Loaded Kanthaka Longboard Deck
Deck + Grip only! Trucks and Wheels not included!
Available in 2 widths, please choose!
- length: 36" / 91.44 cm
- width: 8.625" / 21.91 cm and 8.875" / 22.42 cm
- Achsabstand: 17.5" / 44.45 cm
- kick length tip to inner bolt: 7.5" / 19.05 cm
- weight: 8.625" = 1.68 kg
- 8.875" = 1.72 kg
Like its namesake from Buddhist legend, the Kanthaka is an agile, muscular, and loyal steed for any rider seeking a swift and exciting journey to double-kick freeride enlightenment. Blurring the lines between street skating and freeriding, the Kanthaka builds off contemporary skate design and brings rocker, functional and ergonomic wheel wells, and composite construction to create something innovative, versatile and unique.
The Kanthaka features a gently rockered platform (enough to create a comfortable cradling interface for sliding but not so much as to disrupt the mechanics of ollies and other tricks) that transitions smoothly into the kicks. Rocker also slightly lowers your center of gravity for enhanced stability.
INTEGRATED WHEEL WELLS/FLARES
Pronounced wheel wells flare above the top surface of the deck, increasing wheel clearance while also creating an ergonomic transition that provides lateral support and extra leverage in critical areas for your feet.
To prevent these concave ?hot spots" from hindering certain tricks, we maintained the flare amplitude necessary to provide the wheel clearance and ergonomics we wanted but squeezed the blending transitions away from the center of the deck. The result is maximized real estate in the central standing platform, lateral support inside the bolts, tight pockets between the flares and the kicks, and excellent wheel clearance.
The Kanthaka is designed with an elliptical concave profile. The concave near the centerline of the board is very shallow (but not completely flat) to minimize accidental flipping input on ollies. It ramps up gently near the rails to provide comfortable security and board awareness.
To encourage switch riding and shuvit style tricks, the Kanthaka features a completely symmetrical profile from tip to tip.
NOSE & TAIL KICKS
The kicktails on the Kanthaka are designed to provide excellent leverage for slides and maneuverability. They extend from the standing platform at a relatively shallow angle to generate a quick and well balanced pop for the Kanthaka's geometric combination of length, rocker, and wheelbase.
The nose and tail share the same profile shape, but the nose is slightly steeper than the tail, allowing for a more concave pocket for leveling out ollies or a nominally higher contact angle for popping tricks or bluntslides.
Solid for speed and crisp for pop, the Kanthaka's bamboo and fiberglass construction is stiff without feeling overbuilt. We designed the board with a very minute amount of longitudinal flex: just enough to soak up some road vibration and help keep the ride smooth.
Beginning in early 1995, trying to mimic the rush of snowboarding on pavement, our shortboards got less and less play time while we experimented with more stable wheelbases, any funky truck we could get our hands on, and pretty much any material we could put trucks on. All sorts of shapes of Baltic birch plies, solid wood, modified shortboards, and various other objects became projectiles to careen down local hills with.
Looking for a lively and precisely tuned and responsive ride, old snowboards soon found themselves reincarnated with trucks and wheels attached"?awaiting more brutal methods of destruction. We played (and continue to play) with almost every board and truck available and took courses in composite and material technologies, continuing on with our quest to build a lively board capable of skating bigger hills with enhanced control.
September 2000 through June 2002 were dedicated to developing these boards. It was challenging. We enlisted and ended up frustrating many of the greatest minds in skateboarding and snowboarding. Determining and testing the materials was a full time job.
Trying to get the wood and fiberglass to conform to compound contours was an affront to physics and we got sick of hearing that it couldn't be done with curvatures as pronounced as we wanted. But done it was and the first ride made it clear that it should be done.