Announcing Gnarlicante O&H wheels while DTC chips in with new slide gloves

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Gnarlicante / Olson & Hekmati wheels

Alex Dehmel has landed in Alicante and is already enjoying sweet Spanish hills with Pablo Quiles. As Olson & Hekmati is known to be one of their biggest supporters, they’ve announced new Gnarlicante / O&H wheels.

Alex Dehmel & Pablo Quiles © Alex Dehmel
Alex Dehmel & Pablo Quiles © Alex Dehmel
Gnarlicante / O&H Wheels © Bjoern Hekmati
Gnarlicante / O&H Wheels © Bjoern Hekmati

They are white, have a cool graphic and are soft as fuck having a duro of 76a. The rest remains a mystery so far. In one of my recent conversations with Pablo regarding an article I’m putting together to introduce Alicante as one the winter longboarding destination, he promised smooth slides, great roll speed and more. I guess they are going to be soon up on a Gnarlicante Longboard Store, price remains unknown to this point. Let’s see where this goes – we’ll keep you posted.

Update: You can get these over at O&H store now for 42,82 Euros (discounted from 54,90 Euros). Knock yourself out 🙂


DTC releases new slide gloves

DTC Distribution announced new DTC PRG slide gloves. These are meant to be extra comfortable, providing a perfect fit comparable to golfing gloves. Sounds nice.

DTC Slide Gloves © DTC Distribution
DTC Slide Gloves © DTC Distribution

They also seem to be “leather suit friendly” thanks to the position of a tightening band which is placed over the upper side of a palm, rather then around a wrist. Stretchable fabric and additional perforated leather makes them great for hot summer days while being durable in contrast to slide gloves made fully of fabric (aka freeride gloves). Did I mention the double leather layer on finger tips? I did now.  Price is more than fair, you can get them for only 45 Euros. Definitely worth the money. Also, their sleek design kicks asses!


LGC repping in a video ad

Longboard Girls Crew did a great job repping in a video commercial for Bouygues Telecom, one of France’s biggest telephone companies. The video was shot in Southern France and features LGC girls including Eider Walls, Ishtar Bäcklund, Lyde Begue, Noelia Otegui, Femke Bosma and Valeria Kechichian. To make sure everything meets required standards, the ad was shot under the orders of Ty Evans, director of Pretty Sweet and We Are Blood. Jump over to their website for some nice looking photographs.


Mischo Erban featuring Next Boards

We’ve shared this massive achievement in one of our earlier posts, when Mischo Erban rolled into the Guinness Book Of World Records by skating on what is currently being the fastest electric skateboard / longboard on the planet. Here’s the official video recap, filmed and edited by Flying Focus (Yvone Labarthe). Watch the video to found out how the whole project went down.

Related: Mischo Erban sets a speed record with NGV electric skateboard


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Mischo Erban sets a speed record with NGV electric skateboard

NGV - Next Boards - Electric Skateboard

Lately we’ve seen many electric skateboards hitting the markets worldwide. Without any doubt, I think that they do have a bright future as a form of a “green” and a fun way of travelling around the city.

While other electric skateboards developers and manufacturers focus more on achieving longer distances by limiting the maximum speed and power of their products, NGV – Next Generation Vehicles from Slovenia decided to take it a completely opposite way.

Still under development

NGV’s Next Board electric skateboard is still in a development stage and it doesn’t look as nice as some other similar products, it’s look definitely needs some more attention.

Next Board electric skateboard drive
Next Board electric skateboard drive

It features 4×4 in-wheel drive, which is not so common with other electric skateboards. Powered by a 6-cell lithium-polymer 22.2-volt 8,000-mAh battery pack located under the Murksli deck and controlled with handheld remote, Next Board can reach up to 15 km with a moderate speed. Comparing to other e-skateboards which fully charged usually reach a distance of up to 40 km, this might sound as a bit “too short”, but this issue is definitely something that NGV team will address soon enough.

NGV Electric skateboard with handheld remote control
NGV Electric skateboard with handheld remote control

NGV’s vision

According to Toni Dernovšek (Next Board developer), Next Board should be available in 2 or 4 wheel drive and different power options. Final price of the product will depend on it’s components, such as trucks, deck, battery capacity etc. Price range will be somewhere between 1.500 – 4.000 eur, depending on the model.

He says, that their electric skateboard was not planned as a transportation vehicle but more as an upgrade to existing professional skateboards. Their vision exceeds the usual use of electric skateboards as they want to see it being used for competitions in all kinds of skateboarding disciplines, such as downhill racing, slalom, freestyle and similar.

The most powerful electric skateboard

While it doesn’t have the looks and the longest distance reach it sure is a beast when it comes to the power and maximum speed which you can pull out of it.

NGV Next Board electric skateboard complete
NGV Next Board electric skateboard complete

I had the chance to try it out in the beginning of this summer, probably hitting somewhere near 50 km/h – apparently it was set to only half of it’s power. Very impressed with it, I would brag about it to my friends telling them that this board will race with the speed up to 100km/h. A common sceptical reaction was; “Yeah, right…”. Not long after, NGV announced that they will try to set a world speed record with their electric skateboard.

The fastest electric skateboard

NGV hooked up with Mischo Erban (Guinness world record holder for fastest speed on skateboard), confident that his downhill skateboarding skills are going to help them accomplish a highest score possible. They were right.

NGV electric skateboard drive mounted on Ronin trucks
NGV electric skateboard drive mounted on Ronin trucks

It was supposed to happen today, on Thursday 29th, 2015, but due to a bad weather forecast they decided to do it two days earlier. This timeline change resulted with some of us not being able to be there and witness the event which was held on Portorož airport in Slovenia on Tuesday, 27th.

Official top speed 95,83 km/h

Apparently, a day earlier the top speed Mischo did on the Next Board was 113 km/h! However, on the official measurement event the top speed was 95,83 km/h. There you have it, officially the fastest electric skateboard! Congratulations to everyone involved 🙂

* Click on a photo to play the video

Downgrade or Upgrade?

Electric skateboards are still skateboards, but they have very little to do with the “sport” which we love so much – downhill skateboarding. While some people are passionate about such tech upgrades, other think that they downgrade the essence of skateboarding.

Have your say

Is electric skateboard something that you would use or would you rather keep on pushing? Leave a comment, tell us how you fill about it.