In a box from Abec 11, Daddies Board Shop Team Rider Pam Diaz, found a note that read… “GRN TM / Skate Fast.”
I feel like all we are doing is blogging about Pam but it is hard not to when she gives us so much reason to! There is a lot left unsaid but it is looking like Pam Diaz is going to be getting hooked up from Abec 11. We sure hope she does. Abec 11 is smart to get her on board early. Pam is just one of those riders with natural talent. If you give her the tools she is going to build an empire; that is the type of rider and person that she is. We have watched Pam grow into the fine rider that she is today and when we see companies like Abec 11 getting in on her steeziness… it really brings a smile to our faces.
Felicidades Amiga! You are killing it! Keep up the good work and you are bound to go far!!!
The Landyachtz EH TEAM and DADDIES BOARD SHOP rider Katie Neilson is on the road doing an East Coast Tour of college campus’s between New York and Florida, making stops everywhere including Chapel Hill, North Carolina where there were sightings of little rippers in Orange all day. In a contest where style is key, its no suprise that the daddies rider went home with best trick for a double grabbed stalefish with an early grab out at the end.
Written by the goddess Skatie Katie herself! Thanks Ms. Neilson!
Straight up getting buck on some slides!
Fancy slide Jimmy Jam! These dudes look good, but not as good at DBS Team rider Katie Neilson! OWWWWW!
Thanks for the photos Katie!
Curly Headed Quote of the Day: “I just wish I could put a piece of pizza on someones package.”
This is how our day started out as we got off of work. We had a little session in the parking lot. Anthony has some springs on him so he popped over this trash can pretty easy, he is like a foot over it. Having some standard skating abilities are a must if you want to work here at Daddies. Anthony has some good work ethic and skates well as well so we’re stoked on him.
Anthony over the rail!
You check out those wheels? 78a softies! the Satori Brent Atchley P-Town Players… lord knows portland does not have the best streets, its nice to have a smooth rolling set for when you are just mashing around down or if you aren’t in the parks.
Anthony staying as far away from the rail as possible
Same trick, slightly different shot!
Tony B - Feeble
Well, it wasn’t a land but it is still awesome! We’ve found ourselves an awesome new staff member! Stoked for more photo shoots with Anthony!
Im not sure if many people know but we have been working on an ambassador program to help spread the stoke. We are trying to hook up up and coming riders from all over the place. Here is one of our homies, Juan Mercado doing his thang, getting all sorts of fun stuff in the mix! Check him out in this fun little edit.
We have found our way into the streets again. Its basically impossible for us to stay out of them though. But isn’t that the story with all skaters? No matter what else is going on in our lives, those things always seem to end up in second place after our love for wood pushing. Today we went and skated outside the Nike SB secret warehouse skatepark. I like to go down there and skate because it is skate spot central and also because on rare occasion they let you come in and skate the park (it is perfection).
Michael - Ollie
Even in the longboarding community freestyle shapes and the want to get airborne is becoming more and more prevalent. I can’t wait for the Landyachtz Boomstick to come out so I can’t do some crazy stuff on it 😛 But until then there is always the Landyachtz Trooper and the Comet Ethos 38! I’m just trying to decide what trucks are going to work best on those setups. I know RKP trucks, like a 180mm will fit it well but I kinda want to run Indy 169’s on them with some decently off-set or side-set wheels. Who knows… Gotta try it out first I suppose!
Chris Hernandez - Kickflip
Here is my buddy Chris again, with a man-sized kick flip. Pretty Burly.
Pampita… you keep on impressing me and I am sure everyone else as well! I remember it was almost 2 years ago when I found your photography and wanted to do a write up about you on the blog. Back then you were just starting to get more and more into longboarding… I can still remember all your orders! In no time at all you have turned into a gnarly skater that can threaten the boys on the hill! You have all the skills to make you a prize for any team to have; you skate good, you learn fast, you make rad videos, and you are insanely artistic. Pam, you rock so Im putting you back up on our blog!
For any of you who don’t know… Pam is a 22 year old shredder from the Dominican Republic. She has helped take their small but passionate scene down there and put it on the map. She has already become an Ambassador for “The Longboard Girls Crew,” as well as a team rider for Comet Skateboards. Check out her longboard website, “Long Life, Long Livin‘,” in your spare time. It is full of photographs and videos, its basically all in spanish (conversations) but skating is a universal language all in its own!
Pam has really only just stepped onto the scene and she is making a dent everywhere she goes. You best believe that there is a bright future out there for Pam… she is going to get BIG… I called it a while ago and I am sticking to it. You just wait and see! Good job Pam! Keep killing it! XD
Hey all you iPhone and iPad users, follow us on Instagram. We are going to be using it a bunch! You will be able to find deals, cool new happenings, and all sorts of rad stuff on there! Obviously tons of pictures as well! We can be found under daddiesboardshop
Ya know, people talk about “skate everything” and whatnot, it is a popular phrase going around right now. Skate[slate] had that photo contest too. Still wish I would have gotten some of that prize stuff from them for getting second place. I wanted to hook my friends up with it, thought I would stoke them about a bit. So thats a pretty big bummer, all that falling through and all. I hope all the other people who placed in it got their prizes though; there would be no reason to not want to give them their stuff. I got side tracked…
But any who, speaking of “skate everything,” I think that Thrasher has a pretty good idea of how to do that. This video is filled with stupid little tricks that when put all together, end up making a super sick little edit. Yeah, we like the way Thrasher skates everything.
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!
Setting up some Powerslides from Abec 11 / Sublime wheels.
Now, I’m not the best at techsliding, and when I say that I mean, I’ve never really done techsliding at all. BUT I did grow up skateboarding and powerslides are definitely common place. SO I decided to see how well the Sublime / Abec 11 Fernando Yuppie 62mm Powerslides actually performed. At first I was actually confused because they are a slide wheel but they come with the tread grooved into them. I feel like they would be more effective with no tread from the get go.
Finishing the wheels up.
And then the fun begins! First few slides were rough but once I got the tread worn down the Fernando Yuppies were pretty fun!
Powersliding in a nice Alameda Ridge Driveway
Another slide up in the driveway!
Once you get these wheels worn in I can completely see why techsliding on them would be fun. I was skeptical at first because I can pretty much flat spot any wheel out there. Every wheel company out there claims that they have a “no flat spot” formula and the only wheels I haven’t ever been able to flat spot are Powell Bones STF‘s and SPF‘s. BUT The Anti Flat Spot 100a urethane formula that Abec 11 uses in these is turning out to surprise me. Im not quite sure how they did it because so many wheel companies like Spitfire, RIcta, OJ, have been out there forever making street wheels and yet Abec 11 was the ones who figured how to make a more durable wheel. I bet a bunch of skateboarding companies would be pretty bummed out to know that a longboarding company is making a wheel that kind of puts theirs to shame! Regardless, I am stoked because these wheels are going to be fun trying to wear down as much as possible.
Whats that sweet sticker on that car?
Turns out they are great for street skating too. There really would be no reason for them not to be! There was this little step nearby so I had to do a couple little stalls on it.
There was a little step nearby so I had to do some stalls on it. NosePick
Truthfully the shape is actually great for things other than just techsliding as well! I know these are things that the world of longboarding arent too concerned with, however, I do have faith that more and more people will embrace all sides of skating and pick up a skateboard here and there as well! The way the wheels cone in paired with how wide they are make them great for locking tricks in on ledges, coping, and whatnot. The ones I have set up on here are still 62mm but once I get them down to about 58mm I will definitely be mashing around some parks on them.
Me Checking the wear on the wheelsYup, these wheels are rad
So all in all I gotta say that Abec 11 / Sublime Fernando Yuppie 62mm Powerslides are definitely a worthy purchase! They slide great, they have a great shape, they are very affordable, and so far I have seen no sight of flat spotting. Whether you are into tech sliding, street skating, or just want some beefy wheels on your deck, these wheels are definitely a great choice! Good job Abec 11!!!!