Spitfire

LBS goes to LBC

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This year we here at Long's Board Shop got the chance to go out to Long Beach, California for the Agenda trade show. We normally go to the NYC shows but when the opportunity arises to go to Cali in Jan, you have to go for it. Eating burritos and wearing short sleeves out on a patio was pretty nice, especially when Maine was experiencing super cold temps that i usually am breaking binding straps in.

Geeking out over the new lines is always great but the added benefit to being out in California is getting to see some of the reps i usually only get to talk to over the phone AND since most pros reside in CA many of them are there hanging out with their brands. i've got to admit though, it's a bit tough placing an order when some of your earliest inspiration are just inches away. Sorry if there are a few holes in our Spitfire line but it's because of these two:

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Lance might have helped us all remember to keep skateboarding fun, But Guerrero was the guy that was skating the streets like my friends and i. We didn't have parks in New England, pools were a rarity and with limited time to skate them, and backyard halfpipes were constantly either getting destroyed by weather or complaints from neighbors.  Tommy G was who we were emulating starting out after occasionally finding a copy of a Bones Brigade video at the local Blockbuster to watch. A Jim Thiebaud shirt was one of the first skate tees i ever had and man, did i wear that thing until you could see through it. When the guys who helped form who you are as a skater turn out to be great and sincere guys, well hell, there's a trip well taken.

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Then i bump into Jamie Thomas. Jamie Thomas is arguably my favorite skateboarder. Idealistically and aesthetically he is one of the skaters that i feel i can relate to the most. He is as down to earth and sincere as i had hoped he would be. It was great getting to talk about Quicksand (one of my favorite bands) with him.  i ran into him a bunch over the process of our time there and got Boba Fett style head nods from him.

A3It was business time too though. i've been pleased to see skateboarding really making a move back to it's roots and saw even more of that everywhere (well, except for in those huge athletic companies blocks there). Feels like anything goes again and i love it. It's great to see that excitement and passion coming out of the brands that we work with, and that's why we chose the companies we do. It's a bunch of us who are just trying to live out our dreams and do something we love.

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No, you still can't get me to ride a wider board, but longer... maybe...

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Deluxe definitely always seemed like the place to be. Tommy, Jim, and Mic-E will tend to do that i guess.A6

There were pros everywhere, just walking around, and new pros being announced at various booths over the two days. Sarah was disappointed that  there was no Berra (i was glad though, she had a return ticket after all) but we did bump into Koston, Shepard Fairey, Westgate, Grecco (who's booth was maned by a sleeping homeless dude), and many others. i'm not very good at playing fan boy but sometimes you've got to. A7

When heading to an appointment i had to stop and get my pic with Cab and Powell. Living Legends. Lots of exciting products coming into the shop throughout this year and lots of incredible people that i got to spend some time with.

After all the work was done we had to head to an obsession of mine.  Salmon Agah's SOTY cover is my favorite Thrasher cover of all time and i've been following his pizza shop's instagram for quite a while now.  Skater owned pizza place with vegan slices offered daily and Clash references... fuck yeah, i had to hit up Pizzanista! Of course we had to add an LBS sticker to the collections as well. -tom A8 A9

 

What Came In - 9/19 to 9/26

It's been a busy week keeping up with orders coming in - between getting ready for the fall skate season & starting to get shipments from Ride, Smith, Rome & Mervin Mfct. HUGE shipment of wheels. We've got SF Formula4 in all sizes shapes - classic, conical, tablet. Some more Soft D's & 80HD. Some of the new Lance Mountain SF with new cut in conical walls, slightly wider riding surface.

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Plus there's that grip from The Mountain that some of you are going ape shit for. Kitties or Unicorns on MOB, man. Your choice.

 

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We went through our first round of MagLights from Tensor pretty quick. We've got more in and you really should come feel how light these things are. 3D put out some rails, added on to our selection of rails from Bones, Creature & Pig.

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Kittens aren't your thing? We've got all new tie dye Grizzly. More Mouse & Bro Style to choose from.

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If you're looking for new kicks, we've got more fall Vans on the way (expect an update next week), but we already have the new Lakai/Spitfire/MJ in stock.

 

AGENDA NYC

Now i don't need much of an excuse to make a trip to NYC, but going down to see all next spring's skate gear is a pretty good one. Agenda NYC this year was at a new location which allowed more companies to set up and also allowed us more room to get around the people simply there for the fashion show. Nothing like trying to get to your appointment to see the Vans line and having to figure out how to get around a guy in the isle wearing leather MC-Hammer-pants. IMG_0204sm

Once in the conference hall i had to pick between going to some event for "household fabrics" or Agenda. As if skateboarding wasn't enough of a draw, they were giving out free issues of Penthouse (among other mags).

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Got to see the new Primitive boards before they ship - look even better in person.  Got to talk with the actual wheel designer at Bones! i love geeking out on the tech!  Their new V5 shapes were a great addition to the line (having trouble keeping them in stock) but just wait for a few new hardness options coming down the line.

The Vans x Star Wars collab of this year will be hard to top for me but next spring's Vans x AntiHero collab is a pretty good follow up. Definitely going to double up on a couple of things in that line for myself. Deluxe (Spitfire, AntiHero, Krooked, Thunder, Venture) are always an annual favorite check in for me. Continued greatness coming from the Formula Four line, new size in Thunders, and tough decisions picking between the great line-up of board graphics. Pictured below presiding over DLX's "borrowed" curb is the man himself Mic-E (who set me up with a Gonz sketch last year during my visit to SF).

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It's not just all learning about the new lines, there are marketing lessons as well - as i now realize we need more scantily clad ladies holding balls at our shop events.  Lesson learned. Are hip packs making a comeback?

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It can't be all business.  The Brooklyn banks may still be cut off due to construction but LES makes me dream of what could be possible park-wise here in Portland. As if street skating in NYC wasn't great enough, i have definitely also fallen in love with skating among NY traffic Gonz style - the best way to get around in the city, especially when fueled by vegan treats.

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Until next year Agenda.

PS: NYC - please hurry up with that Brooklyn Bridge construction, we need the banks back.

-tom