Skateboard

Long's Hoodies: Production

Winter edition of the Long’s Board Shop hoodies are here! Since opening in 2012 we’ve been having all our hoodies and t-shirts done by the great local company Arm Factory and our two companies have grown quite a bit in that time. We now can also say our hoodies where screened by skaters too, as local ripper Eric Santos did them up at the Factory (he also filmed this video of the process).

Come grab them in either navy or camo (true blue was a one-off just for me!).

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Review: New Bones Easy Street

Recently Bones Wheels sent us a set of their new Experimental Formula Easy Street wheels. Team rider Tristan is a Bones Wheel fanatic and these were right in his size range, so he took them out to put through the ringer. Here’s his report back:

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I’ve been riding Bones STF’s exclusively for about 7 years. Honestly, I thought it would be hard to one-up the seemingly perfect wheel. That being said,  I was eager to test the new Easy Street formula and see how it compared.

December in Maine is rough. The cold weather and worn roads make street skating challenging. Portland is pretty crusty; a lot of old brick, and rough pavement. I took to the streets to see how the wheels handled the harsh environment. 

Right after I set them up, I could tell the wheels are subtly softer than the original STF’s.

The wheels handled the roads really well, and gave me a great amount of traction when I needed it. The slight softness provided me with a noticeably smoother ride. I was equally impressed with how well they handled impact, and didn’t slow down my ledge tricks.

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Control is important to me, and being able to hold power-slides is essential. The Easy Street formula performed excellent in both categories. The wheels rode super smooth, and still gave me that same slick powerslide. Most importantly - no flat spots! These wheels are a great happy medium between grip and slide. 

Overall I’m super satisfied with the new formula; A new favorite for sure! 

Big thank you to Tom Long, and all the guys over at Bones! 

When the Bee Stings

TLo’s Picks For Holiday 2018

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Vans

Linerless boot that flexes like no other!

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Thrasher

Core shop exclusive green on blue!

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thirtytwo

Pants that sinch so you don’t get them caught in your bindings or drag them across the lot.

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Stance

Misfits… no more description necessary.

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Ride

War Pig, designed for powder but destroyer of all terrain.

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Dragon

PXV, more peripheral degrees than your eyes can handle.

Re-issue of Real Kelch Flyer

Getting to live out a dream and own your own skate shop has a lot of great and emotional moments, as i’m sure you can imagine. Almost 7 years in now, i’ve had quite a few but recently i had a top experience that i knew was coming, but still caused a level of joy that i was not expecting.

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A few months ago i received the email from Deluxe that they were going to re-issue the Real Kelch Flyer deck, and that they were offering pre-books (pre-orders) so that us shops could ensure we had them for the release date. This made me quite excited, and then i saw that they were also including the option of the original shape in a slick - which the early 90’s version was. This made me ecstatic! i imagine this deserves a bit of explanation...

The Kelch Flyer was the board i was riding during an emotional high point in my skateboarding life. It’s the board where i really transitioned in trick selection from what we’d now call old skool to new skool. Shuvits, pressure flips, nose-slide EVERYTHING (because it had a full nose as big as it’s tail), and the kind of technical things that smaller wheels, a thinner symmetrical board, and a slick bottom would allow you to do. It’s also the first board i purchased while in college which is when skateboarding took on an even deeper and personal emotional bond for me.

Skateboarding had already saved my life by then, and the love was there since day one, but in college i was finally in a life situation where my time was more my own. On that flyer deck i started a skate regiment that still is my preferred mode today - solo midnight sessions! Sure, going to school in Massachusetts meant that quick train rides started my love affair with Copley Plaza, alongside the fantastic new skateboarding friends i made there (many of which i’m still friends with today). Sure i now no longer had parental outfit inspection before leaving every day. But even with all those quality of life improvements, nothing… NOTHING warmed the cockles of my heart the way that self-exploration on a board under the darkness of night when it felt like the rest of the world was settled in for the night. Pushing through the streets, sliding those ledges, flipping those manhole covers, all alone and on that Flyer.

And then something else magical happened. When i’d take a breather, or while lying on the ground from a failed attempt i started hear it… that sound… my favorite sound… the sound of skateboard bearings rolling. Someone else was out here too?!?! Elusive and solo, around the midnight hour, staking a claim on the world when everyone else had left it for tomorrow. i started referring to him as Phantom Skater. Emotionally torn as to whether i should try to find him or if i should leave him be, i seemed to shuffle back and forth, depending on the night and depending on how much alone time i myself required.

Of course we eventually ran into each other at a spot and he quickly became my favorite person to ever skate with. No conversations, just his random comments muttered from a half-open mouth, or a recommendation for a spot we should hit. Rare silent car rides to said spots, accelerating to 90 mph for this one spot in the road where his truck could get air - and his double giggle (he-he) subtly squeezed out every time we hit it. He’d watch Jason Lee parts and try to recreate those tricks (often successfully). It was like getting to skate by yourself, but with someone else. We didn’t skate together every night, just periodically. To be able to feed of someone else’s stoke and energy, but without all those social pleasantries and baggage.

i loved skating with Phantom Skater and he fully embraced my nickname for him, sneaking a tight half-grin when i’d say it out loud. All those nights on that Kelch Flyer. i skated it until the ‘slick’ layer had completely come off the nose and i had a boardslide groove in the center worn all the way to the wood. Those were the nights where i was discovering who i really was. Those were the nights where i got to skate with my favorite skater, pro or otherwise. Those were nights of pure joy where skateboarding once again was saving my life.

The following year Phantom Skater just didn’t return. It would have been his senior year, my sophomore year. No one knew why he didn’t return. i had no contact info for him away from school, just that his family lived in Michigan. Of course that Flyer deck eventually broke as well. But those nights were some of the best nights i’ve had on a skateboard, equal parts fun, therapy, and self-exploration. Getting to hold that board again floods me with emotions. Somehow it feels just like i remembered it did. So much so, i can’t quite bring myself to hang it in the shop yet. Every so often i just wander out back and hold it for a second, just to have a feel.

Black Friday& Small Business Saturday 2018

Well, it’s that time of year for the annual running of the…

This year’s 2 - day sale celebrating Black Friday and Small Business Saturday will be: 25% off snowboard outerwear, goggles, mittens, and skate shoes. When you’re done knocking the turkey and cranberry sauce out of your fellow Mainers for that TV deal at the local box store, come here and relax to snowboard videos and the calming effect of a punk soundtrack as you save money on your snowboarding and skateboarding needs.

Just like in the pit, remember to pick up the fallen. No one needs to spend the holidays crushed.

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