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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

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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

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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

 

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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!

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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.
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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”.