LOOK WHAT’S NEW

March 20, 2017 at 5:26 am | News |

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Hi there, thought I would update you on a few new products available in Roller Derby Land.

#1. Smith Derby Knee Pads $119.99

http://www.extremeskates.com.au/protective/knee-pads?product_id=6668

I really like this new knee pad. The feed back I got from the skater was they felt snug and comfortable and they aren’t wide . They are very similar to the SOne Knee Pad in looks and feel.
In regards to impact protection for these roller Derby Knee pads was all positive. The Velcro system is strong and extremely adhesive so if fitted correctly will always be in place and the skater shouldn’t be pulling them up after a fall.

Features and Benefits include :
The shorter pad and flat knee cap both help to reduce bulk and increase mobility.
-Butterfly straps- A quick release system allows easy on and off.
-Removable foam *This gives you the option to be able to wash those stinky lil pads.
-Triple layer foam *Great for protection of those knees and recommended for comfort too!
-Double strap *Top and bottom straps to help secure the elbow pad so their is no movement or slippage.  Used with higher grade elastic straps to help hold into place.  The famous Scabs Adjustable Top Strap we have been known for since 1989!  Great for adjusting for the perfect fit.
-Abrasion resistant material *Made with the top quality materials to give the best protection on the market.
-Removable Cap *Great for having the flexibility to replace the caps if worn down from so much skating!  No need to buy a new set of pads once cap is worn down.
-These are available in sizes:  Small, Medium, Large, Xlarge, XXlarge

Smith Derby Kneesmith derby knee inside view

#2. Triple 8′s NEW Junior Helmet. $99.99 http:http://www.extremeskates.com.au/protective/helmets-kids/888-helmet-lil8

Last weekend I took the  Triple 8 Junior Helmets up to Epic Scrim with me to test them on the junior roller derby skaters. These helmets really have impressed me, they fit every child’s I tried them on so well. All you have to do is adjust the dial located at the back of the helmet and it provides a secure snug fit. The chin strap offers a padded area  pinch proof and for maximum comfort. The feed back I got back was “ohh I like this helmet and it’s so comfortable”. VFM =  Value For Money because they come with extra liners for when the helmet becomes too small.  They also come in various colours.

The Lil 8 lets the littlest riders wear the classic Triple Eight style in a new Dual Certified helmet. Perfect for bikers and skaters, it features kid-friendly features like an Adjustable Fit Dial System and pinch-proof buckle protector. So whether they ride a bike, skateboard or scooter, they can rock it like a pro!

  • AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND certified – New – Triple 8 now release their Certified Lil 8 Helmet which complies with Australian standards AS/NZS 2063:2008—Bicycle helmets.
    Dual Certified: Complies with U.S. CPSC Bike and ASTM Skate safety standards
    ABS Outer Shell with EPS liner
    Complete with our renowned Sweatsaver™ Fit Pads for added comfort
    Adjustable Fit Dial System to create a custom fit
    “Pinch Saver” Padded Chin Strap
    Includes 2 sets of fit pads to customize fit|
    Ideal for Biking; Skateboarding; In-Line Skating/Rollerblading; Scooters

Sizing:
To ensure a perfect fit, measure the circumference of your head starting in the middle of your forehead and match it with the size below:
18 – 20.5 in (46 – 52 cm)

LIL8 888 helmet

Look at these 187 Junior Pad sets.Kids love colour and the team at 187 Killer Pads have been listening. These junior protection pad sets are not only funky and fun but also provide the design and durability as the pro series 187 pads offering contoured form fitting design that cradle the knee, elbow and wrist offering freedom of movement. I tried these pads on with the junior roller derby skaters they liked the comfort of the pads, winner winner !! I am happy to recommend these pads to all the junior skaters out there.

Jr-Red-Blue

How gorgeous are these !!! The 187 Jr SHAAB
Jr6-Staab-Purple

 

A Guide To Choosing The Right Skateboard

November 25, 2016 at 4:48 am | News |

How do I choose the right Skateboard?

Extreme Skates offers a large selection of skateboard goods, which is great if you can walk in and know what you want or need. However, if you are a 1st time buyer perhaps for yourself or a beginner skateboarder,  we understand it can be overwhelming. That is where we come into it; we will walk you through the process and give you the confidence to make your own choices.

If this is your 1st experience at buying a skateboard “Welcome to the Skateboard Family” . One of first choices will be to either go for a complete skateboard or build your own. When buying a skateboard it is good to investigate the features and benefits of both options. It usually is cheaper to buy a complete as that is how they come out of the factory and therefor the choices are not there in terms of parts.

There are still a few things to look at when buying your first skateboard. We like to work on sizing and shape of board. That is why we carry a large selection of completes , finding something to suit your needs is our main objective.

When building a skateboard from individual components you will need the following:

Deck: When considering which deck to buy it is important to choose the right size deck(width). In order to do that we take into consideration several features, such as  height and shoe size. Once the right size has been established then it is a matter of choosing the shape of the deck that feels most comfortable under your feet. For example a person might prefer a deck that has more concave (Concave is the curve of the wood between the deck’s nose and tail. Concave allows a more controlled ride and a stronger skateboard. Read our concave guide below for more information about different concave shapes).

Trucks: Skateboard trucks are the metal T-shaped pieces that mount onto the underside of the skateboard and keep your skateboard wheels and bearings securely attached to the deck. They are a key component when you want to create your own skateboard. Skateboard trucks are composed of several different parts: axles, hangers, kingpins, and bushings. Skateboard trucks come in different sizes so it is important to choose the right size truck for the width of the deck as it will affect the stability of  your ride. Also avoiding wheel bite (when the wheels rub on the underside of the deck)  is a key factor when choosing the right trucks.

Wheels: Skateboard wheels come in a variety of sizes and hardness’s. The wheels are made of polyurethane and are measured by both diameter and durometer (the hardness). Skateboard wheel diameter is measured in millimeters (mm). The lower the number, the smaller the wheel.  Most wheels range from 50-75 mm. Smaller wheels result in a slower ride, and larger wheels result in a faster one. Wheel diameter also affects how quickly you accelerate and how tightly you can turn. All the above a personal choice and a decision should be based on what type of skateboarding is going to done.

Bearings : Skateboard bearings fit inside the wheels,( 2 per wheel) and are what makes the wheels spin. Bearings are sold in sets of eight and will fit all skate wheels Extreme Skates sell. Skateboard bearings are commonly measured by an ABEC rating which measures the quality of materials and precision used in manufacturing the bearing. The rating system usually has grades of numbers from 1 to 9. The higher the number the faster the bearing and the less friction on the bearing.

Deck Bolts: Also known as mounting bolts are used to place the trucks on the deck. You need 4 per truck a complete set has eight bolts and lock nuts. The deck bolts come in different lengths. Choosing the right length depends on whether or not you use riser pads as you need to allow clearance for the extra item.
Grip Tape : Grip Tape is a sandpaper like sheet on one side a sticky back on the other  which to stick to the skate board deck and has a one time use. Grip Tape provides grip and traction you cannot skateboard without grip tape if you want to stay on your board. There isn’t a standard rating to choose from it is a personal preference and most skate shops have suitable grip tape on offer. There are so many options to choose from with a variety of colours and styles.

 

 

 

Which Longboard Should I Get?

November 21, 2016 at 5:26 am | Longboarding, News |

Which Longboard is best?

We are frequently asked “Which longboard sh

 

ould I get?
There are a few key things to be aware of:

1. What specifically do you want to use your longboard for?

Cruising, Freestyle/Dancing,  Bombing Hills, Carving Hills, Down Hill Racing?

 

We have the right deck for you, check out or range  of longbaords as a complete or build your own specifically for you in Bustin Arbor, Jet, Omen, Drifter, Urskog, Globe, Grand Gopher, Restless

2. The length and width of the board.
Boards come a variety on lengths, the longer and wider the board the more room you have to move, but remember if you have to walk around with a long board it can be come awkard. As general guide  for your board’s length, people below 5’4” will want something 29” and under. Someone who is taller will want your board to be 32” and up. Larger boards will give you a longer wheelbase for stability and also more room for your feet to land.
3. The size and hardness of the Wheels should I get?
Occasional skate boarders can ride with a larger wheel of 65mm with a soft durometer. Softer wheels will roll faster grip better, and give you more easily controlled slides on street and or pavement – but not quite as fast when you are in a skate park. Take a look at some of the options Extreme skates has to offer
4. Which type of wheel is best for me?
The size, shape, and composition of the core of a wheel also plays a large role in the way it performs.
Adding a larger diameter core will make a wheel roll faster, which is a great benefit for transportation, freeride, and downhill. Wider cores help support the urethane better which makes the wheel more resilient to ovaling and promotes even wear. Using a harder material in a core will also improve roll speed and help prevent deformation of the urethane during slides to promote even wear. However, these qualities can also make the wheel slide faster. Slowing down quickly is a must for downhill racing, so you should b

e very careful about the size and composition of the cores you choose. We are experts in this field and very happy to help you chose the right wheel for the type of skateboarding you choose to do.

4. Do you want a kick in the tail?
Kick tails are usually at the tail end or front of the deck, angling upwards to assist with tricks and foot placement.
5. How do learn to longboard?
First off, welcome to the world of skating! Whichever type of Skating you choose to do the skateboarding culture has a place for you. The most important things when learning to skate board are patience and practice. Those two skills will have you skating comfortably sooner than you thought. Becoming familiar with your set up is going to give you the confidence to push yourself the extra step. We suggest you start off on carpet or grass, find where your feet sit comfortably on the board so that you find your center of balance.
It is important to get familiar with your set up, so that you know how it feels and moves under your feet. In the beginning, put your board on the grass or carpet and stand on the platform. Find where your feet are comfortable. Lean forward and back to feel the trucks move. Practice getting on and off your board. See which foot will be your dominate pushing foot and your plated foot. It is also helpful joining a skate community such as The Brisbane Longboard Family, to help you develop skills in a friendly environment.

6. Should I wear safety equipment? Such as helmet, knee and elbow pads?
Yes absolutely, why risk any form of injury. We have a wide selection of helmets. All our helmets in store and online are registered with the Australian Safety Standards. Extreme Skates prides itself in the variety of Protective padding we have in stock. Something for everyone regardless of size, age and shape.

You are now ready to pick out your board. Here is the link to our complete longboard Selection. If you are looking to build your very own personal longboard click here for a selection of Decks, wheels, trucks, deck bolts, grip tape and skate tool.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE

May 3, 2016 at 9:07 am | News, Skateboarding |

John Shanahan’s new part for DGK dropped  last week [ CLICK   HERE   TO WATCH ]  it was a breath of fresh air, in a time where style is becoming a distant memory, where awkward looking bodies barely rolling away from quirky combo’s are over shadowing smooth simplicity, this part comes along & gives hope & direction to the NEW GEN.  Proving the philosophy  “its not what you do but how its done”. This part gets me excited to skate, hit  the streets & try the trick till it looks smooth. DGK have a heavy line up of some of the best styles in skateboarding, with guys like Stevie Williams & Josh Kalis leading the squad, this kid has a bright future.

late last night I was on my computer reading a skate interview. i then wanted to watch a part i hadn’t seen in a while, something new, something that strayed  from the standard routine, honestly i forgot it existed but I’m so glad i  came across this last night,  Ronnie Creager’s part from               [ Rodney Mullen V.S Daewon Song Round2]  & his infamous part in  MENIKMATI both these parts are so insane, all these years later & it still stands strong as a quality video part.

ERIC KOSTON on  WKND!!!!! Cant say i was expecting that one! even though its a guest board & its not his permanent home, we are all eager to see when Koston & Guy Mariano end up after they left GIRL Skateboards.  here’s a link to his [Welcome Part] 

Cant go past a Josh Kalis interview, i  personally love reading interviews, i always have. Getting a glimpse into the thoughts of your favourite skater, seeing all of the best frames. like a presentation of the moment that defines the trick at that spot at that moment, forever frozen in time to be looked over & identified with. that’s whats so rad about skateboarders, whether your just beginning to skate or a veteran with a deep bag of tricks, you can look at a photo & want to know how, know how to, or want to try that trick.  we can all relate to that moment your just about to catch the board, that moment where you have it all on the line, make or break… link  [JOSH KALIS IN WORDS]

What Makes a Good Skate Shoe?

February 29, 2016 at 3:38 am | News, Skateboarding |

By Ben Monforte

The shoe used as an example is the NEW Riley Hawk Pro model for LAKAI.

In the many years I have been skateboarding, so many changes and variations have been made to skate shoes it would be too long to go through it all. However through those years I have had plenty of time and skated a lot of shoes to have built a solid comparison and a knowledge of basic function..

 

Above is a simple example of a shoe that has been properly designed for its intended purpose. All of these key points will ensure a quality skate shoe, more importantly one that works as it should.

(stitching/laces)  A dab of super glue/shoe goo, over stitching & or laces in exposed areas is   always a good idea to maximise the life of your shoes.

 

(Toe cap)  A solid toe cap is found in most skate shoes these days. Make sure you buy shoes that fit properly and your toes have the proper room. Squished toes are not good, too loose is also not a proper fit. Most suede shoes will give about half a centimeter in width and fraction in the front over time so if they are TOO tight or TOO loose it will result in less board feel & sore feet.

 

(The wall)   This is the first point of contact your foot has to the board, whether it be a kick flip or a Nollie flip.  Now if that wall is not firm then there is a delay between you moving your foot and the board leaving your foot to begin its flip (because the wall gives in to the pressure of the shoe coming into contact with the board). With a hard wall on your shoe it takes less of a kick for your board to respond, when the board can’t go anywhere as the wall does not bend with all the force being put on it. It makes for a faster, sharper reaction to your movement; the board leaves your feet when intended for a cleaner easier flip.

 

(The Sole) Think about how many times you shuffle your foot on your grip tape to set up for just one single trick? No wonder skate shoes wear out!! The deeper the grooves the better grip. Slippery shoes never matter till you’re on the floor wondering what happened. The pro’s don’t wear new shoes for no reason, it’s the only thing keeping you on your board, it’s a must have…

 

Many brands offer the necessary qualities that I have listed above, as a skateboarder you want the best product You want it to work, you want it to keep your feet safe & you want it to last! So keep these things in mind when purchasing your next shoe & I’m sure you will notice the difference.

Well that’s all for this week’s instalment.

If you have any questions about anything discussed today, or suggestions for future posts let us know. This blog space is for all of us to learn and share skateboarding.

Shredders League

February 10, 2016 at 4:26 am | News |

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO BRISBANE LEAGUE

We are extremely excited to announce…

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN SKATEBOARDING HISTORY A SANCTIONED SKATEBOARDING COMPETITION IN BRISBANE AND THE GOLD COAST, for more info follow the links below.

Shredders League is the Junior National League for Australia. Shredders League is an Australian Skateboarding Federation Sanctioned Contest circuit.

Shredders league runs for 27 weeks a year in each city divided by 3 x 9 week seasons.  Shredders League will roll out across the country over the next 12 months and allows for competitors to learn how to compete in a more relaxed environment.

Each League has 3 teams of 10 and is all ages. The top 5 scores from each team make up the winning score so if you are a young competitor and want to learn without feeling pressure this is for you.

Extreme Skates is the official sponsor for the RED Team and our home ground is Paddington Skate Park.

SIGN UP TO BRISBANE LEAGUE

SIGN UP TO GOLD COAST LEAGUE

ASK GIEBS

February 2, 2013 at 3:10 am | News, Skateboarding |

Send your questions to: 
E-Mail: sales@extremes.com.au
Subject: Ask Giebs

Extreme Skates team rider Gieb Turner knows a lot of things. We wanted to let him share some of his wisdom with everyone else. So if you have any questions you need answered, about skateboarding, Coorparoo, DC Shoes Centrics (black only), or anything you want answered, we invite you to Ask Giebs.

 

Paris V2 Trucks // Product Review

January 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Longboarding, News |

The Long awaited Paris V2 is here! This is the same beloved Paris design with some new upgrades and improvements! The V2 improvements include. Redesigned, stronger faced hangers. Tougher, longer lasting pivot cups. Improved kingpin clearance for a better carve. Stronger, more durable powder coated finish and branded grade 8 kingpins.

The Paris 180mm is the all-around and perfect any terrain truck. These are able to handle anything and everything you could possibly throw at them. The 180mm hanger is the perfect go-to size for most decks and compliments all riding styles. Like all Paris Trucks, the baseplate angle is 50 degrees, which provides the perfect balance between stability and maneuverability. All Paris Trucks are built with 90a Divine bushings.

The Paris V2′s boast a a new kingpin cut out hole which allows for more movement which stops the hanger hitting the kingpin resulting in LESS NOISE. They feature a deeper bushing seat, allowing for more restriction and a more responsive bushing feel. If you like running your trucks loose, or you prefer a softer bushing set up then the Paris V2′s are perfect for you, because they will give you a better return to centre and they will feel naturally a lot stabler. Overall, Paris have created a very clean looking truck, which is a massive improvement on their previous model. If you have never tried Paris trucks before or they are the only trucks you have even ridden the new V2′s are going to be an amazing choice no matter your experience level.

Get your Paris V2′s at Extreme Skates – Free Shipping to Australia & New Zealand.


Rain Rain Come Again…

January 31, 2013 at 4:51 am | News, Skateboarding |

Last Saturday every skate park in Brisbane was soaked…So we decided to take the box and some rails downstairs and make our own fun. Check out this clip to see what went down. Make sure you have like us on Facebook so you don’t miss out next time.

Props to Harrison Tracey for the vid.

Nike P-Rod 6 // Product Review

January 31, 2013 at 4:41 am | Longboarding, News, Skateboarding |

Team Rider Michael English talks us through the amazing Nike P-Rod 6.

Get your P-Rods or any  Nike SB shoes today at Extreme Skates – Free shipping to Australia & NZ

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LOOK WHAT’S NEW

New-Aririvals-04

 

Hi there, thought I would update you on a few new products available in Roller Derby Land.

#1. Smith Derby Knee Pads $119.99

http://www.extremeskates.com.au/protective/knee-pads?product_id=6668

I really like this new knee pad. The feed back I got from the skater was they felt snug and comfortable and they aren’t wide . They are very similar to the SOne Knee Pad in looks and feel.
In regards to impact protection for these roller Derby Knee pads was all positive. The Velcro system is strong and extremely adhesive so if fitted correctly will always be in place and the skater shouldn’t be pulling them up after a fall.

Features and Benefits include :
The shorter pad and flat knee cap both help to reduce bulk and increase mobility.
-Butterfly straps- A quick release system allows easy on and off.
-Removable foam *This gives you the option to be able to wash those stinky lil pads.
-Triple layer foam *Great for protection of those knees and recommended for comfort too!
-Double strap *Top and bottom straps to help secure the elbow pad so their is no movement or slippage.  Used with higher grade elastic straps to help hold into place.  The famous Scabs Adjustable Top Strap we have been known for since 1989!  Great for adjusting for the perfect fit.
-Abrasion resistant material *Made with the top quality materials to give the best protection on the market.
-Removable Cap *Great for having the flexibility to replace the caps if worn down from so much skating!  No need to buy a new set of pads once cap is worn down.
-These are available in sizes:  Small, Medium, Large, Xlarge, XXlarge

Smith Derby Kneesmith derby knee inside view

#2. Triple 8′s NEW Junior Helmet. $99.99 http:http://www.extremeskates.com.au/protective/helmets-kids/888-helmet-lil8

Last weekend I took the  Triple 8 Junior Helmets up to Epic Scrim with me to test them on the junior roller derby skaters. These helmets really have impressed me, they fit every child’s I tried them on so well. All you have to do is adjust the dial located at the back of the helmet and it provides a secure snug fit. The chin strap offers a padded area  pinch proof and for maximum comfort. The feed back I got back was “ohh I like this helmet and it’s so comfortable”. VFM =  Value For Money because they come with extra liners for when the helmet becomes too small.  They also come in various colours.

The Lil 8 lets the littlest riders wear the classic Triple Eight style in a new Dual Certified helmet. Perfect for bikers and skaters, it features kid-friendly features like an Adjustable Fit Dial System and pinch-proof buckle protector. So whether they ride a bike, skateboard or scooter, they can rock it like a pro!

  • AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND certified – New – Triple 8 now release their Certified Lil 8 Helmet which complies with Australian standards AS/NZS 2063:2008—Bicycle helmets.
    Dual Certified: Complies with U.S. CPSC Bike and ASTM Skate safety standards
    ABS Outer Shell with EPS liner
    Complete with our renowned Sweatsaver™ Fit Pads for added comfort
    Adjustable Fit Dial System to create a custom fit
    “Pinch Saver” Padded Chin Strap
    Includes 2 sets of fit pads to customize fit|
    Ideal for Biking; Skateboarding; In-Line Skating/Rollerblading; Scooters

Sizing:
To ensure a perfect fit, measure the circumference of your head starting in the middle of your forehead and match it with the size below:
18 – 20.5 in (46 – 52 cm)

LIL8 888 helmet

Look at these 187 Junior Pad sets.Kids love colour and the team at 187 Killer Pads have been listening. These junior protection pad sets are not only funky and fun but also provide the design and durability as the pro series 187 pads offering contoured form fitting design that cradle the knee, elbow and wrist offering freedom of movement. I tried these pads on with the junior roller derby skaters they liked the comfort of the pads, winner winner !! I am happy to recommend these pads to all the junior skaters out there.

Jr-Red-Blue

How gorgeous are these !!! The 187 Jr SHAAB
Jr6-Staab-Purple

 

A Guide To Choosing The Right Skateboard

How do I choose the right Skateboard?

Extreme Skates offers a large selection of skateboard goods, which is great if you can walk in and know what you want or need. However, if you are a 1st time buyer perhaps for yourself or a beginner skateboarder,  we understand it can be overwhelming. That is where we come into it; we will walk you through the process and give you the confidence to make your own choices.

If this is your 1st experience at buying a skateboard “Welcome to the Skateboard Family” . One of first choices will be to either go for a complete skateboard or build your own. When buying a skateboard it is good to investigate the features and benefits of both options. It usually is cheaper to buy a complete as that is how they come out of the factory and therefor the choices are not there in terms of parts.

There are still a few things to look at when buying your first skateboard. We like to work on sizing and shape of board. That is why we carry a large selection of completes , finding something to suit your needs is our main objective.

When building a skateboard from individual components you will need the following:

Deck: When considering which deck to buy it is important to choose the right size deck(width). In order to do that we take into consideration several features, such as  height and shoe size. Once the right size has been established then it is a matter of choosing the shape of the deck that feels most comfortable under your feet. For example a person might prefer a deck that has more concave (Concave is the curve of the wood between the deck’s nose and tail. Concave allows a more controlled ride and a stronger skateboard. Read our concave guide below for more information about different concave shapes).

Trucks: Skateboard trucks are the metal T-shaped pieces that mount onto the underside of the skateboard and keep your skateboard wheels and bearings securely attached to the deck. They are a key component when you want to create your own skateboard. Skateboard trucks are composed of several different parts: axles, hangers, kingpins, and bushings. Skateboard trucks come in different sizes so it is important to choose the right size truck for the width of the deck as it will affect the stability of  your ride. Also avoiding wheel bite (when the wheels rub on the underside of the deck)  is a key factor when choosing the right trucks.

Wheels: Skateboard wheels come in a variety of sizes and hardness’s. The wheels are made of polyurethane and are measured by both diameter and durometer (the hardness). Skateboard wheel diameter is measured in millimeters (mm). The lower the number, the smaller the wheel.  Most wheels range from 50-75 mm. Smaller wheels result in a slower ride, and larger wheels result in a faster one. Wheel diameter also affects how quickly you accelerate and how tightly you can turn. All the above a personal choice and a decision should be based on what type of skateboarding is going to done.

Bearings : Skateboard bearings fit inside the wheels,( 2 per wheel) and are what makes the wheels spin. Bearings are sold in sets of eight and will fit all skate wheels Extreme Skates sell. Skateboard bearings are commonly measured by an ABEC rating which measures the quality of materials and precision used in manufacturing the bearing. The rating system usually has grades of numbers from 1 to 9. The higher the number the faster the bearing and the less friction on the bearing.

Deck Bolts: Also known as mounting bolts are used to place the trucks on the deck. You need 4 per truck a complete set has eight bolts and lock nuts. The deck bolts come in different lengths. Choosing the right length depends on whether or not you use riser pads as you need to allow clearance for the extra item.
Grip Tape : Grip Tape is a sandpaper like sheet on one side a sticky back on the other  which to stick to the skate board deck and has a one time use. Grip Tape provides grip and traction you cannot skateboard without grip tape if you want to stay on your board. There isn’t a standard rating to choose from it is a personal preference and most skate shops have suitable grip tape on offer. There are so many options to choose from with a variety of colours and styles.

 

 

 

Which Longboard Should I Get?

Which Longboard is best?

We are frequently asked “Which longboard sh

 

ould I get?
There are a few key things to be aware of:

1. What specifically do you want to use your longboard for?

Cruising, Freestyle/Dancing,  Bombing Hills, Carving Hills, Down Hill Racing?

 

We have the right deck for you, check out or range  of longbaords as a complete or build your own specifically for you in Bustin Arbor, Jet, Omen, Drifter, Urskog, Globe, Grand Gopher, Restless

2. The length and width of the board.
Boards come a variety on lengths, the longer and wider the board the more room you have to move, but remember if you have to walk around with a long board it can be come awkard. As general guide  for your board’s length, people below 5’4” will want something 29” and under. Someone who is taller will want your board to be 32” and up. Larger boards will give you a longer wheelbase for stability and also more room for your feet to land.
3. The size and hardness of the Wheels should I get?
Occasional skate boarders can ride with a larger wheel of 65mm with a soft durometer. Softer wheels will roll faster grip better, and give you more easily controlled slides on street and or pavement – but not quite as fast when you are in a skate park. Take a look at some of the options Extreme skates has to offer
4. Which type of wheel is best for me?
The size, shape, and composition of the core of a wheel also plays a large role in the way it performs.
Adding a larger diameter core will make a wheel roll faster, which is a great benefit for transportation, freeride, and downhill. Wider cores help support the urethane better which makes the wheel more resilient to ovaling and promotes even wear. Using a harder material in a core will also improve roll speed and help prevent deformation of the urethane during slides to promote even wear. However, these qualities can also make the wheel slide faster. Slowing down quickly is a must for downhill racing, so you should b

e very careful about the size and composition of the cores you choose. We are experts in this field and very happy to help you chose the right wheel for the type of skateboarding you choose to do.

4. Do you want a kick in the tail?
Kick tails are usually at the tail end or front of the deck, angling upwards to assist with tricks and foot placement.
5. How do learn to longboard?
First off, welcome to the world of skating! Whichever type of Skating you choose to do the skateboarding culture has a place for you. The most important things when learning to skate board are patience and practice. Those two skills will have you skating comfortably sooner than you thought. Becoming familiar with your set up is going to give you the confidence to push yourself the extra step. We suggest you start off on carpet or grass, find where your feet sit comfortably on the board so that you find your center of balance.
It is important to get familiar with your set up, so that you know how it feels and moves under your feet. In the beginning, put your board on the grass or carpet and stand on the platform. Find where your feet are comfortable. Lean forward and back to feel the trucks move. Practice getting on and off your board. See which foot will be your dominate pushing foot and your plated foot. It is also helpful joining a skate community such as The Brisbane Longboard Family, to help you develop skills in a friendly environment.

6. Should I wear safety equipment? Such as helmet, knee and elbow pads?
Yes absolutely, why risk any form of injury. We have a wide selection of helmets. All our helmets in store and online are registered with the Australian Safety Standards. Extreme Skates prides itself in the variety of Protective padding we have in stock. Something for everyone regardless of size, age and shape.

You are now ready to pick out your board. Here is the link to our complete longboard Selection. If you are looking to build your very own personal longboard click here for a selection of Decks, wheels, trucks, deck bolts, grip tape and skate tool.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE

John Shanahan’s new part for DGK dropped  last week [ CLICK   HERE   TO WATCH ]  it was a breath of fresh air, in a time where style is becoming a distant memory, where awkward looking bodies barely rolling away from quirky combo’s are over shadowing smooth simplicity, this part comes along & gives hope & direction to the NEW GEN.  Proving the philosophy  “its not what you do but how its done”. This part gets me excited to skate, hit  the streets & try the trick till it looks smooth. DGK have a heavy line up of some of the best styles in skateboarding, with guys like Stevie Williams & Josh Kalis leading the squad, this kid has a bright future.

late last night I was on my computer reading a skate interview. i then wanted to watch a part i hadn’t seen in a while, something new, something that strayed  from the standard routine, honestly i forgot it existed but I’m so glad i  came across this last night,  Ronnie Creager’s part from               [ Rodney Mullen V.S Daewon Song Round2]  & his infamous part in  MENIKMATI both these parts are so insane, all these years later & it still stands strong as a quality video part.

ERIC KOSTON on  WKND!!!!! Cant say i was expecting that one! even though its a guest board & its not his permanent home, we are all eager to see when Koston & Guy Mariano end up after they left GIRL Skateboards.  here’s a link to his [Welcome Part] 

Cant go past a Josh Kalis interview, i  personally love reading interviews, i always have. Getting a glimpse into the thoughts of your favourite skater, seeing all of the best frames. like a presentation of the moment that defines the trick at that spot at that moment, forever frozen in time to be looked over & identified with. that’s whats so rad about skateboarders, whether your just beginning to skate or a veteran with a deep bag of tricks, you can look at a photo & want to know how, know how to, or want to try that trick.  we can all relate to that moment your just about to catch the board, that moment where you have it all on the line, make or break… link  [JOSH KALIS IN WORDS]

What Makes a Good Skate Shoe?

By Ben Monforte

The shoe used as an example is the NEW Riley Hawk Pro model for LAKAI.

In the many years I have been skateboarding, so many changes and variations have been made to skate shoes it would be too long to go through it all. However through those years I have had plenty of time and skated a lot of shoes to have built a solid comparison and a knowledge of basic function..

 

Above is a simple example of a shoe that has been properly designed for its intended purpose. All of these key points will ensure a quality skate shoe, more importantly one that works as it should.

(stitching/laces)  A dab of super glue/shoe goo, over stitching & or laces in exposed areas is   always a good idea to maximise the life of your shoes.

 

(Toe cap)  A solid toe cap is found in most skate shoes these days. Make sure you buy shoes that fit properly and your toes have the proper room. Squished toes are not good, too loose is also not a proper fit. Most suede shoes will give about half a centimeter in width and fraction in the front over time so if they are TOO tight or TOO loose it will result in less board feel & sore feet.

 

(The wall)   This is the first point of contact your foot has to the board, whether it be a kick flip or a Nollie flip.  Now if that wall is not firm then there is a delay between you moving your foot and the board leaving your foot to begin its flip (because the wall gives in to the pressure of the shoe coming into contact with the board). With a hard wall on your shoe it takes less of a kick for your board to respond, when the board can’t go anywhere as the wall does not bend with all the force being put on it. It makes for a faster, sharper reaction to your movement; the board leaves your feet when intended for a cleaner easier flip.

 

(The Sole) Think about how many times you shuffle your foot on your grip tape to set up for just one single trick? No wonder skate shoes wear out!! The deeper the grooves the better grip. Slippery shoes never matter till you’re on the floor wondering what happened. The pro’s don’t wear new shoes for no reason, it’s the only thing keeping you on your board, it’s a must have…

 

Many brands offer the necessary qualities that I have listed above, as a skateboarder you want the best product You want it to work, you want it to keep your feet safe & you want it to last! So keep these things in mind when purchasing your next shoe & I’m sure you will notice the difference.

Well that’s all for this week’s instalment.

If you have any questions about anything discussed today, or suggestions for future posts let us know. This blog space is for all of us to learn and share skateboarding.

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