Giants Head Freeride 2017 – Gear Checklist – Flatspot Longboards

Dates for Giants Head Freeride 2017 have been announced! Make sure you are prepared for three days of utterly amazing runs and don’t get caught without the necessities.

Last year Giants Head Freeride was AWESOME! Flatspot team rider Laine Jackart took second at the race, the King of the Coast contest was in full swing, and everyone had a good time. The one defining feature of this event is the number of runs. There are a lot of runs, and each run has a lot of corners. This equates to a lot of slides, and for most of us, a decent amount of bails as well. So make sure you come stocked up and prepared, because the giants takes what it wants, and it has no mercy.
10 things you will want to stock up on for Giants Head Freeride June 26-28th

1. Daves Hippy oil… no matter how many wheels you torch, you’re road rash will need more attention. Don’t be having a staph party at skate events, its bad karma.

2. Wheels… This is GHF. Endless runs, many slides. It should be called skidfest, but thats the event in my underpants. Which you should bring extra’s of as well.

  • On Sale

    Abec 11 – Amber Freerides – 64mm

    $59.99 $49.99CAD

    These brand new 64mm FreeRides with our stone ground finish will leave golden lines of thane right out of the box! They feature our wide “FreeRide Core” that provides extra support to keep them amazingly stable and smooth while sliding. They also feature our legendary classic 81a amberthane, which results in a smooth, fast and drifty wheel that won’t let you down. Set these up on your favorite small-sized freeride or cruising board and you’ll be one very happy camper.

  • Boss Hawgs – 70mm

    $49.00CAD

     

    SPECIFICATIONS

    • Diameter: 70mm
    • Contact Patch: 30mm
    • Durometer: 76a, 78a, 80a
    • Lip Profile: Round Lip
    • Core Placement: Centerset
    • Wheel Surface: Stoneground

3. Toestop… If your riding a topmount, there is a very good chance you might appreciate rocking a toestop for this event. Between the occasional road heave, the excessive sliding and the pinecones there are ample opportunities for your foot to get bucked into all kinds of unfortunate places.

  • Rogers Bros – Outward Foot Stop

    $39.99CAD

    This is not your ordinary toe stop. By loosening two mounting bolts, you can change the angle and position of this footstop on the fly to fully tweak your set up. The shape of this foot stop is for those who like to have a little extra range of motion with their front foot. Particularly fond amongst those who prefer freeriding. The handy part of this footstop is that you can flip it and ride it as an inward footstop! It also sits raised on your board to provide extra support and keep your feet where they should be! You can flip the wing to accommodate regular or goofy.

    Specifications:

    • Inward wing is 5.25″ long
    • Sits .75″ above the top of your board
  • Rogers Bros – Inward Foot Stop

    $39.99CAD

    This is not your ordinary toe stop. By loosening two mounting bolts, you can change the angle and position of this footstop on the fly to fully tweak your set up. It also sits raised on your board to provide extra support and keep your feet where they should be! You can flip the wing to accommodate regular or goofy.

    Specifications:

    • Inward wing is 5.25″ long
    • Sits .75″ above the top of your board
  • Riptide – PSD Footstop – Mini In & Out

    $16.00CAD

    Conforms to fit the concave of your board
    Custom 60d Urethane
    Durable
    Lightweight .9 oz / 25 gm
    Length: 1.85″ / 47 mm
    Width:  1.95″ / 49.5 mm
    Height:  .98″ / 24.8 mm
    Slot Length:  1.15″ / 29.2 mm

  • Riptide – PSD Footstop – KoMotion

    $11.99CAD

    New Cog-Shaped Grooved FootStop, the KoMotion:

    Conforms to fit the concave of your board
    Custom KranK 95a Urethane so your toe will ‘mold’ slightly against the cog to help prevent slipping
    Durable
    Super Lightweight: .25 oz / 7 gm
    Diameter: 1.00″ / 25.4 mm
    Height: .76″ / 19.3 mm
    7 Fun Colors to choose from!

    Sold Individually with a washer, 1.75″ bolt, nut, PSD sticker & a RipTide sticker.

  • Riptide – PSD Footstop – INside

    $24.00CAD

    ⦁ Conforms to fit the concave of your board
    ⦁ Custom 60d Urethane
    ⦁ Durable
    ⦁ Lightweight 1.3 oz / 36 gm
    ⦁ Length: 2.33″ / 59.2 mm
    ⦁ Width:  3.31″ / 84.1 mm
    ⦁ Height:  .99″ / 25.1 mm
    ⦁ Slot Length:  1.38″ / 35.1 mm

  • Riptide – PSD Footstop – OUTside

    $24.00CAD

    ⦁ Conforms to fit the concave of your board
    ⦁ Custom 60d Urethane
    ⦁ Durable
    ⦁ Lightweight 1.1 oz / 32 gm
    ⦁ Length: 1.56″ / 39.6 mm
    ⦁ Width:  3.44″ / 87.4 mm
    ⦁ Height:  .93″ / 23.6 mm
    ⦁ Slot Length:  .75″ / 19.1 mm

4. Pucks (maybe gloves too)… even if your stand up skills are above average, shit happens and you’re going to want a solid glove and puck on hand to save you… especially with all the pinecones!

Speaking of pinecones, check out this epic gif we ripped off from skateslate’s blog!

5. Knee, elbow, and hip/ass pads… there is no better way to keep skating longer, than avoiding slams all together, but slams happen, so having some pads can keep your out of the Med Tech tent. Worried about looking like a kook? We’re Kooks. Fuck that shit. Pad up and give no fucks. Pro Tip: Spine Protectors are the new black.

 

  • TSG – Force III Knee Pads

    $139.99CAD
    • MULTI-LAYER EVA FOAM ON AND AROUND KNEE
    • REPLACEABLE PE KNEE CAP
    • PRE-SHAPED DESIGN
    • STRONG CORDURA FABRIC
    • HORSESHOE SHAPED FOAM
    • NEOPRENE BUTTERFLY STRAPS
    • TOP DOUBLE-LAYER VELCRO 360° STRAP
    • BOTTOM VELCRO STRAP WITH SNAP BUCKLE
    • OPEN-BACK DESIGN
    • COMFORTABLE LINING FABRIC
    • EN 14120 CE CERTIFIED
  • Triple 8 – Wristsaver Wrist Guards

    $26.99CAD

    Solid wrist support and protection, front to back.

    Our Wristsavers let you skate hard and fall harder. You’ll take comfort in their snug, stretchy fit, plus shock-absorbing EVA foam tucked between impact-resistant ABS splints on front and back.

    • Tough, 4-way stretch nylon mesh provides a snug fit
    • High-density, impact-resistant molded ABS splints on front and back for support
    • Shock absorbing EVA foam secured between support splints and wrist for cushioning
  • 187 – Wristguards

    $30.00CAD

    FEATRUES

    • Angled design confirms to hand for excellent fit
    • Reinforced thuymb hole and palm increase longevity
    • ballistic nylon with industrial-weight stitching ensures durability
    • Padded interior provides increased comfort
    • Extra thick splint gives concentrated protection at base of hand where most hard impacts occur
    • Top splints are removable

6. Bearings… everyone forgets to bring an extra set (or two) of bearings. GHF is dusty as fuck when it’s dry and wet is wet, so why blow a bearing and not be prepared.

  • Bones Swiss Ceramic Bearings

    $189.99CAD

    Features
    Accelerate faster.
    Roll faster and farther.
    Resist dirt and moisture better.
    Help to repair injuries to your races caused by dirt.
    1 non-contact, removable rubber shields allow easy cleaning.
    High speed nylon ball retainer for greater strength and speed.
    Skate Rated™ clearances, tolerances, materials and lubricant provide the best performance and durability possible.

    Contents
    Set of 8 bearings
    4 bearing spacers
    Instructions
    Sticker

  • Bones Race Reds Bearings

    $45.99CAD

    Precision ground, Skate Rated™ Racing bearings by Bones®
    Removable high-speed Nylon™ ball retainers
    Removable Non-Contact frictionless shield for easy cleaning
    Integrated bearing spacer to provide perfect 0.400″ spacing
    Extended race replaces need for spacers and washers
    Extended race provides perfect alignment for greater speed and axle reinforcement
    Fewer parts mean faster set up

  • Bones Super Reds Bearings

    $37.99CAD

    Features
    Features Higher quality steel races, better quality and grade balls, and a superior surface finish.
    Single, non-contact, removable rubber shield for easy cleaning and less friction.
    High speed nylon ball retainer for greater strength and speed.
    Pre-lubricated with Speed Cream™ racing lubricant
    Skate Rated™ clearances, tolerances, materials and lubricant provide the best performance and durability possible.

    Contents
    Set of 8 bearings
    Instructions
    Sticker

  • Landyachtz – Spaceball Bearings

    $31.00CAD

    FEATURES

    • Built in spacers to keep your bearings in alignment.
    • Ball bearings come from space.
  • Bronson Speed Co. – G2 Bearings

    $23.99CAD

    The Bronson Speed Co G2 Skateboard Bearings have deep groove raceways, straight edge friction less shields and high Speed Ceramic Oil to make these bearing perform at its best.

  • Zealous Bearings

    $18.50CAD

    Steel Balls
    – Precision 8mm axle holes
    – .4045″ built in spacers
    – .5mm built in speedrings
    – Green rubber seals to keep dirt and debris on the outside of the bearing.
    – Lubed with Custom Nanoceramic Grease
    -The unique feature of the lubricant is how the nanoceramic compound fills in deformations or asperities in the bearing. These deformations cause friction and heat around them which hardens the nano-ceramic compound to that specific area. This micro coating is 5 times the hardness of the host alloy and has a molecular bond with the host metal, filling in all the asperities and eliminating friction over time.
    -The coefficient of friction is the lowest in the field of Tribology at 0.003% creating a near frictionless surface. Mainly because the nanoceramic compound eliminates all asperities.
    -Extremely low water washout
    -Corrosion on the inside of the bearing is nearly eliminated.

    Sold in sets of 8 bearings.

  • Sector 9 – Platinum Abec 9 Bearings

    $35.00CAD

     

    SPECIFICATIONS

    • Rating: Abec 9
    • Size: 8mm
    • Shield: Nylon, one side.

    Comes with spacers and speed rings

  • Bones Super Swiss 6 Ball Bearings

    $71.99CAD

    Features
    Single, non-contact, removable rubber shield allows for easy cleaning and less friction.
    High speed nylon ball retainer for greater strength and speed.
    Pre-lubricated with Speed Cream® racing lubricant
    Skate Rated™ clearances, tolerances, materials and lubricant provide the best performance and durability possible.

    Contents
    Set of 8 bearings
    4 bearing spacers
    Instructions
    Sticker

  • Bronson Speed Co. – G3 Bearings

    $38.00CAD

    Next Generation Bearings, Designed for Today’s Skateboarding G3’s

    • Deep Groove Raceways- balls roll deep in raceway channels – reduces side impact damage & breakage
    • Straight Edge Frictionless Shields- pop off resistant – holds oil in, dirt and moisture out- easy to clean
    • Micro Groove Raceway Surfaces- linear micro-groove surfaces improve bearing lubrication, speed and spin
    • Max Impact Cage Design- non- distortion custom cage keeps the balls precision spaced & oil circulating
    • Balls Out Technology- eliminates shield and cage contact on impact for a go fast, stay fast bearing
    • High Speed Ceramic Oil- nano-ceramic compounds for wear protection – moisture, rust, corrosion resistant
    • Factory Fresh Quality- nitrogen filled shrink wrap, reduces metal & oil oxidation until ready to be ridden

7. Lube… Don’t wanna spurge on bearings… a sample Skanunu is $2.50 and will last you the whole of GHF easy… or be a baller and get some of that Purple.

8. Helmet… why is a helmet #8? isn’t it mandatory? Well, then you should always have a helmet, right? If you’re blowing it with a cracked old piece of foo foo, or maybe just wearing a plastic hat, come get a certified helmet and protect your melon at GHF. Bring in the old one and save $15.

9. Bushings… dial in your trucks and be ready to schmang. Having a well tuned shred machine will make your GHF all that snazzier.

10. Flatspot Bucket Hat… It’s going to be sunny and hot and when you’re not wearing your helmet, you’re going to want to cover your head. Bucket hats are made for the job. Pro tip: Happy Hour sunglasses…

We will leave you with this video from one summer when Mischa, Slota, Aidan, Evan and Shane we drove to giants head and primarily skated everything else around it because the gate was closed.

 

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If you have any questions please feel free to shoot us an email at info@flatspotlongboards.com, message us on facebook, or call at 604 899 8937!

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