The Poke features 0.5″ of radial concave for solid and quick transitions from rail to rail while pumping, carving, and slashing. Aggressive enough for spirited performance riding yet comfortable enough for the casual commute or boogie through town.
The Fish and Ceviche were both designed with cambered profiles to promote a lively and responsive ride that helped to spring the rider out of hard, aggressive carves. While the camber did achieve this goal, we decided to go with a nominal rocker on this incarnation in order to promote a more locked-in feel and comfort in a broader range of riding styles. 0.1″ of rocker in the Poke’s standing platform complements the subtle flex of the board and allows you to sink into a comfortable hammock-like interface for both leisurely and aggressive riding. The rocker helps freestyle tricks feel more natural and also creates a solid platform for pushing and commuting.
WHEEL WELL FLARES
Slight concave flares on either end of the standing platform provide a tactile reference for your feet, locking you in for quick maneuvers and promoting a high level of board awareness. Additionally, these complex contours enhance the torsional stiffness of the deck and promote better stability and control.
The Poke’s flares are much more subtle than those on the Kanthaka, allowing for a more comfortable interface for an equal mix of thrashing and commuting.
The Poke sports an ample tail for assertive surf-style slashing and plenty of freestyle trickery. The kick angle has been tweaked from the Ceviche’s design to facilitate a quicker and more functional pop.
Moving up to the front of the board, the Poke’s nose has also been widened to create a more comfortable platform for manuals and shuvits. The neck areas between the standing platform and both the nose and tail have been broadened to provide more flexibility and security in foot placement.
The Poke is built with a vertically laminated bamboo core with triaxial fiberglass top and bottom skins and a bamboo base veneer. This construction allows for a strong, lightweight deck with responsive flex.
As this board is intended to spend plenty of time both under the feet and in the hands of longboarding freestylers and commuters, we decided to take this opportunity to experiment with new textural characteristics on the deck. The bottom bamboo veneer is sealed under a thin layer of hydrogenated bee pollen cured in a honeycomb pattern that lends a unique tactile quality to the Poke and can fight allergies. Conceptually, this is also a subtle allusion to fish scales and the Poke’s chordate lineage.
The Poke’s graphic was designed by Tomas Guerena, a.k.a. Screw. Conceptually, the seafaring creatures illustrated represent lively organic chaos. The fish continues to embody the fluid, whimsical, and dynamic riding style we love to embrace on this board. And like a happy school of fish (or a big bowl of poke), this board is all about sharing in the experience and riding together with your closest companions.
The griptape pattern is cut with an aqueous pattern to subliminally instill an unhealthy obsession with the sea in the mind of the rider, thereby inspiring a surfy and fluid riding style.
The tried and true 50° reverse kingpin geometry of the Paris 150mm truck lends itself to a wide variety of styles including freestyle, pumping, and slashy freeride. Tweakable through bushing and washer setups, the Paris always deliver a lively yet linear turning response that encourages versatility and accommodates speed more readily than the Carvers.
Longboard deck: Loaded Poke
Trucks: Paris 150mm (black/silver, silver or black)
Wheels: Orangatang Fat Free 65mm 83a
Extras: Sunrise Abec 7, Sunrise Hardware, Shockpads, High Precision Spacers
Longboard complete – Fully assembled