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.
The StingRay KT36 is a more compact version of its bigger brother with all of the same performance. Wheel flares in front with W-concave and a cereal bowl transition in back create a great standing platform for freeride or downhill, while the full-sized kick is awesome for more technical tricks. nelsonlongboards.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
Quickly becoming the new go-to wheels for Downhill Slide, the new Metro Motion wheels have become the new standard for skaters wanting to get sideways down mountain roads. The Metro Motions feature a centerset bearing and exclusive urethane compounds that you can’t find anywhere else. Slide, durability and, most importantly, predictability – these wheels by Metro are today’s choice for skaters wanting the best-performing slide wheels available anywhere. Ask for them at finer skate shops worldwide or call (760) 722-4111 to find your nearest dealer.