A session with Alex Tongue

So Alex Tongue grew up in Happy Valley, aka… the gnarly hill area of Portland… I pretty much blew it at all the spots he took me to.  Granted I really am better at photos than I am at crazy skinny steep pathways that are all crazy types of concrete or concrete that switches halfway down.  But Alex being Alex, he had no problem tearing these little spots up.  Check out the pics!
Stalefish slide

Stalefish slide


Toeside one hand

over the hill

heading back

shortcuts rock

A dirty little stand up

Looky what we found. We cant wait for more!!!!

This is the Monster Porn Logo and below is something AMAZING.

Holy eff… you guys are going to trip when you see everything.  We got some geniuses on staff who know how to find some of the coolest things out there.

We dont want to spoil anything and you wont find this stuff online anywhere else for the time being BUT this is a little teaser we got.

Heres a hint though… Think “Threads for Puck Touchers.”

Heres a little review for you guys!

So what is it about this board that makes it so good?  If you said “everything,” then right you are!  Heres one thing I love that Rayne did with this board.  They took the pintail shape and made it one of the best boards out there.  I dont know about you guys but I really dont see too many folks out there doing serious DH on pintails, unless of course they are on the Rayne Avenger.  Enough of why I think this board scores brownie points, lets talk tech.

Concave.  That word sums this board up pretty well.  I know the same technology and techniques are applied to other boards but the way the concave works on this deck is mind-bottlingly amazing as Chazz Michael Michaels would say.  Your front foot stands on a very large flat platform.  It gives you tons of room to move around as needed and situate your feet according to your personal riding style.  You know how with some other boards the drop interferes or the W concave comes up just a little too far?  Well you wont experience that problem on this gift from the heavens.  I feel like I want to start calling everyone at Rayne… “Rayne-Gers.” Corny but I love corny shizz.

Anywho, now lets talk about that “pleasure dome,” which to those who do not know, is Rayne’s W-Concave found on many of their decks.  The spacing it has is flawless… I want to say they did some creepy feet testing and found the perfect size, I dont know how they did it but I have asked so many people to check out the avenger under their feet and see how it feels. 11 times out of 10 they say, “Its so comfortable.” haha.  But its the truth, the pleasure dome is sure to get your jollies off!

As far as wheelbase goes heres what you can do.  28.25, 29, 29.25, and 30 inches.  All you really need to know is 30 inches cause thats the money wheelbase right there!!!  I cant speak for everyone cause every individual is going to have a different preference but Hot Jeezy the 30 inch is perfection.

Board construction is well, its Rayne, and how can you hate on Rayne.  The Rayne-gers at Rayne arent nerds but describing them as nerds is a good way to explain why their boards are so good.  Its basically some of the brightest dudes out there that just love to skate. So they use all their superhuman brainpower to make the best boards they can.  If they were any type of nerd, they would be skate nerds and is that really a bad thing to be?  Not in my opinion.

Alex Tongue Winning the Cathlamet Downhill Corral on the Avenger 
The Avenger in the first place podium spot!!!

If you want to go fast, and im talking Ricky Bobby fast, and you want to have control then you have got to try the Rayne Avenger.  I feel like people have been forgetting about it lately and it is definitely a board that needs to remain in the circuit.  Besides at the end of the day you can hang it on your wall with its built in tail-hole-thingy.

If I were to set this board up without breaking the bank I would put Caliber 44 degree trucks on it, Rayne 1/4th flat Next Level risers, vicious griptape, bones super reds bearings, and 78a 72mm Venom Cannibal wheels.  Now that would be a fun speed setup that would be rad for freeriding once the wheels broke in!

Happy Valley Water Tower Sesh

Eric Hoang

Travis Reedy

Chris Nagel

Chris Nagel

Ben Erickson

Richard Topete

Ben Erickson

Eric Hoang

Richard Topete

Ben Mean Muggin

Sexy Sunset

Flex Off!

Eric Hoang

Richard Topete

Chris Nagel

Travis Reedy Clap Slide

Chris Nagel

Travis reedy

Travis Reedy

Richard Topete

Chris Nagel

Ben Erickson

Eric Hoang

Travis Reedy, Ben Erickson, Eric Hoang, Chris Nagel, Richard Topete

for tons more shots check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/supemorgan8

The Rocky Bomber

 Okay So I have been wanting to go out with Robin and get some pics of the New Rocky Bomber because its awesome but he has been too busy slaying races and whatnot so I just decided to do something cool for it all by my lonesome.  SO I went to this steep lil bank that I street skate here and there that is by my house and thought I would just slide across it!  Cool thing is, I got my back trucks up to that lil curb up there a few times and did like a little pseudo-smith grind/slide… but I have no idea how I would land it without being able to pop out.  Oh well, I am stoked on how it turned out!

I like how you can see those little rocks flying up in the original shot.  Just up and to the right of my back truck (Im goofy). 
Oh yeah… damn right im reppin Michael Jordan.  This jersey was like $300 bucks, but screw it, Ive already ruined it and besides… it was a gift, and the least hot thing in my closet… its been toasty lately here in the Pacific Northwest!
Peep the higher quality shot!

Meet Miguél Duraños!

This is Miguél!

A while ago while looking at dancing videos on youtube we found this guy, Miguél Duraños.  We were blown away so naturally we subscribed to his videos and kept up with the new dancing tricks he was making and the new videos he was putting out.  Then one day we saw that he posted a video about how he was facing deportation.  Turns out Miguél was brought into this country at an early age by his mother, who is a native of Rosarita, Mexico.  At this time he was living in Tempe, Arizona and we all know how hard Arizona is cracking down on illegal aliens…  He seemed very distraught about being deported and it seemed as if he didnt really have any options.  But we opened our caring hearts here at Daddies and decided we would make a difference in this young mans life. 

We sponsored Miguél a visa and invited him to come work here at Daddies!  Thankfully he accepted and we greeted him at the airport with a brand new loaded bhangra and a new job!  Now we have another killer skater on staff with some secret dancing moves that we are compiling to release in a video at some point.  We cannot wait!

Here’s the funny thing about Miguél though… we told him that he could just do a lot of the mailing stuff, ya know.. packing up the smaller packages and getting them ready to send out.  He does a great job at it really, but for some reason he always makes it out to the parking lot to blow it.  Thats not the only thing, he created a sweet garden-esque landscape outside the building literally out of shrubs and weeds.  I will get a picture of it at some point.  We told him that he doesnt have to do any of that but he likes to do it so its cool with us.  He even tries to mow the parking lot; claims it is instinct or something. Regardless we are stoked to have him on staff and cant wait to show you guys some of his dancing videos!

HELL YEAH Miguél Duraños!!!

A Couple Reviews!

Daddies board shop bringing you a review on recent experience!

First off… the Comet Ethos 37!

The Comet Ethos 37 is one hell of a fun board!  At it’s widest this deck goes up to 9.75 so in the scheme of things it is a relatively narrow deck.   I havent once thought it was too narrow though.  The board tapers down into a perfectly shaped kicktail but the taper is so gradual that the standing platform doesnt feel too small at all. Essentially, even though this board has proportions that are smaller and a bit different than other boards, it is built so that you dont notice it one bit!  As you may know, the comet boards are rockered… but the ethos has leveled out grooves that make it so the kingpin on the trucks remain at their original angle!  Legit!

I really dont want to sit around and talk about all the technical stuff about the board because lets face it… thats what every review out there always does. Boring.  Instead I am going to tell you what I did on this board and what I think it works good for.  Obviously, using the tail is a huge plus.  If you saw the photos in a previous post I was doing a bunch of street tricks on it.  It works for everything really, grinding rails might be ruled out but boardslides and all that jazz are good!  I definitely wouldnt do any type of serious downhill on this board but I would say its good for up to 40mph depending on how your trucks are setup… Anything faster than that and having the kicktail makes it realllly sketchy.  Freeriding on this deck is really fun.  I found myself doing slides toward curbs, then doing ollie manuals and sliding after I came off the curbs and such.  Too much fun.  I would say ride your trucks loose on this board because it is too fun to restrict to only one discipline!  And definitely get some buttery wheels cause you will want to slide on this deck!!!

Turns out popping around a bunch bashes the deck up really fast.  So if you are one of those people who is crazy about having everything looking perfect then this deck is not for you!  With this board you should be bashing up on things and destroying whatever is in your path.  If your board happens to get in your path, then bust it up!  I hit the nose time after time after time when wallriding a wall, but the board is holding up great!  Has some dings but damn comet makes a sturdy board!   Put all the technical BS aside and buck up… if you want a board that you can do everything on, this is it! Much more so than the ethos 35 or 39! The Ethos 37 is one of the most fun boards I have ever ridden, im sure you’ll feel the same way!

The Metro Motion Wheels!

Effin A these are an interesting wheel.  So they say they are 80a but im gonna say it, they feel like an 86a.  I havent really taken them too fast because I get distracted and want to make them slide.  When you arent sliding these wheels feel pretty rough and chattery.  BUT when you slide they instantly shift into a super smooth predictable sliding wheel.

As you can see they come slide prepped and are centerset so slide on these puppies all you want.  That is really where they shine.  They have such a smooth slide!  I really dont know if I would say they are buttery because you can really feel every bit of the asphalt underneath you… there needs to be another term; not buttery, not icy, … its almost a sandy feeling slide.  Like if you were to run your hand across a smooth table that had sand on it.  It slides easy but you can feel everything under your hand.  I feel it is the same way with these wheels.  Plus once they start to cone just flip them around and have at it again!!!  BUT on the topic of coning… My metro motions havent started to cone yet and i have been doing slides like crazy so I dunno, this urethane is holding up pretty good.  Gotta say, im impressed!

Abec 11 80a Reflex Formula Zig Zags

Oh you zig zags… you’ve done it again!  Everyone knows Abec 11 wheels are money, its hard to find a wheel in their line up that isnt good for something.  I personally, like to slide wheels that dont like to slide.  I dont know why but i get a personal satisfaction out of forcing a wheel to slide and having it become a decent slide wheel.   So here is what I did with these guys… I did some mild DH on them and got a feel for the urethane.  Once the waxy layer had worn off I was like… alright, time to slide these lil hoes.  Soooo that is exactly what i did and man I love them now!  Other than the fact that they sound like a banshee being viciously mauled to death when they slide they are great!  I feel like you have to always be pushing a decent amount to keep your slide going but thats great if you always want to be in control!  I get bucked off my board here and there but its always toward the end of my slide and it is almost always my fault.  The funny thing is… even though I slide these wheels a bunch, with that reflex formula… which is a traction formula… they still grip amazingly when i get cookin!  they get all nice and gummy again and hold the pavement just right!  I wouldnt really recommend taking them too fast after you get them broken in and the lips get rounded off but they would great for some higher speed freeriding and mild DH!  Also, those are suuuuuuuper old Daddies bearings in there… years old and im still riding them… pshhh and people say our bearings arent good. haha

Silas Morgan and Spencer Morgan

So hey there everyone!  Myself (Spencer) and Silas Morgan went out to get some pics today.  I wanted to get some photos for the skateslate skate everything photo contest.  Since I’ve got a background in street skating I figured I would do some tricks I already knew I could do.  I still have a bunch more I want to try BUT we just didnt have a ton of time.  But while we were at it Silas showed me a cool spot by our work.  Its pretty steep, two corners back to back, and the asphalt is really really bumpy and bad.  So its fun but its also really sketchy.  Anyways, we started off with me shooting some shots of Silas and then we switched it up to some shots of me.  I saved the best ones for the photo contest though and I will be entering those in the skate slate contest! Hope you guys like them! :D 
Silas Morgan: Heading back up

Silas Morgan: Fs Coleman

Silas Morgan: Laying it back

Silas Morgan: Getting it around 180 degrees

Me: Standing up around the corner

Me: Stand up… arms up!

Me: 5-0

Me: FS- 50

Me: Wallride

Me: Standing up into the wall

Me: Stand up in bank

Silas Playing with my camera

Arbor Heights Mini Sesh

So today my wife and I went out and did a little skating, she got some photos of me!  We had never been here but I saw a hill in the distance by my house, drove towards it, and then saw this super nice housing development that wasnt complete built into a super steep hill.  The streets are perfect for freeriding and I will get some shots there later.  BUT I just wanted to check out some of the corners it had, definitely had some tight ones… so i found this one that wasnt too busy (none of them really were) and we took some pics of me messing around going around it!🙂

Me Speed checking around a corner

Standing up around the corner (Note: I am a Ginger)

Laying back around the corner

This setup is super fun

Turns out that the “ultimate grip” race wheel from cult, the Gamma ray in the Horrotica thane slides super good.   And by super good I mean kind of chattery but really easy for me to control and predict.  Then I put blood oranges from my calibers in some randal 42’s and of course it is on the new eastside rocky bomber. Sick board with some sick shape!

My wife saki