I originally didn't intend on posting this on here because I know most of you will find it inconceivable. I'm not looking to start a debate here, but I think this relates very strongly to the present situation.
Want to know the biggest myth in skateboarding? Or atleast one of the biggest. Concave helps flip tricks. You read it alright. You might think I am biased, seeing how we just took the concave off the stock boards, but if you look further and do your research, you will find that this is the truth.
I have read a lot about board building, watched lots of factory videos and talked with many experienced board builders from various skateboard/sowboard companies before starting Ambition. I remember stubmling upon a video that left me quite surprised, probably just as much as you are right now while reading the above lines. It was an interview with the owner of one of today's biggest skate brands (can't recall the name, sorry about that). He was the inventor of concave in skateboarding. The first concaved skateboard was actually a mistake, as the plies had changed humidty percentage and warped into a non-flat shape. They were pretty stoked on the result, mainly because of the extra strenght it gave to the boards and because it increased board feel and control. At the end of the video, he clearly states how it's a misconception that concave is there to help with flip tricks. Concave acts just like a spoon, it helps you stay on top of your board while giving a lot more strenght to the skate deck and helping you make tighter turns. It has nothing to do with the flipability of your board, actually the opposite would be even truer.
A few weeks ago I was talking to the research and developpment guy at Control Skateboards, probably one of the biggest (if not the biggest) skateboard manufacture in North America, as I was explaining him how we were incorporating concave to our boards. He brought up the same facts, and clearly suggested making sure our concave didn't extend to the "fliping" areas. He showed me 3D designs of skateboard moulds to show me how the regions where you foot flicks are intentionaly flattened out. This guy is a genious in skateboard mould design, he's been doing it for over 15 years and their company makes boards for 75% of the companies you see on the racks in your skate shop (ex. the highest quality Plan B decks). Look at a skateboard closely, and you will see this is true.
Transworld Business agrees: "strangely, when doing flip tricks, it is regarded to have a mellow concave over a medium-deep one"
This probably sounds impossible to you, because this misconception has been around for so long. Like I said, I'm not looking to start a debate. Just hoping to get some reflexion going. I'm just pointing it out because I know 99% of you were looking forward to the feature for "easier flip tricks". This is not to say concave is no good, it definately has benefits. We ditched those benefits because we felt they didn't apply as well to snowskates. Don't believe me? Do your reseach!
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