Before Burning Spider Stokle Company was a shop, we founded a group on Facebook to service the local community. At the time we called it Burning Spider, but as more riders where found out about the group we wanted to make it easier for locals to find, so we changed the name to Kansas City Longboard Community. Now at 700+ riders it is a pretty rad place to talk skateboards and keep as many of the locals informed of what is going on. Kansas City itself covers a huge 316 Square mile area with skating varying from skateparks, to short steep technical .25 mile to 1 mile long downhill runs right in the middle of the city, to nature trails like the Indian Creek Trail that stretches 25.5 miles currently (more gets added on every year), and is host to many group distance pushes.
As the community solidified and grew we needed a place to get our longboard equipment. None of the local shops carried the depth of product and knowledge that a varied terrain city needed. We had a couple of corporate stores, and a dedicated street skate shop that wasn’t super stoked on ordering longboard gear. So we have moved to a store front right in the heart of one of the raddest places in city to skate and live. Located in the heart of the 39th Street District we are Kansas City’s Longboard Headquarters.
Our riders organize sessions in the community and there is very seldom a Sunday that doesn’t go by that we aren’t hosting some kind of event or group ride. We have two large events that we host. King of Kessler now in it’s second year and then we have been experimenting with different formats for other events. Last year was a city festival with long boarding at the heart of it, and this year will be a larger event at a new hill right down from the shop call Rumble in Roanoke. As the community has such a varied level of riders and skill levels all of our events tie back in to the ideal of allowing as many competitors as we can compete, with emphasis on the best all around skater winning.
We started the shop with a belief that the community should come first, and we aim to represent that through our strong customer, community service, and our product selection. We like to think our line up of products and knowledge reflect our own skating styles and that of our community as well. Our mission is simple and reflected by a simple question we ask people, “You Stoked Yet?’
If you are ever in or around Kansas City, we normally have something going on skate wise, or can get a session going pretty fast. Drop on by the shop, say what up, get yourself a high five, and we can get you stoked up.