Last year, The Dublin Longboard Crew in Ireland hosted their first ever Irish Downhill Skateboarding Outlaw League. After a few years of hosting Outlaws races, the mates finally decided to put their heads together and created an Outlaw League so us Irishmen (and gals) could get some race practice in before heading out to International events during the summer. Continue reading
Today we’re gonna learn how to build a prototype board! Lots and lots of prototypes are needed to settle upon a final board shape, and the fastest way to turn around a brand new skateboard sample to play with is in house, so let’s learn how it’s done!
Step 1 – Think of a board
This is the creative first step! Imagine the board, feel the board, be the board. This step is easiest and fastest done with pencil on paper, digital paper and pen goes a lot further towards creating the exact skate machine that exists in your head. We use 3D modeling software to create the different concaves, kicktails, and other bends that go into our boards. This way it also allows us to visualize the board before we even start physically working on it!
Step 2 – Make a mould
Now this is where sh!t gets technical. There are TONS of instructions and DIY projects online that describe how to create skateboard moulds and presses. We get an easy out here with our handy-dandy Computer Numerical Controlled cutting device! With the CNC machine we can convert our 3D shapes into files that tell the machine what shape to cut and it takes it from there.
Step 3 – Press a panel
Once we’ve got 2 halves of a mould, a positive and a negative, we can use them to make a skateboard sandwich. We make sandwiches out of Maple, Bamboo, and sometimes our Honey-Comb Hollo-Tech cores which were developed by bees. These sandwiches get a nice layer of wood glue and then get smashed with tons and tons of pressure in our super high-tech bottle jack press.
Step 4 – Cut a board
After a few hours drying in the press, we pop the freshly pressed panel out and skate it! Alright not quite yet, it’s still a 44″ x 11″ skateboard, too big to ride effectively. We take the panel back over to the CNC machine, set it up on top of a jig that holds it in place, and after whispering sweet nothings into the machine’s input port, stand back and let the board come to life out of the panel.
Congratulations to Dejaune Jones for his 4th place finish at Guajataca!
Rewind roughly 6 months, and Dejaune was in a totally different place – in an ambulance with several vertebrae broken as well as a rib, after hitting a guard rail during a race heat at the Madison County Gravity Fest. Thankfully, there was no paralysis although the doctors were unsure of his potential for recovery. Back and spinal injuries are nothing to joke about, and even with confidence that Dejaune would be walking again, there was the question of how well.
But Dejaune has spent the past 6 months astounding both his team-mates as well as his doctors, making everyone cringe every time he insisted on getting back on a skateboard or his BMX in the early months after his injury. But perseverance paid off, and after only 6 weeks he was back on his bike in the park, and after 4 months, was back to filming high speed downhill skateboarding!
For 2015 Dejaune is already going hard and not letting his injury stand in his way. Within just a few months of his re-introduction to downhill, Dejaune competed in, and placed 4th at the 2015 Guajataca Downhill Festival. We want to use this opportunity to give Big D a big shout-out for the finals finish, and our best wishes for his continued recovery, and his success in 2015!
Go big D!
Elusive in manner, big in stature, and a whole lot of hair around the edges.
The Longbeard is a beast that first appeared in Wheelbase magazine and on our website in No Shave November. It made a few select appearances in Decembeard, caught on camera by the Wheelbase crew, and once Janu-hairy is over, this beard might just disappear.
Limited to 100 pieces, each one hand-numbered, the Bustin x Wheelbase Longbeard is soon to be cut back before Febru-hairy arrives. We only have 3 left on-shelf. If you want one.. now’s your chance. Save ‘em from the razor HERE.
Winter is in full force here in New York City, so we decided to heat things up with the Jump In The Box sale!
Featuring 25% off all Limited Edition quick-ship decks, 20% off all Bustin apparel (including our custom organic line), and 10% off Signature Custom Boards, and Free Shipping to the US? You heard it right. Shipping is also discounted including $5.99 to Canada, and $59.99 or lower anywhere else in the world.
If you’re ordering from somewhere warm, one of the Bustin Crew might just jump into your box. Get the couch ready. (William Royce will bring his own shampoo).