Vandem Longboard Shop News
The "new" Santa Cruz boards are worth a special look.
The Cruz Missile II concave was developed in the eighties to hit vert and transition. We like both of those things, so we were stoked to see Santa Cruz bringing it back in their latest line of reissues!
There's a lot going on with these boards. Combining rocker, a spoon nose, and a two stage tail, this concave feels amazing and will change the way you think about your skateboard.
With a deep concave for your front foot, and a mellower section for your back foot, we think...
We're now stocking the 2nd generation Orangatang Freeride wheels!
Click here to check them out.
Left to right is the Keanu 66mm, the Kilmer 69mm, and the Cage 73mm.
All these wheels feature a big core, stoneground running surface, rounded edges and narrow-ish contact patch, which gives an easy slide from new. (Check out our wheel guide for more info on all that...)
The Cage is pretty big for a longboard wheel these days, so watch out for wheelbite. On a drop-through or cutaway board it'll be a real nice cruising wheel with a bit...
Vandem Longboard Shop has a new home!
We must be crazy moving this close to Christmas... but we've done it, and you can now visit us in our new premises at:
Arch 4, Berkeley Court Business Park
Bristol BS5 0BX
Click here for detailed directions by longboard, car or train.
We're still settling in, with a lot to do... there's more decks, trucks and wheels arriving over the next few days, we've still got to finish decking things out...
But we already have the essentials (ie a whole load of longboard stuff to choose from... and...
We've been stocking a small selection of old-school reissue decks, and wheels and trucks to go with them of late.
Popsicles have their place... but we're two old dudes in a shed with a ramp, and we want big, shapey skateboards that make us feel like it's 1987 again.
Like our longboard stuff, we're very picky about what we stock. We're only doing brands that we think are rad, and we're only doing things that we skate (or want to skate!) ourselves.
Basically we're like kids in a sweet shop.
Our stock is changing all the time, as we generally only get limited numbers...
Like all forms of longboarding, longboard dancing has been evolving steadily over the last few years. Inevitably, more complex tricks and combinations have increased the need for specialised decks to dance on.
Both of these decks have been around for a long time. They've evolved from tons of rider input over the years specifically for dancing and flatland tricks. They're both quite expensive, but then we're in...
We had our friend Ben Williams in with us a couple of weeks back.
Ben is a super-talented graphic artist, we've worked with him before to do our Skate Or Pie Tshirt. So when he asked to do some stuff in the shop we were stoked to just let him loose and see what happened...
We've since been finding his drawings all over the workshop, but his biggest creation is this floor-to-wall skull trail that ends in a pool session:
Check out more of Ben's work at Tempocide.com.
Watch this space for more...
We've just taken delivery of a load of Hackbrett Longboards decks! More pf the giant Wasser pintails and some of the new 2017 Das Schnelle freeride/speedboards.
We've always offered these boards as custom completes, but you had to call us to order one.
Hackbrett boards built up with hand-picked undercarriage options to suit each board. So now it's even easier to own one of these beauties than ever!
The Lush Longboards Bristol Board Meeting went down last weekend, and it was a blast!
Over 100 skaters turned up to help raise money for Clic Sargent, helping kids with cancer via sponsorship and a prize raffle.
Adam, known to many of you who frequent our shop, won a Boardlogic Grommet Comet in the raffle. In a bid to raise more cash for Clic Sargent, he's re-raffling it on facebook.
To buy a slot in the raffle, just donate £10 to the event's JustGiving Page!
The simple pleasure of carving around on your longboard has never been more popular. At the cheaper end of the market there's a lot of "me-too" longboard completes without much to choose between them. Spend a bit more on a dedicated carving/cruising longboard setup, and things start to get a lot more interesting.
The Loaded Icarus and Lush Samba are two dedicated carving setups to come out for the 2017 summer season. They both aim to provide the best carving feeling out there, emulating the awesome turning sensation that you'll know if you surf or snowboard.
At face value, there...
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