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 $44.99CAD

    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.

  • Riptide – PSD Footstop – INside

    $23.99CAD

    ⦁ 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 – KoMotion

    $12.99CAD

    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.

  • 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

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.

 

  • Triple 8 – Park 2-Pack (Knee & Elbow)

    $79.99CAD

    Pack it up and head to the park.

    Now you can pick up our KP 22 Knee Pads and our EP 55 Elbow Pads together in a lightweight mesh backpack.

    • Heavy duty EVA memory foam
    • High–density, impact-resistant cap securely attached with reinforced rivets
    • KP22 has neoprene butterfly closure
    • EP 55 has a comfortable and cool Lycra® sleeve
    • Top elastic and bottom webbed adjustable straps
    • Flat cap design for longevity and stability

     

  • Triple 8 – Street 2-Pack (Knee & Elbow)

    $59.99CAD

    The starter kit for street skating.

    Grab our Street Knee and Elbow Pads together in a convenient and economical package.

    • Compact knee & elbow pads with high density contoured EVA foam
    • Impact resistant polyethelene caps securely attached with reinforced rivets
    • Knee pad has a butterfly closing system that allows for easy on & off
    • Elbow pad comes with a cool, comfortable Lycra® sleeve
  • Triple 8 – KP Pro Knee Pads

    $74.99CAD

    Don’t go big without it.

    With a specially contoured body for maximum protection and comfort without the bulk, KP Pro pads are our top-of-the-line knee pads for skaters who aren’t afraid to push their limits.

    • Specially contoured body for maximum protection & comfort without the bulk
    • Heavy duty contoured EVA memory foam
    • High-density, impact-resistant cap securely attached with reinforced rivets
    • Neoprene butterfly back closure for easy on & off without having to take your shoes on and off
    • Top elastic & bottom web adjustable straps
  • 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
  • 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

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 Super Reds Ceramic Bearings

    $115.99CAD

    Features
    Features grade 5, silicone nitride, hot isostatically pressed ceramic balls.
    Higher quality steel races 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 – Ceramic Spaceball Bearings

    $49.99CAD

    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

  • 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

  • Sector 9 – Cosmic Abec 7 Bearings

    $25.00CAD

     

    SPECIFICATIONS

    • Rating: Abec 7
    • Size: 8mm
    • Shield: Nylon on one side
    • Comes with spacers and speed rings

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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