STANT – A new longboard clothing brand from Poland

STANT - New longboard clothing brand

Like almost every other brand, STANT is a skater owned project. It came alive from the need for change and improvement but most of all just doing something the way they want it to be done.

One day they just rolled with it, figured out a name, chose a RAT for their logo and started working. All of which resulted in their first collection named STREET&TRIP.

DESIGN

Their goal is to stay basic, comfortable and at a certain distance to the popular streetwear fashion, which brought the collection together.

Since they really wanted to do things their way, all of their products are designed and made from scratch with the help of clothing technicians and material specialists. Sewing and applying graphics is also made in Poland – no shortcuts.

PRODUCTS

STANT’s first lineup includes two T-shirts models, two sweatshirts models, and socks. Their classic T-shirts are made from 100% premium cotton in a standard cut with a well-fitted neck welt. These are designed in light colors for a clean and fresh look.

Their second model of what they call Impact T-shirts is made from a thicker cotton reinforced with elastane, that flows with the movement of the rider and offers a higher durability for skating. It features a looser fit neckline and shorter sleeves. The Impact T-Shirts are available in darker colors for a loose and relaxed feel.

Their crewnecks and hoodies provide a minimalistic and clean look, made from a lighter material. The double stitching on critical areas provides that extra durability, while a special kind of weave makes them a great choice for chilled summer evenings.

STANT - New longboard clothing brand
STANT – Skate socks

Their sock models provide a mixture of white elegance and sports style, that dries faster, provides better traction and all around wearing comfort.

All in all, they choose a simple lineup of products they would want to personally wear, products that make the person wearing them feel good. One way or another, they’ve mixed those worlds together to achieve something different.

COMMUNICATION

Apart from the materials, cuts, and designs, STANT wants to communicate through skate life situations which most of us encounter on daily basis. Their graphics are crystal clear to some and completely ridiculous to others. The whole point of the brand is to be able to identify with your individual passion in a less obvious and more fun way.

Like every upcoming brand, STANT has plans and ambitions, but their goal is to keep it mellow and relaxed. If you like the concept visit their website for more information or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Icone attacks with the new Icone Attacks!

Icone Attacks Longboard Deck

Icone Longboards introduced their new Icone Attacks longboard, a downhill and freeride deck, adapted to fit the needs of riders with smaller feet, which is also easy to stow when traveling thanks to its compact size.

Mostly downhill decks are designed for bigger sized feet, the main reason for it is probably that men outnumber women in the sport of downhill skateboarding. Being a skater with smaller feet, I learned how to deal with wide boards over the years. But as my riding got better and faster, I wanted to know what it feels like to have a narrower shape under my feet.

So of course, the first thing I tried was to cut the sides of one of my old decks to make it narrower. The result was a true eye-opener. I felt a lot more comfortable doing fast changes between toeside and heelside slides on technical roads which helped me improve my skills a lot.

Seeing me so happy made Icone Longboards consider properly designing a deck that fits the needs of downhill longboarders with smaller feet.

Anna Pixner and I are in fact two riders on the Icone team that belong to the group of female small-footed skaters. Anna also travels to attend races all around the globe, that is why she wanted a board that is as compact as possible to make traveling easier.

The result is the new Icone Attacks, a compact full shape deck that is 83.5cm/32.9″ long, 23cm/9.05″ wide and weighs 1.5 kg. As you can see from the specs, this board is lighter, narrower and shorter than most other downhill longboards.

Furthermore, the board offers 0.8cm/0.3″ rocker and wheel wells with a comfortable, mellow concave that is not limiting or annoying. The wheelbase options range from 62 – 65cm / 24.4 – 25.6″ and ensure a direct riding behavior with lots of turn.

Of course, you can rely on the usual Icone quality with their unique, entirely built-in 3D core construction that provides extreme torsional stiffness despite the compact size of the board.

I have been testing the Icone Attacks for several months now. In that time it has accompanied me on skate travels, where it proved to be super handy on the go, as well as long-lasting and functional on rough pavement conditions.

The narrow shape helped me improve my freeriding skills since my foot position is exactly how I need it, and also on technical race tracks the board has not let me down for it is as stable and precise as one can only wish for.

To learn more about the Icone Attacks longboard deck, visit www.icone.at.

Col du Galibier Longboard Opening

Col Du Galibier - Photo by Alban Pernet

After a harsh winter, the mythical passes of the French Alps were opened and it was time to visit Col Du Galibier between Savoy and Hautes Alpes for the grand longboard opening!

The crew said goodbye to their snowboards and skis and replaced them with their longboard gear to tackle this sixth highest mountain pass, with an altitude of 2,645 meters above sea level.

To us the high peaks, the altitude, the lunar mountains and the endless runs that bend are home to the most enduring riders.

For me these kinds of sessions are moments of true expression, while the riders Pierre Hardillier, Benjamin Sornin, Alex Martin, Yanis Markarian, Elton Vejux, Augustin Joan Montes, Alice Bonnet and Arnaud Tisserand got a chance to enjoy their freedom, and together the whole trip took on another dimension.

Photos by Alban Pernet Photographiste
Website: www.albanpernet.com
Instagram: @albanpernet

Partners: Blackkross longboard, Fastboa, Entre Couzs Collectif

Longboard & Surf Camp in Portugal with Achel Machin

Longboarding Days&Nights Longboard Camp in Portugal

Together with French pro rider Achel Machin, Longboarding Days&Nights created a dream program for longboarders of any level, known as their Longboard Camp 2.0 in Santa Cruz, Portugal.

From the 24th of June to July 1st, 2018 the organizers welcome you to join them in a lovely coastal town of Santa Cruz, Portugal for surf & yoga lessons, delicious BBQs and ocean-side walks…and of course, numerous hours of longboarding with new friends from across the world.

Last year in spring they organized their first camp with Aboubakry Sadikh Seck, Kate Voynova, and Timur Totoev.

This year their longboard dancing camp in Portugal welcomes Achel Machin as their full-time instructor, who will give lessons to everyone who wants to start or improve their freestyle and longboard dancing maneuvers.

Together they created a program that is fun but pretty intense, with a lot of skating, surfing, and functional training, with the aim to have fun, learn and connect, but also build a stronger and healthier self.

Here’s a peek into one of Longboarding Days & Nights night sessions with Achel:

Longboarding Days&Nights Portugal activities are suitable for people with different skill levels, which means participants of the camp will receive a personalized guiding according to their abilities and desires under the beautiful rays of the Portuguese sun.

For further information about the Longboard & Surf Camp 2.0 in Portugal, visit their official website or peek at their Facebook Page.

Alpenrauschen 2018: Dominic Schenk x Ian Freire Raw Run

Alpenrauschen 2018: Dominic Schenk & Ian Freire | ROCKET Longboards

If you couldn’t make it to the event, you can check out our coverage from BigMountainSkate’s Alpenrauschen here: Part 1 and Part 2, and get up to speed with everything that happened in those 4 days in Tauplitzalm, Austria.

During the event, the ROCKET Longboards team riders were on point, stacking numerous clips, either filming themselves or filmed by Mirko Paoloni with a follow car. One of that film runs is the one you got to see right now featuring Dominic Schenk (Switzerland) and Ian Freire (Brazil) sending it stand up at around 90 km/h.

Dominic and Ian met each other in 2015 during the RedBull No Paws Down where they competed with each other in the finals. That year Ian took 1st place and Dominic 2nd, but in 2017 Dominic took home the gold. Soon after their first RBNPD race, they became good friends and Ian Freire joined Dominic on the ROCKET Longboards team two years later.

In the video we could see how comparable these two “champions” are with their almost synchronized flow, both targeting the fastest and most technical lines. This really is a match made in skate heaven.

Both Dominic and Ian have their own pro model deck, handmade in Switzerland by Daniel Iseli, the founder of ROCKET Longboards. Dominic’s deck of choice in the video is his pro model the ROCKET Domination, while Ian took his Ian Freire Pro, featuring ROCKET’s LAF technology, for a wild spin down the Alpenrauschen track.

Besides Dominic and Ian there were 4 other ROCKET team riders on the track; Danilo Porto, Till Heiden, Dave Süess and a new team rider who has yet to be announced.

Alpenrauschen 2018 is organized by BigMountainSkate and presented by ROCKET Longboards, with additional support by Sk8bites and TSG.

Ghost Town Freeride 2018 – Longboard, skate & Rock’n’Roll

Ghost Town Freeride 2018

Olginate (LC), Italy – The third edition of Ghost Town Freeride is just around the corner. For two days in June, from Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th, over 120 riders from all over the world will be coming together to shred the gnarly downhill skateboarding spot in Consonno, Olginate (LC) where 9 punk-rock bands will be rocking their favorite tunes during a weekend of non-stop longboarding and Rock’n’Roll.

Related: The Ghost Town Freeride 2017 recap by Sbanda Brianza

The Ghost Town Freeride is an event organized by Sbanda Brianza, a sports club based in Olginate (LC) in Italy that is supported by FISR (the Italian Federation of Roller Sports), Comune di Olginate, Provincia di Leccoand Regione Lombardia. The goal for this year’s event is to ride the wave generated by the success of the previous event editions, characterized by media and public growth.

An estimated public of 2 thousand people will gather in Consonno to admire the evolution of the riders enrolled for the freeride who will slide down the 1.3-km track, reaching the speeds of close to 85 kph.

Ghost Town is not just a freeride…The event promotes longboarding and skateboarding by combining sports activity with the cultural aspect that strongly characterizes these sports. This translates into a weekend mixed with downhill skateboarding, shredding the ramps and live music, with no less than 9 bands, good food, street art, boardsports, and action sports related exhibitors. On Saturday evening, the official after party will rock hard in order to scare away the ghosts from the abandoned town.

To enroll for the freeride, riders had to pay a 70 EUR fee which combines event registration and FISR membership. The registration form is now closed as the maximum number of 120 riders has been already reached. Detailed event information can be found at Sbanda Brianza’s website and on the event’s dedicated Facebook page. The spectators can join free-of-charge and the organization ensures that even they will have a lot to see.

About Sbanda Brianza

Sbanda Brianza started as a hobby project 6 years ago by a group of riders who shared the same passion for skateboarding and the need to create something that was missing. Since then, the project has become more serious and in 2015 it turned into an official sports association affiliated with FISR (Italian Federation of RollerSports). The association is now regarded as a reference club for longboarding in Northern Italy and has many followers, especially longboard fanatics and other people who are fans of extreme sports.

Sbanda Brianza is now very active on the Italian longboard scene through event organization and organizing the learning courses with a “sbanda” (“swerve”) state-of-mind with FISR/CONI certified instructors.

Thanks to the agreement with Comune di Olginate, since 2017 the association manages the first-ever authorized longboard spot in Italy, welcoming many riders every Saturday, thus giving to this sport a reference point where it is possible to practice downhill in safety and without traffic.

“Our lifestyle? Adrenalin, music, bruised knees, wasted boards and parties!”

Consonno DH Spot

Consonno is an ancient village hidden in the hills around Lecco in Italy, 50 km North of Milano. After being turned into a little Las Vegas in the ‘60s, it drastically fell from grace in the mid-‘70s and the town slowly became uninhabited.

Nowadays, Consonno is one of the most famous longboarding spots in Italy. The hairpins that connect the abandoned town with the rest of the world became the headquarters of Sbanda Brianza where you can bruise your knees on the sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In May 2017, the use of the track has been regulated by an official ordinance, making “Consonno DH Spot” the first-ever skateboard downhill spot authorized in Italy, where riders can practice longboarding in safety, in a paved street closed to ordinary traffic

Alpenrauschen 2018 is over but the stoke remains

Alpenrauschen 2018 presented by ROCKET Longboards

If you’re keen to check out the first two days of the event, check out our report from Alpenrauschen 2018 – part 1 or continue reading what went down in Tauplitzalm during the last two days of the event.

Day 3 – Full send mode

On the third day of BigMountainSkate’s Alpenrauschen the weather gods were on our side and with only a short rain shower, everybody here had the pleasure to enjoy this alpine track in its full glory.

The runs were flowing without any interruptions, and by the end of the day some skaters even complaining about leg cramps while we were lurking on the corners. The highlight of the day was seeing ROCKET Longboards team rider Dominic Schenk pulling off a standup toeside at 90 km/h, documented on his speedometer.

As we were walking up the track every marshall that we met was extremely stoked and happy to hear the majestic nature break silence with the sound of high speed that literally gives you goosebumps.

In the evening it was time for the 2nd rider’s meeting of the event, where Alex Kloebler started the gathering by thanking everyone attending. His kind words were followed by a projection of raw runs.

Based on the stories from skaters who were here last year, we were expecting a wild party for Alpenrauschen’s Hawaiian Friday but little did we know, the party would follow the night later. The beer started flowing and thanks to a portable speaker, the terrace became the dance floor.

Day 4 – A finish with a bang

As we all know, the last day of the event is the most relaxed. In the morning the sun peeked from behind the clouds for a few moments, but the weather changed to rainy soon after.

Some skaters sent it in the rain, but the majority of people chilled underneath the tents, crossing their fingers for a dry run or two to skate those sweet lines they were taking the day before.

Sometime around afternoon people started saying goodbyes and coordinating what other events they’re gonna see each other at.

Those who stayed were in for a treat because to our surprise the weather cleared up and it was time to shred the Alpenrauschen track as hard as possible. The event was left with enough skaters for one shuttle bus, meaning the runs were fast and numerous.

It was wonderful because we had the best of both worlds. Everybody is enjoying themselves and shredding hard despite the weather, so it was an awesome event.  ~Robbert van Haaften

The freeride ended when the last words spoken on the walkie-talkies were ‘’Thank you’’ and ‘’Now let’s get drunk!’’.

Coming June 13th: Dominic Schenk x Ian Freire Raw Run

Alpenrauschen 2018 is organized by BigMountainSkate and presented by ROCKET Longboards, with additional support by Sk8bites and TSG.

Alpenrauschen 2018 presented by ROCKET Longboards is buzzing with skaters

Alpenrauschen 2018 presented by ROCKET Longboards

The 4.8 km alpine road leading high up into the Styrian mountains, and opening up to some epic mountain scenery and high altitude lakes, officially became the 4-day playground for international adrenaline seekers; Alpenrauschen Freeride 2018 is on!

A day before the event the weather forecast looked promising and the BigMountainSkate crew took care of the last details before starting the registration when people slowly started arriving in the afternoon. They were welcomed by Felix Rupitsch of BMS with the help of his right-hand man Florian Wagner and quickly got situated in one of the two hotels here in Tauplitzalm.

The overall spirit was high, the logistics on point and the meet and greet soon moved to the Hollhaus where they were still serving beer and late night snacks for the hungry travelers.

During the night the clouds cleared up and despite the nightly rain, the temperatures rose as did the sun. Everybody here woke up to blue skies and a pool of mist deep inside the valley. For some the morning was slow but the pace soon picked up with the help of morning coffee and breakfast.

The Alpenrauschen Freeride 2018 started at 11 a.m. sharp with a welcome and some encouraging words from ”start master” Alex Kloebler. The first riders on the track were buttboarders and streetlugers, followed by downhill skateboarders in packs of five.

By the end of the third run, the clouds decided to make the day even more interesting with a quick shower that soaked the road from top to bottom.

After one full-length rain run, the organizers decided to shorten the track down to corner 8, still leaving participants the chance to enjoy the upper sweepers, tunnel and some fast turns. The riders split into two groups, some stayed on the track to take on the wet Alpenstrasse, while some took the day off.

Who was left skating was a streetluger and 20 something dedicated longboarders. The slides were extra long, their shoes a bit soaked, but all of them had a big smile on their face because the run looked like an extremely fun slip and slide competition.

Despite the high altitude, the road transformed from patchy to dry real quick and we could see people charging the track faster in search for the perfect line. In the distance, you could hear screams of stoke and laughter.

The freeride ended with the 7th run of the day, and despite the fussy weather, a group of people formed on the parking lot and warm themselves up the best way possible, blasting music from the car speakers and dancing without a care in the world.

The second day of Alpenrauschen 2018 was marked as the beginning of the notorious Hawaiian Friday and quite a few people dressed up for the occasion. On the starting line, we could see a great selection of longboard gear for sale courtesy of Sk8bites, as well as a ROCKET booth with a special -20 % offer.

If one would describe today’s freeride, the phrases ”full send”, ”money lines” and ”gnarly pack runs” would not be missing. Both skaters and the weather were on point and those who missed out on yesterday’s runs had an opportunity to make up for it. The ROCKET Longboards team knocked it up a notch as one of the fastest riders on the track, and they didn’t stop skating for the whole day.

For more glimpses of Alpenrauschen 2018 check out BigMountainSkate‘s and ROCKET Longboards social media pages or stay tuned for our next update this Sunday, the 10th of June.

Brandon DesJarlais – KnK Longboard Camp 2017 Video Recap

Brandon DesJarlais – KnK Longboard Camp 2017 Video Recap

Brandon DesJarlais (Moonshine MFG) will return to KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp this year and it will he his third time on the Bear’s Guts. We are stoked to have him around once again, simply because of his positive energy, rad skating, filming skills and his willingness to help.

Check out this quick interview with Brandon and read his blog here.

You will return to Europe this year and we’re stoked about having you at KnK again. What else will you be up to on the Euro tour?

Super stoked to be back at KnK – and for two weeks instead of one! I’ll be flying into Berlin to get situated and spend some quality time with my lovely girlfriend. After that, I’ll be hitting the Transylvania events for sure, maybe Camp Woodwings, and others yet to be determined. I’ll definitely be spending some time in Mallorca, Alicante, and Paris, but other than that I made myself quite available to take on whatever opportunities and experiences that present themselves.

You’re doing a great job with your social accounts (@desgnarlais) and you sure know how to take advantage of the events you skate at in order to produce media and get the exposure. You were featured on Red Bull videos and the last one got over 40 million views. Other riders and brands seem to be missing out on that. What’s your secret?

At the end of the day, it all comes down to hard work and perseverance. There’s a quote from Whitney M. Young that goes, “It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” That being said, I work hard every day to prepare myself for the opportunities I want. Some examples include practicing certain tricks, refining my photographic abilities, acquiring my commercial drone license, and reading up on entrepreneurial articles. On top of that, I focus on strategically placing myself in situations of value.

Consistency is, above all, the one thing that so many people lack on. In today’s society people are impatient and give up too easy. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour. Jah feel?

How would you compare KnK Longboard Camp to other events you got to skate around the world?

KnK is really comfortable. The fact that it’s not at all a competition until the last day really gives you a chance to settle in and relax. At many other events you show up and start practicing the hill and then you race and then you’re gone. For me, the most alluring part is the diversity of friendly riders. Some great. Some learning. Some just stoked to hang out, watch the carnage, and drink way too much Slivovitz! The point is that you really get to know a wide variety of the longboard scene. I consider it a cultural event.

Some beginner longboarders find the Bear’s Guts intimidating. What would you say to them in order to encourage them to try it out?

It’s only really fast for the fastest riders. If you can comfortably ride at 40km/h and know how to shut down slide, you’ll be fine. If you air brake and cruise down you’ll probably be averaging 30km/h with big, open, flat corners and lots of protection. KnK is a perfect opportunity to hone in your skills on a safe course. Odds are once you leave the event you’ll probably be twice as good at skating and have twice as many friends from around the world.

Which part of the Bear’s Guts is your favourite and why?

Personally I really love the second half of the run. It’s much more dynamic and holds it’s pace better. I mean corner 8 is badass and all but it’s only frontside for me so it’s not that gnarly. Guess I’ll have to step it up and hit it switch this year!

Some people say that racing wheels are not performing well on the Bear’s Guts, others would disagree. What kind of wheels would you recommend?

In my experience, high rebound wheels such as Venom Mach 1, Seismic Hotspots, and Abec 11 Centrax tend to be a bit choppy. I’m not exactly sure why this is but my guess it that it’s because the surface of the Bear’s Guts is just too smooth for a stiff wheel like that to break apart and slide smoothly. Most wheels with a thane made for sliding work great. I’ll be riding a variety of Powell Peralta DH wheels – mostly Snakes. Kevin Reimer has really done a great job at developing what I think is the best all-around downhill skateboarding wheel. It’s soft, durable, and predictable.

Stinkbugs used to be something that we all tried to avoid doing but you seam to have made it cool again. How come you started doing that?

I’m always looking for something I can do to mix things up whether it be goofy photos, flashy socks, weird tricks, or whatever. The stinkbug in specific came from me learning different grab slides. I found that it was not only the most awkward looking, but also one of the most difficult. You could say it was love at first grab <3 And honestly, I smile so big every time I see someone do it. Makes me feel like a skinny little long-haired grom again.

In the beginning of last year you started vlogging and did it for a month straight. How come you stopped doing that? Are we going to see more of your vlogs?

SO MUCH TIME haha Basically I started telling everyone I was going to vlog the entire month of January 2017 and I woke up one day like “fuck, it’s January 1st. How do I do this?” In short, I spent the whole month coming up with lame ideas, and forcing myself to execute on a deadline. If I would’ve planned ahead, it would’ve been so much easier. I just felt like I was playing catch up the whole time. At this time I was couch surfing around California which on one hand made it interesting, but on the other it really complicated things. My goal was to force myself to refine my creative process, optimize my workflow, and be less picky about what I produce. In reality I just got burned out. All the blood, sweat, and tears aside, it was a great learning experience.

So will I be doing vlogs again? I’d like to! Definitely not daily, but I plan to produce more short fun videos throughout the year.

What is your favourite piece of filming gear…or one thing that you couldn’t do without and why?

My drone is by far my favorite piece of filming gear I own and will probably ever own. It’s crazy to think that even 10 years ago the shots I captured in 25min with my $1000 DJI Mavic Pro would’ve cost $20,000 and taken a whole crew. I just love how I can really play with the framing as if it were a video game or animation.

Thank you for making an awesome video and for having fun with us on the Bear’s Guts. Any shoutouts?

Shoutout to my awesome friends and family for always supporting me to pursue my passion – no matter how crazy it may seem. To my sponsors for believing in me as a person and for giving me the opportunity to skate as much as I do. Especially Moonshine MFG. Without them, the past few years wouldn’t have been possible. Much love guys!

If you’re interested to join the #KNK2018, you can still signup here.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

During December 2017, I made a road trip through downhill paradise known as California together with Patrik Orlainsky. We got to skate many amazing roads, but this article is going to be about a very special one: The Tuna Canyon Road hidden in the Malibu mountains right at the outskirt of Los Angeles.

I compiled my experiences for you and edited a video of me skating this hell of a run, so you can see what I’m talking about.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Patrik sending it full speed into the most photographed corner on Tuna. Photo by Susan Heine

What’s so special about it you ask? Firstly, it is a one-way road, so you can be sure there won’t be any upcoming traffic. Secondly, downhill skaters are known and tolerated there which makes it even more fun. And finally, the course of the road is freaking crazy, challenging, unique, and so much fun!

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Enjoying the inside on the one-way section. Photo by Patrik Orlainsky

Like always, if you’re planning to skate spots in other countries, hit up locals to let them introduce you to spots so they can let you know about where and when to skate and how to behave. The downhill scene in Los Angeles is big and if you go to Tuna on the weekend, you can be pretty sure to meet some skaters.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
My Icone Longboard taking in the sunset view from the top of the Tuna Canyon Road. Photo by Susan Heine

The local skaters usually gather somewhere before the one-way section, so we used to start the run in a two-way traffic section. That’s where you should take it easy and save your energy for what’s to come. A stop at the big cactus is obligatory to take in the stunning views.

Once you’re on the one-way, you can cut corners and take the most amazing inside lines. The track starts quite mellow but becomes steadily faster and more technical. The whole run takes about 10 minutes in total, depending on how fast you go.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Patrik’s deep inside the Tuna Canyon. Photo by Susan Heine

Coming from Europe, the pavement feels strange in the beginning. The so called “slurry seal” is quite rough and therefore wheel-and-puck-eating, but you get used to it.

Unfortunately, the shuttle ride back up to the start usually takes about 35 minutes, since you can’t go directly back up, but must take a detour around the mountain and it’s totally worth it.

I’m riding the soon to be released Icone Attacks longboard with SKOA Vertex trucks with support of Longboardshop.eu.

KebbeK Skateboards – New longboard decks 2018

KebbeK Skateboards - The 2018 longboard deck collection

At a quick glance the biggest change you’ll notice is the artistic expression by Niva Helen Artworks, who grabbed her watercolors and paint brushes to create the stunning new graphics and give the line-up a complete makeover.

KebbeK said good bye to their 25th year anniversary opalescent paint, but stayed connected with their spirit animals, portraying different animals on each board model.

The Kaslo – Improve your dancing moves

If you watched our ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy report video, you may already know that KebbeK expanded their dancing line by taking their Kaslo model to the next level. The Kaslo longboard dancing deck is now available in three models, all featuring a new construction of fibreglass and bamboo.

The Kaslo 40 is a more compact freestyle dancer with a slightly stiffer flex. The bigger Kaslo 43 model features some channel grooves for that extra finger grip control, perfect for freestyle tricks and it also helps shave off some weight of its 2-ply fibreglass, bamboo and a thinner core construction.

But for fans of larger kicktails, a mellow concave and a bigger platform for more spacious dancing manuevers, the third longboard dancing model known as the Kaslo 46 is the way to go. Last year this deck was available in their opalescent series which they will be still pushing this year.

The Smoothcut 37 – Beginners are always welcomed

This year KebbeK also didn’t forget about beginners in search for a stable and confidence boosting ride. Included in the new line-up is the Smoothcut 37 created specifically for beginners.

You’ll notice it still has a new trout graphic design and that it’s the only drop-through deck in the line-up. This deck is well thought out to provide a lower centre of gravity, which makes it more stable and easier to learn how to longboard.

The Emily Pross Pro Model decks – From mountain to city life

KebbeK Skateboards has been teasing us with glimpses of the Emily Pross pro model decks since the beginning of the year. The news was she was not only getting a pro model, but actually two of them, one for racing and one for cruising through the city, and the specs are finally out.…

KebbeK worked closely with Emily on designing her Mountain pro model deck. If you know who Emily is, then you know she stared this year’s IDF racing season with a bang, taking first place in the Philippines at Seaside 2018 and becoming the first woman to win an Open category at an IDF race.

The Mountain deck is 34.5’’ long, 9.5’’ wide and it’s all about the foot lock and a comfortable ride. With a 1/2 inch radial drop, multiple wheelbase options ranging form 22 to 25 inches and flush mounts, this deck gives you a chance to mount your tucks directly under the front foot as Emily does for better leverage and control.

With a touch of flex, the deck construction consists of 7 plys of maple and 2 plys of a particular weighted fiberglass for a harmonised mix of rigidity and dampening.

But to make it even more fun, Emily also wanted to pay homage to the roots with a swallow tail which adds that extra something something to the whole design.

The Emily Pross City deck is an absolute city cruiser which you can also take for a ride in your local bowls. It’s made in KebbeK’s Canadian factory from, yes you guessed it, Canadian Maple.

If you’re keen to check out the rest of the 2018 KebbeK Skateboards line-up, head over to their www.kebbek.com.

The Bufers Longboard Jeans by Bufers Protective Clothing

Bufers Jeans by Bufers Protective Clothing

We’ve seen our fair share of D.I.Y. and reinforced skate pants, but The Bufers combine a little bit of both. By pairing material reinforcements and internal protection on high impact areas, these longboarding pants offer solid protection against road rash.

The Bufers Jeans longboard pants

Regardless if you’re already past the beginning phase or you’re just starting out, those nasty road rashes are always out to get you.

The Bufers denim longboarding pants are created for everyone who would like to save their skin and avoid the burning shower feelings after a skate session. They are also compact enough to pack them in your bag for a skate trip.

While most longboard pants are only reinforced with Kevlar or Cordura fabric and do not provide any extra protection, the Bufers are a step in the right direction. Similar to crash pants they feature protective inserts placed inside the denim pants and strategically mapped on key areas you’re most likely to tear and destroy during a fall or learning how to slide.

The Bufers Jeans protect the common high abrasion areas on the hips, the seat, knees, as well as the front and side of the shins. By pairing together material reinforcement and protective elements, the Bufer Jeans look tough and durable.

The internal protection is also available separately for you to start your own D.I.Y. project. It can be easily installed in any type of pants you desire, all you need is an iron and a hot air gun. Once placed, the buffers firmly stay in place and provide a comfortable protection.

What provides the impact and material protection are the solo buffers made from a 2 mm thick high-quality polyurethane combined with a 2 mm soft and lively plastic.

With a fusible interlining that consist of a base material and thermoplastic resin, they also allow you to easily place them on any pair of skate pants with the help of an iron.

Bufers Jeans are available in four denim colorways with stretch inserts tailored to your size, priced at 195 EUR. Another option is store bought jeans with 7 installed buffers, priced at 99 EUR (including jeans), while the Solo Buffers are available in packs of 7, 9 or 13 starting at 49 EUR.

The Bufers Shorts and Overalls

Bufers Protective Clothing also provides two other designs of protective longboarding pants in the form of shorts and overalls.

The Bufers Shorts are created for pushing and cruising around the city, hence their light at breathable design. These shorts include inner or outer protective pads on the hips, seat, and knees. Paired with shoulder straps and a mesh back inlay, these pants can also hold a spine protector.

If you’re a fan of the overalls, the Bufer Overalls will help you skate safely when freeriding and downhill skateboarding. They, as well as the other two models, can have a custom design of the fit and placement of the protective buffers. The Overalls include internal or external buffers on the knees, hips, shins, and seat.

Visit the official website to learn more about Bufers Protective Clothing.
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Longboard Bearings: Regular Bearings vs Bearings With Built-In Spacers

Bearings are an essential part of a longboard complete; they allow the wheels to spin on a fixed truck axle. Having a good quality longboard bearing will definitely make a difference in your experience, but don’t go too crazy with spending your money.

Most of the cheaper bearings will do the job just fine and last for a long time if you keep them away from water or dirt while using them in combination with bearing spacers and washers.

Zealous Bearings for Skateboards and Longboards (Steel)

Zealous Longboard Bearings
Zealous longboard bearings with built-in spacers, lubed with Archoil Nanoceramic Grease
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$15.99

Bones Reds Bearings W/CCS Skateboard Tool

Bones REDS Longboard Bearings
Non-contact removable rubber shield, lubed with Speed Cream racing lubricant
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$18.99

What is the difference between a skateboard and longboard bearings?

There is no difference between the skateboard and longboard bearings. Regardless of the size of your wheels or type of skating you do, street skate or longboard, the bearings are the same size. The only thing you need to pay attention to is the dimension of the bearing spacers.

Bearing spacer has two measurements, one is the axle diameter and the other is overall width. The first measurement, the axle diameter, is generally 8 mm for most skate trucks, regardless if they are meant for skateboarding or longboarding.

But to make sure you’ll have a good fit, you should pay attention to the second measurement, the overall spacer width. A common overall width for skateboard bearing spacers is 8 mm, while for larger longboard wheels you’ll need a 10 mm spacer.

The same applies to built-in bearings, which are described in more detail later in this post. If you’re buying them for smaller wheels chose 8 mm x 8 mm and for larger longboard wheels the measurement should be 8 mm x 10 mm, presuming you’re skating on commonly used trucks.

Bearing spacers + Speed washers

A bearing spacer is a metal cylinder that fits into a wheel between the bearings. Often, longboard beginners don’t know about the bearing spacers and it doesn’t help that some cheaper longboard completes are being sold without them. The same goes for the speed washers (a.k.a. speed rings or bearing washers) which fit between the bearings and the axle nuts and between the bearings and the truck’s hangers.

Regular skateboard bearings + spacer + speed washers
Regular skateboard bearings + spacer + speed washers

Bearing spacers help increase the lifespan and performance of the bearings. Their purpose is to reduce the weight distributed between the bearings and make sure that they are perfectly aligned with each other when being put under pressure (especially when you’re performing slides).

Having them installed will result in your slides being smoother and more consistent. Without the bearing spacers, you will not be able to fully tighten the axle nuts without preventing the wheels to rotate.

What’s the problem, Doc?

Knowing that you need spacers and washers when using regular bearings, let’s have a look at some disadvantages that come with their use:

  • They are small and can get lost easily
    Bearing spacers and speed washers are quite small parts which often require additional attention and handling with care when you’re mounting or changing wheels. If dropped on the floor, they can easily get lost and sometimes it’s even impossible to recover them.
  • They make changing / mounting wheels longer and more complicated
    Installing those additional parts prolongs the time of changing/mounting the wheels. Also, as the spacer is “floating” between the bearings, you’ll need to change the position of the board/axle in order to be able to mount the wheel on the axle.
  • Inconsistent spacer length
    Not all spacers are built with precision in mind. Some cheap spacers are not the same length, which can cause additional complications.

The solution – Longboard bearings with built-in spacers

Zealous bearings with built-in spacers
Zealous bearings

Longboard bearings with built-in spacers have their inner ring (race) elongated on both sides, acting as the bearing spacer and speed washers. No extra bearing spacers and speed washers are required. This makes changing / mounting wheels much faster and less stressful. All you need to do is insert the bearings and you are ready to mount your wheels without any extra effort.

What about the price?

Bearings with built-in spacers are also known to be of a better quality and with better quality usually comes a higher price tag. Compared to standard longboard bearings, they are a bit more expensive, but usually worth those extra coins.

However, not all brands stand for this. Due to its popularity, more and more brands are introducing bearings with built-in spacers and choosing “the good ones” can be quite tricky. Unless you’ve tried a set for yourself or got a recommendation from someone you trust, you might end up spending more money without any guarantee that they will be as good as promised.

Loaded Boards Jehu V2 High Performance Longboard Skateboard Bearings

Loaded Jehu Longboard Bearings
Developed and tested for the speed, durability, and the rigors of performance longboarding
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Fireball Dragon Precision Skateboard Bearings | 608 Bearing for Skateboards, Longboards, Inline Skates, Roller Skates, Spinners (Endure, 8-Pack)

Fireball Longboard Bearings
Two shields on either side for maximum protection from the elements, pre-lubed oil and grease
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$15.95

Prices start at around 17,00 € and can get as high as 100,00 € or more for a set of 8 bearings. Those more expensive usually feature “ceramic balls” which are considered to be more durable and stronger. In my opinion, you’ll be more than satisfied if you spend around 20,00 €, which is just around 5,00 € more than you would spend on a standard set of 8 bearings.

Recommended: Zealous bearings

There are many buying options, but Zealous stands out with a high level of quality and affordable pricing. They are the only built-in spacer bearings which I can recommend at the moment while being 100% sure that they will not disappoint you. Some individuals might disagree but most people who have tried Zealous bearings will nod their head when I say “Zealous bearings are definitely one of the best built-in spacer bearings on the market right now”.

Zealous built-in spacer bearings
Zealous built-in spacer bearings

For a while, I was looking at them online, wondering if they are worth the money – because they were so cheap! We have a saying where I come from “We are not wealthy enough to buy cheap stuff”, meaning that cheap stuff doesn’t last for a long time and therefore it’s better to buy something more expensive. Higher the price, better the quality, right? Wrong. With Zealous longboard bearings, this is not the case. You pay for them much less than for other comparable built-in spacer bearings, but they last for ages.

Zealous bearings feature the built-in spacer and speed ring. They are produced from high-quality materials and feature a super tight rubber sealing which prevents water and dirt from entering the bearing. This rubber sealing can be easily removed so that you can clean your bearings from time to time. To be honest, I haven’t cleaned mine for a full year and they still roll like crazy – fast and silent. They are lubricated with a nanoceramic lube which has excellent repellant to water and makes the bearings run at a considerably lower heat.

Are Bones REDS better than Zealous?

Bones REDS bearings for longboard and skateboard are the most popular bearings around the world, leading by being the most popular brand in United States. Most riders choose REDS because of their unbeatable reputation in street skateboarding scene too.

REDS come pre-lubed with Speed Cream lubricant developed specifically for bearings making them spin forever right out of the box. They are built using high standards and high quality materials and feature the non-contact removable rubber shield. This enables you easy cleaning while providing with the minimum friction.

Yellow Jacket Premium Skateboard Bearings, Pro Longboard Bearings, 608, ABEC 9, Black Mamba (Pack of 8)

Yellow Jacket Longboard Bearings
Ultra-fast longboard skateboard bearings lubed for guaranteed high speeds and minimal friction
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$15.99

Bones Race Reds Skateboard Bearings 8 Pack

Bones REDS Race Longboard Bearings
REDS high-quality precision longboard bearings for racing with built-in spacers
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$31.79

Bones REDS and Zealous are both on top of the game and whichever you choose, you can rest assured that your wheels will be spinning very good for a long period of time, especially if you take good care of them; it’s recommended to clean your bearings at least once a year or every time after skating in the wet.

What are your favorite longboard bearings?

What are your favorite bearings for longboard and why? Share your experience through the comments below and help others with their choice. Much appreciated. Thank you!

Arbor Longboards – New Artist Collection with Henry Hablak

Arbor Skateboards - New Artist Collection featuring Henry Hablak

Arbor Skateboards released a new 2018 Artist Collection featuring Henry Hablak, a tattoo artist and illustrator from Atlanta, GA.

Arbor Catalyst Artist - Hablak Complete Longboard New 2018

Arbor Catalyst Artist – Hablak Complete Longboard
Arbor Catalyst Artist Series 2018 Complete Longboard with Paris V2 Black 180mm Longboard Trucks and Arbor Outlook 70mm Black Longboard Wheels. Comes Completely Assembled and Ready to Ride.
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Arbor Pilsner Artist - Hablak 2018 Complete Mini Longboard Skateboard New

Arbor Pilsner Artist – Hablak 2018 Complete Mini Longboard
Arbor Pilsner Artist Series Complete Cruiser Skateboard with Paris Trucks and Arbor Bogart Wheels.
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Arbor Skateboards - Henry Hablak observing historical art.

Henry’s designs are influenced by traditional art, folklore, alchemy, and shamanism. By observing historical art he came to the conclusions that all humans are wired to express themselves artistically in a similar way. Furthermore, by traveling and getting inspired by anthropology and history around the world, he creates his own interpretation of visually pleasing art.

Arbor Skateboards 2018 Artist Collection with Henry Hablak - The Pocket Rocker, Pilsner, Dropcruiser, Catalyst and Axis 40 board.

The 2018 Arbor Skateboards Artist Collection inspired him to create graphics that include mythological deities, checkered and triangle patterns. The boards available in the collection are the Pocket Rocker, Pilsner, Dropcruiser, Catalyst and the Axis 40 (left to right on the picture above).

The color pallet of his Arbor collaboration graphics is based on the orange-red tone found in historic pottery combined with contrasting cyan.

Arbor Catalyst Artist - Hablak Complete Longboard New 2018

Arbor Catalyst Artist – Hablak Complete Longboard
Arbor Catalyst Artist Series 2018 Complete Longboard with Paris V2 Black 180mm Longboard Trucks and Arbor Outlook 70mm Black Longboard Wheels. Comes Completely Assembled and Ready to Ride.
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Arbor Pilsner Artist - Hablak 2018 Complete Mini Longboard Skateboard New

Arbor Pilsner Artist – Hablak 2018 Complete Mini Longboard
Arbor Pilsner Artist Series Complete Cruiser Skateboard with Paris Trucks and Arbor Bogart Wheels.
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Sector 9 Island Mason Pro Signature Cruiser Skateboard

Sector 9 Mason Ho Pro Signature Series skateboard complete 2018

Sector 9 Skateboards released another skateboard in their 2018 Signature Series; the Sector 9 Island Mason Pro complete developed together with an American surfer Mason Ho.

Sector 9 Island Mason Ho Pro Signature Series Skateboard

Whether charging your local ditch, cruising the boardwalk, or having a session at your local skatepark, the Mason Pro should be a ‘go-to’ for anyone looking for a good time! ~ from Sector 9 Skateboards

Sector 9 Island Mason Pro cruiser skateboard

The Sector 9 Island Mason Pro comes with a 7 ply maple deck,  it is 31” long, 8.25” wide and has a wheelbase of 14.25”. With a double kick and a top-mount truck mounting, it’s available as a complete skateboard with quality components; 8.5” Gullwing Shadow trucks, 61 mm 78A Nine Balls wheels, grip tape, and all the necessary hardware.

Sector 9 Island Mason Ho Pro Signature Series skateboard complete 2018

The complete Sector 9 Island Mason Pro skateboard is best suitable for parks, cruising and as a commuter to take you where you need to go without having to fight traffic.

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In case you missed it, also check out the Sector 9 Lotus Tia Pro skateboard that Sector 9 built with a pro surfer Tia Blanco.

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy video interviews with 40 brands

Ryan Theobald, Landyachtz Longboards

Just before the snow-heavy February started, we packed our filming gear and headed to Germany to spend four days at the biggest sports trade show in Europe, ISPO Munich 2018.

We spent most of the time in Longboard Embassy organised by 40inch Magazine and Ministry of Stoke where we recorded over 33 interviews that covered 40 brands.

Here’s the minute marks for the brands presented in the video:

ROCKET Longboards 1:58
KebbeK Skateboards 3:32
Buggy Rollin 6:07
King Lui Boards 8:01
DB Longboards 9:53
Alternative Longboards 11:39
Seismic Skate Systems 12:52
Legende Longboard 14:00
Onan Booster Europe 14:54
Madrid Skateboards 16:19
Season Distribution 17:58
Bolzen Trucks 18:26:11
Walzen Wheels 19:15:23
Icone Longboards 20:14:45
Peaceboards 21:25
FITSKATE by Erika.g 22:37:16
Landyachtz Longboards 23:52
Simple Longboards 25:16
Maui and Sons 26:35
quinboards 27:07
Area One Boards 27:55:43
BTR Leathers 29:14
Yow Surfskate 29:50
Carver Skateboards 30:38
Slide Surf Skate 31:35
Bangfish Trucks Co. 33:46
TSG Helmets 37:15
Pro-Tec Helmets 38:22
Sector 9 Skateboards 39:33
Curfboard 41:56
Beercan Boards 42:45
Olson&Hekmati Longboards 43:33
Pogo & NinetySixty Longboards 47:51
Bomb Boards, Pixel Skateboards & Epic Balance Boards 52:25
Triple 8 Helmets 54:27
Whitezu Surfskate Waves 55:00
JayKay E-Trucks 55:34

Sector 9 Lotus Tia Pro Signature Series Cruiser Skateboard

This is the first time Sector 9 ever worked with a female rider to develop a specific board, and Tia took her time in order to ensure the final product not only reflected her tastes but also ended up being a highly functional skateboard. Small, easy-to-ride, lightweight and comfortable to travel with, the Tia Pro is a great choice for skaters of all abilities.

Sector 9 LOTUS TIA PRO Skateboard

The Sector 9 Lotus Tia Pro skateboard deck is best used for cruising, commuting and carving riding style but don’t let that hold you back from getting creative with it.

It features a 7 ply maple construction and a top mount platform with double kick. The deck is 30.5″ long and 8.0″ wide and has 14.25″ wheelbase.

Sector 9 Lotus Tia Pro Signature Series Skateboard Deck

Available as a complete skateboard, the Lotus Tia Pro comes packed with 8″ Gullwing Mission trucks, 58mm 78a Nine Balls cruising wheels, ABEC 5 Greaseball bearings, 0.25″ recycled plastic risers to avoid wheel bite. The complete comes pre-gripped with ERG grip tape with a Sector 9 logo.

Aleix Gallimo is gonna downhill forever

Aleix Gallimo - I'm Gonna Downhill Forever. Photo by Mikel Echegaray

With a boom of XYZ media channels we are able to feast our eyes on a lot of downhill skateboarding visuals. Some are more noticeable than others while the rest hold great memories of a certain era.

Well, Aleix Gallimo is not a media crew, but he is a downhill skateboarder, graphic designer, videographer, tattooer and what to him is most important, a father.

He’s been skating so long he doesn’t even know the exact number of years. Currently he’s living high in the north of the Spanish Pyrenees. His valley called Benasque is surrounded by up to 3000 meter high mountains with plenty of epic descents.

What he truly loves to do is downhill skateboarding, that’s why he is preparing an ambitious project for the 2018 IDF racing season with the aim to help the downhill community and give it the exposure he thinks it needs.

Our industry is running low so we need to put more effort into trying to raise it up. If we don’t do it we’ll be stuck like this for a long time.

One of the reasons he sees a problem with the industry is the amount of people wanting a sponsor without giving anything back. He feels that while it’s great to support skaters, brand owners should know how to support them in a sustainable way. In the role of a skater, he decided to take a more ”hands-on” approach…

What is I’m Gonna Downhill Forever?

Before describing his project to me he said he still remembers a few years ago when longboarding was growing rapidly, brands were getting strong and helped the riders by working with them closely. At the time riders got a chance to travel the world, mixing up different cultures and styles and promoting the sport in different countries.

I work hard to travel, learn and achieve the things I do around the world. That gave me the opportunity to learn from the best and see what exactly is important and what’s not. This is also the reason why I started I’m Gonna Downhill Forever.

This year while attending all IDF events, Aleix wants to show ‘’outsiders’’ how dh skaters meet, travel, learn, have fun, challenge themselves and portray the sport as, what most people would agree with, the best time of our lives.

Aleix will attend races on four continents; Asia, Europe, North and South America, during a 6 month period. He will start the project in the Philippines, followed by South Korea, later head over to Europe to attend IDF races in Romania, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain. He’ll visit the US twice and end the season in South America, Colombia, Peru and finally in Brazil.

Aleix Gallimo - I'm Gonna Downhill Forever

During his travels he plans on producing 1 video from each country, 3 quick blog type stories, online streams from freerides and races, and end his project with a final video to recap the whole tour. Besides races, he will also visit other countries along the way. All together he plans on making around 32 videos.

Where can you watch it and how to support it

The I’m Gonna Downhill Forever media will be showcased online, through his personal website and social media channels. For the final World Tour video he plans to have it screened in designated skate shops in order to give them and the local scene support.

I’ll try to show this sport as raw as I can and let people know it’s like other sports, you just need to learn the basics and go step by step and then boom, you’re deep in a fun thing that will bring some of the best times in your life.

At the end of our conversation, Aleix said that so far he has some help from his sponsors and he is going to invested his own hard earned cash, but the project is big. He hopes to receive donations to make this a reality.

For sure I’ll do my best to accomplish this project because I think it’s really important for our sport. My own sponsors help me with the basics for racing, but don’t cover the project. To make this happen I need help with the filming gear, work and I need to pay people for their work on the project.

Because the project is still in the beginning stage Aleix welcomes you to join and help out by donating. To do this visit the I’m Gonna Downhill Forever GoFundMe page.

Aleix Gallimo is supported by Long Island Longboards, Venom Skate, Atopic Supplies, Hondar Longboards, Osteobenas and All Year Longboard.

The 2nd Xert Freeride by RidersFly is just around the corner

Xert Freeride - Photo by Carla Sanjuan

The RidersFly season opener will be the 2nd edition of Xert Freeride which will once again take place in a small town in Eastern Spain called Xert, on the 24th and 25th of March. The town is not more than 25 minute drive away from the sandy beaches of Vinaròs and only about 45 kilometres away from the Castellón–Costa Azahar airport.

Watch the video
1st Xert Freeride aftermovie by Bunker Media

With a population of 800 inhabitants where millenary olive trees, oil and typical pastas predominate, RidersFly expect nothing more that relaxed and friendly vibes.

The event’s track is located in “Les moles de Xert” on a 2.5 km long road with fast corners, forks and fast sections with speeds up to 75 km/h. The crew describes it is a technical circuit but at the same time very fun!

Photo collage from the 1st Xert Freeride in 2017

The price for this two day event is set at 75 eur and includes shuttles, rider insurance and an ambulance crew with a doctor, as well as camping and lunch.

To learn more about the event and register, visit www.ridersfly.com/ii-freeride-xert.

RidersFly Events 2018 Schedule
RidersFly Events 2018 Schedule includes 4 freeride events.

What can the history of skateboarding teach us?

Photo by Mila Zasou

I came across a video of a guy who owns 5000 vintage skateboards. The guy’s name is Todd Huber and he is a skateboard collector and founder of Skatelab, which is a museum, a shop and an indoor skatepark.

Here’s the video:

What was the most interesting to me was not the number of skateboards he had, but how much the history of skateboarding was present in the collection.

Because this sparked my interest, I did some reading. That is why I compiled a short history lesson for you guys. At the end, you’ll find some pointers of what I learned in the process of writing this article.

The 50s marked the invention of skateboarding. As a spontaneous movement of multiple people, kids started making their own skateboards from planks of wood, nailed with roller-skates. Back then, if you wanted one you had to make one and kids started messing around in their parent’s garages.

In 1957, Alf Jensen’s “Bun Board” was the first commercial skateboard to be produced. The number of boards sold was manageable, and the metal rollers mounted on this board never broke through. The board served as a model for the first skateboard that was produced in 1959 by the Californian company Roller Derby Skate in large numbers. ~ Alex Lenz in his upcoming book The Lost History of Longboarding

By the 60s, clay wheels got introduced and replaced the metal wheels used before. The trend of skateboarding was high, but it soon kinda died. You can imagine why – skating on clay composite wheels was probably horrendous.

Back then, skateboarding wasn’t considered a sport, nor a hobby, it was just something a few kids did and the majority of adults were not paying attention to it. Multiple companies at that time separated from skateboarding because too many kids got hurt and it wasn’t good for their image.

In 1964 Jim Fitzpatrick, the first member of Makaha Skateboard team, which at the time produced the clay-wheeled skateboards, went on a two-month tour, traveling all over Europe to promote skateboarding and his brand.

He was also the first person to skateboard underneath the Eiffel Tower. In an interview I found, he said he skated there for about an hour while people gathered around him in a circle clapping. Later he carried his board to the top of the tower. In the ”Cult of the longboard” article in Trasher July 1995 magazine issue the author mentions Fitzpatrick as someone who personally introduced skateboarding to Europe.

During the sixties, kids were skating barefoot as grip tape wasn’t yet invented. Some of the wooden boards had grooves for extra traction, but you guys can guess how little that helped. The Randy 720 was the first shoe designed for skateboarding back in 1965. But the evolution of skate shoes has its own history.

Around that time Patti McGee was featured on the cover of Life magazine, the first skate magazine popped up called SKATEBOARDER magazine (which only put our four issues, but got renamed and relaunched in 1975), people started skating pools, vert and the first skateboard organization was formed.

In contrast, many shops stopped selling skateboards as they were considered too dangerous by public officials and cities started banning skateboarding on the streets.

In ’69 Larry Stevenson, the founder of Makaha Skateboards mentioned above, patented the kicktail enabling the evolution of skate tricks we know today. He, however, didn’t get much out of it as only a few companies decided to pay the royalties. Because of this, his patent later got ruled as invalid.

By the early 70s, Frank Nasworthy introduced a small batch of the first urethane wheels named Cadillac Wheels. The Dogtown and Z Boys era began and Alan Gelfand performed and named the first ollie.

Thought the seventies trucks also got their prime time when Ron Bennett built one of the first trucks specifically designed for skateboarding. Freestyle and slalom was a popular thing and the invention of the Stoker trucks created something for downhill. With the invention of the reverse kingpin trucks in 1977, longboards were as stable than ever.

Dennis Shufeldt in 1975 photographed by Warren Bolster
Dennis Shufeldt in 1975 photographed by Warren Bolster

Based on the info I got from various sources, the sport split into two branches: skateboarding and longboarding somewhere around this time period.

The story returns back to Jim Fitzpatrick. He worked for Powell Peralta in the 80s and 90s on the Bones Brigade and with the invention of the VHS the first skate movies got recorded. He also worked as a writer and production assistant for what came to be known as “The Savannah Slamma,” produced by Thrasher Magazine.

In the early 90s longboarding took off as mass production of the boards started in the US. Around that time sub-disciplines like freestyle, slalom, long distance and downhill gained momentum.

With the invention of the  World Wide Web in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee the promotion of skateboarding soon wasn’t limited to the only word of mounth and printed magazines.

The bottom line

And what can we take out of this brief history lesson? Well, quite a few things actually…

Be an active member of the community.

The influence of skateboarding teams and individuals was huge. Skaters back then did skate demos, talked with people and portrayed the sport the best way they knew how. Like some brands and individuals do today, organizing skate sessions, beginner classes, longboard events, and other meet-ups, still has massive value.

Attending local and international events is also has importance. Normally this is the only way to skate in a controlled environment and push your limits without the risk of ongoing traffic. It’s also a great chance to meet other skaters and make new friends.

Promote responsible and safe skating

By putting out media, one can be responsible and educational by raising awareness about safety gear and skating within your limits. Posting videos of one nearly escaping a collision with a car might get a lot of views, but the bigger picture is more destructive than positive.

Connect with the media outlets you like

Why not can connect with and support the magazines, websites, and blogs you like? They are there to distribute and present your content, support the sport and present it in an objective manner to a wider public. If you want to promote longboarding to the masses, don’t just settle with your limited circle on socials.

Help and support beginners

Every skater also has a chance to educate others. So many times beginners bought a cheap longboard, road it once and then stopped because it wasn’t what they expected – just like the situation with the clay wheels.

Be open-minded and connect with others. If you have a newcomer on your local skate spot, teach him/her a thing or two so they get a push in the right direction. With the basics, they can start practicing on their own just like you did and actually learn a lot faster.

Together we can provide a positive environment without hate or judgment and show newcomers and the general public that longboarding is not as dangerous and as lawless as it looks at a first glance.

Learn Longboarding: Aero Grab Trick Tip with Jeff Corsi

Learn Longboarding: Aero Grab Trick Tip with Jeff Corsi

I wanted to do this tricks and tips episode since at least one year ago. But I was not sure if I should do it in French or in English… subtitles or not…Since Moonshine supports me on the project, I thought it would be good to do it in English so that everyone can understand it. It’s for fun anyway!

The concept of the “Jeff’s tips” is to learn one trick by episode. Specifically dancing and freestyle tricks. I will doing large panel of tricks, some one will be for the beginner and other ones in hard level. The idea is to show that everything is possible if you practice. I started with the Aero Grab because it’s a famous trick and as I said, it allows for lot of possibilities… In this episode, I will try to be clear and short. Not longer than 3 min and 1 min if I can.

I don’t pretend that I’m a teacher, I’m more a friend who explains you the tips with jokes and bullshits. The longboard is before everything a way to share fun right? ;)

Watch: Jeff’s tips ep1 – the Aero Grab

Until the next episode, follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

JayKay e-trucks: yet another electric longboard company?

JayKay E-trucks review with Susan Heine

I used to not be a fan of motorized longboards, mainly because of how they look; they aren’t elegant, have a lot of plastic parts and the shape and look of the boards I saw on the market mostly don’t appeal to me. In addition, they are bulky and usually very heavy.

A start-up company named JayKay from South Germany made me reconsider my feelings towards electric longboards. They invented an elegant and practical solution. Instead of making a classic longboard motor, the drive is hidden inside the trucks.

JayKay e-trucks mounted on wooden decks

At a first glance, they appear to be like normal longboard trucks and, what I like most about them, they can be mounted on any longboard deck, top mount or drop through, with standard skateboard hardware.

JayKay e-trucks test drive

A few months ago I got to try out their early prototype. I mounted the JayKay trucks on my own favorite Icone Longboards deck and all I could see was my beautiful wooden longboard with a pair of trucks – no plastic battery pack housing, no nothing.

Compared to other electric longboards, the setup was very light with a total weight of about 5.5 kg. The e-trucks can be mounted with standard skateboard hardware and the bushings are of a standard size too, so they can be replaced if desired.

Before my first ride, I was worried about how the trucks would feel. I expected them to have no turn as if they were designed only to house the battery and other components. But to my surprise, this was not the case. The truck geometry offered a pleasant, agile riding experience.

JayKay E-trucks - Wheel prototype as seen on ISPO 2018

JayKay has just received their new urethane wheels. For now, the wheels come in 78a with a contact patch of 61.5 mm and in two colors, red and white. I can’t comment on the wheels and how they slide since I’ve only tested the first prototype, but I think it should be possible to do checks and little slides.

However, it must be considered that this is more of a urethane “ring” than a wheel, meaning it could wear down quite fast if someone should choose to slide them a lot.

How it works

Let me briefly explain the technology. Basically, the motor is integrated into the wheels and the battery is hidden inside the hanger. I know this sound a little delicate but on the test rides I did, the trucks surprised me with their strength and power. The baseplate and material of the hangers used is a high-resistant cast and tempered aluminum alloy.

According to the inventors, it will be possible to do tricks with the e-trucks, it is, however, to be considered that your longboard setup would be heavier than usual.

You accelerate and brake with a remote control that recognizes finger or arm gestures, depending on the type of control the customer chooses, which will be either a finger ring or a stick.

If the rider should fall off the board, the electric drive will automatically stop once the distance between the trucks and the remote control reaches a certain distance.

JayKay E-trucks - Components as seen on ISPO 2018

The e-trucks have an auto-on function, which means that the drive switches on after you push off and the wheels start to roll. This allows for a smooth start and makes it easier to find balance. In this context, it should also be pointed out that the wheels roll freely, so if the batteries should die after a range of up to 15 km, you can still ride it by pushing.

Also, the trucks can be driven in both directions and have an integrated light at the front and back for better visibility in the dark.

Final thoughts

What convinced me was the fun I had while test riding. Like most of you, I am a passionate skateboarder and I love pushing my board everywhere I go. There was no room for such a fancy thing as an e-drive for my longboard.

However, after testing these electric longboard trucks, I was genuinely stoked about this new sensation of “driving”. So if you ever have the chance to try it out, you should definitely give it a go!

JayKay e-trucks are still in a development stage but can already be pre-ordered on their official website. They are about to go into serial production within the next months.

JayKay e-truck features:

  • Top speed: 30 km/h / 18.6 mph (on a flat surface)
  • Three modes: sport, eco and slow
  • Range: 12 – 15 km / 7.5 – 10 miles
  • Number of motors: 4
  • Weight: approx. 2 kg per truck
  • Charging time: 1 hour (fast charging), 3h (normal)
  • Remote: ring, stick or smartphone via Bluetooth
  • Battery life: 3 hours (battery-saving mode)
  • Mounting: top mount or drop through with standard skate hardware
  • Freewheel mode: use the electric drive or push like normally
  • Can be driven in both directions

To stay on track with JayKay, you can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Sliders Skate House brings back Arico – El Bueno freeride on Tenerife

Arico - El Bueno organized by Sliders Skate House

UPDATE, March 17th 2018 : Arico – El Bueno Freeride is cancelled.


Last year we covered the Arico – El Bueno Freeride, the first freeride on Tenerife organised by BigMountainSkate and Sliders Skate House.

A year later, the event is still on, but solely organised by Martin Diaz and Álvaro García from Sliders Skate House. When asked what was their role in last year’s event organisation they said:

Due to having different ways of thinking we decided that the best thing was doing the event again this time on our own. Last year I was one of the people that worked a lot to make this event happen. Together with Álvaro García, another rider from the Sliders Crew, we contacted every local business that was involved (and also the ones that ended up not being involved) and closed deals with the majority of them. But mostly getting formal authorizations with the Townhall, which was also one of the hardest parts last year. ~ Martin Diaz

Well besides Tenerife being a volcanic island, its climate and summerish weather appeals to many skaters from around the globe who made it their winter skate escape, leaving large amounts of thane and stoked vibes on the island.

Arico - El Bueno Freeride on Tenerife. Photo by Giorgia Morriello.
Riders descending down the El Bueno thane heavy track – photo by Giorgia Morriello.

Before Arico – El Bueno the native events on Tenerife were smaller and more local, in the form of slide jams and ”lurking sessions”. Martin further explained that one of the reasons why they decided to organise the freeride is so that everyone has a chance to skate a closed road and practice without risking their lives in any other random Tenerife road.

This is made by us, a bunch of -local- skateboarders mostly from different parts of the world, looking forward to change a bit the current situation with Downhill Skateboarding here and work towards having more opportunities of skating our home island, without having trouble with the Police (as you may already know, skateboarding open roads in Spain is illegal). ~ Martin Diaz

Arico – El Bueno 2018 event info

The 2018 edition of the Arico – El Bueno freeride will bring a few changes, while some things will remain the same.

Last year’s event took place mid March, but this year it moved to the beginning of April, with a 4 day freeride from the 5th to 8th of April.

The 2.8 km long road with a maximum speed of 70 km/h and 14 hairpins remains the same and so does the event schedule. The skating will start at 9:00 in the morning, until 14:00 , followed by a two hour lunch break and continued at 16:00, finishing at 19:00 in the evening.

One of the changes for this year’s edition is also the overall price. While last year the price without accommodation was 250 EUR for five days, this year it’s set at 185 EUR, for a total of four days. From each registration 15 EUR will be donated to James Kelly’s Skate United project for refugee kids.

Accommodation and food

There will also be some changes in regards to the food and accommodation. Due to some unfortunate misunderstanding between the owner and the personnel who took care of the booking last year, the Ecovillavclub got overbooked.

However, the crew still thinks the place is great and know it can host 80 people comfortably. They also took care of alternative accommodation to fix last years experience with two backups. One will be the Sliders House in Marazul with 20 extra spots. The second one still needs to be officially confirmed, but the guys are on it.

Anyways we expect about 80 riders, but the limit will be 120. The second accomodation is still to be confirmed, as we need to choose wisely between the options that we currently have. ~ Martin Diaz

As mentioned above, the price for the freeride is 185 EUR, but the price for accommodation is 30 EUR extra for three nights (10 eur/day extra nights), which the riders will pay at arrival to the Ecovillaclub.

Martin and Álvaro also took care of a new food truck to be present at the event, which also provides vegan and vegetarian meals. He also provided a tip for skater who plan on coming to the event:

The thing is that in Tenerife the distances are -different- and unless you are in a very crowded area, you should make every visit to the supermarket count, Arico is obviously not a crowded place and neither is Abades (where the EcoVilla is located).

The Sliders Skate House already opened the registration for the 2018 Arico – El Bueno Freeride on February 18th via their website.

KebbeK Skateboards launched a new store in Québec

KebbeK Skateboards store opening in Quebec

KebbeK Skateboards launched their new headquarters and store in Montreal, Québec. The grand opening was last Friday, on February 16th, 2018, and at the same time, it was also the release party for Skate[Slate] Magazine Issue 36 which features KebbeK’s team rider Ben Dub on the cover with a photo made by a photographer John Rathwell.

KebbeK’s store stands out with a modern and simplistic design, something that we’re not used to seeing with other brands from the niche. The decks are put on a display inside of the transparent boxes, probably made of glass, lit up with led lights and treated like a piece of art that they are.

Our home is your home. Walk into the new Kebbek headquarters/gallery/boutique and be apart of the conversation. We would love to hear from you, share a high five, and most importantly….go skate. ~ KebbeK Skateboards via Facebook

If you’re visiting Montreal, make sure you make a stop at 4257 Rue St-Denis and check out the KebbeK decks, latest apparel and grab a free copy of the Skate[Slate] magazine.

Here’s the photo gallery from the opening…

Photos by Alexandre Brault