KebbeK Skateboards celebrates 25th Anniversary with Opalescent deck series

The KebbeK Skateboards Opalescent collection

The 2017 KebbeK Skateboards board collection consists of 10 board models, hand painted in-house with a custom, limited edition formula of opalescent paint. As a result, the boards provide a colourful visual show, transforming right in front of your eyes.

Besides the great look and feel, the paint job also provides scratch resistance making the mentioned eye candy last longer.

Here is a workflow preview of the KebbeK crew preparing every single longboard in Montreal, Canada.

And because the history behind KebbeK involves a tight knit crew of friends and skaters, they continue to support team riders as well as communities around the globe, with humanitarian projects like “Cuban Links” being a staple in their recent work.

Since their beginning, KebbeK riders merge their personalities and different perspectives and create a unique vibe and atmosphere as the boards they skate on. And because a brand is nothing without their team, we decided to introduce the pro model decks of Benjamin Dubreuil, Emanuele Daigle, Raphael Therrien, Juergen Gritzner and Isac Printz.

Benjamin Dubreuil

In 2016 KebbeK introduced three redesigned board collections, including pro model decks of their team riders. It was no surprise that Ben’s model was amongst them. This year his board is still a part of the collection unchanged but flashing a new opalescent look.

Ben Dub has been with KebbeK since 2008 and he’s described as a man of mystery. When he’s not enjoying living off the grid with his dog, he’s up for fast lines, cutting alleys and hopping over obstacles, and his pro model is made for just that.

Living free of boundaries and skating everything you come across in your daily life was the inspiration behind his pro model.

This directional downhill/freeride deck includes a fat tail and a varying wheelbase of 23.8″ to 27″, with a total length of 38″ and a width of 9.75″.

With a 0.5 inch rocker, a micro drop, flushmounts and a 9ply construction of, what else than Canadian maple, the board provides a simple but effective shape, perfect for exploring the wilderness.

Ben already put his board to the test and like every year, he found some other fun uses for it besides skateboarding.

Raphael Therrien

As the newest pro team rider at KebbeK, Raphael a.k.a. Crafty from Montreal, got his own deck model this year. Formerly known as the Top Mount 36 introduced back in 2001, the board changed it’s name and look for this year’s season.

His deck is 36″ long and 9.5″ wide and has multiple wheelbase options ranging from 24″ to 25.75″. The wide platform and the concave offer freedom of foot placement making it playful for everyday skating and experimenting with your stance.

The boards also received an overhaul last year, that is why the Raphael Therrien pro model now features a rocker, 0.5 micro drop, flushmounts, deep wheel wells and a nifty kick tail which you can pop over anything.

Emma Daigle

Emma’s pro model deck stands for the same things she does. As an avid traveller with a great connection with nature, Emma is known for her nomad lifestyle. This is also the reason her downhill deck is designed to tackle any condition and is small and light enough to fit a traveling lifestyle.

With a 33.5″ length and 9.5″ width, the small, jet comfortable 24 to 25.5″ wheelbase includes a 0.25 inch radial drop to keep your feet comfortably locked in.

It’s 7 ply maple construction is 2 less than other pro models, but a top and bottom Fibreglass enforcement ensures its light weight and robust exterior.

Juergen Gritzner

One of the stars of the “Lost in Havana” documentary, the austrian skater Juergen Gritzner together with KebbeK Skateboards donated 100 of his pro model completes to kids in need, helping them start their own longboard journey.

With s similar mindset as Jurgen, his pro model deck is all about freedom of skating, foot position and mixing together different skate styles. Sharing the same dimensions with the Ben Dub pro model deck, Juergen’s stands on its own with a directional shape, a 0.5 rocker, a micro drop and flushmounts.

For more about Juergen and his pro model, check out the feature here.

Isac Printz

And last but not least is Isac Printz. As the second newest pro rider at KebbeK Skateboards, his pro model was known as Rockin Rookie back in the day, which was released in 2008.

His deck of choice, the mentioned 38″ long and 9.8″ wide topmount longboard suits his riding style as he enjoys visiting race events and the adrenaline rush at higher speeds.

The KebbeK Skateboards Opalescent collection
Isac Printz pro model

His pro model was inspired by slalom skaters and the popularity of topmount decks back in the day and with a wheelbase anywhere between 27 to 30″, this speed board is perfect for charging down epic mountain passes and fast maneuvering in tight race heats.

With their latest project, three of KebbeK team riders, Emma, Juergen and Isac, with flow rider Benjamin Sabol released their Better Weather Tour video. Filmed last year in between skate events, the team went rouge and explored the surrounding mountains in search of new experiences.

To find out more about the remaining deck models in the 2017 Limited Edition Opalescent Series, visit the KebbeK Skateboards.

The Nomad Life with KebbeK team rider Emmanuelle Daigle

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

With the nomadic lifestyle becoming more and more popular and because we, as skateboarders, are used to travelling the globe in search of different skate locations, I caught up with Emma Daigle to talk about her travelling experiences and to know more about how she sustains her active lifestyle.

Meet Emma

Emma Daigle is a 20-something skateboarder, traveller, yoga instructor and artist. She’s known for her nomadic lifestyle, hitting the road every chance she gets in search of new experiences and enriching her life with travelling.

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

She just got back from a month long trip in California, skating the famous Tuna, a local go-to skate spot. But as soon as she got back, she already started planning her next trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.

Last year I’ve met Emma briefly at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp, her last stop on her mini euro tour. She travelled through Sweden and Austria beforehand, visiting freeride events and enjoying some random skate trips to the mountains.

I hit Lillehammer, Almabtrieb and KnK. I enjoyed going to less events and skateboarding more. It was the best of both worlds. Link up with people at events, catch up and then run off into the mountains and skate from dawn to dusk. Non-stop.

In between events she also went rogue with an improvised Kebbek Skateboards team trip in Austria, driving around and skating epic mountain passes.

Better Weather Tour by KebbeK Skateboards
A shot from the Better Weather Tour by KebbeK Skateboards

Isac Printz, Jurgen Gritzner, Benjamin Sabol and herself included explored the nearby Alps and filmed some skate shots for their soon to be released Better Weather Tour video. Don’t worry, we’ll feature it as soon as it comes out to keep you in the loop.

A sustainable travelling lifestyle

When Emma is not skateboarding, she likes to switch it up with other outdoor activities like rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking.

And because of her active lifestyle and her yoga skills, she’s able to sustain her trips by teaching yoga and doing odd jobs along the way. This includes anything from cleaning houses and construction work to random art contracts.

In our conversation, Emma revealed, she doesn’t look up jobs online but rather follows the ‘word on the street’ and even get’s multiple job requests via social media.

So far she didn’t feel the need to find any season jobs in Europe because she lives simply and travels on a budget. But I got curious and looked up season jobs online.

I found that there are many jobs available if you’re planning a longer trip through Europe. You can do anything from babysitting to teaching English, to picking oranges in Spain…but that’s a totally different article.

Connecting with new people

Being an open-minded person means Emma is always open to work on different projects that make her see things from a different perspective. She met Oreon Strusinski, an ocean photographer and the author of the pictures you see in this article.

I wanted to shoot with him to see what type of angles and ideas he would come up with given that shooting skateboarding on ‘land’ is not his main focus. It’s always interesting to have someone from another discipline come in and bring a new outlook to the sport.

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

Emma did the shoot on her current setup which is her pro model from KebbeK Skateboards, Paris Trucks 165s and Blood Orange wheels. Here’s what she has to say about it:

The board might look small but it’s nimble and surprisingly stable at higher speeds. It’s got a subtle micro drops which suction cup your feet to the board.
Its smaller size makes it perfect for the avid traveller.

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

Future plans

For now, Emma is travelling through the US and simultaneously planning her next trip to Japan and China. Her focusing is on possibly making Asia her Fall / Winter reality, partially skate related and partially out of curiosity.

Hopefully, we’ll also get to see her somewhere in Europe if the wind blows hard enough 🙂