longboard buying guide

Longboard Guide

The ultimate resource for everything longboard.

Longboard Decks
There are two questions you should ask prior to choosing a longboard is “How will you use it?” and “What is your riding style?” The majority of longboard users are considered a hybrid rider that rides their longboard in a street style fashion. These types of riders predominantly use their longboard as transportation to and from school or work. No matter where you place yourself we have the longboard for you. The major difference between longboards and a standard skateboard are the virtual endless shapes of decks. You want to choose a deck type that will be appropriate for the type of riding that you will be doing. Longboard decks are generally over 33” with lengths greater than 46″. Besides the overall length being longer a longboard deck has a wheelbase that is generally 18”-30” in length. The increased wheelbase provides greater stability at high speeds. Our most popular selling longboard sizes are between 32-42″ and are great for novice to intermediate longboarder.

*Note: longboards that are under 32″ in length are referered to as cruisers.

longboard buying guide
longboard buying guide

Longboard Trucks
The wider your skateboard truck the more stable a ride it will provide. Longboard trucks are built to provide a greater center of gravity at high speeds so they are generally 9″ or wider and usually as wide as the longboard deck or wider. A truck that wider than the truck will provide increased stability. This is why you will see many longboards with trucks wider than the deck. The inverted kingpin or dual pivoting hanger provides quick and deep carving abilities. Longboard trucks are Reverser kingpin vs. dual hanger vs. angled riser pads. Remember: the wider your trucks are the more stability they will provide at higher speeds. So if your longboard will be mostly for cruising then choose a truck that is are closest to the width of your deck.

Longboard Wheels
All skateboard wheels including longboard wheels are measured by their height, which is measured in millimeters. A typical longboard wheel is over 60mm in height. Besides being taller in height longboard wheels are mostly used for cruising, sliding, and transportation purposes and are designed with traction in mind. The best way to improve traction is to make the wheel softer so longboard wheels are softer than standard skateboard wheels which means they have a lower durometer. Durometer is the unit a measurement used to determine the hardness of a wheel. You will find that most longboard wheels are between 72A-88A. Having a softer wheel note only improves traction but it also makes it easeier to ride on rough or uneven surfaces. The width of the wheel is important as a wide wheel will provide more traction which will provide a more stable ride. Lastly, the shape of the wheel determines the slideability of the wheel. A wide wheel with a square edge will give you a lot of traction and the square edge will make it difficult to slide conversely, the same wheel with a rounded edge will allow you to slides at nearly any speed so If your goal is to do downhill sliding then pick up a pair of sliding gloves and choose a wheel that has a rounded profile.

skate heads

A skateboard video highlighting the ingenuity of 12 skateboards inspired to build mobile skate features.

Have you ever seen a moveable half-pipe that rides the rails of railroad tracks? How about a boat that can go to sea that doubles as a pyramid feature? Or what about a launch ramp on wheels that is also a beautiful piece of art? It’s better than you imagine.

SKATE HEADS from Flexfit on Vimeo.


PRODUCED BY Booooooom + Flexfit


Rob Rickaby
Andy Anderson
Lee Yankou
Adam Hopkins
Nate Lacoste
Mike Mckinlay
Colin Nogue
Cole Nowicki
Ali Yaqubian
Mike Klinkhammer
Will Blakely
Zach Barton


Sandro Grison
Timothy McLeod
Dave Ehrenreich
Craig Trudeau
City of Vancouver
Chapel Arts


"China Jones" – Gobby & Ian Isiah
Courtesy of UNO NYC, 2013

"Erk" – Gobby
Courtesy of UNO NYC, 2014

"My2Weeks" – Gobby
Courtesy of UNO NYC, 2014

"Y Smart Car" – Gobby
Courtesy of 1080p, 2014

"Clifford" – Gobby
Courtesy of 1080p, 2014

Soundtrack by Gobby, Courtesy of UNO NYC & 1080p.


chris joslin

The Berrics tests skateboards that were purchased at Walmart and the results are unbelievable.

Video transcription

[ kid crying in the background ]

The back of aisle 9 about a year ago we came here and found some really shitty boards and watched some of the best skaters in the world try to skate these things. Not such a great attempt. But, we want to see if they listened to us and improved the quality of these shitty boards. So here we are. Let’s see if the wheels spin. Holy shit. You know what you try to save money you are going to actually spend way more when you pick up your kid from the hospital, because the board came to a complete halt. Dude, the concave is still the other way around too. Since justice has not been served we are going to grab a couple more of these and put Chris Joslin to the test. This is The Berrics Consumer reports. It is not everyday that you get three and half complete boards for $90.34.

Look at the wheels. The wheels are plastic for sure. Right? Notice too, the plastic goes underneath the bolts on this side and this side. So you got take it apart, take off the plastic, and then put it back together. How do you take this damn wheel off? I am trying the same thing. Dude. WTF. Wait…you got to…to take the bolt off. You got to take the bolt off, dude! Skateboarding should not be this hard dude. Let me try to roll on it. I am kind of scared man. You are here all the time skating, I always see you…every time land a tre-flip down the ten first time. Think you can do it on one of these? Probably not, but I will try. They will probably all break before anything happens.

Wait, is the board graphic just a sticker? No, it’s a paper. I bet it doesn’t slide well. You are going to go all the way through it. No I am not. It is not the best but it will have to due. But hey look at this…you just bought these and there is rust inside of them already. I bet these have been on the shelves for at least 14 years. Is this really necessary? Should we start trying the first tricks? So these…oh no, oh no. You got some WD40 for these things? Hey, this one’s ain’t half. Here’s a challenge get the rest of the plastic off. You got wheel bite? Ah, these are going to snap on me yo. How hard was it pushing on that thing? Pretty weird. For my own safety the least I can do is wax this paper. We have reinforcements. I have my own board too if this doesn’t work out.

Holy shit look the truck bent! Whoa. Look how thin the axle is. From the ollie, huh? Dude. Sketchy. Should we start with the reinforcement. No, let’s start with that…this is going to get interesting. Ladies and gentlemen, you just saw Chris Joslin bail a kick flip first try. Look at how hard it is for him to just push and it’s downhill. The middle of it like hit the ground. Oh, look at that. It is symmetrical now with the concave. Maybe I will roll faster now. Like so unconfident.

Let’s see those trucks again. It is smiling have a nice day. Dude, that thing is so bent. Oh my god. Oh my. It keeps getting happier and happier with every try. It’s a bigger smile. It is going to make my life more and more miserable. Shit. It fell from a foot high. That truck is so bent. Oh my god, look at it from here. Oh my god. Should we switch boards? No, it turned into a low rider. So that was a perfect kick flip. Let’s give this guy one more try. No. No! One board down. Jesus, that is not even delamination that is pure destruction. I am nervous every try, me too. It is missing a tooth. Oh, my god. Did you see that? It broke from a flick. It was from the pop. We got a board snapped in half and a truck snapped in half.

You get what you pay for. Apparently, not much with these.

diamond supply

How a small skateboard accessories company turned into a multi-million dollar street wear brand.

diamond supply logo original

It all started in the late nineties when Nick “Diamond” Tershay had the foresight to start a skateboarding hardware company. At the time the only real players in the skate hardware business were Shorty’s and ATM Click who had just started manufacturing their 1″ Wonders. While aesthetically more appealing than their competitors Diamond’s (officially known as Diamond Supply Co.) standard mounting hardware never really became ubiquitous across every mom & pop skate shop because of the higher price-point. Diamond’s signature one silver bolt look was unique but it was competing against Shorty’s Silverados that had two silver bolts and were a dollar cheaper. For years the Diamond brand grew slowly as they improved upon their hardware by adding colored hardware, migrating to Allen hardware, and improving their packaging. Realizing they couldn’t build an empire just upon a single product Diamond added to their product line by offering skateboard wax and risers. The infamous Hella Slick Wax became an instant success because it stood out from all the other square shaped and dully colored skate wax.

A half a decade had passed since founding Diamond Supply Co. and the skateboard accessories business was still steadily growing but Diamond still only appealed to skateboarders. Diamond took another step towards becoming a lifestyle brand by again broadening its product line by introducing t-shirts and sweatshirts. While the screens on tees and hoodies helped improved brand recognition the Diamond brand got a break in 2005. Nike was looking to improve their position in core skateboarding market and asked Nick Tershay to design a special edition color-way for the Nike SB line. The Dunk had been a Nike best seller so Nick’s infamous design was placed on the Dunk. The shoe’s silver, Tiffany (turquoise), and black color-way (snake-like texture) quickly become a hit and a must have for many sneaker heads and skateboarders alike. Nick smartly placed the Diamond Supply Co. logo prominently on the tongue and the Diamond Supply Co. brand popularity exploded.

Less than a year later Diamond’s business was booming thanks to Nick’s shoe design and it was time for them to move out of the Girl distribution house. Now with enough clout to build an empire upon they moved into the historic Fairfax neighborhood in LA, California. This location has been home to exclusive special releases and the shop is no stranger to lines that wrap around the block. It’s not uncommon to spot an un-announced pro-skater, artist, or athlete, stopping by to pick up the latest releases. Diamond is constantly building their brand while helping build the skateboard and street wear lifestyles. They still have plans to open many more stores in other metropolitans but to date has only opened one other store located in SF.

Today Diamond Supply Co. continues to grow their brand with an amazing skate team including Paul Rodriguez, Eric Koston, Stevie Williams, Torey Pudwill, Nyjah Huston, and about a hundred more who all represent the Diamond Life. Diamond Supply Co. is alive & well and is a global brand that has been copied many times over. Thanks to an amazing design, creative, and marketing team the brand is developing logos, prints, and establishing collaborations that are constantly evolving the brand. Diamond now offers tees, shorts, shoes, stickers, boxers, backpacks, grip tape, blankets, hats, skateboards, wax, and has extended their product offering to women and kids. Diamond has never been stronger and is here to stay. Get the #diamondlife at Zumiez.

diamond jenny tee

grinder app

Grinders (2014) "TRAILER" from Nick Genova on Vimeo.

Hands down the best trailer I have seen in a long time. The video editing is superb, the cinematography is perfect, and the skating is great, combined with a soundtrack that you want to download it is no wonder that this video won awards. Grinders is the winner of the top prize (Best Overall) for Converse and Kingshit Magazine's "Connect the Dots" 2014 competition.

'Grinders' is a fake trailer that explores the world's perception of skateboarders. For many people in the "real world", a skateboard is nothing but a useless wooden toy, something that gets thrown away when you grow up. This film is for the misunderstood people who never threw it away.

Connect the Dots is an international skate-film/photography competition which takes place during the month of July. Teams of up to 10 skaters/filmers have 30 days to film a 5 minute creative film, as well as submit 10 photos to Kingshit Magazine. In 2014 the total prize money doubled, going from $10,000 to $20,000. For the Third year in a row Nick Genova and his team took the top prize.

Written and Directed by Nick Genova

Nick Genova
Chris Wardle

Contributing Writer
Aidan Johnston

Jesse Landen
Aidan Johnston
Paul Liliani
Corey Lof
Nick Latimer
Zach Roy
Matas Nakrosius
Brice MacInnis
Erik Tarlowski
Nick Genova
Wojtek Zawada
Tom Morrison
Nicole Tetrault
Aaron Wynia

Post-Sound Mixing
Patrick Simms

history of nike sb

December 26, 2012 Written by:

As one of the leading companies in sports equipment and apparel, Nike has strived to stay on top with their revolutionary technology and innovation. With a diverse range of focuses, Nike turned to the world of skateboarding in the late 90’s brining their idea for the future, respect for the past and creative outlook to the table, creating the new brand Nike SB and forming a team with some of the most famed names in skateboarding.

Prior to the launch of their skateboarding specific brand, Nike began producing and selling skate shoes in 1997. The idea for Nike to produce skate shoes came from the large group of skateboarders who were already skating in popular Nike basketball shoes. Modeled after other skateboarding shoe brands, Nike took their Dunk model and added padding to the tongue and collar to protect against the impact of skateboarding. In their first attempt at launching a skateboarding shoe Nike did not fair so well against the market of already established skate shoe brands, and was not recognized as a core skateboarding brand. A few years after their attempt in the skateboarding industry Nike introduced its new brand in 2002, Nike SB which stands for Nike Skateboarding. Shifting the focus specifically to the design and production of skateboarding shoes would be no easy feat since the design of a skateboarding shoe seems like a complete contradiction. Nike had to formulate designs that would feature enough cushioning to protect the skateboarders feet from the pavement and boards, while at the same time providing enough feel and control for the board. They would also need to find a way to construct a shoe that was durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of skateboarding while keeping the design light and breathable, and they also had to mix the ideas of tradition with progression. One of their first models the Nike SB Low Pro Dunk was a revision of a popular basketball shoe where they added a Zoom Air Unit cushioning and additional padding in the tongue and collar to provide skateboarders they extra protection they needed. Following the Dunks, Nike released four more models, the Angus, FC, Delta Force and URL. Despite the launch of Nike Skateboarding and its release of different models of skate shoes, Nike SB continued to struggle against other core brands.

Shortly after emerging into skateboarding, Nike SB tried a different approach to help improve the sales, marketing and image by signing professional skateboarder Paul Rodriguez Jr. to the team in 2004. Often times labeled the Michael Jordan of skateboarding, Paul Rodriguez was awarded Transworld’s Rookie of the Year in 2003 and took home the gold in the 2004 Summer X Games. The addition of Paul Rodriguez to the Nike SB team helped improve the brand’s image while continually growing Nike’s reputation of sport superstars. A year after Paul Rodriguez joined with Nike SB, he began working directly with Nike to formulate his first pro model skate shoe, creating the P-Rod signature series. Unlike other skate shoes the P-Rod series features state of the art technology designed by Nike such as visible Zoom Air to help add cushioning as well as board feel. As the P-Rod series evolved so did the technology, with 5 different series the P-Rod shoe continues to be a highly sought after skate shoe for both its durability and style.

As Nike SB continued to grow their professional skate team grew as well. In 2007 Nike SB released their first skateboarding video called “Nothing But The Truth” and featured names like Paul Rodriguez, Stefan Janoski, Eric Koston, Omar Salazar and more including amateur riders and a few flow riders. A few years later in 2009 pro riders Stefan Janoski and Eric Koston were signed to the Nike SB skateboarding team, followed by Omar Salazar in 2010. After their arrivals Nike worked with both Stefan Janoski and Eric Koston to create their own signature model shoes, the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski and the Nike SB Eric Koston. With each new model of shoe, Nike incorporated new technology to enhance the performance of each shoe. The Zoom Stefan Janoski shoes feature the Nike Zoom Air insole and air pocket for extra impact support. In 2010 Nike introduced Lunarlon, a super soft and lightweight foam into the market. The Nike SB Eric Koston was the first shoe to feature Lunarlon as well as omit the midsole entirely, enhancing impact support while keeping the shoe lightweight and flexible.

Over the past 10 years Nike SB has played a huge role in the skateboarding industry. With their determination, eye for talent, and creativity fused into technology Nike was able to push past the hurdles and competition and establish themselves as a one of the core skateboarding brands. Featuring some of the most well-known and talented riders in skateboarding, like Paul Rodriguez, Eric Koston, Stefan Janoski and more, Nike continues to bring their innovation and new designs to the world of skateboarding while constantly pushing the envelope of design and technology further than it has ever gone before.

The 2014/2015 snowboard season is among us and change is in the air. The change begins with Burton snowboards. For the first time Burton now has more softgoods than hardgoods in their product line. So how and more importantly why did the snowboard leader Burton want to become a streetwear brand? Well, they why is easy money but how they did it has a lot has to do with Burton massively expanding its softgood selection. Softgoods are of t-shirts, socks, hoodies, flannels, jackets, pants, and even shorts. Once they expanded their product line Burton then took that massively offering of clothing and distributed it to stores that typically wouldn’t carry Burton snowboards and hardgoods. Enter Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, and Zappos. Now you no longer have to visit a small, dimly light, and wax smelling snowboard shop to buy Burton products. The nostalgic smell of a snowboard being waxed always reminds me winter is on its way. After increasing its distribution Burton then increased their number of “Collabs” and partnered with brands that they may not considered partnering with in the past including Pixar and Disney. One of the collabs I am most pumped about is the partnership with artist Derek Nobbs who created one of the best snowboard graphics I have ever seen on a Burton board. The TWC Pro Snowboard is Shaun White’s pro model and only comes in one size a 156cm. It features Derek’s familiar nautically inspired artwork on the base and top sheet. The board itself is a beast and meant for advanced riders but that shouldn’t stop you from setting your sights on this board and learning how to ride it. You can get the Burton TWC Pro Snowboard at http://www.zumiez.com/brands/burton.html.Burton Snowboard TWC 156cm

Cult Gnar Apparel was created by Dave Enriquez as a passion project from a hodgepodge of all of his and his friend’s favorites things. Their passions include taking motorcycle trips to Mexico, skateboard street missions, creating art and being in the wilderness. Since it’s inception in 2012 it has evolved from t-shirts to raglans, tanks, 5 panel hats, stickers, and with gossip of a capsule to be released in the fall. Some of the screens include pentagrams, pulp fiction girls cutting girls, skulls, and tombstones with sayings like, “SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD”.