LETTERS TO THE SHREDITOR
Photo: Wes Eldridge
What’s good, curious skater-people! Welcome to the first edition of “Letters to the Shreditor.” In this column, Co-Editors Justin Bright and Donny Williams answer bizarre, intricate, immature (they get Justin every time) & other general skate questions. Nothing is off limits here. If you think that your question is a little out there, someone else might be wondering the same thing. Ask away my friends, but first-read a few responses from our inbox.
Jason, Michigan: Hi guys. How long should I expect my Apex 37 to last me?
Donny: My Apex 37 from high school is still alive and kicking. I think I got it 5 or 6 years ago. It’s beat, but still riding. Definitely keep your PKs on and learn flip tricks somewhere smooth to preserve its life. These boards bounce back from a good freestyle beating and have even lived to ride again after rolling under a few cars.
Nate, California: This one has been bouncing around my head for weeks, what does Will Stephan eat for breakfast?
Justin: Will never shares his secrets, but I totally get a granola vibe from him. He’s most likely a granola guy. One ingredient is guaranteed part of Will’s good breakfast-extra steeze.
Donny: But for real though, I bet he gets the crumbs all over his jerseys.
Luiz, Brazil: I got the Arbiter 36 as my new downhill board, what is the fastest any of your team riders have skated on the Arbiter?
Donny: Last time I checked in with Max Vickers, his top speed was somewhere around 82.1 mph (132.127km/h) on his Arbiter 36 at L’Ultime Descente in Quebec. He might have gone faster since then. Vickers is a habitual speed limit violator, so I hear.
Connor, Texas: Hey OS, I’m taking my board on vacation with me; do you have any tips for traveling with your longboard?
Justin: I’ve personally taken several boards to 4 different countries across the EU. Traveling with your board can be a challenge if you aren’t careful and organized. First, a longboard setup with trucks and wheels usually exceeds the regulation size for the overhead compartments for stowing carry-ons. I’ve had good luck disassembling my boards and only bringing the deck (ceram wrapping them together if I have multiple) and leaving my trucks/wheels in my suitcase.
Most places accept the decks as a carry-on. However, on rare occasions in smaller airports, staff refused to accept the decks as a carry-on and required that I check them as an additional bag. If you’re ever in doubt and willing to spend the extra cash, you can check your boards as a bag and it will arrive on the luggage conveyor belt upon arrival. International flights are always pickier than domestic flights, but if you disassemble your board and check regulations beforehand, you should be good!
Well, there ya have it! Shoot your questions over to [email protected] for Justin and Donny to answer. Get creative with the Qs & stay rad out there.
Madison, Salt Lake City, Utah
Q.) Hey OS, how can I pop the perfect pop shuv-it every time?
A.) Donny: The key to the perfect pop shuv-it depends on where you are popping that shuv. On flat ground, I dig my back foot’s big toe into the inside corner of the tail for a sharp pop. I pop first, and then guide my board around 180 degrees with my front foot. The motion resembles a scissor kick motion with both legs.
If I’m skating a ledge, I pop hard with my back foot and send the nose of the board into my left, front hand (I ride regular). This helps turn the board 180 degrees and guides it back under my feet. Grabbing is a great way to land your pop shuv-its off stair sets with more consistency. Practice this trick on flat ground first by just ‘slapping’ the nose of your board on its way around. Gradually, you will be able to fully grab the nose and guide the rotation!
Jason Chapman, Wilmington Island, Georgia
Q.) Dear Shreditors,
So this is a question you may not be able to answer, but here goes nothing. Which came first: The Ninja Turtles, or Shredder?
A.) Dear Jason,
Thanks for reaching out to us about this. We compiled several documents of official research and reached this conclusion:
In 1984, four turtles crawled out of a sewer shortly after eating a radioactive, plastic six-pack ring. As cool as that might be, we want to be clear that Original is pro-recycling and anti-nuclear waste dumping, because not every human-reptile hybrid is as docile as the box turtle. And love him or hate him, the fact is that Shredder has been hucking it down hills since before your parents could walk. Back when Raphael was just a pre-adolescent normal turtle, nibbling his fish food pellets at Pet-Smart. Shredd is an OG.