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.
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!!
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’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’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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
Tensor and Andale Bearings
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
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.
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