Xylan Longboards And XY Products Take Industry By Storm
Saturday, 18 February 2012
Xylite - Welcome to the future of skate graphics!! No longer are flat lifeless images necessary, enter Xylan and our crazy new material "Xylite". We now have the ability to produce full color high quality graphics and even photos in a new highly reflective medium we call Xylite. Xylite is a new material from South Korea that actually amplifies light from any source and reflects it in full color! These boards look like they're filled with LEDs but they only reflect the surrounding light. When photographed from a block away the Xylite is actually brighter than the surrounding street lights! Xylite is a truly unique material that is currently only availible on Xylan Longboards.
We will be producing Xylite images on our full line of boards and helmets. We have some really killer speedboards in our line that will hold up to what ever you through at them. I've been working at destroying my sleeper for a few months now unsuccesfully. I've taken drops and jumps on it as well as just jumping up and down on the thing and it's still kicking! We also have some really killer cruisers including a kick ass camber flex we call "The Ledgend" that has a sweet kick tale and super classic look as well as a super plush bamboo board we call the "Panda Poo". We also have a freeride drop through board called the "Freakstyle" that has just a hint of tail at both ends.
As well we will be producing a signature model for 1980 Canadian feestyle winner Rick Tetz! We will be one of only a small number of companys producing freestyle boards and the only company producing them in Xylite! Evey flip trick will be like a flash bulb going off under your feet! All of our boards are made with the highest quality materials and are available in Xylite! Be on the lookout for these boards as they're sure to be noticed.
Written by Patrick Montgomery
Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 February 2012 )
CalStreets Featured In Ben Marcus Book
Monday, 02 January 2012
CalStreets was recently featured in A Book by Ben Marcus called ' The
Skateboard: The Good , The Rad And The Gnarly '. Many Photo's for this
book were provided by CalStreets.com as
well as many of the vintage skate ads. The story of the simple
skateboard is part thriller, part underground, underdog success tale.
It’s chock-full of innovations, far-out graphic artistry, and
ever-more-incredible hot-dogging feats. And the story’s told in this
book with contributions from the stars themselves—Tony Hawk, Stacey
Peralta, Jeff Ho, the Dogtown Z-Boys, and more. Beautifully illustrated
with historical posters, ads, and memorabilia along with new action
photography, studio skateboard shots, and unique portraits of the stars,
this is a fitting tribute to an American classic. Beautifully
illustrated with historical posters, ads, and memorabilia along with new
action photography, studio skateboard shots, and unique portraits of
the stars, this is a fitting tribute to an American classic.
G&S Ad 1978
Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 March 2012 )
Death Or Injury May Occur
Monday, 02 January 2012
We just thought we'd show off our other speed board. It weighs a little
more than our other boards but comes with a kick ass custom paint job
and a very powerful engine. These are a few photos taken just before
heading to north and west van for a skate session with our Xylan
Guillotine and Sims Snakebite . I love traveling around in the Xylan
Vette, it always turns heads and gives us the attention we crave. So if
you ever see this beautiful Corvette in your neighborhood come find the
Xylan guys, we'd be happy to do some shredding with you. Just don't
touch the car!
Pat getting into the '86 Corvette with a Xylan Guillotine setup with Paris Trucks and Venom Wheels
Last Updated ( Monday, 02 January 2012 )
Calstreets Featured In The Disposible Skateboard Bible By Sean Cliver
Sunday, 01 January 2012
CalStreets.com was featured in a wicked book written by Sean Cliver! They used many vintage ads
as well many interior shots of the North Vancouver location of
CalStreets. In this follow-up to Disposable: A History of Skateboard
Art, Sean Cliver has assembled what is undoubtedly the most
comprehensive visual overview of skateboards in print. In addtion to
board galleries showcasing everything from the steel and clay wheeled
planks to the modern day 7 ply popsicles, The Disposible Skateboard
Bible continues where the last book left off, featuring all new
anecdotes from the likes of V. Courtlandt Johnson, Mark Gonzales, CR
Stecyk 3, Rodney Mullen, Mark Rogowski, George Powell and many more, as
well as an in depth view look at the nostalgic madness that is
skateboard collecting. Hard cover, 368 full cover pages.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 January 2012 )
Saturday, 17 December 2011
TRUCKIN’ FROM ACS TO X
all the skateboard truck companies that bubbled up in the 1970s, the
three that are still going are Tracker, Independent and Gull Wing. Those
companies, their founders and the products get their own sections of
Below is an alphabetical list of some of the many
truck companies that flamed up in the 1970s, and then flamed out. There
were a lot, but we didn’t get them all. Aficionados will notice there
are no Blazer, Megatron, Pittsburgh, Randal, Santana, Track Force,
XL-700 trucks or Z-Roller, and there are probably a dozen other
companies left out – some of them legit for a time, some of them Mickey
Mouse: but we only photographed the trucks on the 70s-era boards
photographed by Lucia Griggi.
Skateboard Industry News for Dec/Jan 1977, an ad for ACS explained that
American Cycle Systems were “the country’s largest producer of aluminum
hubs for bicycles” and they had used their experience in
precision-machined casting to deliver 356 aluminum-magnesium alloy heat
treated to the T-6 condition.·
“Against all competition, ACS has became of the world’s largest
manufacturer of premium skate-board trucks.” A bold statement, that may
or may not have
been true, but ACS was (and still is?) a player in a market that would
become dominated – in the long run – by Tracker and Independent.
as in the 1960s, some of the companies jumping into the skateboard
market in the 1970s took the hot car route, instead of the surf route.
Apex Sports Products from La Mirada, California, made a line of Super
Sport mag wheels for skateboards: “The 100% pure urethane tire gives a
smoother, faster, quieter ride and more grip.”
thought their wheels were too hot for all other trucks, so they made
their own out of A356-T6 aluminum sand castings.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 December 2011 )
Keep On Truckin' - Truck Glossary
Saturday, 17 December 2011
1978, Skateboard Industry News published a series of Product Primer
articles “aimed at giving the retailer a thumb-nail familiarity with
skateboard engineering.” S.I.N covered decks in their April/May 1978
issue, then wheels in June/July and then in Aug/Sept they covered “the
dreaded truck – and find they aren’t so difficult to understand at all.”
Rather than reprint the entire Product Primer, this Glossary of Truck Terms condenses all that knowledge.
A metal used in the hanger and other parts of the truck. “All of the
quality, top of the line truck manufacturers use what is termed ‘356’
aluminum’ in most cases ‘heat treated to T6.”
Angle: The angle
between the kingpin and the axle pivot point. If the kingpin intersects
the vertical plane of the axle above the axle, it will tend to be less
responsive – or squirrelly – whereas a truck with a lower angle will be
Axle: A metal rod – usually steel - that runs
through the hangar and provides a threaded mount for bearings and
wheels. Most axles are made of steel.
Axle nut: A threaded nut that screws onto each end of the axle to hold the wheels in place.
plate: A usually metal plate that is fastened to the bottom of the deck
with four or six holes. The baseplate has a pivot cup and a socket for
Bearing: Round metal balls that allow the wheels to
turn on the end of the axle. Skateboards in the 50s, 60s and into the
70s used loose bearings. Sealed bearings were another innovation of the
1970s that followed closely after the introduction of urethane wheels.
Doughnut-shaped pieces of rubber or urethane that surround the kingpin.
Each truck has two bushings, one above where the hanger fits onto the
kingpin and one below.
Cushion: Plastic bushings around the
kingpin. Formerly known as “rubbers” from the roller skate days, these
bushings were made of urethane and other plastics in the 1970s. In
general, a rule of thumb: the softer the cushions, be they urethane or
rubber, the more responsive the truck will be. Hard cushions will result
in a more rigid, but stable, ride.