January 15, 2020
December 23, 2019
If you haven’t guessed, I’m talking about Venice. Situated between Santa Monica and Marina del Rey, Venice brings a slice of Europe’s rad street vibes right into the heart of California.
August 08, 2019
Tired of always riding in the same spot? Why not go on a trip and explore new places?
If you are planning to have fun longboarding while traveling, consider visiting these 5 destinations:
August 01, 2019
March 06, 2019
Have you wished that you could ride all the different Hamboards one after the other to meet your perfect match? If you are attending the Yoga Surf Skate Getaway hosted by Hamboard rider Nico Klimek, that dream can come true. We will be stocking the ‘Short Board House’ in Strathmere, NJ with Hamboards of all shapes and sizes - from our smallest board (The Biscuit) to our largest board (The Classic). This ‘House of Ham’ will give you access to all of the Hamboards, land paddles and riding with a super rad gang of girls.
January 27, 2019
So, you want to start surfing? It’s time to make way to the water! This post isn’t going to prep you for big wave surfing - it’s about getting comfortable with your surfboard in the ocean.
July 10, 2018
Every Hammer needs a crew - it just makes riding way more fun. Invite your friends out to surf skate with you and make a day of it. Bring music, have a picnic, take some photos (you may even end up in our gallery) and surf the pavement.
If your friends don’t already have a Hamboard I’ll tell you how it will play out. The crew shows up with there longboards and skateboards and you all start skating around. After a couple of minutes your friends are going to be begging to try out your Hamboard...to which you’ll politely reply, “Sure, you can try it! But don’t get any ideas…” By the end of your skate session, your friends are going to be dreaming of Hamboards when they go to sleep. And this is good news for you. Why? They are probably going to head to the Hamboard Site and watch the video on how to choose the right board and get one of their very own.
So why is it so awesome when your friends are also riding Hamboards? If you plan it strategically, you’ll all be buying different boards so when you surf skate you can take turns riding all the Hamboard styles. You’ll be able to cruise, carve and paddle changing it up along the way.
When you go out to ride, try and bring a variety of board lengths. A nice combo is the Biscuit, Huntington Hop, Fish, Classic and a paddle. This sets you up with an entire quiver of riding styles and lengths to work with and switching from one board to another means you can ride forever.
So here’s to the endless summer days and nights ahead of us and all of the pavement we’ve yet to shred.
P.S. If you missed Tip #1, check it out here.
Written By Team-Rider Dominique (Nico) Klimek
April 24, 2018
When you live on the East Coast, waiting for summer is a daunting task. One day the sun is out and the next, you wake up to snow on the ground. When you have that East Coast state of mind you know how important it is to take advantage of those "summery" spring days that Mother Nature throws at you.
And that's exactly what I did last weekend. Grabbed my favorite Hamboard, the Classic, because IMO it’s the best longboard surfboard and I love its natural flowing urge to roll.
Last Saturday the clouds had pushed aside, making way for the sun to hang out for the day. It was that ideal jeans and tee weather, perfect for a longboarding surf-day on Hamboards.
My friends and I hit the streets of Brooklyn, coasting up and down the long stretches of pavements. When I'm out Hamboarding I can't help but revert to that 12-year-old state of mind. Here I am, outside playing in the sun all day, not worrying about the time, work or food. Just cruising.
It's in this state of freedom where I start to get creative.
Here’s my longboard-surfing Tip #1
I brought my bike along and tied a rope to the back for my friend to tug me up and down the smooth stretches of pavement so I could just carve along. When you want to wakeboard but don't have a lake or a boat available you need to think outside of the box. And this Ham session was epic.
So, if you love to Ham and have a friend who isn't into skating, make use of him or her! Have your friend saddle up on a bike, get a rope tied to the back and turn that friend into your personal Ham driver for an afternoon.
Please note: A Hamboard pulled by a bike is the ultimate stoke but I won’t recommend it if you’re a beginner or if your friend on the bike feels unsteady.
If you are totally comfortable with it, then follow safety tips and hit the paves. Your friend gets a workout, and you get into shape with an amazing Ham session.
What's the most rad thing you’ve done on a Hamboard or any longboard? Visit our Instagram page and share your experience with the surfskating community.
Did you check out our All-New ‘Carve Collection’ yet?
Surfskate Hamboards inspired by Birwell Beach Britches
Since you’re here, we have a kind request. Millions of people around the globe in countries like India and Kenya are dying every year because they do not have access to clean drinking water.
It was getting harder by the day to have fun knowing millions of people cannot even access drinking water, the basic requirement for living.
So, we decided to do something! We have partnered up with Global Water Consortium to make a change. Together we will try to raise fund so children in these parts of the world can
WAKE UP TO DRINKING WATER
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
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February 04, 2018
While we in California enjoy almost 365 days of sunshine, we know that many of our fellow Hamboarders are not blessed with such gorgeous weather all year long. And now, with all the rain, ice and snow stopping you from hopping on your plank, you’re probably stuck with the ol’ winter blues.
But, before you put your longboard away for the winter, we’ve got good news. You can still enjoy your favorite sport despite the grim weather. Yes, even if you’re surrounded by snow as you’re reading this.
Here are 7 ways you can still get surf stoked the winter.
1. Get Your Board Winter-Ready
First you need to think about your board because all these harsh winter conditions are not going to be kind to your precious plank. Low temperatures, rain, mud and snow could seriously damage the board if you don’t protect it.
Waterproof the deck with a waterproofing spray before you head out and thoroughly clean your whole board with special attention to the bearings after each session in the damp weather. Spray some silicone spray on the bearings to prevent rust.
Finally, get a strong set of wheels that work well in wet conditions, ideally above 65mm in diameter and 80a in hardness.
2. Keep Warm
This should go without saying, but before you go out in the cold, make sure you’re dressed for the occasion. Keep in mind that the speed on the longboard will force the windchill and initially make you feel colder than usual.
But, the workout will soon warm you up, so it’s best to layer up so you can easily take something off when you need to. And don’t forget to get yourself a beanie and a pair of gloves.
3. Take Advantage Of Dry Spells
Depending on where you live, the winter will be more or less unforgiving. But, even so, I bet there will be some dry days as well. Keep an eye out on those and make sure to take full advantage of them. Just stay warm, prepare your board for a day out in the cold and hit the streets.
4. Hit An Indoor Skate Park (Or A Parking Garage)
If you have an indoor skate park in your area, it will be an amazing way to endure the winter. Here you’ll escape the cold, you’ll keep your beloved logger away from the rain and snow and you’ll meet a bunch of other like-minded skaters and land surfers who can’t wait for the spring, just like you.
And, if you’re not lucky enough to have a skate park nearby, you can always improvise and find a parking garage or a subway. These places are dry, relatively warm and have enough room for practicing your favorite tricks.
5. Stay Safe
I know you’re impatient to surf the streets but don’t ever do it if you know you’re risking getting hurt. These harsh winter conditions are challenging even for the seasoned longboarders and you will constantly need to be alert, much more than usual.
The wind will disrupt your movement, the rain will make it difficult to brake and stop and it might even make you slip and fall off the board. But the worst will be the ice and snow.
My advice – avoid them altogether. They will make your ride completely unpredictable and extremely dangerous. During those snowy days, take a break from turf surfing or hit the indoor skate spots we mentioned.
6. Head Somewhere Warmer
Thousands of impatient land surfers come to California each winter to get their longboarding fix. So, there’s an idea – head somewhere warmer for a few days and take your plank with you.
If you decide to come to Cali, you can even stop by our Hamboards store at Huntington Beach and check out what happens behind the scenes in our workshop.
If winter brought you down, we totally get it. But bad weather is not a reason to hang up your logger and forget about longboarding for several months. Just grab a jacket, get your board ready and be a little more careful on the road.
And before you know it, the winter will be gone and the weather will be surf-perfect again. So, hang in there and keep cruising.
Or, beat the winter blues with an old proven classic. Go Shopping!
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October 05, 2017
Longboard surfing is growing in popularity. As more and more people are finding out about the thrill and excitement of this land-sport, there's a sharp increase in Google searches related to longboarding.
Two of the most popular searches I found were ‘best longboards for cruising’ and 'best longboards for carving'. So I decided to write an article to cover both topics.
September 27, 2017
Once you have picked up that sweet long deck, the first question that pops to your head is, “Which trucks are the best fit for my ride?”
True, it’s really important that you know how to choose your longboard trucks. This is so because your trucks will decide how you turn while keeping your wheels anchored to the deck.
Trucks have come a long way since their first since inception as has the science of decks themselves. Not all trucks are the same or behave the same way. There’s more than a handful of things to consider here if you want the best ride from your longboard.
Choosing the right trucks for your longboard
This can be educational, exciting and time-consuming all at the same time. There are distinct features that vary from truck to truck and they can change your ride drastically.
But don’t fret if you’re in a hurry to take your longboard out for the thrill of your life. There's a couple of ways you can pick the best trucks in minutes.
Firstly, the easiest way for beginners is to select the trucks that are the closest match to the width of the longboard. Just make sure they come from reputable manufacturers.
Secondly, you can pick a pair of all-purpose trucks. There are some excellent trucks that’ll perfectly let you experience an awesome all-around surfing experience whether you want to cruise downhill, carve, pump or shred.
At Hamboards every long or short board comes fitted with S8 trucks which have been our mainstay for many years. These trucks became super popular because of their versatility.
Even though S8 trucks were one of the best all-purpose Reverse Kingpin Trucks (RKP) for many years, there were rooms for improvement.
Hamboards wanted to address these issues and brought in a team of international engineers and designers. This was an international effort led by a NASA engineer and Italian designers.
As a result, four years later surfskaters have entered a new age of versatile surfing and extreme carving with Hamboards own HST Trucks.
What Makes HSTs The Most Versatile and Extreme Carving Trucks?
Hopefully, I’ve been able to answer some of your questions. Now you should be able to choose the perfect RKP trucks for your longboard without weeks of research.
It’s impossible to stress enough the importance of having good trucks under your deck.
If you are just beginning to explore the world of surfskating, I recommend trucks that are wider and more stable. Or, even better go with performance trucks like HST so you can start to practice carving alongside cruising, sliding and freestyling.
I hope you got some juice from this article. Check out the video below to see how HST Trucks can transform the way you surf the streets.
Connect With The Pave. Experience Zero Limit Carving
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September 22, 2017
I have been riding the Fish for about a year now and I just had the opportunity to spend a weekend testing and riding every single board that Hamboards has to offer. As soon as I walked into the garage and my eyes met the Hamboards quiver I felt like a kid in a candy shop. The formerly organized selection of boards had created a feeding frenzy as my friend Hannah and I pulled every board off the rack to cruise, trade and try again. Oh, and there’s one more thing- we were riding boards with the brand new Hamboards Spring Torsion Carving Trucks (HST’s).
These brand new HST’s change the riding experience in every board from the tiny Biscuit to the 6’6” Classic. The HST’s make the Hamboards super responsive while adding stability. Simply put, the HST’s set you up for success if you like to challenge your board and riding ability.
While riding the Biscuit the new HST’s were instantly apparent with quick, snappy turns and carving. The Classic became a breeze to cross step on with less sway when you walk. And all the boards in between became the most wonderful hybrid of snap and security. HST’s connect you to the board in a way that lets you become part of the pavement- from the push off the ground to the bend in your knees the board becomes a ride that is working with you and for you, not against you.
When you surf it’s hard to end a session- you want to end on a good wave and then when you get one you are too stoked to call it quits. These new HST’s will create an experience that will have you hamming until you wear through the soles of your shoes and feet- you won’t want to stop.