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 – Mini In & Out

    $19.99CAD

    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

    $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 – OUTside

    $23.99$2,423.99CAD

    ⦁ 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

  • 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 – In & Out

    $23.99CAD

    ⦁ 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!

  • Holesom – Bubblegum Pucks

    $20.00CAD

    FEATURES

    • Color/Smell: Soft Neon Pink pucks/bubblegum
    • Shape: Squircle (in between a square and a circle)
    • Size: 3 5/8″ side to side, 3 9/16″ corner to corner
    • Thickness: 1/2″
    • Weight: 3.15 ounces each puck
    • Material: Proprietary blend

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 – 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 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 Big Balls Reds Bearings

    $31.99CAD

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

  • Sector 9 – Bearing Butter Lube

    $10.00CAD

    Help extend the life of your bearings while getting them up to tip-top speed with the Sector 9 Bearing Butter.

  • 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

  • Landyachtz – Spaceball Bearings

    $31.00CAD

    FEATURES

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

    $47.99CAD

    Bronson Speed Co. RAW Next Generation Shieldless Bearings
    Next Generation Shieldless Bearings, Designed for Today’s Skateboarding
    “Free at Last!” – Shield Free Design No more shields to get damaged or pop off – the first shield-less bearing designed for skateboarding No shield grooves in either race for no crud, dust and dirt build up – super fast sound and spin
    “Fast, Slick & Non-Stick” – Tungsten Coated Races Micro-thin tungsten dry lubricant coating is fast, slick and non-stick to minimize dirt, dust and crud build up. Tungsten coating is an extremely slick, low drag, long life dry film lubricant with a very low coefficient of friction – Tungsten coating works well with or without liquid lubricants.
    “The Sound Of Speed” – Audible Speed Technology Fully open, high spin, and shield free RAW’s are designed to enhance the sound of speed. Run your bearings with no shields? Minimal oil? Like a RAW sound? This bearing’s for you!
    “Maximum Impact” – Cage Design Super strong, durable, non-distortion fiberglass filled pure nylon cage keep the balls precision spaced. High wear and tear resistance, increased performance in a low lubricant/increased dust and dirt environment.
    “Rollin’ Deep” – Deep Groove Raceways Balls sit and roll deeper in the raceway channels than weaker shallow groove designs. Dramatically reduces axial and angular side impact damage and breakage, surfaces stay smooth and fast.
    “Shred Ready” – Factory Fresh Quality 100% hand inspected twice and micro-polished & ultrasonic solvent washed 3X prior to final packaging. Packaged in nitrogen filled packaging – reduces metal and 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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