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

Landyachtz 2014 Longboards

Posted By: Pete Benda

Landyachtz 2014 Longboards

Landyachtz has been one of the most trusted names in the industry for quite some time now and there is good reason for it. They’ve built a great name for themselves in the downhilling industry with boards you’ve gotten to know over the years (i.e. the Landyachtz Wolfshark, the Landyachtz Evo, and the Landyachtz Top Speed). But what you may not know is the construction of some of these newer boards, all being revamped for 2014. First you have the Landyachtz Drop Carve. They are amazing freestyle boards, being made of bamboo and fiberglass, these are perfect for freestyling and freeriding, as well as carving around town.

Then you have the all new Landyachtz Malahat: a perfect little flexy cruiser ready to rip your city. And speaking of ripping around, you get the classic Landyachtz Ripple Ridge shape in an all new graphic that is just way too cool. Along with their mini cruiser lineup is the Landyachtz Dinghy’s with completely never before seen graphics that have us stoked and ready to shred.

But Landyachtz knows that some of you have been thinking the Dinghy is a little bit too small. We say that’s just tomfoolery but Landyachtz answers your call with the all new Landyachtz Tug Boat. The big brother to the Dinghy, ready for someone who’s looking for a slightly bigger ride.

But the thing you’ve all been waiting for, the thing that has us the most excited is the all new Landyachtz Rotor and Landyachtz R5. You may have seen the Rotor before, being the first asymmetrical board on the market. It’s dropped platform rides just like a snowboard for all you pow shredders out there who are looking into longboarding. The R5 is designed to be the ultimate in speed. When paired up with a 40-degree bear truck, this board wedges the truck to ride with a 0 degree leverage, preventing any speed wobbles in your ride. But the thing that separates these two boards on the market away from any other board, is their hollow core design. That’s right. They are hollow core. What this means is that Landyachtz actually mills out sections of the board, lightening your ride a ton. Then they put the board back in the mold and add a layer of fiberglass to the top of the deck, making sure you have all the torsional stiffness and durability you will need for speed. In short, you get all the benefits of having a board that is extremely light, while losing none of the structural stability.

All in all Landyachtz has been killing it for years and 2014 is no different for them in the game.

Rayne 2014 Longboards

Posted By: Pete Benda

Rayne 2014 Longboards

Oh man, Rayne is killing it super hard this year. And they’re especially looking out for you grom shredders out there! This year they took some of their most popular boards and made mini versions of them for all you little guys.

The first is the Rayne Terror. This is the shorter baby brother of the Rayne Rival and the Rayne Supreme. It has all the same features you have loved in these boards as well. The 5/8 radial drop platform with the 3 stage rocker to ensure you’re locked in at all times. Then there’s the nose and tail that adds as perfect little kicks to make sure you are shredding and freestyling harder than ever.

Next in the grom addiction addition is the Rayne Reaper. This is the shorter version of the Rayne Nemesis. This is perfect for all of you freeriding and downhilling little devils out there who are looking for maximum speed. The dropped platform is shorter, making it perfect for anyone with a shorter stance who is looking to get into a tighter speed tuck, making it perfect for those who have the ready and willing need for speed.

All of these boards have brand new graphics and sick setups making them feel fresh out of the mold for 2014. Rayne Longboards, of course, are always made with a bamboo and laminated fiberglass design making sure you get the most durable boards on the market while still being extremely light. They are all speed stiff in design, letting you know that you are ready for going as fast as possible. But if downhilling isn’t your fancy, Rayne has the all new revamped slide series that is perfect for pools and parks and everything you may want to throw at it. Ready to do it all is the all new Rayne lineup for 2014.

Comet’s 2014 Longboard Lineup is shred-tastic

Posted By: Pete Benda

Comet 2014 Longboards

Comet’s 2014 Lineup is shred-tastic!

The 2014 Comet Longboard lineup has been released and they are killing it! These boards are revamped and better than ever. Coming at you with some new and crazy concoctions.

First and foremost is the all-new Swell Series. They’re your classic campus cruisin’, city slashin’, all around distance destroyers. They’re awesome for getting around town, makin’ beer runs, and shreddin’ the streets with your friends. The Swell Series features 3 all new decks, the Comet Handle, the Comet Kick, and the Comet Swallow. All three boards would be a fantastic addition to any quiver.

Comet also released a limited edition Winds of Change lineup. This is the classic street skate series from Comet. Coming in all of your favorite sizes. Featuring a Comet Winds of Change 8.00″, Comet Winds of Change 8.25″ and Comet Winds of Change 8.50″ wide. Comet has dominated the streets and is now ready to shred and destroy your parks and pools.

But of course, if street boards aren’t your style and you’re a longboarder at heart who wants to give park and pools a try, Comet has the Shred Series. Featuring the Comet Shred 32, Comet Shred 33, and the Comet Shred 38. Ready for your parks while still letting you longboarders mob hills and freeride your thane away.

Last but not least, Comet is introducing new technology and changing the way we will forever see board design: the all-new Air Frame Technology. What Air Frame Technology does, is it actually stiffens up your ride, making your board both lighter and stiffer, thanks to hollow cores inside of it. Several of the Comet boards have gotten this sweet makeover. First would be the Comet Noah Sakamoto. A staple in the industry in such a short amount of time. A true do it all setup. And, with full anticipation, they have made the OG downhill deck an Air Frame as well! The Comet Voodoo Doll! Yes that is right! The classic top mount directional board is now air framed! Lighter, stronger, and better than ever!

All in all we couldn’t be any more stoked for Comet then we are right now. They’re killin’ it as always and going harder this year than ever. A full and powerful lineup ready to shred it all.

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

Sector 9 Skiddles

Sector 9 SkiddlesThe newest set of Sector 9 wheels has been released: The Sector 9 Skiddles! The first set of sideset freeride wheels, the Skiddles joins Sector 9’s already awesome freeride wheel lineup. A lineup that includes the classic and thaney Butterballs: a set of race formula freeride wheels, in 78, 80, and 83a. The Skiddles come in a sideset desgin that’s perfect for easing into freeriding. Having the bearing hub to the side of the wheel gives the wheel less urethane resisting your slides making freeriding easier than ever. With its rounded edges on both the outer and inner radiuses, you’re sure to never get hooked up on the road, keeping you sliding for longer. The Sector 9 Skiddles also comes in 5 extremely tasty colors, orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple. And of course the Sector 9 Butterballs were extremely thaney so you know the Skiddles will shred thane as well! They will completely cover your roads in thane lines. So if you’re ready to taste the thanebow, the Skiddles are perfect for you.