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  • Posted in on March 29, 2011 by Kyle Chin.

    Interview with J Ben Hartley

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    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

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  • Posted in on October 18, 2010 by loadedboards.

    The Bhangra

    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
    our brains.

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    Dimensions

    Length: 48.5"

    Width: 9.5"

    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)

    Purpose

    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.

    Rocker

    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.

    Concave

    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
    shuvit-to-manual moves.

    Flex

    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.

    Graphic

    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.

    Construction

    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.

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    Epoxy Bio-Resin 

    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.

    Wheel Wells

    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.

    Setup Recommendations

    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.

    ENJOY,

    Loaded Boards

     

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    To see more photos of the Bhangra in action, check out our Flickr!

  • Posted in on August 26, 2010 by Kyle Chin.

    Update: Central MA Freeride Jam

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    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. 

    Downhill 

    1st - Alex Nexton (Loaded race gloves) 

    2nd - Will Miranda (80a Orangatang 4President wheels) 

    3rd - Scott Giambanco (Orangatang t-shirt) 

    4th - Brian Davenport (BC tee) 

    Freeride

    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, 

    Mike Girard

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