Longboarding is becoming increasingly popular. Kids are riding longboards to school and adults are cruising around town. The laid-back style of longboarding has reached outside the typical skateboarding demographic and more people are beginning to learn. As with any new skill, it is important to put safety precautions first. As you practice and become more skilled at longboarding you may feel confident enough to shed some safety gear, but start off with a high level of protection. After all, you’ll be forced to take a break from your new hobby if you break your wrist the first day you hop on a board.
Depending on your riding style, the amount of protective gear you wear can vary. If you’re just cruising around the neighborhood, you probably don’t need to be decked out from head to toe. But if you’re hitting the hills at high speed, you’ll want as much protection as possible. Here are a few things you may want to invest in to stay safe while longboarding:
- Helmet. No matter how experienced a rider you are, you should always wear a helmet. Just because you know how to control your board doesn’t mean you can always avoid a collision with another boarder or even a car.
- Wrist guards. When you’re learning to board you will likely fall a couple of times. Instinctively catching yourself may protect other areas of your body but it is tough on the wrists. Guards will help to protect and support them.
- Knee and elbow pads. When you don’t brace yourself with your wrists, chances are either your knees or elbows will take the first blow.
- Gloves. Once you start traveling at higher speeds, you may want to invest in a pair of gloves to protect your hands from road burn.
You’ll be able to ride with a little more confidence and learn more quickly if you know you won’t get injured when you take a spill. Wearing gear (especially a helmet) is vital but the best safety measure is to remain aware of your surroundings and check your speed until you’ve mastered complete control over the board. Find a good selection of longboards and safety gear at Eternal’s all new skate shop.
Looking to take a road trip this summer? Why not bring your board and a few buddies and make a pilgrimage to one – or all – of the best skate parks this summer. Test your skills with new courses that are widely recognized as some of the best in the states. You’ll be in good company riding these courses. Many pros have graced their presence and you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world once you have too.
- VANS Skatepark in Orange, Calif. This park, known as “The Block” has a 20,000-square-foot indoor wooden course with stair sets, rails, ledges and banks, as well as an outdoor concrete curse with moveable obstacles. If you don’t have room in your car for your board, you can even rent one for the day at The Block.
- Louisville Extreme Park in Louisville, Ky. With a full 24-foot concrete pipe, street, vert and transition style courses, no skater is left behind. The park boasts 40,000 square-feet of outdoor skating surface open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
- Skatepark of Tampa in Tampa, Fla. The S.P.O.T frequently changes its setup so riders never get bored with the course. This indoor/outdoor park has been the host to yearly pro and amateur contests since it was built. With pyramids, handrails, banks and quarter pipes, this course has something for everyone.
- FDR Skatepark in Philadelphia, Penn. This partially covered park is one of the best in the North East. Right under the I-95 overpass, and decked out in graffiti, old-school skaters know and love this park. You too will enjoy the bowls, vert walls, quarterpipes and pyramids that a park needs without feeling pretentious.
- Denver Skatepark in Denver, Colo. With an impressive 60,000 square-feet of outdoor park, Denver welcomes boarders, rollerbladers and bikers of all levels. This park offers multiple sized bowls, ledges, handrails and a euro gap, and is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Get set up with all of your skateboard needs at Eternal’s all new skate shop.
After heavy use, wheels can start to wear unevenly causing flat spots and bumps for a rough ride. Your board won’t be able to perform at its best ability and can throw off your balance. If your ride is being affected by old wheels, it may be time to replace them. It is an easy switch and can be done in a matter of minutes with the right tools. If you don’t have a skate key or bearing puller, stop by your local skate shop and pick one up. They’re inexpensive and are a handy tool to have.
Once you have everything you need to switch your wheels out, get down to business with five easy steps:
- Remove the old wheels by unscrewing the nut from each side of the axels with an adjustable wrench or a skate key. Set the nuts aside for when you put the new wheels on.
- Remove the bearings from your old wheels if you plan on reusing them. If your skate key has a removal nub, you can use that to remove the bearing; otherwise you’ll have to get a bearing puller. Be careful to only apply pressure on the edges, not the shield, to protect the bearings.
- Clean the axels and bearings when you’ve got them exposed.
- Insert the bearings into your new wheels the same way you removed them.
- Once the bearings are back in, place the new wheels on the axels and secure the nuts back on. Adjust the tightness until you have the right amount of play in the wheels and take your new wheels out for a test run.
Once you’ve replaced your board’s wheels a few times, the routine will become second nature and you’ll never be at a loss when your wheels start to hinder your ride. Find everything you need to change out wheels at Eternal’s new skateboard shop.
The warm weather is here and longer summer days mean more time to work on your 360 flips. But all those hours spent at the park can start to feel like eternity under the glaring sun if you don’t have the right gear. Just like you change your wardrobe with the seasons, you also have to switch out your skate gear to keep riding your best.
To make the most of your summer sessions, start with a good shoe. Go for a pair that comes in light colors with a lot of breathability and ventilation. With the vast array of skateboard brands that have high quality summer shoes, you will definitely be able to find one that best fits your skating style, but here are some of our favorites:
DC Mike Mo S: DC running shoes inspired pro skater Mike Mo Capaldi to design a skate shoe with unbeatable comfort. These ultra lightweight shoes have a no-sew upper so they won’t tear and an open mesh tongue for extra breathability. These shoes also give all the support and you’ll need this summer.
Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski: Nike uses its lightweight Lunarlon foam cushioning to more evenly distribute the force of impact to keep you comfortable even after sticking some tough landings. The mesh upper and lightweight breathable protection makes this a stylish summer option.
DC Spartan Hi WC SE: Add a little color to your summer with these high-tops. With ventilation holes in the upper for extra breathability, these shoes will keep you looking cool even on the hottest days.
Supra Stacks: These low-tops can transition seamlessly from the park to the street. The padded mesh lining is highly breathable and comfortable for all-day wear. Suprafoam technology uses a shock-absorbent injected midsole that adheres to the rubber outsole and upper material without the need for adhesives that can prohibit flex and add weight.
Vans Lindero Skate Shoes: Sport a classic like Vans in your favorite colors to draw the attention to your footwork. The molded footbed absorbs impact and supports your foot for high-impact tricks.
It is time Eternal Teamer Brendan Gerard gives you his two cents on the Capita Snowboards Outdoor Living. You better listen to the guy he rips.
The Nike Zoom Kaiju is the best snowboard boot I ever had. It is a supportive boot with mid flex and an articulated cuff to allow for smooth movements. The boot lets you flex forward with ease and still delivers response for heel side turns.
The articulated cuff is key because it allows the boot to compress without blowing out the sides in weird ways. When this boot is flexed forward there are no blowout spots on the side. The feel of the boot is super comfortable yet very responsive.
There is a lot of great technology in this boot to make snowboarding easier and more comfortable. The performance of this boot is far better than any other boot I have ever rode because they support your ankles and still let you flex forward. This is the perfect boot.
The liner and lacing system is second to none. The liner has the perfect feel and a smooth tightening system. Just pull the laces apart to slide the tab down to lock your foot into the liner. There is also a Velcro strap toward the top of the liner so you can get it nice and tight on the top to prevent the top of your leg from sliding around in the boot.
The outer lacing system has a perfect addition to classic laces. The boots are equipped with a lace lock on the instep of the boot. You can dial in the lower zone then tighten the lace lock and it will stay tight all day. That little lace lock is worth its weight in gold. Additional lace locks up top to help out with tying your boots and you are ready to go.
The Nike Kaiju’s are comfortable, powerful, and smooth to operate. Overall this snowboard boot is full of legendary Nike technology and is defiantly worth checking out.
Words by Eternal Team Rider Andy Blanchard
Camber is back and it feels so good! After a handful of seasons riding flat boards, banana boards, and camber-rocker combo boards, I felt slightly lost in the world of camber design. It was clear that I needed to find a new sense of normal. For this reason, I am happy to have found the Birds of a Feather by Capita.
With some blind faith in Sean Tedore’s reputation as a standout snowboard engineer along with Capita’s notoriety of making bad ass boards, I purchased the Birds of a Feather without a test run. Happy to say I have no regrets. This board has defined for me what a quiver killer truly is.
It took just one run for me to feel and remember the many perks of a camber snowboard. My turns initiated consistently, I had outstanding edge hold (even on ice!) and pop was back. The board felt alive.
The Birds of a Feather isn’t full camber, it features small section of zero camber and Flat Kick towards the tip and tail. This is just enough rocker influence to maintain confidence on boxes and rails, while allowing you to maintain a flat base when edge initiation isn’t needed. It also gives this snowboard an advantage in powder by helping your nose stay afloat.
I like a board that I can take anywhere on the hill, and the Birds of a Feather offers that perfect blend. The dominance of camber allows for great carving, pop, and board return, while you still have that catch-free easy feel of zero camber with Flat Kick. Jump it, press it, carve it…this Bird conquers all.
Words and pictures by Eternal Team Manager Gency Warren