The Landyachtz Chinook longboard skateboard is a drop deck design made for versatility and has been redesigned for 2011. Its shape is a revolutionary design intended for downhill racing and freeriding. The shape is designed with forward rake (sometimes referred to as directional drop) making you feeling like your body is over the top of the front truck at all times. This puts you in a natural downhill posture making long distance downhill runs much easier on your body. The forward rake also make drifting and sliding out the backend easier because most of your body weight is in the front of the board in a natural riding position. The Landyactz Chinook is a 40" longboard skateboard making the Chinook perfect for larger riders. It is also 10" wide with deep concave in the front making it amazing for drifts and stand-up slides for the more advanced rider. The extra wheelbase options also sweeten the deal for those of us who enjoy playing around with various setups.
There are many advantages to having a Landyachtz Chinook longboard skateboard in your quiver. Most notably, the Chinook is really low to the ground allowing greater stability at high speed. Therefore the Chinook is perfect for downhill runs and freeriding. If you are looking for a great long distance longboard, believe us that you found it. Pushing around town or going out for a long stroll is made simple. You don't have to worry about those aches and pains that you get with a board that is really high off the ground. In short, you got to have this board in your quiver because it can do everything.
The Landyachtz Chinook works best with Bear 852 Grizzlies. Be sure to modify the bushings to match your style of riding. Most 75mm longboard skateboard wheels and below work well with the Chinook. 76mm Zombie Hawgs seem to work out the best because they are large enough to add more clearance between the platform and the concrete while still avoiding wheelbite due to the sideset bearing seat.
Board designer Blake Startup interviewed by co-worker Nate Schumacher
Where did the inspiration for the design of the Chinook come from?
It was designed as an updated and shrunk down Evo. The idea was to have a shorter tighter foot platform with less drop and less aggressive angles in order to work better with modern truck design.
What are the boards key features?
It has tight foot space to help hold you on the board and make for a nice compact tuck, Minimal drop to give good leverage over the trucks for better performance and more grip. 10° wedging on the nose and -10° on the tail to give the board performance, stability and grip. These angles make the board prime for downhill but still allow for excellent performance slashing down the street to the grocery store. We have also used a new style of concave called, "W Bowl" concave, it offers arch support and cups the ball of your rear foot from 3 sides for optimal control. Two drill hole patterns in the tail for wheelbase options.
How long has this board been in design?
It all began at Maryhill in 2009 with the dream of riding a shorter, tighter Evo that sat a bit higher off the ground.
What went into the design process?
The first step was a high tech process involving a sheet of cardboard, a sharpie and our team riders tucking stance. We mapped out the different "ideal' tuck stances of a handful of riders and compared them all. Then Landyachtz's in-house engineer, Aaron Brown computerized and mocked up a mold based on my specs to press the board. A mould was then milled on our CNC table. After pressing and testing the mould we decsided to tweek and change a few aspects of the concave and fine tune the W bowl concave. The changes where made and after pressing the first board in the new mould we knew we had it right.
What is W bowl concave?
Blake draws a picture of it.
Whats your ideal setup for this board?
I would set it up on the tighter wheelbase, 40 degree Bear Hybrid trucks, blue 78a Hawg Mini Monsters and whatever bushings I feel like playing with that day and I would then slap on some super grip.
How big was the Largest fish you ever caught?
12 pound dogfish caught while in a canoe with a foot long piece of wood, 3 pound test line and a baitless hook...true story.
Luck or skill?
All skill man
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