Lakai Camby Earl Shoes

Posted By: Pete Benda

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.

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!

March Photo Report – Dominican Republic

Sweettttch !

Miguel Cabreja Sweettttch !

Our Friend Daniel De La Cruz has been taking sweet photos of us these days! Covering the Dominican scene. Check some of our rippers and visit his page on Facebook to stay closer to his lens!

http://www.facebook.com/delacruzarqgraphy

Kurativo Gnar Gnar

Kurativo Gnar Gnar

Vanessa Torres Speed Check

Vanessa Torres Speed Check

La Isla Toeside

La Isla Toeside

Sarah Astacio getting sideways

Sarah Astacio getting sideways

Secret Sessions at night ! El Kurativo.

Secret Sessions at night ! El Kurativo.

Night Runs : La Antena DH - Cesar Pucheu

Night Runs : La Antena DH – Cesar Pucheu

Night Runs : La Antena DH

Night Runs : La Antena DH

Fat Switchs

Fat Switchs

Miguel Cabreja with that toeside swagger

Miguel Cabreja with that toeside swagger

Essential Longboarding Safety Tips

Posted By: Pete Benda

Longboarding can be a great way to let yourself go. Things can be chaotic and all around unpleasant at work or with friends once in a while, and flying down a hill can be a damn good way to unwind. But as rad as the release may be, I also have enough experience to tell you that you’ve gotta make sure you’re taking the right steps to make sure you don’t end up bloody. Along with the proper safety gear, you should make sure you’re using appropriate technique.

Gear

Helmet: I’m starting with the obvious. Protect your head by wearing a properly fitting, buckled helmet. On the same page, ditch the headphones. If you’re going to be cruising down the street, you need to be able to hear the traffic. Cell phone or backpack speakers are a better bet if you need to ride with tunes.

Quality Board: Getting a good deal on a board is great. Hanging onto a favorite board is great, too. Either way, make sure you’re paying attention to all of the parts to ensure they are all good before heading out. Having a bearing seize up while riding is not something you want to deal with.

Slide Gloves: If you slide and drift, you’re going to need a good pair of slide gloves to protect the digits. Sector 9, Loaded, and Gravity all make slide gloves that will protect your fingers, even at high speeds.

Pads: Everyone who rides knows that a fall from time to time is inevitable. Because most of the time the fall is one you couldn’t have predicted, wearing elbow and knee pads can be a good way to keep the most likely points of impact safe. Make sure your gear is in good shape, too, by replacing caps on your pads as needed.

Technique

Learn “Safe” Fall Methods: If you find yourself on the verge of falling and you have a few seconds to react, knowing the proper way to fall can save you some serious pain. Rolling into and out of the fall, for instance, can save your wrists and knees some serious damage. Free runners are big advocate s for proper falling techniques and rolls. As a longboarder, you can benefit from some of what they teach.

Take the Lane: Cars probably won’t love you as you ride no matter what you do, so to be safe when riding on public roads, be confident, avoid weaving, and make sure you are “taking the lane” as cars approach. Let the cars pass you. Ride like a bicyclist, with the traffic, not against it. If the road has enough of a shoulder, feel free to use it. If you’re not comfortable taking the lane, cool: Pull to the side, stop, and wait until the cars have passed.

Only Ride During the Day: When you ride at night, you risk missing things that could be dangerous, like glass, rocks, road kill, whatever… but worse than not being able to see is not being seen. If you do ride at night, light up with some LEDs for your helmet and/or board.

Obey the Rules of the Road: When you’re riding on the road, follow lane signs; only turn in turn lanes, only go straight in straight – only lanes, and don’t run red lights.

Know When to Stop and When to Slide: Sliding can be useful and can save you, but you’ve gotta know how to foot brake, too.

Looking for a little more? Check this out:

7 Awesome Longboard Companies You Should Know

Posted By: Pete Benda

I gave you an intro to longboarding in general, explained the different styles, and now I think you’re ready for an intro to seven of the raddest brands in the industry today. While I’m just talking about seven today, there are way more brands to check out, including some that would be a shame to miss out on. I say this over and over, but do your research, read up on the styles and brands, watch a bunch of videos, and figure out what you want because diving in blind could be a recipe for disaster. Some longboarding brands focus on the more minimal designs, and others are all about creativity and innovation. With a little help from me, and enough time and research on your part, you’re bound to find the perfect board for you.

Sector 9

Most people who longboard know Sector 9. They might be the most influential brand as far as longboarding development. In the 90s, Sector 9 made the first products specifically meant for longboarding and they keep doing whatever possible to help the sport advance. They created some of the most popular freeride, race, and cruising wheels in the industry and have probably the largest offering of decks in the industry.

Bustin

Bustin Longboards began in 2001 as a company run by skaters, for skaters. Their mission is to create and sell the planet’s most advanced longboards. They love life, love cruising, and love doing whatever they can to help the people who buy the longboards they make feel the grassroots vibe the company is so proud of.

Arbor

Flat out awesome. That’s the best way to describe Arbor. Their longboards are clean and classy, and their riders have beautiful style. We’re talking James Kelly, Liam Morgan, Aaron Grulich… world-class riders all of them. If you believe ancient saying “look good, skate good” you should check Arbor out.

Loaded

Loaded Longboards… just……..awesome. The world loves them because they do their own thing, incorporating bamboo construction and state-of-the-art molds to create high performance boards for every riding style. Thanks to them we were able to see high end products that continually live up to and beyond their reputation. To this day they continue to be thecompany known for creating boards that are unique and completely innovative.

Caliber

Caliber makes trucks, and they do a hell of a job at it. They keep the design of their trucks minimalist making sure you get what you want without all the unnecessary flashiness of a lot of other brands. High quality, high performance, and no distraction, that’s what you get with all of the trucks Caliber makes.

Original

You’ve heard of the Apex Series boards, right? All over longboarders have been falling head over heels for these boards by Original. The company is a staple in the industry. With a huge online fan base and tons of new original and innovate products being released, Original knows what their fans want.

Gravity

Gravity Longboards releases high quality boards that suit all styles of riding. Whatever style gets you stoked, they’ve got something that is going to be just what you want, but better.

Want more? Okay.

Best Longboard Brands

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)