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Brooklyn Flea

If you are in the City, come out to see us on August 7th.  We’ll be hanging out in Williamsburg at the Brooklyn Flea from 10:00am until 5:00pm.  We will have a bunch of boards available to demo.  If you have never longboarded before this is your chance to learn.  We’ll give you a quick 101 on how to longboard before you ride.  Hope to see you there!

Lorne

 

 

 

Beartooth Inspiration, Part III: The Boards

Aug 1, 2011

In 2005 my younger brother Ryan wanted to build his own longboard. I had starting riding longboards the year before, and the idea of building our own board was intriguing. It didn’t take much convincing to get me involved. Ryan searched the web and pulled together a list of board construction tips and tricks that he had found. For that first board, we followed the ribbed press design that was outlined on the Toothless Longboards website. We designed the board to have ample concave and camber. Each rib was precisely cut to the desired shape.

First Press

After the press was completed, we constructed our first deck. It was a pintail design constructed from 4 sheets of 3-ply 1/8” Baltic birch. Gorilla glue was used between each layer of wood and the deck was pressed overnight.

Deck Pressing

The next morning, we pulled the deck out of the press, cut the pintail shape with a jigsaw and sanded the rails. At the same time, Ryan was working on the graphics design. We had recently returned from a summer ski trip to Beartooth Pass. Still on a high from our trip, he pulled out a picture of the Beartooth Mountain range skyline that we had taken.

 

Beartooth Mountains

He converted the image into a silhouette, and drew in the text “Beartooth Longboards” above the mountain range.

When I saw the graphics design, I knew it was perfect for our first deck. The Beartooth Mountains had come to mean so much to both of us. It was a place to experience big mountain winter sports during the summer months. I loved this connection between our first board and the Beartooth Pass, and the name inspired the direction of our future board designs. With each new build, we sought live up to the Beartooth legend and develop a longboard ride that would remind us of winter.

Open Press and First Deck: 2005

 

First Deck: 2005

Beartooth Inspiration, Part II: Beartooth Pass

July 31, 2011

Beartooth Pass is just East of Yellowstone National Park.  US Highway 212 is a high alpine road that cuts through the Beartooth-Absorka Wilderness and traverses back and forth across the Wyoming Montana border.  Because of the harsh winters and huge snowfalls at the Pass, the road is only open from late May to September. But those harsh winters also result in a large amount of snow—making it possible to ski and snowboard well into July.

 

US Highway 212 in June

When making the drive on Highway 212, it is easy to miss the ski area.  The ski area is marked by a small dirt parking lot with a diesel generator that is used to run the 2 Pomalifts.  Due to varied weather and a massive mudslide in 2005 that destroyed Highway 212 on one side of the pass, summer operation of the Pomalifts has been sporadic.  But for me, the amazing thing is that this small ski area offers big mountain ski conditions—in the summer.  Off the back side of the parking lot, the slope drops into a 38 degree pitch.  The slope is capped with a cornice that can be up to a 60 foot drop at certain areas.

A large stretch of the Beartooth Pass is lined with many faces and headwalls that can be hiked and skied well into the summer as well.  I try to make the trip back to the pass as often as possible.

 


Gardiner Headwall 1

 

Gardiner Headwall 2

 

Beartooth Inspiration, Part I: The Beginning

July 30, 2011

Winter sports were my first love.  I learned to ski when I was four, and from then on, winter became my favorite season. Spring melt was always a sad time because it marked the end of the winter season; summer was quickly approaching. Fall, however, was full of anticipation as I waxed my skis and counted down the days until the first snowfall. The wait until the start of the ski season sometimes seemed excruciatingly long. So in the six months of the year I couldn’t ski or snowboard, I spent my time searching for ways to experience my beloved winter sports in any way possible.

I grew up just outside of Boise, Idaho.  The southwestern part of the state can be described as a mixture of hot dry desert plains that give way to rising mountains, pine forests, and cooler temperatures.  Although there is not much in the way of snow during the summer months, I soon discovered that sand was a crude substitute.

I lived about an hour drive from the large sand dune in Bruneau State Park.  I had been told that with a little WD-40 on the base of your snowboard it was possible to ride the dune as if you were on snow.  That was all I needed to hear.  The thought of “snowboarding” in July truly excited me.  I must have been quite the spectacle, hiking up the dune with my snowboard, boots, and a can of WD-40 under the hot 100 degree sun.  Once at the top, I strapped in, sprayed a few quick squirts of WD-40 on the base of the board, and pointed the nose of the board down the face of the dune.  All I can say is that sand plus WD-40 definitely doesn’t make snow, but it actually worked and was able to carve back and forth down the dune.  

 

Dune at Bruneau

 

The trips to Bruneau were only the beginning.  I continued to look for ways of experiencing winter sports in the summer months.   When I was 15 I took my first summer trip to British Columbia to ski on Blackcomb glacier.  Two year, later my younger brother, Ryan, and I discovered summer skiing at the Beartooth Pass in Montana.  The skiable terrain, scenery, and mountains at Beartooth completely blew me away.