Check out the Arbor Prodigy! I jacked this pic from James Kelly's facebook.
I don’t know how many of you guys warmed up to Arbor since they up’ed their downhill and freeride program but first thing I did was set up a Vugenhausen and go shreddin’ with it. Obviously you can see that this new micro-dropped deck, called The Prodigy, has some striking resemblances with the Vugenhausen. Also check out those pockets in the concave! Very sharp angles and man do they look amazing! They will no doubt be great for getting leverage in slides and cornering.
Heres what we know about The Prodigy so far. Get ready to get stoked!
It has 7 wooden plys and 4 fiberglass plys.
It is 38 inches long and 9.85 inches wide with a 30 inch wheelbase.
With the team that Arbor has (James Kelly, Kody Noble, Jimmy Riha) I personally find it kind of hard to hate on them. I was mind blown the first time I rode the Vugenhausen and to this day it is still a happy family member in my quiver. Also, I am not sure but that also looks like a new graphic for The Assault! Get your cruise and carve on!
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!
SOOOO FINALLY Alex And Robin are back in town and were able to do 30 minute ultra quick photoshoot for the new rocky bomber. Expect more in the future! We had a 30 minute period to work with today and got a couple good ones! Check the Eastside Longboards Rocky Bomber out online here!
Out at the Downhill corral there was a Push race… and what is a push race if Robin “The Leg” McGuirk isnt racing in it? Naturally he took home the gold and you better believe we were stoked. But that was just the first bit of good news. SO as far as events went Daddies Team Riders took home that event! Thanks Brandon Dejariais’ mom for the pic!
Next We had some boarder cross! This is probably the coolest thing I have ever seen on a course. Robin boosted it but there was a collision that ended up taking him out too. It turned into a scramble for the finish line and Robin finished 3rd. I bet he would have had it if someone in front wouldnt have taken him out! Next time Robin!!! But third isnt bad at all So Robin ended up on two podiums, 1st in the push race and 3rd in boarder cross
Boarder cross podium shot!
Eating Sheisse as Zee Germans would say
Pioneering new slides
Royce from Bustin
Alex Tongue in front
I saw a little Pilloni in the mix
Ronald McDonald Colors.
Cliff “The Grandmaster” Coleman
Some shall fail, some shall succeed
Alex Tongue… always in the lead!
“Just scoping out the other side of this hay guys…”
CHEST COLEMANS ON LOCK!
Waitin round the bend, my downhilling friend.
Yup, who is the boss?
Competition? I didnt know there was one!
Ah, the look of victory!
DBS CREW KEEPIN IT more real than that dudes all white get up.
CONGRATS ALEX… You beasted!
Major props to everyone! Congrats Alex on your first open class first place! You deserve the best homie!
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!
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
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!