Pantheon Embryo: What You Need to Know

Pantheon EmbryoThese days you’re hard pressed to find someone doing anything really unique in the game. Loaded regularly employs new materials and techniques, Never Summer has integrated some of their snowboard technology into their longboards, Comet produces green boards and Earthwing has recently changed the game with their NLS lineup; beyond those though I feel like we see a lot of  board companies copying each other and putting a slight twist on the end product.

Enter Pantheon Longboards. New for this 2014 season, Pantheon is headed by Jeff Vyain, the former board designer for Bustin’ Boards and the brains behind some of the most popular deck designs over the last couple of years.Pantheon Longboards This fall Jeff decided to venture off on his own and left Bustin’ on great terms, moving his family and new company up to Pennsylvania to get things rolling. After a few short months Jeff has unleashed the first deck in Pantheon’s lineup, the Embryo.

Pantheon, as Jeff described to me, is meant to be a no bull sh*t approach to skateboards, paying attention to the details and the finer points of design to bring you the best feeling skateboard possible. To quote Jeff himself:

My focus for Pantheon really isn’t on innovation for the sake of innovation, but creating stellar, practical designs with innovative (or non-innovative) features that just work. No bullshit. No hype. Just an awesome skateboard that combines with that awesome hill or path or whatever that gives you that awesome feeling.

What I’m super stoked about with the Embryo is what they’re calling the “W-Bubbles” concave. Instead of having the W run throughout the length of the board like you usually see, the Embryo has a flat standing surface in the middle for comfortable distance pushing (Jeff’s former specialty) and W concave towards the ends to lock you in during slides and in a tuck. [UPDATE 3/3/14: Jeff sent me an e-mail and Will commented below letting me know that the Madrid Nessie also featured a similar concave before, apologies.] Feel free to correct me in the comments if I’m wrong, but I don’t think I’ve seen this “W-Bubble” concave on any other decks before, but it sounds pretty dope.

The "W-Bubbles" in the Pantheon Embryo

The “W-Bubbles” in the Pantheon Embryo

The deck is asymmetrical and the concave changes a bit throughout it, as well. As you can read in the graphic below, one end has a gradually tapered concave, while the other sports some gentle 3D concave — a “Funnel Concave” if you will. While the deck is asymmetrical, Jeff assures me that it can be ridden either direction depending on what your preference is. So while it’s technically a directional board, its directional in whichever way you choose — pretty unique and very cool.

To top it all off the graphic is dope as hell. Eddie Kihm came through and did the dopest job designing this graphic, setting the stage for a lot of other companies to step their game up come 2014. Just like we mentioned with Earthwing’s NLS lineup, we’re stoked to see that Pantheon is manufacturing their decks right here in the USA – that’s what’s up!

Length: 36.5 in
Width: 10 in
Rocker: 0.25in
Wheelbases: 25.5-29 inches

You can pick one up from Pantheon themselves for $130.00, helping to support a small and local east coast company! Sound off with your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

Pantheon Embryo

Jared Henry in Asheville

Jared Henry in Asheville

Comet Team Rider Jared Henry just dropped a new edit of him shredding in his new home of Asheville, NC. Check out his dope style mixing it up between city and the mountains. Jared has been big on the come-up since making a name for himself at the Ithaca Hill Jam this spring and is absolutely killing the scene like nobody’s business so expect a lot more gnar in the future.

Also take a second and check out his interview with Thane Magazine.

Is that Steve Kong Going Fast?

We had to do our research and double check, but it turns out this is actually a legitimate video of Steve Kong going fast. I’ve never seen this much of Steve’s butt in one video in my life, and never thought I’d be so OK with it, either, but I’m stoked to see him going fast and killing it.

I love when skaters break free from their usual discipline and skate something new, experience a new ride, and end up having a blast while doing it. It looks like Steve got to do just that and had a steezy ass time in the process. Hopefully we’ll get the EW guys up here to Western Mass to skate some gnar and get some ill footage in the near future!

What Do You Think About Wheel Shields?

Wheel Shields inventor Chase KaczmarekHave you heard about Wheel Shields yet? They’re a new product seeking funding on Kickstarter, designed and invented by east coaster and Maryland resident, Chase Kaczmarek. While I was a skeptic at first, after a little more reading and research I think Wheel Shields might end up on at least one of my set-ups.

Evolution of Wheel Shields

Wheel Shields have evolved a lot from their first inception and were designed to solve 4 main problems in longboarding as I see it: wheel bite, shoe bite, wheel locking, and spray/splashes off your wheels when riding in the rain. Chase also says Wheel Shields will help extend the life of your bearings, and allow you to invent new tricks, although I’m not sure how many people will be down to try standing on their wheels…just in case…

Wheel Shields designs

While I’m not sure how aero the Wheel Shields are for your downhill setups, Wheel Shields were designed to fit almost every wheel under 76mm, even meaty mothers like Biggie Hawgs. I asked Chase what size contact patches work with Wheel Shields, what he told me was that instead of contact patch size, what matters is the distance from the bearing and the outer lip of the wheel, which must be less than 1″. Despite this, he said almost every wheel they’ve tested fit.  The concept of preventing wheel lockups while downhilling in a tight pack is definitely appealing as well, as anyone who has ever experienced it can attest to how shitty of an experience it is.

I’d definitely like to see these in person and give them a try myself, especially on my commuter board, as I’m sick of riding on wet pavement and getting soaked from the spray off my wheels. I’m also excited to be able to help support Chase a little and support an east coast invention at the same time, hopefully you might as well! Give them a look over on Kickstarter to learn a little more. They’ve got 6 days and $6,500 to raise, think they can do it?! What are your thoughts on Wheel Shields, sound off in the comments section below!

Brake Test: Bike vs. Downhill Skateboard

It’s a common misconception in this sport that longboards are unable to stop or unable to stop in a reasonable amount of time. Often times no matter how hard you try, it’s almost impossible to convince non-skaters that we’re as in control, if not more so, than most bicyclists that ride the same roads and hills we do. Some of the guys from South Africa decided to put an end to the long-standing debate and put a bike and downhill skateboard against  each other to see who could stop in a shorter amount of time. This was a very interesting video done by fellow skaters comparing the two breaking mechanisms and giving some solid evidence to fall back on next time you find yourself in a debate about how in-control we are.


Video: Chad Marshall and Surfing’s New Genre

ChadMarshallHeelsideCheckSmallerVice Magazine follows Chad Marshall out to sea as he gives them a peek at what he and Scott Anderson have been working on lately. Together they’ve been developing some experimental surfboards that are allowing them to shred in new ways and bust some longboarding-esq tricks, such as shuv-its and heeside checks.

The boards are short and semi-finless, making them very agile and allowing them to break out sideways while the rider retains control. In the words of Chad Marshall, “…it’s a new genre of surfing that hasn’t been explored yet, or you know, people haven’t pushed it to the limits, and it’s pretty bitchin’.” Bitchin’ it is indeed. Even cooler is seeing how longboarding style movements and tricks are influencing surfing, the very sport it was born out of.

I hadn’t seen anything like this before and was stoked when I watched this time and time again, so I figured I’d pass it along to y’all. Check it out and let us know what you think in our comments section below.

5 Ways to Beat the Heat While Skating

heatWith Memorial Day behind us and a few days with temperatures over the 90˚F mark with suffocating humidity and it’s safe to say that summer is in full effect for the east coast. The nice and breezy spring days are behind us, which means that you’re gonna have to try harder than ever to stay cool and prevent heat exhaustion (and the much more serious, potentially fatal, heat stroke) and stay on the hill as long as possible. While they’re not foolproof, these 5 things will help you beat the usually oppressive east coast summer weather.

Continue reading and find out our top 5 ways to beat the heat!

Fresh Wheel Co. x Skate The East Danger Wheels Give Away!

It’s been a little while since our last full fledged give away, so we teamed up with a new east coast wheel company out of Maryland, Fresh Wheel Co., to give everyone a chance to win a new set of wheels or a Skate The East t-shirt. The guys over at Fresh have been hard at work developing their new wheels over the past few months so we’re stoked to be able to team up with them and give a set of their Danger downhill/freeride wheels to one lucky winner. They’re 72mm 80a wheels that were developed with east coast gnarliness in mind, a perfect piece of gear to start the summer off right.  Another lucky person will walk away looking fresher than before in a Skate The East t-shirt with some stickers to swag your board out, too. Make sure to read on for all the details on how to enter!

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The contest is going to go down a little different than the last few we’ve done, forcing you to get off the computer and get out onto some hills if you want to win! To enter:

  1. “Like” both Skate The East and Fresh Wheel Co. on Facebook
  2. Share the contest photo with your friends
  3. Post an original photo of you or a friend shredding on the Fresh Wheel Co. Facebook Page’s wall
  4. Tag both Fresh Wheel Co. and Skate The East in the photo.

From here we’ll choose the top 10 photos to move onto the next round and let you guys decide who wins by voting on which photo you like best. All photos must be submitted by June 5th (that’s a week from today) in order for you to be entered! Make sure you’re a fan of both pages by then as well, otherwise your photo will be disqualified. If you have questions hit us up by leaving a comment below, via e-mail (mike [at] skate the east.net) or on our Facebook Page.

Happy skating and good luck! We’re amped to see what people come up with!

Skate The East T-Shirts Are Here!

steshirt-exampleJust in time for the warmer weather to be coming around, we’re dropping our first ever Skate The East t-shirt.

Legally, we can’t say that they’ll make you the most swag kid on your block, or that your skating will improve 500% every time you look at a board, or that your probably going to go pro. What we can say, though, is that you’ll probably regret not jumping at your chance to get one of these fine looking specimens before they’re gone and you’re stuck on a waiting list.

They’re printed on Fruit of The Loom Heavy t-shirts and were printed here on the east coast and are going for $15.00 a piece.

Don’t. Sleep. On. This. It’s too easy not to, plus you’ll be helping us to continue bringing you the best coverage of east coast longboarding out there. Show some love and head on over to the web store to check ‘em out!

Ben Schroeder

Do you know who Ben Schroeder is? If you answered yes to this quetion, then I salute you. If by any chance you answered no, its okay, because its better late than to never educate yourself on the legendary Ben Schroeder. ben s
I could sit here and list the many reasons why you should know who this man is, what he did, and what he currently does, but instead I’ll provide you with a couple of videos and interviews for you to conduct some research on your own. Here you go kids, class is in session.

-Connor

http://juicemagazine.com/home/2005/12/ben-schroeder/