Last Minute Gift Fixes: Give a Custom Board in a Card or Give a Gift Card

2 Perfect (last minute) Gifts for the Holidays! Skateboard in a Card, or as a Gift Card!

Are you looking to give the perfect gift to a longboarder or skater who would LOVE a custom board? Well, depending on the date you may still have time to get it in the mail, but if it’s too late to get it shipped in time now or you don’t want to splurge for a rush order, well, we have the PERFECT 2 rad gift solutions for you, with TWO different ways you can give a custom board as a gift!

Last Minute Gift #1 – The Coolest Card Anyone Ever Will Receive.

(Print the design and put it in a card!)

Design a Board »

When you create a custom board design on our site, it creates a preview image of the deck that you can print out. Simply print out the page or the image itself, fold it up and slide the page with the board photo into a card. This will be the best card someone special has ever opened when they see it’s not the typical card – it has a sweet custom skateboard or longboard inside! This is sure to put a happy surprise smile on someone’s face this Christmas, even if you do it the night before ;) Boards start at $59.99.

Last Minute Gift #2 – Gift Card

A voucher to Design Your Own!

Shop Gift Cards »

Our gift cards are always a great way to give someone the gift of customization while still allowing them to make their own design. Purchase a gift card right here from our site in the Shop section. We’ll email you a graphic of a gift card with the code on it that you can print out and stick into a holiday card and give someone the chance to design their own board! They will be stoked when they realize they get to design something themselves and have it shipped right to their door. Please allow 24-48 hours for the gift card to be emailed to you. Gift Cards start at $25.00.

Still Got Time?

To check if you still have time to get a custom deck in the mail by Christmas, check our page here:

Holiday Shipping Times and Last Days to Order



Happy Holidays!




Introducing The Whatever Games + Design Challenge!

Welcome to The Whatever Games!

The Whatever Games

The Whatever Games (TWG) is our newly launched competition for our team + ambassadors that will also include occasional challenges that will be open to the public. The challenges for our team will include everything from tricks to dope skate spots to viral social posts and even crazy scavenger hunts. We will be picking annual winners (sometimes monthly) from our leaderboards who will get some sick prizes. There will be prizes for skater of the year, trick of the year, skate of the year and more. You can follow along with the games on our website or on Instagram by searching the hashtag #TheWhateverGames. The public challenges will be announced on our social media and will feature one time prizes.

The first public challenge is…

Design a Custom Deck with the Theme of “PEACE”

As part of The Whatever Games we will be hosting a monthly design contest. This will be a TWG challenge that will always be open to the public.

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If you’ve ever wanted to see your original artwork on a skateboard, now is your chance. We are looking for the next Whatever Skateboards designer. We want someone who screams creativity and originality as well as someone who is stoked on skating.

Join us in spreading Peace, Balance & Justice in partnership with Concrete Wave Magazine and Shralpers Union. As mentioned above, the theme of this month’s design contest will be PEACE and is sponsored by Roll For Peace.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Design a custom deck on our website with your own original artwork that ties into the theme. 2. Post your custom design on your Instagram with the hashtag #TheWhateverGames and tag @whateverskateboards and @concretewavemag.

Contest will run until the end of September and a winner will be announced on our Instagram at the end of October.

Good luck!

Design Your Board

How To Travel With A Longboard: The Only Guide You Need

If you’ve ever been on a trip and come across the perfect longboarding spot, you know the feeling of longing that can arise. “If I’d only brought my board,” you think out loud. Of course, the reason you left your board at home is because you didn’t want to be tethered to a three-and-a-half-foot wooden anchor. But in truth, having a longboard when you want one is worth carrying one. If you’re just starting out in longboarding, you shouldn’t have a giant board anyway. There are great longboards for beginners aren’t too long. Don’t get it twisted. It’s not that the word longboard is a misnomer. No, some of them are definitely long. What people who have not traveled with one often fail to understand, though, is that they are not as cumbersome as they appear. You can bring your board with you on your journey, regardless of your means of transport. You will barely notice it until you set urethane to concrete, and then you will be thrilled that you brought it. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you trek with your setup in tow.

Backpack

When traveling with a longboard, it is wise to have a way to bind it down and stow it. Skateboard backpacks work great for street and park boards but, these are usually too small to be effective longboard bags. Recently though, a few manufacturers have begun to cater to this niche in their market. Backpacks with straps large enough to hold a longboard are available. Another tip is to simply pass a longboard through the shoulder straps of any backpack so that the bottom is facing your back. Once you put on the backpack, you will hardly notice the board. Just remember not to overstuff the backpack with gear, which makes riding and carving on a longboard much more difficult. Travel light to remain light on your board. travel with longboard

Transport

There are only so many ways of getting anywhere and, though each may seem more burdensome with a longboard, the truth is less daunting. Longboards are more common than ever, and carriers have made traveling with them simple. No matter the hurdles, riding fresh surfaces in new places is worth the added time it takes to tote a longboard.

Air Travel

In the modern age, air travel is by far the most complicated way to get anywhere. The long lines and the security is enough to give anyone pause, especially someone flying with a longboard. To make matters worse, carriers demand that travelers check longboards with their luggage — no carry-ons. So, you can’t even use it to see the sights on a layover. That said, it is almost always better to have a longboard when you get to your destination, regardless of where it is. The freedom of movement longboarding brings is best enjoyed in unique locales.

Trains and Buses

Ground-bound public transport is where having a longboard pays dividends. Lengthy layovers are common on wheeled transit, providing the perfect opportunity to peel some urethane trails. It affords the ability to see things in a short time that would have otherwise gone unseen, and you’ll make memories that might have been a terminal bore. Your arrival at your destination might not be the experience it would have, but you will never look at layovers the same way again. One thing to remember when traveling by public transportation is to bind your board securely to your pack. Bungee cords work great for this, because they come apart as easily as they go together, but rope will do in a pinch. When stowing a loose board, look to put it under your seat, and be sure to place it grip tape down so it doesn’t roll around on the floor.

Hiking and Hitching

Of course, traveling by mass transit need not be the only way one gets places. Properly set up, longboards are capable of being the mode of long-distance travel rather than the baggage. Large, soft longboarding wheels smooth out rough and uneven highway surfaces with ease, and quality bearings make for as much coasting as pushing. If we see more of a country on trains than on planes, we see it all on a longboard. Suddenly, a cross-country trip becomes a story to tell the grandkids.

Conclusion

If you are about to set out on a journey, and you’re thinking of making it an adventure, consider bringing a longboard along for the trip. Throwing it over the shoulders for carrying is as easy as hooking it up to a backpack, and it is a set of wheels when walking becomes monotonous. The things that are just out of range on layovers become experiences, and the unique terrains of destinations emerge as the whole point of travel, rather than the regret they are when we’re boardless. With a little forethought, your longboard will be that one travel companion that always spurs you to get moving, to see new things and to live a little.

Cool Ollie Tutorial and The Poser Ollie!

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There’s lots of ollies that could have been in the Top 5, but that’s not this. This is a pretty funny and yet very informative ollie tutorial here for skaters of all levels. Our hats are off to Skateboard Bruh for making this fine tutorial happen.

If you’re a beginner, check out the difference between the beginner ollie and the boned ollie and it might help you take it one step at a time. If you’re advanced, check out THE POSER OLLIE, this is one of the funniest explanations I’ve ever seen in a tutorial! I didn’t know what is up with this guys accent or where he’s from but if you subscribe to his channel you’ll probably figure it out! He’s got a lot of good tutorials, and it’s cool how he shoots this from a first-person point of view so you can see how it’s supposed to look when you look down at your feet to hit your ollie in practice!

Whatever Skateboards New Sponsored Rider – Jason Gallo aka @babytooks

Whatever Skateboards Welcomes Jason Gallo, aka @babytooks, to the Whatever Team

Its time to reveal the latest addition to the Whatever Team: Jason Gallo! Welcome to the team! For those who haven’t seen his clips @babytooks (click and follow him!) you need to get on the Internet more because Jason has been live firing some of the most viral clips to hit the scene recently. Know for his hair raising drops, effortless park style, and comparison to the mighty Aaron Jaws Homoki We’re stoked to have snagged him and brought him on to Whatever.

The Clip Seen Round the World

You’ve caught his clips on Instagram (follow at @babytooks) getting reposted by some of the biggest accounts in the game, including our very own Whatever Skateboards Instagram, but here’s the mega viral clip that earned him his comparison to the legendary Jaws. If you haven’t seen this skate clip yet here’s your warning: this is INTENSE.

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Not Enough For You? HERE’S MORE

Jason has been dropping in and dropping clips left and right recently, here’s his latest enormous dump truck that will make you question everything.

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A Natural Rider and Smooth Steez

It’s not all massive drops and stomps for Jason Gallo, here’s a quickie park clip showing off how easy he makes it look. With effortless flow in the bowls and an undeniably smooth riding style you can see why we’re stoked to have @babytooks on the team.

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Want More, More, More?

Of course you do. Be sure to follow his account on IG @babytooks to keep up to date and definitely follow us @whateverskateboards for the best skate clips, skateboarding memes, and of course our contests and giveaways.

Custom Skateboard Designs Inspired by Ray’s Pool

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Ray’s Pool A San Diego Legend

Ray’s pool has been a hot spot for local San Diego skaters for the past 15 years. While skaters shred, spectators can watch from the sides of the pool or from the top of the roof that over looks the pool. Ray’s house and pool is a pretty sweet spot that is at a high vantage point of San Diego. Back in the day, before there were skate spots, this was where locals would gather to skate. Ray is putting the home on the market, marking an ending to a San Diego skating era. To celebrate the past decade and a half, Ray hosted a birthday party for local skate legend Old Man Andy. It has been the last big skate gathering at the pool since the beginning.

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A Bit About Ray

Ray was born and raised in San Diego. He is a bit of a local legend himself. Along with skating, Ray is into surfing and fishing. Currently, he is working on a new big project. He is the owner of the Pacific Beach restaurant Izakaya PB. This is a great spot for good eats and the freshest sushi in town. You can often find Old Man Andy and other local skaters having lunch and dinner at this spot near the beach. Not only can Ray shred the surf, he can also craft a really mean roll and cook up some soulful ramen. He keeps true to his Japanese roots through his craft of food.

Custom Skateboard Pool Theme

We put together a collection of custom skateboard designs to share with you. These custom skateboards are inspired by Ray and his pool. As you can see by the theme, the fusion of California and Japanese culture has fuzed together for these designs. You can find this collection of custom skateboard designs along with others at WhateverSkateboards.com’s browse section.

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Skateboarding Gift Guide – Gifts for Skaters – Christmas Gifts

The Best Gifts for Skaters – Skateboarding Gift Guide – Christmas Edition

Skaters can be a tough bunch to go gift shopping for: we’re incredibly picky about our gear, our shoes, our skateboards, our brands, and our steez. We get a lot of customers calling in over Christmas looking for the perfect Xmas gifts for skaters in their life. Maybe you’re looking to get your bro something you can totally borrow, maybe you’ve got a grom of your own, or maybe you’re browsing for gifts for a skater boyfriend or skater girlfriend. We’re here to break down some of the best skateboarding gifts you can get the skater in your life. Welcome to our Official Whatever Skateboards Christmas 2015 Gift Guide. We’ll break down the must have gifts as do’s and don’ts for skateboarding gift ideas.

Top Skateboarding Gifts

Predator Helmet

We had to put this first because we’re pretty sure our moms buy every one of us a helmet every Christmas. Helmets and pads are the socks of skateboarding gifts, everyone gets them. Not all of them have been cool so we’re jumping out in advance of this one. If you’re buying for an adult you should be going for the best skateboarding helmet and that’s anything by Predator. We offer the Predator FR-7 on our site which is a great all around helmet for safety. Also the Predator helmet is sleek black, matte, actually looks cool, its the helmet the pros wear in comps. If you have a grom (read: you need kids Christmas gifts) you should obviously opt for a Raskulls helmet. If they made Raskulls for adults we’d probably wear them and there’s a lot of helmet envy on the boardwalk from little steezers rocking their kid’s Shark Helmet.

DO
– Buy a quality helmet.
– Get something cool so you’re more likely to wear it.

DON’T
– Don’t buy a bike helmet and not a skateboarding helmet.
– Don’t buy a used helmet, ONLY buy new helmets. Used helmets are not safe and very dangerous!

Custom Skateboard or Custom Longboard (Obviously from Whatever Skateboards!)

Its not our fault we have the best gifts for skaters! The nice thing about getting a custom skateboard as a gift is that it is personal it can be part of your skaters quiver without you needing to worry about all the technical details behind skateboarding. A cool design on our pro quality decks is enough steez for any skater to proudly rock. We carry all the most popular sizes of skateboard. Our most popular sized classic skateboard deck is the 8″ x 31″ 3/4 skateboard. We also have tried-and-true longboard shapes. If your skater boyfriend or skater girlfriend don’t have a longboard cruiser they make a great gift for any skater. our most popular longboard is our Dart pintail series. For those looking to get something a little smaller we have the perfect wooden penny style skateboard without our Lil Guy.

DO
– Buy a quality skateboard.
– Make multiple designs to come up with something awesome.

DON’T
– Don’t buy cheap plywood skateboards at Wal-Mart or Target.
– Worry! Our custom skateboards and custom longboards make a rad gift.

GoPro Hero 4 Camera

Skaters love filming themselves and spend hours hitting the pavement just to nail one make when the camera is on. If there’s one camera that stands above all other cameras it is without a doubt the GoPro. The GoPro Hero 4 is the latest in the Go Pro camera series and like previous GoPro cameras its waterproof and has a screen. Compact and rugged Go Pros go anywhere skaters shred and have the fisheye style lens to make sure you get every frame. Ultra high quality and super tiny a Go Pro is like having an entire bag of equipment and lenses. The killer battery life and memory cards that are interchangeable with Android phones makes the GoPro Hero 4 one of the ultimate skateboarding gifts. We’re not gonna lie, these are some of the more expensive cameras on the market but you get what you pay for and any skater would be beyond stoked. The huge bonus with a GoPro is that isn’t just for skateboarding and helmet cams, they’re a great choice for anything fun.

DO
– Read up on the various GoPro camera models and addons. The screen, extra batter, and waterproof case are the most popular addons.
– Get an extra memory card.

DON’T
– Don’t buy a cheap camera, you’re better off getting something else if you’re not getting something nice like a GoPro or a DLSR still camera.

Skateboarding Gifts on a Budget


Skate Tool or Skate Key

Not all skateboarding gifts have to be pricey, there are a lot of cheap skateboarding gifts for those on a budget. Some low cost staples of skateboarding every single skater loves are skate tools. Skate tools and skate keys have all the major sizes to match skateboarding nuts and screws. They also have an allen head or hex key for those that are sensitive about their deck. You can pretty much never have enough skate tools. Skaters spend a ton of time switching out gear or cored wheels and these are essential. Most hardcore skaters have one in their bag, one in their car, and one at home. An awesome stocking stuffer skateboarding Christmas gift for skaters the skate tool is an essential piece of hardware.

DO
– Get a skater a skate tool as a gift if they don’t have one.

DON’T
– Don’t worry if your skater already has skate tool, you can always use a few more and friends often “borrow” them. – There are no don’ts really, skate tools are essential for all skaters.



Custom Stickers

Right there with skate tools for cheap skateboarding gifts are custom stickers. Create anything awesome and make your own design and get a grip of stickers on the cheap. Regular brands are cool but not all skaters want to rep all brands. Creating badass custom stickers that can be slapped on a skate are the perfect skateboarding stocking stuffer. You can never have enough stickers in life and personalized stickers make the perfect gift for skaters in everyone life.

DO
– Make something awesome. Try a few designs!
– Create a design that is easy to read and not complicated.

DON’T
– Use complicated designs or very small text.




Last Minute Skateboarding Christmas Gifts


Whatever Skateboards Gift Card

Gift cards are one of our most popular skateboarding gifts. Its not easy to nail the perfect design on your own and sometimes skaters are just plain picky. If you need a last minute skateboarding gift for skaters a Whatever Skateboards gift card can be the perfect way to get an awesome gift with time to spare. Available in different values you can tailor your gift to your budget and your skater.

DO
– Snag a gift card for at least $100 depending on the skateboard you’re trying to get your skater, some downhill longboards or specialty skateboards can be more!

DON’T
– Panic! We’ve got you covered for Christmas gifts.

Design Your Own Skateboard Stickers! We’ve Got Custom Stickers!

Design Your Own Skateboard Stickers on Whatever Skateboards! Thrash Your Own Custom Stickers!

One of the most popular requests we ever got was to let you design your own stickers. We listened: now you can design your own skateboard stickers and we’ll send them your way! Get awesome stickers with your own photos, images, text, and logos. Slap these on the bottom of the some of the skateboard decks in your quiver and shred your own design on your own stickers. Its a well known fact that no skateboard or blank skateboard deck is complete without stickers, that’s a first day lesson. We have bumper sticker sized, as well as classic circle, square, and oval custom stickers. Rep your own skateboard brand or get your artwork on our new stickers!

How Do I Design My Own Skateboard Stickers?

It’s really easy, just choose the size and shape of sticker you want to design and use our customizer. You can lay out any photos, pictures, images, or text you want. Remember that stickers are not that large, typically most skateboarding stickers feature a distinct logo or the brand name. Complicated or busy designs won’t read well on stickers because of their size, you want people to instantly be able to recognize them. Stick with designs that have large, central elements and strong continuous blocks of color. One of the nice things about our stickers is that you can design your own stickers online for free so you can try multiple designs.

How Many Custom Stickers Should I Get?

Depends on what you’re trying to do with our design your own skateboard stickers. If you’re just looking to get a few packs for your own skateboards or to put around we recommend getting 2-3 sets of various stickers, that will be ~20 stickers. If you’re looking to start your own skateboard brand or you’re looking to give out some custom stickers as prizes or giveaways then you’re looking at 100+ stickers or several packs in a few styles. If you’re a skate brand looking for wholesale stickers or a bulk sticker order please see our wholesale skateboards and bulk orders page for more information. We can help your design your own skateboard stickers and put your logo on stickers.

Are These Stickers Only for Skateboards?

LOLLLLLLLLLLL. No. Haha these stickers can be put anywhere its legal to put stickers. At the Whatever Skateboards HQ we have en entire room where the walls are covered in all the skate stickers we’ve got. We put stickers on our desks, guitar cases, amps, blank skateboards, and pretty much anything else with a reasonable flat surface. To get the best results from our design your stickers we recommend cleaning the area you’re going to apply the sticker to beforehand to make sure you’ll get a good seal. Stick ’em anywhere, stick ’em everywhere!

Design Your Own Skateboard Stickers!

We Got Custom Griptape! Now You Can Design Your Own Custom Longboard Griptape or Custom Skateboard Griptape!

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“Yessssssssss!”

That’s the general feeling around the office now that we can deck-out all of our own skateboards and longboards with new custom griptape and design it all online. We’ve been working on getting this for a long time, and we’re proud to say it’s finally here and live on the site as we speak!

Why Custom Griptape is Awesome

Getting a new board is awesome, too! Don’t get me wrong, I’d take a new deck over new grip any day. Especially when it can come with custom griptape already installed on it (also an option now for the boards you’re designing on our website). But, new boards can be expensive to buy a lot of, and sometimes you want a custom deck look without spending as much cash as you would for a custom board. For a lot of us, brand new complete setups are once or twice a year kind of deal – plus however many decks we snap or break along the way, but that’s not too often. Because of money, it’s a shame, but it’s just tough to step up your skateboard or longboard collection very frequently – especially if you’re a kid, or you got no job, or you just broke like a lot of us skaters out here in the streets! We feel you! The main reason it’s awesome is because you get to rock your personal style on your deck and get creative or rep your crew, but it’s awesome that you can grip up any deck with your own sweet new custom grip tape design that will turn any deck of any age into a fresh new deck from the top! You don’t have to buy a full new deck just to deck it out with your own style. Just design some custom grip and you’re fresh as hell at half the cost (or less). If you’re the type of skater that snaps a lot of decks and picks up blanks for cheap, then this is the custom grip option for you!

But Is It Good Grip Tape?

Are you kidding? How about some of the BEST grip tape? This isn’t some home grown grip, we’ve got Jessup brand griptape ready for your custom grip artwork and we can say from experience that this grip tape is great. A lot of people these days are hot to trot on Grizzly Grip Tape, Mob Grip, Shake Junt, and a few others, and those are cool too! But, when we had to choose which brand to rep we went with Jessup because it’s the most OG of them all! I mean how OG are you when your website domain name is literally GripTape.com? You don’t snag a name like that unless you get it from the very beginning, and that’s what they did, as the true original grip tape company that was the first to bring silicon carbide griptape to the skateboard industry, starting all the way back in 1975. Right now for Custom we have fine/regular grip tape, not coarse yet (if you’re doing slides and hard downhill, you may want to wait for coarse) but otherwise we recommend the fine grip for most park, street, freestyle, commuter, casual, and definitely the only choice for cruisers. Unless you’re doing aggressive skating where you really need a ton of grip (which you can also get on our site, but not custom yet), then the finer grip tape will actually be more comfortable and won’t tear up your clothes or shoes as easily.

Design Your Custom Griptape

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New Custom Longboards for 2015 – Design Your Own

Whew! We’ve been away from the blog for a bit there but we’re back with some great updates! We’ve been in the lab making the site better every day, including getting our new board models for 2015 ready to launch.

New 2015 Custom Longboard Models!

Alas, the wait is over! We’re starting the new boards out right this year with some real killer custom decks, some mods and improvements on old deck shapes, and some brand new shapes! The new improvements are awesome, making the boards even more fun to ride in all the right ways. The new shapes are dope, and some that have been previously reserved for only team riders are now available for everyone – w00t!

The 2015 Dart (Cruiser / Pin Tail)

The Dart - Newly Improved 2015 Custom Pin Tail LongboardAfter our 2014 Dart sold out we knew this deck would be a popular one again in 2015, and we’ve modified the shape to be longer and wider. This makes the deck an obvious choice for cruising the boardwalk or doing some casual downhill. The added length makes it even more stable and fun to carve, and the more symmetrical shape makes it less top heavy and a better all around balance to the board. At 44 inches long you’ll have enough room to comfortably walk around on the board and rock different stances or toe hangs. The classic lengthy pin tail longboard shape is timeless and stylish, perfect for cruising to the beach. check it out »

The Bullet (Freeride / Downhill)

The Bomber - New 2015 Custom LongboardThis was previously only a team board, and is now available for custom design for anyone and everyone. This deck has a real unique shape, wide and short with a flat medium concave in front and W concave in back, letting your back foot really get a solid grip for freeride thrashing. This deck looks like a bullet in shape with a blunt back end and pointed nose, and flies like a bullet, with only 8 ply making is a lighter hill bomber than the Bomber, or Perfecto. The beastly wide style adds a lot of control for balance and powering hard carves, but the relatively shorter 36 inch height keeps it light and agile, and also is great for riders with big feet. All in all this free ride beast surprises you with it’s downhill abilities making it an awesome all around mountain shredder.
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The Bomber (Downhill / Freeride)

The Bomber - New 2015 Custom Longboard This is by far the most responsive downhill board we have. The Bomber was also an exclusive team rider board until this year, and we’re excited to have the custom print ability ready to rock for 2015 so now anyone can design their own custom Bomber longboard. This deck is topmount but has underflush truck spots and mircrodrops at each end to lower the center of gravity, and a deep concave (W in back). All combined that gets your feet locking in deep right on the trucks for amazing control and maximum leverage. The 9 ply hard maple construction is super stiff, for high speeds and tight turns. If you’re bombing hills and trying to get to the bottom as fast as possible with the control to shred the tight turns, this is a great choice.
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More Custom Longboard Decks on the Way!

These are 3 really exciting boards that we can’t wait for you to get your hands on them. And, for even more stoke, stay tuned as we release a whole new series of custom longboards and more new upgrades on past models soon!