When it comes to manufacturing longboards, not many companies have taken on the endeavor of making custom longboards with custom concaves and custom shapes for the customer- most companies engineer a diverse lineup of boards and sell them throughout the year. This means that in many cases, the rider’s style comes to match the board- not the other way around. Now you might think that it should be that the board is made to the style of the rider, and the guys and gals at Subsonic Longboards feel that way! Since 1999, Subsonic has been creating boards of all kinds for all different people.
This year, they emerged with a new, sexy line of boards that are pre-made, but nonetheless incredible. The Blackout Series features a high-contrast graphic made of a white overlay on a black background. The graphics are then accented by colored side-rails of various bright colors, which really gives the boards a futuristic look.
The catch on these boards is that they’re extremely cheap- that’s because they’re actually cosmetic blems that Subsonic has repainted and refurbished to sell as their Blackout lineup- and if I may comment, that sounds like they’re reducing waste and making sure each longboard goes to a loving place!
This year, they have many variants of two boards- the Shadow 37 and the Talon 37. All boards come with the signature black and white graphic, but are stained on their sidewalls and wheel wells.
The Shadow 37 is 37 inches long with a hefty kicktail on the rear end. The board features slight rocker on the front end to give it a +4 degree wedge, and has Subsonic’s proprietary tri-plane radial, which is a smart mixture of large tub and radial concaves. There’s a small, half-inch microdrop at the front and the board is overall, 9.5 inches wide.
Dark Blue Shadow 37
A Variety of Shadow 37s
Shadow 37 Concave
Shadow 37 Kicktail
The Talon 37 is a board of the same length, with a unique wedging scheme going on for pumping, dh, and long distance pushing. The +12/-12 degree wedging scheme is extremely powerful when it comes to dh and pumping, and it doesn’t have a bulky drop like some other wedged drop decks. There’s also a slight taper, which is comfortable to stand on. It’s great for drfting, as your back foot doesn’t have to move as much between rails.
Dark Blue Talon 37
Yellow Talon 37
Shadow 37 Concave
Dark Blue Talon 37
Shadow 37 Kicktail
A Variety of Shadow 37s
Dark Blue Shadow 37
Yellow Talon 37
Rayne’s been busy for the new year! These past few weeks have been hectic at the factory, and the work has only just slowed down enough for our Rayne Representative to get back to us with a report and wrap-up of everything that’s happened at the headquarters this holiday season.
First off! For Black Friday in 2016, Rayne gave to us 4 boards in Quad-Beam Deelite Technology, the latest and greatest in Rayne’s special constructions! The new construction is hand-made in the Rayne factory, with 4 foam cores meticulously placed into tight chambers CNC’d in-house. Then, it is saturated with bonding agent, and laid over with a sleek carbon topsheet which reduces torsional flex and increases the longevity of the deck. The 4 boards offered in this construction come with a sleek rainbow graphic, newly designed by Rayne artists! As always, these graphics are sublimated under durable topsheets.
The 4 decks currently offered in this Quad-Beam Deelite Technology are the Demonseed, the Darkside V2, the Exorcist, and the Genesis. They are made to order, so you know they’re of top-notch quality.
Rayne Deelite Demonseed
Rayne Deep V Graphic
Rayne Carbon Deelite Genesis
Rayne Carbon Darkside
Rayne Carbon Deelite Exorcist
For Boxing Day, Rayne revealed two very exciting prototype boards- the Rayne Ego and the Rayne Deep V, two incredibly shapes that Rayne’s never tried before- pre-wedged downhill decks.
The Ego is a +7/-7 wedged drop-through board which pays homage to the original days of downhill, when everybody rocked downhill boards with gnarly wedges to them- they’re making a comeback, and Rayne’s new board is a top contender.
The Deep V is a front-wedged deck that gives the rider a nice +12 degree wedge, creating both a large pocket for tucking and a turny front truck to really dive into corners like you mean it. The shape of the board also creates a front-leaning board, which helps relieve muscle aches and pain during long tucks, which many riders will find to be a plus.
Rayne Deep V Perspective
Rayne Deep V Side
Rayne Deep V Nose
Check all of this out at Rayne.com! Some boards may be sold out.
Joypulp returns with updates to their 2016 lineup, incorporating both aesthetic and functional improvements in all the right places. These refinements illustrate new manufacturing processes, community feedback and all around passion for building great decks. Less than six months after their release, all three Joypulp decks in an already great lineup see some action: IKO, W.I.L.D. and Zeno’s Bane.
Updates to the Zeno’s Bane include a new profile that features a waist, and colored plys that accentuate the tapered construction. Designed for downhill and freeride, the taper keeps the deck rigid and light despite the smaller amount of material. An 11-ply center tapers to 7-plys at the edges, meaning no wheelbite and a full ply across the entirety of the belly. It measures 35″ L by 9.75″ W with a 29″ foot platform and a 27″ wheelbase. Features include a micro-drop with W concave, razor sharp top edges, a slightly sunken back foot contour. Graphics courtesy of Edmonton/New York based designer Steph Hsu and applied via screen printing.
Joypulp Zeno’s Bane Belly
Joypulp Zeno’s Bane Back
Joypulp Zeno’s Bane Nose
Joypulp Zeno’s Bane Profile
The IKO now features tapered construction! The light, yet rigid construction lends itself very well here because the IKO can be used as a hybrid of both downhill and push disciplines. 10 center plys taper to 6-plys at the edge in this application. It measures 37″ L by 10″ W and features a 29″ wheelbase. Features include forked drop-thru or top mounts, razor sharp top edges, and a micro-drop into W concave. The especially cool Jellyfish graphic courtesy of Edmonton Artist Chaisi Glover and applied via screen printing.
Joypulp IKO Forked Truck Mount
Joypulp IKO Back
Joypulp IKO Profile
Joypulp IKO Belly
Updates to the W.I.L.D. include a redesigned shape with a wider tail and nose and an extra ply. The extra ply adds some rigidity while the tail makes it a comfortable cruiser, both improvements making the W.I.L.D. better suited to handle a mix of disciplines. Construction features the same 10-ply center that tapers to 6-plys at the edges. It measures 33.875″ L by 9.25″ W with a 22.25″ wheelbase. Features include a large, round-lipped kicktail, W concave and razor sharp top edges. Graphics are courtesy of New York based artist Wellington Sun and applied via screen printing.
Joypulp WILD Nose
Joypulp WILD Profile
Joypulp WILD Back
Joypulp WILD Belly
Hit the link to head to Joypulp and pick up a new deck!
Ahmyo just dropped some of the most anticipated wheels of 2016. They’ve been hinting at the availability of a new freeride wheel all year and today they’re available! The new wheels are known as the Vibez and with their release Ahmyo also introduces a new urethane formula, an evolution of Trust!
The Vibez measure 64mm tall. This is an ideal size for a freeride wheel and it’s following a trend of decreasing size for freeride offerings. The smaller height allows faster acceleration and keeps your weight lower to the ground for better stability. The contact patch measure 35mm wide and comes pre-ground from Ahmyo. The width is a good balance of stability and slip, easy to initiate a slide without any divy feeling. The pre-ground contact patch means they’re shred-ready right out of the package. No mold-release or shiny finish needs to be worn off before they hit their sweet-spot. We can thank Ahmyo for this extra manufacturing step and it really makes the experience more pleasurable for the rider!
The rounded lip provides the most predictable transition from grip to slip and will reduce the chances of catching an unexpected edge. The small cores will help to hold speed longer, reduce feedback from the pavement and increase grip. Likewise, the offset facilitates more predictable slides and transition from straight to sideways. Finally, the 84a durometer is one of the most well-rounded choices for riders of all weights. The Vibez are sure to keep you moving.
If you’re as stoked as we are for the new Vibez, hit the link and pick up a set. They’ll excel at everything from hitting your local grocery to slashing sidewalks or heading sideways down hill. Show Ahmyo some love and check out their new offering!
Ahmyo Vibez Core
Ahmyo Vibez Details
Ahmyo Vibez Ground Contact Patch
Ahmyo Wheels Vibez
Ahmyo Vibez Graphic
Timber Boards is a Netherlands based manufacturer of longboards, by skaters, for skaters. They started in 2011 with the desire to make a board with more character than the then-available mass-produced units. Each year they have continued to push the envelope of while pursuing the idea of creating the perfect freestyle longboard.
Their recently released Tortuga upholds these ideas as a unique, hand-painted and versatile deck focused on freestyle and dancing. It measures 45.25″ long and just shy of 9″ wide with wheelbase options from 27.7″ – 30.07″. The Tortuga is widest at the waist, slimming down near the truck mounts and then again getting wider at the tails. This gives the rider lots of options on the foot platform while also lending to the perfectly balanced flex. It’s available in three different flex options so you can choose your mix of dampening and response.
You’ll always be aware of your foot position on the standing platform thanks to the shape and concave of the Tortuga. Although mild, the concave varies depending on location on the board with nearly 1/4″ at the bolt holes, slightly more in the waist and 3/8″ at the tails. The variation keeps the tails rigid and the rider locked in. 1/4″ rocker keeps it stable while wheel wells prevent wheelbite. Construction features three pressed layers of Bamboo throughout with an additional layer in the tails. The extra layer increases durability, adds pop and slows the process of razor tail.
Timber stays true to it’s roots with hand painted details in the turtle graphic on the belly. The Turtle here is extra relevant, since Tortuga is the Spanish word for Tortoise. The details remind us that each Tortuga is unique and that Timber is staying true to the ideas it was founded on! Hit the link to check out what Timber offers and pick up a new Tortuga to rip!
Timber Tortuga Groupie
Timber Boards Tortuga
Timber Boards Tortuga Gripped
Hi5ber just dropped five new additions to their collection this afternoon including a new mini, pintail, drop through and two downhill decks. Hi5ber is the industry leader in carbon fiber longboards. 10 different iterations of foamcore materials were tested until discovering the optimum combination. The result is a carbon fiber and foamcore board that is nearly weightless, rigid yet flexible and waterproof. They’re exceptionally light, strong and made in the USA!
Hi5ber Undertaker Core Shot
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Por que no los dos? Now you can have both with Alma’s latest deck coming out of Brazil. The Caos is one of their most recent offerings and it’s oriented towards both downhill and freeride. Bomb a hill or use the kicktail to thrash it around in town.
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Winter is coming! Prepare yourselves with Monon Longboard Company’s new Dire Wolf. Built with downhill and freeride in mind, the Dire Wolf is available in limited quantities featuring artwork from Ivana Mendenhall.
The brain child of their team manager, Thomas Mendenhall and lead designer, Daniel Jimenez, this board combines everything you love for going fast and sideways. It’s features bowl concave with a 1/4″ microdrop, rocker and flared wheel wells. All this comes together to create a foot pocket that will never leave you guessing where to stand.
It measures 39″ long counting the kick and tapers from 9.5″ wide to 9.25″ out back. These specs combined with the optimal 24 – 27.5″ wheelbase options make this a force to be reckoned with. Like all of Monon’s line up, the Dire Wolf is hand shaped to order, giving each board character and a unique feel. Construction features 9 layers of Great Lakes maple that creates a rock solid platform. It will take a beating and stand up amazingly well against the elements.
Monon has a very limited number of these available. Hit the link to pick one up and get shredding.
Monon Dire Wolf Slide
Monon Longboard Company
Monon Dire Wolf Wheelbase Options
Monon Dire Wolf Back
Monon Dire Wolf Belly
Miami based longboard manufacturer Holz Longboards produces unique, hand-made longboards with a touch of electricity. Each deck is individually numbered and features a distinct pattern created by running high-voltage electricity from end to end. Their versatile 39″ Bamboo Cruiser is no exception in and it’s built to keep you smiling while you kick.
The Bamboo cruiser measures 39″ long x 9.5″ wide with 1/2″ of concave and 5/8″ of camber. It’s constructed from sandwiching 3 layers of 1/16″ Bamboo and 2 layers of 1/8″ Baltic Birch around a fiberglass core before sealing it up with an epoxy resin finish.
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Omen has been one of the most active companies in the longboarding scene. They offer great concaves at great prices, and it’s common knowledge that Omen boards are near indestructible. Tanks. It also turns out that Omen hates wasting perfectly good decks, which sounds pretty good to me because in this day and age, we could use some waste reduction. Global warming and all.
This month, Omen launched the Scrapyard Project, where they take B-grade decks from their scrap pile and birth new cruiser decks and unique, limited offerings. All of them have original Omen graphics and construction dating back to various years, but nonetheless, they’re better than your homemade chop jobs. The edges are sealed, rigorously quality tested and released to the public for substantially less than the retail price. A great deal all-around, and if you invest in a certain deck, it might make it to the regular line-up! An awesome initiative in my eyes. Here are the first batch of scrapyard decks.
The 23” classic is made of blanks with failed “accelerated rocker” pressings. Because of their short platform that’s cut right out from the center of the board, they’re plenty mellow but have enough concave to seriously be nimble. Great for a trip to the grocery store or the movies!
The 9” Barfight is a perfectly good Omen Barfight that’s been shaved an inch down the rails to give you a gnarly freeridable, downhillable, positively monkey toe-able beast of a board. And it’s at nearly half price!
Hit the link to view Omen’s scrapyard collection and pick up one of the limited run while you can!
The Scrapyard at Omen Longboards
Omen Longboards Dropship TM
Omen Longboards Griffin Champion Graphic
Omen Scrapyard Assortment
Omen Longboards Spawn Warrior Graphic
Omen Longboards Barfight 9″
Omen Longboards Buzzkill Malibu Graphic
Omen Longboards 23″ Classic