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.

  • 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 – 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)

  • 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

  • Rogers Bros – OG Original Aluminum Foot Stop

    $29.99CAD

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

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 – 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 – Wristsaver II Wrist Guards

    $24.99CAD

    Easy on, easy off.

    Get classic Wristsaver protection, support and padded comfort with the added bonus of our single strap, Slide-On design. No matter how hard you skate, putting on and taking off the Wristaver II is super easy.

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

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 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

  • Landyachtz – Spaceball Bearings

    $31.00CAD

    FEATURES

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

    $24.99CAD

    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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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 – Black Matte (Black/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)

  • Triple 8 – Dual Certified – Blue Matte (Blue/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 – Cream Matte (Cream/Brown)

    $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.

  • Orangatang – Nipples Bushings

    $17.99CAD

    Is it cold in here or are you just sporting some perky bushings? Stuff these chubby puppies into your trucks and get ready to bounce out of every carve with tons of energy and rebound.  Poured with our extra lively and energetic Randy Urethane, which we came upon while testing wheels but had slide characteristics that were a bit hmmmmm . . . premature?  Too eager for a wheel, but just excitable enough to squeeze between your washers.

    Sold as a set of four (4), including four thin and strong flat washers. Nipples are NOT recommended for every truck on the market, but they do work well with Paris, Tracker Fastracks and Randals (among others).

  • 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 – Krank Bushings – FatCone

    $12.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with Flat Washers and Sticker.

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

  • Bones – Hardcore Bushings

    $16.00CAD

    FEATURES

    • There is no break-in period. Just put them in, adjust and skate.
    • Your trucks will be more responsive.
    • Increased truck performance
    • Improves your skating experience.
    • Your turns will be smooth and positive, not floppy or rigid.
    • 3 Hardnesses: Hard Bushing: 96A, Medium Bushing: 91A, Soft Bushing: 81A
  • 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 – Krank Bushings – Chubby

    $12.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with Large Flat Washers and a Sticker.

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

  • Khiro Bushings – Built in Washer

    $8.00CAD

    The built in washer reduces slop and ensures an even pressure on your bushing.

  • Riptide – Krank Bushings – Tall FatCone

    $14.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with Flat Washers and Sticker.

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

  • 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 – Tall Barrel

    $12.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with Sticker.

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

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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