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New DK DropKick – Special Resin Version

The New DK DropKick is NOW AVAILABLE – Go HERE to check it out and PRE ORDER yours today!

For this new updated DK DropKick version we decided not to change what our fans love about this board. Instead we upgraded the construction to make the board even better. The design of the DK DropKick has a lot of next level longboard deck features; Rockered Concave with Foot Flairs and mellow “W” in a drop-through design with useful sturdy kick tails. It has been out of stock for several months now while we tested some other laminating adhesives in this model.

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

Our goals were to:

1.) Improve the durability and increase the life of the board, but still weigh the same at just under 4 lbs.

2.) Not add composites to the board which are costly and are bad for the environment.

3.) Keep the price reasonable at $125 for this new DK DropKick deck.

After quite of bit of testing over time we landed on a resin we had used before in the older version of this board called the Carbon DropKick. It has some really nice properties that makes a better bonded all maple board versus one with just regular wood glue. This Special Resin is more Eco-Friendly than other resins and has some other killer properties we found work great with maple veneer lamination. When pressed it goes through the pours of the wood in a way that bonds the plies of maple together a lot better. The resin becomes part of the wood in and around it holding it all together in a superior way instead of just sitting between the plies like wood glue does.

New DK DropKick made with our Special Eco-Friendly Resin.

The goal for the design we kept for this updated model DK DropKick was to make one board worthy for downhill, freeride, and long distance pushing while having two functional kick tails to use for urban transportation. It was originally released in late 2016 after our original models the DropKick and Carbon DropKick from 2006-2014. Those prior models both had single kick tails on a drop-through design. During the time those earlier models were in production, we had many requests from our fans for a double kick version. Thus we took almost two years to design the DK DropKick with an all new mold. We made the dimensions the size most riders would want at 39″ x 9.75″ with a 26.75″ wheelbase. This allowed for all these types of longboarding to be achieved effectively including stand-up slides at speed, downhill stability and grip, and easy and light enough to push for miles on end. And now over the almost three years it has been out, our fans have let us know how much they love this model and have learned all these types of longboarding on it. It’s a do it all design that many rely on as their everyday board to go out and shred whatever they feel like that day!

This special resin we are using for this new version has a flexible strength to it allowing it to dampen the ride, much like wood glue does. Most resins others use are chosen for use with fiberglass and carbon and end up being too brittle which makes the ride rougher. The contours of the DK DropKick with the particular dimensions and shape of the concave features like rocker, W, and the kick tail angles are actually what make the board so strong and durable. Basically the design prevents the kick tails from breaking on this drop-through design. However with so much going on in terms of radial bends in the mold, we did have too many boards warping after they had cured. This was mainly due to the traditional non-toxic wood glue we were using. It added a lot of moisture to the wood and sometimes would not allow the deck to cure properly. Since this was a problem we stopped production for a while until now. And by now making this same board with this special resin we eliminated waste with defective boards. And didn’t have to use fiberglass or carbon to secure the board and eliminate warping.

The Special Resin locks down every board we make with it, never allowing it to change shape over time no matter what environmental conditions it’s in. How we know this is because of extensive testing making many new samples with this new resin. We did all kinds of testing over time to ensure every board never warped. One of the main tests was throwing it in a super hot attic right after it came out of the press. And leaving it there for over two weeks. Any other board out there made with maple and wood glue would definitely warp and crack if thrown up there before it cured outside the press in a stable environment like it’s supposed to. The new DK DropKick decks we tried this with did not, which proved to us they will stay true their whole life no matter where they are in the world. We kinda already new this about this special resin because for each and every Carbon DropKick we made we also used this resin. And they never had any warping issues during it’s long production life of over six years.

We wanted to keep the same sweet design of the DK DropKick but now make it way more durable with no chance of defects. We could of made it overkill with carbon but like said it doesn’t need it like the Carbon DropKick needed it to prevent the kick tails from breaking. The DK DropKick design, even with the old wood glue, never allowed the kick tails to break. Also we wanted to keep the price reasonable at the new price of $124.99 for the resin deck versus $109.99 for the old wood glue deck. If we added carbon too, it would have to be closer to $200 for this deck. In our opinion adding composites really isn’t the best way to make a deck because you can still achieve strength and durability without adding those expensive materials. Plus those materials do not decompose well which is not good for the environment.

We here at Eastside enjoy letting you know the process of how our boards are made and what thoughts and ideas go into them. We know not everyone will read this or care that much about that but some do and for those who read this, thanks for hearing us out! We assume you are probable a fan who has supported us one way other another over the years. So we thank you for trusting us and our products, and hopefully they serve you well for what ever joys of longboarding gives you!

The New DK DropKick is NOW AVAILABLE – Go HERE to check it out and PRE ORDER yours today!

They ship out by November 27th, 2019.

New DK DropKick made with our Special Resin Ships by Nov.27th.

If you’re looking for a do it all board that will last a very long time, then we encourage you to give this one a try. Everyone we know who steps on it instantly loves how comfortable the concave is. It’s deeper than most other drop-through boards yet not too aggressive. It locks your feet in completely at speed but still easy and comfortable to push. Many become total fans of this well thought out concave after they try a slide on it, bomb a hill on it, or push around town on it. And for those who love to use a kick-tail and even ollie, they also enjoy the DK DropKick for that. Those riders love being able to jib around on it, drop off curbs, get over cracks, and use the kick tails to get creative with their slides by having their foot on it while sliding. Plus everyone loves to just plain old be able to kick their board up to their hand after they step off. You don’t have to bend over and pick up your board, and it looks cool!

Concave shot of the DK DropKick setup with Caliber trucks and Orangatang Kegels.
Eastside Longboards DK DropKick – Official Product Video
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Holiday Gift – Balance Board

One of the best Holiday gifts you can get any boarder on your list, the Eastside Balance Board!

Eastside Balance Board

Weather a snowboarder, skateboarder, longboarder, surfer, wakeboarder, ect, this thing is guaranteed to be a hit. What’s special about our balance board besides the price and how well it’s made, is the design allows for continual improvement. Most other brands have limitations with stoppers on the ends and a track in the middle. That’s all fine and dandy until you get the basics down, which is pretty fast for a lot of riders. After that they get boring because there is no freedom to go different directions and push your limits. A lot of times in life, simpler is better and that’s what our Balance Board is all about! Check out the video to see what I mean by no limitations on what you can do with it.

The Eastside Balance Board

It’s awesome for anyone who wants to improve their balance, have something fun to do indoors, and it’s great exercise. People who ride them have a better sence of where their body needs to be on whatever board they are on outside. And can practice the movements that directly correlate to their sport such as learning how to get a toeside turn down on a snowboard. Plus it strenghtens all your tiny muscles around your lower legs, feet, and ankles that prevent injuires in the long run. A win win all around, and still fun for the experienced rider.

If you live in Portland, you can call Robin at 503-680-0457 to arrange a pickup for only $30.

Or you can order on the site here with free shipping. – BALANCE BOARD

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New Blazer V2 coming soon…

We’ve been working on this updated version of the original Eastside Blazer for almost a year now. And have the final proto under our feet with complete joy and satisfaction! We kept most of the great qualities of the original version and just changed a few things from valued fan feedback .  If you have the original version and are ready for a new one, then don’t fear this one has the same awesome feel with just a few minor changes. We think you’ll love it as we do and will barely notice the difference unless you are a longboarding geek like we are!

Blazer V2 Drop-Through model with Caliber 50 degree trucks and 76mm Abec 11 Flywheels.

We added a bit more wheel-clearance as some riders who ran stock bushings and really big wheels over 76mm would occasionally get wheelbite if they were a heavier rider. So we made sure you can run center set 80mm wheels like the Orangatang Kegels with soft bushings and loose trucks without getting wheelbite. We also added a bit more meat on the ends of the board for durability making the overal length 40″ instead of the previous 39.5″ inch. However we still recommend the Nosejob Noseguard for this board, which still fits great on it and ensures no damage when it slams into a curb.

Blazer V2 Drop-Through with Nosejob Noseguard showing complete coverage and protection. The Nosejob is designed to slide back upon a hard impact to the end.

The riding platform of the board is still longer than most other drop-through boards with an EFP of 26″ allowing a wider stance for taller and heavier riders. It is deemed the larger rider’s board or for those riders who prefer a wider stance with plenty of room to spread their feet out. It’s also made from 9 plies of 1/16″ longboard grade maple to hold up to 250 pounds without much flex at all. So yes you taller and heavier riders will love the ample room you have on this double drop board!

Top view of the Blazer V2.

3/4 view of the Blazer V2.

Another change was adding a bit more concave with no angled edges or gas-pedals. After riding each version down hills and sliding both hands down and stand-up, it became clear that the higher concave on the new version feels more locked in than the original version which had gas-pedals.

Blazer V2 Drop-Through concave shot.

One last change was adding a top print silk screen logo in the center of the board just like the lastest version of the Relic board has. We are keeping the original Blazer bottom graphic of molten fire and lava capturing the essence of the Blazer.

Eastside logo printed on top of the board in center.

Here’s all the official specs of the new version below. Expect to see the Blazer V2 available during the next month on our website here and at our official online retailers Daddies Board Shop and MuirSkate.com.  Like the original version it will be available in both Drop-Through and Top-Mount, both having the 5/8″ drop-down platform.

BLAZER V2 Specs:

Length: 40″
Width: 10″
Wheelbase: 30.5″
5/8″ Drop-down platform
9 ply longboard grade maple
Effective Foot Platform (EFP): 26”

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New Video: H20 Rain Wheels Review

Local Portland rider Kurt Derow AKA (@filmkingkurt on Instagram) took the time to do a complete review of our unique rains wheels known as the H20 Rain Wheels!

As a seasoned rider and film student graduate he did an all around great review by taking them out in all conditions, wet, dry, and patchy conditions.  This is a must watch too if you like the movie the Water Boy!  Enjoy!

High Quality H20; Eastside Longboards' H20 Skateboard Wheels Review

 

 

 

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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.

Eastside Longboards DK DropKick – Official Product Video

 

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”.