Using sophisticated \(for us\) design software and curvature calculations, we extensively tested various different widths and subtle changes to the deck shape. We then collectively decided that this new 9\" wide shape \(the old Dervish was 8.5\" with a different neck curvature\) provided a satisfactory balance of comfort, edge control, and responsiveness.
The Dervish Sama also received a more pronounced concave profile, which is further augmented by the increased deck width. The result is improved edge feel for turn initiation and extra control while sliding.
NOSE & TAIL KICKS
To keep up with the current caliber of freestyle riding, we gave the Dervish the most tasteful of nosejobs. After testing several new shapes and sizes, we lengthened the tips for additional leverage, widened the neck to increase durability and ensure a consistent flex pattern through the entire deck, and added subtle kicks to increase pop and to lock your feet in. The kicks are reinforced with an extra layer of fiberglass for added stiffness and durability.
A six-piece symmetrical griptape pattern was designed with performance and elegance in mind. The two sections at the kicks use an aggressive, rougher-grit grip to provide enhanced control and security for manuals and freestyle tricks. The four middle sections use a milder, finer-grit grip \(comparable to street skate grip\) to facilitate dancing and footwork maneuvers. The segmented design yields functional coverage without interfering with the boards flex pattern.
The Dervish Sama's versatility lends it to many disciplines, but at its heart lies a deeply rooted passion for carving. The cambered platform and weight-tailored flex pattern work together synergistically to provide a lively, flowing ride. Press your weight into a turn to preload the deck's curvature; unweight as you finish the carve and feel the board snap back with positive energy return.
Flex 1: 170-250+lbs / 75-114+kg
Flex 2: 100-185+lbs / 45-84+kg
Flex 3: 75-150+lbs / 35-68+kg
Keep in mind that a softer flex pattern will give you more control and tighter turns at slower speeds and make it easier to slide, but tends to lose stability slightly at higher speeds. Stiffer flex means more energy potential, more stability at higher speeds, and makes air moves easier, but will not be as forgiving and lively when cruising.
We recommend 180mm or 10" trucks (Paris, Bear, Gullwing Charger, Navigator, etc.) for the Dervish Sama.
When setting up trucks we recommend using a 1/16" shock pad between the base plate and the deck as well as washers between the nut and the deck.
This board is designed to accommodate 75mm wheels without wheelbite. A wider race style wheel is ideal for maintaining roll speed and traction through hard carves, while a 70-75mm freeride wheel will provide a well rounded balance of grip and drift for a more slide-friendly riding style.
Riders leaning towards freestyle and aggressive freeriding may prefer a lighter and/or smaller wheel in the 70mm+ range.
NAME & GRAPHICS
Continuing our exploration in color theory and geometry, we looked deeper into Bauhaus principles to create this homage to the circle. By exposing multiple forms over one another, we were able to exemplify the arcing and flowing movements possible on this carving board and honor the whirling and spiritual experience debuted by its namesake. Lean this board against your Breuer chair or boardslide it into a custom work of art; either way, we think you will enjoy the new Dervish Sama.
Epoxy and triaxial fiberglass sandwich a vertically laminated bamboo core, pressed into concave and convex cambers for liveliness, responsiveness and high energy potential. Drop-through cutouts are CNC milled for precision.
In 2007, the Dervish was our first venture into dropthrough construction and an opportunity to create a flexy, bamboo composite carver with the versatility to handle a variety of riding styles. Five years later, we've revisited this flagship board with new performance aspirations in mind.
With a slightly wider platform than its predecessor, the Dervish Sama balances comfort, edge control, and responsiveness. Combined with a more pronounced concave profile, the extra width enhances turn initiation and slide control. We added subtle nose and tail kicks to increase pop and lock your feet in for freestyle tricks. The neck and dropthrough cutout were also updated for increased durability under hard riding. A six-piece griptape pattern provides enhanced control at the kicks and facilitates comfortable footwork maneuvers on the standing platform without interfering with the board's flex pattern.