…is in Totterdown, Bristol, about five minutes from Lush HQ. So it being a sunny Friday afternoon, we went and skated it.Â Rob Borek and John Griffiths were, of course, up to the challenge…
This is a Symbian… coming next week…
This hill pretty much goes like this – stand on your board, shit your pants, do a slide, keep sliding for ages, hope there’s no cars coming, slide to a stop and get off…
Allegedly it is the steepest residential road open to motor vehicles in Europe, with a gradient of 35%!!
There’s more on the Flickr.
It’s amazing what’s right on your doorstep sometimes… go and find some fun!
This may seem a little out of place on a “longboard” blog… but we like fast things. Writers Tail Block contest at the UK Skateboard Champs at the new park in Hemel Hempstead (which looks amazing….)
Here’s the full write up…
The final protoypes for our Manu Antuna Tribute Deck turned up last week…
This is our first rockered speedboard. It’s a bit shorter than the Vandella, with a further refined shape after many late-night motorway conversations in the van between Darren, Chris, Jesse and Rich.
If you’ve no idea who Manu Antuna is and why we’re doing a tribute model for him, watch this space for an interview…
Hot Heels 2001… thanks to Sven Von Schlachta (another legend!!) for the photo.
On the 16th November, we’re giving away a Symbian Freeride deck.
To be the lucky skater that walks away with this beauty, just subscribe to our YouTube channel by the 16th and we’ll put your name in the draw.
We’ll be announcing winners here… watch this space!
The weather is looking pretty sweet for Hogtoberfest. XSS and Octane Sport have organised a DH skills workshop, Girls workshop and, Giant Slalom, Downhill Freeride and Mini-Moto racing. With prizes from people likeÂ Dangerous Decks, Octane Sport, and Newton’s Shred, it promises to be a pretty sweet weekend of longboarding!
We’ll be there with this small collection of 2012 protoypes for you t play on… 🙂
L-R: Symbian, Wizard, Legend, Accelerator, Elevator, Stallion, Machine, Shocker, Duder
See you there!
We went to the deepest darkest Southwest for some downhill fun with Devonians Matt Elver, Chris Vanstone, Jesse Tighe and Charlie Mason this weekend. It was basically everything you could hope for in a road trip, and a bit more.
Pete and Matt, near darkness…
In the Vandem… John and Rob contemplating what to throw on the fire next…
Too much funny stuff went on for one blog post… we shared footage with several cameras, watch these and you’ll get the idea…
Skating an empty sewage tank was one of the weekend’s many pleasures.
Shaving foam fight
More photos on the Flickr. Get in the van and go on a trip with your friends… it’s what skateboarding is all about.
Cheers to Matt for sharing all his spots, next edition coming soon…
They’re coming… the first batch of Symbians and Elevators is on it’s way, and we’ve made them available for pre-order from Vandem MFG, our online shop.
Rich on an Elevator…
Both these boards are sweet for sliding and freeride – but if you can’t decide which one you’d rather, read on…
If you prefer topmounts and want a directional shape with a little flex, the Elevator is the one. A little rocker, subtle directional shape for sweet back foot placement, this is what we’re talking about when we say “refined longboard manufacture.”
If you’re fully on the new-school sliding tip,* then you need a Symbian, laden with all the features and shaping you need for shuvits, switch riding and dancing moves. Deep rocker and concave, symmetrical shape, mini-kicks, bomber 9ply construction and adjustable drop-through mounting – freeride doesn’t get a lot better than this.
Available for pre-order now in the UK, USA, Canada and USA, as deck and complete (with Sabre trucks and Cult wheels).Â They should be in stock with dealers and distributors in other countries by the end of October.
*and you can ignore that you’re stealing all your tricks from eighties skate videos…
A pretty decent slide comp when down at Crystal Palace this weekend – around fifty skaters turned up and threw a jam split into “Hard wheels” and “Soft wheels.”
Softies was won by Jorge Higgins, and our own Matt Pearce took home the Hard Wheels 1st on his 33.5″ Experimental Slide Proto.
Matt, layback attack… thanks to MRM protography!
More videos and photos on London Longboards – check it…
So then… we’ve been making slide gloves for quite a while now. About a decade, in fact. And early last spring, we wondered what would happen if we tried to make a no-holds barred, no-expense spared, price-is-not-an-issue version of our world-famous Race Gloves. And we came up with this – the Deluxe Race Glove.
(ok so the name isn’t very imaginative… sorry.)
Basically it’s a standard Race Glove with the following improvements:
- Kevlar fingers and thumbs instead of the extra leather patches. If you didn’t know it already, Kevlar is really, really strong, and especially good under abrasion. Skating these gloves is a bit like skating with finger pucks in that you don’t have to worry about dragging your fingers anymore, but you still have full dexterity, allowing various abusive hand gestures, sending of text messages, easy rail grabs, etc.
- We made the puck thicker – it’s 15mm not 12mm now. Still from super-slidey Delrin.
- We added some silica/amara wrist patch. The wrist area was identified as a possible weak point in the Race Gloves, so we beefed it up.
They’ve been skated for a whole summer and the protos are still going strong. They are not cheap, but we don’t think you’ll find anything better out there.
These gloves, they will make you very happy. Like Darren here.
In shops for the start of November… available for Pre-Order now.