New Longboard Deck Pro-models 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s check out the decks…

Proscrito –  Brandon DesJarlais pro longboard deck by Moonshine

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

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

Brandon DesJarlais Pro Model Longboard Deck - Proscrito by Moonshine MFG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chiller Pro – Chase Hiller pro longboard deck by Pantheon Longboards

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

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

Chase Hiller Pro-model - Chiller Pro by Pantheon Longboards

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

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

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

Phoenix – Tristan Cardillo  pro longboard deck by ROCKET Longboards

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

Tristan Cardillo Pro-model - Phoenix by Rocket Longboards

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

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

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

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

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

Related: Three New Alternative Longboards Decks for 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Finish line

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

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

Three New Alternative Longboards Decks for 2019

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

Improved construction and sidewall protection

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

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

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

Finally a pro model deck by Patrick L. Lombardi

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

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

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

Lombardi PRO deck features

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

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

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

La Barou & La Barouquette for narrow trucks

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

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

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

The price for both is 190,00 Euros.

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

Alternative Crew in Amsterdam – a new video by Mateusz Wiącek

Earlier this year, Alternative Longboards team riders got together at “So You Can Longboard Dance?” competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands. After the event, they decided to prolong their trip for another day and set off to explore Amsterdam on their longboards.

Riders: Alina Ruess, Mateusz Kodym, Robbert Van Haaften and Mateusz Wiącek.

Video by Mateusz Wiącek.

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy Photo Gallery

We’ve finally settled down at home and it was time to go through the photos I took during the four days we spent at ISPO 2018 in Munich.

Watch the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy video here.

If you’re not familiar with ISPO, here’s the short walk-through. It is the biggest European multi-segment trade fair within the sports industry. With over 85.000 visitors from 120 different countries, ISPO is stretched out through 16 halls showcasing 8 segments that cover everything from winter sports, team sports, health & fitness to manufacturing & suppliers.

We mostly spent our time in Hall A5 at the Longboard Embassy organized by 40inch Longboard Magazine. Looking back to 2013, when I last visited ISPO, this year’s Longboard Embassy looked a bit smaller than back then, but it was still filled with a wall-to-wall skateboard and longboard products.

The Longboard Embassy view from the lounge area

Walking through the Longboard Embassy, one could try out surf skating, electric longboards, watched Legende Longboard chisel a block of wood, what later became a handcrafted and fully functional longboard, or rest their legs at the lounge area overlooking the Whitezu 12 meter long surf skate wave system.

In the four days of ISPO, we got a chance to talk with and interview 33 brands covering different skateboarding disciplines.

KebbeK Skateboards introduced their new watercolor lineup, Landyachts Longboards showcased the new freeride and dancer boards, ROCKET Longboards showed off it’s new Freak Show collection, Alternative Longboards introduced their new construction and Madrid Skateboards their Netflix Stranger Things collection…just to name a few.

The Longboard Embassy bar

Wheel and truck wise, we got a chance to check out Seismic’s new downhill race wheel, the European Walzen wheels, and the new Bolzen truck models and also talked with Bangfish about their new surf skate trucks.

There were also numerous surf skate brands showcasing their collection surrounding the Whitezu skate wave, like the Spanish YOW surf, Slide Surfskate, Curfboard, and Carver Skateboards.

Regarding protection, we saw the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver, stopped by at TSG and saw what’s new with Pro-Tec’s Full Cut skateboard helmets.

We also saw the Buggy Rollin suit by Jean Yves Blondeau. He’s most known for one of his stunt characters, the Rollerman, which we also got to see in action.

Jean-Yves Blondeau's Buggy Rollin suits

While we are still editing the interviews to show you what the brands had to say about their new lineups and products, here is a photo gallery from the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy.

I would like to end this article with an interview with Philippe Roose, a member of the Ministry of Stoke and their F*** Cancer Foundation. In the video, he said that the beer fundraiser at ISPO was a success and shares his personal story with everybody who takes the time to watch the video below.

Alternative Longboards 2017 collection; Mountain Freak and City Shredder

Alternative Longboards 2017 – Mountain Freak and City Shredder

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

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

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

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

New Alternative 2017 Collections

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

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

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

New: Polyurethane Sidewalls

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

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

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

New: Double Wooden Core

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

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

Mountain Freak – Downhill & Freeride

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

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

The composition

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

The graphics

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

New: Alternative Starling

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

Starling by Alternative Longboards

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

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

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

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

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

New: Chauma M & Chauma W with sidewalls

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

Alternative Chauma W longboard deck

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

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

City Shredder – Freestyle, Dancing & Cruising

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

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

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

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

The composition

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

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

The graphics

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

New: Alternative Verdin

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

Alternative Verdin 2017 longboard deck

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

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

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

New: Alternative Erget

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

Alternative Erget 2017 longboard deck

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

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

Overall, great looking longboard dancing deck…

There you have it 🙂

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

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

Connect with Alternative

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

A day in the Alternative Longboards Workshop

Alternative Longboards factory tour and production overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Polish welcome party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New at Alternative: Double wooden cores and Sidewalls

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patience, innovation and hand built machinery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Factory tour wrap up and Live Giveaway

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

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

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

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

Lillian Barou enjoying Switzerland on his Wrobel Alternative longboard

Alternative Longboards Wrobel with Lillian Barou

Last summer Lillian BarouBen Pellet and Brian Scott Adkins travelled around Switzerland in search of new skate spots. They came across this epic run and couldn’t refrain themselves from filming it.

This is a 9 a.m. run, not long after we woke up. It was only my 2nd run on the spot, but as you can see it’s very long so I couldn’t really memorise the track. So I sent it as I can: shredding, chilling, tucking and having fun. Lillian Barou

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Lillian skates the Wrobel deck that is part of the current Alternative Longboards lineup. It features a classic directional shape, radial concave and a stiff flex. The length of the board is 90 cm with a width of 24.5 cm. Its design also provides multiple wheelbase options raging from 66 to 72 cm.

Alternative Wrobel: 1 Top graphic | 2 Fiberglass | 3 Carbon fiber| 4 Veneer | 5 Core | 6 Down graphic

Despite the simple design the Wrobel still performs great in different disciplines and riding styles. Its priced at 189 euro and available for purchase via Alternative Longboards website.

Stay tuned for the Alternative Longboards 2017 deck collection overview.

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

The 4th edition of Izdebki Camp happened in the second weekend of July, with a pirate theme and loads of activities for the participants. This year’s edition featured 2 days of freeriding, a race day, timed runs, a slide jam & best trick contest and also a mini ramp session with generous prizes for the winners. As this was not enough, to keep the party going, riders also enjoyed a concert of three bands and off the hook parties with a drink called Bimber!

Read through the words of Arjan Koek, the chill and tallest Dutch skater we know and get his insight on what went down at Izdebki camp, Release the Kraken edition.

Fire away, Arjan!


Izdebki camp 2016 report by Arjan Koek

Ahoy land lovers and scallywags! This is a mighty tale about the serpentine road of Izdebki, where every year us pirates come and fight the Kraken arrrrgg! We are armed with wooden planks, loads of ale and fireworks and we charge the hill fighting the beast! Arrrgggg … A pirate life for me!

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

Izdebki Camp is a freeride located in the beautiful hills of Poland, in a small village called Izdebki. The whole event was organized by Alternative Longboards and although the track wasn’t the most challenging, the pavement was very good and grippy, the corners were wide and had flow, so big pack runs and blasting down the road was the main priority even for beginners!

Before the freeride, I got the chance to visit the Alternative Longboards HQ, where I had an impressive tour of their factory and even heard some of their yummy secrets. If was awesome to see how dedicated they are to making top quality products and caring for the development and improving their technology to make great longboards, done by awesome skaters.

We arrived at Izdebki Camp on Friday evening, parked our car and walked up to an impressive mansion to get in line for the inscription. The atmosphere was chill and the beer was already flowing. The same day we had a slide jam as the start for the amazing weekend. The friendly slide session featured a longest slide contest, hands down and no hands, the most creative slide and other activities that got us warmed up and gave us a chance to meet the other riders.

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

On Saturday morning, a little after 9 o’clock we started the first run. The shuttles and start were easy going, the sun was shining and there was no limit on the size of the pack that could start the run. We got six runs in before the rain came, but at least that gave us time to have a lunch break as my legs were already killing me. We continued skating soon after, as the road dried up and enabled us to enjoy the track until 4 pm.

After the freeride the fun wasn’t over. Chilling and grilling came into play as well as a game called longboard jousting. Yes, you heard it right, two guys skating towards each other while trying to knock out the other skater off his board, using a big beam of wood and a boxing glove duck taped to the end to keep it ”safe” haha. This wildly entertaining game brought forth the winner, my buddy Jerom Geunens.

A mini ramp session followed, with a best combo and best trick contest. I managed to take home the win for best combo, so this was my favorite game of them all.

The friendly competition didn’t stop there, as later we watched four teams of pirates on little rafts battle each other with fireworks on the lake right next to the mansion. To wild to be true, but it actually happened – only on Izdebki! They rounded up all the survivors, brought out the rum and ale and the party was lit late into the night.

The last day, on Sunday the 10th, we enjoyed another sunny day with people riding the track in bigger packs. The vibe of the freeride was perfect and I really didn’t want for it to be over. At the end of the day, my legs decided to skip the uphill push race and because of the long drive back home, I missed the death race. I later saw the footage and pictures and it looked like it was epic, check them out for yourself!

I am now back home and can legitimately say that Izdebki Camp was a blast! I would also like to thank everyone involved in the organization for making it super fun for everybody to attend. It was awesome .. arrrrrgggg!

For everyone who couldn’t make it, check out my pirate edit and photos from my girlfriend and talented photographer Natalia Mielniczuk and get stoked for next years edition of Izdebki Camp!

Video & Edit: Arjan Koek
Photos by: Natalia Mielniczuk Photography / www.natalia-mielniczuk.com