My original skogging board in the early 2000′s was a cambered/concave 38″ wood laminate semi-pintail that I rode until the mid 2000′s when I met John Galac who had a smaller version of a flat deck that I liked. So, per my instructions, I had him design a 36″ long version that made sense with his initial design. And that is how the flat deck idea came around and to this very day, I enjoy the reminiscence of skating back in the 70′s with a Logan flat deck or a big Sims pig deck. John also made the Samoan Squat design found on my skogging model promoted by SK8Kings. Giving credit where credit is due, having said that, without the skogging idea, the board would have never made it to the market. Future plans for making a smaller version and one with a kick-tail are just around the corner. Any board is skoggable but not all boards provide a “dance floor” to perform on like my model does. I’m convinced that this design is solid, classic and ageless. The length in my estimation is perfect. Not too much and not too little. A board that should last for over 50 years of constant riding. A super transportation board as it stores and carries nicely. An all around performer that doesn’t look jet-age. Totally functional out of the box when bought as a complete.
A flat surface in my opinion is better for my type of skogging today because it promotes a predictable surface. In the course of walking a board, e.g. the arc from cambered decks expects more balance feats when irregular footing occurs. In addition I like the full nose and tail because the feel of one’s feet directly over the wheels is another focal point in hard cranking turning maneuvers from front or tail. Once completed, you have “de-radded”(rear trucks) and “radded”(the front truck).
Why Angle Pads?
The turning style of this model is all about turning up front and minimal in back. The idea is to create a cab and caboose ride. Lot’s of turn up front while tail follows. It’s also possible to one foot turn from the tail as long as the foot and centered weight is near or over the rear truck. In order to get this effect, two sets of 1/4″ pads on both front and rear, with the highest part of the pad pointing to the rear of the board. I like Khiro’s design for pads. Their stuff just works! I still miss the old rad pads but they have served their purpose and the new designs have built on the successes of the past.
** as of 12-2012, the design is being reduced to the same configuration except one less pad per truck, it should also be noted that when radding the front truck with Bennetts, the hex bolt will be sticking out more than usual leading to a potential mishap **
Why Seismics and ABEC11?
Between these two guys battling out for market shares, their designs have been built on the shoulders of the of the past. Assuming the Khiro pads sizes are installed on the deck as outlined above and based on the Bennett 5.0 Truck dimensions, 76mm-80mm sizes rock except at the larger end of the spectrum, they become candidates for wheel bite if one isn’t seasoned to use wheelbites as brakes. Otherwise, 76mm are plenty clearance for 15/16 risers or 2 stacked 5/8ths. When it comes to durometer and resilience, it’s all personal preference. When you ride smooth consistent surfaces, the harder you can go and more resilient you can get that lands a dream smooth ride. But with irregular surfaces, durometer, IMO is best to go high 70′s through mid 80′s. Everyone has a sweet point for roll and with these suggested outlined parameters, there’s something for everyone. I hope after going through several sets of wheels, you might just settle down with Big Zigs or Black Ops.
Bennett Trucks 5.0
Turning trucks are key to skogging’s success. For the money, the strength and durability, the performance from these trucks is without a doubt a “dream turn” as described above. I save my Trackers for pools and transition since I don’t need as much carving turn, plus I can kick tail turn anywhere. But the Bennetts still remain a favorite of mine for skogging because they simply TURN tight with my wedging preferences.
Setting up a Skogging Board
Assuming and hopefully you are doing this with my deck and Bennetts(or a truck that turns just as well), the trucks just need to be set up so that a 15/16 (#15 from Khiro) riser tall end is opposite of the front of the board for both trucks. Or you can double up 2 5/16th pads per truck This creates lots of turn in the front and less turn in the back. This causes a cab and caboose type of turning arc. SK8King’s out-of-the box experience has my board ready to roll and tweeked for optimum skogging! ORDER ONE TODAY!
Yandall Board Notes
Rear truck flat pad setup for beginning skoggers and skateboarders