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.
Caliber Truck Co. is a skateboard truck manufacturing company dedicated to creating the highest-quality trucks on the market. Caliber brings a minimalist mentality to the design of their trucks, giving you everything you want and nothing more. They’ve taken their prototypes to hell and back and never stopped improving them until they were satisfied. The results are the battle-proven Forty-Fours, Fifty Calibers and CaliberStandards. calibertruckco.com
“Once you ride a Tunnel wheel, you won’t ride any other!” said an old Tunnel ad. And once again, skaters around the world are riding Tunnel’s innovative, high-performance Tunnel wheels and decks. We offer the world’s best skateboard products, including our line of wheels – Tunnel Rocks, Tarantulas, Funnels, Gel-E-Fish and Park Killers – and our decks – Marshall Coben, ‘70s Retro, Baldy Pipeline, Comp and Old School longboard. Keep an eye out for new products including our Tunnel sliding wheels in 2011. Tunnel Rocks! tunnelskateboards.com
EARTHWING The new Earthwing Hightailer could probably be called the “what is it?” It seems like these days new products need new labels to designate the purpose, otherwise customers may get confused. This could be a high-speed dancer, topmount freerider, double-kick speedboard, DH freestyle, park longboard or some other inventive label. Put simply, this is literally just a giant skateboard made for giant riding. It features ample wheel wells with multiple mounts. Earthwing is honored to feature the graffiti artist [RIPO]. earthwingskates.com