WHAT SKATERS NEED

The most innovative skate product of 2015 is already here and we only just got started.
I’m calling it now.

This is it boys.

Coming in clutch to save all of our disparate skateboarding needs, Blood Orange has finally done the collective scene a fat solid in bringing us the pinnacle of goods for the average travelling skater.

No more lost speed rings, no more letting your buddy borrow a bolt off of your board so he at least has two to keep his trucks on, and no more using your fingers to break down your legally acquired medicinally purposed stoke-augmentations.

And their ad was hilarious, good job guys.

Vantucky Valentine’s Day Slide Jam

Ah, what better way to forget the pangs of nonexistent love than amid a dense fog of dudes skateboarding? IMG_4461

Nothing, duh.

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Blake McLam put on a banger event.

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Race in the morning, then slide-jam after. I showed up way too late and missed the race cause I’m a huge pus.

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The jam was hella fun though; it was held on a hill with actual turns which is kinda crazy for the straight-hill-freeriding  local skate population. It was quickly made apparent who was comfortable turning left and right and who was a bit less prepared for corners.

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A barely visible eagle in the distance graced us with its presence. It might not even be an eagle; you’ll just have to take my word for it. Its a twisted world sorry man.

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All the good skaters made a point to lurk back and provide commentary much more than they actually skated.

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This dude bailed right into where I was standing. Luckily my cat-like reflexes are… cat like.

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More heart-broken loners mill about aimlessly in search of love.

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Unfortunately all they found was Camden’s steeze. Maybe it was Grant. Whatever it was one of them.

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The man of the house gives the ladies a tour of the shebang.

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I got a lot of butt flying in my direction; none of which I was particularly down with.

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And a bit of attempted nipple action. Temping, but still not down.

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The hike up the hill sucked mad dilly, no lie.

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A bit of drift-trike action in the distance.

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More butt. Always with these pucking butts.

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Here it comes. Basically making a beeline straight for me. TJ Joo; booty magnet.

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One of the Beneshes again with the tweaked steeze. Probably one of the more entertaining types to see at a slidejam.

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It was a really good time getting into shenanigans with my friends in the name of love. Definitely going again next year if I’m not slaying mad poon or something. Y’know. Huuuuuge thanks to Blake for putting on and housing a bunch of skaters for the after-function; you the man.

And if any of you readers see yourself in this post feel free to take my shitty photography and use it for whatever I don’t care.

Churchill’s LAX line: Hoodoo Review

A fresh set of collectible boards have been released under LAX, a subset of the Churchill brand which has recently attracted some attention to itself with clean, basic designs and affordable pricepoint.

This one is called the Hoodoo.

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I gave it to some random lady passing by and took pictures with it.

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And then I rode the bitch.

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The deck, you sickos.

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The board is interesting, to say the least. I mean, look at its profile.

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Shits bacon.

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Bacon.

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Bacon.

And for some reason, it all works.

Its weird because there are two sets of pockets on the deck, inner and outer, which I interpret to mean two different styles of riding the deck.

Its 9 inches wide at the outer pockets where your feet would go for a “freeride” style or riding involving riding switch and keeping a consistent distance between both feet and their respective truck mounts, but about 10 inches wide where the inner pockets are.

For this.. I have only one explanation.

In a tuck, I keep my feet a closer together than when I am freeriding, and so I noticed that I can slip my back foot into the inner pocket to hold my foot in place when I’m leaning through turns while crouched down all tight n snuggly. It also gives a solid platform for digging into when I’m predrifting, a process that I also keep my feet a bit closer together for.

As for the additional width of the deck, I can only assume that it is for structural integrity and additional lateral leverage when I’m cranking down on my back foot while downhilling.

It was kind of unsettling how well the Hoodoo suited my body specifically for a lot of the things I do, so I realize this board may not work perfectly for people with other styles of riding, but the deck totally crushes it in many departments if it matches up with you.

The only real complaint I have about the board is that they have these weird little sem-developed kicks at the ends which would be totally awesome if the wheelbases weren’t drilled so far apart and close to the ends. If the wheelbase was moved in a solid 3 inches the board would feel way more alive and fun, not to mention the kicktails would be much more usable.

Then again, redrilling wheelbases is such a basic do-it-yourself modification that it may not even be worth mentioning; just a thought on what I’m going to do with mine as soon as I get the chance.

Otherwise, the Hoodoo is totally sick if you have a similar riding style to mine, but may be a little extravagant for those who may not have not dialed in how they like to ride yet.

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The Hoodoo definitely does you more than you do it.

Thoughts of An Average Skater: Trends of 2014/15

We asked some our team riders about the year ahead, trends and so on. Bill Kim provided this overview of some major, up and coming tendencies in the scene, while Jackson supplemented his opinions on them. Bill’s text is normal, Jackson’s is italicized.

Thoughts of an average skater: Trends of 2014/2015

Only a month has gone by in the New Year and already new trends have been forming in today’s skate scene. First, we have to talk about what makes things “trendy”. When a large group of people thinks that something is cool and consciously incorporate it into their lives, it makes that thing a trend.

One trend that is very popular from last year is thane lines. These lines are created when skaters slide to shed some speed off or kill their speed entirely. When the wheels leave thane, it is wearing the wheel down. We use these thane lines to show our friends how far we slid. This is heavily found in the younger skaters or “groms”. Although this may not be bad, it does get quite repetitive when someone describes a wheel’s characteristic as “the wheel thanes good” or “thane is cool”.

Oh man, isn’t thane cool? I’ve loved this trend since I was a grom myself and I’m surprised it took till 2014 to SERIOUSLY catch heat. Regardless, people do not understand thane. Wheels that thane are literally tearing away and wearing so fast they leave the material in streaks on the ground. So what’s bad about that? Thaney wheels die fast and wear poorly because its so rapid. So, if you’re on a budget and can’t buy 3,000 freeride wheels a year, forget about always leaving huge thane lines. Also, if you weigh nothing, wheels will not thane that hard unless you’re really good. So, think twice before emailing Cadillac that your wheels are broken and don’t thane. You’re a grom, deal with it. 

Another attribute that is popular is slidey wheels. When I say slidey wheels, I’m talking about the wheels that don’t take any effort to slide and don’t kill any speed. There are pros and cons about wheels that fit this description. Some pros are that they are easy to learn how to slide on, and they slide forever. Some cons are that they may get unpredictable at higher speeds and when switching to other wheels, you may have a hard time transitioning.

This trend is a kid’s thing. You know, for those who don’t have adequate force to slide easily because they don’t weigh enough, go too slow or both. Wheels like this are great for those people, and will probably scare the hell out of anyone who doesn’t fit in that category. Back in my day (2011 what whattttttt), when wheels were icy, it scared us and no one bought those. We tried harder to make what we had what we wanted. Sure, those 82a Raceforms didn’t slide well at first. But, within two lame sessions, they become dope freeride wheels. 

The final aspect that I will be talking about is freeriding. In my opinion, this is the most popular style of riding in the skate scene today. This is the type of riding that I see in the younger generation and it seems like downhill is becoming less popular amongst them. Even though freeriding is more popular than downhill, no style is better than others, so do not put each other down.

HELL YES BILL. Skating is not a popularity contest, do not hate on other styles just because its different from yours. Diversify, stop sliding and go fast. Stop going fast, go freeriding. Or even go shred a park, parking lot, garage, who cares? As long as YOU are skating and having fun, nothing matters. 

Whether you may take part in these trends or not, at the end of the day it is about having fun. So shred what products you want and skate whichever style you’d like. Always remember to skate safe, have fun, and get those baners.

Author: Bill Kim

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Opinion Supplementer: Jackson Wells

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Pantheon Longboards

Based out of Newton, Pennsylvania, this family-owned brand is off to a hot start with some slick looking decks and higher-wisdom vibe. On some third-eye tip, Pantheon seems to be about the actualization of a vision the brains behind the whole operation has been cooking up for quite some time.

The results?

Sick ass boards, son.

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Booyahhh

I took some pictures of the lineup and thought I’d repost the specs from the Pantheon website along with some personal thoughts on the decks. Cause you know. What I think is helluh important and stuff.

FIRST OFF THE MUHFUCKIN LOGOS:

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40 Inches Long
23-28″ Wheelbase
1/8″ Crescent Drops
1/4″ Rocker between drops
Flat Truck Mounting
Micro-Flush Mount
CNC’d Wheel Wells
8-Ply Canadian Maple Construction
Ayahuasca Graphic

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Keeping up with trendy and functional topmount shapes the Logos feels solid underfoot. I really like the extensive variable wheelbase options; mega cool for really tweaking the feel of your ride. The microdrops work well with the rocker, and the flares make their home along the bends quite nicely. There’s even a little bit of kicktail action going on if you like the inner wheelbases if you’re into that sort of thing. And the whole hallucinogen-inspired graphic really does tickle me pink. This board totally doesn’t suck; good job guys.

NEXT UP THE GATDAMN GAIA DECK

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-38.5 inch length
-10 inch width
-1/8″ crescent shaped micro drops
-wheelbase options from 23 to 28 inches
-progressive radial concave with through-concave drops and tail
-micro-flush mount at 23″ wb option
-CNC Wheel wells

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This is neat. The kicktail is wayyy more pronounced than the previous deck which is awesome for those of y’all still on that ‘skate everything’ tip. The crescent drop looks a little funky but still workable since they are shaped kind of like footstops, and the taper ties the whole shebang together to still feel like a classic longboard deck. My only qualm is that I’d only be able to use the drops the way I’d want to if I was using the inner wheelbase since I like to have my feet really close to my trucks whilst riding topmounts. I feel like I’d struggle using the drops well while mounted on the outside wheelbase but that might not necessarily be true for other riders. Still a solid design and spinoff of a classic shape.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE NEXUS.

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36-inches long

30-inch wheelbase

10-inches wide

1-inch crescent drop

drop-through

mucho concave, but you know…in a way that’s comfy

9-ply rock maple

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Mixing it up with a double-drop mounted deck, the Nexus strikes me as a rad long-distance push/freeride/technical downhill monster. The lowered center of gravity allows for easy pushing and the initiation of drifts while the longer wheelbase allows for big, sweepy turns at speed. The forked ends of the board protect it from curbs by allowing your truck baseplate to take the brunt of the impact, which may not be to your liking if you have invested in expensive precision trucks. Still a cool shred-sled, bringing back 2009 in a big way.

WHATS NEXT? HUH?! WELL ITS THIS THING

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ITS THE NEXUS AGAIN, but this time she’s topmounted.

38 inches long
29-30 inch wheelbase
9.8 inches wide
9-ply maple construction
1-inch deep crescent drops
Symmetrical
Eddie Kihm Graphic

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A little narrower and offering a slightly shorter wheelbase option, the topmounted Nexus still offers a lot of the same things its drop through version does with just a few tweaks so that you the boarder can really pick out the deck that fits your style on fleek. And its symmetrical for going ham switch; also a cool feature.

YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS A SICK DECK THEY MADE?! THE EMBRYO YO.

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Uh huh

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Length – 36.5 inches

Width – 10 inches

Wheelbase – 25.5-29 inches

Rocker – .25 inches

Concave – Plenty!

8-ply Rock Maple

CNC Wheel Wells

CNC Flush Mounts

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With all these crazy shapes and designs lately, the Embryo is a breath of fresh air hitting us with a simple, classic shape with mellow rocker almost reminiscent of the old Comet boards. Not much to say about this board since it is pretty basic ya digg. Overall a solid addition that rounds out Pantheon’s lineup pretty well.

WHATS THE LAST BOARD IMA TALK ABOUT?! IS IT LA LUZ?! IT IS-

LA LUZ

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-34.5 inch length
-9.875 inch width
-wheelbase options from 23-28 inches
-progressive radial concave
-1/8″ crescent shaped microdrops
-1/4″ rocker
-flush mount at 23″ WB
-CNC wheel wells

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With wheelwells transitioning into bitty little cutouts this deck will probably allow you to run slightly larger wheels than some of Pantheon’s other topmounts. I personally like this one a bunch since its a bit narrower which would allow my smaller feet to be able to get solid leverage over both rails of the board, as opposed to standard 10″ wide boards where I gotta shuffle around a bunch just to do my shit. Comfy rocker, cool shaped drops, another board to get riggedy riggedy wrecked on, son.

Be sure to check out more of Pantheon’s boards at their site http://pantheonlongboards.myshopify.com/

Fresh Friday Complete- BGDK

It’s Friday and the boys at the shop decided to throw a new complete together for y’all to ogle and for one fine shredder to swoop up and actually ride! Today, we’re getting you set on the versatile Bustin BGDK!

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We’ve pimped out this ginormous skateboard with the ultimate components for shredding any single urban freeride thing you can possibly fathom. This encompasses some balling and strong Gullwing Charger II’s (with the powder blue to match) and 65mm Butterballs.

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Why the deck?

Better question, why not? The Bustin BGDK hits every single point one could want when looking for a topmount freeride destroyer. First off, the concave combination is stellar.

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It has got 3D wheel wells, slight W and radial concave to hold your feet and provide leverage wherever you stand. Also, with the alignment of the kicktail combining with 3D concave, you get a pocket like feeling that only kicktailed freeride boards have. Another plus, the kicktail

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With this hefty monster, you still have full efficiency and usage of a nose and kicktail. Therefore, kick out some blunt slides to look extra cool and never get off your board when you’re hopping on and off curbs. Enough about the wood, what else is on this thing?

Gullwing Charger II’s

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We picked these trucks because the color matched, duh. No, but really though, the beefy hangers of the Gullwing’s will take on any aerial damage this board will put them through, as well as offer a surfy and nimble ride for getting around obstacles or carving into some big slides.

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No one likes wheelbite and everyone likes thane lines. 65mm Butterballs allow this setup both, without a riser or shock pad even! Nice! Beyond that, the small wheel giving easy initiation into slides and being controllable at all speeds make this setup complete and even more comfortable for everyday riding situations.

What else?

So, this setup as a whole is wheelbite free, will leave thane, has utilizable kicktails and is even a little discounted! Get it here http://www.motionboardshop.com/products/fresh-friday-complete-bgdk before some other lucky cat does!

-Jackson Wells

Some Fresh Summer Freeride Wheels

 

 

ImageSummer is approaching us fast, which means it is the season of killing wheels. This inevitably leads to requiring new wheels, and how could one possibly make the decision with so much fresh product on the market that will feel good. Here we will go in-depth on some of the newer wheels and why you should choose them for what styles of freeriding.

Galaxy Meteors

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Galaxy Meteors are a new, bigger wheel (72mm 81a), sure to satisfy the lovers of fast freeriding. With a wider contact patch, you get a level of control that is complimented perfectly with higher speed slides. They’re still relatively easy to kick out, but there will be more resistance than a Swinger, Hoot or other slippery freeride wheel. The urethane is really glidey, but still thanes like it is digging into the pavement. For how much they thane, they are also exceptionally resilient and wear down pretty slowly. If you’re looking for a fast freeride wheel or are a bigger rider and want more thane to kill, Meteors are for you. 

Remember Hoots

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Remember Hoots are some of the more slidey freeride wheels Motion Boardshop has ever come across. If you are a lighter rider (120lbs>) and need something easy to kick out and even easier to hold out, the Hoots are designed just for you. They leave bright thane lines, yet also wear slower than the lines would indicate. Plus, they’re only $33!!! Meaning if you’re trying to skate this Summer on a budget, these will be the ace up your sleeve. We gave ‘em to some Mobots to try out and here’s the result https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N31yazUPxsw

Rad Glides 

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Rad has taken their extra supportive core and quick, smooth urethane and put it in a more freeride oriented shape. Compared to their Releases, the Glides are sideset and feature a much rounder lip. This, combined with their new blue 82a urethane, you’ve got the choice to get super slidey on rad wheels. The 78a will be great for controlling your speed and slowing down on all sorts of terrain. The 80 and 82a are going to be the easy to kick out, slide forever fun package that the lighter or younger riders will want. Be looking for a new review of these bad boys soon!

Keanus and Kilmers 

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Back off Fat Frees and Stimulus, the Kilmers and Keanus are here to dominate Orangatang’s lineup of freeride wheels. With Orangatang’s patented buttery urethane and a more supportive, centerset core, you get a brand new package that lets you wear them more evenly and get more weight over the entire wheel. This allows for more life to be utilized in the wheel, as well as gets you a more controlled feeling when sliding since you are utilizing more of it. This means for the 80a’s, you get a solid amount of speed-killing with a predictable hookup. 83a will kill a bit less speed, but still offer control, making them ideal for huge slides. The 86a will be some drifty fun, for those looking to throw rotational slides or float out huge stand-ups at lower speeds. If you have wheelbite problems or just want easier initiation into slides, the Keanu’s smaller package (66mm) will be for you. If wheelbite isn’t an issue and you want more life out of the wheel, treat yourself to some Kilmers (69mm). 

Retro Erniez

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If you’re one of the many that has had the pleasure of destroying a set of Bertz, you know how smooth and fun the Amber Retro thane is. But the only downside of Bertz is the size and durability. Well, step aside Bertz because here’s Erniez! The Erniez give you a larger, wider and more rounded package with the same great thane. This makes the wheel more of a legit freeride package, rather than a set of wheels you kill in a session. They’re easy to kick out, dump thane lines and are controllable at any speed. Anyone from a younger 80 pound grom to an experience 200 pound skater will love these wheels. 

Remember Pee-Wees

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Along the same lines of their Hoots, Remember Pee-Wees are exceptionally slidey and thaney. If you’ve got a double kick you freeride, if you weigh nothing and ride topmounts or if you just want a wheel that takes no effort to float out, Pee-Wee’s are going to be the $29 ace in your hole. 

Sector 9 Marshmallows

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Small wheel freeriding is a big part of the trends going on currently. Sector 9 has made Marshmallows to take the trend to the next level. With such rounded lips and very little contact patch, Marshmallows are another set of wheels fit for younger and lighter riders to get their slides just that much longer and easier. Despite being 78a, they do not kill that much speed and are comfortable wheels for throwing long stand-up slides. They dump thane, wear at a relative pace and will fit on any deck. Worth it for any slide jam or smaller board you’ve got!

 

Hope these descriptions and details will get you that much closer to getting the wheels of your dreams!