Graveyard Longboards Full Collection Overview

Georg Mekisch, Graveyard Longboards team rider

If you’re looking to buy a new longboard or just discovering new longboard brands, you should know about Graveyard Longboards from Germany. These guys have that good, literally homegrown stuff, definitely worth checking out.

In this article, you will learn about Graveyard and the people behind it, plus,  I will describe in more details each one of the seven longboard decks they currently offer.

Here’s a list of the decks and a shortcut link to jump straight to its section:

If you already own a Graveyard longboard, you are welcome to share your own opinion with the rest of us via the comments bellow. This way you will also help someone to choose which longboard to buy. The same goes for any questions you might have, which I will gladly answer.

Meet Graveyard Longboards

Christian Weiss and Christoph Schmalz from Northern Germany started Graveyard Longboards in 2014 and it took them around 1 year to perfect and launch the initial 3 deck lineup in 2015.

In the beginning of 2016 they launched the upgraded collection of 7 longboard decks built for freeride and downhill.

Christian and Christoph live together and share a room while the rest of the flat is a workspace where they spend many hours handcrafting the boards. When the weather is nice, they take their stuff outside, open up a beer and do the final scrubbing. It doesn’t get more real than this.

Chris Chros sanding the boards. Photo by Graveyard Longboards.
Chris Chros sanding the boards. Photo by Graveyard Longboards.

No complaints have been heard up until this day. I’m quite sure that you can expect nothing but the best support from them. In case if you got an impression that these guys are relaxed… It’s true, but when it comes to Graveyard and their products, they are serious about it and mean nothing but good business.

Graveyard decks are available in multiple longboard stores run by skaters, which also confirms that their decks are good as well as popular in the community, even though it all started just 2 years ago.

Graveyard Longboards Team Riders

Graveyard Longboards crew. Photo by Markus Knoblechner.
Graveyard Longboards crew. Photo by Markus Knoblechner.

Graveyard has a big family of team riders; Janto Just, Dana Akatuna, Dominic Rico Gomez, Daniel Krug, Robert Ganscshow, Arno Tien, Patrick Bartel and Dani Haller all rip on their Graveyard longboards and give input for the further development.

Recently Graveyard also welcomed a very dear friend of mine from Italy, Andrea Skizzo Moreni.
Here’s a cool clip which features his addition to the team…

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Let’s check out the decks

OK, so here they are, Graveyard Longboards, each one of them described and explained. If you want to know more or would like to add some info yourself, leave a comment below.

Graveyard Vindicta 84 & Vindicta 88

Graveyard Vindicta 84 & Vindicta 88

Graveyard Vindicta is a symetrical top-mount deck wich makes a great choice for both downhill and freeride. It comes in two length versions. As the name suggests, the Vindicta 38 is 38 cm long and it offers a wheelbase options from 60 cm to 66 cm, while the Vindicta 88 is it’s longer version, being 88 cm long with a wheelbase range from 64 cm to 70 cm. Flared wheel wells will allow for bigger wheels as well, up to 75 mm or even more with the help of some risers. The platform is 24.5 cm in width at its widest point and thanks to the 8mm pockets it will provide a solid foot lock for huge standies. In case if you don’t feel that’s enough, you’ll be happy to know that this deck’s platform has a microdrop as well. I find that especially useful when freeriding as it provides even more support and stability. Graveyard Vindicta is priced at 209,90 Euros.

Graveyard Medicus

Graveyard Medicus Longboard Deck

Graveyard Medicus is a directional top-mount deck, great for downhill and freeride, measuring 94.5 cm in length and 25 cm in width with the wheelbase range from 61.5 cm to 67,5 cm.  The platform has a radial 18 mm concave and 9 mm centered rocker. The Medicus comes in with a fully functional kick tail, as well as with lightly flared wheel wells to accommodate bigger wheels and provide a solid foot lock while freeriding or railing corners. This deck is priced at 189,90 Euros.

Graveyard Pestilentia

Graveyard Pestilentia Longboard Deck

Graveyard Pestilentia is the smallest board in the Graveyard’s lineup and is most suitable for younger riders or girls. Since it has a fully functional kick-tail, it can be easily taken to the streets, skatepark or bowls / pools. The Pestilentia is 91 cm long, including the kick-tail and is 24,7 cm wide. It offers a wheelbase range from 55 cm to 61 cm. Its directional top-mount platform features a radial 18mm concave and no rocker. The deck is priced at 164,90 Euros.

Graveyard Scriptum

Graveyard Scriptum Longboard Deck

Graveyard Scriptum is what its creators, Chris & Chris call “the racemachine”. The Scriptum features 15 mm concave, one of the biggest out there. In combination with the 10 mm rocker, its platform provides with maximum stability and extreme foot lock and responsiveness . There’s no kick tail for goofing around, but then again, this board is meant for serious racing and high speeds. The Scriptum is 88 cm long and 24.3 cm wide and also has flared wheel wells which create nice pockets to keep you on the board even when performing the gnarliest slides. You can set it up with a wheelbase ranging from 62,5 cm to 68,5 cm. The Graveyard Scriptum is priced at 189,90 Euros.

Graveyard Sepulcretum

Graveyard Sepulcretum Longboard Deck

Graveyard Sepulcretum is another freeride deck from Graveyard’s collection. It’s platform is basically the same as Scriptum’s with and addition of a fully functional kick tail. This board will take you places… Any places. It’s 97 cm long (including the kick tail) and 24,7 cm wide, with the wheelbase options raging from 62,5 cm to 68,5 cm. The Sepulcretum deck is priced at 199,90 Euros.

Graveyard Anthrophopagus

Graveyard Anthrophopagus Longboard Deck

Graveyard Anthrophopagus, a deck with the most complicated name in the Graveyard’s lineup also features the most mellow rocker of 5mm. It’s a top-mount directional deck made to be simple and to provide a comfortable ride to those who are not fans of the flared wheel wells. Its purpose is to shred fast downhill. The Anthrophopagus is 93 cm long and 24.8 cm wide at its widest point (front). It offers the most wheelbase options, raging from 65,5 cm to 74,5 cm. It’s priced at 184,95 Euros.

There you have it! The complete Graveyard Longboards collection. Be sure to follow them via Facebook for the latest media and product releases.


Where to buy Graveyard longboard decks

Graveyard doesn’t offer direct purchase via their website, but you can find your favourite dealer on it. Knowing Chris & Chris, I can recommend their products with a confidence – you will love the quality and the mentality backing up their products, that’s for sure.

www.graveyard-longboards.de

The Gel Lab creative collective presented by Ari “The Shark” Chamasmany

Ari "The Shark" Chamasmany, Screensgrab from the video The Gel Lab

Ari “The Shark” Chamasmany is a skateboarder, a DJ and a producer. He can’t imagine his life without music or skateboarding and for the past 8 years, he’s been sharing his passions with The Gel Lab group, a creative collective which meets on weekly sessions in Downtown Los Angeles.

In this inspiring video, Ari points out the importance of the community and presents The Gel Lab as a great example of an event where everyone is welcome to join and express their creativity.

Under the glow of street lights and the neon signs of Los Angeles, a highly mobile crew of longboarders take to the deserted streets of Santa Monica and Downtown every Wednesday for a night filled of invading parking garages and darkened descents.

Filmed and edited by Christian Rosillo, Ari’s Gel Lab sessions have been at the heart of the LA scene, known only by word of mouth and those that thrive in the dimly lit avenues of Souther California’s largest concrete expanse. Christian brings these dwellers of the night to light through a unique perspective of what it is like to be part of the Gel Lab collective. More from Christian Rosillo at: www.ChristianRosillo.com

Ari Chamasmany is a man of many passions. With his ever persistent commitment to the Los Angeles longboarding community, he has held his signature weekly sessions for 8 years without fail. Beyond his passion of nighttime skating, he is a master of the turn tables and mixers that encompass the life of his alter ego: DJ Shark.

Check out his killer mixes on SoundCloud, free to download for your grooving pleasure.

SoundCloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/sharkguts/the-gel-lab-original-mix
MixCrate Link: http://www.mixcrate.com/sharklips

Join The Gel Lab collective on Facebook and stay up to date of when and where the next session will go down.

~ Loaded Boards & Orangatang Wheels

Castelplanio Race – CIDHS 2016 Italian Championship

Sometimes it takes very little to change the tide of a race, what little though, in most cases, can substantially affect the conclusion of a competition or even an entire season: the choice of the most performing setup, adverse conditions weather or sometimes just the irrepressible desire to win, are factors that can really make a difference at the moment to draw the conclusion in a league which ended last weekend in Castelplanio (an) with the last stage of the CIDHS 2016.

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Video by Simone Barbizzi (Madrid, Venom, TSG, BoardstyleTuck Yeah)

After Valpolicella (VR), Alto Rock (CN) and Teolo Euroskate (PD), the City of Castelplanio (AN) hosted the final race in a well known road (to some good old riders): it was the track which hosted in 2011 the first edition of Verdicchio race, that was the final of the European Championship IGSA and last race of an Italian Championship still not under the aegis of FIHP: get back on that technical track and full of history is always a thrill, ride it is even more then a blast.

Last preparations before the racing.
Last preparations before the racing.

The summer day and clear skies of Saturday morning immediately put in a good mood all the riders, giving way to a long freeride session to stretch their legs and store 2.5 km of track with the various pitfalls attached: 7 switchbacks, 2 blind corners following long straights stuffed with wide-ranging curves, are the variables that must be taken into account until the last 100 meters straight to the finish line. Although, those damn 100 meters, can make a difference.

Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon and have followed one to another without problems under the supervision of the Italian Timekeepers Federation (FICr) which recorded two qualifying times for each rider: while in the first run Marcus Aldinucci (3 ‘05.49) flew ahead by 4/10 on Giorgio Garino, in the second timed Giorgio got below 3 minutes and 5 seconds with a time of 3’4.54. Stefano Barbizzi has never moved away from the two finishing in third position with a best time of 3’7.46 obtained in the first run.

Castelplanio Race 2016 qualifying results
Castelplanio Race 2016 qualifying results

The rain on the night between Saturday and Sunday proceeded to give riders a wet awakening and an equally wet track on which have to deal: we tried to stall a bit with various warm up to wait for dry up an average part of the road. Before the scheduled lunch break, the two race batteries respectively in the category Women DH Skateboard and Streetluge went down: for the girls, Giulia Bottazzin collect his second win in the league, crossing the finish line first ahead of Azzurra Felici, and won both last run of the championship and the title of Downhill Skateboard Italian Champion for the first time in the history of Italian downhill skateboarding. Unfortunately went bad for Helene Folliard (aka Lilù), which was also running for the title, that could not attend this last crucial race.

For Streetluge the race is won by Daniel Aldinucci over Samuel Montesi in a single run 2 Man-heat run. Daniele Aldinucci is therefore awarded at the end of the season with the title of Streetluge Italian Champion 2016.

Bottazzin Giulia and Azzurra Felici on the podium for the cat.egory Women DH Skateboard
Bottazzin Giulia and Azzurra Felici on the podium for the cat.egory Women DH Skateboard

After the lunch break we got to the final showdown of the Open DH Skateboard: 25 riders at the start and 4 Man Heats the race format chosen for. For the young Mariano Conti and the former Italian champion 2013 Roberto Marasca, fifth and fourth respectively in the timed runs, the race ends unfortunately at the quarter-finals after a contact between the skateboard of the two: the crash ended the run to the finish line after two hundred meters from the starting line but fortunately neither of riders got physical injuries.

Shortly before the final Open DH Skateboard the rain did not last to fall, restoring the road conditions same as morning: the 4 finalists were invited to make a further warmup by the race director Matteo Fioretti.

The final part run smoothly and 100 meters from the finish line out the last left, Stefano Barbizzi bend in the lead followed by Giorgio Garino that started to gives few big push trying to go despite of the sustained speed: 100 meters were enough to overcome Stefano right before the finish line and Giorgio win not only the fourth round of the Italian Championship but also the title of Italian Champion Downhill Skateboard 2016!

Final overtaking CIDHS 2016 Castelplanio, Barbizzi vs Garino:

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The first words of Stefano at the finish area were: “It was the most beautiful run of my life” and it’s not hard to believe that seeing the stunning finish.

Unfortunately the weather condition was not digested by Marcus Aldinucci ending the final in fourth place: Marcus was first in the standings before Giorgio and he has seen his chances to become Italian Champion at this stage, after leading a fantastic season with commitment and dedication and it is certain for us that will come back stronger and more fierce than ever for 2017.

Third place instead for Alessio Damato, back from a quiet top speed of 122.7 km/h in Canada on his board, which concludes this Italian Championship in 2016 in fourth place on the overall standings.

From left to right: 4 finalists in Open DH Skateboard: Stefano Barbizzi, Giorgio Garino, Alessio Damato and Marcus Aldinucci, plus an intruder below ;)
From left to right: 4 finalists in Open DH Skateboard: Stefano Barbizzi, Giorgio Garino, Alessio Damato and Marcus Aldinucci, plus an intruder below 😉

It’s amazing and fascinating at the same time how everything can change in an instant, how the fate of a race can not be written until the finish line and how adrenaline can make any magic while going down on a board with four wheels.

See you at CIDHS 2017, but in the meantime, keep skateboarding fast!