Better-Extreme: London’s Largest Indoor Skate Park

We recently got in touch with the good people over at Extreme – officially London’s largest indoor skate park and a state-of-the-art climbing zone! With 900 square metres of skate ramp terrain, Better Extreme is the new must-visit place on the London skating scene. Based in Mayesbrook Park between Dagenham and Barking, Extreme has been designed and built by experts for enthusiasts of all abilities – including amazing features such as London’s very first key-hole Birchwood bowl.

As expected, the facility is fully kitted out with; a half-pipe, spine transfer, pyramids, stair sets and banked ramps and more. One of the best things about the Better Extreme Skatepark is that you do not have to be a professional to enjoy your time there! The aforementioned offerings are spread across three different zones to accommodate beginners, professionals, street skaters and ramp riders alike.

The Park opened its doors earlier this summer. On the 6th – 7th of June, the Extreme team welcomed amateur skateboarders and BMXers from across the city to celebrate the launch, inviting them to put the park through its paces and compete in an Am Jam. The weekend also saw live music, great DJs and evening socials for everyone who took part.

We caught up with Jamie Ross, head of the Extreme brand to discuss the new space.

  1. How do you feel about the new space?

    I couldn’t be happier with the work that Dave and guys at Carve Skate Park Designs have produced. They have captured everything that I asked them to and some!

    What I love about the park is that there is something for everyone and you can quite literally skate around the whole place without having to push! One of the big areas of focus for us is that there is progression, people can start from the front where it’s nice and flat and progress steadily into the bowl when they are ready and take in a bit of street too of course!

  2. From when you were growing up, to now, what are your thoughts on skate culture in London? And how much has it changed?

    I grew up in the north east and it was a very different scene all together I pretty much had to skate on my own. It was great watching video tapes of the scene in London and it was what got me into street skating (and a lack of transition where I lived).

    There is a real edginess in London which is so good, it really draws out creativity in people. It has become really raw and less like our counterparts over the pond. I think this is something great and unique within UK skating and gives us a distinct global identity.

    The skating today is just crazy. I can’t even imagine doing half of what people are doing today, without dislocating a hip anyway!

    The thing that amazes me is that the culture and supportiveness in skating still remains and I’m continuing to meet some amazing people young and old and I love that.

  3. What impact do you think a space like yours will have on the skate scene in London and in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham specifically?
    We’re hoping that we can give people a place to skate, BMX, Scooter, Inline that people don’t have to sweep (as we do this) and a place for people to hang out.

    It’s also really important that we have a safe environment where parents can feel secure that their kids are going to be well supervised by friendly and supportive staff.

    We hope that we can start to develop opportunities for many more people to get into these activities and start to help grow and develop ‘extreme sports’ further.

    We’re also hoping to get into schools and to be able to give something different for kids to do rather than the usual school sports offering. We just want kids to give it a go and we want to help them with every step of the way.

    Because Better Extreme is part of a charitable social enterprise, it is really important to us that everything we do is for the benefit of the local community. Any financial surpluses are reinvested back into our facilities and services. It’s a really exciting time for us and a real opportunity to help increase the status and quality of skate parks and hopefully we’ll be able to roll out this model to other locations around the UK.

  4. What advice do you offer to new skaters coming up?

    Don’t give up, keep trying and the rewards are like nothing else. Listen to those who have been skating for a while it will help you a lot. Definitely learn the basics before trying to tre-flip off the bat.
    Most importantly just enjoy, there’s nothing else like it.

  5. Wish you much success, what are the future plans?

    We have another couple of parks in the pipeline, one in Greenwich and one in Waltham Forrest. We are also starting to look into developing a Foundation whereby we can offer financial and training grants to talented young sportsmen and women.

Follow Extreme on Facebook and Twitter to support the community! You can also book a session today!

Skateboard Buying Advice

Here we take you through what you need to consider when buying a skateboard or skateboard parts. We sell complete skateboards for kids and then we sell individual components, that make up a complete. These consist of the deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, grip-tape, risers and bolts.

Check out our buying advice videos below to help you when making a skateboard purchase:

 

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Skateboard Trick Tips

This is our skateboard trick tip guide where we take you through the various skateboard basics, helping you progress along the way. If you’re new to skateboarding this will be perfect to help you understand and then learn the basics.

 

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Blunt Scooters: Range Guide

Blunt Scooters, also known as Envy Scooters in Australia and the US is one of the original high-end stunt scooter brands. Team pro Max Peters shows us exactly what these scooters can handle and the spec of their completes is more than worth the price featuring popular, light and strong bars, IHC compression and custom components, all making them one of the highest spec brands on the stunt scooters market! You can catch their European guys on regular filming trips through the UK, usually hitting street spots with the their European team including street shredder Charles Padel. This guide takes you step by step through their current stunt scooter range and will help you decide what scooter is right for you.

 

 

RANGE GUIDE:

COLT / £140: The Colt is an awesome beginner to intermediate level scooter, perfect if you’ve been riding skateparks a bit and want something that can take harder riding. It comes with stylish and wide high tensile 550mm x 490mm (HxW) dipped bars, welded 6 series alu deck (482mm x 113mm), IHC compression system with fully sealed headset, 2 bolt clamp, welded 4130 heat treated two piece fork, reduced weight alloy core 100mm / 88A PU wheels and TPR grips with nylon bar ends. Available in black/red and black/green.

PRODIGY / £150 – £170: The Prodigy is a great update from the Colt scooter, ideal for experienced riders with super high quality components. Upgrades from the Colt are all about catering for the more experienced and serious rider and they include 110mm Y spoke wheels for speed and strength, a longer 495mm Prodigy deck for the bigger street rider, flex brake for real stunt riding, 6 series forged CNC alu forks for super strength on landing tricks and light weight but strong 4130 chromo bars. This popular scooter is available in 7 cool colours.

KING OF SPADES V2 / £220: Unsurprisingly the King of Spades V2 lives up to it’s name! This scooter is designed for those riders who live in the skatepark and can’t get enough of the sport. Spec additions above the Prodigy include bigger and softer wheels for even harder riding (120mm / 86A), extended deck length at 505mm on the new KOS deck. It also comes with the SOB v2 forks and 4 bolt H clamp, both in place to withstand real punishment through your riding. Finally it has bigger and wide Max Peters sig bars (580mm x 560mm), perfect for keeping control while going big. Available in 3 high end colour ways.



KING OF SPAES V1 / £250: Packing the biggest punch at the top of the Blunt range is the daddy of the models. It’s designed for riders who are sending huge tricks and we know it can handle them as the Blunt pro team all ride this model. Spec is similar to the V2 King Of Spades but comes with harder wheels designed for street (110mm / 88A), 6061-T6 aluminium KOS deck with one piece cold forged head tube, designed to withstand really hard riding and lighter 550mm shorter bars shaving off a little weight. The V1 is available in one colour option.

 

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Grit Scooters: Range Guide

Grit Scooters have totally stormed the UK in the past few years. Their current range includes 6 different specs and price points covering everything from the absolute beginner all the way up to their pro team riders, who you will see relentlessly touring Europe. Grit are based in Australia, the birthplace of stunt scooter riding. With their roots firmly in scootering they have been able to develop a solid and impressive range of scooters catering for beginners, intermediates and the more advanced scooter riders. The Grit Atom and Extremist are both suitable for riders that have mastered the basics in the skatepark and need a scooter that is more suitable to their level. The Grit Elite and Tremor are ridden by their pro team so you can be sure that they’re designed to withstand hard riding. The Grit Invader is their high end scooter that comes with BMX style bars, alloy core wheels, superb strength forged headtube and features some of their unique paint finishes including a cracked paint effect. In this guide we will take you through the different models in the current Grit Scooters range.

 ATOM / £60: This scooter is ideal for the total beginner. It’s the most basic stunt scooter available from Grit and has a worthy spec for £60 with dipped one piece hi tensile steel riser welded bars (500mm high x 460mm wide), soft feel grips with bar ends, alloy double clamp, threaded headset, hi tensile steel threaded fork, welded diamond shaped fixed head tube and a basic stunt 6061 heat treated triple channel alloy deck. The ideal scooter for someone who is just about to enter the skatepark and it’s available in six hot colours.

EXTREMIST / £80: Next up we have a staple in the Grit range, the Extremist. This has come down in price to £80 over the past couple of years so you are getting a great spec for the money. It’s designed for the rider who has learnt the basics but needs the performance and capability updates that come with this model. It features the same core basic spec as the ATOM but with taller 530mm bars for the taller rider and to give more control. It also comes with harder wheels at 88A that are alloy core 5 spoke. These can take harder, bigger and street riding, unlike the ATOM. The final upgrade is the flex fender brake, perfect for real stunt riding. Available in 6 vibrant colours.

 

FLUXX / £100: If you’re getting more serious about your riding then the Fluxx is likely to be for you. The deck and bars are a total upgrade from the Extremist. As well as the basics on the Extremist the Fluxx deck is 4″ wide, with a 3 degree concave and integrated grind rails. The concave gives you more control when catching and sending whips and the grind rails will help speed your grinding as it has a reduced contact surface area than a standard deck. The bars come with a strengthened gusset, as well as being wider and taller than on the Extremist, as they’re 540mm (high) x 500mm (wide).

The fork and headset has been upgraded to a HIC compression system giving you a dialled set up that will last longer and perform better than a threaded system. The final modification is the wheels. They come two-tone PU with alloy slots. The Fluxx is available is four cool colourways.


ELITE / £130: The Elite is for the rider who has been riding scooters for a while and needs parts that can withstand their shredding. The Elite for 2015 comes with a whole bunch of features that deservedly price it above the Fluxx. The new alloy bars are taller and narrower at 540mm (high) x 500mm (wide), ideal for older riders.

Grit have stylishly skeletonised their downtube and the Fluxx comes with a slimline version of the HIC compression along with a sealed headset. The grips are ridged two colour for better comfort and grip, and come with robust bar plugs. This model is available in 4 classy colourways.

TREMOR / £140-£150: The Tremor is for the intermediate riders, maybe they enter contests or maybe they seem to permanently live on their scooter! The Tremor comes with a few spec plus points that that put it above the Elite including a wider fully integrated 4.34″ deck ideal for bigger feet and adult sized riders, light and strong chromo bars, slightly softer grips than the Elite, a contoured triple clamp and bigger 110mm wheels to give you more speed and to be harder wearing. This strong mid-high scooter is available in 3 colours.

INVADER / £200: The Invader is the top of the Grit range as they’ve thrown all their super high end spec ideas at it. It’s what their pro team ride so we don’t have to say much more than that! Upgrades from the Tremor are all about strengthened components and lighter weight with a fully integrated deck with cut outs, a forged alloy fork and wider bars. It’s available in four colour options.

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Sacrifice Scooters Range Guide

Sacrifice Scooters are a high end stunt scooter brand formed in Australia, the birth place of stunt scootering, back in 2010. They’re owned by BMX experts who have brought that knowledge into the scoot game. Sacrifice have had some of the best in the world on their team over the years including Ben Thomas (ISA World No.2 in 2012) and Dylan Scholes.

Sacrifice are true industry supporters and you will see them at all the major events globally with their riders going hard and getting involved. You can regularly catch their team touring around the world and you can get hold of their products in the UK through us.

 

THE RANGE:

We stock both the AK and Flyte series scooters from Sacrifice. The Flyte series 115 comes in a all over stealth and subtle black or a classy chrome finish. It’s incredibly light weight at just 2.95 kgs.

FLYTE: It’s designed for the experienced rider who wants the lightest scooter possible, without losing any strength or support. Sacrifice have used only the best parts on the Flyte 115, maximising both quality, performance and keeping it light weight. The scooter has a 115mm deck, Cyborg forks, Nutron Clamp, 110mm Delta Core alloy wheels, Hyper bearings, S Grips and IHC Compression. At £225 you are paying for total class and quality.


AK Series: We have the AK Series in both 110mm and 115mm deck sizes, the wider deck giving you a bit more control at the expense of it being a little heavier. The AK is the ultimate in both design and style. The AK started out as a deck only product but Sacrifice started offering it as a complete after huge demand for it. It comes with dipped wide bars on the 110 and flat narrow bars on the 115, Bionic SCS Fork, Recon SCS Clamp, Blender Forged 100mm Wheels, Hyper Bearings and Sacrifice Grips. This is the king of the Sacrifice range and designed for performance and style. The AK 110 is available in polished black, shark lemon, white and the AK 115 in Black, Tangerine and Ice Mint.
Keep a look out for more products from Sacrifice Scooters on our store and check out the links below for news of when their team will be touring in your country next!

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Roller Skates: A Buyers Guide

Roller skating was big in the 80s and has seen quite the resurgence over the past few years, for mums and kids alike. Flick through ASOS mag and look in Topshop windows, and you’ll see it’s often a fashion accessory as well as something fun that keeps you fit at the same time. Maybe you’ve seen them around and want to get back into it or maybe you’re completely new to it? We will take you through what skates are available, the basics of roller skating and what  other gear you might need.

ROLLER SKATING BASICS

This section is ideal for anyone who is new to roller skating or hasn’t done it in a very long time. We’ll start with the complete basics. Roller skates by definition have two wheels at the front and two at the back, of each skate. This is unlike inline skates where the wheels are in a straight line. This means it’s easier to balance on roller skates as the wheels cover a wider surface area.

Preparing: Start by putting knee and elbow pads on, plus your helmet. Once you’ve got your skates out of the box loosen those laces which will make those snug boots go on much easier. Put your skates on one at a time while sitting down to stop you from falling over as soon as you’ve got them on. Once they’re on your feet tighten the laces bottom-up, so start at the toe and work your way to the top.

Moving: Once you’ve got those skates on stand up using a skate-less friend to help support you, or something sturdy like a wall. Gradually start to push (or be pulled) along, just to get used to rolling around. This will inevitably feel weird to begin with, but be patient, it’ll get much easier.

A strong roller skating technique involves bending the knee of the leading leg each time you push off to skate, when doing this you want to put pressure through your leading leg thigh and balance over that leg while the rear / supporting leg is toe-tipped outwards. You then repeat this motion, switching leading legs. It’s important to note that your legs should be shoulder width apart while skating. This will maximise surface area and balance while moving.

Although difficult at the start, this will become natural as muscle memory kicks in and ability improves over time.

Stopping: Stopping on roller skates differs to inline skates, as you have toe stops instead of brakes at the rear. The best way of stopping is to use your front font and gently raise the heel, pushing your toe towards the ground. Don’t put too much pressure through the toe, you want to come to a gradual stand still. Too much pressure will cause you to fall over.

WHAT SKATES ARE AVAILABLE?

Here we will take you through the different types of skates and you should be able to find what is most suitable for the type of skating you want to do. We have roller skates from 11J all the way to 13A in various styles depending on what you want them for.

KIDS: We stock kids roller skates in various styles. Here we will take you through the main differences. As kids feet grow so fast we have many skates that are 3 or 4 size adjustable to counter this. They typically have a locking mechanism that holds the skates in a fixed size, that is simple to adjust as their feet grow. Good examples are the SFR Hurricane, StormTyphoon & Camden. The former two are what we call ‘hard boot’ and the latter two a ‘soft boot’ option, all with boys and girls colour variations.

Hard boot skates are sturdy and protective. They offer great stability and support. Soft boot skates are comfortable and ergonomic. They have slightly less support but still enough to give you what is needed.

Beyond the adjustable skates we have the fixed sized fashion skate options. The must have skates here are from two UK brands; Rio Roller and Rookie Skates, both offering many throwback colourways that will give you an explosion of colour under your feet.

WOMENS: Women’s roller skates can be broken down into three types – classic, fashion and function. Again both Rio and Rookie lead in the fashion skate area, both giving your look a retro vibe with max comfort and style. The SFR Cosmic is the classic option, designed for a dance style look, similar to ice dancers with fantastic performance. Lastly the Supreme Turbo is based on the original, classic and notorious Bauer boot meaning it’s designed for maximum performance and support. This is the functional option for more serious skaters.

MENS: Men typically look at either the Rookie Raider Hockey skates, which is essentially a hockey boot, giving you a sturdy and light weight skate. You may also be interested in the SFR Street 86 or the Supreme Turbo. The classic Bauer style boot of the Turbo is designed for performance and the Street is also very good but at a slightly better price.

 

 TRICKS:

Believe it or not it is possible to do tricks on roller skates. Check out Michelle Steilen owner of Moxi skates doing lots of street tricks in last years Bones Bearings video. If you’d like to get in to tricks then please master the basics of roller skating, wear protective gear and skate within your limits!

PROTECTION:

As with all street sports we highly recommend protective gear. Both Protec and SFR offer quality helmets that meet the European protection standards for bikes, boards, scooters, and similar sports. Protec have more comfortable shapes where your head tends to sit deep inside the helmet and SFR offer great value for money, while not compromising on quality. Both brands offer lids in numerous colours and styles.

If you’re just looking to be skating around we highly recommend our SFR triple pad sets, that come with wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads that all meet European safety standards for these sports.

Note for those doing tricks: As with any street sport, you’re bound to fall and get a few scrapes along the way, roller skating is no different. We recommend knee and elbow pads too, which will help absorb heavy impact and allow you to slide out of tricks, hardshell pads doing the former and gaskets, the latter. Both knee and elbow pads come in various sizes. Oversized pads are great for riders who will be riding ramps, whereas smaller pads, tucked under the jeans tend to be the preference of the street rider. If you’re doing serious tricks gaskets are the more comfortable option allowing you to slide out of tricks, particularly on street, but hardshell pads will always be better for taking hard impact, reducing permanent damage to those elbow and knee joints.

 
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Heelys Shoes: A Buyers Guide

Heelys have been one of the hottest kids toys for both boys and girls for the past decade. Kids can often be seen ghost-like gliding alongside their parents at opportune moments in shopping centres and along pavements alike, leaving on lookers baffled while having a great time. They are super simple to use and our buyers guide will take you through what’s available and suitable, how to use them and relevant safety gear.

 

HOW TO HEELY 

Each pair comes with a free How To Heely DVD so be sure to check that out, but we’ll cover the basics here. Heelying is very simple and after some persistence with it you will be gliding along in no time. Typically, you have one wheel in each shoe, always located at the heel. The best way to learn to ride along on those heelys is to follow these five simple steps:

1. Walk as normal but with a slight preference on your toes. Initially just try lifting the toes slightly as you’re walking. Play around with this until you start to balance for more than a couple of seconds.

2. You will naturally have a ‘leading foot’. This is a good thing, as you want to have one foot in front of the other while gliding along. This will help with your balance, as your stance will cover a wider surface area, improving your stability.

3. Have a slight bend in your knees and allow changes in pavement surfaces to be absorbed by having slightly relaxed legs. Stiff legs and stance while gliding means that sudden changes in riding surface like bumps in the pavement will throw your balance off. Slightly bent knees and relaxing those muscles will help this.

4. Look forward, not down. It can be tempting to constantly look at your feet while gliding however looking forward improves your balance. This is because you will be focusing on objects at eye-level, that look relatively still.

5. Be wary of speed. To stop on heelys you will need to put your toes down and sometimes if you’re going a little quicker, do a slight run-out motion to slow down to walking pace. Heelys aren’t recommended for anything much quicker than running pace because of this.

BUYERS GUIDE:

 With nearly fifty pairs of Heelys available from our online store you may be a little baffled as to what to buy. This guide should help narrow down that decision for you. Using the navigation on the left of the page you can select sizes from 11J – 7A. All pairs are fixed sizes as they’re essentially trainers with wheels in the heel, not skates. The range is broken into boys and girls models to help you find the right Heelys.

Here you will start to spot a few differences in the Heelys models. The main one is the number of wheels in the heel. Beginners, younger kids or those who struggle a little with coordination will find the double wheel models more suitable. Two wheels in each heel gives more balance and half of the boys models and a two thirds of the girls are provided this way. It’s clear in the pictures which are the two and one wheel models.

Some of the two wheel models come with velcro straps, ideal for youngsters and the rest come with laces. The models with laces and one single velcro topstrap give a little bit more stability, so they feel slightly more like a skate than a shoe.

There are some very fashionable designs in the range including Heelys style versions of the Converse Chuck Taylor trainers (X2 in Navy, Pink or Black/Pink), Nike high tops for the cool kids (Cruz, FlashFly Fade & Fly Navy ) and the more traditional skate shoe (Bolt & Jazzy).

TRICKS:

If gliding around isn’t enough for you then you could start to learn tricks on your Heelys. Be warned this is very dangerous and we advise full protective gear (see protection section below). Watch the videos and learn how to grind on your Heelys. You will need to have totally mastered the basics before moving on to this, it’s important that you don’t ride beyond your ability! You will need specific Heelys shoes that come with plastic grind plates in the middle of the sole, standard Heelys won’t allow you to grind on them. Check out the Heelys trick tips video.

PROTECTION:

As with all street sports we highly recommend protective gear. Both Protec and SFR offer quality helmets that meet the European protection standards for bikes, boards, scooters, and similar sports. Protec have more comfortable shapes where your head tends to sit deep inside the helmet and SFR offer great value for money, while not compromising on quality. Both brands offer lids in numerous colours and styles.

If you’re just looking to be gliding around on your Heelys we highly recommend our SFR triple pad sets, that come with wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads that all meet European safety standards for these sports.

Note for those doing tricks: As with any street sport, you’re bound to fall and get a few scrapes along the way, riding Heelys is no different. We recommend knee and elbow pads too, which will help absorb heavy impact and allow you to slide out of tricks, hardshell pads doing the former and gaskets, the latter. Both knee and elbow pads come in various sizes. Oversized pads are great for riders who will be riding ramps, whereas smaller pads, tucked under the jeans tend to be the preference of the street rider. If you’re doing serious tricks gaskets are the more comfortable option allowing you to slide out of tricks, particularly on street, but hardshell pads will always be better for taking hard impact, reducing permanent damage to those elbow and knee joints.

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Mindless Longboards Guide

If you’re completely new to longboarding check out our timeless Beginner’s Guide To Longboarding. If you’ve come to find out more about Mindless Longboards then you’re in the right place.

Mindless are one of the very few longboard brands that are designed and developed in the UK. The boards are designed and tested by skaters with decades of experience of UK spots giving you a board tailored for the tricky terrain we have in the UK. Not only that, Mindless also offer boards at really good prices, often costing lower for like-for-like spec setups when compared to Loaded, Lush and other big brands.

Mindless have a crew of riders around Europe including downhill speed demon Thib Le Guen, who can regularly be seen competing at downhill contests in France, like Peyragudes Never Dies, James Allen, a regular on the UK scene who is always at Hogtober Fest and can be seen in Thrill Mag, and Johanna Rolland, a cruiser and pintail rider from France with incredible balance skills. With these guys backing Mindless you know they are a brand to be considered seriously.

The Mindless range is vast, covering various shapes and sizes of cruisers, long kicktails, pintails and drop through boards. Here at Slicks we carefully handpick a selection of the best of the range, making sure you get the best spec at the best price. Here we will take you through the range, across the four styles of board highlighting our favourites and why.

 

Cruisers:

Cruiser boards are ideal for bombing around town, along the beach front, down hills and through the streets. They are typically 22” – 26” long and 6” – 8” wide decks with 3-4” trucks. The short and narrow deck, with narrow trucks, gives a super responsive and tight turning circle, making them extremely reactive to your moves. They are based around the original 70s and 80s skateboards that were designed to cruise pre-ollie.

They typically have massive wheels with a coned outer. The coning means the wheels react and ‘bounce back’ when pushed in turns. This means you can turn faster. The big wheels also mean you can skate over surfaces that standard skateboard wheels can’t cope with.

Find out more here: Daily / Rustler.

 

Long Kicktails: 

Long Kicktails are much more stable than their short and nippier cruiser brothers. They are far more stable but less reactive. They are ideal for riders with less experience or who want a slower and steadier cruiser ride. The kicktail means that you can still manual and maneuver around, similarly to how you would on a shortboard cruiser.

Find out more here: Raider, Corsair & Marauder.

 

Pintails:

Pintails are ideal for those who want a very relaxed longboard ride or those who want to ‘dance’ across the board. The flat surface and big wheels mean pintails ride smooth and fast over most surfaces, ideal for those who want to cruise along beach-fronts. The flat surface is also suitable for skilled longboards who do lots of step-over tricks on the board, which becomes longboard dancing.

At the higher end the boards have concave decks to add responsiveness in turning and through pressure as well as reversible trucks and lower profiles on trick based boards.

Find out more here: Rogue / Peche / Jivaro / Lakota.

 

Drop Throughs:

DT boards are defined by the big gap you see at the front and rear of the board, where the truck area sticks through the deck. The main reason for this is to give the rider a lower profile to the ground, meaning they have much better balance thanks to their lower center of gravity.

DT boards also come with cut outs above the wheels, to stop the wheels from catching the deck, which would happen with such a low profile on a pintail board. DT boards tend to come concave as standard with reversible trucks. Reversible trucks are useful as you can switch them around to have a tighter, or wider, turning circle, depending on the type of ride you want.

They also come with slide-able wheels, ideal for hand-planted slides around turns while going down hill.

DT boards are typically high end and designed for riders who will be riding seriously and fast, typically downhill.

Find out more here: Savage & Lakota DT.

To find out more about the Mindless Longboards range check out our shop linked below.

Links: Mindless Longboards Range / Mindless Website / Mindless Facebook / Mindless Instagram.

Top 10 Christmas Skate Gifts for Women

With Christmas just around the corner and an ever changing list of what’s hot and what’s not we’re here to help narrow things down a little bit, carefully handpicking 10 ideal gifts for women who want something stylish and fun this Christmas! We’ve flicked through all the latest mags so that you don’t have to and can bring you an on trend list of what’s hot in skating for women.

1. K2 Boa Inline Skates – £199.95.

These skates are the best recreational womens skates available. They are super comfortable, hard wearing and will help you get fit in no time!

2. Rio Roller Cancer Research LE Skates - £59.95.

Why not support a great cause while skating around? A percentage of every pair of these sold goes directly to Cancer Research.

3. K2 Alexis Inline Skates – £134.95.

Fantastic value for money mid-range recreational skates. These are specifically designed for women with a slightly lower cut boot and breathable soft-boot lining. Great for beginners and intermediates alike.

4. Rio Roller Salsa Skates - £54.95.

These bright and bold Rio skates tick the style box as well as making a statement. Ideal for rolling around your local public park or roller disco.

5. Micro Black Scooter - £159.95.

Without doubt the best commuter scooter on the market. They can fly by their colleagues in the morning and shave ten minutes off that commute with this scooter.

6. Penny Polka Board - £94.95.

Fantastic fifties style on this polka board. For the cool young lady who will cruise around town on this style machine.

7. K2 Kinetic 78 Inline Skates – £79.95.

Excellent value beginner inline skates. Perfect for those who want to give inline skating a try and are keen to get fit while having fun at the same time!

8. Eastpak Purpleton Backpack - £39.95.

Eastpak make robust and stylish skate bags and this a classic strong colour, popular with women.

9. SFR Skate Bag - £16.95.

Very functional and cool bag from SFR, ideal for carrying ice skates, roller skates and inline skates.

10. SFR Triple Pad Set – £24.95.

To avoid any nasty breaks or scrapes we highly recommend a set of these comfortable and protective pads from SFR. Includes wrist, elbow and knee protection.

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