Mindless, for a long time the UK's premier budget longboard brand have been producing (as you may know) the Voodoo range for a while - sponsoring riders from both Ireland and the UK with some really very good wheels and trucks, while their array of boards has also advanced to include a polished symmetrical micro-drop board. They're still selling the £60 pintails, but all their top end advances have trickled down into these budget boards - I had a ride on a rogue "straight out the box" and without kingpin adjustment the board was great - responsive, fun, and a lot of potential fun from such a cheap setup. Also check out their wooden contender to the plastic skateboard throne, the Daily, which according to the shop featured below is cheaper than it's polymer counterpart by some margin. Having test-ridden a set of the SHR wheels the Daily features, I can attest to their ridiculously good grip and fast roll speed.
"Where can I go stand on a longboard before I buy it, Mindless or otherwise?" I hear you cry! Well, next time you're in Brighton or London, go check out Oddballs, the physical face of Longboards UK. It's very hard to describe the Aladdin's cave that is the London Oddballs shop - a tiny corner in camden rammed full of skate goodies alongside the circus stuff like fire poi, juggling clubs and unicycles. if you can't make it to either their London shop or their more expansive Brighton branch, check out longboardsuk.com for a pretty comprehensive range of gear, including a large offering from Madrid, Venom and Cadillac. Longboards Uk have been around for a while (since 1984!), and have been supporting the Hog Hill series of events for the last few years. Mat's enthusiasm for getting the shop from passive to active in the longboard scene is awesome, so watch out for their involvement in future events!
|Madrid or Venoms? Who cares - we're all just jealous of that hill the dude's riding!|
Also, having just popped onto their website to steal a photo for this post, check out their sale page - a lot of freaking sweet stuff at reduced prices. I just wish I could justify another 3 boards!
Watch this space for the rest of the sponsors featuring throughout this week!