Wheelbite: What is It and How to Prevent and Fix

Wheelbite is one of the worst things that can happen to you on a skateboard. The fun comes to a literal screeching halt …

Today I’ll be talking about wheelbite and what you can do to prevent it. I go over a ton of solutions so you should be able to find one that works well for you. Check it out below.

What is wheelbite?

 

Wheelbite is basically when your wheels touch your board.

This happens when you turn/lean too much and it could result in your board completely stopping and throwing you forward. 

Because of wheelbite, a lot of skaters end up getting hurt. Because the stopping is often so sudden, you end up falling awkwardly when you fall forward. I’ve been lucky enough to end up with a few bruises, but some people walk away with some nasty injuries (think skinned palms).

 

So yeah, wheelbite can be a real vibe killer, and skaters try to avoid it most of the time. But how does it actually happen?

How and why wheelbite happens

 

As I said earlier, wheelbite happens when your wheel touches your board. It can happen because of a few reasons:

  • Your trucks are too loose and they articulate to the point your wheel can touch the deck.
  • Your wheels are too big. When wheels are big, the wheel clearance is less and you don’t have to lean too much to get wheel bite.
  • You don’t have any wheel wells. Wheel wells increase the distance between the deck and the wheels (basically clearance). No wheel wells mean less clearance, making it easier to get bite.

So now that we’ve established why we get wheelbite, let’s look into how we can prevent it altogether.

Why should you prevent wheelbite?

 

Not getting wheelbite will allow you to cruise and carve with confidence. You can turn and dive as hard as you want, without worrying about your board suddenly stopping. It’s a good confidence boost and it makes skating a bit safer.

It also will increase the durability of your deck and wheels, saving you money.

 

How to prevent wheelbite on your longboard

Get smaller wheels

 

Getting smaller wheels is an easy way to prevent wheelbite. Small wheels increase the clearance between the wheel and the deck. You’ll be able to lean pretty hard without worrying about the wheel touching the deck.

 

Also, be mindful that going for a smaller wheel has its disadvantages. Namely, they won’t be able to roll over cracks and pebbles as easily as bigger wheels and they won’t smoothen out the ride quite as much …

 

If you have reverse kingpin trucks (RKPs), you could probably go for 65-70mm wheels and skate them without the worry of bite. If you have traditional kingpin trucks (TKPs), you could get 55-59mm wheels and skate it without worrying too much about bite. Of course, trucks also have different heights and that affects how easy it is to get bite.

Change the trucks

 

Longboard trucks aren’t all the same. Some are tall and others are short. The taller ones will give you more wheel clearance whilst the shorter ones will get bite easier. You can typically split them into two categories, RKPS vs TKPS.

Traditional kingpin trucks (TKPs) are usually super low.

TKPs are designed for normal skateboards. They’re designed to run wheels between 50-60mm in height. You can usually get TKPs in 3 different heights:

  • Hi
  • Mid
  • Low

The “Hi” trucks will have more clearance than the low ones, and they’ll be better for wheels about 55-60mm in height. They’re the TKPs to go for if you want to avoid bite.

Reverse kingpin trucks (RKPs) have more clearance.

RKPs have a different geometry to TKPs. Because of this, they tend to be taller and have more wheel clearance. You can run wheels between 60-72mm on most RKPs without the worry of bite.

Like TKPS, different brands will have different heights, but most of the time they should decently tall. Our current recommendation:


Risers are an affordable solution

 

Ok, so what if you like the trucks you have and don’t want to change them around? You can simply use risers.

Risers are these little plastic pads that go between your trucks and the deck. They increase the height of the trucks and increase wheel clearance. They’re pretty cheap and you can buy some for under $5. They will allow you to run huge 75mm+ wheels.

 

They come in heights from ⅛inch, ¼inch, to 1/2inch in size. Just remember to buy longer bolts, as some bolts might be too short to go all the way through them.

 

Though they’re an easy solution, they change how your trucks feel. Because they increase height, they can make the ride feel more divey, and more unstable at faster speeds. They will also make it feel super carvy, so you can lean in and turn deeply even at slower speeds.

 

Risers are, in my opinion, the best solution to wheelbite in this article. Here is a super affordable model that works great:


Harder bushings

 

Ok, what if you don’t want to change your trucks or add risers? You can simply get harder bushings.

Bushings are the little things in your trucks that control how you lean and turn. They squish as you lean left or right, and depending on how hard they are, they either squish a lot or a little.

 

So yeah, they come in different durometers (hardness) and they determine how much your truck will lean. So if your truck leans too much and gets bite, you can get slightly harder bushings and it won’t lean as much.

 

Of course, this also means you lose some flow and carvyiness. Your truck won’t be able to turn as quickly and won’t feel as nimble.

You can also tighten your trucks – the easiest solution

You could also simply tighten your bushings. Tightening the kingpin nut down a couple of times will restrict how much your trucks turn and lean. This kind of works in a similar way to getting harder bushings. But now, you significantly restrict the articulation of the truck …

 

This isn’t the best method. It will destroy your bushings with time and you will lose a lot of flow from the truck. However, it is a pretty simple solution and should work well if you need something short term.

Get a board with wheel wells and wheel flairs

 

Wheel wells and wheel flairs essentially increase the distance between the wheel and the deck.

 

Wheel wells are cutouts on the deck where the wheels are expected to touch the board. They’re made by either sanding that part of the deck down, or by cutting out it with a CNC machine or a wood router.

 

Wheel flairs are a bit different. The part where the wheelbite should occur is raised. This is made by pressing the board in a certain way, resulting in a bump/raised bit about where the wheels are. This increases clearance by a bit too.

 

Some decks have only wheel wells, whilst others have both.

Sand in some wheel wells to your current board

If your deck doesn’t have wheel wells, you could always sand them in yourself. It will require some jerry-rigging, but it is a good solution. You won’t have to change anything about your trucks/wheels and you can turn deeply without the worry of bite. Just be careful about sanding composite decks as carbon and fiberglass dust is nasty stuff.

Final Thoughts

So, What do you think? What solution are you going to try?

If you need a quick fix, simply tightening your trucks will work well. Buying some risers will be the next easiest solution, but I ultimately recommend get a board with deep wheel wells or sanding them in yourself – if you’re up to the challenge.

 

A Trick for You and a Trick For Me by KebbeK Skateboards

During SYCLD  2019, KebbeK team riders Milan Baeten and Mariya Milusheva filmed a six-part tutorial video series Named “A Trick for You & A Trick For Me“.

Filmed with different riders, the 6-part video series provides useful tips for learning freestyle and longboard dancing tricks. Each week the tricks will progressively get harder.

Episode 1

In the first episode, Mariya teams up with Paris Co’s Ryan Ricker. She shows Ryan how to Fakie Shuvit, and in exchange, Ryan shows Mariya how to No Comply.

Episode 2

In episode 2, KebbeK team rider Milan Baeten teams up with Isabella Fierman to show you how to Fakie No Comply Big Spin and how to No Comply Shuvit.

The next episode comes out next week. Stay tuned!

Learn Longboarding: Aero Grab Trick Tip with Jeff Corsi

Learn Longboarding: Aero Grab Trick Tip with Jeff Corsi

I wanted to do this tricks and tips episode since at least one year ago. But I was not sure if I should do it in French or in English… subtitles or not…Since Moonshine supports me on the project, I thought it would be good to do it in English so that everyone can understand it. It’s for fun anyway!

The concept of the “Jeff’s tips” is to learn one trick by episode. Specifically dancing and freestyle tricks. I will doing large panel of tricks, some one will be for the beginner and other ones in hard level. The idea is to show that everything is possible if you practice. I started with the Aero Grab because it’s a famous trick and as I said, it allows for lot of possibilities… In this episode, I will try to be clear and short. Not longer than 3 min and 1 min if I can.

I don’t pretend that I’m a teacher, I’m more a friend who explains you the tips with jokes and bullshits. The longboard is before everything a way to share fun right? 😉

Watch: Jeff’s tips ep1 – the Aero Grab

Until the next episode, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Facebook announced to show even less content from publishers and brands

A couple of days ago Facebook announced that the News Feed will show even less content from publishers and brands while it will push content from your friends, family and groups due to the News Feed being overflown with promotional content published by Pages.

That’s all cool, we all hate advertisements, right?

Well, guess what…

These changes will not be affecting Facebook’s advertising system, they will be affecting Pages that you actually liked. These are not forced on to you. You chose to follow them and to see the content they publish. While marketers will be paying, you’ll still be bombarded with their ads.

So how will this then actually help us, the Facebook users?

It will not! It will only make us more exposed to advertisements as there will be less noise by the Pages posts. Even as it is, Facebook is showing an advertisement after every 4th post!

So, on my News Feed, out of 20 posts I see, 4 are an advertisement, but there’s no space on the timeline to show posts from Pages I liked?

I call Bull****.

At least by “liking” the Pages, you have the control to see what you want.

And what about the advertisements?

You can’t control these, Facebook simply pushes them in the News Feed and you only have a choice to hide the advertisement after you already saw it. However, that will not stop other advertisements from showing. Sure you can use adblockers but that’s not the point. The point is what Facebook actually is…

You can expect to see less posts from Pages you like and more posts from your friends and family and the same amount of annoying commercials.

How does that make any sense?

The way I see it, Facebook came up with one of the biggest hoaxes in the history of the Internet.

Facebook has used all those Pages to grow the number of people using Facebook and now, when it has enough users, it’s time to scam the Pages and force them into paying to be seen.

It only wants to make sure that your precious focus doesn’t get ‘wasted’ on posts from Pages that reach you organically for free, so that you can notice those advertisements that Facebook is making money with easier.

Of course, most probably they would never admit this and after all I am only speculating. But I think that it’s quite obvious what is happening.

If they would have an honest intent to make the user experience better, they would not be showing an advertisement after every 4th post and I would not be fed with posts like “John commented on this post by XYZ” from a year ago  on a content that I don’t even give a crap about, like football or politics or another vegan post making me feel like garbage for eating meat.

Anyway…

What does this mean for many small longboard businesses who are already struggling to get noticed in an ever more busy Facebook News Feed and what will happen to the big ones? What about all those longboarding related pages that share your videos, and what about your pro-rider fan page?

Let me tell you a joke…

A little girl asked her mother to give her some chocolate. The mother then told her to first wash her hands and then she can have the chocolate. The girl then said; But mum, I don’t have hands. Well…No hands, no chocolate, the mother said.

So, you wonder how does this sick joke relate to Facebook?

Consider this…

It’s known that Facebook will push the posts users are engaging with more, meaning that the post will have a good reach if the users like it, share it and comment on it.

Because space in News Feed is limited, showing more posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation means we’ll show less public content, including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses. ~ Adam Mosseri, Head of News Feed

As I mentioned earlier, many small brands, like core longboarding brands you love, will actually not even get a chance to get noticed. If their Pages will not be receiving enough engagement during the next few months when Facebook will be ranking them, they might even be ignored and eventually abandoned and forgotten. Big media feeding you with bullshit has money to pay for advertising, so you’ll be seeing them for sure.

In Facebook’s scenario, the Pages should be producing content that the users will engage with; discuss about it. While that’s all right, you should know that this is extremely hard to achieve unless you post something that triggers user’s emotions, like a post about an animal being abused or Trump tweeting from his shithole.

You can actually expect to see more of the stuff that you hate, just because you’ll be responding to it and interacting with that type of content. You can for sure expect to see less from your fellows board makers, event organisers and longboarding media hubs just because they’re not posting much stuff that will shock you, so you will not be commenting, sharing and liking.

Facebook has been doing this noticeably for more than a year now. It’s nothing new, but their latest announcement points out that they will be cutting the Pages’ reach even more.

So, back to the chocolate…

New pages and pages with a small amount of followers will basically have no chance of growing, unless they have something revolutionary to show and their post goes viral. Even then, the Page Likes are not guaranteed, and even if they were, what’s the use of them, when Facebook is heavily limiting its reach, showing the content to only less than 10% of those followers. When starting, they will have no followers, no engagement, no comments and likes… They are doomed right from the start. This way it will not make sense creating one except for the purpose of posting paid adverts.

So, there you have it…No hands, no chocolate.

What can longboard brands, media and community pages do about it?

If you’re running a Facebook page, it’s time to reconsider how you’re spending your time. Is Facebook bringing in new customers or are you in the bubble, constantly showing your content to the same people? How many new followers does your page get every month? Is it between at least 200 – 500 new followers every month? No? Then forget about it, you’re not reaching enough people and you’re doing “Sisyphus work”.

It’s time for you to wake up. Some brands have already adopted new practices, basically almost completely quitting Facebook and actually making progress with their business.

Many brand owners will feel as if they may have to start from scratch, but considering what Facebook is doing, they will soon be left with no other options than paying for advertising or ending their business.

You can still take action.

Here are some of the options you’re left with…

Buy comments, likes and shares (not recommended)

Well of course, a businesses will be able to buy comments, likes and shares as usual. When used smart, this services can help their content go viral, especially when it’s something really interesting to see. That’s how it’s often done. However, this will only work for content that the general public will be interested in, for example, a crazy driver doing crazy stuff on the road…We can all relate to that, because most of us are drivers ourselves and seeing this makes us angry or shocked so we’ll respond to it and share it.

For a longboard brand this method will not help unless they publish a video of their team rider getting almost hit by a car, which would shock everyone and they’ll be sharing like “Look at this crazy bastard”. So nothing really good would come out of that for the brand. And if they will post a standard raw run video as they usually do, this will not resonate with the general public’s interests.

Just to make it clear, I do not recommend buying followers or likes…

Continue to grow the number of your flow team riders which you can exploit as your personal “share army”…business as usual

One thing that longboarding brands can do is to continue growing their flow team and build their personal “share army”. More team riders means more people who will share and comment on their posts.

It already feels like everyone “skates for some brand”, basically working and providing promotional services illegally. There’s almost no skate videos without some brand being tagged. And that’s how together with Facebook, the longboarders unintentionally actually killed the longboarding media sites and forums.

Instead of those having a role of providing a platform for the community, news sharing, rider features, brand promotions, the users have taken over the role of promotors.

That’s all still good…but now the time has come when Facebook will make an end to it and make the bubble we are in even stronger, meaning that we will be promoting to each other (limited to our friends and family) until your sponsors realises that you’re not reaching new people who will become their buyers.

Because, for example, you have 300 friends on Facebook and you’ll be limited to that group of people and their posts, unaware of many other things that are in your interest, not reaching new people as fast as your sponsors need you too.

Facebook Pages like Longboard Magazine are meant to be social media hubs where you can learn about new riders, gear, events and other longboarding related things, which are outside of your bubble (those 300 friends) and you’re not connected with.

We never charge for that, we do it for free so that the community would grow, businesses would be able to get new customers and the events would have riders. We are not selling anything… So, community builders like us, who spent almost a decade working on our Facebook pages serving others and mostly helping Facebook (in the beginning) to get people on it, can now shove it up their arse.

It’s our own fault. For many years we knew that this is coming, but we were all too hungry for attention, likes and shares… So instead of building our websites, we started wasting our time on building Facebook, which now has the agenda to put us out of “business”.

Think about how the longboard makers and event organisers feel when they’ve spent so much time and money on building their presence on Facebook, but now they will simply loose that, because Facebook betrayed them for the sake of their own profit.

We do recommend having team riders and making them aware of this problem and telling them to share your posts. But if that’s your primary reason for getting the riders, you’re doing it wrong. There’s plenty of those who are doing it and they look huge on Facebook while at the end of the day, their business doesn’t grow leading them to falsely conclude that there’s not enough consumers for their products.

Tell your followers to mark your page with “See first”

This option is available from the menu next to the “Like” button under the cover photo. People who want to make sure that they see the content published by your page can simply activate this and you should suggest them to do it because not everyone is aware of this feature.

Most important; focus more on your own websites, newsletters and do good SEO

Instead of feeding  Facebook by publishing all of your content on it, you should focus more on building your own website, have unique and great content published there, build a newsletter list etc… and connect with other media sites in order to get relevant quality backlinks and expand your audience. Tell you riders to give some high quality unique content to media sites instead of posting it straight to Facebook. That’s how the content will reach new people, outside of the rider’s personal bubble, it will enable your business to expand its audience and grow.

So, don’t dump your content’s value by throwing it on Facebook as if it’s worth nothing. It will get some views and by the next day it will be forgotten. Make something special with it, write a blog post for the video, add some photos, put it on your website in the video section, make it easy for people to find it in one place…Don’t be yet another post in the timeline that got thousands of 3-seconds views.

Create good content on your website, provide value to the readers and they’ll stick around. If not, you’re obviously not having anything special to show and Facebook is probably right when it wants less of you in the News Feed. It may sound cruel but that’s how it is.

Make sure to do good Search Engine Optimisation, so that people can find your website in Google when they are actually searching for something like “buy longboard” and similar (you’ll need the backlinks for that which I mentioned earlier). This will actually help your business, not showing your videos to the same people over and over again who are not on Facebook to buy something, but just to spend time and see what’s up.

There… I have to stop somewhere, otherwise I could go on for ages.

What will you do about it?

How to get new Instagram followers

The appreciation for the content we create is always a great payoff for our hard work, receiving feedback on how sick a slide was or how beautiful that picture is of you standing in front of some picturesque scene.

The following tips aren’t guaranteed to result in more followers but will allow your content to reach a broader audience.

Community Instagram pages

Certain community Instagram pages are there to share your content such as your very own “@longboardmagazine.eu“.

You submit your photos to these pages and most of the time they’ll be stoked to repost your photo, tag your sponsors or supporters and include your desired hashtags. I’ve found this is the best way to increase your reach of audience.

Let’s say your photo gets reposted by a page that hasn’t reposted your content before and even if it doesn’t get many likes, you’re reaching a whole new audience that hasn’t seen your content before, increasing your reach.

I’ll leave some other community Instagram pages at the end of this article for you to get in touch with.

Mentions and hashtags

Mentions and hashtags are one of the more important aspects of reaching an audience.

What hashtags you implement into your posts determines what sort of people you reach, popping up in their “explore” tab as a suggested profile to visit.

It should be noted that you can only put 5 mentions and 30 hashtags within one post/comment. If you attempt to put more than allowed your caption won’t be posted with your photo.

Longboard companies typically have unique hashtags that they use, which I’d suggest that you’d prioritize to show your support to those companies that support you.

I’ve also provided following hashtags which are the most recently popular “skate” and “action sport” hashtags on Instagram’s SEO which will benefit your posts as well.

#skate #skateboarding #skatelife #sk8 #longboard #skater #skatepark #skateeverydamnday #skating #longboarding #extreme #gopro #photooftheday #actionsports

Engagement

How you engage with your followers is extremely important. Rather than just posting once about the event that you went to over the weekend, post on your Instagram story.

When taking a break from a run or a session, film one of your friends and @mention them in your story. Creating that vibe that you’re more than just a skater and that you’re engaging with your community.

This is also a very easy way to consistently stay in touch with your followers who will see you as more of a friend than just another longboard profile.

What catches a viewers eye?

What I’ve found that people like to see are photos that are very fun and lighthearted, this comes especially easy with event photos that includes you and a bunch of people.

How to: Get Instagram Followers with Parker Schmidt

Lots and smiles and good vibes makes a very engaging photo, as well as bright colours with contrasting tones to make the subject of the photo pop just that much more.

Consistency

Following with the theme of consistency, you should always be developing and creating your own style. People appreciate those who let them feel involved and allow their feedback to be heard by you.

I try my best to post at least twice a week so that followers will hear from me periodically and consistently throughout the week. There’s apps such as “OnlyPult” that allow you to schedule posts and allow you to stay consistent with your posting which your audience will appreciate.

Voice and tone

How you project yourself to your audience is what I believe to be one of the most important aspects of your online image. Giving your posts a certain voice is what can set you apart from others, whether that’s outgoing and excited or humorous and witty.

How to: Get Instagram Followers with Parker Schmidt

Whatever it may be, I’d say to stay true to yourself. You never want somebody at an event to say “you’re a lot funnier online”, don’t put on a show online, your audience will appreciate you being yourself more than anything.

Niche

What sets you apart and makes you, you is what I believe to be the most important piece to your style. A wise man once told me that “there’s already a James Kelly and a Matt K, there’s no need to have another”.

Copying somebody’s style won’t get you anywhere if there’s already somebody much more popular doing it. Finding that niche to what sets you apart from the others will be your driving force to be different from the rest.

How to: Get Instagram Followers with Parker Schmidt

Most of the time it’ll happen organically like Birkenstocks, Martinelli’s and quirky socks without you realising that it’s an actual “thing”.

Some words to leave you with are to just always be true to yourself, there’s no need to create a fake online persona that isn’t really who you are. Always use social media as a tool to engage with others in order to build the community that you support and love.

I’d love if you guys would give me a follow on Instagram “@parker_schmidt”. Leave your thoughts about this article by commenting below, go out and #ridehard.

Instagram community pages to check out:
@longboardmagazine.eu
@primelinesmagazine
@_longboardstyle
@native_boarders
@world_longboard

Longboard Magazine Instagram account @longboardmagazine.eu

How to grow your Instagram following smarter and faster with scheduling

In April 2017 Instagram reached 700 million users and it feels like almost everyone we know is using it. Doesn’t it? Most probably you use it as well…

Some people use it just to share photos and videos with friends and family, sponsored riders to grow their personal brand and promote their sponsors, companies to promote their products and raise brand awareness as well as event organisers to promote the events and so on…

In this article, I will share with you how we manage our Instagram account @longboardmagazine.eu and which tool we use to optimise the workflow.

Interested? OK, let’s go!

Over 4k new followers in 4 months

We started our Instagram account in 2013 but we haven’t really been posting much and the number of people who followed us was quite low.

The situation changed in March this year when we decided to post more regularly and started using some cool tools to make the workflow easier, faster and more efficient.

Since then, the number of people who follow us on Instagram grew by 4000.

That’s a 1000 new followers each month. 

@longboardmagazin.eu Instagram statistics
Longboard Magazine Europe Instagram account following growth stats via Onlypult.

Believe it or not, those numbers are not even that impressive. While we peaked at around +350 new followers per week, some Instagram accounts go up to +500 new followers per week or more…Some a lot more.

How we utilise our Instagram

With our Instagram page, we aim to provide a place where longboard enthusiasts can discover new riders, connect with them, catch up with the ones they already know, get inspired by their adventures and see what’s up on the scene.

Everyone is welcome to tag our @longboardmagazine.eu Instagram account and let us know about their new great photo. We check who tagged us every day and hand-pick 4 to 6 which are then scheduled for reposting on our Instagram page.

In case if you’re wondering, we don’t make any money by posting or reposting on our Instagram account. So far running our Instagram account only cost time and money, but we keep running it because it keeps us connected with the scene and it helps with the exposure for Longboard Magazine Europe.

That’s all there is to it right now…

Our Instagram posting schedule

We implemented a content submission system which seamlessly connects via the link in our bio and we use our Instagram account to feature other people’s photos or videos, as well as our own when we have something to post, most often to promote the best content published on our website.

One thing we had to establish right at the beginning was how often we should post photos on Instagram in order to maximise the engagement or how many posts per day is too many.

After two weeks of testing, we learned that we could post round the clock all day long and as long as we published the posts 3 to 4 hours apart, they all had the same outreach and engagement regardless of what time they were published.

That’s how we decided to post 6 times a day and the result of more frequent posting was a much faster following growth.

So, you might be wondering if we hang out on Instagram all day long?

Of course, we don’t…

Scheduling Instagram with Onlypult

We use Onlypult, an online Instagram scheduling SAAS (software as a service), to prepare and schedule the posts on a computer one day ahead which saves us a ton of time.

So, instead of logging into our Instagram and posting 6 times a day, we spend approx. 2 hours every morning to prepare the schedule and Onlypult publishes the posts automatically for us.

Here’s how the admin looks like…

Longboard Magazine's Onlypult account
Longboard Magazine’s Onlypult account.

Onlypult is not a free service

Onlypult is not a free service and that’s actually a good thing.

Free services often disappear over the nigh since they thend to run out of resources because nobody is paying for their work. No money, no honey. Right?

While paid online services are being funded by their customers, people behind them are highly motivated to provide a good product in order to keep the existing customers and get the new ones. This means that the service is regularly maintained and upgraded.

Another good thing that comes with paid services is a constant and fast support.

In case you need help or if something doesn’t work as expected, you can send an email and expect almost immediate response.

The basic Onlypult account costs 12 $ if paid from month to month, but you will get a solid discount if you decide to pay for 6 months (15% discount) or 12 months (30% discount) in advance.

Onlypult pricing

Please note that the pricing can change, so it’s best to check on their website.

Of course, before purchasing we wanted to save some money or at least make sure that the money we were about to spend was well invested, so we tried out few other free and paid solutions.

None of them came close to Onlypult and at the end we decided to give it a try for 6 months which costed us exactly 57,54 Euros. So far we’re nothing but impressed.

In contrast to many other free or paid services, Onlypult is compliant with Instagram’s rules, so you can rest assured that your Instagram account is safe.

You would be surprised how easy it is to get your account blocked or “shadow banned” when using apps and services like Instagress, Followliker or Mass Planner, or services like Boostly, Social Envy or Socially Rich…

Some of those are already out of business which makes a lot of sense since they were only able to help you to get a bunch of “fake” followers your to get your Instagram account banned.

Control everything

Publishing the scheduled posts is not the only thing that makes Onlypult our favourite.

The biggest difference between Onlypult and similar free services is that Onlypult actually publishes the posts for your and it enables you the completely control of your Instagram publishing.

You can edit everything just like you can edit in the official Instagram app, except much easier and straight from a web browser on your computer.

Here’s how the editing of a scheduled post looks like…

Editing a scheduled post in Onlypult

I could write another thousand words about what functionalities Onlypult has, but I will sum it up by saying that Onlypult is the most complete solution to handle your Instagram from a computer.

It really does everything: You can post a single image, video or gallery. You can tag others on the photo, you can search for the users and @mention them, you can edit the post, comment and whatnot. We don’t miss anything in there.

Instagram reposting with ease!

With Onlypult you can also repost other people’s Instagram posts. What I like the most about it is that it feels a lot like sharing on Facebook.

Here’s how that looks like…

To repost an Instagram post in Onlypult, you just navigate to “Favourites” tab where you can choose to search by #hashtag or by @username.

The app will list the post and all you have to do to is to click “Repost”. You will be presented with an editing form already filled in with all the information. Change the text to add some personal touch to it and schedule or publish immediately.

Onlypult also enables you to save other Instagram user for tracking which is especially useful for companies, brands and team riders. This will create a special feed under the “Users for tracking” tab with the posts from users you chose to track.

Click “Repost” again and you’re good to go in a second.

Your team managers will love this…be sure to show it to him 🙂

For example, a company can track their team riders from a single place and repost their posts much faster and much easier.

The basic account comes with a limit of 10 users for tracking…fair enough.

Statistics – grow your following smarter and faster

If you’re a bit more serious about growing your Social following, you must know how your activity performs. The statistics will help you to determine what kind of content brings new followers, what people like the most, when you will receive the most interactions and so on…

Unfortunately, a personal Instagram account doesn’t provide with any statistics. You can only look at the number of people who follow you and the number of likes and comments your posts received.

To see some basic statistics, you have to switch from personal Instagram account to its business account. This might not make much sense to you if you’re not running a business, for example, if you’re a sponsored rider. Although that is or at least it should be some form of a business.

Onlypult provides with useful statistics that enable you to see how the number of your followers is changing, how many interactions are your posts receiving, at what time the posts received the most interactions and similar.

Of course, you will not benefit from it by just looking at the charts and numbers without taking any action. You will have to be able to recognise what kind of photos or videos work best and focus on creating more of them in a similar fashion.

That’s a wrap!

I have to stop somewhere, otherwise this post could go on forever. Hopefully you’ll get something smart out of it or it might give you an idea about how to grow your Instagram following.

The bare essence of this post is that in order to grow your Instagram account faster, you need to post more frequently.

How much? Well, I guess a good starting point would be to post at least once every day. Yes, that is 30 posts a month and it’s a lot of photos to collect, but don’t worry…

Soon I’ll share some tip about how to get your Instagram covered even if you don’t have 30 photos of yourself, which you will be able to start practicing right out of the box.

If you have any questions or if you want to share your own experience with Instagram, leave a comment below and we’ll continue the conversation there…

To learn more about Onlypult, check out their website.

Peace out!

How to make money with your longboarding video

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make money doing what you love the most and to be able to keep doing if full time instead of your boring 9-5 job? In this post, you will learn how to cash-in your longboarding videos and live a life of a pro rider without even having a sponsor.

But wait…Isn’t skating for money a bad thing?

Some time ago, if you wanted to cash-in your skateboarding activities, people would quickly get very judgmental and often you could hear some saying “He’s in it just for the money!” as if that’s a crime or a very wrong thing to do…

You know, as if that person who’s trying to make money with skateboarding actually hates skateboarding but he or she does it just to get some money out of it. So much BS.

However, nowadays there are more and more riders who want to get paid for the footage they capture in order to be able to travel even more, attend more events and heck, why not try to make a living out of it as a pro skater.

To get out on the mountain, skate and film it, you had to spend time and money. So why wouldn’t you get at least some of the money back and refill your wallet for another trip or an event registration fee?

There’s a bunch of riders who already make money with their longboarding videos, you probably know them in person as well…

There are more ways to turn your video into cash but in this post, you will learn how to make money with your longboarding videos by licensing them to companies that specialise in distributing a user-generated content.

If you are a sponsored rider, I will also give you some hints about how to promote your sponsors in those videos and make it work out great for everyone.

Meet Jukin Media

Jukin Media is a company that specialises in distributing a user-generated content and it is a company behind some of the world’s most popular channels like People Are Awesome, Fail Army, JukinVideo and The Pet Collective.

If you have a cool video they will distribute it, monetize it and share the profits with you.

Jukin Media @ jukinmedia.com

To get started with Jukin Media all you have to do is create an account on their website and submit your video. If they like it, your video will be added to their online library where it will be available for licencing to media professionals who are searching for great videos.

Jukin Media will not buy your video. You remain the owner of the video and you only give Jukin Media the rights to represent and manage your video on your behalf.

So, how will your video actually make money?

Jukin Media will try to turn your video into cash by licensing, syndication and YouTube monetization:

  1. Licencing – Your video could be licensed and used in TV shows, advertisements or websites. The companies using your video will pay a fat sack of money for it.
  2. Syndication – If someone is using your video on YouTube,  it will be claimed and monetized by pre-roll commercials or banners ads. In addition to YouTube, Jukin Media will send your video to other major websites like Huffington Post, AOL, and Yahoo.
  3. Production – As I mentioned earlier, Jukin Media also produces their own shows like “People Are Awesome” and “Fail Army”. If they use your video, they they promise to pay you.

How much will you earn with your video?

It’s hard to say exactly how much you will get paid because that depends on the variety of factors, like how long will it be used, where it will be used, how it will be used and so on…

To see how much Longboard Magazine would have to pay for one of the downhill skateboarding raw runs available in their library, I sent them an email asking for the price.

They replied the same day and wanted me to further explain where and for how long I will use the video…I explained that the video would be uploaded to our YouTube channel, Facebook page and get featured on our website and remain there indefinitely.

This is how video distribution usually works in longboard industry, right? A sponsored rider creates a video and then sends it to his sponsor who then posts the video on Facebook, their YouTube channel and maybe their website/blog.

The next day I received their reply and they offered to license me the video for 1.600,00 Euros.

So, considering that Jukin Media will share 50% of that revenue with the owner of the video, he would make 800,00 Euros.

I wonder if your sponsor would pay you that kind of money 🙂

But this is only one scenario…Your video could be licensed to a TV show featuring action sports videos and it would, for example, be used only once for a short period of time.

In that case, I guess the price would be much lower. According to what some riders have made, my rough estimate is that the price in this case could be around 300-500 Euros. The owner of the video would again make 50% of if, somewhere around 150-250 Euros.

* Please note that this is just what I think your video could make. It could be less, it could be more.

Will anyone be interested in watching your video?

Of course, if your video is low quality or boring, nobody will be interested in watching it.

You will have to make sure that your video stands out by showcasing some kind of funny,  dangerous or outstanding performance, high speeds, beautiful scenery, awesome tricks and dance moves.

The general population is intrigued by crazy downhill skateboarding videos these days. Big media companies know that and they want to include this kind of content in their program in order to get the views, followers and to provide a popular content to their audience.

How to promote your sponsor in your licensed video?

We are used to putting sponsor logos at the beginning of the video, which is a bad idea anyway…If you want your video to be licensed, you should avoid any logos in it.

Think about it; Not everyone is an idiot like we are at Longboard Magazine and the broadcasters will not promote your sponsors for free like we do.

So, make sure that you upload a version of your video without the sponsor logos.

The same goes for the music. As usual, riders just steal some popular music and put it in their video. This is of course not allowed and you should upload your video to Jukin Media including copyrights free music or no music at all.

So, how do you promote your sponsor in a licensed video if you can’t put a logo in it…

That’s easy…Wear a t-shirt or a sticker on your helmet. Get creative and have your sponsor showcased in a different way. Maybe your video footage can include a closeup of the product (boards, wheels, helmet, gloves etc). You’ll figure it out, I’m sure.

Who is already doing it?

Some of the popular names are already on it. Here are some of them…

Seismic team rider Javier Tato recently uploaded his video from Nueno freeride and in a matter of days, it was featured on People Are Awesome.

A Loaded Boards ambassador LoTfi Lamaali – WoodWalker is also a regular uploader and recently a young ripper from US, Josh Neuman, bragged on Facebook about making a nice amount of money via Jukin Media as his Bails video got aired on TV.

Among others, like Andrei Churakov, there’s also a fast and tight run by Ambroise Trt which we also featured on Longboard Magazine.

These are just some examples, but you can sign up and see the rest at www.jukinmedia.com.

How will your sponsors profit from your licensed video?

They will not. The thing is that these videos are mostly shown to a large audience which actually doesn’t care about longboarding brands or about you for that matter.

Your sponsor’s Facebook page will not get millions of new likes and their business will not skyrocket. As the matter the fact, hundreds of thousand fake Facebook views will get them maybe a couple of new followers.

However, who knows…You just might be discovered by the next talent hunter and get featured on a television or perhaps even score a trip overseas…

That’s it! This post stretched out far enough to give you an idea how to cash-in your videos.

As mentioned earlier, this is just one of the ways of making money with your videos and I will share some more as soon as I find the time to write them down. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter or follow our Facebook page.

So, will you give it a try and upload your video to Jukin Media?

Peace out brothers and sisters!

Cover photo by Mihael Zadravec (Longboard Magazine)
Riders on the cover photo: Ruben Loosmore & Arthur Friedrich Schmidt

Traveling the world on board with Rosanne Steeneken

Traveling the world on board: Tips for travel noobies

My name is Rosanne Steeneken and I’m a 21 year old skater from the Netherlands. In 2016 I tried to escape my flat country by exploring Europe without any experience in traveling with my longboard. My adventures were successful and now I’m planning a 2 month trip to North America. A dream come true…

This article is meant for skaters who are complete travel noobies. I wrote down all the basics you need to know about traveling and this is my way of helping the community and giving something back.

In my experience, traveling is fun, but it can also come with some complicated situations. At the end, making mistakes will give you the best life skills. So I advise you to go out and explore the world, skate fast roads and meet new people, but if you want to learn from my mistakes, here are my tips that will make your travels easier.

Make connections

The great thing about the longboard community is that we are one big family. You will most probably always find people that are willing the help you out and contacting the right people really helped me a lot during my trips.

Group photo of the girls skating Wallonhill. Photo By Jouke Bos

On my first journey last year, a trip to Italy, I didn’t event meet any of the girls before going on a road trip with them. It turned out we became really good friends and shared a lot of good times together.

With this said, my advice is to check out the local longboard crews from the country you want to visit and ask around if they would maybe like to show you around or even have a couch for you to surf on. If you are lucky you may even find a skate house where you can stay.

Traveling by plane

Traveling by plane may seem way too expensive…and at the end, it may be. I was able to travel to five different places in the past 6 months just by spending some extra time researching online. At the end, the struggle was worth it. Here are some websites I used that can make traveling by plane a lot cheaper and easier:

Note: Keep in mind that ”budget” air companies make you pay extra for booking and checking the baggage. Also note that the prices are almost always a bit higher than those you see online.

Traveling by bus or train

If you are staying inside Europe, I would consider checking out the buses and trains going to your destination. Although, it may take a lot more time than traveling by plane, it can also be less hassle with your luggage.

With Flixbus you can even bring one item of hand luggage (max. 42 x 30 x 18 cm, max. 7kg) and 2 items of luggage (max. 67 x 50 x 27 cm, max. combined weight 30kg).

Also check out BLA BLA car. Sometimes it can be a good option, just make sure you check the luggage size you are allowed to bring!

I like traveling by bus or a train, because it gives me the chance to see more of the country I’m in. I can also stretch my legs and keep an eye on my stuff.

Packing for the trip

There are two types of luggage you need to consider, a backpack and luggage with all your skate gear. When I travelled, I use both. A backpack (a carry on if you’re traveling by plane)  for small stuff and personal belongings and a longboard bag for all my skate gear.

Before you go on a plane, think about what you want to put in your carry on luggage. I normally use a backpack and fill it up with skate wheels and small accessories to save some weight for my longboard travel bag.

Packing a full face helmets is always a bit tricky, but I have my own little trick. When I fly, I check if the company allows me to carry a little extra cabin bag. If this is allowed, a full face may be too big to become that extra little bag. What I do is, I just put my jacket over the helmet when it’s time to board the plane.

If you do this, you need to be super friendly to the flight crew and put your helmet underneath your feet or chair in front of you once you are on the plane. Also, if you explaining that your helmet is a life/death situation it may do the trick.

Packing for a longboard trip. Photo by Rosanne Steeneken

For my longboard gear, I got myself a 42 inch loyal buddy Decent Hardware bodybag that has been by my side for a half a year now. I don’t know what I would do without it. This longboard travel bag comes with little wheel bags inside and is big enough to fit your full face in as well.

I found out that this 42 inch bag is allowed at almost every budget air company. The only thing is, you will be asked to put it in the odd baggage section. When you land at your destination, just ask someone from the airport where you can pick up your oversized bag.

My Packing List

As long as you don’t make your mom pack your bags it’s not that hard to bring a lot of stuff with you. Before you set off, you can Google packing tips and find a lot of minimalist packing lists to hold on too. Here are some essentials I always take with me:

  • A micro fibre towel – it dries super quick and is small enough to keep in your bag.
  • Extra pair of laces, maybe even 3 – you can also use it as a belt.
  • Don’t pack shoes, pack breaking soles instead – you’re only gonna need 1 pair of skates shoes, 1 pair of casual shoes and flip-flops.
  • Reusable water bottle with a carbine hook
  • Extra slide pucks
  • A smaller backpack and a wheel bag – because wheels are always dirty.

Important documents you need when traveling

Passport

Having a valid passport or ID card is one of the most obvious things you need to travel. I have too many friends that forget or lost their passport during traveling, that is why I recommend making a copy of your documents and emailing it to yourself. You never know what will happen.

Organizer

What I like to do is keeping my passport, boarding pass, wallet, phone and other important document inside a fanny pack. It’s easy to grab and close to your body and it is much harder to steal.

If you want to make it extra safe, put your passport and boarding pass inside a plastic folder. In addition, you will also get 10 extra swag points for wearing a fanny pack these days.

International drivers license

When you planning to go outside of Europe, make sure you get yourself an international driver’s license. You don’t want your buddies to drive all the time right? 😉

When I need one, I just Google where to get it and take a passport photo with me. Most of the time it costs only around 20 euro.

Insurance

ALWAYS GET TRAVEL INSURANCE!!! You are a skater and you never know when you’ll get yourself into trouble. Getting travel insurance, besides your EHIC card is a lot easier and cheaper if something actually happens to you any you need to get treatment.

Additional tips

  • Get yourself a credit card. If you’re going to rent a car somewhere they will most probably ask you for one.
  • But don’t only take your ATM card, make sure you always have around 50-100 euros cash on you.
  • If you own an iPhone you can download an app called iPhone Wallet. With it, you can save all your digital tickets. If you keep your phone charged, you don’t need to print them out.
  • Don’t forget to pack a universal power converter and a power bank.
  • Have a journal and a pen. You can make a list of your schedule and a list of your belongings so you always know what you took with you and what not to forget.
  • Check what time the airport opens in the morning. If your flight leaves early you don’t want to sleep outside of the airport. Been there done that…

My favourite places to travel

If you want to start your new life of traveling, start with longboard events and freerides. This way you have something to hold on too. Besides longboard events, I find it really fun to also visit local communities and meet new people. These are the places I liked the most so far:

  • Tenerife ( Sliders skate house ) duh..
  • North Italy
  • KnK Longboard camp ( Slovenia)
  • Bela Joyride (Austria)
  • Barcelona
  • Wallonhill (Belgium)

Rosanne's longboard trip to Tenerife

 

If you want to make it interesting, take a look at the less popular destinations like Poland, Scandinavia or England. They have great skate spots and an awesome longboard community.

Final words

Last but not least, don’t be an asshole. Pitch in your fair share. You’re a broke skater, we get it, but so is everyone else.

When traveling with other people pitch in for gas and throw in your part.  Do people let you stay at their house for free? Be a good person and help them clean up. Even if you have a place to stay, camping rules still apply.

Leave the place cleaner than you found it. Because there’s nothing worse, than a shitty house guest or travel partner. It leaves a lasting impression so make it a good one.

In conclusion, I hope this article helped you and made you excited for traveling in the upcoming season. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me online or leave some comments down below! 🙂

Traveling without the EHIC card might cost you a lot of money

As a resident of the EU traveling and skating across Europe, the minimum you can do to ensure that you will get the required medical attention in case of an accident, without ending up with a huge hospital bill, is to have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

In this post, I’ve compiled all the information you need to know about EHIC. Read through to know where to get yours, how it works and what it actually covers.

Be a good friend and share this post with your skate buddies, so that they can also learn about the EHIC card for themselves.

Why you shouldn’t travel without the European Health Insurance Card

The European Health Insurance Card allows you to receive medical treatment in most European countries as you normally would with your national health insurance card in your country of habitual residence.

It is issued totally free of charge and the only criteria of getting one is to be insured or covered by a statutory social security scheme in your own country.

A passport, an ID card or a national health insurance card are often not enough to get “free” health care in a foreign country. That is why you need EHIC.

Basically, the EHIC card is a document which proves that you are covered by a statutory social security scheme in your own country. If you don’t have it, the foreign hospital providing you with health care can’t know if you’re covered or not. So, as a precaution, they will charge you for the treatment.

Where to get your EHIC card

The EHIC card is issued by your national health insurance provider. You can obtain yours by visiting their office personally, as well as ordering it online on their website by filling an application form.

Follow these 3 steps to locate the correct EHIC application form for your country:

  1. Visit the European Commission website
  2. Find your country on the list of flags and click on it. You will be presented with a hyperlink to the official website of your national health insurance provider.
  3. Click the link to visit your national health insurance provider’s website.
  4. Once you’re there, look around for “Apply for your card” button (or something similar) and follow their instructions (fill in the form and submit).

Get your EHIC card on time (!)

In my country, it’s advised to order the EHIC card at least four working days prior to a trip.

In case if you forget to order your card in time, you can still visit your national health insurance provider and ask for a certificate which will temporarily replace the EHIC card.

List of countries where EHIC has you covered

The European Health Insurance card is valid in 28 member states of the EU and 4 member states of the European Free Trade associations (EFTA). This includes all of the European countries with the addition of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • The European Union (EU)
    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
  • The European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
    Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein (EEA countries).
    Switzerland.

However, it does not apply to The Chanel Islands, Isle of Man, Monaco, San Marino and The Vatican, but these are not popular skate destinations anyway.

Furthermore, if your EHIC for some reason is not recognised by the authorities in the European country you are visiting, you can request your home insurer to call the doctor or the hospital where you are treated.

Know what you can expect in a foreign country

In case you will need to use your European Health Insurance Card on a skate trip, you will receive state-provided healthcare treatments. This will be provided in the same manor as it would be to a local resident.

EHIC also covers treatments of chronic or pre-existing medical conditions, but be sure to consult with your insurance company before your trip.

EHIC does not cover rescue or repatriation services (flying you back home) nor does it cover dental treatment that can be delayed until you get back. It also does not cover any travel related incidents such as stolen property or lost luggage.

This means that EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance.

It would be best to also think about getting a valid travel insurance policy before you start your trip.

Because health care systems vary depending on the country, you should check with your national health care provider to find out what exactly is covered in the country you wish to visit.

Important tips that can save you loads of hassle in case of an injury

First and foremost make sure you have your European Health Insurance Card and your personal documents (passport or identity card) on you at all times.

This is important especially when you’re attending a longboard event in a foreign country.

Often times at the events skaters spend a long time waiting in the ambulance for their friends to finish their run, go to the campsite/hotel and search for their documents and EHIC.

Save yourself the hassle and be responsible, have it with you on the track.

Best thing to do is to tell your friends where you keep your documents. A good idea is to also have a responsible friend in charge of the car keys (they may need to drive or follow you to the hospital).

The next important tip is to always have some spare cash at hand.

It is true that the EHIC insures you get free treatment, but that’s not always the case.

In some countries you may be expected to pay the bill upfront. You can however claim a refund once you get back home. In this case, save the receipts and all of the paperwork. Once you’re home safely, get in touch with your insurance company.

Moreover, you may also be asked to pay a percentage of the state-provided treatment. This means you may also need to pay for prescription costs, also known as co-payment. This may not be refundable.

As mentioned previously, the card is free, so please note that if you order it through a business or a non-official agent who wants to charge you for it, it’s probably a scam.

A very useful tip for those who already have their European Health Insurance Card is to always check the expiration date before you start your trip. The EHIC can be valid anywhere from 1 month to 5 years, depending on your health insurance status.

Final outline

  • Order your European Health Insurance Card at least 4 working days prior to your trip
  • Check the expiration date before you leave home
  • Always and I mean always, have your documents and EHIC on you
  • Let your skate buddies know where you keep your documents
  • Always carry some spare cash on you – you might need to pay for your treatment
  • EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance – it’s best to get additional insurance
  • If you find yourself in an emergency during you skate trip in Europe, dial 112. This is the European emergency number and is valid in all EU/EEA member states

That’s it for now…

If you have any questions or think something’s missing, let us know in the comments below. Also help you friends learn about EHIC by sharing this article with them.

Thank you for reading, now go out and skate and keep it safe!

Disclaimer: Please note that you should double check all the rules according to your country and inform yourself properly via the official EHIC webpage. Information provided in this article can eventually become outdated in case if  EHIC regulations change. We will make sure to check and update the website with the new information. The featured image of this post represents a Slovenian version of EHIC and has been altered in order to protect the privacy of the card owner.

Additional editing by Mihael Zadravec.

One foot no comply shuvit with Brandon DesJarlais

Learn Longboarding: One Foot No-Comply 180 Shuvit with Brandon DesJarlais

If your plan is to learn new tricks, then you’ve come to the right place. This is a simple three step tutorial with Brandon DesJarlais on how to do a No-Comply 180 shuvit with a one foot landing.

For this trick you will need a half shell helmet and slide gloves, because as Brandon said ”shi* happens”. Moreover, landing this trick will be easier if you already know how to do a no comply 180 or better yet, a No-Comply 180 shuvit.

* Brandon skates regular so if your stance is goofy, just flip it around.

For more vlogs by Brandon, see his profile on Longboard Magazine.

Step 1: Nail the pop

One foot no comply shuvit with Brandon DesJarlais

This step is all about perfecting your motion so your body is able do the 180 pop every single time. Start out with flipping your board around and catching it with your foot. Stand shoulder width apart with the ball of your back foot on the heel side edge of the board. Push the board straight from the outside corner of your board, pop it and land it. Ideally you want your board to land straight at the same spot, without turning sideways.

Step 2: Nail the landing

One foot no comply shuvit with Brandon DesJarlais

Step 2 is all about landing your back foot at the right position. For this step, keep your front foot grounded while flipping the board with your back foot. So pop it, keep your front foot on the ground, turn the board 180 and plant your back foot on the longboard. Your foot should land in the middle of the deck.

Step 3: Go for it

One foot no comply shuvit with Brandon DesJarlais

Once you’ve got the first two steps down it’s time to push off and perfect your technique. Follow steps one and two with the addition of pushing off with your front foot once you’ve landed the board.

Some problems you might have while doing this trick are over or under rotation, not popping enough and not landing in the right spot. But don’t worry, all this can be fixed with perfecting the first two steps. All you have to do now is practice and soon enough you’ll be able to show off your new skills.

Brandon filmed this tutorial on a Moonshine MFG Elixir longboard deck, Abec 11 62 mm 81a Polka Dots wheels, Arsenal 180 50˚ trucks and RipTide bushings.

Awesome video filmed with bicycle featuring Ferdi Mohr, Stefan Reinprecht and Alexander Mohr

Awesome video filmed with bicycle featuring Ferdi Mohr, Stefan Reinprecht and Martin Schræg

About a month ago, Ferdinand Mohr shared with me a video filmed by his brother Alexander Mohr, featuring him and his buddies Stefan ReinprechtMartin Schræg.

Rather then full raw runs, which have overcrowded our Facebook timelines in the past couple of years or more, I’m a great fan of “edits” because it takes much more effort to create them and personally I find them to be more interesting. This one impressed me very much.

When I finished watching the video, I was curious to find out more about it because just posting a video without any additional information really isn’t what I’m trying to do here on Longboard Magazine.

So, I asked Ferdinand to tell me a bit more about what went down that day and what I found out blew me away. It might not seam that big of a deal to you (hopefully it does), but to me this was special.

As I was watching the video, I thought that some scenes were filmed with a follow car, but it turned out that the guys used a bicycle in order to make the whole experience safer. How freaking awesome is that!?

I know that to many of you this might be nothing new and for sure it has been done before, but the way this video came out… These guys deserve some respect for sure.

While following and filming a skater down a hill on a bicycle might not be an option for every situation, for example, when skating downhill at higher speeds, this is a great option for youngsters who don’t have a car or a driving licence…or if they want to play it safe.

Hopefully this video will inspire other young skaters out there to try out something similar. For more stoke check out this photo from the shooting.

Filming a run with a bicycle. Photo by Sebastian Mohr

It all started last year when my brother, Alexander Mohr wanted to film a video with me, but we were wondering how to film, because we were afraid of filming with a car. That’s how we came up with the idea to film with a bike and his glide cam. It was a funny construction, but it worked really well. We went to spots all over Vorarlberg (Austria) and Liechtenstein. Big thanks to my brother and of course to the community! ~ Ferdinand Mohr

There you have it… It doesn’t necessarily take a car to make great video which would get noticed and appreciated 🙂

Christian Kreuter - CK Photography

Mastering longboard photography – The Christian Kreuter Interview

CK Photography – I guess most of you guys already got shot at least once by this guy. Christian Kreuter, the Kassel (Germany) local is not only a downhill skateboarding addict, but also a passionate photographer.

What’s he up to do next, where does his passion come from and how long does it usually take time for Christian to get that one perfect shot – read through to find out more. Enjoy!

How did you start with the photography and what inspired you to focus on longboarding?

Photography drew my interest when I was a little kid, because my grandpa was one of the first guys in our area that owned a SLR (analog single-lens reflex) camera back in the days. I was embossed by countless old school slide evenings with my grandpa.

I started skating back in 2012 and because I was using my DSLR for two years already, I just gave it a try and shot my first longboard pics with the local scene here in Kassel.

One year later I shot my first downhill event, the I-Berg Freerace. I didn’t skate back then, but I wanted to get a closer look at the “pros”. I attended a few other events in 2013 for skating and shooting.

After attending the Fairytale Freerace 2014, I got some inquiries from different skaters wanting to get a glimpse of my pics. One of them was TD Longboards founder Lennart Thomsen.

He asked me, whether he could get a shot of his teamrider Quirin Ilmer and indicated me to launch a Facebook page, so that all skaters could see my pics. I thought that was a good idea and a few days later I launched the Facebook page “CK Photography”, the feedback of which was really lovely.

KnK Longboard Camp 2014 ~ Facebook gallery by CK Photography
KnK Longboard Camp 2014 ~ Facebook gallery by CK Photography

The KNK Longboard Camp later in the year 2014 was my absolute highlight. Despite poor weather conditions I had some very unique runs with skaters, who I later became good friends with. KNK was pure madness (laughs).

One week later, after I finished my post production work, I uploaded the pictures on my Facebook page and the “likes” went totally crazy. I literally reached the whole world with my work. People love their sport and I can capture those moments, this is just an awesome feeling.

Are you planning to shoot any events in 2016?

Honestly I wish I could attend every BigMountainSkate event in 2016. I really respect all the work the guys do and I wish I could be part of it with my pictures. Almabtrieb, Alpenrauschen and Bela Joyride are definitely on my radar for 2016.

OH Rider Fionn Kraft at KNK 2k15 ~ CK Photography
OH Rider Fionn Kraft at KNK 2k15 ~ CK Photography

There are some big differences between a planned shooting for advertising and shooting at events. I really know this by myself. How about you? Do you shoot “planned” shootings as well?

No, not really. As I often shoot at events, I don’t plan that much, I like to do some extra detail planning on portrait shootings and landscape pictures. Sometimes I plan skate shootings, like a shooting at noon with a flash. Here you tell the skater the exact place where to slide or do a trick, but I am more into the “real” pictures, which are not set-up.

At an event you can’t really tell the skaters how to skate and what kind of shots you would like to get. How does it take to get good shots out of an event?

As you said, as photographer you can’t plan where the skaters skate and slide before a corner. Only when you skate the road by yourself, you know exactly when something is about to happen where and when.

Tech-talk alert! You shoot with a Nikon camera, right?

Oh yes, I am a real Nikon Fanboy 🙂 I shoot with a Nikon D800 Body since 2015 and in previous years I worked with a D7000.

What I want is maximum quality and the Nikon D800 provides me with 7360×4190 pixel photos when shooting raw format (info: raw means, that the photographer has to do the final development of the picture. Shooting with .jpeg files, the camera does the development and you get a finished picture).

Chris' gear for getting awesome shots

Only the burst mode is pretty slow of the D800, but I exclusively shoot with single exposure. This means I only have one chance to get the perfect shot. So if I miss the moment, it’s forever gone.

What lenses are you using for shooting downhill skating?

I am shooting 90% of all my skate pictures with the NIKKOR 70-200 2.8 VRII. When I shoot with a really wide open aperture, the pictures are pin sharp and on point and also the focus speed is really fast. And only for about 10% of my shots I use the Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART for landscape or campground shots.

What about post-production? How do you get the perfect image done?

I don’t make any difference, if it is people, landscape or skateboarding photography – I always check my basic rules, to see if I this is the perfect image.

  • Is the focus on point?
  • Is the exposure right?
  • Did I capture the right moment?

So straight after a skateboarding event, the picture selection can take some days. When shooting a three day event, I mostly have 800-1200 picture to look at, but I learned to keep the rejects small.

And when I know the pictures that suffice my criteria I do some small corrections and put on the “CKP Look”. Right after that, I do the easiest thing, but also the most satisfying part of my work – export the pictures for Facebook, upload them and share them with all the skaters out there.

Would you share some useful tips for all the hobby photographers out there?

Sure! Here are some tips:

  • So firstly don’t focus only on one photography topic. Take a look at the whole spectrum of photography, because you will learn a lot of things from one topic which you could use for another.
  • Secondly I would say, that creativity is the next important thing. Therefore you should look for new angles and try some different camera adjustments like aperture, exposure time, or shooting with flash.
  • Last but not least, I think you should take a look at other photographers and probably try to copy them or adopt stuff you like, to find your own photography style. Also, ask questions – talking with other photographers really helps and I honestly feel happy when I can help others. So contact me anytime you want!
  • Uh, and before I forget, I have some tech-talk information for you guys out there: The lens is way more important than the body of your camera set-up and you should get your hands on fast memory cards. It is really a pity, if the memory card is too slow to capture the right moment!

What other motives do you shoot besides longboarding?

I also shoot people, landscape and travel pictures and therefore I launched a second Facebook page at the end of 2015 for those kind of pictures. As you said, I recently shot a lot of skateboarding, but I want to broaden my mind and learn something new.

The good thing with photography is that you can shoot everything and therefore it is really necessary to look beyond the boundaries.

When shooting with people, I don’t want to catch an orchestration, I am more interested in people and how they live, what they have experienced or what makes him or her special. And when I’m shooting landscapes, I am aiming to capture pictures of touching places and where I can think back in time when looking at them.

Thank you Christian for a great interview and your insight into longboard photography. Any shoutouts?

Of course. I would like to thank everyone out there who support me and follow me on social networks. I’m very proud, that i can work with BigMountainSkate and Longboard Magazine. Special thanks goes out to my family and friends:- Mom and Dad, love you.- of course Grandpa, who has shown me the path to photography- my crew: Arthur, Fionn, Al, Philipp and Elias- the „Sonnenblümchen Racing Team“: haha, if you read this you will know who i mean 😉

If you’re in town, get in touch and we skate some hills together and take some photos. Otherwise, I hope to see you on the hill soon and keep safe. Cheers!

Filming a longboard run with a car

Stick to my ass as close as possible – filming a run with a car

Recently I watched a raw run video featuring Austrian racing machine Quirin “Qui” Ilmer. The Tyrolian beef-cake is really pushing his limits to the max and is always eager to get down the road as fast as possible. Check this raw run to make sure you understand what I’m talking about.

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Watching him hitting the roads in such vicious race mode makes me even more stoked about skating fast. Quirin doesn’t care if he’s racing against three other guys, when he’s on the top of the hill, it’s just a nip-and-tuck race between him and the road.

As I was wathcing the raw run video, I couldn’t overlook how damn close to Quirin the follow car was.

Did you realise how damn close to Quirin the car is as he hits the apex? That’s really close! Both the rider and the car driver are not allowed to make any mistakes in these kind of filming sessions.

This reminds me of all those SkateHouseMedia edits done by Alexander “Bad Decision” Ameen. Everybody knows him for beeing really fearless follwing down the skater as close as possible to catch some good footage.

But who’s the guy that rips down with a car like this over here in Europe? Let’s hear it from Quirin:

The filmer is called Nussi (Gregor Nussbaummüller). The wicked thing working with him is, that if you make a mistake, he knocks you over. And that’s the way it should be! The follow car has to stick to your ass as close as possible. Thats the way a raw run should be filmed these days, because then you get the best footage out of a run! ~ Quirin Ilmer

Nussi, a Salzburg (Austria) DH skater is responsible for this kind of action. As I talked to him about this later, he told me that he was putting his first car sideways all the time.

After he passed his driving license, his first car was a rear-wheel drive BMW and this kind of forced him to drift through corners, especially during winter when he was driving up to the mountains to go snowboarding. “Often I would end up in snow off the road”, said Nussi while laughing out loud.

Nowadays he still drives up to the mountains but mostly during summer. He either skates down or follows a skater with his car and a camera fixed to it as he sticks close to the skater’s ass to get the raddest footage possible.

When it comes down to filming with the car, Nussi has some strict rules.

It is very important to know who is in front of you. Every rider has an unique style and tries to transfer it to the road. Downhill bombing or some stand-up freeriding make a huge impact for filming. So mostly I like to skate a run together, to get to know the skater I am about to film. ~ Nussi

When Nussi and I got together, we decided to hit a fun and fast track somewhere close to Salzburg, to show you how he handles the car. If you pay attention closely, you will notice how he drifts “sideways” in a second corner!

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When going out filming a raw run, Nussi uses a tripod car mount and a Canon DSLR for filming in high resolution and 25 frames per second.
By the way, this raw run was filmed with a VW Polo, which is “small & crispy”, just as Nussi likes a follow car to be. Still, Nussi also has a slightly passion for big old cars 😉

Toeside - toes are slightly over the edge

How to improve your feet placement for quick transition between heelside and toeside slides

Proper feet placement is something I struggled with as well and I often see others doing the same mistakes, especially beginners, who have just started learning stand up slides.

This tutorial will show you how to improve your feet placement on a longboard when doing stand up slides for easier, more controllable and faster transitions between heelside and toeside slides.

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But wait! Before we start, please note that there are different styles of skateboarding and this tutorial doesn’t say that “this” or “that” is wrong. However, when it comes to fast transitions between heelside and toeside checks, a proper stance on a longboard is required if you want to perform well and progress faster.

Proper longboard setup matters

* This part is for beginners who might not have a proper longboard setup.

Before we push off, let’s talk a bit about a proper longboard setup for freeride. Learning stand up slides on a pintail cruiser and soft downhill wheels could easily take the fun out of your experience.

Your deck should have a nice deep concave to hold your feet locked in while sliding and give to you good leverage over the trucks. I highly recommend symmetrical decks with a platform wide enough to fit your feet size. Pintail? Forget about it.

Use extra coarse grip tape. It will hold your feet on the board much better. One of the worst things that can happen when throwing stand up slides is your feet slipping off.

Softer bushing and symmetrical bushing setup are much recommended. Don’t tighten them too much, you should be able to do a deep carve before throwing out the slide. Trucks should be around 176 – 180mm, but not necessarily. You can use wider but narrower than that will give you a headache if you’re still learning.

And of course, I would recommend that you get yourself a set of a freeride longboard wheels. It’s much harder to learn how to slide on the softer downhill wheels. Wheels with rounded lips and durometer between 80a – 83a will make you get there much faster.

Let’s get down to business – feet placement

This is the juicy part of this tutorial. I’m going to “talk” about the feet placement which will help you make easier and faster transitions between heelside and toeside stand up slides / checks.

Let’s say something about the placement of the front foot first. This might be just my personal preference, but since it works for me, I am sure it will work for you as well.

If your board has wheel cutouts, you should place your foot as far in front as the platform allows you to do so (see photo 1). If not, try to stand around 1.5 – 3 cm away from the bolts (see photo 2). Your foot should be positioned at an around 45* angle, evenly across the platform, from one edge to the other.

Front foot on a board with wheel cutouts
Photo 1: Front foot on a board with wheel cutouts
Front foot on a board without wheel cutouts
Photo 2: Front foot on a board without wheel cutouts

When shifting between the heelside and toeside slides, you might want to slightly adjust the angle of your front foot, there’s nothing wrong with that. More specifically, when sliding heelside, you can lower the angle by moving your heel a bit forward / towards the nose.

The catch is mostly in the positioning of a back foot. Let’s talk about it.

If your trucks are tightened too much, you might have problems with the lean. If that’s the case, you most probably put your foot over the edges of the board in order to be able to push it out into the slide. This forces you to move your foot around the board before and after sliding. Most likely, that’s what holds back your progress. Also, this way you probably push the board out too much and don’t really feel the wheels sliding. When pushing the board from the side with your heel or toes far over the edge, you can’t really feel how much pressure / weight you need to apply. See photos 3 and 4 below.

Toeside - too much over the edge
Photo 3: Toeside – too much over the edge
Heelside - too much over the edge
Photo 4: Heelside – too much over the edge

The key to quick transitions between heelside and toeside checks is having your feet always positioned pretty much the same way and just shifting the weight from heels to toes. This will also help you feel the slide much more and make it easier to decide how much pressure / weight you have to add or remove from your board. See photos 5 and 6 below.

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Photo 5: Toeside – toes slightly over the edge
Heelside - heel is slightly over the edge
Photo 6: Heelside – heel slightly over the edge

Here’s a short demonstration video I put together. It’s nothing to be impressed with, but it should give you a good insight about how to place your feet on the board. Let’s watch it.

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Yeah, I know… It’s a slow hill and that sweater makes my legs look shorter than they are, but I love it. It’s from Alternative Longboards. Thank you Szymon!


That’s it! Hopefully you will give it a try, especially if you found yourself doing the same mistakes as I used to. At first, you might feel a bit uncomfortable changing your feet positioning, but don’t worry, you will notice a big progress in no time. Skate on!

Let us know how that worked for you or share your thoughts on this tutorial via the comments below.