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 – 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 – 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
  • 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!

  • 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)

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 – 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
  • 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 – 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
  • Triple 8 – Hired Hands Wrist Guards

    $78.99CAD

    Wrist protection that fits like a glove.

    The Hired Hands are our burliest glove, with complete wrist protection coupled with the secure fit and coverage of a glove. Hired Hands feature top grain leather and full padding for maximum protection.

    • Top and bottom removable/replaceable impact-resistant ABS splints
    • EVA shock absorbing foam layers with double stitching for increased durability
    • Thick neoprene support strap ensures a secure fit
    • EZ pull-on loop
  • Triple 8 – Saver Series 3-Pack Pad Set

    $54.99CAD

    Save some body parts, and some dough.

    Protecting your wrists, knees and elbows is now more convenient and affordable than ever. Our Saver Series 3-Pack Box comes with Wristsavers, Kneesavers and Elbowsavers—everything you need to keep you protected below the head.

    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 molded ABS splints on front and back for support
    • Lightweight, shock absorbing EVA foam
    • 4-way stretchable nylon mesh with reinforced double stitching
  • 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

  • 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 – 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 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 Swiss Bearings

    $74.99CAD

    Features
    Single, removable, non-contact rubber shield allows easy cleaning and low friction.
    High speed nylon ball retainer provides added strength and speed.
    Pre-lubricated with Speed Cream racing lubricant
    Skate Rated; clearances, tolerances, materials and lubricant provide the best performance and durability possible.
    Best selling high end skate bearing in the U.S.A.

    Contents
    Set of 8 bearings
    4 bearing spacers
    Instructions
    Sticker

  • Bones Big Balls Reds Bearings

    $31.99CAD

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Landyachtz – Spaceball Bearings

    $31.00CAD

    FEATURES

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

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.

  • Orangatang – Moose Knuckles Bushings

    $18.99CAD

    JUICIER BOUNCE, TIGHTER PACKAGE.
    Crafted for quick turning response and smooth edge-to-edge transitions, Orangatang Knuckles are the ultimate high-energy bushing upgrade for carving, pumping, dancing, and freestyle longboarding.

    Orange = Soft
    Purple = Medium

    What’s in the box? Pack contains two insert barrel bushings, two gumdrop bushings, two large cup washers, and two small cup washers.

    LONGBOARD BUSHING SPECS
    Diameter: 0.95” (24.1 mm)
    Height (gumdrop): 0.64” (16.3 mm)
    Height (inset barrel) 0.59” (15 mm) barrel + 0.075” (1.91 mm) insert = 0.665” (16.9 mm) total
    Formula: Randy Thane
    Durometers: soft (orange, 87a), medium (purple, 90a)

    RECOMMENDED WEIGHT RANGES
    Soft: 65-190+ lbs / 29-86+ kg
    Medium: 130-230+ lbs / 59-104+ kg

  • 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).

  • 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),

  • 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
  • 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),

  • 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 – Tall FatCone

    $14.99CAD

    Sold as Pair with Flat Washers and 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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