Photo story captured by Lanna Apisukh
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.
Bruno the Kid has been killing the game for years now – he first joined our ranks skating the Maestro Mini and his freeriding style led him to first the Robot, and then the Boombox. By then it was clear that Bruno’s style and skill warranted a pro-model deck catered just to him. The first iteration of the Bruno Pro was a large double kicked board – the Yoface 39. Since then as his skating technique has continued to develop into a faster, snappier style his prototypes have gotten smaller and more reminiscent of classic pool shapes.
Same rad boards, same rad service, same high fives and good vibes wrapped up in a fresh new storefront.
Distance skateboarding is cool, most people can do it, young and old. Find a paved trail, bring a skateboard and go for a rip, bud. You decide how far you will go, you decide when to finish. It’s Easy. I described the fundamentals of Distance Skateboarding in pictures from this morning’s rip, 11 miles there-and-back on the White Pine Trail in Rockford, Michigan.
1. Get up early and eat a good breakfast.
2. Have a chill if you prefer, then get out for a rip bud.
3. Switch-up your pushing leg every-so-often, skate proportionally and stay aero, bud. Use your arms to carry momentum and circulate yer blood.
4. Optimal distance push position is foot forward just rear of the truck bolts. Raise yer knee high when you pump and extend your toes when you push. Use yer entire leg muscles for best momentum, power, aerodynamics and performance.
5. You just went for a rip, bud. Take a selfie. It’s also a good idea to download Map My Run on your smart phone and track your performance. The app is free and really allows you to understand how you perform in all conditions and on all terrain.
If yer skating a there-and-back track, set a personal goal and achieve it. Mine was 5 miles, averaging 12.2. This is my first push in some time, so I eased into it. Skate however you prefer.
During the return skate, I kicked it in a bit to see what juice I had left. Felt good. 11 miles is pretty chill. I skated 6 miles back and averaged 13.7mph. Almost competitive! 14-17mph is the average speed of the fastest guys on flatland. Add some hills and some guys will average 24mph. Pretty quick!
The best part of Distance Skateboarding is you feel like a CHAMPION. I recommend it. Get out for a rip, bud. I prefer the Bustin Boards Maestro38 with 70mm-75mm wheels for Distance Skateboarding. The end.