The short answer is that we love skateboarding. We make the highest quality skateboards. We ride them until they break. And we continually improve our designs.
Who We Are
The reason that Landyachtz skateboards stand out from the rest in terms of quality, value, and enjoyment is because of our attention to detail. When we started making skateboards 22 years ago, we didn’t realize how far we were going to push the boundaries of the sport, and the need for stronger, more precise equipment.
We began by skating the neighborhoods of North Vancouver, a city built on the side of a mountain. The products that were on the market in the late 90’s simply couldn’t stand up to the stress that we subjected them to on the steep and winding streets of our city. We soon realized that we needed bigger and better wheels, stronger and more responsive trucks, and boards that could survive constant abuse in sun, rain, and snow – sometimes in the same day.
The Perfect Complete
When most people think about the parts that make a skateboard, they’ll think about 3 things:
Actually, a skateboard is made from around 50 parts:
• 1 – Deck
• 1 – Griptape
• 8 – Bolts
• 8 – Nuts
• 2 – Riser pads
• 2 – Trucks
• 2 – Baseplates
• 2 – Hangars
• 2 – Kingpins
• 2 – Top bushings
• 2 – Bottom bushings
• 4 – Bushing cup washers
• 2 – Pivot cups
• 4 – Axle nuts
• 8 – Bearings
• 4 – Wheels
All of these parts depend on each other to work properly. One weak link can effect the entire setup and turn a perfect skateboard into something that doesn’t feel quite right, or even stop it from working entirely.
We realized early on that we couldn’t just make an awesome skateboard deck and then put any old trucks or wheels on it. And the same applies to making trucks or wheels. Just like making a meal, the quality of the dish depends on the ingredients you start with and how they work together.
We have spent the last two decades developing skateboards with the goal of making perfect completes. This means that you can take any one of our boards off the shelf and experience its’ maximum potential immediately, without any adjustments.
So, what goes into making a perfect complete?
It starts with trees. We use a variety of materials in our boards but the vast majority of our boards are made from Canadian Maple. Not all Canadian Maple is created equal however, trees are as individual as we are. There are trees with long, uniform fibres that make for excellent skateboard veneers. And there are knotty, old haggard trees that are only good for making haunted houses.
We hand pick the trees that make our boards, based on experience from years of manufacturing, testing, and riding our own products. We’ve developed a deep understanding of the fibre structures, sugar content, environmental conditions, and harvesting techniques that contribute to making the best possible skateboards.
On top of that, our sustainability mission ensures that we protect this valuable resource for future generations and the good of the planet. Budget brands that dominate sites like Amazon do not subject their products to the same selection criteria.
We fell in love with going fast. It wasn’t long before we started attending and organizing races. Racing is where new concepts, such as lowering a riders center of gravity, allowed us to challenge the conventions of skateboarding. Just like the automotive industry relies on racing to test new technologies in the most extreme circumstances, we used racing to inform how we engineer and develop skateboards that could stay stable at higher speeds, take tighter turns, and slide more predictably.
Deck design was one of the first things we looked at. We wanted to give riders more stability at higher speeds without sacrificing control. To achieve this we started bending wood in all kinds of wild ways in order to create platforms that delivered the ultimate control. Over the years, we’ve learned how to bend maple in ways that were previously thought to be impossible. All of our skateboard decks, from the Dinghy to the Triple Beam, are complex 3D surfaces that are contoured to give you the absolute best performance, control, comfort, and enjoyment in any situation.
Wheels are responsible for roll speed, comfort, and traction. Quality urethane is very hard to achieve and we have spent years dialling in the absolute best custom formulas to balance the needs of riders in various situations. To learn more about this, read our post about Hawgs Wheels.
Trucks are an essential part of the package. They determine how a board turns, it’s stability, and how responsive it is to your input. To learn more about this, check out our write up on Bear Trucks.