Summer’s here, and there’s not much in the way of waves. So how do you keep the glide alive? Local longboarder Jamie Morris has just the answer! Get your toes on the nose on the tar.
Yoh, that thing is a meneer! How long is it?
Just over 6ft!
You built it yourself. What gave you the inspiration to try make something like this?
I've always wanted to find a way to practice longboard surfing on days when there no waves and this is it. I found a place in California that makes similar ones but they waaay to pricey over 10k and even more to ship it here.
With these boards you can cruise the streets and walk up and down it and get some good tip time going - hang 10's etc. You can also use it as a street SUP. I'm in the process of making a street paddle to use to push it just like supping. Also great for carving turns and just having fun!
What is it made out of?
Ply and fiberglass
Its pretty heavy but strong. Weight doesn't matter though when u cruising. You and your friends can all hop on and cruise together, it'll hold.
Take us through how you went about the whole process.
There was no way I was gonna buy the ones from California so after some designing I decided to go it on my own. Sourced the timber, made a template, cut it out and tested the strength, got Dennis Ellis at the Board Room to put a layer of glass fiber over it for extra strength and give it the shiney look with some pigment. It came out great! I've named it after my dad Turtle who used to be a longboard & skateboard pro and called this model the "street cruiser".
Did it take a while to do, and any learning curves en route?
Quite a process involved it took a few weeks. With this longboard skateboard I was worried about wheel bite on the bottom deck whilst carving turns but I sorted that out with some tweaking.
How does she ride?
It feels amazing actually ....really smooth ....like gliding over the tar.
What's with the booties?
The grippy finish I've put on the top deck can chow your toes if you're not careful!
Can it fit in the cabby or are we talking roof-racks here!?
I have to put the car seat down to fit it in but roof racks are actually easier
Any plans to make some to order if the ou’s are keen to get their feet on one?
Yes, I have some in the pipeline already this is only the demo board.
How do they contact you to order one?
Call me direct on 0736100015 to discuss
Shot Jamie - Lekker way to keep the glide stoke alive during the long flat summer months. Cos the tar's always there, even when the waves are not!