to consider when buying your longboard deck.

The first choice comes down to what exactly do you want to do. So we once again come back to the main four riding styles – cruising, carving, freerides, and freestyle. After all, the preferred style is what you’re aiming for, and all the boards are designed with a specific style in mind.

If you’re looking just for a cruising board, then you can go with a simple drop deck board.

If you need more manoeuvrability, then it’s a good idea to have a concave board.

Top-mounted decks can be a good choice as well, and with an addition of a kicktail, you’ll be able to do narrow turns in crowded places.

Similar rules can apply to those who are looking for carving longboards. A concave shape, in this case, can be a good addition.

As far as the basic shapes go, it’s always a better idea to go with a drop deck rather than a top-mounted board. Having wheel cutouts just works better in these settings.

Freeriders can also go with drop through longboard decks or drop-through decks. In many cases, freeride-oriented longboards are noticeably “deeper” than those intended for cruises or carving rides.

Downhills can be a little tricky, as you can reach some head-spinning speeds. Like we already mentioned, the double-drop longboard decks are perfect for these settings. However, these are pretty expensive, so you can go with drop-through or drop-deck since they provide more stability.

As for freestyle riders, you’ll need as much mobility as you can. Top-mounted boards are what you’re looking for here. It’s also mandatory that you have at least one kick tail, as this kind of configuration will significantly increase your mobility.

New Longboard Deck Pro-models 2019

New pro model longboard decks you need to check out in 2019

During this year’s pre-season quite a few new pro decks hit the market. It looks like the brands are getting back into designing and developing their boards closely with their pro riders.

Pro model deck development is more complicated and expensive considering that the boards are built according to the rider’s specification which normally requires more prototyping and testing. That is why generally pro model decks are considered to be of higher quality in terms of design features and are expected to have a better performance.

This kind of collaboration between brands and pro riders also provides with an opportunity for the riders to grow their travel budget by getting a share from the sales.

Normally the price of a pro deck is expected to be higher but nowadays you can pick up one at a price of a ”regular” longboard deck.

In this article, we will have a closer looks at new pro model decks by Moonshine MFG, Alternative Longboards, Pantheon Longboards, and Rocket Longboards designed by some of the currently most popular riders like Brandon DesJarlais or Patrick Lombardi.

Let’s check out the decks…

Proscrito –  Brandon DesJarlais pro longboard deck by Moonshine

The first deck we’re going to check out is Proscrito by Moonshine from the United States, developed with Brandon DesJarlais. Brandon is an internationally well-recognized rider due to his versatile and unique skating style combined with good media creation and longboard scene involvement.

Last year he took 2nd place at Red Bull No Paws Down and was featured on Red Bull social media outlets on multiple occasions during the past few years of regularly attending the race.

Brandon DesJarlais Pro Model Longboard Deck - Proscrito by Moonshine MFG

Brandon’s first pro model ‘’Proscrito’’ is built after Moonshine’s Outlaw, his deck of choice until now. As the basis set, he imagined a slightly shorter and narrower version with a redefined neck and grab rails.

By maintaining a directional shape, the Proscrito features a 96.5 cm (38 inches) length, a 24.1 cm (9.5 inch) width and 59.7- 65.4 cm (23.5 – 25.75 inch) wheelbase. All this is packed into a total weight of 1.76 kg (3.9 lbs). The slimmed down design includes a medium concave and rocker as well as a subtle w-concave. The board is completed with a kicktail.

As for the look goes, the Proscrito is surrounded by a full carbon fiber wrap for protection, stiffness, and pop that also doubles as a base for the recognizable graphic on the bottom.

Lombardi PRO – Patrick L. Lombardi pro longboard deck by Alternative Longboards

The second board we’re going to check out is Lombardi PRO by Alternative Longboards from Poland, developed with last year’s winner and two-time Red Bull No Paws Down Champion, Patrick L. Lombardi.

Related: Patrick L. Lombardi wins Red Bull No Paws Down 2018 at KnK Longboard Camp

His high speed freeride runs and one-off style made him into one of the most recognizable longboarders in the World who was ready to form his experience into the design of the Lombardi PRO.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, Patrick is recovering from an injury he suffered in a bad crash in autumn of last year. While his recovery is going well he is not expected to be protecting his RBNPD Champion title at KnK 2019.

Patrick L. Lombardi Pro-model - Lombardi PRO by Alternative Longboards

The Lombardi PRO longboard deck has a directional shape with a symmetrical platform. It’s designed for downhill, freeride and anything in between thanks to the addition of a kicktail.

With a 93.4 cm length (36.77 inches), a 25 cm (9.84 inches) width and wheelbase options ranging from 62.23 – 66.23 cm (24.5 – 26.07 inches) this board also caters to riders with bigger shoe sizes.

For stability during high speeds, the platform includes a comfortable medium to mellow concave with centered rocker and a 8 mm (0.31 inch) micro drop.

As a novelty in Alternative’s DH and Freeride range, the Lombardi PRO also features integrated ABS protective sidewalls on the wheel wells, nose and tail for added durability and edge protection when the board flips over.

Chiller Pro – Chase Hiller pro longboard deck by Pantheon Longboards

The third board in the spotlight is the Chiller Pro by Pantheon Longboards from the United States. The deck has been designed and built according to Case Hiller’s specification.

His new pro model is a well-deserved result of his consistent top positioning on IDF races so far. At the time of writing, Chase is ranking 1st in IDF on the World Ranking in Open Skateboard category.

Chase Hiller Pro-model - Chiller Pro by Pantheon Longboards

Chase’s pro model longboard is a revamped Scoot deck model from Pantheon with slight modifications to fit his riding style. The new board kept the original platform size but with a different wheelbase. It includes new drop elements, a w-concave, and a kicktail which the ‘’original’’ board didn’t have before.

The Chiller Pro is 92.2 cm (36.3 inches) long and 24.4 (9.6 inches) wide and offers wheelbase options ranging from approx. 61.6 – 66.6 cm (24.25 to 26.25 inches).

Purple urethane bumpers cover the nose and tail to help guard this deck against impact damage while the side rails are hand-rubbed with an oil finish to keep out the elements.

Phoenix – Tristan Cardillo  pro longboard deck by ROCKET Longboards

In March ROCKET Longboards welcomed Tristan Cardillo to their growing team of riders. Dedicated to racing, Tristan became a junior European IDF champion back in 2017, however, he got his first ever pro model in the present year named the Phoenix.

Tristan Cardillo Pro-model - Phoenix by Rocket Longboards

The Phoenix is an 83.7 cm (32.9 inches) long and 22.5 cm to 23 cm wide (8.85-inch front, 9 inches back) longboard deck with a 56 to 64 cm (22 – 25.2 inch) wheelbase. It features a somewhat aggressive concave with a 2-step drop profile including a micro drop and a w-concave.

To fit with Tristan’s riding style, the Phoenix also provides good wheel clearance for big race wheels even on narrow trucks.

ROCKET kept is simple with the graphics this year but included an embossed ABS top sheet through which you can see the central carbon fiber strip and inner natural flax fiber paired with bamboo components.

La Barou & La Barouquette – Lillian Barou pro longboard decks by Alternative Longboards

Lillian Barou, another Alternative Longboards team rider, got a chance to design his signature deck and not just one, but two!

Related: Three New Alternative Longboards Decks for 2019

Lillian is a French downhill skateboarder who’s been with the brand for many years now. Last year he visited multiple freerides and IDF events and had a decent chance to step on the podium at KnK’s Red Bull No Paws Down but got wiped out in the consi finals.

His first pro model decks are an answer to the whole ordeal of longboarding on narrow trucks and short wheelbases. As opposed to the other models Alternative put out this year, Lillian’s boards feature a minimalistic wooden finish.

Lillian Barou Pro-model- La Barou & La Barouquette by Alternative Longboards

The major difference between the two signature deck models is that La Barou has a fully functional kicktail and measures 91 cm (35.83″) in length while the La Barouquette features a fishtail design and is 77.47 cm (30.5″) long.

At a closer look at the specs, both decks have an 8 mm (0.31″) rocker, 12 mm (0.47″) radial concave and measure 22.77 cm (8.89″) in width while offering adjustable wheelbase ranging from 50.85 cm – 60.2 cm (20.02″ – 23.7″).

Finish line

There you have it – six new longboard deck models that debuted in 2019 thanks to the brands and riders mentioned above. Which one is your favorite?

New Alternative Longboard Decks for 2019: Lombardi PRO, La Barou and La Barouquette

Three New Alternative Longboards Decks for 2019

With a fresh take on longboarding, Alternative Longboards 2019 lineup features three new pro-models including Lombardi PRO by a two-time Red Bull No Paws Down winner Patrick L. Lombardi and two trendy speedboards, La Barou and La Barouquette designed together with their French team rider Lillian Barou specifically for narrow trucks.

Improved construction and sidewall protection

All decks now include an improved construction featuring more responsive flex and a new sidewalls integration to make the decks last longer.

Until this year, Alternative only used the sidewalls protection on their dancing decks but this year almost all of their downhill decks have it as well. The only two decks that are an exception are La Barou and La Barouquette.

Other than that, the new changes include higher kicktails for better pop, slightly stronger concave and the new graphics made by a polish artist Tomasz Leśniak.

Finally a pro model deck by Patrick L. Lombardi

In July 2018, Alternative Longboards welcomed to their team one of the best riders in the world, a two-time Red Bull No Paws Down champion Patrick L. Lombardi and developed a longboard deck according to his specifications.

RelatedAlternative Longboard’s Patrick L. Lombardi wins Red Bull No Paws Down 2018

Unfortunately, in September last year, Patrick had a bad accident and had to undertake surgery which set him off the 2019 season. He is expected to recover and get back on his board only after this year’s season. In the meantime, his deck will have to be promoted by other Alternative team riders.

Lombardi PRO deck features

The Lombardi PRO longboard deck for downhill and freeride features a wider platform to accommodate riders with bigger feet sizes. It measures 25cm (9.84”) in width and 93.4cm (36.77”) in length, including the kicktail and a slightly upward curved nose. Next to the Fantail, one of Alternative’s most popular decks, it is the most versatile deck in the line up right now.

The Lombardi PRO deck boasts a symmetrical stiff platform and a features 8 mm (0.31”) micro drop, 2 mm (0.07”) rocker and a mild 12.23 mm (0.48”) concave.

The price for the Lombardi PRO decks is 190,00 Euros via Alternative Longboards website.

La Barou & La Barouquette for narrow trucks

Recently many downhill skateboarders started skating on narrow trucks and a shorter wheelbase. Alternative team rider from France Lillian Barou is one of them. Following the rising trend, Alternative released two new additional longboard decks built according to Lillian’s specifications; La Barouquette and La Barou.

Both decks feature a beautiful wooden finish which makes them stand out in Alternative’s 2019 lineup. The La Barou and La Barouquette both have an 8 mm (0.31″) rocker, 12 mm (0.47″) radial concave and measure 22.77 cm (8.89″) in width while offering adjustable wheelbase ranging from 50.85 cm – 60.2 cm (20.02″ – 23.7″).

The biggest difference between the decks is that La Barou has a fully functional kicktail and measures 91 cm (35.83″) in length while the La Barouquette features a fishtail design and is 77.47 cm (30.5″) long.

The price for both is 190,00 Euros.

Check out all Alternative Longboards 2019 decks via their official website.

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.

KebbeK Skateboards - The 2018 longboard deck collection

KebbeK Skateboards – New longboard decks 2018

At a quick glance the biggest change you’ll notice is the artistic expression by Niva Helen Artworks, who grabbed her watercolors and paint brushes to create the stunning new graphics and give the line-up a complete makeover.

KebbeK said good bye to their 25th year anniversary opalescent paint, but stayed connected with their spirit animals, portraying different animals on each board model.

The Kaslo – Improve your dancing moves

If you watched our ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy report video, you may already know that KebbeK expanded their dancing line by taking their Kaslo model to the next level. The Kaslo longboard dancing deck is now available in three models, all featuring a new construction of fibreglass and bamboo.

The Kaslo 40 is a more compact freestyle dancer with a slightly stiffer flex. The bigger Kaslo 43 model features some channel grooves for that extra finger grip control, perfect for freestyle tricks and it also helps shave off some weight of its 2-ply fibreglass, bamboo and a thinner core construction.

But for fans of larger kicktails, a mellow concave and a bigger platform for more spacious dancing manuevers, the third longboard dancing model known as the Kaslo 46 is the way to go. Last year this deck was available in their opalescent series which they will be still pushing this year.

The Smoothcut 37 – Beginners are always welcomed

This year KebbeK also didn’t forget about beginners in search for a stable and confidence boosting ride. Included in the new line-up is the Smoothcut 37 created specifically for beginners.

You’ll notice it still has a new trout graphic design and that it’s the only drop-through deck in the line-up. This deck is well thought out to provide a lower centre of gravity, which makes it more stable and easier to learn how to longboard.

The Emily Pross Pro Model decks – From mountain to city life

KebbeK Skateboards has been teasing us with glimpses of the Emily Pross pro model decks since the beginning of the year. The news was she was not only getting a pro model, but actually two of them, one for racing and one for cruising through the city, and the specs are finally out.…

KebbeK worked closely with Emily on designing her Mountain pro model deck. If you know who Emily is, then you know she stared this year’s IDF racing season with a bang, taking first place in the Philippines at Seaside 2018 and becoming the first woman to win an Open category at an IDF race.

The Mountain deck is 34.5’’ long, 9.5’’ wide and it’s all about the foot lock and a comfortable ride. With a 1/2 inch radial drop, multiple wheelbase options ranging form 22 to 25 inches and flush mounts, this deck gives you a chance to mount your tucks directly under the front foot as Emily does for better leverage and control.

With a touch of flex, the deck construction consists of 7 plys of maple and 2 plys of a particular weighted fiberglass for a harmonised mix of rigidity and dampening.

But to make it even more fun, Emily also wanted to pay homage to the roots with a swallow tail which adds that extra something something to the whole design.

The Emily Pross City deck is an absolute city cruiser which you can also take for a ride in your local bowls. It’s made in KebbeK’s Canadian factory from, yes you guessed it, Canadian Maple.

If you’re keen to check out the rest of the 2018 KebbeK Skateboards line-up, head over to their www.kebbek.com.

Alkemist Longboard deck collection 2017

Alkemist Longboard 2017

Alkemist Longboard recently presented their latest collection which now includes four decks; three previous models upgraded according to their riders’ feedback and one completely new deck. All of them feature colourful eye-catching graphics done by the French artist Mikael Moune.

Alkemist Longboards 2017 Collection

Both top and bottom graphics are sublimated on a high quality foil to ensure that they will stay there for a very very long time. Most people will put the grip tape over it, but the top layer graphic is a really nice feature.

Although it’s fairly young, the French brand Alkemist Longboard is gaining recognition quickly, especially on the European scene.

Their well designed high-performance decks and a team of very skilled and active riders like Clement Blondeau, Sylvain Mostel, Alice Bonnet des Tuves and Tiki Tarz,  helped them with getting noticed in the crowded longboard market. Well deserved, that’s for sure.

Since the launch of its initial collection, Alkemist has been busy gathering their riders’ feedback with the aim to improve the initial designs and to launch their second version this year. The new board collection is promised to be lighter, stronger and more efficient.

Let’s check out the boards…

New: Alkemist Alkatraz 37″ Longboard deck

Alkemist Alkatraz 37″ Longboard deck

The newest addition to the Alkemist Longboard collection is a top-mount deck dubbed Alkatraz, created in collaboration with Alkemist rider Tiki Tarz, which features a symmetrical platform with double kick-tails.

The Alkatraz is built with versatility in mind and it’s meant to take your skateboarding to a whole new level. The deck is 94 cm long and 23.9 cm wide, and compatible with both new and old-school truck mounts, while providing with 51.3 cm wheelbase.

The construction of the Alkatraz doesn’t differentiate from the other Alkemist boards, but that’s a good thing because it only means that you’ll be enjoying the same high quality.

The wooden core sandwiched between two layers of fibreglass combines Birch and Ash wood which makes the board both lightweight and strong.

As described by Alkemist Longboard, the Alkatraz can handle a lot…

With a comfortable concave, wheel flairs and kick tails you can do anything with this board. From boardercross events and slide jams to the mountains, you can roll in bowls and skate parks or just down the street to pick up your groceries. ~ Alkemist Longboard

Symmetrical platform, double kick-tails, medium concaveflared wheel wells and a comfortable size make the Alkatraz a great choice for smashing pretty much any terrain.

However, nothing is the best for everything, so it’s fair to mention that the Alkatraz wouldn’t be the best choice for beginners looking to get into downhill due to its shorter wheelbase which makes the board very responsive, especially at higher speeds.

But no worries, Alkemist Longboard has got you covered with three more decks built specifically for downhill and freeride; Sweet Smoke, Ghost Knight and Valkyrie.

Let’s check out those as well…

Alkemist Sweet Smoke v2

Built primarily for freeride, the Sweet Smoke by Alkemist features a simple radial concave, a kick-tail and large wheel wells to accommodate bigger wheels with the addition of multiple wheelbase options.

The Sweet Smoke is a directional top-mount. It measures 91.3 cm in length, 24.5 cm in width and provides a 56,2 cm to 61,6 cm wheelbase. Depending on your favourite wheelbase option and setup, this board can deliver on fast downhill runs and dominate on various slide jams.

The Sweet Smoke is composed of a wooden core sandwiched between two layers of fibreglass ensuring that the deck is both lightweight and strong.

Alkemist Ghost Knight v2

The Ghost Knight blurs the line between downhill and freeride. It’s a directional dropped top-mount deck built for speed and designed in collaboration with the Alkemist team rider Sylvain Mostel. However, with having a smaller but functional kick-tail it doesn’t rule out your everyday shenanigans.

Micro drops in the front and back lower the centre of gravity resulting in a more stable ride at higher speeds. The board also features a W concave which is more defined in the back compared to the front. Combined with the micro drops it creates comfortable pockets that keep rider’s feet safely locked-in when performing high speed manoeuvres.

The Ghost Knight longboard deck measures 93 cm (36,6″) in length and 24 cm (9,4″) in width. Multiple wheelbase options range from 60,7 cm to 63,7 cm which make it possible to adjust the responsiveness to your needs and preferences.

Composed of a dual wooden core sandwiched between two layers of fibreglass the Ghost Knight, like Alkemist’s other boards, is lightweight and strong.

Alkemist Valkyrie v2

Last but not the least, Alkemist has got the downhill enthusiasts covered as well with the upgraded Valkyrie, a directional top-mount deck built for high-speed skateboarding.

Valkyrie’s directional top-mount platform fused with a W concave in the back and progressive concave in the front makes it a great choice for those who are looking for the best ratio of comfort, control and responsiveness.

The Valkyrie longboard deck is 90.5 cm (35.6″) long and 25 cm (9.8″) wide. It has an adjustable wheelbase which ranges from 64.2 cm (25.2″) to 68.7 cm (27.04″) allowing you to adapt it to your preferred style of riding.

Like the other Alkemist decks, the Valkyrie also has a dual wooden core consisting of Birch and Ash wood, which provides the right mixture of strength and lightweight. The wooden core lies between between two layers of triaxial fibreglass.

Price and where to buy

All Alkemist longboard decks come with the same price tag and are currently available via their website for 178,99 Euros (deck only).

To make it easier for their buyers, Alkemist also offers completes with the setup including AHMYO wheels and Caliber trucks. The price for a complete is 288,99 Euros.

For more info about Alkemist Longboard visit alklongboard.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Do you already shred an Alkemist board?
Share your experience via the comments below. Thank you!

The KebbeK Skateboards Opalescent collection

KebbeK Skateboards celebrates 25th Anniversary with Opalescent deck series

The 2017 KebbeK Skateboards board collection consists of 10 board models, hand painted in-house with a custom, limited edition formula of opalescent paint. As a result, the boards provide a colourful visual show, transforming right in front of your eyes.

Besides the great look and feel, the paint job also provides scratch resistance making the mentioned eye candy last longer.

Here is a workflow preview of the KebbeK crew preparing every single longboard in Montreal, Canada.

And because the history behind KebbeK involves a tight knit crew of friends and skaters, they continue to support team riders as well as communities around the globe, with humanitarian projects like “Cuban Links” being a staple in their recent work.

Since their beginning, KebbeK riders merge their personalities and different perspectives and create a unique vibe and atmosphere as the boards they skate on. And because a brand is nothing without their team, we decided to introduce the pro model decks of Benjamin Dubreuil, Emanuele Daigle, Raphael Therrien, Juergen Gritzner and Isac Printz.

Benjamin Dubreuil

In 2016 KebbeK introduced three redesigned board collections, including pro model decks of their team riders. It was no surprise that Ben’s model was amongst them. This year his board is still a part of the collection unchanged but flashing a new opalescent look.

Ben Dub has been with KebbeK since 2008 and he’s described as a man of mystery. When he’s not enjoying living off the grid with his dog, he’s up for fast lines, cutting alleys and hopping over obstacles, and his pro model is made for just that.

Living free of boundaries and skating everything you come across in your daily life was the inspiration behind his pro model.

This directional downhill/freeride deck includes a fat tail and a varying wheelbase of 23.8″ to 27″, with a total length of 38″ and a width of 9.75″.

With a 0.5 inch rocker, a micro drop, flushmounts and a 9ply construction of, what else than Canadian maple, the board provides a simple but effective shape, perfect for exploring the wilderness.

Ben already put his board to the test and like every year, he found some other fun uses for it besides skateboarding.

Raphael Therrien

As the newest pro team rider at KebbeK, Raphael a.k.a. Crafty from Montreal, got his own deck model this year. Formerly known as the Top Mount 36 introduced back in 2001, the board changed it’s name and look for this year’s season.

His deck is 36″ long and 9.5″ wide and has multiple wheelbase options ranging from 24″ to 25.75″. The wide platform and the concave offer freedom of foot placement making it playful for everyday skating and experimenting with your stance.

The boards also received an overhaul last year, that is why the Raphael Therrien pro model now features a rocker, 0.5 micro drop, flushmounts, deep wheel wells and a nifty kick tail which you can pop over anything.

Emma Daigle

Emma’s pro model deck stands for the same things she does. As an avid traveller with a great connection with nature, Emma is known for her nomad lifestyle. This is also the reason her downhill deck is designed to tackle any condition and is small and light enough to fit a traveling lifestyle.

With a 33.5″ length and 9.5″ width, the small, jet comfortable 24 to 25.5″ wheelbase includes a 0.25 inch radial drop to keep your feet comfortably locked in.

It’s 7 ply maple construction is 2 less than other pro models, but a top and bottom Fibreglass enforcement ensures its light weight and robust exterior.

Juergen Gritzner

One of the stars of the “Lost in Havana” documentary, the austrian skater Juergen Gritzner together with KebbeK Skateboards donated 100 of his pro model completes to kids in need, helping them start their own longboard journey.

With s similar mindset as Jurgen, his pro model deck is all about freedom of skating, foot position and mixing together different skate styles. Sharing the same dimensions with the Ben Dub pro model deck, Juergen’s stands on its own with a directional shape, a 0.5 rocker, a micro drop and flushmounts.

For more about Juergen and his pro model, check out the feature here.

Isac Printz

And last but not least is Isac Printz. As the second newest pro rider at KebbeK Skateboards, his pro model was known as Rockin Rookie back in the day, which was released in 2008.

His deck of choice, the mentioned 38″ long and 9.8″ wide topmount longboard suits his riding style as he enjoys visiting race events and the adrenaline rush at higher speeds.

The KebbeK Skateboards Opalescent collection
Isac Printz pro model

His pro model was inspired by slalom skaters and the popularity of topmount decks back in the day and with a wheelbase anywhere between 27 to 30″, this speed board is perfect for charging down epic mountain passes and fast maneuvering in tight race heats.

With their latest project, three of KebbeK team riders, Emma, Juergen and Isac, with flow rider Benjamin Sabol released their Better Weather Tour video. Filmed last year in between skate events, the team went rouge and explored the surrounding mountains in search of new experiences.

To find out more about the remaining deck models in the 2017 Limited Edition Opalescent Series, visit the KebbeK Skateboards.

Edoardo Barbi - LUCA longboards - Mono 39

Edoardo Barbi feat. the MONO 39 by LUCA longboards

Due to a right ankle fracture and several complications Edoardo Barbi (@edoardo_barbi) couldn’t skate for about 3 months.

“It was as if I didn’t have a foot on the deck, so weird!” he said, but finally he seems to be back full of stoke and energy for the season.

Edoardo is sponsored by Luca longboards, a Polish company that produces high quality decks and in the video, he’s riding the new LUCA MONO 39″ deck which he helped developing and testing.

LUCA Mono 39 specifications

The Mono will soon be available via www.lucalongboards.com. Until then, here’s a cool 3D preview and the basic board specifications…

LUCA longboards - Mono 39 3D preview

Length: 99 cm / 39”
Width: 25 cm /9.84”
Wheelbase: 65.4cm – 71.4 cm / 25.7″ – 28.11″
Concave: 1.25 cm / 0.49”

LUCA longboards - Mono 39

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Rolkaz Collective - Hemp Skateboards

Rolkaz Collective launches sustainable Hemp Skateboards

Skateboard and longboard decks are typically made out of maple wood that takes 40 to 60 years to mature so it can become a desk we love and shread. Considering how many decks are made per year, there is no denying that the skateboard industry is one of the largest causes of maple deforestation.

In the past, the one of the answers to this problem was incorporating bamboo wood in the deck construction, as it grows faster and more abundantly compared to maple.

Although it’s true that bamboo decks are more sustainable, but if you ever stepped on one, you know that they are more flexible and not really DH appropriate.

Rolkaz Collective - Hemp Skateboards

The development of more sustainable skate decks continues and currently hemp is the new big deal. It is one of the strongest natural fibres, it’s recyclable and it holds numerous options of its application.

Some longboard brands like Holesome and Clutch already incorporate hemp laminates into their longboard decks, Gravity Skateboards use an eco-friendly hemp replacement for fibreglass and Arbor Collective use hemp in some of their textile products. These are only some longboard brands that follow the hemp glory and try to make skateboarding more sustainable.

Rolkaz Collective - Hemp Skateboards

So far, I haven’t seen a 100%  hemp longboard, but there are some smaller cruising and skateboard decks emerging on the market.

One of these are hemp skateboards by Rolkaz Collective currently campaigning on Kickstarter with two cruising decks made from 100 % eco-friendly materials.

Hemp Skateboards by Rolkaz Collective

Rolkaz Collective was created to raise awareness that more sustainable materials and responsible processes can result in a unique and fun skateboard for daily street nomads.

Their two decks are made from a combination of hemp and flax seed glued together with a high performance plant based resin. All of the three components are locally grown and processed in Europe.

Rolkaz Collective - Drifter skateboard

Drifter is a 28 inch all-round cruiser deck for city shenanigans, skateparks and daily commuters. With a mellow concave and a kicktails it can offer a pleasant pop and an enjoyable ride.

Rolkaz Collective - Mala skateboard

The Drifter’s mini sister is the Mala. This mini cruiser features a shorter wheelbase that is also suitable for kids.

Both decks come in four colourways; purple, lime, blue and raw. As mentioned above, they are currently available only on  Kickstarter as a complete, which includes Paris Street Trucks and 60 mm 78a stoneground wheels.

Fore more information about hemp skateboards by Rolkaz Collective visit their Kickstarter campaign or head to their Facebook page.

UPDATE, January 14th, 2018: Rolkaz Collective’s Kickstarter campaign failed. Only 2,332 USD was pledged of  25,000 USD goal.

Alternative Longboards 2017 collection; Mountain Freak and City Shredder

Alternative Longboards 2017 – Mountain Freak and City Shredder

Recently Alternative Longboards invited us to visit them in Poland in celebration of their 5th anniversary. They gave us a long awaited tour around the factory and explained their board production in great details.

Alternative’s neatly organised and almost completely customised production line impressed us greatly. You can read all about our visit and Alternative’s board production in this article.

We were also very excited to share the whole experience in the live video via our Facebook page. If you missed it, you can still watch it here.

In this article we’re going to check out their decks and cover the new ones in more details…

New Alternative 2017 Collections

Alternative Longboards 2017 - Mountain Freak (left) and City Shredder (right)

This year Alternative longboards presented two collections, each including 5 longboard decks designed and built for a specific type of skateboarding.

The Mountain Freak collection for downhill and freeride covers everyone who’s primary objective is going fast and sideways while the City Shredder collection offers a range of decks designed specifically for freestyle, longboard dancing and cruising.

New: Polyurethane Sidewalls

This year Alternative is extremely excited to introduce some exciting improvements, one of which is the polyurethane sidewalls. After three years in development, these are now finally included in all City Shredder decks as well as in Mountain Freak’s Chauma (both versions) making the boards highly impact resistant and waterproof.

One of the questions asked during the life stream was why sidewalls are not added to other downhill and freeride boards from Mountain Freak collection…

As Szymon Smialek, one of the owners explained; The freestyle boards tend to get more abused compared to downhill boards and including the sidewalls into the downhill and freeride decks would affect the end price of the products.

New: Double Wooden Core

While the sidewalls seal and protect the freestyle and dancing boards, most of the Alternative’s downhill and freeride boards are covered by “dual-wood core” which features a harder wood on the outside (board’s edges) and soft light wood on the inside. This makes them lighter and more rigid compared to their predecessors.

So, let’s check out each collection and the decks they hold…

Mountain Freak – Downhill & Freeride

As already mentioned, the Mountain Freak collection includes 5 deck models, all designed and built for downhill & freeride; Bunting, Chauma, Starling, Wrobel and Fantail.

Alternative Longboards - Mountain Freak longboard decks collection for downhill and freeride

The composition

Both Mountain Freak and City Shredder decks now have top and bottom layers with a graphic sublimated on a scratch resistant foil followed by a layer of fibreglass and the double wooden core in the middle. The bottom fibreglass layer also includes carbon fibre stringers which run across the whole length of the deck to deliver the right amount of stiffness.

The graphics

The graphic for each board in Mountain Freak line-up is actually a part of one big piece created by Sebastian Skrobol. This project marked the third time he worked with Alternative. Dubbed “Big Ass Monsters“, it shows a city in flames and all kinds of “monsters” enjoying the show.

New: Alternative Starling

Next to the boards which we already know from last year (Wrobel, Chauma, Bunting and Fantail) the downhill and freeride line-up by Alternative grew by one new deck this year, the Starling.

Starling by Alternative Longboards

The Alternative Starling top-mount deck is 96.5cm (37.99″) long and 23cm (9.05″) wide. It has a comfortable progressive concave merged with rocker and micro-drop to ensure that the feet are locked-in at all times. In addition to that, the rocker and the micro-drop lower the centre of gravity resulting in a better stability at higher speeds.

The Starling provides with multiple wheelbase options ranging from 65 to 69 centimetres (25.59″ – 27.16″) making it’s a great choice for those who prefer a wider stance.

Thanks to the fully functional kick-tail, the Starling is not limited to downhill skateboarding only.

The 6mm deep flared wheel wells ensure that this board can also accommodate larger wheels without worrying about getting a wheelbite.

Overall, pretty awesome and versatile deck for downhill and freeride.

New: Chauma M & Chauma W with sidewalls

Both Chauma M and Chauma W got upgraded with polyurethane sidewalls. Since this deck is a hybrid of freeride and freestyle deck, it is expected to be abused much more then other decks from Mountain Freak line-up and Alternative decided to upgrade it with that extra protection.

Alternative Chauma W longboard deck

You can check out the rest of Mountain Freak decks via Alternative’s website or 2017 catalogue.

Now, let’s see what’s new for the freestyle and dancing freaks…

City Shredder – Freestyle, Dancing & Cruising

The City Cruiser also includes five decks, most of them designed for freestyle and dancing, but it covers those who are in it just for the cruising and commuting.

Alternative Longboards - City Shredder longboard decks for freestyle, dancing and cruising

Compared to last year’s collection of freestyle, dancing and cruising decks by Alternative, the City Shredder collection now includes 2 new decks; Verdin and Erget.

The Hummingbird deck has been taken out while Junko, Flamingo and Ostrich has been embraced by many riders which encouraged the Alternative crew to upgrade them for the 2017 release.

The composition

All decks in the City Shredder collection now come with the polyurethane sidewalls which makes the boards highly resistant to impacts and waterproof.

Top and bottom sheets are a scratch resistant foil with a sublimated graphic, followed by a layer of fibreglass and a single wooden core in the middle. The bottom fibreglass layer also includes carbon fibre stringers which run across the whole length of the deck and take care of the right mixture of flex and strength.

The graphics

The graphic on each City Shredder deck is also a part of one big piece created by a talented artist Grzegorz Wróblewski whom Alternative worked with for the first time. Vivid and colourful, these are definitely “eye catchers”. Take a closer look and you will discover many interesting details.

New: Alternative Verdin

With the Hummingbird out of the picture, Alternative’s City Shredder line-up can’t miss a short agile board for the everyday urban cruising. That’s where the new Alternative Verdin steps in.

Alternative Verdin 2017 longboard deck

The Verdin is 94cm (37″) long and 23.5cm (9.25″) wide and features a single wheelbase option at 57cm (22.44″). It has a mellow radial concave to ensure that it’s both comfortable and responsive.

Described as “short, bouncy and manoeuvrable”, the Verdin has a medium flex and a short wheelbase and symmetrical platform with the kick-tails on both sides. Pumping and carving, some easy skate tricks, that’s what it’s made for.

Since it’s small and lightweight, it’s also great choice for the casual ride to school or work.

New: Alternative Erget

The Erget is the latest addition to Alternative’s longboard dancing decks. It fits right in between the Ostrich and the Flamingo by being 110cm (43.3″) long and 22-23cm (8.66″-9.05″) wide.

Alternative Erget 2017 longboard deck

The board features a symmetrical platform, double kick-tail, a “delicate” radial concave and is available in soft and medium flex with a single wheelbase option of 74cm (29.13″).

Just like the other boards in City Shredder collection, the Erget also has the polyurethane sidewall built in to protect it when failing the trick and landing it sideways.

Overall, great looking longboard dancing deck…

There you have it 🙂

It was really exciting to visit the Alternative’s factory and see how they produce their boards and to present their 2017 collection…

These guys are really something special; hardworking and extremely dedicated to deliver high-quality products, but they never forget to have fun and that’s what I liked the most about them…After all, skateboarding should be all about fun. Right?

Connect with Alternative

For further information check out the Alternative 2017 Catalogue or visit their website at www.alternativelongboards.com. To stay on track with their latest creations, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

A day in the Alternative Longboards Workshop

Alternative Longboards factory tour and production overview

It has been 5 years since Szymon Smialek and Michał Milewicz built the first Alternative Longboards deck in Michał’s apartment in Warshaw back in 2012. Soon after Piotr Dąbrowski joined them.

Since then the Alternative family grew and the project evolved massively. Nowadays it has a very impressive production line in Nowy Sącz where they produce top-notch decks which resemble a very distinguished look and outstanding quality.

Alternative never cut back on the community support and the brand quickly became known to most of the riders across Europe as well as Asia where the scene recently literally exploded.

During the past few years I got to hang out with Szymon a lot as Alternative is one of the regular supporters of our freeride event, KnK Longboard Camp.

We had nothing but the best times together. After many invitations Nadia and I were extremely excited about the opportunity to finally visit the Alternative’s workshop and show it to the world via live stream on our Facebook page.

After 12 hours of traveling through snowy Austria which impressed us with the improvements on the highway rest stops, especially the free WiFi…and driving on what was probably Slovakia’s worst road, crossing a high mountain area, we finally arrived to Szymon’s place in the middle of the night.

After Szymon eased my mind by ensuring us that the Slovakians actually have some good roads as well and that they shred a lot, we didn’t go to sleep as one would expect.

Instead, we stayed up having an interesting conversation and discussing ideas till sunrise. As the day brightened up, we finally decided to catch few hours of rest as we had two busy days ahead…

The Polish welcome party

As you can imagine, we woke up a bit later that same day. The weather was kind of bad all around Europe and Poland was no exception. We didn’t have the time to skate anyway.

As soon as we had a delicious breakfast, we drove straight to the workshop to meet up with the rest of the crew and check out the production line for the first time.

The workshop is located in a somewhat older industrial complex, but once we took the first step inside we were positively surprised as everything looked really clean and neatly organised.

The plan for the day was to get the tour of the workshop and prepare for the live stream which was scheduled for the next day.

We started out by making a very special announcement video with the help of Ja Rom and Łukasz and Aśka Tomkiel featuring an improvised flame-thrower and the famous Polish vodka Žibrowka.

For us, this was out of the ordinary, but the Alternative crew is used to this kind of shenanigans. As Szymon explained in advanced, they are like one big family and try to have as much fun as possible to keep the morale high during long working days which often turn into night.

Later we continued with the factory tour in a more casual manner, still thinking on how we didn’t burn down the building.

New at Alternative: Double wooden cores and Sidewalls

While preparing a new layup and cutting fibreglass sheets, Szymon was excited to tell us about their new double wooden cores.

The combination of a soft wooden core surrounded by hard wood makes their decks even more durable and impact resistant. This in turn also increases the wheels wells at any given board by double the amount as in previous collections, with a 6 mm height to be exact.

A new and exciting thing we got to see on the Alternative decks for the first time were the polyurethane sidewalls. After a long 3-year development stage and a lot of hardship to get it perfect, the sidewalls are a big step forward for the brand.

The sidewalls are mainly included in the City Shredder collection for cruising, dancing and freestyle, ranging anywhere between 8 to 10 mm, depending on the model.

As Szymon later explained, freestyle boards tend to get more abused while riding compared to downhill boards.

Including the sidewalls into the Mountain Freak collection for downhill and freeride would affect the decks’ end price, but Alternative wants to keep them as affordable as possible.

Patience, innovation and hand built machinery

Because the brand is already past the development stage, Alternative now has a chance to play around and focus on the board construction and other techniques that make their boards stand out.

During the first season of board production, Alternative scrapped around 100 decks in order to learn and perfect the lamination and pressing process.

To produce the final versions for their 2017 lineup which consists of 11 decks, they had to first produce around 40 prototypes per deck model.

Every deck model requires 3 moulds; 2 for pressing the concave and 1 for the CNC cut process. Thanks to the in-house designed CNC machine they are able to cut the boards and produce the moulds themselves.

As explained in the video, during the 5-year period they spent around 1200 working hours to get the milling process developed to the point where it is now 5 times faster then it was when they started with the tests.

Each of the four main rooms at the Alternative factory has a humidity and temperature monitoring system installed to make sure that the boards are being laminated and pressed in the most suitable environment. The information is then available in a mobile app or computer at any moment. Pretty impressive detail if you ask me…

All boards are being pressed in 5 custom designed and built presses which impress the most with their compact size and great power. All of them are controlled by a single computer station which makes it much easier and faster to operate.

Alternative longboards also uses a barcode tracking system in order to supervise the production of every board they produce.

As the boards go through the production process, they are scanned in each step which enables the company to have an insight in the current production status. All of this information is also available through the mobile app or computer.

Szymon explained that they like to say in a joke that Alternative boards are made with thunder

It took them 1 year to perfect the sublimation technology which is a process of transferring the graphics from a special paper to the foil.

Thanks to the machine which treats the foil with 10,000 Volts to make them more absorbent to the ink and the in-house designed sublimation press, they are able to produce colourful and scratch resistant graphics.

Nadia was impressed with “the thunder machine” the most as we could clearly hear and see the electricity (in a beautiful purple colour) as well feel a strange sensation in our bodies and heads due to the Ozone that got created around it, just like during a thunderstorm.

Coming towards the end of the production process, the boards are taken to the sanding room where they get as smooth as a baby’s bottom, currently thanks to Ja Rom.

The final stages of the Alternative board production include preparing the boards for their new lucky owners. This involves removing the unnecessary foil, placing a sticker on every board which includes information about when and who built it, plus wrapping it all with love in a protective plastic cover.

Factory tour wrap up and Live Giveaway

We finished our day in the workshop watching Szymon pack one of the boards to be shipped to the new lucky owner. This was my second tour around a longboard factory and I must say the Alternative crew really knows how to make you feel like a member of the family and are sure to leave a positive impression on anyone visiting their workshop.

The next day, we spent preparing for the Live Giveaway and Alternative factory tour we did via our Facebook page. If you missed it, check it below and stay tuned for the upcoming article about the new Alternative decks.

If you can’t wait for it, check out the decks at www.alternativelongboards.com and be sure to follow them via their YouTube, Facebook or Instagram channels.

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Photos by Mihael Zadravec and Nadia Hozić (Longboard Magazine).

King Lui Boards - the 2017 Guardian longboard deck

The Guardian – a new deck by King Lui Boards

So far we’ve seen some hints regarding the new 2017 Guardian aka the Wächter longboard deck by King Lui Boards. We decided to talk to Fabian Anders, one of the three guys behind the brand, to bring you the latest news about their first ever drop through deck.

The Guardian - first drop through longboard model from King Lui Boards
Fabian Anders showing off a prototype of the 2017 Guardian longboard deck

King Lui Boards is a relatively young brand located in Wertach, Allgäu Germany. Currently, they have 7 different board models in their lineup, but also two boards in the making. One of these is the 2017 Guardian.

The new 2017 Guardian board model

The Guardian is the third re-design of their first ever longboard deck, released back in 2015.

The idea for a new drop through model emerged when the crew took a tour around Germany back in 2016. While skating with old and new friends, they got inspired and decided to add a more versatile deck to their existing lineup.

This freeride and big mountain inspired longboard deck is made from ash wood with two layers of fiberglass and a dash of poplar. All together it weighs 1.6 kg.

King Lui Boards - the 2017 Guardian longboard deck
Concave picture of the Guardian 2017 prototype by King Lui Boards

The Guardian features a twin tip shape with a total length of 95 cm and a width of 23.5 cm. The dimensions of the board determine the wheelbase at 65 cm.  In addition, King Lui also spiced it up with a 1.6 cm concave, double kicktails and a double micro drop.

King Lui Boards - the 2017 Guardian longboard deck
The final look of the 2017 Guardian longboard deck by King Lui Boards

Although, the King Lui Boards crew is currently on a skate trip, Fabian took the time to send me a pic of their first final Guardian deck made for 2017. With a nice wooden grain finish, the deck will be available on the market in about one to two weeks.

For the latest news about their current lineup visit the King Lui Boards Facebook page or check out to their website.

The 2017 Samba X-Flex carving longboard by Lush Longboards

The original version of the Samba by Lush Longboards got tweaked to become their new so called ”ultimate freestyle carving machine”, the Samba X-Flex.

Samba X-Flex 2017 complete by Lush Longboards

The Samba is 90 cm long and 23.5 cm wide and has a 72.4 cm wheelbase. The design includes an Angled Drop Down profile with a Flushmount. In addition, it also features the Lush X-Flex Composite construction, with which they were able to tweak the board’s flex pattern to just the right amount for carving.

Further improvements include a little more concave, a shorter overall length and a tweaked platform, to eliminate wheel bite at maximum lean.

The board is designed to alter the truck geometry which in essence creates a very turny ride, similar to snowboarding and surfing.

Although the board is not really made for speed, freeride or tricks, it is a great cruising & carving deck for the every day commuter.

Learn more about Samba X-Flex here.

Happy cruising & carving!

ROCKET Longboards 2017 new longboard deck models

ROCKET Longboards presents three new decks for 2017

About a month ago I had the pleasure to present the Ian Freire Pro longboard deck by ROCKET longboards, built with their own LAF technology which makes the board extremely durable, lightweight and waterproof.

The announcement has garnered much attention, over 1k people visited the article during the first couple of days since it was published.

In the meantime, ROCKET’s website got a pretty rad overhaul. There you’ll find more information about their current team, work process and a bunch of other cool stuff.

Welcoming Ian Freire from Brazil, a Red Bull No Paws Down 2015 champion, will help ROCKET to stand out even more during this upcoming season. Something tells me that we’ll see Ian back to the Bear’s Guts this year, as last year Patrick Lombardi walked away with the title.

Daniel Iseli and his crew presented the Ian Freire Pro deck along with the two new 2017 models and the rest of the Rocket’s collection at ISPO Longboard-Embassy.

As he told me in one of our conversations, ISPO was a great success for ROCKET. The feedback on the new boards was great and people loved them.

Well, Daniel… What else can you expect when doing such a great work 🙂

Now, let’s see what’s there to love…

LAF – Strong, lightweight and waterproof

ROCKET took a big step forward this year and introduced a new construction technique code-named LAF which is shortened for “Light As Fuck”.

It includes a very light wooden core sandwiched between carbon and glass fibres with clear 3D embossed highly scratch resistant PBT top sheets. The core is sealed down with extremely strong polyurethane rails which make the board highly resistant to impact and waterproof.

The boards built with LAF weigh around 30% less compared to longboard decks built in a traditional way, while preserving the same flex and vibration absorption characteristics often missed in full carbon decks.

ROCKET currently offers two boards built with LAF – the Ian Freire Pro and the Stealth.

New ROCKET longboard decks in 2017

ROCKET offers 12 longboard decks, but in this article I’ll cover the 3 latest; the Stealth, the Ian Freire Pro and the Scout.

You can find all the other boards available for purchase with a free worldwide shipping via ROCKET’s website and you’re also most welcome to read my review of Dominic Shcenk’s pro model, the Domination.

So, let’s start with…

The Stealth

The Stealth extends ROCKET’s already quite versatile board selection by covering the riders who prefer the style of skateboarding that includes freestyle and dancing.

It’s a symmetrical top-mount deck, with 0.47″ concave and three wheelbase options raging from 27.5″ – 30″ enabling to match the flex and the length of the kicks to a preferred riding style.

The stealth is built with LAF technology and promised to last for a very very long time.

It is extremely impact resistant and waterproof thanks to the polyurethane rails as well as very lightweight, with a total weight of only 1600 grams (3.5 lbs).

The board also features minimal wheel well flares and pressed-in wheel wells which makes it safe to ride with more loose trucks.

The Stealth deck specification

  • Length: 43.5″
  • Width: 9.2″
  • Wheelbase: 27.5″ – 30″
  • Concave: 0.47″
  • Weight: 1600 g / 3.5 lbs

The price tag on the Stealth is 269 Euros.

What else to say, it’s a great looking double-kick freestyle deck, I’ll bet you’re already drooling all over your keyboard, so let’s move to the next one…

The Ian Freire Pro

The Ian Freire Pro is a 35,4″ long top-mount directional deck with a symmetrical platform designed with both downhill and freeride in mind.  It provides the same leverage regardless of the direction the board is facing making it a breeze to ride switch as well.

The Ian Freire Pro comes in two width versions; a wider 9.8″ and a narrower 9.2″ version. Both versions feature a progressive concave (16mm to 12mm), flared wheel wells and a rocker.

The wheelbase is adjustable from 23″ to 26″. The shortest wheelbase will enable you to use the board’s kick tail to its full potential, while the longest will make it more stable for downhill runs.

Just like the Stealth, the Ian Freire Pro is built with LAF technology to last for a lifetime as it’s highly impact resistant, waterproof and very lightweight, weighing only 1400 grams (3.1 lbs).

Related: You can read the full overview of the Ian Freire Pro in this article.

The Ian Freire Pro deck specification

  • Length: 35.4″
  • Width: 9.8″ or 9.2″
  • Wheelbase: 23″ – 26″
  • Concave: 0.47″ – 0.63″
  • Weight: 1400 g / 3.1 lbs

The price tag on the Ian Freire Pro is 269 Euros.

Last but not least…or to be more exact, the third new board ROCKET introduced this year is…

The Scout

The Scout is an all-around 33″ long and 9.2″ wide directional top-mount deck with a kick tail.

As described by its maker, the Scout has an asymmetrical banana rocker which descends slightly in the front and raises steeper in the back to form the tail.

A short convex part behind the back truck anatomically adapts to your feet. This makes the tail super comfortable to stand on and also gives you a nice pocket for your toe side stand up slides.

The Scout is promised to be a great choice for skating pump tracks, pools, commuting or even bombing the hills, if you prefer a shorter wheelbase or if you’re a smaller person.

Built from Canadian SFI certified Canadian maple and Glass fibres, the Scout also features an extremely durable epoxy soaked veneer top sheet which protects the glass fibres underneath.

The Scout deck specification

  • Length: 33”
  • Width: 9.2”
  • Wheelbase: 19.3” – 21.6”
  • Concave: 0.4” – 0.5”

There you have it, the three newest boards by ROCKET Longboards.
Interested to see the other 9 boards? Click here.

ROCKET Domination, top view, concave and the micro-drop in the front. Photo by Mihael Zadravec

ROCKET Domination, Dominic Schenk’s pro model longboard deck review

You know we love uploading expert reviews for you, and this longboard couldn’t be the exception.

Daniel Iseli from Switzerland started building longboards around seven years ago. He officially introduced ROCKET Longboards in December 2013 with a collection of four models, which soon grew into a full blown lineup of nine premium quality decks presented at ISPO 2016.

ROCKET DominationDominic Schenk’s pro-model longboard deck was released in late summer 2014. Since then the deck undergone a series of upgrades, until its final and current version.

"The evolution of the Domination". Photo by Dominic Schenk
“The evolution of the Domination”. Photo by Dominic Schenk

In-house designed pneumatic presses, CNC-machined moulds, top materials, development and extensive testing with some of the Europe’s best riders… Daniel got it all covered very well and now distributes the boards around the world with confidence.

If you are interested to learn more about ROCKET Longboards see this article published in Concrete Wave Magazine, Fall 2016. For now, let’s check out the board and its features…

ROCKET Domination
Dominic Schenk’s pro model longboard deck

ROCKET Longboards Domination longboard deck. Photo by Mihael Zadravec
ROCKET Longboards Domination longboard deck. Photo by Mihael Zadravec

The Domination longboard deck was developed together with team rider Dominic Schenk for IDF racing season 2014, which didn’t turn out to be a huge success.

However, Dominic placed second at the Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship in 2015, and took the Domination on the podium. With so many eyeballs looking at his direction, it was hard not to notice “the rocket” Dominic was “flying”.

Six months later and after two years of development and testing, the Domination longboard deck is now one of the best choices when buying a highly functional and quality board for downhill or freeride.

Shape, look and feel

Before I go into more detail, let me say that the photos I made hardly justify the beauty of this deck.

The Domination features a directional shape with a simple outline which narrows towards the center of the deck and kind of reminds us of a rocket. It looks simple and “evergreen”.

The glossy bottom side with the artwork really stands out and it gives the board a special look and feel. It feels as if it would be glass, but of course, it’s not. It’s a thin layer of PBT with the graphic sublimated on it.

The graphic was done by Chris Bögle a.k.a. Killerartworx and it features a pirate lady with a skeleton head and a hat, sitting on a [treasure] chest while playing a guitar.

ROCKET Domination, graphic by Chris Bögle a.k.a. Killerartworx. Photo by Mihael Zadravec
ROCKET Domination, graphic by Chris Bögle a.k.a. Killerartworx. Photo by Mihael Zadravec

While the graphic apparently doesn’t have any deeper meaning, it’s nicely done and it’s interesting. As if it would be reminding us that life is not forever and we should skate more.

Composition and materials

The Domination deck features six layers of SFI-certified maple sandwitched between three layers of carbon fiber sheets to provide a solid and stiff platform for high speed skateboarding and slides. It weighs 2,05 kg.

As already mentioned, the bottom side is additionally covered with PBT for extra protection, graphic application and glossy finish. The top side of the board features an extra sleek look as you can see the texture of the black carbon fibres sheet.

ROCKET Domination longboard deck - 6 ply SFI-certified maple and top carbon fibre sheet. Photo by Mihael Zadravec
ROCKET Domination, 6 ply SFI-certified maple and top carbon fibre sheet. Photo by Mihael Zadravec

Dimensions, wheelbase and truck mount

The ROCKET Domination is a directional top-mount longboard deck. It is 91cm long (35.82 inch) and 25 cm (9.84 inch) wide. Wheelbase options range from 56 cm (22 inches) to 68.5 cm (27 inches), which allows personalisation depending on your stance width preference.

Platform and concave

Too many concave features might be a turn off for riders who are concerned about a platform narrating their stance. The Domination shouldn’t fall into this category. When I stepped on it for the first time, I was surprised to find out how comfortable and well designed the platform is.

A combination of centered W-concave with a 0.39″ micro-drop in the front and flarred wheel wells creates a comfortable pocket which will prevent your front foot from slipping off.

The micro-drop in the front is compensated with a slight rocker in the back which ends where the truck mount starts and it doesn’t affect the angle of a truck hanger. In the front, this is taken care of by a CNC-machined flush mount. The combination of the W-concave and a continuous 0.59″ concave, provides a locked-in feeling of the back foot when in tucking position.

ROCKET Domination - Top / Concave, kick-tail and micro-drop, back side view. Photo by Mihael Zadravec
ROCKET Domination, back side view. Photo by Mihael Zadravec

The flarred wheel wells are much bigger in the front, while in the back they are minimal and you can hardly feel them when standing across the platform.

The deck also features a minimal 3D kick tail for added fun and trickery.

Price and where to buy

At the time of writing this article, the recommended price for ROCKET Domination is 219 EUR (outside of Switzerland). This puts it in the upper middle price range. In case if you decide to get one, you will find it available via Sickboards for 218,95 EUR or via The Cave longboard store, which opens soon.

If you’re ordering from Switzerland, you can find the Domination in your local shop or order from ROCKET Longboards website in case if they don’t sell it.

To stay on track with ROCKET Longboards follow it via Facebook or Instagram.

There you have it! To wrap up this review, here’s a rad video Dominic Schenk made just for this occasion. Thank you for reading through!

Watch the video
Dominic Schenk feat. ROCKET Domination

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Kebbek - Juergen Gritzner Pro Model

Juergen Gritzner Pro Model Longboard Deck by Kebbek Skateboards

Juergen “Ill Eagle” Gritzner‘s pro model longboard deck by KebbeK Skateboards has finally got it’s own promo video. We are stoked to finally see Juergen back on screen since he went under the radar after the “Lost in Havana” premiere at KnK last summer.

KebbeK Skateboards completely redid their lineup and presented the new longboard decks at ISPO 2016 in Munich. We were stoked to see Juergen’s pro model in the stack, representing the Austria’s finest.

Watch the video and read the rest of the post to learn more about Juergen Gritzner Topmount 38 longboard deck and its features.

 

The Juergen Gritzner Topmount 38 longboard deck features

The Juergen Gritzner Topmount 38 is a versatile directional top mount longboard deck which features a fully functional kick-tail, flushed mount and 9 ply maple construction.

The board is 38 inches long, 9.75 inches wide and it provides multiple wheelbase options, ranging from 23.8 up to 27 inches. It features a micro drop and a 0.5 rocker concave for perfect freedom over your foot placement, while providing a good locked in feeling.

KebbeK Skateboards: Juergen Gritzner Top Mount 38 longboard deck

 

Price & Where to buy

Currently, the Juergen Gritzner deck comes with a 160 Euros price tag in Europe and around 120 Dollars in U.S. You can get one on Concrete Wave (free shipping EU) for 159,90 Euros or on Amazon.com (free shipping U.S.).

For more about KebbeK Skateboards, visit their website or follow them via Facebook or Instagram.

Root Longboards welcomes Peter Markgraf with his signature deck Moby Dick

Root Longboards Moby Dick x Peter Markgraf signature longboard deck

The Root Longboards family has grown by a new member and a new deck model.

After close cooperation with Peter Markgraf, Root Longboards presents The Moby Dick. Peter’s signature model is a freestyle board made from Bamboo / Ash Tree core, enhanced with fibreglass and carbon for an ultralight, yet robust construction.

My mission was to create a board that inherits both, the street skating and the longboarding style. Building a bridge in-between some of the most demanding expressions of skateboarding when it comes to wear and tear of your beloved gear.
~ Peter Markgraf

The Moby Dick Root longboard deck comes in at 110 cm long and 23.50 cm wide, with a wheelbase option 65 – 70 cm. Making those trick possible are double 15° kicks, while the 2.5 mm micro drop and a 1.5 mm rocker provide grip and that extra needed pop to elevate your tricks.

The freestyle / dance / cruise board is available for 249 Euros via Root Longboards website.

Furthermore, it’s eye catching graphic was made by Boggie Gramb, check out more on their Instagram or website.

Georg Mekisch, Graveyard Longboards team rider

Graveyard Longboards Full Collection Overview

If you’re looking to buy a new longboard or just discovering new longboard brands, you should know about Graveyard Longboards from Germany. These guys have that good, literally homegrown stuff, definitely worth checking out.

In this article, you will learn about Graveyard and the people behind it, plus,  I will describe in more details each one of the seven longboard decks they currently offer.

Here’s a list of the decks and a shortcut link to jump straight to its section:

If you already own a Graveyard longboard, you are welcome to share your own opinion with the rest of us via the comments bellow. This way you will also help someone to choose which longboard to buy. The same goes for any questions you might have, which I will gladly answer.

Meet Graveyard Longboards

Christian Weiss and Christoph Schmalz from Northern Germany started Graveyard Longboards in 2014 and it took them around 1 year to perfect and launch the initial 3 deck lineup in 2015.

In the beginning of 2016 they launched the upgraded collection of 7 longboard decks built for freeride and downhill.

Christian and Christoph live together and share a room while the rest of the flat is a workspace where they spend many hours handcrafting the boards. When the weather is nice, they take their stuff outside, open up a beer and do the final scrubbing. It doesn’t get more real than this.

Chris Chros sanding the boards. Photo by Graveyard Longboards.
Chris Chros sanding the boards. Photo by Graveyard Longboards.

No complaints have been heard up until this day. I’m quite sure that you can expect nothing but the best support from them. In case if you got an impression that these guys are relaxed… It’s true, but when it comes to Graveyard and their products, they are serious about it and mean nothing but good business.

Graveyard decks are available in multiple longboard stores run by skaters, which also confirms that their decks are good as well as popular in the community, even though it all started just 2 years ago.

Graveyard Longboards Team Riders

Graveyard Longboards crew. Photo by Markus Knoblechner.
Graveyard Longboards crew. Photo by Markus Knoblechner.

Graveyard has a big family of team riders; Janto Just, Dana Akatuna, Dominic Rico Gomez, Daniel Krug, Robert Ganscshow, Arno Tien, Patrick Bartel and Dani Haller all rip on their Graveyard longboards and give input for the further development.

Recently Graveyard also welcomed a very dear friend of mine from Italy, Andrea Skizzo Moreni.
Here’s a cool clip which features his addition to the team…

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Let’s check out the decks

OK, so here they are, Graveyard Longboards, each one of them described and explained. If you want to know more or would like to add some info yourself, leave a comment below.

Graveyard Vindicta 84 & Vindicta 88

Graveyard Vindicta 84 & Vindicta 88

Graveyard Vindicta is a symetrical top-mount deck wich makes a great choice for both downhill and freeride. It comes in two length versions. As the name suggests, the Vindicta 38 is 38 cm long and it offers a wheelbase options from 60 cm to 66 cm, while the Vindicta 88 is it’s longer version, being 88 cm long with a wheelbase range from 64 cm to 70 cm. Flared wheel wells will allow for bigger wheels as well, up to 75 mm or even more with the help of some risers. The platform is 24.5 cm in width at its widest point and thanks to the 8mm pockets it will provide a solid foot lock for huge standies. In case if you don’t feel that’s enough, you’ll be happy to know that this deck’s platform has a microdrop as well. I find that especially useful when freeriding as it provides even more support and stability. Graveyard Vindicta is priced at 209,90 Euros.

Graveyard Medicus

Graveyard Medicus Longboard Deck

Graveyard Medicus is a directional top-mount deck, great for downhill and freeride, measuring 94.5 cm in length and 25 cm in width with the wheelbase range from 61.5 cm to 67,5 cm.  The platform has a radial 18 mm concave and 9 mm centered rocker. The Medicus comes in with a fully functional kick tail, as well as with lightly flared wheel wells to accommodate bigger wheels and provide a solid foot lock while freeriding or railing corners. This deck is priced at 189,90 Euros.

Graveyard Pestilentia

Graveyard Pestilentia Longboard Deck

Graveyard Pestilentia is the smallest board in the Graveyard’s lineup and is most suitable for younger riders or girls. Since it has a fully functional kick-tail, it can be easily taken to the streets, skatepark or bowls / pools. The Pestilentia is 91 cm long, including the kick-tail and is 24,7 cm wide. It offers a wheelbase range from 55 cm to 61 cm. Its directional top-mount platform features a radial 18mm concave and no rocker. The deck is priced at 164,90 Euros.

Graveyard Scriptum

Graveyard Scriptum Longboard Deck

Graveyard Scriptum is what its creators, Chris & Chris call “the racemachine”. The Scriptum features 15 mm concave, one of the biggest out there. In combination with the 10 mm rocker, its platform provides with maximum stability and extreme foot lock and responsiveness . There’s no kick tail for goofing around, but then again, this board is meant for serious racing and high speeds. The Scriptum is 88 cm long and 24.3 cm wide and also has flared wheel wells which create nice pockets to keep you on the board even when performing the gnarliest slides. You can set it up with a wheelbase ranging from 62,5 cm to 68,5 cm. The Graveyard Scriptum is priced at 189,90 Euros.

Graveyard Sepulcretum

Graveyard Sepulcretum Longboard Deck

Graveyard Sepulcretum is another freeride deck from Graveyard’s collection. It’s platform is basically the same as Scriptum’s with and addition of a fully functional kick tail. This board will take you places… Any places. It’s 97 cm long (including the kick tail) and 24,7 cm wide, with the wheelbase options raging from 62,5 cm to 68,5 cm. The Sepulcretum deck is priced at 199,90 Euros.

Graveyard Anthrophopagus

Graveyard Anthrophopagus Longboard Deck

Graveyard Anthrophopagus, a deck with the most complicated name in the Graveyard’s lineup also features the most mellow rocker of 5mm. It’s a top-mount directional deck made to be simple and to provide a comfortable ride to those who are not fans of the flared wheel wells. Its purpose is to shred fast downhill. The Anthrophopagus is 93 cm long and 24.8 cm wide at its widest point (front). It offers the most wheelbase options, raging from 65,5 cm to 74,5 cm. It’s priced at 184,95 Euros.

There you have it! The complete Graveyard Longboards collection. Be sure to follow them via Facebook for the latest media and product releases.


Where to buy Graveyard longboard decks

Graveyard doesn’t offer direct purchase via their website, but you can find your favourite dealer on it. Knowing Chris & Chris, I can recommend their products with a confidence – you will love the quality and the mentality backing up their products, that’s for sure.

www.graveyard-longboards.de

Kebbek Skateboards brings back its roots with the Dig Deep deck

Kebbek Skateboards brings back its roots with the Dig Deep deck

Kebbek Skateboards has a huge history in downhill skateboarding, but not many remember their roots in street and transition skating. The Dig Deep transition deck is an homage to their history of street skating from a time when they were called PM skateboards.

Kebbek Dig Deep skateboard

This board has a few very special features intended for transition skating, but they are so subtle, that they don’t take away from the general functionality of the board.

Kebbek Dig Deep skateboard

Check out the subtle tail taper. This gives you a gas pedal, (as you can see in this photo digdeeptailtaper.jpeg) which gives you board feel and leverage when scooping airs and snapping no-complys.

The nose has a flat taper so it fits in your hand making it natural to locate in the air or pulling Crails while staying functional for flip tricks.

Dig Deep skateboard deck is 32 inches long, 8.4 inches wide and has a 14.5 inch wheelbase.

You can test the Dig Deep board out on the mini-ramp at KnK Longboard Camp this year if you are attending. Kebbek is the title sponsor, so it will be your chance to try any of their boards out! Browse through their new line up at www.kebbek.com

Nymphaea longboard deck by Root Longboards

The Root Nymphaea – Lilian Gutsch signature longboard deck for smaller feet and shorter stance

The good people from Root Longboards are happy to announce a new addition to their longboard decks lineup for 2016. Showed off for the first time at ISPO 2016, one of them is Lilian Gutsch’s signature deck, which finally got baptized and now listens to the sound of Nymphaea.

 

Lilian about the Nymphaea deck

I talked with Lilian to get her insight on the board and to find out what is the idea behind the Nymphaea. Here’s what she shared with us:

Lilian Gutsch
Lilian Gutsch (@lilian.gutsch)

“I’m short, have small feet, and smaller stands than most guys have, but I’m not the only one out there with that measurements. Giving those the chance to ride a more suitable board is the main idea of the Nymphaea.

Having a narrow board, gives me the chance to put more pressure on the edges, without having to change my feet position all the time. I was forced to do that with my former bigger board and honestly don’t really appreciate it at higher speeds.

Furthermore the shorter wheelbase means – standing closer to the trucks – which leads to more control. The Nymphaea is obviously narrower and shorter than most boards available on the market, but even though I’m female, I want to emphasize that it’s not especially made for girls, but also for juniors and everyone who enjoys it.”

~ Lilian Gutsch

Well, that sounds great. So far, Root Longboards teased the industry with some pictures of the Nymphaea, but we are happy to have found out a little bit more about it and super stoked to share with you more info about the board’s specification.

ROOT Nymphaea longboard deck specs

The Root Nymphaea is a 82cm long and 22cm wide top-mount deck, offering the wheelbase options from 58,5 to 62,5cm. It has a similar 4 mm drop like the Root Satyr, a smooth concave at around 12 mm and a mini-kick. For now, these are Lilly’s developing notes.

At the time of writing this post, the price for the Nymphaea is not known yet, but when released, we’ll update this page and let you know. The deck will be available for purchase soon at the Root’s online store.

Lilian will be out in a few weeks to test the Nymphaea to the max and will keep us updated with a little review. Subscribe here and we will let you know when it’s released.

You can also follow Lilians’s trip on Instagram @lilian.gutsch to get a preview.
Stay tuned and get teased!

Hackbrett Wasser collection - a long history of a beautiful longboard

The Wasser by Hackbrett Longboards – a deck made for soul riding

It’s a rare fact that a board is overhauled more then once or twice. As a matter of fact, I talked with the guys from Hackbrett Longboards about their longboard deck Wasser 5.0. The owner of Hackbrett who also shapes the boards, Hartmut “Hack” Olpp redesigned the Wasser for the forth time since its first release. As he says, “For me, the Wasser is by far the board with the highest amount of flow in our lineup”.

And yes. If you take a closer look at this 1.3 meters long monster longboard, you will probably feel the stoke. Hack itself calls the Wasser longboard deck “A board with a big portion of soul riding”, which it surely is. This unique and kind of a special board hardly fits any category and it should probably have one on it’s own.

I caught up with Matt Elver, a shaper at Hackbrett who is also on their team since 2010. He shared with me a really special insight on the “Wasser” history. Read through to find out more.

The Hackbrett Wasser collection - a long history of a beautiful longboard
The Hackbrett Wasser collection – a long history of a beautiful longboard

Matt’s insight into a history of the Wasser

For the reference, see the above photo.

That yellow thing on far left on the photo above was built sometime around 2005. The scuffs on the bottom are from it bottoming out whilst carving and cruising! Concave, no nose or tail –  the “Hacksurfer” 🙂 Not technically a Wasser but a predecessor that spawned the feel and ideals that gave birth to the Wasser as we know it today. Soul surfing!

The Gun was the first WNT (Wiegt Nix Technologie) from Hackbrett build in 2007, with hollow chambers milled into the deck. As you can see on the IGSA stickers, the whole thing weighed less than 4kg, with 130cm length and fat 200mm Crails!

The 200mm Anarchy Crails were Hacks “pro model” truck. He was 5th in the IGSA rankings in 2005. In 2007, he brought the Gun to the World championships when the IGSA rules said that no board could be longer than 120cm.

They changed the rules to allow him to ride the Gun, and the IGSA still allows boards up to 130cm. The IDF changed it back. I might have to see what I can do about that next year though.

It was the first board to have the concave that was later used in many other shapes, the Anarchy for one. The current Semmel also uses the exact same concave. We don’t sell tons of them, but those that ride it all agree that the board has a lot of soul.

The next 2 boards on the photo above are the same and produced in 2008. Wasser 1.0 I think! The painted one belonged to Horstl (Horst Prem, one of Austria’s first sponsored skateboarder, artist and creative mind from Salzburg). I never met him, but just heard crazy stories. He made this too: Skatemountain – so you maybe get the idea of Horstl!

Definitely a funny part of the Hacbkrett and Wasser history, though. The painted board was his and was actually lost for a few years, then found again under the miniramp at the old workshop in Lagerhausstrasse in Freiburg. Now it hangs on our skate history wall. The board itself had the wave graphic, the outline was updated from the Gun to have little wingers on the tail. Concave only, still no nose or tail.

The Hackbrett Wasser in action

The Wasser 2010 also had the wave graphic, seen here as a complete. Probably the 2.0, looking back, but it was called the Wasser 2010 at the time. Many of our teamriders rode this thing for their first introductions to downhill and freeriding – Alfred, Luke and Flu if not more. Dudes who went on to have incredible board feel. The update from the older version was the form, which was the first Wasser to have a kicktail and nose. It’s a slight spoon nose, really nice feeling and balanced for nose manuals. Luke rode this board the most and was widely considered the best/most flowy “dancer” in Germany. I have asked him for some pics of him with it, and will also see if he has any words to go with them, he is a really integral part of the boards development and history. The board is as a complete in the picture because it still gets ridden, 5 years old. Hackbretts last forever baby! Flu learned standup sliding on that exact board, even switch toes, and had his first taste of 80kmh on it too.

The Wasser 2011 is the next one. New construction, new concave, new graphic. Now with some camber and deeper concave plus an upgraded outline. This one had a logo milled in, but you can’t really see it. We did that for a few years before the new logo came. That logo you can see, we put on afterwards with a sticker.

The Wasser 4.0 was the first one with the diagonal Hackbrett burnt graphic that they all get today. Seen here in maple, its pretty rare, we didn’t make many with maple at all. Its not available anymore. The wheelwells were upgraded to fit the new technology and processes that we developed, and the construction was changed to allow the use of each different topsheet that we use today – maple, bamboo, nut, tepa.

The Wasser 5.0 is the one one I used at KnK at this years Cult Wheels Single Surviver Race. Just a few little but important chances where made. So Hack put the flex arrangement a little bit further to the back of the Wasser. Also he put the highest point of the camber a little bit backwards. Another change has been made of the back foot, as Hack broaden the outline for 1cm. He also added some pockets both feet and angeld the truck mounting +/- 3°, because a long wheelbase can handle steep wheel angles.

As you can see, a whole lot of thought went into it! And actually each development, and each Hackbrett shape had a whole thought process equally as long. Thats one of the reasons that we are building better boards than anyone else in the world 🙂 The construction was also updated to our new “KLK” (Koffer’s Leichtbau Kern). It rips. WNT (Wiegt Nix Technologie) variation is also available.

Hackbrett Wasser 5.0 specs

  • Length: 130 cm
  • Width: 26 cm
  • Wheelbase: 91,4 cm
  • Truck mount: Old school / top-mount
  • Concave: Hybrid-High
  • Length axis features: camber, nosekick, tailkick
  • Features: Wheel wells, pockets, gaspedale, truck mounting +3°/-3°, KLK core (Koffer’s Leichtbau Kern)

The Wasser is basically a longboard for thoroughgoing carving and with the truckmounting (+3°/-3°) the board feels really alive. No matter what terrain you are hitting, the Wasser is getting it done for you. Have a look at the official Hackbrett Wasser edit while the team is enjoying the board to their fullest.


The Wasser 5.0 video feature

For more information about Hackbrett and their boards, visit http://hackbrett.info/


Olson&Hekmati longboards - Bromodel

Olson&Hekmati Bromodel 2016 longboard deck with Alex Dehmel

Since they started, Olson&Hekmati longboards focused mostly on cruising and freestyle, but recently they added a downhill longboard deck to their collection as well – the Bromodel.

With their classic collection perfected, this year they focused even more on its development and have done some improvements to it. Here’s a sneak peak of the latest Bromodel with Alex Dehmel.

Olson&Hekmati longboards - Bromodel

As Alex says, the O&H crew spent a lot of time on a development of the Bromodel and there have been many revisions of the board. Getting to a point when they decided to make it a “production series” was challenging, but after investing a bunch of resources, the crew is finally satisfied with the results of their work.

The Olson&Hekmati Bromodel is 98cm long and 25 cm wide top-mount deck offering the wheelbase options from 66.2 to 70 centimeters.

As its previous version, the new Bromodel also promotes two “pockets” built up with wheel flares to offer a better foot lock. The rocker is still there as well. The new version now features a deeper concave with a slightly shorter wheelbase to offer even more turnability and grip.

Olson&Hekmati longboards - Bromodel

The Bromodel has a wooden core made of Ash veneer pressed between the layers of fiberglass and carbon sheets to provide a lightweight but strong and stable platform suitable for high speed skating. If you’re down for popping some tricks, the Bromodel longboard deck has a nice kick tail as well.

Alex’s setup from the photos – O&H Bromodel downhill longboard deck with custom SKOA 165mm trucks and Cult Rapture wheels.

Stay tuned for more info!
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New Road, New Competition with Nussi featuring Easygoinc. Downhilla

Easygoinc. Longboards Downhilla – New Road, New Competition with Nussi

You might have already met Gregor “Nussi” Nussbaummüller somewhere on a hill or read about him in one of our recent posts. That dude rocks, both on and off the track. Today he dropped in with another sick video, but this time he’s the one being in front of a lens. The run was filmed by Sebastian Gschaider.

Possible new events by Rollbrett Salzburg

Europe is usually fully packed with awesome events all summer long and it seams like Rollbrett Salzburg might throw additional one or two as well in 2016, in Salzburg’s surroundings in Austria. One of the candidates for a venue is exactly that challenging fast and techy track from the video you just watched. I’m definitely looking forward to get some of it. Keep us in the loop, Nussi!

For me, the cleanest way to get down on roads like these is to try them Stand up! It´s not always the easiest way and sometimes there are a few sketchy moments, but it´s funny and I think it´s important to learn how to handle these situations to improve your skills and get on a higher level! ~ Nussi

The guys over at Rollbrett Salzburg are super stoked about it and so are we. Bring it on!

Easygoinc. Longboards – Downhilla

Nussi’s repping Easygoinc. Longboards, a relatively young longboard making company from Austria which has been on a rise lately. They have a solid team as well. Beside Nussi, Jan Winkler, Mirko Paoloni and Michael Joschenak are there to help them develop, shred and spread the stoke.

Responsible for the production and marketing, Ali, David and Martin started with the idea of building longboards in 2012. “The three free spirits”, as they like to call them self, are dedicated to deliver a high-quality longboards with attention to details at affordable prices.

Easygoinc. crew - Ali, David and Martin
Easygoinc. crew – Ali, David and Martin

They’re using some kind of basalt fabric of volcanic origin in their boards to deliver even better strength than with a conventional fibreglass while still providing a desired amount of flexibility. Don’t know what kind of sorcery that is, but it must be working as so far everyone had only good stuff to say about their longboards.

Nussi’s favorite board of choice is the Easygoinc. Downhilla a topmount board designed for speed and stability. It features a radial 8mm drop and flared wheel-wells for maximum wheel allowance and that extra foot lock we all love and need. This 92cm and 25cm wide beauty allows for 9 wheelbase options, from 67.5cm to 71.5cm.

Easygoinc. longboard Downhilla

Downhilla, the name of the board explains what it stands for, we put our best Ideas together and designed a directional shape with a smooth radial drop of 8mm. The perfect mix of a mellow concave, a twin-tip rocker and wheel flares at the right position gives your feet a unique feeling. I ride it with Bear Kodiak trucks and Boss Hawgs Wheels, in my opinion a awesome Freeride Setup! ~ Gregor “Nussi” Nussbaummüller

Of course, you can order a deck only, but if you are down for getting a complete, you’ll be happy to know that in their shop they offer Caliber or Bear trucks and Hawgs or Blood Orange wheels as well.

Check out their website for more info and some other awesome boards in their range or follow them on Facbook. There’s something for everyone.

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Any questions? Wanna say “Hi”?

Have questions? Leave a reply below. Also, if you skate Easygoinc. longboard you’re welcome to share your experience. Tell how do you like it or why would you recommend it. Or just say “Hello” to the guys. Stay rad and see you on the hill 🙂

Lush Machine 3D Longboard

Lush Longboards – Rise of the Machine 3D featuring Jooz Hughes

It seems like ages since Lush Longboards released the first version of the Lush Machine, one of the most popular decks in their collection. The almighty Machine was built to make you skate everything from grinding ledges, trashing the city, freeride and bomb hills. You name it. With the Machine, sky is the limit.

Jooz Hughes squeezing the steeze out of his squatty © Jooz Hughes
Jooz Hughes squeezing the steeze out of his squatty on a new Lush Machine 3D © Jooz Hughes

Since the first Machine prototype was introduced in 2011, we’ve seen two versions of this board.

Lush Machine models 2012, 2013 and 2015

Just in time for Santa to drive by and pick it up for you, Machine’ third release was introduced in late November this year, upgraded with some ass whooping 3D concave and slick graphics done by Jethro Haynes. Ladies and gents, we give you the Lush Machine 3D!

Lush Machine 3D Longboard deck

8ply wooden core built of Canadian Maple makes the Machine 3D stiff and strong. It will take everything you might throw at it and it will endure all your shenanigans for ages. The adjustable wheelbase option (front and back) is still there offering a range from 62cm to 64cm (24.54″ – 25.3″) so you can tune in your setup perfectly. The deck is 97.7 cm (38.5″) long and 25 cm (10″) wide.

While the previous versions of the Machine featured dual TKP/RKP wheel wells, with the Machine 3D release these are dropped out thanks to its three dimensional concave and flared wheel wells which allow for a solid foot lock as well. There’s enough clearance to fit both truck types and various wheel sizes.

Lush Machine 3D Longboard deck

Machine 3D features a much more subtle shape than its predecessor as the 3d concave gives you the feel from the rail of the board rather than the shape of the deck. This appears to be much more of a classic shape than Lush has done in the past.

Big fat fully functional kick tail measures from 164mm to 173mm (6.45″ – 6.82″), depending on your preferred wheelbase option. It will make popping an Ollie a breeze.

Lush Machine 3D Longboard complete

The Machine 3D is also fairly priced at around 140 €. You can grab it over at Titus Shop ( free shipping ) and while you’re there, snatch a set of Sabre’s as well. The two fit each other perfectly 🙂

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Buy Lush Machine 3DGet your Machine 3D from Lush Longboards
Lush Machine 3D
170,00 €

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Sabre FP 190mm 38°Forged Precision 190mm 38° longboard trucks
Sabre FP 190mm 38°
170,00 €

Double checked and approved by Jooz Hughes

Lush Machine 3D is a favourite choice of uber chilled team rider Jooz Hughes (@jooz_vandem_hughes). You might have had some runs with him already at some of the Europe’s events. He’s that dude always bombing hills in his signature baggy sweat pants steezin’ the f*** out of them. Recently he’s been over at Gnarlicante, skating and filming with Pablo Quiles taking the Machine 3D to the edge and over it, just to double check that it’s ready for the release. He totally approves it. Check out the video.

The machine 3D is my dream shape , we have been playing around with different shapes of the same mold for a long time. I am really interested in how just changing the outline of the board can effect the way it handles and rides . I believe now with a longer tail than the chopper 3D and shorter nose improves the weight distribution on the deck , this makes it feel more balanced during sliding and for ollies. And also when you skate in switch everybody knows. The construction is spot on and the price range is perfect for all skill levels. The graphics for 2016 are a really nicely done, these decks look much more sleek and simple with more natural colours . All in all I love this deck and is my go to board. ~ Jooz Hughes

Love for skateboarding, tireless deck development and unselfish support of the communities, events and skaters, made Lush Longboards become one of the most beloved brands in Europe.

Check out their website at www.lushlongboards.com>.