Ever since creating the first deck, I've taken a keen interest in making longboard decks. Not only that, I've been using the natural beauty of different wood species to spice up one or both sides of the deck.
The longboard deck is made from nine 1/16” Canadian hard maple veneers that were glued and pressed together in a vacuum press. The process was first developed by Ted Hunter from www.roarockit.com. During the process, a slight convex curve was made in the deck to provide stiffness and extra leverage while leaning to make turns.
The bottom of the board is made froma single piece of flat-cut Sapele - wood native to Africa. This method showcases beauty of the wood: the brown colour with the various swirls and waves in the grain.
The board is finished with six coats of exterior varnish to provide ample protection against the elements. In addition, the exterior varnish has UV inhibitors that prevent the cured film from breaking down. The longboard has clear grip tape on top of the board to provide safe footing for the rider.
The deck is a drop-through deck where the truck are mounted from the top of the board. This has the advantage of lowering the deck placing the rider closer to the pavement for quick pushes. The longboard is furnished with brand new Bear Trucks and 83mm x 53mm 78a durometer flywheels.
Overall dimensions are:
Length: 109cm (43")
Witdth: 28cm (11")
Height: 10cm (4") at truck mount
Weight: 4kg (8lbs)
Wheelbase: 85cm (33.5")
As with any outdoor activity, the rider is advised to (but not limited to) wear any and all protective gear, be aware of the surroundings, and exercise caution