Size Doesn’t Matter

So I watched this video, and was really stoked what they had to say about skateboarding. It was pretty cool to see a dude rip tranny and park, then rage some hills.

I actually had a similar experience one recent weekend, when I had the honor of getting an invite to go to a super top-secret bowl near the Delaware Water Gap in NJ. My friend Dave brought me and my buddy there, and since Dave has been a regular there almost every saturday since it opened, Allan — the owner of the bowl — was super stoked to see to fresh faces at his monstrosity of a skateboard structure.

We strolled into this joint, walked up the stairs, and nearly dropped a fat log in our pants when we saw the pool was measured at 15 feet in the deep end (with a 4 foot extension) and 8 feet in the “shallow” end. I was super stoked to skate this thing, super scared as well, but when I first laid eyes on it I had already come to terms with the shit eating that was inevitably about to go down.

I walked in, introduced myself to the very welcoming crew that was there and I went up to this dude, by the name of Clinton, who was rocking a dope ass Welcome Skateboards deck (if you love the brand as much as i do, and you see someone riding their decks, a super long conversation about how rad they are will ensue). As I was rambling about how cool his skateboard was and how rad their videos are (watch this one to get good idea of what Welcome is about). He said to me “So Dave told me you Longboard?”, and at that point I thought, “Fuck, I’ve been compromised,” so I smiled, laughed, and reluctantly said, “Yes.”

I expected a laugh or chuckle from this dude with killer style making a 15 foot bowl look like a fucking mini ramp, but instead, Clinton says to me ” I love longboarding! We should skate some hill after this!” Needless to say I was super amped that someone of that “shortboarding” ability was open to doing downhill and not afraid to profess his liking toward it.

P.S. Look forward to a Skate The East edit of this ridiculously burly bowl and the equally burly crew that calls it their stomping grounds.

Don’t Shred On Me: Volume 1

Watch as Brian Peck and Ryan Howard take to some snow filled parks in Connecticut as well as some local neighborhood hills for a perfect early spring east coast chiller skate day. The first volume of our “Don’t Shred on Me Series,” it sets the tone for the “skate everything” types of videos and articles you’ll see in this column. The weather was a bit nippy but the vibes were perfect and rays stayed steady enough to keep us going. All in all it was a great testament to what east coast skaters have to fight through to have a great session, and helps us really value those perfect days we long for. Give us a like, share with your friends, and subscribe if you already haven’t!

Video: Brian Peck vs. the 5-0

I chilled with Brian Peck and Ryan Howard the other day and got a ton of video clips, so expect a couple more quick videos featuring these two in the near future. This one takes you through the progression of landing a trick and the persistence it can take. Brian keeps it chill as always and just keeps at it until he finally makes it oo so smooth. Let us know what you think with a comment either here or on YouTube and remember to subscribe!

Loaded Boards Kanthaka Review

What seems like wayyyy back in late November, Loaded Boards announced what the industry had been waiting to hear for so long: the freeride/downhill board that had been, the Chubby Unicorn, was here. There was another announcement that day that didn’t receive as much fanfare but managed to turn heads nonetheless: Loaded’s first true double-kick (DK) ripper, the Kanthaka.

The Kanthaka comes in two width flavors, 8.625in and 8.875in, which we tested for the review. The length measures at a nice and comfortable 36” with a 17.5” wheelbase, meaning you’ve got some meaty 7.5” symmetrical kicktails to give you some gnarly pop without ever thinking twice about whether you’re riding the tail or nose. Of course, Loaded also went ahead and created a dope new pseudo-MC Escher inspired graphic (which has held up surprisingly well to board slides) that’s sure to draw some second-looks. We road the Kanthaka with Indy 169 trucks and Bones Hard Hardcore bushings but you can also ride Paris 155’s, or an equivalent, if you’re feeling like some RKP love.

As you’ve no doubt come to expect from Loaded, the Kanthaka sports some unique features that haven’t found their way to other DK boards of this size and shape. For starters, Loaded’s penchant for durability is evidenced in the Kanthaka’s bamboo construction as well as the addition of a carbon fiber layer on both the nose and tail, for extra abrasion resistance.

kanthaka2The Kanthaka also sports an elliptical concave as well as some super subtle rocker which when combined, make for a sturdy and comfortable standing platform whether you’re sliding or riding street/pool/park, etc. Much like the Chubby Unicorn, integrated wheel-well flares made their way to the Kanthaka, helping to fully form pockets between the tails and the bolts to lock your feet in when sliding.

While at first I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the wheel wells when not skating down hills I found them to actually help a little in the park, giving a little extra feedback so you always know where your feet are on the deck, something most people aren’t used to on a street deck. The deck also has a surprising amount of pop to it, making big ollies a breeze.

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Overall we’re pleased with the Kanthaka. It took some getting used to since it’s different in many respects to other boards in similar sizes and shapes, but in the end we were shredding it and had a great time. The biggest complaint we heard from people was that the pockets felt a bit odd at first and took some getting used to; but once we adjusted our stance accordingly we tended to not think about it. While I think there’s room for some minor improvements with the flares, like making them slightly less aggressive, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. The Kanthaka is extremely versatile and can hold its own whether you’re bombing through city streets, hitting hills, or going to the park – a Swiss army knife of skate decks. We’re excited to see Loaded bring some more innovation and style to the short wheelbase DK game and know the Kanthaka will make for a very versatile addition to anyone’s quiver.

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Videos: Billy Wilson Proves That Long Isn’t Wrong

I’ve called Billy Wilson the Putt King because of his ability to do freestyle tricks with longboards that make almost everyone’s jaws drop. This weekend we decided to get gnarly in a couple of area skate parks and show people that just because it’s a longboard, it’s not a wrongboard. On his prototype Original Apex 37 Billy SHREDS and had everyone watching whenever he was taking lines. These were a ton of fun to film and we’ll have plenty more in the near future, just you wait.

-Mike