2011 Buyer’s Guide

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RICTA Super Parks

JERRY
HSU

Soft or hard wheels?
Hard, then soft.

What size?
52mm.

Do you ride different wheels for different terrain?
What kind of fussy person does that? I hate changing my wheels.

How long do wheels usually last you?
'Til they turn yellow and cone a little.

Graphic inside or outside?
Definitely inside.

Bearing shields on or off?
All my heroes take them off, so I keep them on.

Anything special about your wheels?
Any product with my name on it is a superior product scrutinized to the highest degree—so everything is special.
GOLD Gallant Panther

RYAN
GALLANT

Soft or hard wheels?
I usually ride a medium hard wheel. I feel more confident that tricks are gonna slide with a harder wheel, and the board sounds crispier. Whatever Gold uses is good.

What size?
I ride 49 or 50mm wheels, anything bigger and I'm convinced I won't be able to nollie flip. I'll set up some big old softies though if I'm going cruising or skating a ditch.

Graphic inside or outside?
I usually don't mess with any colored wheels, plain white, graphic facing in.

Bearing shields on or off?
Swiss bearings sound better the older they are. I like them aged like a fi ne wine. Pop the shields off and get 'em dirty. I hate when bearings are brand new and silent—gotta be loud.

Anything special about your wheels?
I like to keep my wheels kinda loose so it rattles a little more.
BONES Chris Ray Filmer Wheel

CHRIS
RAY

What's the most important thing you look for in a filmer wheel?
I like when they're good for turning and grip the ground well. I like to be able to take sharp corners while filming lines.

Soft or hard wheels?
Soft wheels for filming— that lens isn't cheap if you hit a rock.

What size?
54mm for both. I like filmer wheels to be regular size so it feels normal.

Do you use different wheels for filming on different terrain?
I use filmer wheels in the streets, but in parks I use my regular wheels. Pumping in tranny with soft wheels makes you lose speed and I always fall. I carry both filmer wheels and regular Bones wheels on me and switch them out when it's time to get down.

Bearing shields on or off?
I leave them on for filmer wheels so you can't hear them while filming.
OSIRIS Duffel Standard

COREY
DUFFEL

What was the most important aspect for you while designing your shoe?
I wanted something comfortable to skate in and to be able to wear it out and about town—something that is not embarrassing and ugly. I like shoes to be able to take the abuse of my skating and yet look very simple and feel light and thin. Everything about my new shoe stokes me out. Plus, the insole art is inspired by The Who's Quadrophenia.

Are you picky about shoe colors?
I don't want bright colors or annoying graphics on shoes that I skate in. I like my shoes very simple and low-key. I prefer a black shoe or white shoe. Occasionally I'll wear some oxblood-looking ones or London green.

What's the most important thing about a pair of shoes for you?
The shoe needs to be comfortable for me to skate in it. The sole must be grippy and the toe cap has to be perfect for flip tricks. The materials have to be suede or a very thin pig-skin leather.

Vulcanized or cupsole?
Personally, I like to skate in cupsoles. My feet are so damaged from years of abuse that I need something with support. I like the way cupsoles look too.
ETNIES Malto

SEAN
MALTO

Do you do anything special to your shoes before skating them?
Not really, other than wear them around a couple days before skating them.

How long does a pair of shoes last you?
I usually make them last about a week.

Are you picky about shoe colors?
Black with a white sole is always the go-to, but I have been really into brighter colored shoes lately.

Do you ride your own pro model shoes?
I have been—the shoe came out exactly how I wanted it to, so it's been fun skating in it.

What's the most important thing about a pair of shoes for you?
I want it to be comfortable but also good for skating in. Also, you kinda want an even balance: that it skates good but you can also jump down stuff. Heel bruises are the worst.

Vulcanized or cupsole?
Cupsole lately, but I go back and forth.

What materials do you like best in a shoe?
Suede is always the best.
CONVERSE Kenny Anderson Star Player

KENNY
ANDERSON

What was the most important aspect for you while designing your shoe?
Keeping it a classic. It's the Star Player Skate, so it's amazing to work off of that sole and shape. I wanted to make sure we could always change up the materials, especially with the toe, and have new options every season.

Do you do anything special to your shoes before skating them?
Just put 'em on and go. Usually left foot first.

How long does a pair of shoes last you?
At least a month.

Do you ride your own promodel shoes?
Yeah, I do. It's pretty much the only one I've skated in since I got back on [Converse].

Vulcanized or cupsole?
I like them both. Star Player is vulcanized, but we're working on a cup right now.

What materials do you like best in a shoe?
I'm not too picky—I like to try them all. One day I'll have rubber and the next a suede or canvas. After they're broken in, they all feel the same.
DC Nick Dompierre ND1 S

NICK
DOMPIERRE

Do you do anything special to your shoes before skating them?
I usually lace them up and then twist and bend them a bunch. The shoe is a great shoe to just put on and go skate, but I like a super worn shoe. That's when they're the best.

What was the most important aspect for you while designing your shoe?
The main thing was board feel. The shoe doesn't have a very thick sole, so you get great board feel. Also, the cushion support is placed in the necessary spots to avoid heel bruises.

What's the most important thing about a pair of shoes for you?
How they feel and also the material that is used. To me it's more important to be able to skate rather than comfort. But that's why I designed my shoe the way it is—great skateability but also very comfortable.

Vulcanized or cupsole?
Cupsole all the way.

What materials do you like best in a shoe?
I really like the nubuck material, but it doesn't last as long as the new super suede by DC.
INDEPENDENT Stage 10 Standard

GEOFF
ROWLEY

What's the most important thing you look for in trucks?
Turning radius and strength.

Do you reuse your old bushings or put new ones in?
I ride the same set of trucks until they die. If the bushings, baseplate, or anything survives, I reuse that component.

How long do trucks usually last?
I have been riding the current set I have for two years. The pivot cup or bushings go first, but it really depends how heavy I am riding.

Do you like your trucks tight or loose?
Loose. I usually like the back truck slightly tighter. I ride them loose so that I can turn, duh.

Do you change the tightness of your trucks when you skate different terrain?
I only touch the tightness when I skate in cold weather. I loosen them more, as the bushings tighten up in the cold.

Do you always put four hardware bolts in your trucks?
Absolutely! Unless I lose one. I am heavy on equipment and don't want a truck flying off at 30 miles per hour.
TENSOR Magnesium Response 2 Low

DAEWON
SONG

What's the most important thing you look for in trucks?
Weight and response.

Do you reuse your old bushings or put new ones in?
I reuse always. I've had the same bushings for a good two years.

Do you like your trucks tight or loose?
Loose.

Do you change the tightness of your trucks when you skate different terrain?
No, I always leave them the way they are for all terrain.

Is there anything special you do with your trucks?
Yes, my back truck is medium loose and my front truck has only a bottom bushing and washers for the top, so it's really loose. It makes it so fun—some tricks don't even workout the way I'd wish they would.

Do you always put four hardware bolts in your trucks?
I used to only put three, but now I go all four. I had too many problems with my bolts getting loose.
KRUX LTD Downlow

LOUIE
BARLETTA

How long do trucks usually last you?
I usually end up riding a pair for three to four years. But that being said, I tend to ride my trucks 'til they completely fall apart, only replacing the specific thing that is worn out. Anyhow, I'll ride a hanger 'til I grind it down to the axle. If you look closely, you can see I'm always riding on a set of Frankenstein trucks—two different Krux hangers mounted on two different Krux baseplates. It just feels more comfortable to always be on a nice broken-in set of trucks.

Is there anything special you do with your trucks?
I only use three mounting bolts per truck: two in the pivot cup side and one in the kingpin side bolted down on my heel side. I do it that way because if you do crooked grinds, the force is evenly dispersed across those three bolts. If I mounted it the other way, it would put pressure on just two bolts. Anyhow, the three-bolt configuration also lets me know if the board is backwards.

Do you tighten your axle bolts all the way, or keep some room?
I never really have any axle-slip issues, but I think it is because I never actually tighten my wheels all the way—not sure about that though. That's just my theory.
THEEVE TiAX

ANDREW
CANNON

What's the most important thing you look for in trucks?
I need a truck that will not get axle slip because that drives me insane, and I like a truck with quick turns. I swerve a lot when I skateboard; it makes filming me difficult.

Do you reuse your old bushings or put new ones in?
I used to reuse my old bushing, but Theeve trucks come with the Bones bushings, and within a day or two they break in perfectly. So now I just use the bushings that come with the trucks. It's nice not having to do all that changing around.

Do you like your trucks tight or loose?
Loosey-goosey.

Is there anything special you do with your trucks?
Before I set up a pair of trucks I usually take it out to Arriba Mexican Grill, that's my favorite restaurant. You see, I like to make sure that the trucks and I will get along. Do they want back Smiths on round rails? If so, we just are not meant for one another, but if they love crooked grinds and swerving, then I will take them home and show them a good time.
ELEMENT Chad Tim Tim Treevolt

CHAD
TIM TIM

What's the most important thing you look for in a board?
The shape of a board is every-thing for me. I like the feel of steep concave—the board feels stronger too. Short tails are the worst; I like them somewhat long and pointy. Same with the nose—not as long as the tail, but also pointy. As for graphics, I never thought they affected me until recently.

How long do boards last you?
I usually ride a board until it's pretty dead, which means there's no more pop left. A board usually lasts me three to four days when I'm at home. And when I'm on the road I set up a board every other day.

Is your shape available in stores?
Yup, you can get my shape. Ask for the Tim Tim shape number fourteen.
CHOCOLATE Vincent Alvarez Portrait

VINCENT
ALVAREZ

Do you ever mess around with the special technology boards?
No, just plain wood is fine for me.

How much concave do you like?
Pretty mellow but not flat.

Is there anything special you do to your board before setting it up?
Knock on it.

How long does a board usually last you?
It varies—anything from a day to two months. I'll ride it until it breaks or until someone really needs a board.

How often do you break boards?
Maybe every other board I set up.
FLIP David Gonzalez P2

DAVID
GONZALEZ

What's the most important thing you look for in a board?
That the board has pop! And that it has mellow concave but isn't flat.

Do you ever mess around with the special technology boards?
Yes, I ride the Flip P2 boards. They are the best. They don't break as easily as regular boards, and they also have more pop.

Do you have any special griptape tecniques?
No, I just put it on.

How often do you break boards?
Not too often. I've never snapped a P2 board. I've been riding those for almost a year and a half.

Is your shape available in shops?
My shape is for sure available in shops. I want people to enjoy it.
SK8MAFIA Kellen James Easy E

KELLEN
JAMES

Do you ever mess around with the special technology boards?
Not too much. I try to keep it O.G.

How much concave do you like?
Medium—not much but not too flat.

Is there anything special you do to your board before setting it up?
Nope—just make sure I got the proper tools.

How long does a board usually last you?
Boards usually last about a week.

Do graphics factor into what board you choose to set up?
Nope, all the Mafia graphics kill it.

How often do you break boards?
Not too often, maybe once every couple months.
TOY MACHINE Nick Trapasso Brainwash

NICK
TRAPASSO

What's the most important thing you look for in a board?
Just flat and not too steep or anything. Whatever feels good.

Is there anything special you do to your boards before setting them up?
I flip them over and stand on the middle part just to make them extra flat.

How long does a board usually last?
Like two weeks lately. They break a lot—big boy style. But I like riding them for a long time. When they're all worked in, they're essential.

Do graphics factor into which boards you like to setup?
O.G. graphics are the best. If you have a wack graphic or something, you just spraypaint it.
DEATHWISH Lizard King Original Scent

LIZARD
KING

What's the most important thing you look for in a board?
It's gotta be like 8.5 no matter what. I don't like huge noses or tails, I just like kinda flat boards. It's gotta have a somewhat long wheelbase because short wheelbases suck. Every time you land on your board you just slip out. I swear. And I have to put my front right hardware in first because it's better for kickflips, I don't know why.

Do you ever mess around with the special technology?
Hell no. I stay away from technology as much as possible. My technology extent is text messages.

How much concave do you like?
No concave. Flat boards—dude, concave hurts your feet. It digs into my life.
DGK Stevie Williams Ghetto League

STEVIE
WILLIAMS

What's the most important thing you look for in a board?
Yellow-top boards only.

How much concave do you like?
Medium concave. Not too steep, but not too flat.

Do you have any special griptape techniques?
Grip over the bolts.

How long does a board usually last you?
Boards last me about five days to a week.

Do graphics factor into what board you choose to set up?
Yeah, no crazy graphics. I like my boards plain.

How often do you break boards?
Almost never. The last board I broke was three years ago.
PLAN B Torey Pudwill Pro Lite

TOREY
PUDWILL

What's the most important thing you look for in a board?
Shape, size, and concave. I like to have mellow concave for comfort with a steeper tail to pop higher. I skate a pretty average-sized board, 7.75, because my shoe size is eight.

What do you like about Plan B Pro Lite boards?
How long they last. Plan B has solid wood with long-lasting strong snappy pop. They feel real light and easy to control, so you feel comfortable with anything you skate.

Do you have any special griptape techniques?
I stick to always skating Grizzly Grip. Grizzly was started by me in 2002 when I was twelve, and it seems to give me the best energy when I skate.

DECKS

Alien Workshop

Hexmark

You're not going to slave away like a worker bee to pull your line with Alien's Hexmark construction. There's a honeycomb pattern pressed into the top ply that makes these boards super stiff—kind of like how your neck will feel after watching the hours of footage you've logged.
alienworkshop.com

Available Models:
Arto Anaglyph
Grant Anaglyph

Cliché

Keystone Construction

If these boards are good enough for Andrew Brophy, they are certainly good enough for us; that dude is as big as a tree and they seem to last under his feet. Plus, there's nothing really better than reinforced decks that are pressed one at a time.
clicheskateboards.com

Available Models:
JB Gillet Javier Mendizabal

FLIP

p2

In the words of David Gonzalez, "Ride this shit!" The P2 constructions comes equipped with a Kevlar (yeah, the stuff bulletproof vests are made of) fiber insert that sits inside a standard maple seven-ply for some of the strongest, yet still lightweight, decks out there. Go to your nearest twenty-stair and find out for yourself.
flipskateboards.com

Available Models:
Tom Penny
Geoff Rowley
Rodrigo TX
David Gonzalez
Luan Oliveira
Ali Boulala
Bob Burnquist
Rune Glifberg

Almost

Double Impact

Chris Haslam pretty much summed up Double Impact in his interview: "It is just way sicker. They don't flatten out and they last longer." But if you're looking for the technical version, Double Impact combines a carbon topsheet with two circular carbon disc reinforcements to absorb even more impact. Maybe next time you should just listen to Chris.
almostawebsite.com

Available Models:
Cooper Dudes Double Impact
Daewon Dudes Double Impact

Element

HiLight

With Professor Schmitt manning the helms, Element has always pushed the envelope when it comes to board technology. Well, HiLight construction, complete with three fiberglass beams in the top ply, is Element's next step in the science of decks. When in doubt, remember that three is the magic number.
elementskateboards.com

Available Models:
Element Lifted Logo

Plan B

Prolite

With three core plys made thinner for weight reduction and a special military glue used to hold it all together, the Prolite construction might just be the perfect combination of lightweight wood and reinforced strength. Put a sheet of Grizzy Grip on it and it's T-Puds approved!.
planbskateboards.com

Available Models:
Prolite MVP Ladd
Prolite MVP Rodriguez

Zero

P2

Pros get more boards than they know what to do with, so it's no big deal if one breaks in the matter of minutes. What this means, though, is that P2 boards—with their oval-shaped fiber reinforcement panel—must actually be worth skating if guys like Chris Cole are riding them. Maybe it has something to do with that "spring-loaded pop."
zeroskateboards.com

Available Models:
P2 Cole Signature Skull
P2 Thomas Signature Skull
P2 Brockman Signature Skull
P2 Tancowny Street Demon

SHOES

Adio

SST

Landing primo can be the sesh-ender. Same with heel bruises. Combine those two and you're out for months, suckin' back Otter Pops on the couch and soakin' the dogs in warm water while your friends are out shredding. Adio's Skate Specific Technology (SST) prevents that scenario with "Primo Pads," gel heel pads, and overall high-density construction.
adiofootwear.com

Available Models:
Modica SST
Standard SST

DC

Super Suede

Yeah, holes are inevitable if you skate, but some shoes seem to be made of paper bags. And as skate shoes are getting thinner by the day, DC saw fit to upgrade their materials with ultra-durable Super Suede that's 50 percent stronger and lasts 50 percent longer.
dcskateboarding.tv

Available Models:
Match WC

C1RCA

FusionGrip

A little science never hurt anybody. Unless you're the Unibomber or something. But anyway, C1RCA's FusionGrip technology gives you that ultimate grip in the outer sole to keep your flick under control. Just make sure you're using it for good, not evil.
c1rca.com

Available Models:
Mia
The Tweest
Hesh
Talon

Habitat

Bio Lumen Series
(All Vegan)

Habitat has always been down for nature, so it's only natural they'd make vegan earth-friendly shoes complete with inner-lining fabric made from bamboo charcoal. Be green without getting harassed by those annoying canvassers outside your local grocery store. habitatfootwear.com

Available Models:
Moray
Adder
Vireo

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