In putting together this article, we wanted to present you a variety of ways that contests can be run, from people that have run them. If you’re inclined to start putting on a contest, make sure you learn from these folks. Not only have they been there and done that, they’ve probably paid for the T-shirt.
Pocket Guide to Longboarding Ver 2.0 After the success of our first Pocket Guide we saw the need to make some revisions for 2012. Last year we saw an explosion in the popularity of free riding and sliding, as well as continued growth in cruising and commuting. Every facet of Longboarding is growing and progressing each year, this means new products as well as new companies are appearing all the time.
It’s not all popsicle sticks and teeny wheels, right?! So, here’s a quick and general guide to the basic categories of boards and the disciplines they’re designed for. None of this means you can’t skate anything, anywhere, but for those of you wanting to figure out what all those terms mean in the rest of the Buyer’s Guide, here’s a look at the general disciplines and some iconic shapes and setups you might recognize.
REY Trucks is the first longboard truck manufacturer to release a custom bushing seat to accommodate Riptide’s new cubed bushings. The special-order seat is now available as an option on all REY hanger models.
I recently went to see the movie OZ the Great and Powerful and was momentarily stepped back in time singing along with Munchkins and skipping down the yellow brick road. During the beginning B&W sequence, set in the dusty flatlands of Kansas, I remembered I had once lived in a small town in Arkansas called Pine Bluff, where the only hill in town was the delivery ramp at the post office. The world is full of similar cities that are as flat as a pancake, not offering much in the way of skating terrain, and yet one form of skateboarding is thriving: flatland freestyle. No, we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore, as freestyle has gone global. It’s alive and well in São Paulo, Brazil, and Schweinfurt, Germany, and it’s gaining popularity from Shizuoka, Japan, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Skokloster, Sweden, to Vancouver, Canada, and beyond.
The Hoopty is a 34 x 9.75 inch short-wheelbase topmount that can charge through tight tree-lined courses, urban hills and intersections with nimble simplicity. Featuring a 26 inch wheelbase, a .625 inch elliptical multi-radius concave and handy gas pedals in back, high speeds can be handled with steeze. This 7-ply core deck is laminated with a precured monofilament thermoplastic base layer to add rigidity and provide dampening for that rough life in the streets. The BIG Hoopty (36.75 inch x 10 inch) will be available by the time you read this. earthwingskates.com
The Chop Suey is an aggressive multi-discipline freerider comfortable in any skating environment. Composite construction of maple, fiberglass and carbon fiber inlay makes it stiff and stable for downhill racing and light for tricks and tranny off the twin kicks. And its omnidirectional concave, drop and flare wheel wells give you all the control you’d ever want in even the most creative of slides. jatiboards.com
Orangatang is thrilled to present the Moronga, the newest morsel in their freeride wheel lineup. Featuring stiff and beefy lips, the Moronga offers smooth slides, reliable traction and excellent wear characteristics for the discerning downhill freerider. With a 72.5mm centerset and symmetrical shape, the Moronga is poured in our delectable Euphorethane formula for exceptional durability and a bloody long slide. loadedboards.com
RoeRacing Performance Boards has been manufacturing boards for more than 12 years, with deep roots in the slalom racing world. Now, in a collaborative effort involving Dave Price of Predator Helmets, they are excited to introduce their newest model, the “Katabatic.” This deck combines Dave’s ideal downhill/freeride shapes and concaves with RoeRacing’s proprietary construction materials and techniques.
Bustin Five-O wheels are pure thane – no added flavors or coloring. These wheels provide a little more grip through corners than your average colored slide wheel, but once they release, they are consistent and dependable on just about any surface. The centerset 64mm wheels (available in 80A and 85A) were designed with our Yoface doublekick series in mind, while the 72mm sidesets (available in 77A and 80A) are ideal for high-speed freeride. The Bustin Labs have also created a family of decks based off of the popular original Yoface 35, applying the same shred-magical concepts into 32\\\\\\\" and 39\\\\\\\" models.