Comet Announces New Boards: Archetype and the Morgan

Comet Skateboards — based in Ithaca, New York — announced two new boards Monday morning, the Archetype and the Morgan. Both boards are geared towards downhill/freeride and are the brainchildren of Jesse Breiman and Liam Morgan, respectively. While the Archetype had been seen being prototyped for quite some time now (the concept came about at last year’s Ithaca Hill Jam, according to Jesse), the “Morgan” Signature Model came as a bit more of a surprise, especially with his Grease Shark and Grease Hammer already on the market. While it looks very similar in shape and size to his last few boards, it has some changes that we’ll run you through in a second.

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2013-CB-archetype_The Archetype, or dank plank as many had come to call it, is a symmetrical downhill/freeride board and is a loose evolution of the Takeover which has been making waves for the last year or so. Featuring what they’re calling comfortable concave, symmetrical shape, subtle rocker, and two flush mount truck options, Comet is billing the board as a bare bones no BS board. No fat, no frills, just exactly what you need to thrash and rage hills. It’s 37″ long and 9.75″ wide with wheelbase options at 26.3″ and 27.3″. 9 plies make it stiff and 0.55″ of both rocker and concave make you nice and comfortable. I can’t wait to see this thing in person, it looks like a pretty dope symmetrical option.

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2013-CB-morgan_The Morgan Signature Model, as I said, looks very similar to the previous decks designed by Mr. Greasy but totes a slightly different shape to improve foot space as well as functionality. Still sporting its directional speedboard shape, the Morgan got a new graphic and some upgraded stats, including increased rocker and mellower concave. Slightly longer than the Grease Hammer, the Morgan is a quarter inch taller at 36.25″ but maintains the wheelbase options of 26″ or 27″ as well the width of 9.875″. The rocker and concave match that of the Archetype, meaning the rocker increased by 0.05″ and concave decreased by 0.20″, changes you’ll definitely notice when you step on the board if you’re used to riding the Grease Hammer. The graphic is pretty dope as well, I can’t lie. UPDATE: Geoff from Comet let us in on a little piece of knowledge about the concave change on the Morgan. Unlike the Grease Hammer, whose concave was measured off the mold, the Morgan’s concave was measured off of a finished board. What does this mean? The measurements aren’t comparing apples to apples, as the Morgan’s concave is actually more aggressive than the Hammer’s.

They’re calling the two new boards the first in their “Cosmic Bling” series and are both on sale now for $144.95. If this is just the start, then I can’t wait to see what else is in store for 2013 from Comet.

Watch as Liam Morgan and Riley Crone get down on the two new releases in Laguna:

Caliber Announces 44* Precision Trucks & Volante Shows Liam Morgan Wheels

Talk about a big week in terms of product launches. First we had the big Loaded Boards announcements on Tuesday, when they announced their almost mythical and eagerly awaited downhill/freeride board, the Chubby Unicorn, and a new hybrid deck, the Kanthaka. As to not let the week get TOO dull, Caliber rocked everyone today when Wheelbase leaked a photo showing off the absolutely stunning 44* Caliber Precision Trucks. While we had seen some pictures of various skaters on their team riding prototype versions, and I had heard them rumored from various sources since the summer, I wasn’t expecting such a quick release date.

No word on when exactly you’ll be able to get your hands on them other than “before the holidays,” also no mention of price. We’ll let you know both of these things when we hear ’em. One thing we do know, thanks to their statement to Wheelbase (below) is that they’re even going to include an extra set of Blood Orange bushings in each durometer. That means you can buy the trucks and dial in exactly what you like without having to spend extra change finding the perfect bushing setup.

From Caliber’s Facebook release:

The wait is over Caliber Crew!! We are proud to announce the newest product in our lineup: Caliber Precision. Designed and manufactured in Santa Cruz Cali, these bad boys are ready to go just in time for the Holidays! Try them out on your setup and you will soon find that they will shred everything in their path…

From the Wheelbase article:

“Each set of Caliber Precision trucks will include precision hangers, baseplates, axels, speedrings and spacers; Limited Edition black URH Blood Orange Bushings, Riot precision pivot cups, as well as an extra set of Blood Orange bushing in each durometer (80a-92a).” –The Caliber Crew

To make for an even bigger day with the Caliber crew, their joint venture with Comet Skateboards, Volante Wheels, posted a picture of their new Liam Morgan wheels to their Instagram — expected for the very near future Holiday Season. The caption says they’re hot off the press, and MAN do these things look fresh. I cannot wait to learn more about ’em and see how they perform. The Greasy Young Man has some great taste, so I’m excited to see what they’ll have to offer.

UPDATE: Beyond confirming that they will indeed be available for the Holiday Season, Skate[Slate] gave us a nice idea of what they’re like, describing them as a “nice freeride wheel with a beefy lip that should be good for all around riding.”

That’s it for now — we’ll update you with anything more as we learn it.

Video: Shred Sessions Vol. II w/ Team Mids, Billy Wilson, and Liam Morgan

The Newington Slide Jam went down Saturday in Central Connecticut and boy did it bring the HEAT. Riders from all over the Northeast came to compete and shred together for what ended up being an epic day of steamers, we’ll have a full write-up of the event in the days to come. While the event itself was off the hook, it was the after session with Billy Wilson, Team Mids, Liam Morgan, and a handfull of other select guests that had people talking for hours and asking themselves, “what the hell just happened?!” I took a quick break from skating to take some moving pictures and boy am I happy I did. I ended up with just enough clips to string together Volume II of our ongoing video series “Shred Sessions,” which you can find below. I’ve also copy and pasted the description from YouTube below, as well.

Having warmed up earlier in the day at the Newington Slide Jam and beating the heat by swimming in the nearby Farmington River Team Mids, Billy Wilson, Liam Morgan, and many more hit one of the local freeride spots to lay some thane and have one of the most epic sessions of all time. Unfortunately I spent more time skating than I did filming, so this is but a taste of what these guys were throwing. When we finally left the road there was more thane than asphalt in some areas, with triple digit lines all over.

 

Newington Slide Jam w/ special guest Liam Morgan

I’ve been a bit behind with posts lately but had to make sure I got the word out about the slide jam that Billy Wilson has been putting together for a while and Skate The East is helping to host that’s going down THIS SATURDAY, June 30th in Newington, CT. This event is going to be one of the best slide jams of the summer without a doubt with riders coming in from all over to session what is in my opinion one of the best freeride hills Southern New England.

We’ll have a few different categories for prizes along with your usual top 3 (longest slide, best trick, etc.) but the main point of this event is to come out and GET STOKED! This is seriously a great hill so be excited, Billy and I have been dreaming about doing an event here since this past fall.

The event itself is taking place on Stage Coach Lane in Newington, CT. Note the space in “Stage Coach,” there is another road named Stagecoach Lane in nearby Rocky Hill, CT — THEY ARE NOT THE SAME PLACE! People end up at the wrong road all the time, so make sure you put that space in between the two words. You should plan to park at the bottom of the hill on Little Brook Drive, make sure cars are  only parking on one side of the road — we don’t want to impede traffic. There are little side streets that cut off of Little Brook Drive that you’re free to park on as well, such as Valley View Drive. Alternate parking is at the top of the hill off of Lamplighter Lane.

Registration will be starting at around 10:30AM, as you walk up the hill you’ll see a vacant lot off of Trotter Lane where Billy and I will have tables set up and possibly a small tent for you to come and register under. Come, give your name and get a number assigned to you. Unless you register, we’ll have no clue how to know who was who when it comes time to decide winners.

Rules are pretty loose, you must wear a helmet to compete but all other safety gear (helmets, knee pads, etc) are encouraged, but not required. Let’s stay away from any public drinking and refrain from poking smot (that’s smoking the devil’s lettuce for you that don’t follow too close) near the hill or your cars please, it’s a residential neighborhood so let’s be respectful to the people that live there. That really is the biggest rule guys, be ultra respectful to the people that live in this neighborhood. This is a hill that Billy and I skate a LOT, it’s our home hill and we have a good relationship with the neighbors and intend to keep it that way. Pick up your litter, be respectful, and let people get to and from their houses if they’re driving through and this thing is going to go off without a hitch.

One thing I forgot to mention is Comet Skateboards and Caliber rider Liam Morgan is going to be in attendance along with plenty of other riders we’ve been featuring regularly including Nelson’s newest team member Eric Roth. Join the Facebook Event for any additional and last minute details as they’ll be communicated through a message to attendees, although we’ll also update our Facebook Page and Twitter account as well.

Earthwing and Comet Announce New Boards and Graphics

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: