The Root Longboards family has grown by a new member and a new deck model.
After close cooperation with Peter Markgraf, Root Longboards presents The Moby Dick. Peter’s signature model is a freestyle board made from Bamboo / Ash Tree core, enhanced with fibreglass and carbon for an ultralight, yet robust construction.
My mission was to create a board that inherits both, the street skating and the longboarding style. Building a bridge in-between some of the most demanding expressions of skateboarding when it comes to wear and tear of your beloved gear.
~ Peter Markgraf
The Moby Dick Root longboard deck comes in at 110 cm long and 23.50 cm wide, with a wheelbase option 65 – 70 cm. Making those trick possible are double 15° kicks, while the 2.5 mm micro drop and a 1.5 mm rocker provide grip and that extra needed pop to elevate your tricks.
Tenerife is one of the skating jewels in the norther hemisphere, for a long time not a secret anymore, well know for many Anaconda raw runs and endless roads directly hitting the ocean.
So a great bunch of the Root Longboards gang packed their stuff last spring, manualed through the gates, hopped into a flying carcass and got shot out on the Canarias somewhere in the Atlantic in front of Morocco.
The mission was to get sunburned, drunk on Doradas, filled up with tuna, avocados and olives, roadrashed by brittle asphalt and sore legs from skating roads longer then 10 km.
All in all we got a little more than 7 days to not just get pitted, this time we tried to make a serious road movie clip part what ever thing. Äxel, mad brain of road, still insured because of bowl skating brought his hole camera equipment including a Ronin-M (steady-cam) with him, to secure perfect, not shaking frames.
So boys and girls, get some tapas, open up a beer and put it into the smallest glass you have (author’s addition: It is more than reasonable to have many small glasses as I learned last week in Austria. Small beers don’t contain alcohol, easyguys), maybe u even have a small sunburn or a small road rash and lean back and let the island vibes flow through you.
Watch Root Longboards – Eseposibele Tour / Part I
The first day we spent traveling over the island and getting a feeling for the roads, landscape and people.
Camera: Alex Dietrich and Sebastian Hertler
Edit: Alex Dietrich
Music: Jon Wayne – Gold and Silver Root Longboards via Vimeo
Watch Root Longboards – Eseposibele Tour / Part II
The second part of the “Eseposibele Tour” is all about mobbing down the hill, staying as close as possible and enjoying skating together with our friends and guys we met during this trip.
Camera and edit: Alex Dietrich
Music: R.L. Burnside – Let my Baby ride Root Longboards via Vimeo
If you consider going to Tenerife…
Get in touch with Sliders Skate House. Martin Diaz Yarza will provide you with the best shelter you can image on this sacred island. He will grill fish, veggies and meat you never have eaten so far and what can I say, he is one of the most “down-to-earth-dudez” I had the chance to meet. Last but not least, don’t worry about safety, the Sliders House is probably the safest place on the Island.
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There is gonna be an BigMountainSkate event happening next year as well, so stay focused people! We already skated the planed track and I’m gonna say: Legs burning, stoke shouting, tight packs, thane lines…
PS: Root has planned to release a minimum of two more parts!
After a good amount of stoke in our bodies from the Venom cabin event (at which I sneakily sneaked in) we were so pumped on skating, that Schneider, Andy, Stalliano and I went straight to bed, slept a little, got up early to hit the roads again.
We took Max’s old “Bella” (a yellow Peugeot Partner), which perfectly transported us from Stuttgart to the Swiss Alps and back, to get to the spot. Upon arrival to the top of the hill we played “Rock, paper, scissors” to figure out who of us will be the first one to shuttle the run. Andy lost, so he sat on the captain’s seat, started the car, the engine roared, but nothing happened.
Andy: “Max the car is not accelerating!”
Max: “Ah…Andy, come on just be gentle with Bellaaa! I will try.”
But Max’s special “Bella” skills didn’t help. It was obvious pretty fast, the gas pedal string was ripped off…
FUCK FUCK was my first thought. I have to get back to Munich tonight, because I have serious stuff to deal with, damn u guys why?! We haven’t even skated a run, damn you old cars!
So what did we do? You guessed it, skated a run. It was fun like hell, but we still had a broken car. At least we called the breakdown service on the way up and after 2.5h they arrived.
Meanwhile, you guessed it again, we skated some more, so it wasn’t the biggest pain in the ass.
But on this day Murphy’s law was on fire, the guy could’t fix our car and he had to pull it away to the next service station.
The problem was that he didn’t have enough space in his car for all of us. The bottom line was that I had to miss my ride to Munich for sure, because we had to push for ages to get to the next village and get on the train back to Stuttgart.
My day was ruined, but I thought that if I’m stuck in Stuttgart, why not go skating the next day, because my plans were turned upside down anyway.
But what kind of car do we take? Nobody has got one. “Bella” was down and skating without a car was not an option. Suddenly a brainwave hammered through our brain: “Dudes! Let’s rent one! A fast one, one for filming, one to get rad.” That’s how the idea was born.
Pumped for skating again, we put some fresh new Brainfukker Grip on, put on our fresh Sunday clothes and went out the next day into the deep Swabian Hills to make this thing happen.
This video would never have happened if Stalliano’s car wouldn’t had broken down.
The good people from Root Longboards are happy to announce a new addition to their longboard decks lineup for 2016. Showed off for the first time at ISPO 2016, one of them is Lilian Gutsch’s signature deck, which finally got baptized and now listens to the sound of Nymphaea.
Lilian about the Nymphaea deck
I talked with Lilian to get her insight on the board and to find out what is the idea behind the Nymphaea. Here’s what she shared with us:
“I’m short, have small feet, and smaller stands than most guys have, but I’m not the only one out there with that measurements. Giving those the chance to ride a more suitable board is the main idea of the Nymphaea.
Having a narrow board, gives me the chance to put more pressure on the edges, without having to change my feet position all the time. I was forced to do that with my former bigger board and honestly don’t really appreciate it at higher speeds.
Furthermore the shorter wheelbase means – standing closer to the trucks – which leads to more control. The Nymphaea is obviously narrower and shorter than most boards available on the market, but even though I’m female, I want to emphasize that it’s not especially made for girls, but also for juniors and everyone who enjoys it.”
~ Lilian Gutsch
Well, that sounds great. So far, Root Longboards teased the industry with some pictures of the Nymphaea, but we are happy to have found out a little bit more about it and super stoked to share with you more info about the board’s specification.
ROOT Nymphaea longboard deck specs
The Root Nymphaea is a 82cm long and 22cm wide top-mount deck, offering the wheelbase options from 58,5 to 62,5cm. It has a similar 4 mm drop like the Root Satyr, a smooth concave at around 12 mm and a mini-kick. For now, these are Lilly’s developing notes.
At the time of writing this post, the price for the Nymphaea is not known yet, but when released, we’ll update this page and let you know. The deck will be available for purchase soon at the Root’s online store.
Lilian will be out in a few weeks to test the Nymphaea to the max and will keep us updated with a little review. Subscribe here and we will let you know when it’s released.
You can also follow Lilians’s trip on Instagram @lilian.gutsch to get a preview.
Stay tuned and get teased!
The free booze and friendly laughs with Alex Dehmel and Pablo Quiles weren’t the only thing to do at the Olson&Hekmati booth at ISPO. By displaying their whole array of longboard decks, including the downhill Bromodel, you could also enjoy watching fast runs by their team riders and finally see their O&H Gnarlicante Collabo freeride wheels in person. The team also featured their longboard specific skate shoes in a new neutral black colour that looks super stylish and comfy to skate in.
Loving everything maple, Kebbek got us curious after teasing us all winter with hints of what has jet to come. With a complete overhaul by a young mastermind Joey Bidner, Kebbek introduced their sick skate house series as well as some pro models, all completely made in Canada. We were also happy to hear, that our friend and party animal Juergen Gritzner is getting a new pro model, Topmount 38.
ROOT LONGBOARDS – The Blitzer and Lilian Gutsch prototypes
Root Longboards got us stoked again with their burnt wood, new board models and sick graphics by the Vaim. Amongst some new highlights in their collection, one board made for their female team rider Lilian Gutsch stood out. Although Lili’s board doesn’t have an official name yet, it promises smaller dimensions suitable for female riders. With a 22 cm width and 86 cm length and a gentle concave it will make every girl want to progress and skate even more.
RAD INFLUNCE – the new wheels by Rider Approved Designs
Rider Approved Designs introduced their new Influence wheel for two of their riders. After more than a year of prototyping and testing at super high speeds and roads across the World, the new pro wheel for Max Ballesteros was finally approved. Available in 77a durometer with a proprietary high rebound urethane that maximizes your speed, it promises to keep you rolling fast while railing lines and bombing mountains. If you are more into going sideways, you could feast your eyes on the Jimmy Riha pro wheel in a smaller versatile shape suitable for anything from fast freeriding to trashing your local streets.
WALZEN WHEELS – finally full lineup!
Sharing a booth with Bolzen trucks, the freshly baked Walzen wheels presented their whole collection of wheels including freeride and DH prototype longboard wheels in different colours and duros. To find out more about the Walzens check out this review by Walzen team rider Roman Tschofen.
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RAJU CAMP BroRuns, Team Andalucia at the Po-Po
Checkout the latest edit coming from Andalucia by RAJU Camp squad and Team Andalucia at one of their favourite local runs, Po-Po. If you are down for some adventure around Malaga, another RAJU Camp is announced for the February 2016. We’ll keep you posted!
Let’s do more of what matters
If you’re going to share something on social media today, let this be it. A message delivered by Yassine Boundouq from Safi in Morocco, holds a great value which almost seemed to be forgotten – we should step out from our self-centred minds and reach out to others.
He traveled 3000 kilometers throughout Morocco on a longboard meeting people, with a noble goal on his mind; To spread the culture of longboarding and inspire people to create communities and space for it. His message to the world is:
I am living for the longboard and no matter how bad it is or how bad it’s gonna get , I am still going to spread the longboarding culture out here ~ Yassine Boundouq
As he describes in a post on Facebook, he’s thankful and proud of what he achieved. He feels like he made a difference as people are getting more and more interested into the Longboard Sessions he organises, as well as starting sessions and communities in their cities across Morocco.
Well, Yassine, you have a big fat respect from us, that’s for sure!
BMS announces dates for Alpenrauschen 2016
Last year’s Alpenrauschen organised by BigMountainSkate.com crew was so much fun despite the bad weather which resulted in downsized number of runs. Those who went can tell you only the best about it and the same goes for other BMS events. Decision hasn’t been done yet if it’s going to be a four or three days event. For now, the announced dates or June 9th – June 12th, 2016. Can’t wait!
Root welcomes Markus Knoblechner to their team
Markus Knoblechner is excited as he got welcomed to the Root Longboards team. The guys are a great bunch of skaters doing great stuff and Markus will definitely enjoy their company as well as contribute a lot with his skateboarding, filming and writing skills.
I am super happy to shred those beauties. I love the boards and the badass graphics from Boogie! Also, Root has such a great team of skaters and I am really proud to be a part of it! Damn, it just started to snow here and I’ll have to wait awhile till I can take the Bughuul out for a skate in 2016. ~ Markus Knoblechner
We are out of our minds for this one! While Markus was “spamming” longboarding related Facebook groups with our website link, Andrea Berton, a great Italian artista, got in touch with him. We immediately fell in love with his works and agreed that he will design a graphic for the first Longboard Magazine Europe t-shirt. Hopefully, it should be available for purchase sometimes in December 2015. We’ll let you know more soon!
The guys from Andalucia are tearing local runs apart with no mercy. While since yesterday most of Europe is covered with snow, they enjoy beautiful weather conditions throughout all the winter. Bastards! Nah, we’re just playin with them, they’re alright :) Watch the video and be amazed.
Z&G Skatehouse is down there to feed your unrestful skate demons during these cold times. They have plenty to offer including some of the best roads in the area, if not the whole Spain. For only about 55 eur per day, you’ll get the whole experience, from food and transfer to skating incredible runs with some great people. Check out Z&G Skatehouse’s website for more info.
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If you are one of those people who like their boards to be more personalised or “something special”, you might be interested in the limited edition boards by Root Longboards.
Some of the Root Longboard’s boards are already well known for their unique design and unconventional concave. Combined with “voodoo style” graphics done by the owner Alex Dietrich himself, they are as much enjoyable to look at as they are to ride.
Some years ago, like Alex says, he was playing around with a finish and came up with some really cool looking stuff, a burnt wood style. Since then, he already built some boards featuring this finish style, but those were only few.
To cheer you up as the storm clouds are getting ready to throw down some snow, he decided to release a special limited edition called “Burnt Wood Series”. He promises to build only 26 of these boards this season, so make sure you grab one as soon as possible. Don’t count on Santa, pre-order via their email is your best chance to get it.