Coffee and Carves with Roots Longboards
Specialising in unique, custom, handcrafted longboards, their fresh designs are created from a selection of beautiful woods including solid Oak, Baltic Birch and Canadian Maple. The "running gear" for each complete has been carefully selected to deliver the essence of longboarding to their customers. 'Ride and Glide'.
It was the first day of brilliant blue sky that we had seen since before Christmas, so the guys from Roots had arranged to head down South, to Boscombe and I would meet them there. I'd spoken to the guys a few times through Facebook, but I had not yet met them in person so was feeling a little apprehensive about meeting up with them. Don't know why, because as soon as I saw them I felt completely comfortable and at home. I'm generally pretty laid back and easy going, so meeting new people isn't really a problem once I pass the initial greeting. Just be confident and smile. Hyped to get riding!
On the drive over to Boscombe, I wasn't sure whether the roads would have dried up from the night before. The only hope was that the rising sun would dry out all the south-east facing roads and hills that weren't covered by trees and building's.
Dean Bullion, shaper and designer from Roots arrived early and got himself acquainted with the local coffee from Urban Reef that is situated right on the promenade with incredible views of the beach and the sea, while waiting for myself and Martin Dix to arrive.
As I arrived and walked down to the sea front, I was greeted by Martin Dix ( Co-Owner and shaper), Dean Bullion (shaper and designer), and their good friend and rider James Eveleigh.
The plan for the day was to try out two new Pin-Tail Longboards that Martin and Dean had been building the night before and the result was astonishing, Martin was up until the early hours of the morning tweaking and testing the boards on his local hill outside his house.
We headed for the famous Boscombe pier, lit up by the sunshine and made our way to the end of the walkway and set up base for a couple of hours. We made the most use of the empty pier to test out the new boards to their maximum potential, carving in and out of the seated areas that were totally empty. I don't personally ride flexible, loose, pintail boards as I'm more of into my stiff freeride and downhill boards, but much to my amazement the pin tail felt fantastic underfoot.
We were also met by local guy Andy White, Andy has grown up surfing and skateboarding around these areas too, owning YDNA skate shop in Southbourne, then recently creating Chariots of the Sun, bespoke vintage looking wetsuits which are really incredible. Check them out: at http://chariotsofthesun.bigcartel.com/homepage
There was a father and his little boy at the end of the pier, the little boy kept looking at the skateboards, so I jumped off and started to show it off to the little guy and then Pops put the little guy on it and instantly, a smile beamed across his face as we pushed him around. Afterwards, Dad thanked us for letting him push his son on the longboard. It feels so good when you can help someone to get on a longboard and to experience it for the first time - potentially that could be one more longboarder when he gets older.
The two new pintail boards were set up with Revenge 180's and Randall 150's. They'll be sold with Paris 180's, Randall or Paris 150's with an option to reduce the price with Vault 150's or 180's.