Winter 2010 Noteworthy Gear from the top Core Longboard Companies!
This industry is blowing up, and amazing innovation is coming from every angle. We respect that and want the longboard community working together.
LONGBOARD LOFT NYC
Bustin Boards has recently expanded and re-branded their Brooklyn store, which is now Longboard Loft NYC – New York’s only full-on, full-service longboard store offering a mind-boggling assortment of the industry’s best brands. “This was our intention when we opened the store one year ago, but we haven’t had the time to pull it together because of the crazy year we’ve had at Bustin,” says Bustin founder Ryan Daughtridge. “This industry is blowing up, and amazing innovation is coming from every angle. We respect that and want the longboard community in New York City to have access to all of it.” The shop also includes an expanded riders’ lounge area where riders can tune their boards, demo bushing combos or just hang out and skate on the freshly paved road in front of the store. longboardloftnyc.com
Designed, tested and manufactured in Southern California, Metro Wheel Co. is now proud to offer these wheels to the public. The Metro Retro wheel, with its classic shape and 78A durometer is rapidly becoming the choice of wheel for those skaters seeking speed, performance, durability and classic looks. The Metro Motion wheel is designed for freeride and DH slide. With its taller 70mm height, slightly harder 80A durometer and sanded riding surface, there is virtually no break-in period. Predictability, speed, maneuverability and clean looks are what you get with the new Metro Motion wheel. tailtap.com
Road Rage wheels have been in the Earthwing lineup for a few years now, providing a great engine for Superglider fans worldwide. Superballs took it a step further with this new slalom-inspired mold. There are multiple duros and sizes in the same magnificent “Inthane” formula found in the Floaters and Wildchild wheels. These are quick on the push, great for pumping, have excellent deep carving traction and rebound faster through vibrations like riding on glass.
Bones Wheels proudly introduces a new line of Pro Filmer wheels. These soft 80A durometer ATF (All-Terrain Formula) wheels will keep you rolling fast and silky smooth while filming sponsor-me tapes, archiving your own moves or just riding down to the local store for some refreshments. boneswheels.com
Pusher Alert! Atobe has shifted gears into wheels! The brand new Atobe Bonneville 76mm 78A wheels are made in Southern California from the absolute best urethane money can buy. Every Bonneville is precision cast for the roundest and truest wheels, putting them on the “have to have” list for all LDPers and LDS skaters around the world. The bright colors are hand mixed and work like reflectors on your bike! atobelongboards.com
There are a number of new developments from the folks at Venom. First up are the new Venom Cannibal wheels. Designed by Zak Maytum, the wheels are 72mm tall with a slightly beveled outer lip and a thick, sharp inner lip for maximum traction, efficient and predictable slides and unparalleled durability. Also new is the 2011 Madrid Zak Maytum pro model. It has new graphics, an all-new composite construction and a redesigned shape to eliminate wheelbite. Finally, we have the Venom Sicktail Kit. When it comes to riding a longboard, early grabs are both more difficult and more dangerous than ollies; but most downhill boards suffer from an unfortunate lack of usable kicktails. Enter the Venom Sicktail kit. Available for topmount and drop-through boards, the sicktail is a mellow 7-ply kicktail that comes with longer mounting hardware, grip tape and drywall screws for extra reinforcement. fullcircledistribution.com or venombushings.com
Other Planet Products introduce their Predator trucks, which replace the kingpin with a rolling cam to provide an inherently stable truck capable of extreme turnability. The new design allows for a “programmable” relationship between deck tip and change in turning radius through easily changed cam shapes. The trucks are highly customizable and feature a 6005A aluminum alloy base and 10mm 4130 chrome-moly steel axle. otherplanetproducts.com
Sector 9 Skateboards is proud to release two new boards to the lineup specifically designed for freeriding. Introducing the Super Shaka and Carbon Decline. The Super Shaka features .625’’ of rocker with a symmetrical platform for all your switch needs. Don’t forget to utilize the upturned nose and tail. Next is the Carbon Decline, featuring a .625’’ dropped platform to lock your feet in on slides so you can steez it out how you like. sector9.com
Five Mile was established in 2007 by Cody Shea. Dan Kasmar joined the crew shortly after, and since that time four highly innovative models have been released and the reviews have spoken for themselves. The decks are 100% handmade in the Northwest. Try the newest models, the A-6 Intruder and the F-22 Raptor! fivemilelongboards.com and motionboardshop.com
These two decks are a sampling of the surf-inspired ride that takes skateboarding back to its roots. They are a direct extension of Lost’s surfboard collection, each with a different look, feel and ride, to capture the stoke you get from riding a Lost surfboard and bring it to the streets. lostinternational.net
Sk8Kings’ newest additions to their already legendary pro deck lineup are the well-deserved Kilian Martin models. Hailing from Spain, the winner of the 2010 Paderborn World Cup and YouTube video hero, Kilian has the skills to bridge the gap between flatland freestyle and street skating. Available now in two sizes: symmetrical freestyle (7.25” x 28.25”, WB 12.625”) and street (7.9” x 31.25”). sk8kings.com
Bustin Boards and Rat-Rod NYC proudly present the Boca Rat-Rod V1 “Sprinter” wheel. The brainchild of former Broadway Bomb winner and push culture pioneer Theseus Williams, the Boca Rat-Rod collection was born on the streets – literally! The wheel is designed to minimize contact-patch friction while maintaining speed and grip. The simple split-tread design came to light after testing dozens of more complex tread patterns and represents the simplicity of improved function. Look for more variations and ride-specific designs coming soon.
When Bustin first started concepts for the shape, some of the crew thought the idea for a mini Maestro was fundamentally flawed due to its drop-through design and the length of its dual nose and tail. As a result, they prototyped the shape alongside several more traditional mini designs and, lo and behold, the 32” Maestro Mini surprised everyone. What people seem to love most of all is the feeling of being so low on a mini-style board, allowing for real speed and predictable responsiveness. bustinboards.com
Miramar proudly welcomes Chino, California’s Ben Cortez to our skate team. Ben entered this family with a gleaming smile and sick street skills. Miramar is also working with the infamous underground skateboard artist Kray to design four new street decks to be released this January. The company has expanded its Northern California operations to better serve the Bay Area as well as Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. Miramar’s new HQ is nestled amongst the redwoods where creativity is endless and Sasquatch sightings are welcomed. miramarskateboards.com
The Loaded crew is molting with excitement to present the Bhangra. A more compact dancing/freestyle deck, the Bhangra offers plenty of foot space to get your groove on yet is compact and lightweight enough to facilitate steezy slides and advanced flatland tricks. Upturned nose and tail kicks, purposeful grip tape patterns, rocker, mellow concave and damp flex (created in part by the use of epoxy bio-resin and cork) result in comfortable and functional ergonomics that inspire confidence on the dance floor. loadedboards.com
Vixen began as a way to familiarize women with boarding sports. Each element of a Vixen board is designed to cater to women and their riding styles. They are dedicated to empowering the next generation of girls, who are not afraid to take our boards for a spin. vixenboarding.com
From the mind of Biker Sherlock comes a new series of freeride, slide and downhill boards. These new Dregs boards utilize their eco-friendly fiberweave technology. dregsskateboards.com
Miami-based Grandpa Longboards presents the Reign Series, two compelling options for the freestyle longboarding rider. The King 38” and the Dynasty 45”, designed with a concave body and kicktail, provide a well-built longboard capable of withstanding various terrain types. Additionally, the tops of these decks are coated with a patented clear sand grip for added traction and control. grandpalongboards.com
Phat DeanZ grew from the Phat Man himself, Dean Keller, manually manufacturing slide pucks in his garage in early 2009. With positive feedback from the community, and the Phat Man eager to get quality, inexpensive products to his family of skaters, the pensive concept of Phat WheelZ became a reality. They have since manufactured the first all-rubber high-durometer Phat SoulZ brake soles and the first Venom Bushing Truck Tune Up Kits. phatdeanz.com
New to Atlanta-based Jati Boards are Kato and Gojira. Kato is a compact cruiser made of 8-ply maple with a low drop-through with nose and tail kicks. The Gojira is an amped version of their Ninjati’s aggressive W concave but with a drop-through that creates a lower and more stable ride, plus a layer of Arborite that makes it their strongest board yet. jatiboards.com
Globe has been putting a huge amount of emphasis on the longboard/cruiser market. They recently teamed up with Neff Headgear and the results was this intriguing, artistic cruiser. globe.tv
To support independent board builders, Roarockit has created a new resource site called the Ministry of Wood. Listed are both longboard and street deck builders, plus schools and groups where skateboard-building programs are offered. Each month, a builder is featured with an in-depth article about them and the boards they build. roarockit.wordpress.com
Lush Longboards has just released the latest evolution of the Samba carve and freeride setup from their UK workshops. The Samba has been around for ages as a carvy/turny/slidey setup – but the Lush boys thought it was time for a bit of a change to reflect all the freeridey-style riding that’s been going on this summer. Major changes and tweaks include a refined shape and a wider tail. There are also significantly deeper concave and sharp top rails for extra grip and control during standup slides. lushlongboards.com
TuTone skateboards is an East Coast-based company run by Anton Milioti. Our boards are simple, but they get the job done better than most! The latest shape is the Tagilo, a one-stop-shop shredder for all your downhill needs – the ultimate board for getting technical! Made in America and less than 100 bucks! Dropping in late November, and a mini to follow soon after. Are you ready to embrace the sideways? tutoneskateboards.com
The folks at Faltown have teamed up with the environmental NGO Surfers Against Sewage and are now making recycled longboards (dropped and wedged) Twenty percent of all the profits go to cleaning up all their local beaches. faltownskateboards.com
Myth Boards specializes in fully customized longboards. They will custom build your dream board to your specifications, including materials, measurements, graphics and components. They also have a diverse line of boards including drop decks, drop-throughs, pintails, aluminum and carbon fiber. They can digitally print anything on the top and/or bottom of your board, including custom-printed grip tape. mythboards.com
The SurfSkate features patented front trucks with a 360° rotating axis, allowing for full movement of the board, so you can pump and carve just like you would on a wave. The SurfSkate is great for everything from getting around town to downhill racing to technical riding. Join the revolution. surfskaterevolution.com
Khiro is gearing up to add a new bushing to its line, a Low Profile Bushing that will work with most low-profile trucks. They will be produced out of the 100% high quality performance urethane that Khiro uses on its other line of bushings and will come in three hardnesses: Red (Med. Soft) 90A, Blue (Hard) 95A and green (Extra Hard) 98A. khiroskateboardproducts.com
The newest creation from Speed Mechanics is a new breed of slide pucks. Our Slide Tools are high-quality slide pucks with an integrated skate tool. If you use our Slide Tools you don’t have to carry around a bulky tool to adjust your trucks. The pucks come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used with any existing slide glove. We also offer decks for downhill skateboarding and are introducing our 9-ply maple deck, featuring integrated wheel wells and adjustable wheelbase. A rear drop-through that accepts an adjustable Surf-Rodz baseplate (0° to 60°) is optional. The deck comes with a great-looking and protective bottom surface finish. speedmechanics.net
SkateHouseMedia is here to give you an inside look into the heart of the downhill community in Southern California. The members of this house full of skaters (Max Dubler, James Kelly, Matt Kienzle, Brian Peck and Louis Pilloni) are all actively involved in the downhill community. SkateHouse Media was created to document the scene and the characters involved. With good weather year round and visitors constantly coming through, the skating is constantly progressing on some of the best downhill terrain anywhere. They’ll keep you covered with scene updates, raw runs, guest stars and more, capturing the skating with a little bit of lifestyle. skatehousemedia.com
The Predator DH-6 is the first-ever production downhill skateboard helmet, and It addresses the specific needs that riders and racers have been wanting. The fiberglass shell has ¾” of EPS foam, a carbon fiber-reinforced chin guard and a large visibility window. It comes with two visors (one clear and one tinted) and a fit kit of pads to get a proper fit, including two sizes of cheek pads, which can accommodate sizes XS-LG. Also included is a high-quality carrying bag for traveling. Distributed in the USA by Timeship Racing (timeshipracing.com) and in Canada by Switchback Longboards
The winner of the recent Moonpuck ad contest is TinTin from Ontariolongboarding.com! Moonpucks is a very small Ontario-based company that specializes in slide pucks and outrageous product claims. Moonpucks tell us they like to have fun and challenge the current marketing standards of the industry. We here at CW just censor their photos! moonpucks.com
When you travel with a longboard as central gear in your travel kit, museums and monuments take a back seat to sidewalks and hilly streets and roads. Readers of Keith Johnson’s two-year-long project may notice a fixation on curbs, cracked concrete and all things roadside, and that’s exactly the point of the Surface Motion Sidewalk Tour. Johnson weaves his views on art and society in with travel and skate technique in a complex texture that evokes the sensation of America’s sidewalks felt through foot and wheel. surfacemotion.com
Shop Profile EXTRA: LONGBOARD LIVING
Congrats to Ryan Rubin of Longboard Living, who has enjoyed a very successful first season as Toronto’s only 100% longboard shop. Pictured to Ryan’s left is customer Max Zwarenstein. Photo: Mitch Moshenberg
Skater Extra: ERBAN BREAKS DOWNHILL SPEED RECORD
Mischo Erban shattered his own IGSA Downhill Skateboarding World Record on September 30, 2010 when he reached a speed of 130.08 km/h (80.83 mph) at a secret location in Colorado. Erban’s record was set entirely using gravity, with no motorized assistance. “Honestly, we never thought we would hit 130 km/h,” said Erban. “It was an exploratory effort that surprised us all!” He was riding a GMR skateboard with stock Seismic 85mm Speed Vent wheels, Ronin trucks and prototype Seismic bearings. The speed was recorded by the International Gravity Sports Association (IGSA) using their Tag Heuer-manufactured speed trap timing device. IGSA official Gary Fluitt verified the record.