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2015 Agenda Long Beach – Part 1: Dwindle

The 2015 Agenda Trade Show Long Beach took place on 8 and 9 July 2015 at the Long Beach Convention Center. This is the go-to event in the Action Sports retail calendar and the Long Beach stop (alongside the New York and Las Vegas) is the biggest one attracting over 500 exhibitors.

In Part 1 of our Agenda coverage, we feature the Dwindle booth. Dwindle is home to Almost, Blind, Cliche, Zero, Enjoi, Darkstar, Tensor, and Andale. They definitely had one of the bigger booths at Agenda with upcoming lines for each of the brands within the family on full display.

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Hot off his win at BATB 8, Sewa Kroetkov was also at the Dwindle booth to check out his new “Shades” series graphic. There was even a screen showing a replay of BATB 8 Finals Night!! That was an epic night indeed! Congratulations again Sewa!!

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Blind had a full lineup of boards on display. The boards in the row behind Sewa from left to right: Sewa Kroetkov “Shades” (8.25″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave), Kevin Romar “Shades” (7.75″ x 31.1″, WB 13.8′, mellow concave), TJ Rogers “Shades” (8″ x 31.6″, WB 14″, mellow concave), and Cody McEntire “Longhorn” (8″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave).

Almost

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Almost’s display featured a nice mix of boards from the Lucas Beaufort series (Top row, left three boards, Youness Amrani, Willow and Daewon Song in Impact Support construction), the Remix Dude Impact Light series in Impact Light construction, (Top row, 4th and 5th from left) with Willow (8″ x 31.6″, WB 14″, mellow concave), and Daewon Song(8.25″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave). And of course with the DC Comics tie-up, the Batman Splitface in Resin -7 construction (Bottom row, left two. Willow, 7.75″ x 31.1″, WB 13.88″, mellow concave; Chris Haslam, 8.375″ x 31.8″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave), and Joker Splitface in Resin-7 construction (Bottom row, right two. Rodney Mullen, 8.125″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave; Daewon Song, 8.25″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave).

Cliche

Cliche’s upcoming line was a real standout and many thanks to Al Boglio for taking the time to talk to us about it.

Al Boglio walked us through the upcoming Cliche line. Thanks Al!

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The Swanski (Pawel Kozlowski) series looked really amazing (4 boards in the middle in picture below)! All in Resin-7 construction, with from left to right, Joey Brezinski (7.75″ x 31.1″, WB 13.88″), Lucas Puig (8.125″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″), Daniel Espinoza (8″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″), and Flo Mirtain (8.0″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″). All in Resin-7 construction.

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The Damo and Darren (Aussie Beavis and Butthead) series is pretty epic, and in the photo below (left two boards) we have the Sammy Winter (8.25″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″) and Andrew Brophy (8.125″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″) both in Resin-7 construction.

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Last but definitely not least, Cliche is putting out a really sick Mr Men collabo that you should definitely keep an eye out for. I was really hyped on the Mr Clumsy crew-neck sweatshirt!

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Zero

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The legacy of Zero continues under the Dwindle umbrella of companies, and they’ve got a solid upcoming line of boards dropping in the fall.

Enjoi

As you’d expect from Enjoi, their upcoming line of boards retains the playfully irreverent themes that have become their signature.

From left to right, we have the “how-to” series with Louie Barletta (8.25″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave), Wieger (8.375″ x 31.8″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave), Jimmy Carlin (8″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave), Ben Raemers “cat collage” (8″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave), Cairo Foster “kitten dreams” (8.125″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave), Zach Wallin “skill saw” (8.25″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave) and Nestor Judkins “Presidents” (8″ x 31.7″, WB 14.25″, mellow concave). All in Resin-7 construction with the exception of Zach’s board which is in Impact Plus construction. Really dug the “Presidents” graphic series in particular.

Darkstar

Darkstar also had their upcoming line on display in the Dwindle booth, and pictured in the photo (left wall top row) below we have the “Crash” series with Pierre Luc-Gagnon (8.125″ x 31.8″, WB 14.25″, full concave), Greg Lutzka (8.125″ x 31.8″, WB 14.25″, full concave), Ryan Decenzo (8″ x 31.6″, WB 14″, full concave), and Cameo Wilson (8″ x 31.6″, WB 14″, full concave). The row below features the Power Deal boards in the Rasta and Fade series.

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Tensor and Andale Bearings

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Tensor Trucks and Andale Bearings also presented their lines in their booths, and we understand that Tensor is working on a new baseplate design that will drop pretty soon. Andale had their ABEC 5, ABEC 7 and Swiss on display. We did a review of their Andale Swisses a while ago, and you can check that out here if you haven’t already.

Impact Light and Impact Plus

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Within the Dwindle family, in addition to the standard Resin-7 construction, three additional tech board offerings are also available (of course there’s also the UBER construction method). Impact Light, Impact Support and Impact Plus. Many thanks to Nino over at Dwindle for explaining the differences between all three to us. Impact Light has a die-cut carbon-fiber top laminate insert on the top sheet, Impact Support has 2 carbon-fiber laminate discs at the truck-mounting stress-points on the underside of the deck and Impact Plus basically combines these two technologies. So these three alternatives give you various choices to enhance the life of your deck depending on how hard you skate and the type of skating you most enjoy. It’s always good to have options!

Thanks Nino for walking us through the board tech options.

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Looking forward to seeing all these new products in the stores in the coming Fall! Stay tuned for the next installment of our 2015 Agenda Long Beach recap. – HK

 

Interview

Board Talk With Sewa Kroetkov

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This article originally appeared in the printed Krak Mag that came with KrakBox #1 from April.

In this inaugural KrakBox (and printed Krak Mag), we’ve got a little something special just for you, an interview with Sewa Kroetkov on his setup. We’re almost absolutely certain that you’re familiar with Sewa, with his precision flatground game and let’s not forget that he’s not afraid to go big either. We’ve been huge fans of Sewa’s skateboarding for a long while, and thought it’d be fitting that the first printed Krak Mag would also be the first place he’d have a chance to talk about his setup. We spent an afternoon nerding out with Sewa about every little detail on his board and listening to what he had to say about what he puts under his magic feet. Without further ado, let’s find out from the man himself what and why he rides what he rides. -HK

KRAK: Hey Sewa! Thanks for doing this. Can you tell us more about what you’re riding right now? Let’s start off by talking about your deck?

Sewa: So I’m going to start with the board, my Blind pro model board, size 7.9”. The length is 31.4”, With a 7” nose, a 6.5” tail and a 14” wheelbase. The reason I like 7.9” is that I used to always skate 7.75” decks, but I felt like I kind of grew out of it, and for some spots it felt a little uncomfortable, and became a little too small. What I like about a 7.9” is that everything felt a little more comfortable but I didn’t lose any tricks. After this I tried a size 8”, which is not for me, because everything flipped a lot slower and the pop didn’t feel the same. I’m a bit OCD, and want the board to feel right from the first time, and I don’t want to wait a couple of weeks to get used to it, as I feel I’m messing up my skating. I skate the Blind Impact and Impact Plus decks. The Impact decks have two carbon fiber discs on the underside at the truck mounting points and the Impact Plus has an additional carbon fiber top layer. What I like about the Impact and the Impact Plus boards is that they have carbon fiber discs and another top layer (for the Impact Plus) which makes my board feel really strong, which if I don’t have it and try to learn some flatbar tricks, I end up snapping my board because I’m not the lightest out there. Since I’ve had those, I haven’t been snapping any boards, that’s what I really like about Blind boards and the pop lasts a really long time. Even when I’m skating certain spots and my board falls in the water, I just let it dry and it feels the same pretty much, which doesn’t happen to me with other boards I used to skate way back in the day.

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Pictured is Sewa’s “I must S.K.A.T.E. you” graphic from Blind Skateboards.

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Any special deck preferences?

When it comes to concaves, I’m not too picky, it just depends on what I’ve been skating lately. So if I’ve been skating a bunch of steep concave boards, I like to keep it that way. In general I like my nose and tail kicks mellow. What I do like is when the nose is a little more rounded, not necessarily pointy.

What about the griptape? Tell us a little about this new M-80 formula you’ve been riding.

I skate Mob grip, what I like about Mob grip is that it’s the grippiest. What I like about grippy grip is that I don’t have to worry about changing boards so often after a couple of days. Once I put this grip on, it’s still good in 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, maybe even up to a week, depending if I switch the board or not. Right now I’m using the new M-80 formula, a little bit of a lighter grip than the classic one. I like this one a lot for flip in and flip out tricks. That’s pretty much the main reason I switched over to this. It keeps its grip for a long time.

Any special setup techniques? Do you sand down the grip?

I just cut the grip, I don’t sand it down. With Mob grip, the little holes in the grip make sure you don’t get air bubbles. And when I put it on, I can cut it straight away without sanding it down.

Let’s talk about your trucks. I know we’ve spent many afternoons discussing trucks. What are you riding right now?

For trucks, I skate Venture 5.25” lows (The Jack Curtin pro model trucks with regular (non-forged) baseplates, solid kingpins and axles). When I used to skate 7.75” boards, I used to skate the Venture 5.0” lows, but since I moved up a little bit in board size, I felt like I should also move up a little bit in truck size. What I like about that is that it’s a tiny bit wider, only a slight bit but I really notice the difference with grinds because it feels like it locks in way easier, because there’s more room on the hanger basically. Which I didn’t believe in the beginning because I thought that it’s only a tiny difference, but it makes a huge difference when you put them on. And it also feels more stable for me, bringing the wheels closer to the edge of the board. In the beginning when I sized up to a wider truck, I was afraid that treflips wouldn’t land the same, but as soon as I put my trucks on when I moved up in board size, it just felt more comfortable.

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Why do you like Ventures?

What I really like about Ventures compared to other trucks I’ve skated is that when I pop a lot of tricks like a lot of flips, my pop with Ventures just feels more powerful. The reason is maybe that they are a more solid truck than other trucks. I like the turning of Ventures a lot although I skate my trucks quite tight. That’s what I like about Ventures I guess, you can really adjust them, with some trucks they will be more loose and even when you try to get them tight they’ll never get tight. And with some other trucks its vice versa. You try and get them loose and they’ll never get loose. Or they’ll be so loose that you get wheelbite after wheelbite. That’s the other thing about Ventures, you can adjust them exactly how you want and they’ll still feel really solid. They feel more precise.

Let’s talk about wheels. What wheels are you riding right now?

Right now I’m riding Ricta wheels. I usually ride the Ricta Speedrings, and I’ve also been trying the Slix, which are a tiny bit lighter than the Speedrings (narrower profile). I like both wheels in different ways. What I like about Ricta is the hardness of the wheel, it feels comfortable for me on every surface, whether it’s the skatepark or raw street spots or whether its street spots that are not as rough. Some wheels will feel good at street spots but when you get into a skatepark you’ll just slip out all the time. Sometimes with certain wheels, compared to in the skatepark, when you skate them in the street it feels like they slow down, with Ricta I don’t have that problem, it’s good for every surface.

The Slix wheels have a special edge on the inside (a custom molded blue TPU insert) which you place on the side facing the hanger, it will make your grinds feel smoother, and help you grind through certain spots better. With the Speedrings, while they are a little heavier, with certain tricks this added weight can help. Rictas always feel good right away when you put them on, and they pretty much don’t flat spot on me. When I go on trips, I can just put on a new set of wheels and skate them the whole trip and I don’t have to worry about carrying extra sets of wheels just in case.

How big of a wheel do you ride?

I ride 51mm wheels, I’ve been used to it for so long. 52mm feels a tiny bit too big and 50mm feels a tiny bit too small, and it gets smaller too quick as I pretty much skate every day. So 51mm is the perfect right in between size for me. The Rictas I ride have a durometer of 81b (both the Slix and the Speedrings) in the NRG formula.

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What bearings are you riding right now?

Right now I’m riding the Andale ABEC 7 bearings. It’s Joey Brezinski’s company and I like what Andale is doing in general, with their events and social media and they put skateboarding out there in a really fun way. The bearings just work for me, they’re smooth. I don’t pop the shields off.

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What about hardware?

I skate Diamond 7/8” Allen head mounting hardware. I started skating Diamond hardware as their product works well for me. I’ve always preferred Allen head because before when I switched boards and used Phillips head bolts, the heads would just strip and it would become a pain to switch out your trucks when you change boards.

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Okay, to finish this off, who do you want to thank?

I’d like to thank Red Bull, GoPro, Blind, Venture, Ricta, MOB GripAndale, Magic Wax, Rollin skate shop, Diamond Hardware and Asphalt Yacht Club for the support. Thanks guys!

Go pick up Sewa’s new Blind Skateboards D.I.R.T.S. graphic (pictured below) that’s out now!

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I guess that about covers it, thanks Sewa!

Thank you!