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.
California Bonzing Skateboards has shaped up a new board for their quiver: the Urban Shred Sled. It features a 5/8” drop and comes as a topmount and dropthrough. Johnny “Guitar” Watson was a great musician and helped inspire the Urban Shred Sled graphic. Johnny said, “Funk is funny. Funk is looking at the world and saying, ‘It ain’t what it seems. It ain’t what it should be. It ain’t what I expected. It’s funky.’ Chad Lybrand was inspired by Johnny’s music and drew the graphic for the Urban Shred Sled. californiabonzing.com
Kahuna Creations’ shapers have more than 30 years’ experience designing decks. Whether you are a serious shredder or want to cruise downtown with a smooth ride, consider a Kahuna board for your quiver. Rather than slapping on clear grip tape that gets gummed up, Kahuna longboards are pre-gripped with imported tropical beach sand (ltd.lifetime guaranteed grip) for a sweet-feeling ride. Made in California. Kahuna Creations is the inventor of the patent-pending Kahuna Big Stick stand-up street paddle. Check it out! kahunacreations.com
sMoKiN mAd LoVe is setting revolutionary longboard standards by encompassing vertically laminated hemp/bamboo decks with their new cheese wedge angled risers, the original pie-eyed rocker drop-thru mounting system and squirrelfriendly ground walnut grip. Using water-based materials with their six-board lineup, including two freerides, a downhill, a cruiser, a pool bruiser and a delinquent user, they are sure to have something for you to spark up your quiver. “Too much? We think not – we are just getting started!” Embrace greener pastures with sMoKiN Mad LoVe, and help them “Push Push Pass” to legalize longboarding in 2011. Go custom at the shop, the Midwest’s first longboard lifestyle storefront, with unmatched products including Go-Be Dope Apparel, Betty Shreds and TOP POP GRAPHICS (“Why put them on the bottom? You paid for it; you might as well look at it.”) You’ll be sure to set the trend in your area, unable to skate without being stopped… to admire your board. sMoKiN mAd LoVe homegrown renegade longboards – get one... and don’t pass up a chance to be with the get fresh crew for 2011. smokinmadlove.com