Newsworthy Nuggets: November 12th

Believe it or not, the Motion Boardshop blog isn’t the only source of longboard news and information on the web! :-) Here’s a compilation of new skate-related articles, videos, and reviews from around the web that we think are worth of sharing with y’all:

The Madrid Nessie Longboard skateboard RJ Rouch reviews the Madrid Nessie over at SkateSlate. The Madrid Nessie is one of the most unique new longboard decks to hit the market recently, and also happens to be one of our best selling boards this month! Head over to SkateSkate to read RJ’s review on the board, including how he feel’s about the board’s “power orbs”, his thoughts on the smaller wheelbase, how he rates the overall board control and versatility, and where he thinks there’s room for improvement.

New Olders Helmets: Radical full face helmets designed strictly for downhill longboarders, by downhill longboarders. Made in Brazil, these helmets are said to be the ultimate in comfort, visibility and protection. Definitely worth checking out!

Next up we have this amazing 30 second video clip called Money Shot. Go watch it if you wanna feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I wish that Adam fella was part of my crew! That leads into our next nugget, which is this article from LiveScience about a study which suggests that longboarders have a higher risk of traumatic brain injury than shortboarders. If the data for the study was collected from the longboarders in this article’s photo, I’m not at all surprised. Wear your helmets kids! And don’t bomb hills in flip flops on flexy pintails.

The Longboard Consortium reviews Orangatang Kegels over on Silverfish. Read their in-depth wheel review and find out if Kegels are as fast as their size implies and if they grip as tight of lines as their name implies.

Have you stumbled across anything new and noteworthy on the web recently? Feel free to share anything interesting, helpful, funny or weird in the comment section below! 

New from Cloud Ride: Mini Slides & 86a Wheels

Cloud Ride Wheels, who’s longboard wheels have quickly become best sellers here at Motion, recently released some awesome new stuff that we’re pretty stoked to tell you about! First off is 86a Ozones and Slides:

86a Cloud Ride Slide Wheels

86a Cloud Ride Ozone Wheel

Both of these 70mm wheels have been available in softer durometers for a while now, and have both been popular  wheel choices for freeriders of all skill level. While 80a and 83a Slides and Ozones are great for those of you who need a bit more grip and want a more controlled slide that kills more speed, the 86a urethane provides less resistance, which means they’re easier to break traction with and allow you to hold out longer slides without killing so much speed.

…Speaking of sliding, say hello to the new Cloud Ride MINI SLIDES!

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Available in 80a, 83a, and the awesome new 86a urethane, Cloud Ride Mini Slides are exactly as they sound- miniature versions of Cloud Ride’s Classic 70mm Slide Wheels. The 66mm Mini Slides offer everything that their larger counterparts do, and are compact enough to run on almost any top mount longboard setup. One of the most unique features about Mini Slides (and slides) is that they have very bevelled inner and outer lips. The idea behind the bevelled lips is to make it easier to slide over cracks and bumps in the pavement- the bevelled edge helps prevent the wheel from getting caught on small imperfections in the pavement that other wheels might catch on. While these wheels are on the smaller side, they don’t have a particularly narrow contact patch, which means more urethane and a longer lasting wheel.

Overall, we’re really impressed with these new Cloud Ride wheels and we can’t wait to core a set of each. Grab yourself a set of Cloud Rides today!

If you’ve had the chance to shred a set of Cloud Rides, tell us your thoughts in the comment section below! Also, feel free to ask any questions you have about the wheels- we’re happy to answer ‘em. OR, you could leave us a haiku about longboarding. That would be nice. 

The Rayne Longboards Heritage Series

Rayne Longboards is on their 10TH YEAR in business. Through the years they’ve made huge strides in progressing longboard construction and concave design, and have boards that anyone who’s been around would consider classics. We’re stoked to see a choice selection of those decks come back in their newly released HERITAGE SERIES. These classic decks have been updated with the most current in Rayne technology, and with current performance desires in mind, but pay homage to the boards that paved the way for the industry to be where it is today. Take a look at these Simply Steezie decks:

Baboon Graphic Hellcat

Rayne Hellcat Heritage Deck

Last Maple Avenger

Heritage Series Rayne Avenger

Boombox Jesus Timeline

Rayne Heritage Series Timeline

Baby Tupac Hustler

Rayne Huster Longboard Heritage Deck

The Flux

Flux Longboard Deck Heritage

The Rayne Heritage series will be available for purchase online or in store at Motion Boardshop before next week, so hold tight ’cause they’ll be here before you know it. In the meantime, we wanna know which of these longboards you’re the most pumped about. Despite our efforts we can’t hone our ESP enough to read your brains, so comment below or on our Facebook and let us know which Heritage deck has you tingling on the inside the most!  If you have any questions about a particular board in the Rayne Heritage Series, feel free to ask us by leaving a comment below or dropping us a line at the shop at (206)-372-5268!

Photos from the Arlington Centennial Trail Push Race

Here at Motion Boardshop, we’re pretty proud of our team of riders and we think they’re some of the raddest skaters out there! For most of them (maybe all of them), their talent doesn’t stop once they step off their board. Team rider Sam Galus happens to also be a super talented photographer with a knack for photographing longboarders. Sam came out to volunteer at the push race and snapped some really sick photos while he was there. Heres a few of them for your viewing pleasure:

Push Race Participant


Nate Blackburn Racing

Paul Kent at the Arlington Centennial Push Race

Push Race Half Marathon

Racing a Longboard at Push Race

Longboard Push Race Picture

Arlington, WA Skateboard Race

To check out the rest of Sam’s photos from the push race, head to his Facebook page, Sam Galus Photography.

Less than a week ’til the Centennial Trail Push Race!

The Centennial Trail Longboard Push Race is just around the corner, and we can’t wait! This weekend is gonna be epic, you guys. We wanted to give you a heads up and let you know that we’re extending the early registration discount price through this Friday (October 11th) at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). So if you’re planning on participating in the push race, register online or at the shop before then to get the best price! You’ll still be able to register on Saturday, the day of the race, but you won’t get the discounted rate.

Arlington Longboard Skateboard Push Race Flyer

To make things even sweeter, everyone who registers before Friday at midnight will also be entered in to win this radical blue Omen Sugar deck! There are less than 5 blue Sugars in the whole wide world, and if you win this deck, one of them will be yours! The winner will be announced at the push race on Sunday. Disregard what the photo below says about registering by Wednesday…you have until Friday, yo!

Omen Sugar Longboard Giveaway

We’ve got some amazing sponsors on board who are donating their time, money and gear to help make this push race rock! In addition to the $2500 prize purse, we’ve got tons of gear and swag to give out, including complete longboard setups, decks, wheels, trucks, half shell and full face helmets, slide gloves, t-shirts, bearings, hats and more! You’ll also have the chance to peruse booths at the event and check out all sorts of sweet gear and apparel. The following vendors will have booths at Legion Park: Rayne Longboards, Omen Longboards, Motion Boardshop (hey, that’s us!) and local Arlington-based apparel company Vitalire. Be sure to hang around after Sunday’s race to enjoy some grub in the park- Steve from Rocket Alley Bar and Grill, a local Arlington restaurant, will be barbecuing burgers from noon to 3pm!

If you like the sound of skating, food, drinks, and fun, we recommend heading up to Legion Park in Arlington this weekend to join in the festivities! You can find more information on the Arlington Centennial Trail Longboard Push Race here.

New Longboard Wheels at Motion Boardshop!

Hey friends! The summer of 2013 at Motion Boardshop has been chock full of fresh new urethane. Whether you’re into downhill, freeride, tech slide, cruising, or dancing, chances are we’ve got an awesome new wheel here to suit your needs! We’re pretty stoked on all the awesome new wheels that have arrived at the shop just in the last few weeks, so we thought we’d give you a quick rundown so ya’ll will be in the know. If any of these wheels are looking particularly intriguing to you, you can get specs and more detailed info just by clicking the photo.

Anyway, in no particular order, here are the newest and awesomest wheels on our shelves:

Rayne Lust

70mm & 75mm | 77a & 80a | centerset core | square lips | downhill oriented


Nersh Tide Turners

72mm | 78a, 80a or 83a | sideset core | rounded lips | freeride oriented


Bustin Five-O

72mm | 77a & 80a | sideset core | rounded lips | freeride oriented


Sugar Canes

70mm | 79a | sideset core | round lips | freeride oriented


$40 These™ 

ATF 317 & 327 | 66mm & 69mm | 80a & 82a | centerset core | round lips | freeride oriented

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Sector 9 61mm 9-Balls

61mm | 78a | centerset core | round lips | freeride oriented

Sector 9 9-Ball Longboard Wheels

Well, there ya have ‘em! If you want to get details on any of these wheels, just click the photo! Check back in the near future for more blog posts featuring awesome new longboard products- we’re getting new stuff almost every day!

An Overview of the new Rayne Darkside


Rayne has released a number of awesome, progressive longboard decks this year, but I’d have to say their latest creation is my favorite. The Rayne Darkside, which just arrived at the shop this week, combines the coolest freeride deck features all into one radical 36″ bamboo-fiberglass freeride machine! At first glance, the Darkside will catch your attention with it’s intricate top and bottom sheet graphics.
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At 9.75″ wide, this directional topmount deck is on the narrower side which works well with the board’s wheelbase, which is 23″-25″. The Darkside’s concave design is like a gift from the gods. Rayne combined radial drops, 4D cupped wheel flares and three stage rocker for an amazing do it all board, kick tail to pop ollies and do flip tricks if that’s your thing.

It’s stiff enough to tackle the hills and handle big stand-ups with speed, it has the bacon of a Rayne Fortune coupled with the front pocket of a Supreme or Rival. Put those together and you’ve got a board that’ll lock you in enough not to need a foot-stop, it also has a perfect medium wheelbase to suit your needs; if you wanna get technical or a little more drift-y, whatever it is, this board will and can fit your style of riding to keep you happy.