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.

  • 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
  • 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.

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 – OG Original Aluminum Foot Stop

    $29.99CAD

    Single piece construction. 6061-T6 Aluminum. Regular or goofy. Concave/hook contact surface.

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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 – In & Out

    $24.00CAD

    ⦁ Conforms to fit the concave of your board
    ⦁ Custom 60d Urethane
    ⦁ Durable
    ⦁ Lightweight 1.6 oz / 45 gm
    ⦁ Length: 2.73″ / 69.3 mm
    ⦁ Width:  2.73″ / 69.3 mm
    ⦁ Height:  .98″ / 24.9 mm
    ⦁ Slot Length:  1.25″ / 31.7 mm (Straight) 1.68″ / 42.7 mm (curved)

  • Rogers Bros – Foot Braking Sole

    $10.99$19.99CAD

    Did you do a little too much foot breaking? Are your shoes still nice except the sole has it got a big hole in it?
    This is the solution!

    Foot brake soles fit both left and right shoes and fit all sizes. They are made oversized and need to be cut down to the shape and size of your shoe. All soles are applied to shoes using shoe goo.

    Sold individually, they are made up of recycled rubber, and come uncut in a rectangle 13″ x 4.75″.

    The V1 soles are are 0.25″ thick, and the V2 soles come in two thicknesses of 0.125″ and 0.187″ depending on how much board feel and durability you are looking for. The V2 soles last longer than the V1 soles, but both will slow you down faster than your average shoe sole!

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 – Little Tricky 3-Pack Pad Set

    $49.99CAD

    Little Tricky protective gear, all in one little pack.

    Get your kid padded up ready to skate with our convenient Little Tricky 3-pack. It comes with wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads and a free instructional safety DVD featuring Mitchie Brusco himself.

    Knee & Elbow Pads:

    • Lightweight, shock absorbing ventilated EVA foam
    • High-density, impact-resistant polyethylene cap with rivet reinforcement
    • Wide, reinforced elastic straps secured to an abrasion resistant nylon body for durability

    Wrist Guards:

    • High-density, impact-resistant contoured splints
    • Lightweight, shock absorbing EVA foam
    • 4-way stretchable nylon mesh with reinforced double stitching

    Free DVD:

    • Action packed skating starring Mitchie
    • Safety and fitting segment with Mitchie

    JR – One Size Fits All

  • 187 – Pro – Knee Pads (Black)

    $113.99CAD

    FEATURES

    V-22™ Dual Density Foam
    – Specially formulated to provide the perfect combination of cushion and protection for multiple hard impacts

    187 Killer Pads® Lock-In™ Cap System
    – Secures and aligns removable cap in correct position

    Proven 187 Killer Pads® Design Elements
    – Light-weight fast drying interior lining
    – Seamless interior finish for ultimate comfort
    – Ballistic nylon with industrial-weight stitching ensures durability
    – Three-panel construction for reliable performance
    – Open back design for excellent fit and quick on & off

  • 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
  • Triple 8 – EP55 Elbow Pads

    $44.99CAD

    Park your elbows in these.

    Designed for those skaters that need more padding, our EP 55 elbow pads combine durability, comfort and maximum padding that gets you back up after a fall.

    • Heavy duty EVA memory foam
    • High–density, impact-resistant cap securely attached with reinforced rivets
    • Comfortable and cool Lycra® sleeve
    • Top elastic and bottom webbed adjustable straps
    • Flat cap design for longevity and stability

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.

  • Landyachtz – Spaceball Bearings

    $31.00CAD

    FEATURES

    • Built in spacers to keep your bearings in alignment.
    • Ball bearings come from space.
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Landyachtz – Ceramic Spaceball Bearings

    $53.00CAD

    Ceramic spaceballs are smooth, fast and quiet. With integrated spacers built in, your wheels will always be in alignment and chatter-free. Push less, skate faster!

  • Bones Big Balls Reds Bearings

    $31.99CAD

    SIX BIGGER BALLS
    HIGHER TOP END SPEED
    GREATER STRENGTH
    LONGER LASTING
    SKATE RATED

  • 8mm Bearing Spacers (set of 4)

    $4.99CAD

    SPECIFICATIONS

    • Size: “Standard” 8mm x 10mm

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.

  • Triple 8 – Gotham – Baja Teal Matte (Teal/Yellow)

    $88.99CAD

    To ensure a perfect fit, measure the circumference of your head starting in the middle of your forehead and match it with the sizes below:

    XS/S 18.9 – 21.3 in (48 – 54 cm)
    S/M 21.7 – 22.8 in (55 – 58 cm)
    L/XL 23.2 – 24 in (59 – 61 cm)

  • Predator – FR7 – Levi Hawken

    $68.99 $53.99CAD

    Size Chart:
    XS/S: 51cm to 56cm (20.1″ to 22.1″)
    M/L: 53cm to 58cm (20.9″ go 22.8″)
    XL: 56cm to 62cm (22.1″ to 24.4″)

    CPSC and CE-1078 Certified

  • Triple 8 – Dual Certified – Gun Matte (Grey/Red)

    $68.99CAD

    Dual Certified: Complies with U.S. CPSC Bike and ASTM Skate safety standards
    ABS Outer Shell with EPS liner
    Complete with our renowned Sweatsaver™ Fit Pads for added comfort
    Includes 2 sets of fit pads to customize fit

  • Triple 8 – Gotham – Gun Matte (Grey/Red)

    $88.99CAD

    To ensure a perfect fit, measure the circumference of your head starting in the middle of your forehead and match it with the sizes below:

    XS/S 18.9 – 21.3 in (48 – 54 cm)
    S/M 21.7 – 22.8 in (55 – 58 cm)
    L/XL 23.2 – 24 in (59 – 61 cm)

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

  • Powell Peralta Bones Hardcore Barrel Bushings

    $16.99CAD

    Bones only puts out the best. And with minds like Kevin Reimer behind the product, you know it was extensively tested. The hard insert reduces hanger play, which basically makes your trucks perform better in every way possible.  To gauge for consistent stability, anticipate to ride a softer durometer than your previous bushings. They are sized to fit all longboard trucks that matter.

    Here's what it says on the package, and they don't appear to be lying either:

    -Patented bonded-insert technology
    -More precise steering
    -Quicker response
    -No break-in period
    -More stability
    -The BEST bushings, period.

  • Riptide – APS Bushings – Chubby

    $12.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with Large Flat Washers & a Sticker

    Available Durometers: 67.5a (red), 70a (purple), 75a (green), 80a (orange), 85a (blue), 87.5a (pink), 90a (yellow), 92.5a (dark blue), 95a (dark red), 97.5a (dark green),

  • Riptide – APS Bushings – FatCone

    $12.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with Large Flat Washers & a Sticker

    Available Durometers: 67.5a (red), 70a (purple), 75a (green), 80a (orange), 85a (blue), 87.5a (pink), 90a (yellow), 92.5a (dark blue), 95a (dark red), 97.5a (dark green),

  • Riptide – Krank Bushings – Barrel

    $10.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with a Sticker

    Available Durometers: 84a (orange), 87a (white), 90a (green), 93a (purple), 96a (grey),

  • Riptide – Krank Bushings – Tall Barrel

    $12.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with Sticker.

    Available Durometers: 84a (orange), 87a (white), 90a (green), 93a (purple), 96a (grey),

  • Riptide – APS Bushings – Barrel

    $10.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with Sticker.

    Available Durometers: 67.5a (red), 70a (purple), 75a (green), 80a (orange), 85a (blue), 87.5a (pink), 90a (yellow), 92.5a (dark blue), 95a (dark red), 97.5a (dark green),

  • Venom – Bushings – Keg

    $12.00CAD

    Venom is hyped to introduce a new shape for trucks that use Tall Bushings. The ‘Keg’ shape is designed to give more progressive resistance and rebound than a barrel, but without the hard stop of a normal stepped bushing. The curved side profile provides extra meat while still fitting most bushing seats. Ideal for use on the board-side, especially if you want to go to a softer setup without losing stability. Just think of it as a barrel, but with that thicky-thicc-thicc as Nelly would say.

  • Riptide – APS Bushings – Tall Barrel

    $12.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with Sticker.

    Available Durometers: 85a (blue), 87.5a (pink), 90a (yellow), 92.5a (dark blue), 95a (dark red), 97.5a (dark green),

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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