I gotta say, it’s a great time to be an East Coast skater right now. The scene is alive and well and on the industry side of things the East Coast is right there pushing the limits of the sport and constantly innovating. Two of these companies are Earthwing and Comet Skateboards, both of whom announced brand new boards for the 2012 season and they look sweeeeeeeeet. To start things off let’s go way north to Ithica in Upstate New York where Comet Longboards has just dropped a bomb on the downhill/freeride community.
Comet recently added rider extraordinaire Liam Morgan to their team and his pro-model is already hitting shelves across the country (and is available online). Dubbed the Comet Grease Hammer it’s a smaller version of the insanely popular Grease Shark. 2″ shorter than the Grease Shark the Grease Hammer stands 36″ tall with a wheelbase of 26/27″ depending on which set of holes you use and 9.875″ wide. It’s made of 9-ply maple to make it nice and stiff, although it’ll still give a little flex if you’re a bigger rider and has a 0.5″ rocker to it. The board looks sweet and the graphic is pretty crazy. Check it out over at Comet and peep the video of Liam Morgan shredding in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to catch a glimpse of the Grease Hammer in action (at the bottom of the post).
Further south, in Brooklyn, Earthwing Skateboards has been hard at work on two new skateboards and graphics for the 2012 season. First off the line for Earthwing this year was their long anticipated drop-deck which has been dubbed the Roadkiller. Rumors and spy pictures have been circulating about this board for a while, but other than a brief appearance in some Earthwing videos not much was known about the deck until its release recently. Designed by Earthwing Team Rider and engineer Adam Auger, the Roadkiller has been designed with a specific purpose in mind: keeping your feet glued to the deck while you’re getting sideways. A deep “W” concave runs between the two drops to create a solid foot pocket that locks you in and prevents your feet from slipping off of the board while you’re pulling hard and fast slides. It’s 40″ long and 10″ wide to give you a nice solid platform to stand on, with a wheelbase of 32.5″. Of course, since it’s a board by Earthwing it’s easy on the pocket too, setting you back only $99 for the deck itself.
Earthwing also announced the other day that the SuperModel for 2012 would be getting a redesign. The SuperModel, which is probably Earthwing’s best known board, has been selected to get both a new graphic (the “Earthwing” image below) and a new shape for this upcoming year. While Earthwing is still being pretty hush-hush about the details they gave us a nice paragraph to worth with. Once again it’s going to feature a deep, elliptical concave that is deeper near the trucks to lock your feet in place more for those big slides. The board is all on one plane, no rocker and no camber — it’s also going to come in both 8 and 9-ply options so you can choose just how stiff you want it to be. Earthwing also said they allowed just a touch of torsional flex to allow you to control slides with more precision and distribute the slide evenly amongst the wheels all the while without sacrificing the stable feeling of the board. With a little bit of digging we also found out that the SuperModel will be offered in a 38″ version as well although we aren’t clear on the details quite yet. Again, since it’s Earthwing you’re only looking at a $99 price point for this super sweet, versatile, and classic board.
UPDATE 11/8/11! Thanks to fellow CT skater and friend Victor Tu I just saw a picture of the new SuperModel that looks like it surfaced about 5 days ago (so I’m a little late to the party on this one). Still felt like I should update the post to give a good look at what the new SuperModel is going to look like.
Here’s Liam Morgan in action on the Grease Hammer: