Getting To Know The Different Longboard Styles

Posted By: Pete Benda

My last post was a pretty basic intro to longboarding. Basically, I told you what it is and how it is different from street and vert. If you stuck around and decided to read yet another one of my posts, you probably have at least a little more than a lingering interest in the activity. There are enough types of longboards for it to be confusing to the novice. Essentially, each longboard style serves a different purpose. Before you start thinking that means you have to get a ton of different boards if you want to do different types of longboarding, take a breath, because that isn’t at all true. You can use boards for multiple purposes; they’ve just been designed differently to be better suited for one type of activity over another. I’m going to break it down by the style of longboarding so you can figure out the features to look for based on the style of longboarding you plan on doing.

Carving/Slalom Racing

If you’re interested in carving, look for shorter boards. Slalom racers, and those who just like taking quick, sharp turns, benefit from the shorter wheelbase these boards provide.

Freestyle

If you want to do tricks, you’re going to want to look for a freestyle or hybrid longboard. These tend to have a decent amount of flex in them, have at least one kick tail at the end of the board, and are concave so you can plant your feet firmly. These features make longboarding tricks, such as a slide, easier. That doesn’t mean you’re going to be doing a kickflip on this board. If you want to do tricks like that, you’re looking for a skateboard.

Downhill

If you like, or think you would like, flying down a hill at high speeds, you want a downhill longboard. These are also sometimes called “speedboards,” since the whole point of these boards is to be able to go fast. This one isn’t for the new guy: You’ve got to be pretty confident in your riding before trying to fly down hills. If you’re shopping for your first board, try a different style first and come back to this once you’ve figured things out. If you’re already comfortable on a longboard and are considering downhill, make sure you are choosing a board that is stiff (not flexy like the cambered boards I addressed in my last post). A stiff board will provide stability at high speeds and some peace of mind for you emerging adrenaline junkies. Downhill boards usually incorporate a concave shape and measure in between 38 and 43 inches. They usually cost a little more than other styles of longboard due to the extra care given to building and shaping them to stay strong and stable as hit higher speeds. You don’t want to have to bail because of a busted wheel halfway down a hill while you’re flying at 50 miles an hour. I shouldn’t have to tell you why that would suck. In addition to needing a good deck, you need to make sure to pick out wheels and trucks that are able to withstand the abuse you’ll be throwing at them.

Cruising

These boards will be relatively light weight and often have a bit of flex to them.

Want more? Other people have gathered some pretty good information on this topic, too, so check out the following for further reading:

Is Longboarding Your New Thing?

Posted By: Pete Benda

You’d be surprised how many people decide they want to get into skate culture but don’t have a clue about all of the ins and outs of longboarding. Some people seem to think it’s as simple as buying a board and flying down a hill, or doing tricks on a vert ramp (ha! Clearly they need some clarification about what exactly they are looking for). I’m going to try to break it down really simply here for anyone who thinks they want a longboard but isn’t entirely sure what that really means. For a little more information, check out our buyers guide.

So, Longboards…

The first thing you need to know is that if you decided to start researching because you aspire to be the next Bob Burnquist, you’re probably not looking for a longboard. Usually, people don’t buy longboards for riding like you see in the X Games. Longboards are a type of skateboard that is used for push racing, downhill racing, cruising, or transport. They’re usually made of wood with big wheels to make for a smoother ride when moving quickly.

Who Does It?

Longboarding is popular with skateboarders and surfers alike. The feeling of riding a longboard is like a mix between a surfing and a skateboarding. The typically taller and angled longboard trucks (essentially the axels between wheels) offer a wider turning radius than on a standard street or vert skateboard. The greater turning radius combined with the smooth glide offered by big soft wheels create a ride comparable to surfing on water. This similarity is no coincidence as skateboarding first became popular amongst surfers who, when the surf wasn’t choice, would “sidewalk surf” instead. Snowboarders can also find similar riding capabilities in a longboard’s ability to carve big turns or charge steep hills. Though board sports in general are typically male-dominated, longboarding is continually catering to and gaining popularity with girls.

I Want One. Now What?

Slow down, dude. Not all longboards are created equal. If you’re just getting started, you can probably get away with choosing a basic setup, but even then, you still have options. What are you going to use it for? Figure that out first. If you want it so you can shred downhill at speed, you’re probably going to want a shorter board (along with a helmet, some pads, and optional slide gloves). If you want to cruise from place to place, you can pretty much have your pick of shapes and sizes. Mid-length boards are going to be more versatile than a short 27″ board or a long 49″ board will be. One of the most important aspects is comfort. Figure out what feels good to you. They come in a huge range of shapes and sizes:

Drop-Through – These have a cutout in the deck so that the trucks’ baseplates can be mounted through the deck. Good for stability when going at high speeds.

Pintail – These feel more surfboard-like than other options and usually have a wider diameter and looser trucks. The shape keeps wheel bite from happening but still gives you lots of foot space.

Cruiser – The cruiser shape is a common deck shape. They’re kinda like a normal skateboard since they have a kick-tail on the back, but they have larger wheels, higher trucks, and more flexible bushings than standard skateboards do, making it easier to maneuver and turn.

Hybrid – If you’re still want to be able to kick-turn and ollie on your longboard, you’re going to want something shorter with a kick tail.

Camber – These are slightly bent in the middle and are bouncier and able to make harder turns.

There you go: A short-and-to-the-point guide to longboards if you weren’t sure what you were getting into. Think it could be your new thing? Need some more information? Read on:

Beginner’s Guide to Longboarding

More on Longboarding Riding Styles

Longboard vs. Skateboarding (video)

The Madrid Nessie has Risen from the Depths

Madrid Nessie LongboardWe at DBS have taken a few months traversing the world, on the hunt constantly, exploring all kinds of wilderness and we have finally found her. We have finally spotted Nessie and we brought her back to headquarters! Yes we have a legend in the house! Ok, it’s not actually the Loch Ness Monster… It’s actually the new Madrid Nessie! And it’s one monster of a board! It’s a rad freestyle, freeride, and technical downhill board.

The Madrid Nessie is 38.5 inches long, 9.5 inches wide, and has wheelbase options of 23.5 and 24.5. We know that this is what you thane shredders have been craving: A do-it-all wheelbase. It’s short and nimble so that all of your freeriding needs are met because this way you’ll actually be on top of your trucks rather than the inside of them. This makes direct leverage over your trucks and wheels much easier so you have complete control over your board. This is especially nice when you’re incorporating spins into your riding because the direct leverage is nice when there is a lot of transitioning between regular and goofy. You’ll be in complete control at all times!

The best feature of this board has to be the intense amount of rocker that comes with it. This board has .75 inches of rocker. That’s the most we’ve ever seen on the market, and we love it. The rocker makes this one of the most comfortable board we’ve ever stood on! We know that some of you worry though. “Won’t the rocker raise the angle of my trucks and make my board less stable?” Yes it will! Good thinking valued rider! But Madrid also thought of that. That’s why they put recessed truck mounts to negate the effects of the rocker on the trucks. To add to the boards already awesome features, Madrid combined both wheel flares and wheel wells so that not only do you get a ton of wheel clearance but you also get awesome pockets to fit your feet into.

But what is that strange black top you ask? It’s Formica! Why use that instead of wood? Well for one, it lets you keep the board speed stiff so that you can charge large hills! And two, it is actually a vibration dampener so that your ride remains smooth and cool. Throw in a micro kicktail and you have a board that’s just amazing! It may be more common than the loch ness monster, but the Madrid Nessie is just as big of a sight to behold!

Original Vecter 37 – The old concave you love now comes in a sick downhill board.

Original Vector 37 Longboard
Original Skateboards takes the Diamond Drop concave that you’ve known and puts it in what they call the all new, Original Vecter 37. This board has so many features that we are super excited about. The first feature you’ll see in the board is the giant wheel well flares. They are straight up massive. The ultimate point of reference. They’re key to knowing where your feet are at all times. It also features wheel clearance like you’ve never seen before. Downhillers always want a larger wheel to reach that maximum velocity and Original addressed this by giving you the wheel clearance to run 75mm+ wheels with no chance of wheelbite! Original Vecter 37 comes in 5 plies of maple and 2 plies of Quad Axial Fiberglass. This results in a board that is pliable in ways never seen before. Using this construction, Original was able to give you complete lock in when you team up the wheel well flares with the drop platform. A complete bowl concave, so much so that you could eat your breakfast cereal out of it before you go riding! The Vecter 37 is a completely symmetrical downhill board so if you’re ready to take your riding to the next level and start mobbing hills switch, the Vecter 37 can handle it. So for a great downhill board, a freeride board, a sweet campus cruising setup, with just a dash of freestyle thrown in there, the Vecter 37 can do it all!

Adventure Time with Pam: NYC – Ohio

I had a great Time in NYC with the homies. I was supposed to get there for the famous Broadway Bomb but there was a mistake with my dates, this didn’t stopped me from having a great time around and skate all day, but most important, shoot photos and document what was happening around me. Thanks DBS for making it happen and to all the homies who got stoked on my visit and made sure i had a good time skateboarding and meeting the city In this first post i share some of the skate we had!

My first day around was with my good friend Keyla Denisse from Puerto Rico, we took the subway to meet up with some friends

My first day around was with my good friend Keyla Denisse from Puerto Rico, we took the subway to meet up with some friends

We met Obama on our way to skate!

We met Obama on our way to skate!

The homie Kai Monroe (NYCL) was showing us around

The local homie Kai Monroe (NYCL) was showing us around

then we skated to Central Park and met up our homie Sam Etorre (NYCL)

then we skated to Central Park and met up our homie Sam Etorre (NYCL)

and cruuuiiised

and cruuuiiised

After all the Central Park action, heres my homie Steve shredding some Abec Thane how it's supposed to be. He took me to skate some of his local spots in Queens, NYC! this one was pretty fun to freeride :)

After all the Central Park action, heres my homie Steve shredding some Abec Thane how it’s supposed to be. He took me to skate some of his local spots in Queens, NYC! this one was pretty fun to freeride:)

 

Here's Keyla droppin some style for my lens!

Here’s Keyla droppin some style for my lens!

 

And Steven Sanchez switching it up!

And Steven Sanchez switching it up!

 

We love skating together, here we are throwin some steezy switch standies.

We love skating together, here we are throwin some steezy switch standies.

 

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Look at that switch toe!

Look at that switch toe!

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mmm switch stalefish !

mmm switch stalefish !

 

 

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some homies joined us after a while

some homies joined us after a while

 

this guys is a model

this guys is a tongue model

 

we kept skating together, going fast !

we kept skating together, going fast !

 

And then Keyla offered to help the photographer and this happened! Thanks Keyla!

And then Keyla offered to help the photographer and this happened! Thanks Keyla!

 

damnn gurrr! lookin good!

damnn gurrr! lookin good!

 

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The next day the homies invited us to Ney Jersey to a very fun slide jam!

The next day the homies invited us to Ney Jersey to a very fun slide jam!

 

and i had the chance to meet up with homie Christian Barnard who took some pretty good photos of me, like this one! THANK YOU Christian!! you are awesome!!

and i had the chance to meet up with homie Christian Barnard who took some pretty good photos of me, like this one! THANK YOU Christian!! you are awesome!!

More shredding happening!

More shredding happening!

and my girl Keyla making my photo a lot prettier!! :)

and my girl Keyla making my photo a lot prettier!!:)

 

I had a happy day as you can see :) Ross Earhart Photo.

I had a happy day as you can see:) Ross Earhart Photo while i was giving away a bunch of stickers to the shredders of the event.

 

The weekend was AWESOME! here is homie Avery Wilcox from Ohio, who picked me up and took me to shred the hills in South Ohio! we had a very fun time :)

The weekend was AWESOME! here is homie Avery Wilcox from Ohio, who picked me up and took me to shred the hills in South Ohio! we had a very fun time:)

 

The spots were really beautiful

The spots were really beautiful

 

Avery styling for my lens !

Avery styling for my lens !

 

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We visited a few spots and had a great day.

We visited a few spots and had a great day.

 

Time for me to shred! thanks Avery for shooting this photo! switch stalefish slide to the right turn :)

Time for me to shred! thanks Avery for shooting this photo! switch stalefish slide to the right turn:)

 

Fast boys seriously shredding! YEA!

Fast boys seriously shredding! YEA!

 

style!

style!

 

Then we went for some downhill runs!

Then we went for some downhill runs!

 

And this is the last photo of the day! thanks guys for taking me to skate with you! i had a RADTACULAR time!

And this is the last photo of the day! thanks guys for taking me to skate with you! i had a RADTACULAR time!

All this photos portrays the good times i had!

Shredding my favorite gear thanks to Daddies Board Shop, Abec 11 Wheels, Jet Skateboards, Holesom Pucks, Blood Orange and Caliber Trucks!

Setup:
Jet Potato
Abec 11 Blue Powerballs
Abec 11 Retro Bertz
Caliber Precision Trucks
Blood Orange Bushings

Make sure to stay tuned for more NYC adventures the next week!

with much love,
Pam Diaz

http://www.daddiesboardshop.com

New 2013 Landyachtz Tomahawk

The Landyachtz TomahawkLandyachtz Tomahawk is here to make your friends drool over your new setup. We loved the old Tomahawk but this new and revised version is just oh so much better. Where the older Tomahawk had nine plies of maple, the new and improved Tomahawk has seven plies of maple and fiberglass. The result: a snappier flex and bounce while still remaining speed stiff. We saw this board KILL it at the Maryhill Freeride event! The other big change: bigger kicks! This makes all your flip tricks even easier by having so much more space to rest your feet on. They actually mimic skateboard kicktails. You could even try a pop shovit lateflip on this board! If you have the skills of course….Anything is possible. Landyachtz also shelved the drop platform and instead put in raised wheel wells that are sanded. You’ll have TONS of room for wheel clearance and it’ll feel great beneath your feet for a loosey goosey ride! Oh this board just makes us drool more than Homer Simpson over doughnuts…. mmm…. doughnuts…. And tomahawks….. Both very good things you need in life!

Ronin Cast Trucks are Ready to Dominate

Ronin Cast TrucksFinally! The world has waited long enough. Ronin has answered our prayers. I introduce to you, Cast Ronin Trucks. They are one of the top precision trucks on the market today and now they come in a cast version. Get ready to flip out. What makes these so great?! Because they’re Ronins! Alright alright, we know that’s not a good enough answer.

Let’s point out the obvious thing that separates these trucks from normal trucks. The beautiful support pin. What the support pin does is it takes all the weight of the rider. This allows all of your weight to not crush down on the bushings like normal trucks. And because it’s not crushing down on the trucks, it lets your bushings have the turn and rebound they’re supposed to have. What does this mean? Well what this does is gives you the truest turn, lean, and rebound out of your bushings. How this works is that your bushings will sit in the trucks like they were designed to. They retain their original shape. But there’s more to what the support pin does than just supporting your weight. From having the support pin, your hanger now turns on two axis. The first axis is the bushings and the kingpin. That’s the standard on all other trucks. But what the support pin does is gives you a second axis point. It gives you the perfect turn and a very smooth and reliable transition in your ride. This eliminates slop in your turning so that when you want to turn and lean you get exactly what you were looking for. The support pin will change your life more than the day you were born. Well… Maybe we’ll just say it’s a close second to that day. But it’s a game changer for Ronin Trucks for sure!

What are the other things that makes this truck so radtastic?! It comes in a true 180mm hanger width. Just that PERFECT width for the balance, stability and maneuverability you crave. They are also stock with 92a “fruit punch” bushings. This may seem like the bushings are a little bit on the harder side, but keep in mind that the bushings don’t have to support your weight so they have a lot more turn and rebound in them and have a much looser feel when you ride. They also come in a 42.5 degree baseplate. This may seem like a low degree but this is actually the perfect degree for FAST downhilling and INTENSE freeriding. Could we have found the perfect truck?!?! We’ll let the riders decide on that one.

Never Summer Industries: Tour of the New Factory and New 2013 Line-Up

This past week, Daddies Board Shop was fortunate enough to visit Never Summer Industries in Denver, Colorado. What do Daddies and Never Summer have in common? Well, we both love to shred the streets and the slopes, and we both recently moved into new production facilities! During the tour of their new facility, we got a chance to see just how much attention to detail and hard work is put into building these quality handmade boards. Each board pumped out of the Never Summer factory is put through a minimum of three quality control checkpoints, so you are guaranteed to get only the best when you pick up one of these longboards. Needless to say, the Never Summer 2013 longboard line up is going to crush it with everything from cruisers to directional downhill smashers and double drop freeride machines!
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A couple of new models getting ready to get some materials shredded off by CNC machines and drum sanders.

There are a few technical features that should be noted on all the different boards in the lineup. Never Summer was one of the first board makers to use UHMW polyethylene, or “P-Tex” sidewalls in the construction of their snowboards, and have integrated the same technology in the nose and tails of their longboards for an insane amount of durability and protection. They have also been at the forefront in sublimating their graphics to keep them from chipping and scratching. Sublimated graphics also help protect the integrity of the lower laminates while holding up to regular wear and tear from riding. Last but not least is Never Summer’s Rubber Dampening system known as RDS Ride Stabilization. RDS provides you with unmatched stability and that signature Never Summer ride feel. These features along with several others are really what make Never Summer Longboards a premium product.

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Every board that comes out of Never Summer’s new factory is polished to perfection by actual humans. This means handcrafted quality every board.

We were lucky enough to get one of these little bad boys from the guys over at Never Summer, and it sure is a blast! Coming in at 33.2” long and 9.25” wide, The Motive is a commuting/slalom dream! It comes built with precisely milled horizontal laminates and bi-directional fiberglass making it snappy and responsive with the perfect amount of flex to it. With optional wheelbases at 25.2-26.2” the fun is endless! Setting it up at the 25.2” wheelbase even gives you little effective kicktail for getting in those kick turns! Be sure to check out the Never Summer Motive longboard when the new line drops!

Bases

The decks get pressed first, then cut out to their specific shape by humans with high tech machines.

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Every one of Never Summer’s P-Tex base graphics are die cut using a huge press thing. Basically, every base graphic means someone had to risk losing a finger to get it done. Kinda gnarly.

Landyachtz Drop Speed


The Landyachtz Drop Speed is sweet and simple and we’ll keep it sweet and simple too! The Drop Speed is a downhill freeride board with a drop through design. Like all drop throughs that means it’s lower to the ground, making it more stable as well as easier to slide. Who doesn’t love that? And with this model Landyachtz decided to have a neutral platform rather than have rocker or camber. This will give you the truest geometry in your trucks giving you the turn and lean you are used to. It’s the one time you won’t hate geometry. Landyachtz also added wheel flares giving you wheel clearance as well as giving you a reference point for your feet and locked in feel when you’re freeriding. All wrapped together this board is speed stiff with 8 plies of Canadian maple and one ply of fiberglass with a sublimated graphic. We’re super stoked to have the Landyachtz Drop Speed in our lineup.