Welcome to a brand new addition here at the site. It’s called The Skateboard That Changed My Life.
We all know that skateboarding can change you, now we invite you to tell the world how a specific skateboard changed your life. It doesn’t matter if you are new to this, sponsored, pro or am…we welcome your stories.
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And now for our first installlment:
- Name: Rick Allen
- Years skating: Four
- Skateboard that changeed my life: Comet Takeover
- Sponsors: Waterboyz Surf & Skate, Speed Doctor, Team NoBull & SET gloves (owner)
The reason I would say the Takeover changed my life is because it changed completely my comfort level on a piece of wood.
I believe the Takeover was one of the first Comet boards with micro drop, which at the time was a big deal for the industry overall.
I had this overwhelming feeling of surfing on it, being able to kind of just center myself on the board and have that micro drop and rocker working to my advantage made pushing how fast I threw slides and how fast I would go downhill a lot more comfortable than on any other board id ridden up to that point. To that end I got on the podium in one of my first 50+ mph races (AUDH winter outlaw) on my Takeover which was a huge confidence booster.
Lastly, I rode a lot of bidirectional boards prior to the takeover so switching to a unidirectional top mount gave me a more aggressive “one way” type of skating mentality, which I think shows in the way I skate today and ultimately changed my life!
I’ve had the privilege of attending trade shows for almost twenty years. Many people have heard of the Agenda Trade Show along with Surf Expo. These are shows jam packed with unique products in the action sports industries and beyond. They are a blast to attend and the amount of incredible people I’ve meet over the years is incalculable.
While the shows are quite large, they are dwarfed by IPSO. What is ISPO? In a nutshell (actually, we’re going to need a bigger nutshell) ISPO is almost SEVEN times the size of Agenda and Surf Expo put together. It’s 16 exposition centers in one! Almost 80,000 attend ISPO in Munich and if you have anything to do with sports, you’ll find it at the show.
Since Concrete Wave concerns itself with skateboarding, we focus our attention on Hall B6. For the past three years, we’ve been fortunate to work with 40” Longboard Magazine as they create the Longboard Embassy. Publisher Alex Lenz and his crew do an amazing job. The atmosphere is pure stoke. You literally, cannot move it is so jammed with people. The people, the gear, the music and did I mention the beer is quite tasty?
I asked Alex for his take on the Longboard Embassy. “We are super excited and only focused on this! The four days in Munich are a crazy experience with a lot of crazy lovely people.”
Alex is right – it is a raging good time.
There are a tremendous number of longboard companies at the Embassy. This layout gives you an idea. It can take you 30 minutes to walk from the entrance to your booth. Massive doesn’t even begin to explain the size of ISPO!
I asked Kebbek Brand Manager, Joey Bidner for his take on things as this will be his first ISPO. “I can’t wait to see the latest innovations, and art artistic moves from brands that will be unveiled at the show. Not only in longboarding, but in snowboarding as well. This is the best part of a trade show, seeing in one place what every brand is creatively bringing to the table for our industry.”
I couldn’t agree more. There is a sense that it’s all coming together in Munich.
I wondered about the longboard scene in Europe. “We are looking to a great year ahead” explained Alex. “There are more races and events coming up than ever before.”
Alex mentioned to me this year the Embassy has expanded. We are over 1200 square meters. By my calculation, that’s almost 13,000 feet of skate stuff!
What’s even crazier, is we haven’t even mentioned the pumptrack that is set up! Yes, ISPO is that big, it even has space for a fully functional PUMPTRACK!
We are pleased to show our January issue…completely free!
Read about how event promoter Lee Cation faces the elements. We also have a farewell tribute to downhill legend Biker Sherlock. And a ton of other stories and images to inspire you.
Moonshine MFG is excited to announce the release of seven new decks to its ever-growing lineup of high-end, high-tech longboards. Of the seven, four are brand new shapes and three are graphic updates to popular existing boards
With these exciting additions, Moonshine’s lineup is now 17 boards strong and covers an even wider facet of the sport, from world-class downhill racing to aggressive freeriding to mellow campus cruising. While shapes, profiles and performances of each board differs greatly, every one is hand made in the USA.
Moonshine is also launching an industry-first 30-day performance guarantee for 2016, which gives customers 30 days to decide if the Moonshine board they have selected is the right one for them.
Moonshine’s 30-Day Performance Guarantee: Moonshine is so confident in the quality and performance of its boards that it’s launching an industry-first guarantee (in addition to its standard warranty policy):
If a customer is unsatisfied with his/her Moonshine board for any reason, within 30 days of purchase, Moonshine will exchange it for another Moonshine board of their choosing. This unique guarantee is desinged to give customers confidence in their investment with Moonshine MFG. If they’re unsatisfied or feel they have selected the wrong board, Moonshine will make sure they get the right one, no questions asked.
I received an email from Lisa Conner, a proud Alaskan and doubly proud mom of her son Casey who started up 907Boards last summer at the age of fifteen. I was intrigued. That’s a fairly young age to be a skate entrepreneur. Alaska might be the last frontier, but it is right up there in terms of skate stoke!
Alaska seems so remote…distant…what’s it like to live there?
Casey Conner: I was born and raised in Alaska, so knowing anything different is difficult. Living here is probably like living on an island for others in the Lower 48, because most people fly out. As you know, it is possible to drive but it’s a minimum three-day trip through Canada which now requires a passport. In Anchorage we have dark and cold days for months with the shortest day giving us about four hours of daylight.
What about the winters?
Longboarding in the winter is next to impossible, even though this winter has been very mild and I have carved out a few sessions on a local hill. The weather has been unseasonably warm with some days reaching forty to forty-five degrees, but the problem is finding asphalt with no gravel.
In the winter the city constantly dumps sand and gravel on our roads so drivers have traction on the ice – not a very good scene for longboarding. Summers, on the other hand, are incredible and the sun doesn’t really set for a few months. We can longboard at midnight!
What’s the longboard scene like where you live?
It’s very limited. That’s why 907Boards hosts and sponsors as many longboard events as possible. We are doing everything we can to grow and promote the healthy side of the sport in Alaska. There is a larger population of cruisers and freeride, but the numbers are growing for downhill. I prefer bombing hills, but it’s hard to find a lot of riders with the same passion and need for speed. There are probably two to three dozen that I consider serious longboarders in our local area.
One of my top goals is to compete nationally or internationally and use the opportunity to learn from the pros and bring that enthusiasm and knowledge back home to Alaska. I developed a little “cabin fever” this winter and started having withdrawals from not being able to skate. What is a guy to do? Build a half pipe in the back of the shop! The ramp gives me the opportunity to skate every day and offer training and skate time to customers. Honestly, I probably would have driven my mom crazy if I didn’t have this outlet to keep me active and on a board.
What was your reasoning in creating a shop? Tell us more about 907Boards
Basically, I started the business in my garage then it took over the family room at home. I tried to get my boards and apparel into local shops and was turned down. I am grateful to one national chain that displayed one of my decks as a courtesy and offered my business cards to interested customers. The manager of that store also spent a lot of time answering my questions and gave me several pointers about the sport. I really appreciate his generosity and passion for skating – as I do yours.
You’ve heard the saying, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Well, my only choice after being rejected was to open my own shop. Talk about an adrenaline rush! 907Boards has completely changed my life and the experience has been far greater than I could have imagined. The opportunity to act on my dreams and strengthen my business muscle has only been possible with the support of my parents, loyal customers and good friends.
907Boards actively promotes the healthy side of long boarding by hosting and sponsoring many programs and events. Here is a sampling of how we spend our time outside the shop:
During the summer:
- Slide Jams
- Downhill Races
- Push Races
- Ride & SlideTraining Sessions (on and off the half-pipe)
- ArcticThunder Airshow
During the winter:
- High School and Middle School Longboard Clubs, Shop Class
- FieldTrips to 907Boards for all grade levels
- School Business Partnership Events and Skate Demonstrations
- Freestyle Fridays Snowboard Competition at local ski resort
- Military Discounts, Sponsorships and Events
- Longboard Workshops/Classes
- Shop-Sponsored Riders locally and stateside
- Facebook Groups (Alaska LongboardAcademy and Boarding Alaska Style)
- Facebook Pages (907Boards and Longboard4Change)
- Pizza Fridays
- Skate Parties
We also promote and sell other Alaska brands in the shop
How long does the skate season last?
For fair-weather cruisers the season is from April to September. For diehard longboarders the season can be as early as February to November and if we are lucky and have no snow we can get in a few rides at “secret” locations during December and January.
What do you guys do for fun in the winter…and how long does it last?
My background is competitive snow machine racing and soccer, but I also snowboard. As you might expect hockey and skiing are also huge here. Really anything that gets you off the couch and outdoors is fun, since our winters can drag out for six months or longer.
Is it expensive to live in Alaska?
I will let you decide: the average price of a home in Anchorage is approximately $350,000, gallon of milk is $4.32, average lunch is $14.00, loaf of bread is $4.25, gallon of gas is $2.74, average rent for a two bedroom/one bath apartment is $1500/month plus utilities, minimum wage is $9.75 and a longboard setup retails at $350.00 for name brands and decent quality. Shipping costs to Alaska are very high and impact the price of goods in every industry.
Any final thoughts?
Please check out the 907Boards Facebook page and Instagram account for photos and more information about the company. We are currently building our online store, events calendar and blog at 907Boards.com. We are very proud of the recent article published in Alaska Business Monthly magazine, as this is the most legit media source in our state.
We appreciate your interest in our shop and the shout out to longboarding in Alaska. Please stay tuned as we announce our special project “LB4C.” We hope you and your readers find your way to Alaska and 907Boards!
8225 Old Seward Highway, Suite B
Anchorage, Alaska 99518