About My Board: Globe Trucker Longboard

I’ve mentioned my current 40″ longboard setup a lot, but haven’t taken the time to really describe what is going on with it. The board is, in truth, 39″ long (not 40) and is made by the Australia based brand, Globe. I didn’t really know much about Globe before I bought this setup. I researched a bit and found out that Globe also owns the third party brands Stussy, Obey,and Protec. They also own Hardcore distribution which distributes the major skateboard brands across Australasia, and at one point they owned Dwindle (Almost, Blind, Dusters California, Tensor, Kryptonics Star Trac reissues, and Enjoi).

I ordered the board because of a seeming lack of standard shaped boards with longer wheelbases. At one point (as I’ve talked about), I rode Eastbilt longboards almost exclusively. I moved away from longboards for awhile, but when I came back around to riding longer wheelbases, standard shapes had become difficult to find. Dancing boards were available but generally longer than I wanted, and often made with fiberglass (I wanted maple only construction). Other longboards didn’t have nose and tails made for doing any trick riding.

This board measures in, as I said, at 39″ long and is 9.25″ wide with a 21″ wheelbase. The concave is very mellow as are the kicks on both the nose and tail. The tail is slightly steeper, and the one negative I have about the board is the the nose is a little too mellow for my tastes. I’d like to have the board feel completely the same whether riding on nose or tail, but the difference isn’t enough to put me off the deck.

I got this as a complete and it came set up with Slant traditional kingpin trucks. These trucks, when sitting next to a set of Tensor alloy trucks, appear to be exactly the same just with a different branding. This would make sense since both brands were under the Globe brand at one point. I don’t know how the trucks would hold up under grinding and stair drops, but for the style of riding I’m doing with this board, they seem to be just fine. The trucks came set up with what appears to be 5 degree wedge risers, and had some very soft, very turny bushings (more on that in the next podcast).

I didn’t have much confidence in the wheels although they looked good enough. Since finding out they owned Dwindle when the Kryptonics Star Trac reissues were released gives me confidence in them although I have yet to try them. I swapped them out for a set of Mini Logo AWOL 80a wheels. They are  Bones ATF formula and are fantastic wheels. They slide yet only seem to release when I ask them to.

The other change I made to the board is an addition of nose and tail skids. Both are made by Mode skateboards and are saving it from having razor tail on either end of the board. I also cut out a freestyle circle in the grip which makes both footwork and dance easier on it.

Notes on Episode 6

I missed last week’s notes, but here are my notes on episode 6.

Bearings!!!

Rather than go into another rant on bearings, here is the link to a great post on the Stoked Ride Shop website:

https://stokedrideshop.com/blogs/bearings/why-bearing-spacers-really-matter

Also:

G-turns!

I do a sideways stance for G-turns while bob does a more 70s forward front foot stance.

Pumping: Notes on FS360 Ep. 4

I talk a lot about pumping on this episode. I really like pumping, and feel like it is something that doesn’t get discussed much in skateboarding except by long distance pumping skaters. They, of course, are a completely different story that we’ll have to discuss in the future. Well, here is a video a made a few years ago. I’m riding a 40-something inch 13 ply Baltic Birch longboard that I made from a piece of plywood. It is completely flat and has cut outs for the wheels. In all honesty, it was supposed to be a copy of an old Gravity board, but I ended up messing with the shape too much and it turned out to not be nearly as cool as a Gravity. Anyway, it does show the pumping before you carve up a wall I was talking about with Bob.

Notes of Episode 3

Our final longboard freestyle podcast (for now) before we move onto ditch skating on longboards as a topic. Originally, we were attempting to make a weekly mini-podcast of approximately ten minutes each. We can’t seem to make that happen, and our single topic podcasts seem to work best at 20 minutes each.

I’ve been attempting to tie freestyle footwork with longboard dance tricks. More can be read on luchaskate.com about that, but Bob talked about having ridden a longboard in a freestyle contest.

Eventually we talked about some non-freestyle or dance related skateboards including Alva and Skull Skates. Below is the Alva Fender board I was talking about: