2009 TransWorld Buyer’s Guide

Mark your calendars gear heads: The 2009 TransWorld Buyer’s Guide will be hitting skateshops, newsstands, and mailboxes on November 11, 2008. Those of you who were smart enough to subscribe will be receiving your copy any day now—for the rest of you, you’re gonna have to hit up your local ‘shop, bookstore, or our webstore. And as evidenced by that illustration above, there’s a lot of wacky sh-t out there to sift through, so here’s a ‘lil tease of the 2009 content to help you out…

–DAEWON SONG, AMY CARON, AND MIKE MO CAPALDI DEBUNK 10 PRODUCT MYTHS

–51 RIDERS AND THEIR SETUPS GET PROFILED

–OVER 2,000 NEW PRO DECKS, TRUCKS, SHOES, WHEELS, SAFETY GEAR, AND APPAREL GET REVIEWED

–8 IN-DEPTH PRO INTERVIEWS WITH RYAN SHECKLER, CAIRO FOSTER, LIZARD KING, JERON WILSON, DANNY GARCIA, BOBBY WORREST, ELISSA STEAMER, AND MATT MUMFORD

–PLUS YOU’LL GET A FREE PLAN B POSTER INSIDE!!!



To get you salivating, here are the pros’ picks on the most important part of their set-up that didn’t make the print issue…



DECKS
“The board has to have mellow concave. I hate steep noses and tails. They make me feel like I have to work harder to do tricks.”—Eric Koston

“The most important part of a deck is good wood, a good kick, and fresh grip. I like O.G. black griptape with no Rodney Mullen frickin’ darkslides on my grip fool.”—Chet Childress

“The most important part of my setup depends on what is malfunctioning. If I have flatspots, then wheels are the most important. If my setup is in normal condition, I think the deck is the most important. That’s what’s on your feet, and if it’s freaking you out for any reason, you’re bumming.”—Ed Templeton

“I do like Tony and just ride whatever.”—Andrew Reynolds

“The most important part of a deck for me is the size—7 3/4″ is perfect—not to0 small not too big. It’s just right.”—Chico Brenes

“The shape of the board has gotta be perfect for your big feet.”—Shuriken Shannon

“The most important part of a board is the shape and the dimensions. If the shape looks good, and the wheelbase and tail are right, the board will be sweet no matter what the concave is like.”—Brian Lotti

“Every part of a setup is important to me: the shape of the board for personal tricks, wheels have to bark when you slide with killer bearings, and trucks have to be Indys with broken-in bushings.”—Christian Hosoi

“I don’t try and get involved into the board too much. I think the most important part would be the how strong the wood could be.”—Alex Olson

“I like my shred sled fat and long. I cant skate no pinner-ass deck.”—Corey Duffel

“The nose and tail got to have good pop. And it’s gotta be a light board.”—Adam Dyet

“I like boards when they start to get soggy—after a few days the board starts to have a little give, the griptape isn’t as sharp, and I’m used to it by then.”—Silas Baxter-Neal



TRUCKS
“My most important part of my setup would be my trucks. They got to be pretty loose—I can’t roll with tight trucks… nah mean?”—Daniel Castillo

“The trucks are the most important part of my setup. I’ve been riding Ventures ever since I started skating. Can’t change something over a decade. It’s a comfort thing.”—Dave Bachinsky

“The trucks and bushings are the most important part of my setup, ‘cause if you can’t turn, you’re going to run into that wall!”—Chris Roberts

“The secret to a good trucks is an axel that wont bend. The new Thunders with hollow axles are perfect.”—Nick Dompierre

“Trucks must have the ability to grind everything, everywhere.”—Rick McCrank

“The secret to making a good pair of trucks is to make a truck that turns nicely. Like Indys.”—Ray Barbee

“A truck that turns smoothly and is reliable is most important. I can’t stand bending axles and breaking baseplates at crucial moments when I’m about to land a new trick or skate a comp.”—Pierre-Luc Gagnon

“Trucks that are broken in the way you like to ride them is a definite necessity.”—Chris Pastras



WHEELS
“Sh-tty urethane equals sh-tty, flatspotted wastes of money.”—Marc Johnson

“I’d say the most important part of anyone’s setup is a good set of bearings. Jeah!”—Clyde Singleton

“It’s all about the sound the wheels make. I like ‘em loud when you slide. I hate when they sound soggy!”—Mike Carroll

“It’s all about bearings, ‘cause you got to have that speed!”—Zered Basset

“The most important part of a wheel is its ability to roll. ‘Cause if you can’t roll, you can’t do sh-t.”—Ryan Bobier

“I think the most important part of a wheel is like pie… like apple or pumpkin or 3.14 or some stupid height like that… or um, maybe the spokes.”—Louie Barletta

“I don’t know what the f—k makes a good wheel a good wheel. But I do
know (from trial and error) that if it has that “Spitfire Classic” pattern on it, I am gonna be satisfied.”—Kevin “Spanky” Long



SHOES
“The most important about a shoe is the material. It has to be suede because suede breaks in nice—leather shoes feel stiff.”—Jeff Lenoce

“The sole is the most important part of a skate shoe because that’s what  grips your board. The new Globe Culprit shoe has a low profile sole with Hex Trac—it’s a really good sole to skate in.”—Greg Lutzka

“For me, the most important part of a shoe is the overall look, shape, and feel of it. If you look down at your feet and the shape looks nice along with a sense of comfort and you don’t have a disgusted feeling, you’re pretty much chillin’. Then you’re ready to rip.”—Danny Montoya

“If the sole doesn’t grip, you’re bummin’. That’s why vulcanized soles are the best. Osiris makes a great one.”—Diego Bucchieri

“The sole is most critical because you have to be able to feel your board while not getting hurt when you’re doing tricks. It’s a fine line, but that’s why its so important.”—Alex Moul

“Many factors should be considered while deciding what shoes are right for you. First, is this shoe made of animal products? And if so, was this an agile creature with a courageous heart? It’s important to be able to channel the spirit of said animal when attempting skateboarding stunts through the blood and hide of the animal wrapped around our feet (it is very rare to find such shoes… I don’t recommend this as your first criteria). Second, is this shoe endorsed by someone you trust? Someone that you know made the best decision picking the company/design team to work with? I know it’s very difficult to discern these details—that’s why Emerica has done it for you. Simply look for the letters ‘HSU’ on their shoes. It’s a mark of true excellence and quality and will ensure you the best product you can hope to find. It’s the next best thing to having shoes made of tiger skin and dipped in lion’s blood.”—Jerry Hsu

“The design is best for my feet—I like chill, low and light.”—Patrick Melcher

(illustration: TRUST36)