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Increased concave locks your feet in against g-forces, while the topmounted and cambered platform provides energetic performance in and out of each carve. The width of the deck has been redistributed while maintaining subtle tapering near the trucks to provide both ample leverage and awareness of foot position while powering through turns. The formerly vestigial tail has received the silicone treatment for improved functionality in both freestyle tricks and surf-style shredding. The Fattail is also equipped with a slight nose kick for manuals and shuvits.
Armed with more sophisticated modeling software and improved experience in conceptualization and testing methods, we were able to fine tune the Fattail's shape and contours to ensure more consistent flex characteristics throughout the entire length of the standing platform when using either wheelbase. We kept the camber of the original Pintail, increased the concave and added a nominal nose kick and a full (if chunky) kick tail.
A vertically laminated bamboo core is sandwiched between fiberglass skins. The tail is reinforced with an additional layer of fiberglass (top) and carbon fiber (bottom) for added stiffness and abrasion resistance. The bottom is finished with a bamboo veneer with a die cut water droplet pattern, which is filled with transparent urethane and a “floating” graphic to give a sense of dimensionality.
Since 2006 we've been devoted to using primarily “natural” bamboo exclusively in all our boards because natural is cleaner, right? Wrong. In late December 2010 we discovered that the “natural” bamboo we've been using actually involves a low toxicity bleaching process. The Fattail is constructed with a carbonized bamboo core (a cleaner process overall) and marks the beginning of our transition to carbonized bamboo in general for our lineup.
The Fattail graphic is an extension of the artistic concept explored in the two graphics used on the Pintail. The first graphic was designed by Jamie Engelman in 2004 as a meditation on change and growth. It was re-imagined more abstractly by Jan Michael Bennett in 2006 when we switched the Pintail from oak to bamboo. The current graphic was designed by Nana Studio (based on drawings by Daisuke Okamoto) and references the previous designs while expanding on the underlying concepts.
The Pintail was released in June of 2004—two years after the release of the Vanguard and a year after the release of the now defunct Fish and Hammerhead. At that point (and for a number of years following), Loaded was an uphill battle and the future was not looking too bright. Our boards were criticized for being too strange looking and quirky. We felt that form should follow function, but if we were to survive we needed to compromise aesthetically and create something more “traditional” looking. We therefore designed the standing platform of the Pintail with performance as the only design intent (at the time we had just started re-exploring tapered platforms) but let our love of surf and surf culture inspire the design for the nose, rear cutaway and tail. As of today, we're stoked to be leaving this one foray into tradition-based aesthetics behind (and, in the process, creating a more functional and possibly more beautiful board in all regards). That said, one of the primary reasons we called this board the Fattail is as a reminder of what it has taken to get to where we are.
The Fattail will be available August 1st in select skate shops worldwide.
Posted in on March 29, 2011
Click HERE for J Ben's interview.
First off, J Ben is my actual legal name my parents gave me. They literally told me that I could have the J stand for whatever I wanted it to when I was older. So that's cool. Stickin' with Jehu. Anyhow, I'm married to my awesome sauce wife Leslie. She's crazy supportive and crazy gorgeous... working on getting her on a Bhangra. That would be a stunning combo. New video? Hot wife Bhangra synchronized dancing!
I've been riding for almost two years, now. It kinda all started because I never could ride a skateboard... and that was not OK to me. I figured I was agile enough and didn't mind a fall or 200. So I bought my first board and hit the pavement. Literally. I broke my collar bone the first week. Hah. I can't stop now.
Apart from riding I'm a fine artist. I'm formally trained in figurative painting (www.jbenhartley.com). But I'm also a photographer and motionographer, as I work full time in video and motion graphics now! Woot.
Long story short, expect a lot more aggressive dancing videos from me, maybe some 3D animation, perhaps even my wife on a Bhangra. I'll start wooing now.
- J Ben
Posted in on October 18, 2010
The Dancer is dead - long live the Bhangra!
Global release on Monday, November 22, 2010.
Bhangrā - We
picked this name while Adam Colton was off the grid in Morocco in order to
twist his Nipples into creating Bollywood style skate films. Here's what Wikipedia has to say
about Bhangra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhangra
Yes, the names for our boards are a bit weird and hard to
pronounce, but we were all attacked by zombies last year and are missing half
Wheelbase: 32.75" (inner hole)
Weight:Deck: 6.3 lbs (flex 1) and 5.6 lbs (flex 2)
Complete: 10.1 lbs (flex 1) and 9.4 lbs (flex 2)
Pricing: $234.00 (deck) or $367.00 (complete)
We wanted to create a more compact dancing/freestyle board
that you could basically do everything on. A board that has plenty of room to get your dancing groove
on and is smaller, lighter, and easier to throw around. Something that is not overly huge, can
bust out steezy slides, and can be carried and fit into a trunk easier. Can you downhill on this board?
Probably, but it is not a DH board.
We are really stoked on the rocker in this board (the board
has a slight “U” bend to it). The original prototype had camber and felt good,
but we decided to put some rocker in it and bam a ram, it instantly felt so
much better. The rocker just sinks you into the board and gives you that extra
cushy, locked in feel. Feels great for dancing, makes sliding a lot easier and more comfortable, and puts the board lower to the ground, making pushing a tad bit easier.
HURRAY, we added concave! We added a mellow “U” concave to give you more confidence
when sliding. The concave also
helps lock your feet in when landing big spins and such. The concave is mellow and does not feel
uncomfortable for footwork moves.
Nose and Tail Kicks
More nose and tail curvatures allow for easier catching of the
nose and tail. If you get your timing down, yes you can ollie the Bhangra. Not
easy, but it can be done. Both the nose and tail will lock your feet in
nicely for manuals, but the different lengths result in distinct feelings of
balance and pop. You may find riding the board in a certain direction better
for some tricks; for example, the tail is really good for catching
shuvits-to-manuals, while the nose feels better for hang ten manuals.
Functional Griptape Design
This is our most thought out grip design to date featuring a
functional, shoe saving design and two different types of grip tape, oh yes.
For the main standing platform, we used a mellower grip with
a functional pattern to save your shoes.
As you all know, when you do pivot motions on grip tape you slowly wear
out the balls of your shoes; you are basically grinding away your soles on
sandpaper. We cut out this grip
design so that when you do your spinning moves, most of your shoe will move
freely on the bamboo, not the grip tape.
We also designed it so you still have plenty of grip tape on the rails of
the board for confidence when sliding.
We used a gnarlier, gripper grip tape on the nose and tail
to help give you that extra locked in feeling when holding out steezy manuals
for the ladies and/or gentlemen.
Plus the extra grip makes it easier to catch the nose and tail for quick
The Bhangra comes in two flexes:
FLEX 2 (90-190+ lbs) is what Adam S. (150 lbs) and Adam C. (160
lbs) ride. The Adam’s prefer a
board with a bit of flex to it (feels a lot better for freestyle). You can still take the flex 2 plenty
fast and do slides comfortably, thanks to the rocker and concave.
FLEX 1 (150-250+ lbs) is definitely stiffer, and if you are
160 lbs it will only flex slightly under you. If you like stiffer boards and plan on doing hard pounding
tricks with this board or weigh more (over 190 lbs), this is your board.
For this graphic we decided to try something new. We took a collage of Adam Colton’s scary
monster faces meshed together and screaming with joy and burned/branded them
into the bottom of the board. If
you feed them, they will stay happy.
The top graphic is sick and simple. It is a monster’s eye surrounded by a
swirling line. If you spin on the
swirling lines, you will get more speed… hahaha.
We are stoked to say this is our most organic board to
date. We have created a durable
beast bound together with jello and spider tears. Actually, the board is constructed from bamboo, cork and
epoxy bio-resin. We used no
fiberglass in this board but were able to get the strength and flex
characteristics we wanted by using two vertical cores of vert-lam bamboo with
cork in the middle for weight reduction and dampening. The top of the board is a cross-ply of
bamboo vert-lam to strengthen the board across the width and we use a similar
ply in the center (next to the cork) to stiffen up the flex.
Many of the boards have small holes in the nose and or tail. These are caused by grooves in the bottom core that allow the board to bend into a deeper concave. They will not affect the performance or durability of the board and are a great place to store soup.
Not sure if you knew this, but resin plays a big part in how
a board feels. We tried out a variety of resins, each having their own energy
return properties and flex characteristics. For a board like this, we really dug a more mellow, damp
feeling resin. Something that just
kind of sinks nicely under your feet and does not have so much energy return
that it wants to buck you off. We
classify the flex as soft, damp, almost "dead" flex. In contrast a Dervish has a more
lively, springy flex to it. So we
found the perfect resin for this board and are even more stoked because it is a
bio-resin and tastes good in cereal, hahaha.
We designed functional wheel wells to accommodate several
brands of 180mm trucks and 70mm wheels without risers. They will prevent
wheelbite in most circumstances; however, you may encounter bite if you run
super loose trucks with soft bushings.
Trucks: We recommend 180mm reverse-kingpin trucks: Paris,
Randal, Bears, etc.
Wheels: This board is intended to ride with 70mm or smaller
wheels. 75mm wheels are too big, and you will have to use a bunch of risers to
avoid the risk of getting wheel bite.
Plus, 70mm is such a nice, lightweight size to throw around, do tricks
on, and slide.
Adam Stokowski, Dane Webber and Adam Colton like this board
set up with 86a Stimulus wheel for sliding and shuvit spin moves. The 86a is a good all round wheel for
their style and provides extra leeway: when landing a shuvit wrong, the wheels
will slide the extra bit around instead of gripping and bucking you off. A softer wheel will be more comfortable
for cruising long distances, cross-stepping, manuals and such.
To see more photos of the Bhangra in action, check out our Flickr!
Posted in on August 26, 2010
Hey everyone! Thanks so much for coming out today - it was a BLAST! We had 53 registered competitors, and many more people who came out to ride and spectate. There were multiple local news squads on site, tons of sponsored riders, and incalculable amounts of stoke and steeze flowing all day. Despite a few hangups/delays, I think it all went pretty damn well - definitely stoked for next year, which will be bigger, better and hitchless!
FIRST off, a huge thanks to the sponsors. It's an extremely generous thing to donate expensive boards, wheels and gear to an event that has never run before, that was hastily organized with minimal lead time and only official approval FOUR DAYS before the event day! The sponsors helped bring talent, numbers, and stoke, and they made it into a legit event. So here's to you Loaded, Orangatang, Nashawtuck, Bustin, Original, and BC - THANK YOU!
SECOND, thanks to my staff. You all stepped forward, volunteering your help and time to make this event flow smoothly. We all worked together and I couldn't have put this event on without every contribution you all made - LOVE YOU ALL!
THIRD - A recap of the comp results! Winner names with prizes in parentheses.
1st - Alex Nexton (Loaded race gloves)
2nd - Will Miranda (80a Orangatang 4President wheels)
3rd - Scott Giambanco (Orangatang t-shirt)
4th - Brian Davenport (BC tee)
1st overall - Alex Newton, 86 points (Nashawtuck Dennis custom)
2nd overall - Dan Lawton, 65 points (Loaded Freeride gloves)
3rd overall - Jeremy Ross, 56 points (Nashawtuck tee)
4th overall - Stefan Kaiter-Snyder, 52 points (stoke)
Best trick - Antoine Petrelli (Orangatang 86a stimulus wheels)
Longest standup slide (soft wheel) - Alex Newton (Bustin Boca freeride wheels)
Longest standup slide (hard wheel) - Dan Lawton (Orangatang 86a stimulus wheels)
The rest of the prizes were raffled off, tons of stickers were distributed, and everyone pushed their limits, learned new things, and THREW DOWN HARD! It got super gnarly when everyone was freeriding in tight packs, and despite the tight corners and lots of little bails, we only had one serious injury - a collarbone break after a gnarly slam by a filmer. I am not sure of the rider's name, but get well soon and that will make for one hell of a bail shot!
FOOTAGE - If you took any videos or pictures, please upload them to this thread - http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/forum/new-england/149366-central-ma-freeride-down-hill-comp-slide-jam-8-15-10-a.html - I'm not sure how long after an event the facebook page expires, but if you upload them to facebook make sure to throw on tags so we can see them! Make sure to subscribe to the silverfish thread so you can see all the stuff as it's posted.
Thanks again for all of you coming out, it was awesome! GET PUMPED FOR NEXT YEAR! Bigger, better, awesomer... set aside some time in your calendar.
Lots of love,