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.
ABEC stands for Annular Bearing Engineers' Committee, and is the American method for rating the accuracy and tolerance rating of bearings. ABEC standards are set by the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA).
After a 30 year hiatus, X-caliber trucks are back. The new trucks feature extra-strong cro-moly axles and kingpins, 50º turning geometry, and an integrated kingpin nut in the baseplate. Available from fullcircledistribution.com
Time for a change. Here at Lush Longboards we have spent the last 13 months playing with shapes, composites, glue mixtures, slide puck materials and a whole lot more to bring you a whole new lineup of completes, decks and gloves. We’re taking it all on the road this summer and supporting more skaters in more scenes, traveling to more freerides and races and hopefully having more fun than we’ve ever managed before. 2011 is our 10th birthday; the workshop BBQ and ramp are going to get used and abused for sure. Come and join us… lushlongboards.com