Posted on

Longboarding 101 – Spring Term

Longboarding 101 Spring Term starts April 5, 2017!

Go to PCC.edu to sign up. Registration is live March 8th.

Use CRN 22479 to register at PCC.edu

Direct PCC Registration Link – Longboarding 101 Spring Term 2017

Screen shot from Portland Community College Spring Term 2017 class listing:

PCC Spring Term 2017 Longboarding 101 Class Listing

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

I look forward to my 8th year teaching this course through Portland Community College!

It’s been a pleasure helping hundreds of new and intermediate riders gain skills and confidence in longboard skateboarding over the years!  And I really look forward to continuing my tradition of helping others on board at Mt.Tabor.  I also teach Private Lessons if you can’t make the classes and/or want individual instruction with me.

Here’s a link to my Lessons and Class page with more info – LESSONS

 

 

 

Posted on

2017 Update / New Boards

Hey friends and fans, here’s an update for the new year and what to expect from Eastside.

At the end of last year we dropped our latest model the DK DropKick with great appreciation from our fans!  A double kick version and update to one of our original models the DropKick.  We created a new rocker concave for this new board with slight W and foot flairs giving the rider’s feet a super comfortable grip on the board. You can do all styles of longboarding with this drop-thru double kick!  If you haven’t seen the DK DropKick yet, you can read all about it on prior Blog posts.  The official product video on our YouTube Channel has the low down.

 

New for this year will be updated versions of the Blazer and Mach 3 both of which first released in 2013.  First will be the Blazer similar to the original version that comes in both drop-thru and top-mount.  It will still have a 5/8″ drop-down platform with lots of room for bigger and taller riders with a wider stance.  This is definitely the go to board for a larger rider who needs a plus size board that can handle their style.  Most of the changes we added to this new version of the Blazer are mainly in the shape.  We kept the width at 10″ but added more length going out to 40″ with the same wheelbase of 30.5″.  Also we added more concave to the board but not an overt amount.  It’s still really comfortable and with no “W” in the concave making it a great pushing / transportation / LDP board, especially the drop-thru version that rides pretty low but not too low to scrap the board if you have smaller wheels.  We also got rid of the angled edges or gas-pedals to allow more of a pocket in the concave for bigger feet.  Again the theme of this board update is making the board our model for the large sized rider with bigger feet.  We have the DK DropKick for those that are smaller to medium size.

Blazer prototype 2017.

The Blazer is made with 9 plies of the thickest longboard grade maple of 1/16″ thick each ply.  All of our other boards are made with 7-8 plies of the same stock.  So the Blazer is the most durable for sure.  To make it even more durable we added a bit more meat on the ends for impacts, just in case you don’t have noseguards on it.  Our trademark noseguard the NOSEJOB still fits nicely and works great on the new version too.  We highly recommend them for any drop-thru board without kicktails.  They are universal and fit on most any drop-thru deck.

For the graphic, we decided to keep it the same since the board is fairly similar to the original version.  Plus we got a lot of great feedback from the fiery lava inspired graphic of the Blazer mixed with a geometrical pattern of the Eastside logo.  Did you know that you can read the word Eastside from multiple directions if you read to the right or up from most any E?  Not a lot of people notice this unless you have an eye for art and patterns.

Original Blazer graphic that will used on the new version.

One other addition that the Blazer will have have, is a new top side silk screen logo print.  It will look like this printed over the natural wood on top of the board placed dead center where most riders don’t put their feet.  You can grip around it and still have it showing.  The size will read 8″ across by 3″ tall.

Silk Screen Eastside logo printed on the new Blazer, new Mach 3, and the Relic.

 

The next board we plan on updating is the Mach 3.  We are going to update it in a similar fashion as to how we did the Blazer by keeping the same graphic and making some fairly minor shape changes.  The most notable change will be the shape of the nose by making it wider and bigger.  The new version won’t technically be billed as a double kick, but it will surely be more substantial than the original version and allow it to be used a lot more.  More info and photos of the prototypes to be seen in future Blog posts here…

That’s all for now, thanks for keeping up to date with us!  Be sure to follow us on our our fan pages as well for more frequent updates and media posts –

Eastside Facebook Page  /  Eastside Longboards Instagram

 

 

 

Posted on

DK DropKick Video SnapShots

We’ve been working on a new product video for our latest board the DK DropKick!

Before we drop this new video, here’s a sneak peek at some snapshots from the video featuring various functions of the board, particularly the many ways you can use the kicks…

Filmed by Oregonian Kevin Carlton – AKA @Skatography

Using the kicktail to float over a speed bump on the Eastside of Portland.
Using the kicktail to float over a speed bump on the Eastside of Portland.

 

Manual on an Autobody shop driveway.
Manual on an Autobody shop driveway.

 

Take 2.
Take 2.

 

Fast standup slide down the Eastside of Mt.Tabor.
Fast standup slide down the Eastside of Mt.Tabor.

 

Floating over a big crack by lifting up the front wheels.
Floating over a big crack by lifting up the front wheels.

 

Riding up onto a curb and grinding frontside.
Riding up onto a curb and grinding frontside.

 

No comply over a parking block.
No comply over a parking block.

 

Backside slappy grind on a parking block.
Backside slappy grind on a parking block.

 

Frontside slide onto a banked driveway.
Frontside slide onto a banked driveway.

 

Transition the back foot onto the tail and ollie off the driveway curb back into the street.
Transition the back foot onto the tail and ollie off the driveway curb back into the street.

 

Ollie off a ride up curb.
Ollie off a ride up curb.

 

Riding off curbs with the kictail makes it more fun to drop down (and doesn't scrap the bottom of your board).
Riding off curbs with the kictail makes it more fun to drop down (and doesn’t scrap the bottom of your board).

 

Standup slide using the backfoot on the tail, just another way to slide this board!
Frontside standup slide using the backfoot on the tail, just another way to slide this board!

 

Backslide slide using the back foot on the tail.
Backslide slide using the back foot on the tail.

 

Close up of the wheel cutouts that are designed to fit up to 80mm wheels like the Orangatang Kegel.
Close up of the wheel cutouts that are designed to fit up to 80mm wheels like the Orangatang Kegel shown here.

 

 

 

Posted on

Push In The Woods 2016

 

Push In The Woods 2016

October 1-2nd.

Official Poster designed by Daddies Board Shop.
Official Poster designed by Daddies Board Shop.

This 4th annual event is going down the first weekend of October this year. The past 3 years its been a one day event on Sunday located in Banks, OR. On that day there is a 5K and 10K race on the Banks/Vernonia Trail. The course is flat but narrow in a beautifully wooded area just 45 minutes West of Portland. The event has been known to attract some of the best distance skateboard racers from around the country to battle against the locals of the Northwest. Many of the participants are new to skateboard racing and are there to just have fun and cruise the trail permitted for skateboarding that day. Plus win many of the great prizes donated by the generous sponsors of this event. Check out this video to get a feel for how the event goes and what the trail looks like.

New this year are two additional events happening the day before on Saturday October 1st. Both of these events are free and not officially sanctioned, otherwise know as outlaw events were everyone is responsible for their own actions. The first race is for riders 18 and older called the PDX SGS (Portland Super Giant Slalom) located at Mt.Tabor on the Eastside of Portland starting at 9am.  It’s a single rider timed course down the main run that is closed to cars. The course consists of several cones set close to the edges of the road forcing the rider to cut across the road several times to make the course.  To the locals it’s known as the Death Race. Despite its slower speed than bombing the hill, it’s rather difficult and unnerving to make the course, especially if the road is wet. The race is run rain or shine. 3 timed runs for each rider, best time wins! Check out the video below of myself winning the last time the event happened in 2015.

Another event happening at 9pm that same day October 1st is a parking garage session and race. This pre-session has happened in previous years the night before the official Push In The Woods 5K and 10K race on Sunday morning. It is located at a garage in downtown Portland known to the locals as HomeBase. It is a very nice wide open garage that has a medium and consistent grade that is fun for riders of all skill levels. In addition to the regular session will be a Chinese style skateboard race where everyone goes at once. The last 5-10 riders of each run taken will be eliminated until there are 6 riders left. The last 6 will take a final heat run. Here is the Northwest we race a clean style gentlemen’s racing. This means no touching or grabbing other riders to gain speed or make passes. To find the location of the garage, info is posted on the Facebook Event Page for Push In The Woods –

https://www.facebook.com/events/161305167622144/

Hers is the signup and registration page to enter Sunday’s 5K and 10K races.

https://register.hakuapp.com/?event=db4549867d94ec840e87

We thank all of the many sponsors including Daddies Board Shop who has partnered with Eastside Longboards and the IDSA.org to run and organize this event. We look forward to hosting a fun filled weekend of skateboard racing and good times with the Longboarding community hear and afar!

Many thanks for the support of the sponsors who contribute to the continuation and success of this event.

Our tradition of sharing the path by letting bikers go by giving them a skateboard tunnel to go through before the 5K race.
Our tradition of sharing the path by letting bikers go by giving them a skateboard tunnel to go through before the 5K race.

 

5K start line.
5K start line.

 

Bike tunnel before the 10K.
Bike tunnel before the 10K.

 

10K start line.
10K start line.

 

Riders chasing each other.
Riders chasing each other.

 

5K podium.
5K podium.

 

10K podium.
10K podium.

 

Women's Podium.
Women’s Podium.

 

Some of the prizes.
Some of the prizes.

 

Some of the board prizes.
Some of the board prizes.

 

Giving away an Eastside Relic to one lucky kid!
Giving away an Eastside Relic to one lucky kid!

 

 

Posted on

DK DropKick – Releasing August 5th.

The word is official, and our newest model is about to drop next Friday August 5th!  Check out the DK DropKick

EastsideDKDropKick_PreRelease

Go to our Facebook and Instagram to enter our contest to win one before they are released!  Random winner announced August 4th.

Specs: Length: 39.5″ Width: 9.75″ WB: 26.75″

Price: $99.99

By popular request here is the DK DropKick.  It is based off one of our oldest designs, the Carbon DropKick.  We went all out creating what our fan’s wanted; a freerider’s dream board with drop-through mounting and double kicks.  The mold we designed for this board has a very comfortable concave featuring rocker, foot flairs, and mellow “W”.  The kick-tails are shaped wide enough to actually use them in a functional and confident way to drop off curbs and lift up the wheels at speed.

Double the pleasure with two kicks to leverage whatever tricks you can imagine!  With the lowered platform created by the drop-through and rocker combo, this lightweight board is perfect for LDP as well.  This makes it one it one of our most diverse designs able to do it all.  We highly recommend it for the beginner rider or anyone seeking an agile yet stable freeride deck with really useful kicks.

Constructed of the highest quality 8 ply maple with a matte black finish and a silk screened graphic of a topographical map featuring the surrounding hills of the Portland Zoo Bomb run.

Recommended wheels: 65-75mm.  Recommended trucks: 10″ Reverse Kingpin longboard trucks.

Features

  • Concave: 5/8” radial with 3/4″ rocker, foot flairs, and mellow “W”.
  • Symmetrical shape with drop-through mounting and double kicks.
  • 8-ply maple construction and matte black finish.
  • Silk Screen graphic of Portland Zoo hills.
  • Stiff for riders 200 lbs and below.
DK DropKick Complete with Caliber 10" 50 degree trucks and 70mm Abec 11 Amber Flashback wheels.
DK DropKick Complete with Caliber 10″ 50 degree trucks and 70mm Abec 11 Amber Flashback wheels.

Check out how this board was designed –  DK DROPKICK prototypes

 

Posted on

Mt.Tabor Downhill Challenge 2016

Located at the most famous hill in Portland, Mt.Tabor Park on the Eastside.  This hill is legendary to locals and riders afar for being a closed run completely free of cars and open access from the top to bottom on Wednesdays.

This year Portland’s premier skate shop Daddies Board Shop is presenting the event.  And doing so in a very similar matter as the past 5 years.  If you are not skating at the event, come out to watch!  You won’t be dissappointed, it’s a rare day for a legit downhill race to be located right in the middle of a huge city.  Most other events of this status are located far away from metropolises on such hills like Maryhill.  So this is your chance as a spectator to see some top notch racers from all around battle it out!  Good racing and good times are had by all that come out, don’t miss it!

Cost:  $77 online – REGISTRATION LINK

Required Gear:  Full-face Helmet and Slide gloves.

Official 2016 Poster
Official 2016 Poster by Daddies Board Shop.

More Info at the Facebook Event Page.

This event is well known as one of the events riders get the most runs at.  It’s a one of kind day at Mt.Tabor as a skater by being shuttled to the top upwards of a dozen runs.  Normally you’d have to hike and after a half dozen runs, most riders are spent.  Plus to have the whole hill completely free of all peds, bikes, and cars with the confidence you can go full speed with no worries.  Then adding to the fun doing race heats with riders of your skill level and age group.  If you plan on racing, don’t worry about being eliminated and not skating as much.  All riders get to go back to the top on every run except the finals.  So everyone gets a chance to do the hill all day long.  Previous years riders do practice runs all morning until lunch break.  Pre-registered riders get to choose their sandwich online and everyone takes a break to eat.  After lunch racing begins and runs are had for the rest of the afternoon.  Age classes are separated for racing with Grom class (15 and below), Womens, Masters (40 plus), and Open Class that everyone can race in.

 

Robin McGuirk on left. Jon Huey on right. Photo by Spencer Morgan during the first event in 2011..
Robin McGuirk on left. Jon Huey on right. Photo by Spencer Morgan during the first event in 2011.

 

Notice the overlapped feet and knees side by side. This "Old School" tuck is required for the Open Class.
Notice the overlapped feet and knees side by side. This “Old School” tuck is required for the Open Class.  Photo by Kroll Images 2011.

 

Riders getting shuttled in the uhaul back to the top. Photo by Spencer Morgan.
Riders getting shuttled in the uhaul back to the top. Photo by Spencer Morgan.

 

Tuck pumping during the first and only slalom race at this event. I won this head to head event that was located on the soapbox hill. Photo by Kroll Images.
Tuck pumping during the first slalom race at this event. I won this head to head race that was located on the soapbox hill. Photo by Kroll Images.
Oregonian Brandon Desjarlais as a grom winning the Tabor board in 2011. Photo by Kroll Images.
Oregonian Brandon Desjarlais as a grom winning the Tabor board in 2011. Photo by Dabe Alan.

 

Eastside Dan Thatcher leading organizer Billy Meiners in a semi-final heat in 2013. Photo by Skate District.
Eastside Dan Thatcher leading organizer Billy Meiners in a semi-final heat in 2013. Photo by Skate District.

 

Eastsider Eric Hovey tucking down the straight in 2013. Photo by Kroll Images.
Eastsider Eric Hovey tucking down the straight in 2013. Photo by Kroll Images.
Riders being dropped off at the top and getting ready for the next run.
Riders being dropped off at the top and getting ready for the next run in 2015.
Quarter final heat down the straight. Photo by Khaleeq Alfred.
Quarter final heat in 2015 down the straight. Photo by Khaleeq Alfred.
Juniors Ernie and Sky resting after a heat.
Groms Ernie and Sky resting after a heat.

 

The waiting game is key on this hill. If you pass to early then you will most likely get passed back before the finish. Photo by Khaleeq Alfred.
The waiting game is key on this hill. If you pass too early then you will most likely get passed back before the finish. Photo by Khaleeq Alfred.

 

All smiles after lots of runs! Defending Champion Brandon Tissen on the right with finalist Pat Haluska on the right and Eastsider Dan Thatcher in the middle.
All smiles after lots of runs! Defending Champion Brandon Tissen on the right with finalist Pat Haluska on the right and Eastsider Dan Thatcher in the middle.
Posted on

New Model: DK DropKick Prototypes

New DK DropKick model to be released... Dimensions: 39.5" L / 9.75" W / 26.75" WB
New DK DropKick model to be released… Dimensions: 39.5″ L / 9.75″ W / 26.75″ WB

The DK DropKick is a new board we’ve been working on for the last 8 months.  We have had many many requests over the years to release a double kick version of our popular Carbon DropKick model.  So we finally pulled the trigger and went all out on this one!

Concrete Wave Buyers Guide Listing for Eastside in 2016 featuring the new board and what the graphic will look like.
Concrete Wave Buyers Guide Listing for Eastside in 2016 featuring the new board and what the graphic will look like.  Once inch of length and wheelbase have been added since this listing was published.

Starting from scratch we designed a new mold for this one and ended up changing it several times along the way as we tested and rode each prototype.  Our focus was finding the perfect wheelbase for such a board.  Not too long as to make the overall length too big and awkward to ride.  But not too short that an average size rider couldn’t ride without having a too short a stance for freeriding and downhill.  A lot of companies have a similarly billed model featuring a drop-through and two kicktails.  However many of them have 2 versions to suit either big riders or small riders.  One is rather big like a 41-43″ length with a 29-32″ wheelbase.  And the other is smaller around 37-38″ length with a 22-25.5″ wheelbase.  So after making several prototypes, we came up with what we believe has the perfect dimensions for this style of board.  It has a 39.5″ length with a 26.75″ wheelbase.  It feels just right and not too long when using the kicktails and distance pushing.  And it still has enough flatform to let loose with a wide enough stance for some fast freeriding.  The 23″ EFP (Effective Foot Platform) allows a decent sized stance to stay on the main part of the board and push out slides at speed without your feet coming off.

Shot of the killer concave, rocker, and wheel flairs to keep your feet locked.
Shot of the killer concave, rocker, and wheel flairs to keep your feet locked.

The new concave, rocker, and flairs we put into this new mold are really nice and all together work to hold your feet in a locked position while riding fast and sliding.  It also has a slight amount of “W” running down the middle of the concave.  This amount is not enough to negatively effect distance pushing, but just enough to add another point of reference for your feet.  It also adds some strength to this 8 ply maple board, which keeps it strong but light weight.

Testing some really steep and demanding hills on the Eastside of Portland with a proto.
Testing some really steep and demanding hills on the Eastside of Portland with an early proto.

We had a lot of things in mind when making this board and really wanted to allow many styles of riding to be had on it.  As said fast freeriding and downhill that suits most every sized rider with it’s balanced dimensions.  But also as a pushing and commuting board that you can still have a lot of fun on in an area without hills.  So yes onto the main feature of this board, the double kicktails!  We have tested a lot of shapes and sizes of kicktails over the years since 2006 when the first Eastside DropKick board was released.  We found that if it does not have a big enough shape for the foot to fit onto, then it cannot effectively be used as a kicktail.  Meaning if its not wide enough and long enough, then the rider won’t use it functionally when they want to.  If you look at our shape of tail compared to many other brand’s version of a drop-through with kicktails, you will see that many are an inch or more shorter with too narrow of a shape to allow your foot to use it in a fast responsive way.  The way the rider needs proper kicks to lift the wheels up when going off a curb, getting over a big crack, or just having fun doing manuals and tricks.  When you are doing all these moves, it’s nice to know that a real size tail is there and you don’t have to look down to see where it is.  It doesn’t take long to get used to it and have confidence in moving your foot back (or front foot) on the kicktails when you need it.

Manually on the DK DropKick is so fun!
Riding out manuals on the DK DropKick!

Some may say well how strong is it?  Isn’t having a kicktail on a drop-through a weak point in the design and can break?  Yes that is a concern and rest assured we have tried all the possibilities when designing this style of board.  One factor is that we found if you don’t have the right amount of rocker in the board, then the kicktails will not be strong enough.  We experimented with different types and depths of rocker in the board as well.  In this process we also found the perfect size and shape of the tail to have the most control with the most durability.  Thus allowing the perfect combination of strength and function.  As we changed variables in each prototype we finally landed on something really magical here.  Once you step on it and ride it for yourself, you will instantly know and feel it’s powers!  We guarantee it will perform better than any other drop-through with kicks and allow you to have fun wherever you are!

Stay tuned, we will be announcing the release date shortly.  And be running some contests to win one!

Profile1
Lots of testing at our home hill Mt.Tabor in Portland, OR.
Early proto with too much "W". We made it much more mellow to all riders to push the board more comfortably.
Early proto with too much “W”. We made it much more mellow to allow riders to push the board more comfortably.
Concave1
Final version with more concave, rocker, flair, and less “W”.

 

More test riding down the Eastside of Mt.Tabor.
More test riding down the Eastside of Mt.Tabor.

 

Freshly cut off the CNC.
Freshly cut off the CNC.

 

First round of the production model getting ready to finishing.
First round of the production model getting ready to finishing.

 

Graphic featuring a topographical map of the hills surrounding the Portland Zoo.
Graphic featuring a topographical map of the hills surrounding the Portland Zoo.

 

DK DropKick deck. 5/8" radial concave with 0.75" rocker, foot flairs, and slight "W".
DK DropKick deck. 5/8″ radial concave with 0.75″ rocker, foot flairs, and slight “W”.