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Take your longboard to the pumptrack

Lush Longboards

02Dec

Although you might have missed them, pumptracks have been around for a while. Built for Mountain and BMX bikes, they are essentially mini-BMX tracks. An emphasis on rollers and berms rather than huge jumps and doubles make them all about generating and maintaining  speed through pumping. Recently we have seen some UK pumptracks getting a full tarmac treatment… which means it’s time to skate them!

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Our two-wheeled friends have inadvertently created perfect longboard and cruiser board friendly skate spots for us. A melting pot of concrete wave, old-school seventies skatepark and downhill moguls run, skating a pumptrack is one hundred percent flow, speed and fun. Grab a shorter, turny setup with some medium-soft wheels, and you’re set for hours of ripping. Something like a Lush Spacebyrd Day or a regular Chopper with turny street trucks and 60-65mm 83A-ish wheels would be spot on.

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The UK has a lot of bike-friendly pumptracks already, so get on to your local council to get your local one the tarmac treatment… it’ll cut down on their maintenance costs, and provides a facility that all wheels can enjoy.

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This movement has been growing within skateboarding and longboarding for a few years now, and it’s starting to gather momentum… find your nearest pumptrack and give it a try, you’ll see why!

Josh’s Lanzarote trip

Lush Longboards

17Nov

Our buddy and Lush teamrider Josh Monk went on a trip to Lanzarote with his Chopper 3D for a bit of freeriding recently… words by Josh, Photos by Pablo Paxi.

I’m a regular to Lanzarote; it’s landscape, coast, art, culture, people, food, hidden treasures and of course skate spots make me return again and again. It has gained a slightly negative reputation as a ‘Brits aboard’ tourist destination, but this is only because of some concentrated all inclusive hotels and resorts that are in a few pockets along the coast. It’s very easy and cheap to rent a car and get away from this to see the real island, which is fantastic.

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You don’t get to skate a storm drain on the side of a volcano every day…

I skated my first proper hill in Lanzarote about 6 years ago with my first Longboard set up and was hooked. Many of the roads have super smooth tarmac which contrast nicely with the jagged volcanic rock/solidified lava which make up a lot of the island. Try not to crash into it though, as its not like hitting a grass verge!

Josh skates a Chopper 3D for pretty much everything.. it's a true all-terrain vehicle!

Josh skates a Chopper 3D for pretty much everything.. it’s a true all-terrain vehicle!

Although not as geared up and we’ll known for downhill as its fellow Canary island Tenerife, there is still a great variety of spots to skate, as my local guide, friend and co-founder of ‘Longboard Famara‘ Pablo Paxi showed me…. From a mountain/volcano switchback descent, to a steep winding road below a castle that is completely closed to traffic after hours, to a fun, long run through a lava field down towards the coast. The icing on the cake being a massive redundant storm drain on the side of a volcano, which was used to collect drinking water in the winter. It is steep, long and wide, and follows the undulating contours of the volcano, it’s a great feeling, a totally new way of skating…somewhere between a snowboard piste, bowl and a concrete wave. It is also one of the highest points on the island with panoramic views.

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If cruising, dancing, freestyle or even street skating are more your thing then there are plenty of beautiful spots for that too…and the constant sunshine and warm weather mean you won’t be disappointed, along with the fact that a lot of the time it feels like you are skating on the surface of Mars!

Lush Skater Survey 2016

Lush Longboards

21Oct

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We have always been driven by skaters, for skaters. We are a company that has grown with UK longboard community for nearly two decades – we see building skateboards and building a community as one and the same thing. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you!

As such, we value your input and feedback enormously. We’d be stoked if you took a couple of minutes out of your life to tell us a few things about yourself and your journey through longboarding – it’ll help us do better, and you could win a Lush Longboards Complete of your choice!

Click here to take part in the Lush Skater Survey 2016…

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