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.

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.

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy Photo Gallery

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy

We’ve finally settled down at home and it was time to go through the photos I took during the four days we spent at ISPO 2018 in Munich.

Watch the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy video here.

If you’re not familiar with ISPO, here’s the short walk-through. It is the biggest European multi-segment trade fair within the sports industry. With over 85.000 visitors from 120 different countries, ISPO is stretched out through 16 halls showcasing 8 segments that cover everything from winter sports, team sports, health & fitness to manufacturing & suppliers.

We mostly spent our time in Hall A5 at the Longboard Embassy organized by 40inch Longboard Magazine. Looking back to 2013, when I last visited ISPO, this year’s Longboard Embassy looked a bit smaller than back then, but it was still filled with a wall-to-wall skateboard and longboard products.

The Longboard Embassy view from the lounge area

Walking through the Longboard Embassy, one could try out surf skating, electric longboards, watched Legende Longboard chisel a block of wood, what later became a handcrafted and fully functional longboard, or rest their legs at the lounge area overlooking the Whitezu 12 meter long surf skate wave system.

In the four days of ISPO, we got a chance to talk with and interview 33 brands covering different skateboarding disciplines.

KebbeK Skateboards introduced their new watercolor lineup, Landyachts Longboards showcased the new freeride and dancer boards, ROCKET Longboards showed off it’s new Freak Show collection, Alternative Longboards introduced their new construction and Madrid Skateboards their Netflix Stranger Things collection…just to name a few.

The Longboard Embassy bar

Wheel and truck wise, we got a chance to check out Seismic’s new downhill race wheel, the European Walzen wheels, and the new Bolzen truck models and also talked with Bangfish about their new surf skate trucks.

There were also numerous surf skate brands showcasing their collection surrounding the Whitezu skate wave, like the Spanish YOW surf, Slide Surfskate, Curfboard, and Carver Skateboards.

Regarding protection, we saw the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver, stopped by at TSG and saw what’s new with Pro-Tec’s Full Cut skateboard helmets.

We also saw the Buggy Rollin suit by Jean Yves Blondeau. He’s most known for one of his stunt characters, the Rollerman, which we also got to see in action.

Jean-Yves Blondeau's Buggy Rollin suits

While we are still editing the interviews to show you what the brands had to say about their new lineups and products, here is a photo gallery from the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy.

I would like to end this article with an interview with Philippe Roose, a member of the Ministry of Stoke and their F*** Cancer Foundation. In the video, he said that the beer fundraiser at ISPO was a success and shares his personal story with everybody who takes the time to watch the video below.