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 https://hackbrett.info/

Lobo wheels after being (ob)used for one season

Lobo Meduza freeride wheels review with Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski

Last year I saw the Polish guys throwing down some sick slides on the new LOBO wheels, but never got the chance to try them out myself. The word on the street is that they last for ages and slide smoothly. All the good things I heard about the wheels caught my attention and I decided to get in touch with Pawel Grzadzielski from the Lobo team to find out more.

Lobo longboard wheels in mint condition

In the beginning of last year Lobo released their first wheels – the LOBO Meduza freeride wheels. Currently they are handmade in short series in Lobo’s own workshop and laboratory in north Poland.

They are currently available only in 71mm size and 80a duro, but during this year the Lobo crew plans to release the Meduza in other duro options and expand their collection with a downhill wheel model as well. We’ll keep an eye on that one for sure.

A STWS crew member Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski – the OG tester and a LOBO team rider – was stoked to share with us more about the wheels and what his set endured during the last year. Read through to find out where the LOBO crew tested the wheels and how do they perform.

Fire away, Michal!

LOBO Meduza longboard wheels review
by Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski

2015 came to an end and believe me when I say that it was a busy one, with an even busier ahead of us. Don’t get me wrong, we love what we do. We started testing the LOBO Meduza wheels back in 2014, so when they dropped on the market in 2015 we were stoked, but we didn’t stop with giving them hell.

We literally wanted to destroy them on as many surfaces and conditions as possible.

We took them to every event and on as many roads in Poland as we could. Wasn’t enough. In July we went to Slovenia’s finest, KNK Bear’s Guts, where I did 23 whole runs on one set and didn’t even make it to half of the wheel.

Just to make sure they had enough, we took them for a 7-day trip to Gnarlicante and after a very fruitful season, I can finally write a review from my own point of view.

The LOBO Meduza – born to slide

Lobo wheels after being (ab)used for one season
Lobo wheels after being (ab)used for one season

The LOBO Meduza freeride wheels were born to slide. The 80a durometer is almost ridiculously durable and once you break them in, the endless sliding fun begins from the top, straight to the core, while still offering a smooth and predictable slide when going faster. The wheels have a centerset precise bearing seat and a wide core for good stability.

Even though the Meduzas are designed for freeride and sliding fun, their urethane is very fast. The formula is not supposed to thane so they almost never do, except for some occasional grey lines, depending on the surface.

Michal Tyburski heelside on a steepest hill in Calpe, Spain. By Pablo Quiles
Michal Tyburski heelside on a steepest hill in Calpe, Spain © Pablo Quiles

Testing them on different roads, various weather conditions and on many different surfaces, I can honestly say that overall they work great for medium – fast freeride (up to 70kph). When it’s really hot outside they tend to get very slippery and the gripping ability is lower. While it’s still fun for open road fast bombing, I would suggest a lower duro (2k16 lineup, get stoked!).

The wheel itself is 71mm tall and 50mm wide, with a contact patch of 36mm. Due to the rounded lips and their nearly indestructible ‘thane formula, they last a looong time, so high five to those of you who manage to core them (pics or didn’t happen). Be sure to check out the 80As and enjoy those handmade awesome freeride wheels.

More duros coming in 2016

The lineup for 2016 will offer more durometers of the Meduza model and premiere downhill models for racers and fast freeride maniacs.

Words by Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski

Watch the video!

Lobo Meduza Freeride Wheels
Now available in new durometer options

Update, September 2016 – Last year, in 2015 Lobo presented their first wheel  Meduza freeride wheels,  which were available in only one durometer. They promised to deliver more options in 2016 and so they did. Lobo Meduza wheels are now available in 77a and 81a durometer, both being 71mm in diameter and 50mm wide with 36mm contact patch.

Where to buy LOBO wheels

For now you can only get them via their official website for 56,95 Euros. At the time of writing this article, the Lobo wheels are out of stock, but will be back in February or March when the new collection is expected as well. We’ll let you know when it’s out.

Follow LOBO wheels online:

Website: https://www.lobowheels.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoboWheels

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lobowheels/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com

Sweet package from Olson&Hekmati.Photo by Stefano

Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels review with Stefano Barbizzi

Stefano Barbizzi is usually skating with his Gipsy bros Simone Barbizzi, Filippo Salerni and Alessio Damato, but this time he goes on a solo run down one of his local runs in the outskirts of Milan, Italy. He got hooked up with a couple of sets of the Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels and took them out for few test runs.

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Tight turns, smooth pre-drifts and beautiful scenery. This run has it all.

Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip 83a overview

Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels come in at 76mm tall, have a contact patch of 63mm, feature a large core and sharp lips. These come in two duros – 79a and 83a. The 83a wheels have a great durability and ability to offer a consistent amount of grip while having a fast roll speed and providing with smooth slides.

Here’s a couple of photos that Stefano snapped with his phone:

“After 5 runs the lips are still sharp, and the skin is still intact.” ~ Stefano Barbizzi

How is the durability?

The sharp inner lips and large core provide for a fast roll speed and a huge amount of durability; allowing the wheel’s lips and skin to be fresh for longer.

The wheel’s sharp lips, along with the 63mm wide contact patch allows for a high level of traction, as well as a super snappy hook-up, allowing you to get through a corner with maximum speed.

Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip 83a wheels © Olson&Hekmati
Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip 83a wheels © Olson&Hekmati

Uses for the O&H Pro Grip wheels

The Olson&Hekmati wheels are best used in fast downhill skateboarding, due to the large amount of grip they have, great durability, fast roll speed and the smooth slides they provide.

The Pro Grips are also highly recommended for LDP, Pumping and Downhill Racing. They shine in LDP due to the large diameter and core, meaning the wheel will roll faster and maintain that speed for longer. They will be excellent for pumping, as you can run a split durometer setup, with the White 79a in back and the Orange 83a in front. They will roll fast and grip hard, allowing for tight, agile pumping.

One of the Pablo's favourite wheels as well. Rider: Pablo Quiles Photo: Gnarlicante
One of Pablos’ favourite wheels as well. Rider: Pablo Quiles Photo: Gnarlicante

Final words

I would recommended the Pro Grip wheels to any experienced riders looking to step up their downhill and racing game, or someone whom is looking to get into downhill racing more often and wants a wheel with predictable grip and smooth slides.

The 83a durometer Pro Grips are going to be better for winding roads, or runs where you need to be drifting through corners, but don’t want to shed too much speed. I would suggest the 79a durometer for faster runs, gripping corners and being able to lose speed in drifts before corners.

Where to buy Olson&Hekmati Pro Grip wheels

Overall, the Pro Grips are a predictable sliding, hard gripping, fast race wheel, highly recommended for fast downhill riding. Priced at around 69.90 €, you can get them in these online stores:


The ProGrips in 83a duro last for ages, have a fast roll speed and offer smooth slides. Best used in downhill / fast freeride.
O&H Pro Grip 76mm / 83a


The ProGrips in 79a duro offer great grip, notable durability and are best used in fast downhill skateboarding.
O&H Pro Grip 76mm / 79a

Also check out Stefano’s YouTube channel Skateboard Tips. He often shares cool videos, raw runs, edits, tips… Also, find out more about his basement project Tuck Yeah Apparel and it’s cool wearables.

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!

Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels

Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels review with Marcus Aldinucci


Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels – Recently our buddy from Italy, Marcus Aldinucci got the Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels for testing. These are fairly new on the market, first sets were offered for purchase in October this year. I was very interested to hear about how the Malaya Street Bombers perform so I hooked up with Marcus for a quick review.

The Malaya Street Bombers are 73mm big downhill oriented longboard wheels with a duro of 80a and an offset bearing hub. They have a 59mm contact patch, big lips and sharp edges for maximum grip. For now, these wheels come in poured with a white urethane formula named Malaya Race Formula (MRF).

Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels

On the first two runs, Marcus says they had a great grip while the slides were smooth and consistent right out of the box. After breaking them in they lost a bit of that initial grip but were still able to stick fairly well. At this point they became a great wheel for faster freeride as well.

The Malaya Street Bombers have a great roll speed and don’t wear down very much, Marcus says. It seams like they might be his favourite choice of wheel for the next year’s racing season.

After many runs on them, Marcus also tried skating them reversed and says the initial strong grip was back for another run. Naturally, due to the offset bearing hub, the overall truck width got smaller providing more grip and he was able to skate faster lines this way.

The Malaya Street Bombers are priced at around 50,00 $ and are currently not available for purchase in European stores. If you want to order a set of these get in touch with the Malaya Street Bombers crew on Facebook.

Marcus is also supported by these fine companies:
Dont-Trip, Bustin, Xion Protective Gear, Darkside HelmetsRipTide and Edge Boardshop

Divine Trail Blazer review by Will Smith

Divine Trail Blazers 60mm skateboard wheels review with Will Smith

The Divine Trail Blazers are a 60mm tall, 33.3mm wide, park and hard sliding wheels, poured in Divines “slide formula” thane, that are available in the UK from Surf ‘n Turf Boardshop. These wheels are made for ditches, parks or even your local hill.

The Divine Trail Blazer wheels come in with a contact patch of 21mm, a duro of 92a and come with grooves pre set into the contact patch of the wheel. These grooves help for grippy lines in the bowl and park riding in mind, however I noticed that after a few slides in the park they’d worn away, however they still managed to hold their line in the local bowl.

Divine Trail Blazer review by Will Smith

I also noticed how fast the Trail Blazers were in the park due to the large core. This allowed me to get to the coping of the halfpipe quicker than I could on my regular skateboard wheels, this also meant that there was no need to push through a street section in the park and I could hold my lines longer and smoother.

Get funky on the Divine Trail Blazers

After the park session, I took the Divine Trail Blazer wheels off of my skateboard setup and threw them on more of a sliding oriented setup (Comet nk34, X-Caliber street trucks). First of all I had a bit of a disliking to these wheels as they still had some grooves in the contact patch and coming from Slide-A’s felt super grippy, (that being said they were fun for faster freeriding) but after a few runs down my local hill they starting wearing in a bit.

They became exceptionally slippy, with a slide comparable to the new 95a Slide-A’s, so they were perfect for 360’s, blunt slides and a whole load of other techy tricks, but with that extra but of resistance to them they were super fun to take a bit faster and throw out big checks which made them suitable for bike paths and turny runs when you need to be sliding almost all of the time.

The Divine Trail Blazers slide smooth

The wheels durometer are 92a, but that being said I would’ve said they feel like a 89a wheel, as they slide a lot smoother and quieter than I’d initially expected, and at high speeds leaving a few thane lines here and there.

The Divine Trail Blazers do have a few cons though. They wear down far quicker than a Slide-A or a Abec 11 Sublime wheels, but that said the centerset core allows you to flip the wheels when they start to cone. However, that shouldn’t be a problem if you have tech/park in mind.

I would recommend these wheels to anyone looking to through on a double kick and whose look to hit up the hills, your local park or anyone looking to get rad in the bowls.

Fairly priced at £35.00, the Divine Trail Blazers are now available in Surf ‘n Turf Boardshop.

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Thank you Tristan Albon for the photos!

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 🙂


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


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>.

Walzen Insul Longboard Wheels Freeride

Walzen Insul freeride longboard wheels review by Roman Tschofen

Walzen Wheels was founded by Heiko Schöller (Concretewave Skateshop, Bolzen Trucks & Hardware), Richie Loeffler (Trap Skateboards) and Frank Beste (Bolzen Trucks, GOG Trucks) in Germany.

They developed their own urethane formula which is 100% made in Europe and at the end of the summer 2015 they released the Insul freeride wheels to present the first Walzen lineup.

Walzen Insul longboard wheels
Walzen Insul longboard wheels

The Walzen Insul are 70mm freeride wheels with a wider contact patch of 40mm. They have a really good speed roll and acceleration while a buttery smooth slide is their biggest advantage.

The Insuls feature a round lip design and centerset bearing hub. You will be able to flip them and ride them the same all the way to the core. Currently the Insuls don’t come with a stone ground finish and it takes few slides to break them in.

They come in two different duros and colours: 78a green and 80a clear. I’m most excited about the clear formula because it has no colouring in it. This results with the slide characteristics being affected only by the pure urethane.

Roman Tschofen shredding Walzen Wheels
Roman Tschofen shredding Walzen Wheels

You will love Walzen Insuls for stand-up sliding and fast freeride. As soon as they are broken in they offer a very predictable and smooth slide but still have enough grip to rip through some corners. They wear very evenly and don’t flatspot easily, you can count on them for a really long time.

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The Walzen Insul wheels are currently priced at 54,90 €.

Walzen Insul longboard wheels details:
Diameter: 70mm
Width: 54mm
Conctact patch: 40mm
Durometers: 78a, 80a
Lips: round
Bearing hub: centerset


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Arbor UK riders Joe and George showing off Sucrose wheels

Arbor UK’s young guns Joe Williams and George Judge took their Sucrose wheels for a spin on their local hill. Their unmatchable performance includes some serious talent like drinking while putting their boards sideways. Yet another great video by Ben Holmes (Ben Holmes Media).

Arbor Skateboards – The Sucrose Initiative

Arbor developed a “Sugar formula” which makes these wheels ultra-durable and long lasting combined with improved performance. The interesting thing about them is the natural composition they are made of. It reduces the environmental impact of petroleum-based wheels.

“Groovetube” core used in all Sucrose wheels has a wider profile which makes it hold its shape when cornering hard or sliding but it still flexes where it’s supposed to. It’s also just 35mm tall and gives you a lot of ‘thane to chew through.

The Sucrose wheels are available in 4 “flavours” so you are guaranteed to find something that matches your taste. Apparently they were supposed to be completely flatspot resistant. You be the judge of that 🙂

Arbor Summit

71mm big, 56mm contact patch, 78a duro, offset core position and sharp lip design made this wheel a good choice for technical downhill with a nice balance between grip and slipperiness. Priced competitively at 57,14 € on Amazon.

Arbor Sucrose Summit

Arbor Vice

The offset freeriding beast. 69mm big, small contact patch of 35.5mm, 80a duro and rounded lips. Thanks to the lip design and small contact patch the release is easy and gradual on any surface. Also comes stone grinded from the factory for best performance out of the factory. Priced at 51,42 € on Amazon.

Arbor Sucrose Vice

Arbor Mosh

65mm big, 36mm contact patch and 82a duro. This wheel is a great choice for cruising around town with quick acceleration but it offers some nice slides thanks to the rounded lips. Priced at 49,90 € on Amazon.

Arbor Sucrose Mosh

Arbor Bogart

61mm big, 36mm contact patch, 82a duro. The perfect wheel for mini-cruisers. The slightly larger than average contact patch makes it roll smoother over rough roads. Priced at 35,55 € on Amazon.

Arbor Sucrose Bogart

For more information see Arbor Skateboards website.

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Idle Slide Gloves welcomes a new member to their family, Ben Stainer

We’re stoked to hear the great news from the KnK Slivo King, Ben Steiner. He’s currently enjoying wet UK sessions and local small events. About a week ago, his after-summer adventures and positive energy got him a sweet deal with the UK based brand Idle slide gloves.

Ben Stainer © Kai Menneken
Ben Stainer rocking Idle slide gloves © Kai Menneken

After the KnK, Ben visited two events hosted by a group called Brianne Collective, Tregaron freeride where he swooped up 5th place and Dig deep outlaw race, finishing 1st.

Ben is currently sporting retro looking slide gloves that combine different materials and a great deal of warmth in cold weather conditions, making them a great choice for the UK climate. Their good flexibility and awesome array of bright colors will make you want to keep your hands up while sliding. Here’s what Ben has to say about the good news:

Somehow, after the adventures of Norway and the Hairpins of KnK, I was asked to represent Idle slide gloves. It was surprising, considering that I didn’t believe myself to be anywhere near the level that sponsorships envisaged. The belief was that you had to have balls (or ovaries) the size of melons and enough skills to make a Russian gymnast seem obsolete. ~Ben Stainer

Idle slide gloves
Idle slide gloves Idle

After their first model ”The Galaxy”, the brand listened to the riders feedback and introduced their second model ”Retro Vibes” featuring better stitching and extended wristbands combined with an eye catching 80’s style. These gloves include padded fingertips and padded Velcro on the synthetic leather palm that reduces puck vibration, a needed feature when sliding on rough pavement.

The included UHMW pucks seem to be a bit too thin but you can easily replace them with your preferred piece of plastic. The Velcro patch offers a good fit, big enough to protect your hand and just small enough to allow your hand to carry out smaller tasks such as, in Ben’s words, opening a zip or doing shadow puppets.

The Idle Slide Gloves come in two sizes, S/M and L/XL. To people with medium sized hands, concerned about the gloves being too small or too big, Ben assures:

If you fear you’ll be too small, the gloves memorise you faster then a government supercomputer. ~ Ben Stainer

Idle Slide Gloves v3 - Sneak peek preview
A sneak peek preview of Idle v3 slide gloves

If you favour the smell of leather, than be on the lookout for their third model, the Idle v3 slide gloves, that promises ruggedness, bigger pucks and an even better array of flashy colors.

We’ll keep you posted.


Setting up Sabre Trucks properly with Jernej Podgoršek

It has been 2 years since I got my first Sabre Trucks cold forged hangers in the mail and I still use them daily! They were the blue 180 mm version but since then I also got my hands on the 190 mm and 170mm hangers. Read through to find out more about them and how to properly set them up.

Jernej Podgoršek


All of the Sabre trucks I have perform as they did on the day I got them, they are still straight and perfect. Despite them being one of the lightest trucks out there, they turned out to be one of the strongest in the industry as well. Sabre was the first company which started producing a fully cold forged longboard trucks and the fact that you see other brands following their path proves that they were right, pioneers even.


All of the hangers come out of the same mould and are identical in strength and design, what separates the is the axle placement. The axles are made as precisely as they can be and you will notice that immediately. When I put the bearings on, I actually had to lubricate the axle so that the bearings could slip on easier. That’s as tight fit as it gets!

Sabre Trucks

The 180 mm and 170 mm hangers have 3mm rake and the 190 mm hangers are rakeless. But if you have something special in mind, you can drop them a message and maybe the will whip a special on-off hanger just for you. I’ve seen that happen 🙂

Setting up the Sabre trucks

The bushing seat is pretty shallow. I suggest you take the time to set them up properly. Poorly set up truck could have too much lean which might lead to using too hard bushings.

Sabre Trucks - Bushings

With my current setup, I use a 86a/90a Sabre king cone bushings boards-side with a wide flat washer and a 86a king cone bushings with a wide flat washer roadside. Yes that`s right, Double King 🙂

Anyway, why this kind of setup? As I already mentioned, the bushing seat is very shallow and in order to get some restriction buildup at the end of the lean you need big bushing. In contrast to setup with smaller and harder bushings, this one feels much better.

A very important detail are the washers. The Sabre trucks don’t come with a board-side bushing washers, but I think they really should. The fat part of the bushing is wider than the baseplate and without a wide washer it does not provide enough restriction. You can get these washers at any hardware store and they are very thin, so it will not affect the geometry. Use them roadside as well!

Sabre Trucks

All of the recent baseplates (48 and 38  degree) feature urethane pivot cups and they are snug but very fluid. If I recall correctly, they are even self lubricating. No pun intended 🙂

So, to summon it up… Use fat bushing in the vein of king cone, fat cone, eliminator and so on, get them as soft as you feel comfortable, preload them a bit and away you go. I use double thick riser, in total of 12mm on 38 degree baseplates and I am wheel-bite free even with the Cult Rapture wheels.

Grip n`slip

The general opinion is somethig in lines of, rakeless and wide is for hauling ass, and thin n`raked if for freeriding. I agree to some extent but I use my trucks in the exact opposite way, but than again not so much really 🙂

Sabre Trucks

Firstly, about the grip. I think it depends a lot on the type of a board you’re using. Matching the width of your board and trucks is important if you want to grip hard. When the rail of your board is in line with the end of the axle it means that you have maximum leverage over it along with the wheels and it will grip the most. That is for hauling ass, gripping lines king of grip.

Then we have release and hook-up point, which is something that riders often make a mistake and mix up with grip. The narower the truck, the more agressive the release point will be and the more sudden is the hook-up.

How I use them

I use the 170 hangers for downhill because the board will want to get back under my ass as soon as I have scrubbed enough speed. It also makes it more responsive so it’s great for the type of the roads I do DH on. I mostly use them with the Cult Rapture wheels.

Jernej Podgoršek

My other 180 mm trucks reside on a board which I usually use to skate one of my favourite runs on a steep, narrow, tech-DH alpine road. I mostly use Cult Deathray wheels on that track. 80% standup, 20% hands down.

I use Sabre’s 190 mm trucks on a board which I use mostly for slide sessions. They have the cleanest transition from grip to slide and are the most forgiving when hooking up. You can really stretch out your slides and it will have the most non twitchy and a seamless hook-up. I use them mostly with Cult Classics or Cult Creators with 78a duro.

Sabre Trucks - Forged Precision

I hope that this write-up will be useful to new Sabre trucks users and maybe convince some to become one. The Bristol boys are as honest as it gets and stand strong behind their products, so buy with confidence. You are not getting only a great product but a great support as well. If there is something that you feel I haven`t covered it this write up, leave a comment bellow and I’ll reply to it.

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Patrick Lombardi drops another sick video featuring DB Keystone 39 and DL Aerolid Design

Remember Patrick Lombardi from this year’s wettest KnK run with Filippo Salerni? The young Italian swagger dropped in with another cool video featuring DB’s Keystone deck introduced earlier this year and DL Aerolids manufactured by David Lombardi.

Often to be seen slaying local hills with his Gipsy homies, Patrick hit some races this year and managed to place himself on the 27th position in IDF’s European rankings in Open Skateboards category. At Verdicchio Race he did awesome by winning the Italian FHIP Championship.

The highlight of my racing season was the Verdicchio Race. I won the Italian Championship and was so stoked about some pros paying the respect. Yeah swaggers! Haha! ~ Patrick

He managed to finish off the season by messing up his ankle on a miniramp while failing a Rock to Fakie. Bad luck, I guess. We hope to see his gangsta-ass back on the board again by the start of the season 2016. Get well soon bro!

Patrick on a miniramp © Felipe Lauwrence Steffen
Patrick on a miniramp © Felipe Lauwrence Steffen

DL Aerolid Design

As mentioned earlier, in the video Patrick features David Lombardi’s DL MACH 1 aerolid helmet. We’ll release an interview with David soon, taking a closer look at his awesome creations, so make sure you stay tuned for that. In the meantime, you’re welcome to follow DL Aerolid Designs via Facebook.

DL MACH 1 Aerolid by David Lombardi

David won the Italian Championship in 2014 wearing this helmet proving it’s functional design and quality. Desinged in 2013, the DL Mach 1 was created with a fusion of his earlier models Snake and Vaiolet.

DB Longboards – Keystone 39

DB’s Keystone 39, a progressive downhill and freeride longboard deck features a comfortable radial concave with micro drops to keep you locked-in in every situation. In case you wanna get funky, it has a fully functional kicktail. The boards is constructed with a poplar core, triaxial fiberglass reinforcement and carbon fiber stringers thus providing you with a stable stiff and lightweight platform.

DB Longboards - Keystone 39

As this is becoming a standard in the industry, Keystone also features a poured urethane at the tip and tail to protect the core in cases of hard impact and preventing potential delamination. It’s fully sublimated graphic is infused directly into the thermoplastic base, you’ll be able to enjoy it forever.

To finish it off, here’s what Patrick says about it.

The Keystone 39 is my favourite board so far. It’s nose and tail protection makes it indestructible. The concave is very comfortable and thanks to the micro drop it features, I don’t have to use a footstop anymore. It’s a perfect board for my skating style. ~ Patrick Lombardi

Patrick Lombardi repps these fine companies:
DB Longboards, DL Aerolid DesignCloud Ride Wheels and Nixon

Abou’s mind-boggling footwork throughout the Paris on Majutsu’s Bùto

Today’s feature is a promo video for Majutsu’s dancing board, Bùto, filmed by their team riders Achel Massin (film & edit) and Aboubakry Seck (skating) in Paris two weeks ago. Definitely worth watching, especially if you’re into longboard dancing.

Majutsu Longboards from France is a newcomer to the scene with their cruising, freeride and dancing boards. Built with a combination of bamboo, fiberglass and carbon, Majutsu boards are lightweight and strong while providing a responsive flex. The Bùto is Majutsu’s latest addition to their not so impressive collection and takes them to completely another level.

Majutsu La Bùto © Majutsu Longboard
Majutsu Bùto © Majutsu Longboard
Majutsu La Bùto materials © Majutsu Longboard
Majutsu Bùto materials © Majutsu Longboard
Majutsu La Bùto © <a href="https://www.facebook.com/majutsulongboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Majutsu Longboard</a>
Majutsu Bùto © Majutsu Longboard

Thoughtfully shaped and beautifully curved longboard dancing deck weights in at only 1.75 kg. The Bùto’s 1200 mm by 230 – 250 mm symmetrical platform feels very comfortable and has kicks on both ends. It comes pre-gripped with a laser cut grip tape for captivating look while featuring two different courseness. Extra course grip tape on the kicktails assure you won’t slip off while performing manuals as well as on the sides to hold your feet on board while sliding. The middle part is covered with a standard grip tape to allow unobstructed foot movement. The Majutsu Bùto has adjustable wheelbase range from 83 – 87 centimeters.

Compared to other brands, it’s a fairly priced dancing board with a 199 € price tag.

For more, see their website (in French) or follow them on Facebook.

Root Longboards presents limited edition “Burnt Wood Series” longboard decks

Root Longboards presents limited edition “Burnt Wood Series” longboard decks

If you are one of those people who like their boards to be more personalised or “something special”, you might be interested in the limited edition boards by Root Longboards.

Root Longboards presents limited edition “Burnt Wood Series” longboard decks

Some of the Root Longboard’s boards are already well known for their unique design and unconventional concave. Combined with “voodoo style” graphics done by the owner Alex Dietrich himself, they are as much enjoyable to look at as they are to ride.

Some years ago, like Alex says, he was playing around with a finish and came up with some really cool looking stuff, a burnt wood style. Since then, he already built some boards featuring this finish style, but those were only few.

Root Longboards presents limited edition “Burnt Wood Series” longboard decks

To cheer you up as the storm clouds are getting ready to throw down some snow, he decided to release a special limited edition called “Burnt Wood Series”. He promises to build only 26 of these boards this season, so make sure you grab one as soon as possible. Don’t count on Santa, pre-order via their email is your best chance to get it.

You can choose from these models: Infinto, Satyr 89, Satyr 100, Satyr DT, Waranga and Shark 92.

Root Longboards presents limited edition “Burnt Wood Series” longboard decks

Oh… And just so you know, the “Burnt Wood Series” are all hand made and decorated with a flame cutter, which is usually used to cut steel. Pretty cool stuff, right? 🙂

NGV - Next Boards - Electric Skateboard

Mischo Erban sets a speed record with NGV electric skateboard

Lately we’ve seen many electric skateboards hitting the markets worldwide. Without any doubt, I think that they do have a bright future as a form of a “green” and a fun way of travelling around the city.

While other electric skateboards developers and manufacturers focus more on achieving longer distances by limiting the maximum speed and power of their products, NGV – Next Generation Vehicles from Slovenia decided to take it a completely opposite way.

Still under development

NGV’s Next Board electric skateboard is still in a development stage and it doesn’t look as nice as some other similar products, it’s look definitely needs some more attention.

Next Board electric skateboard drive
Next Board electric skateboard drive

It features 4×4 in-wheel drive, which is not so common with other electric skateboards. Powered by a 6-cell lithium-polymer 22.2-volt 8,000-mAh battery pack located under the Murksli deck and controlled with handheld remote, Next Board can reach up to 15 km with a moderate speed. Comparing to other e-skateboards which fully charged usually reach a distance of up to 40 km, this might sound as a bit “too short”, but this issue is definitely something that NGV team will address soon enough.

NGV Electric skateboard with handheld remote control
NGV Electric skateboard with handheld remote control

NGV’s vision

According to Toni Dernovšek (Next Board developer), Next Board should be available in 2 or 4 wheel drive and different power options. Final price of the product will depend on it’s components, such as trucks, deck, battery capacity etc. Price range will be somewhere between 1.500 – 4.000 eur, depending on the model.

He says, that their electric skateboard was not planned as a transportation vehicle but more as an upgrade to existing professional skateboards. Their vision exceeds the usual use of electric skateboards as they want to see it being used for competitions in all kinds of skateboarding disciplines, such as downhill racing, slalom, freestyle and similar.

The most powerful electric skateboard

While it doesn’t have the looks and the longest distance reach it sure is a beast when it comes to the power and maximum speed which you can pull out of it.

NGV Next Board electric skateboard complete
NGV Next Board electric skateboard complete

I had the chance to try it out in the beginning of this summer, probably hitting somewhere near 50 km/h – apparently it was set to only half of it’s power. Very impressed with it, I would brag about it to my friends telling them that this board will race with the speed up to 100km/h. A common sceptical reaction was; “Yeah, right…”. Not long after, NGV announced that they will try to set a world speed record with their electric skateboard.

The fastest electric skateboard

NGV hooked up with Mischo Erban (Guinness world record holder for fastest speed on skateboard), confident that his downhill skateboarding skills are going to help them accomplish a highest score possible. They were right.

NGV electric skateboard drive mounted on Ronin trucks
NGV electric skateboard drive mounted on Ronin trucks

It was supposed to happen today, on Thursday 29th, 2015, but due to a bad weather forecast they decided to do it two days earlier. This timeline change resulted with some of us not being able to be there and witness the event which was held on Portorož airport in Slovenia on Tuesday, 27th.

Official top speed 95,83 km/h

Apparently, a day earlier the top speed Mischo did on the Next Board was 113 km/h! However, on the official measurement event the top speed was 95,83 km/h. There you have it, officially the fastest electric skateboard! Congratulations to everyone involved 🙂

* Click on a photo to play the video

Downgrade or Upgrade?

Electric skateboards are still skateboards, but they have very little to do with the “sport” which we love so much – downhill skateboarding. While some people are passionate about such tech upgrades, other think that they downgrade the essence of skateboarding.

Have your say

Is electric skateboard something that you would use or would you rather keep on pushing? Leave a comment, tell us how you fill about it.

Olson&Hekmati Longboard Shoes

Olson&Hekmati introduces longboarding shoes in collab with Djinns

Olson & Hekmati x Djinns longboard shoes

Olson&Hekmati – Oliver Dehmel’s and Björn Hekmati’s baby is one of the leading German longboard brands at the moment. Oliver and Björn were brought together by a shared passion for skateboarding. At the beginning (almost a decade ago) they were offering mostly longboard decks, but that changed pretty soon. Now they’re offering a broad selection of different longboard products, which prove their quality on the cruel, ruthless roads and surfaces.

Olson & Hekmati x Djinns collection

It’s not that long since O&H joined forces with the Germany-based brand Djinns and the result was a fantastic fresh collection of longboards necessities: snapback hats, mega stylish longboards and extremely comfortable shoes. The color of the products was created to suit their wooden longboards. They dedicated the most attention to the kicks, which are lightweight, slim, and durable.

Olson & Hekmati x Djinns longboard shoes

The vulcanized sole is hard enough to last, but at same time not overly stiff, so you can still feel your board under your feet. The slim outline and low cut create a free feeling while riding. The upper part of the O&H longboard shoes is made from leather which is quite resistant to grip tape.

Olson & Hekmati x Djinns longboard shoes

Also, make sure to check out a video featuring O&H longboard shoes in action!

At a time of writing this post Olson&Hekmati x Djinns longboard shoes cost 69,90 €. Follow O&H team via their Facebook and Istangram profiles.