Sector 9 2014 Longboards

Posted By: Pete Benda

Everything in the Sector 9 2014 lineup is made by masterful hands for the best, in not only quality, but design as well. If you don’t know who Victor Earhart is, do a little bit of research and thank this masterful man for making your longboards. And this year with Sector 9′s lineup, no matter what, you get an amazing board that’s been made better than ever.

First up, the Classix Series from Sector 9. This includes all of the amazing pintail shapes you’ve known and loved. Perfectly paired up with a mild amount of flex and wide effective foot platform, these boards are just screaming to be cruised on at the board walk. Perfect for taking around campus as well, on those sunny days where it’s just too nice not to bring out your skateboard.

But don’t be fooled, Sector 9 has a wild side as well. They have a whole plethora of boards that are ready and willing to hit those top speeds. And a completely new board for 2014 is the Sector 9 Carbon Flight. An all new top mount directional speed board with all the features you will need and none of the features you won’t. Perfect for those looking to win your next local race.

For the speed demons out there, check out the all new Sector 9 Steam Rollers. They are fast, grippy, and destructive! They are a 73mm tall wheel with a 70mm contact patch. They ensure you to hold the inside line with the roll speed you’ve only ever dreamed of. Then there’s the new Sector 9 Marshmallows. These are an awesome mini cruiser wheel that’s soft and gushy to really soak up the road vibrations. But don’t think that’s all they are good for. The Marshmallows are also an amazing freeride wheel ready to thane.

So if you haven’t yet, make sure you give Sector 9 a look. You’re sure to find amazing new rides and old decks with revamped graphics.

Never Summer 2014 Longboards

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Never Summer 2014 Longboards

Never Summer is made up of some awesome guys from Colorado that you need to get to know. Not only are they an amazing snowboard manufacturer but they’re taking what they know about the construction of a snowboard, and putting them into the longboarding world. There is honestly not a single other board on the market with a construction like a Never Summer. The Never Summer lineup features speed boards, cruiser boards, freestyle boards, freeride boards, and everything in between.

First you get the Never Summer Admiral. This is an awesome freeride / freestyle board that’s ready to take command. With its 3D channels that are only able to be done by Never Summer, this board has awesome rails to hold on to when predrifting as well as early grabbing. But it comes in a larger size as well, the Never Summer Commander. Truly construction we have never seen before.

Then there is the double drop boards, the Never Summer Hooligan and the Never Summer Deviant. Being so low to the ground, these boards are extremely stable and comfortable for pushing around town as well. The drop platform also locks you in for freeriding and is perfect for freestyling the day away.

And of course there is always downhilling. The Never Summer Reaper fits that exact need of a top mount directional speed board. Because of Never Summer’s awesome design, this board features rocker, recessed truck mounts, wheel wells, wheel flares, micro drop, and W concave. A ton of features all designed to lock you in. This was only possible with Never Summer’s amazing snowboard construction in the longboarding world. Overall, these snowboarders are here to show you that they are a force to be reckoned with in the longboarding world.

2014 BUSTIN BOARDS | Don’t Just Stand There, BUST A MOVE!

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Bustin 2014 Longboards

Bustin Boards is an amazing board company from New York that’s really killing it this year. They’ve already perfected their shapes and their decks, so their main focus this year was their design and construction. They’re coming at you with a ton of boards you already know and love, but they’re doing it bigger and better than ever this year by adding a few tricks and tips you haven’t even seen yet. The first is the all new Bustin Mission, coming at you with a new bamboo design and layup. This is the perfect addition to the shape, giving it the flex and snap this board has been begging to have. It absolutely completes this board.

Second is the Bustin Sportster; not only an amazing carbon construction, but they pair it up with a little brother. Yes, the all new Sportster 33. It’s perfect as a downhill and freeriding machine for anyone who likes a tight and nimble ride, as well as a setup that is perfect for anyone with a smaller stance.

The biggest most badass Bustin release of them all, the Bustin Ratarang! A completely symmetrical Bustin Ratmobile. We cannot get over how gnarly this thing looks. It’s a death metal band’s favorite setup. Ready to not only charge large hills, but its main purpose and design has freeriding in mind. The Bustin Ratarang is one of the most anticipated boards on the market this year, so make sure you get yours before they’re all gone.

Arbor 2014 Longboards

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Arbor 2014 Longboards

Arbor is doing something special this year and making sure you get the best of the best from not only their decks, but wheels as well.

This year Arbor started something called the Sucrose Initiative. The Sucrose Initiative is their whole new lineup in wheels that pair up perfectly with any style of deck you may be riding. First is the Arbor Bogart. It’s a 61mm tall wheel that pairs up perfectly with the new and improved Arbor Shakedowns. Being a small wheel they’re awesome for cruising around and getting from place to place. But because of the Sucrose urethane, they are perfect for freeriding as well. So not only can you cruise on the Shakedown, you can get gnarly on them as well.

Next in the lineup is the Arbor Mosh. We love this wheel on the Arbor Bug. Perfect for cruising around and getting better roll speeds while also a quick acceleration while pushing. This is an awesome wheel, especially for tight downtown city shredding.

Lastly we have the all new Arbor Vice and the Arbor Summit wheels. Both of these wheels we would slap onto the all new Arbor Backlash 37. When you want to get your freeriding on and get sideways like none other, the Arbor Vice is the perfect ride for such a thing. And when you’re looking to downhill and reach maximum speed, the Arbor Summit is perfect for you. It’ll help you take the inside line as well as give you maximum exit speed out of your predrifts. You are wondering why both of those wheels are good for one board? Because the Backlash 37 is that great of a setup! Ready to rip both styles!

Great Longboarding Tricks

Posted By: Pete Benda

Even living far from the thrill of a freshly paved hill, you can still get a rush from taking out the board and learning some new tricks. Though often evolved from the pantheon of skateboard flips, grabs, and maneuvers, longboard tricks have developed a style and culture all their own as they continue to be tweaked in extreme and beautiful ways. Because of the added size and weight a longboarder must deal with, riders have designed innovative ways of using gravity, friction, and monstrous willpower to create a diverse collection of longboard tricks. The limits of possibility are constantly pushed by those who dedicate themselves to practice and the creative spirit.

One of the best ways to improve your downhill skills while learning some graceful longboard ballet is drawn from surfing maneuvers. Sometimes referred to as “longboard dancing,” these kinds of tricks develop balance and coordination.

Walkin’ the Plank

This basic trick includes literally walking up and down your board while it glides gracefully along the pavement. Bending the knees low, balance with your arms and adjust your position, giving all of your muscles and mentality perfect practice for more difficult tricks. Try going up on one foot for a variation known as “chop the wood” or switching the orientation of your feet in a surfing technique known as “cross-stepping.” Once you’ve mastered that, pay homage to the Beach Boys by placing both feet parallel on the nose and “hanging ten,” preferably while wearing a Hawaiian shirt.

Manuals

Another foundational longboarding trick involves lifting your nose or tail off the ground and cruising on just two wheels; find a comfortable position and spread your arms out like an eagle to help find the sweet spot. Different board styles make these tricks vary in difficulty – try tightening your bushings if you find it impossible to keep good balance. Once you are able to pull a smooth manual for a good dozen or so feet, try what’s known as a “G-turn” by executing a sweeping turn while in the manual position. G-turns can be heavily modified to link tricks and create graceful lines to impress the neighbors with your longboarding skills. Try practicing without moving by walking your board in 180s until you can perform them on a slow roll, thus achieving the hearty “big spin.”

Off the Ground

While some smaller longboards may allow you to “Ollie,” most will require a little more ingenuity in order to catch some air. A simple precursor trick is the “shanker,” which is done by pushing like a “Nollie” on the nose and jumping – giving the impression of a slight pop. Deeply bending the knees and grabbing the board with one or two hands, longboarders can pull the board upwards as they jump to hit the famous “early grab.” Pros can often clear a foot or two just with practiced early grab technique and a bellowing grunt. Instead of pulling the board into your feet, jump first and then let the wood follow, and make sure to keep the board balanced, grabbing just forward of the center to avoid driving your nose into that hard, hard cement.

Another slightly more difficult way to catch some air is by hitting the “boneless.” This skateboard trick involves grabbing the edge of your board behind the front truck with one hand and using your front foot to actually kick off of the ground. While it’s tricky on a heavy board, planting your body for a quick moment on the pavement opens up a world of longboarder tricks like the “boneless kick-flip” or “boneless shove-it,” when you jump and toss the deck in a 180 and then land smoothly to cruise off into the sunset. Experiment with placing your hand at different angles or sides of the board to adjust the leverage and open up new possibilities.

Reaching Longboard Nirvana

One of the great things about longboarding is its relative freshness as a sport. New tricks and ideas get inscribed into the Holy Book of Longboarding each and every day, giving riders new foundations to build upon and be inspired by. Try making up your own tricks and sharing them with fellow riders and in turn learning from them to expand your vocabulary. Practicing is all about having fun and changing the way we ride, and nothing feels quite as good as finally landing that epic trick and realizing that you can achieve what you once thought impossible.

Lakai Camby Earl Shoes

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Lakai Earl Camby Shoes

In a collab that’s been far too long coming, the Lakai x Earl Sweatshirt Camby Collab shoes are in here at Daddies. The one-and-only Earl Sweatshirt grew up skating with Lakai Team Rider Nakel Smith, so the Lakai x Earl Collab has been in the makings for a while. Earl insisted on creating at least one “made for skate” pair along with the canvas “stage-ready” pair, so that’s what they did. They created a pair of shoes with lightly padded collars and mesh lining. Lakai gave them cushioned footbeds with the Earl Sweatshirt face logo and vulcanized the outsole for improved flexibility. They also include 4 hole laces with metal eyelets, and exclusive OFWGKTA brand tag at the sides. Whether you get the “made for skate” (Suede uppers) or the “stage-ready” (Canvas), shoes you get a pair of Lakai’s ready to shred the streets or look cleaned up, depending on the occasion. We here at Daddies are proud to have both the suede colors created with skate uppers, and the more street style canvas models as well. Earl wants you to have a pair, and so do we, so pick a pair of the Lakai Camby Earl Collabkicks while supplies last.

The Newbie’s Guide to Longboard Lingo

Posted By: Pete Benda

Longboarding, like most extreme sports, defines not only an activity but also a colorful culture and way of life. Out of this way of life and tight social circle has come some seriously distinct style and a slang vocabulary or lingo of its own. This longboard lingo can seem pretty wild and outlandish to those who haven’t spent hours talking shop with those of us who ride, but it can easily be learned and used in order to further explore the great temple of the longboard.

Slip ‘n’ Slide

Longboard lingo evolved somewhat from the vernacular of skateboarders from Southern California and around the world, but it also includes some of its own peculiar jargon that makes it unique in the wide world of sports. For example, breaking traction and performing a slide is commonly known as a “power slide” for skaters, but because of its many variations for longer boards, longboarders refer to it as a “stand-up slide” or just a “standy” for short. When equipped with “slide gloves,” the common longboard gloves that feature plastic or polyurethane “slide puck” disks on the palms, riders can also perform the famous “Coleman slide” or other more extreme forms of turning, braking, or gnarly maneuvers.

The Coleman slide is named after Cliff Coleman, who was one of the sport’s first serious innovators. While not an easy feat, the Coleman slide is performed by placing the front, or “lead,” hand (and slide puck) on the cement and resting the knees together while practically sitting on the longboard. The rear hand is kept flag-like in the air, and the sliding takes place when the rider twists their shoulders and pushes the rear of the board, or “tail,” towards perpendicular with the front, or “nose.”

All of these slides and other artistic maneuvers fall under the category of “free riding.” Simply, anything that makes the skater look like a surfer carving a wildly frothing wave can be considered free riding. After a rider gains enough experience to confidently conquer a hill, they can attempt to bomb it again and again while adding more artistry and grace.

Without the Hills

Another fountain of flamboyant longboard lingo springs from the tricks we can perform on flat ground. While unofficially, tricks such as the trenchfoot, double rainbow, hippy jump, and toe side no-tap 180 certainly exist, I’ll explain a few more common flat ground tricks that might be a pinch more common than a double backwards Peter Pan/

Perhaps the most common longboard trick is the “shove-it,” which for technical skaters signifies when you kick your board to spin 180 degrees while your body remains in the same position. Your tail becomes your nose, and your body doesn’t change its orientation. If your body also changes orientation with the board, this trick would be considered a classic “180.” Most skateboarding tricks, such as an “ollie” or “kick flip,” can also be performed on a longboard but can be difficult due to its size and weight.

Even surfing terminology has made its way into longboard lingo: A “hang-ten” means literally to put both feet on the nose of the board with all ten little piggies wiggling off while the body assumes a position like Kate Winslet in the Titanic movie.

Now that you’ve taken a look at the dictionary of longboard lingo, it’s time to ride. Keep in mind that most of us who work at skate shops can also explain any technical lingo involved in the actual longboards themselves. Have fun, always wear a helmet, and keep practicing those tricks until you can rock a line of giant step grab kicks followed by a kaleidoscope honey butter!

The Proper Way to Bomb a Hill – Safe Downhill Longboarding

Posted By: Pete Benda

For surfers, nothing could be more enchanting than an enormous cresting wave. For snowboarders, it’s mammoth alpine peaks that seem to scratch the heavens. And for us longboarders, nothing is more seductive than the slick asphalt of a winding road that plummets at a thrilling incline.

But like all of the challenges and excitement that are behind our love for extreme sports, bombing a hill can be very dangerous and at times life-threatening. Longboarding takes place on the most unforgiving of surfaces, like concrete and asphalt, coupled with perilous dangers such as traffic, road hazards, and the difficulty of slowing your speed, which can often take years to master. While we all love the rush of carving up the street and feeling like we’ve conquered the road, every old rider has horror stories that could have been avoided with a little bit of caution.

The Right Getup and Gear

No matter how cliched it sounds, having a helmet is the most essential safety element to riding any hill regardless of your experience. Make sure your helmet has a certification tag inside and is loaded with comfy pads; helmets are not something you should be picking up secondhand at the flea market. I also recommend knee pads and wrist guards, which are particularly important because of our tendency to stop our falls with our hands. Those nasty broken wrists are the most common hospital injury for snowboarders and skaters. In addition to pads and something solid for my noggin’, I always hit the hills with at least a good pair of jeans, a jacket, and my backpack – which, although it may crush my lunchtime burrito and soda, has protected me from the unforgiving street on a few wild spills.

Also, don’t forget to give your longboard a full inspection before each and every ride. All bearings should be properly lubed, nuts and bolts tested, and bushings inspected for proper tightness and balance. Proper bushings are paramount! Keep in mind that a loose bushing can get pretty gnarly at high speeds, and one that’s too tight will prevent you from proper carving or avoiding that parked car ahead.

Style and Technique

The main difference between a newbie and a weathered longboard warrior is the seamlessness and ease between rider and board. The right longboard can become an extension of your body after years of practice, giving you the skills to handle incredible speeds and maneuvers while in the midst of a downhill thrill ride. Before attempting any hill, you should have a proper grasp of foot-braking techniques and smooth carving styles to prevent dangerous speeds. Sliding is another way to slow down but can be difficult for new riders and on steep inclines. It should be practiced and mastered on driveways before trying it on the road.

Even when not thinking, a good downhill rider keeps their weight low, knees bent and ankles very loose, turning smoothly with their entire body and avoiding those catastrophic speed wobbles that occur when we tense up and overcompensate with our legs. If they do occur, trying carving them out with wide, slow turns and focus your eyes on the road ahead instead of what’s going on below while shifting your weight slightly more over the front truck. Once again, proper bushings are vital!

Get the Attitude

So if you’re comfortable with some basic techniques and you’re all dressed for the part, it’s time to focus on the head games. A wise rider will feel confident when approaching a hill but always do so humbly and after taking the right safety precautions. Always walk the hill before attempting it, judging distances and speeds, keeping an eye out for bumps and hazards, and always planning an emergency exit strategy. Don’t ever attempt hills that end at busy streets or are plagued by traffic. Having a friend or two to scout intersections and stop the occasional car is a great idea and can even save your life. A bit of fear comes with the turf, but if you don’t think you can make a turn or foot-brake at any point during your bomb, spend a few weeks practicing and reassess the situation. Also, try a hill starting from the bottom and working your way up before attempting the “black diamond” from the very top. You’ll build confidence and skill without as much risk to your safety and future as a rider.

Never let pride get in the way of having a good time and mastering your sport. Don’t sacrifice your pads or better judgment to “look cool” or impress your friends. Take a look at the sport’s professional racers: they wear full face helmets and leather body suits and usually have an attitude like a meditating Buddhist monk on top of a holy mountain.

It’s All About Fun

It’s always good to remember exactly why we love the sport of longboarding and ripping up the pavement. I keep in mind that by not bombing a hill with proper safety measures, I could be risking the thrill and good times I love. Most of us longtime riders know plenty of risk-takers who after taking a serious fall have had to sit on the bench while we enjoy our favorite pastime.

But now you’ve got a bit of solid information on how to bomb that tantalizing hill, so do the ground work, practice slow, and ride smart. Study that hill, love it, and most of all, respect its awesome power, just like the surfers who bow to the mighty waves of the Pacific Ocean or the snowboarders who pay homage to the snow-covered giants of the Rocky Mountains.

How To Pick The Best Spots to Longboard

Posted By: Pete Benda

You’ve got your board, you’ve read the blog up until now, and now you are ready to get out there and skate – but where should you go? Obviously, where you live is going to make a difference, but I’m going to go ahead and give you a few pointers on finding prime longboarding locations in your area. I’ll give you a few examples along the way, too, and if you’re lucky enough to live near any of the specific spots I mention, make sure you go check them out, because missing out on prime spots in your area, or areas you may travel to, would suck. What is good and what isn’t is going to be largely a matter of opinion and taste, but some basic things that are good would be a smooth surface, low traffic, and a location that allows skating.

Consider the Terrain

If you live somewhere with only a few hills, the type of riding you can do is going to be more limited than it would probably be in a mountainous area. If you live somewhere like New York City, for instance, you can find some okay hills, but most of what you find is going to be pretty flat. New York City is great for cruising, and there are some areas that hold weekly skates you could check out, but if you’re just getting started, a nice, popular spot in New York City would be Central Park. It’s also worth noting that college campuses around the United States can be great spots to longboard.

Population Matters

Make sure you think about what traffic is going to be like in the areas where you consider jumping on your longboard and going for a ride. Some of the most challenging or exciting longboarding spots are probably roads with at least some traffic that passes through. If you find a great hilly road sure to help you hit high speeds or a road with a series of great hairpin turns, make sure there are no posted laws about skating in the area, and do a little research to figure out at what times traffic is heaviest and try to plan your skates so that you aren’t flying down the middle of a street during those times. Safety matters.

Enjoy the View

While the skating surface matters, the scenery that surrounds that surface can also make a spot worth skating. A tree-covered hill with a smooth road you can skate down can be an experience you’ll never forget, just like cruising a path around a lake during the summer can be the perfect way to unwind after a hard day at work. Figure out what type of atmosphere most appeals to you and see what spots you can find that incorporate at least some visually pleasing features.

Check Out What’s Popular

All over the world, people are getting into sports like ours, though it is still more popular in the U.S. than in some overseas countries. One of the best ways to find great longboarding spots when traveling anywhere on the planet is to check out sites like YouSpots. Currently, more than 14,000 longboarding locations are listed on the map, with more being added all the time. If you’re looking to connect with fellow longboarders or just explore some of the most notable locations on the planet, this site can be a huge asset. You could even add a few of the more unique locations to a longboarding bucket list of your own. Among the top locations on YouSpots are Titan’s Path in Lysebotn, Norway, which boasts 30 consecutive hairpins, and Dades Gorge Road in Morocco.

To Sum It Up

All over the planet, prime skating locations exist, and more are being discovered each day. Figuring out what spots you will enjoy most requires considering a bunch of factors, like the type of skating you do, the population, and, of course, laws and safety requirements. The best way to find great places to skate is to get out there and try some out. Maybe you’ll luck out and discover a great place no one has yet tried to skate. One of the best parts of sports like ours is how easy it is to just grab your longboard and head out the door.

Assembling Your First Longboard

Posted By: Pete Benda

When people are involved in sports, they inevitably end up learning a lot of different skills. One of the things people who longboard might eventually learn to do is assemble a longboard themselves. Longboard assembly isn’t complicated and has a lot of opportunities for customization. Customizing a board to suit your needs and interests can make the sport even more enjoyable and can even be a source of pride for some people. You don’t need to assemble a board yourself if you don’t want to – complete boards are available – but if the process of longboard assembly is the only thing keeping you from putting together the board of your dreams, rejoice, my friend: I am here to break the assembly process down for you into simple, easy-to-follow steps.

The basic process for assembling most top-mount longboards is as follows:

  1. Find your deck and grip tape, and if it’s not already applied, apply the grip tape to the longboard deck. Some longboard decks come with grip tape already applied, while others need you (or a shop) to apply the tape.

  2. Gather your screws and screws. You’ll need eight nutsand eight screws. Make sure your screws aren’t too short; 1.25-inch screws are a good length. Screws that are too short won’t fit all decks, and screws that are too long will have too much excess if you aren’t adding risers.

  3. Place the screws in the deck. You should already have eight holes drilled into the deck of your longboard to place the screws in. Make sure the heads of the screws are all facing up.

  4. Take your trucks, with axels facing outwards, and use the nuts to fasten them. Make sure you are really tightening those bolts. If the screws are loose, they may come off or rattle. Mount one base plate on each end of the deck.

  5. Use a kingpin with a kingpin nut, a large washer, a barrel bushing, a cone bushing, and a small washer to attach the hanger to the base plate. Put the hanger between the two bushings. Make sure the kingpin is tight so that you don’t end up causing any damage to the components.

  6. You should have four wheels, eight bearings, eight small washers, 4 axle nuts, and an optional 4 bearing spacers. 2 bearings go in each wheel, 2 wheels per truck. You will assemble them along the axle sections of the trucks in the following order: axle nut, washer, bearing, optional spacer, wheel, bearing, washer. When attached, make sure the axle nut is tightened enough that the wheel doesn’t slide along the axle but will still spin freely.

And that’s it! Simple, right? Using the six simple steps above and attaching all of the parts in the correct order, you can put together a longboard that suits you completely. If you have any questions or comments, let me know – I’d love to hear them. Other longboard assembly tips are also welcome; just like in other sports, there is always more to learn and share. Thanks again for reading, guys, and remember, whether you are assembling a kit you purchased or a bunch of parts ordered separately, putting together your longboard is not something you should be intimidated by. Have fun!