DECATHLON SKATEBOARDING DANCE500
DANCING/FREESTYLE LONGBOARD DEVELOPMENT
12/14cm long kicks
Symmetrical with kicktails
Rocker & mellow concave
Dancer grip on the whole board
Skate grip on the kicks and the sides
TPU sidewalls all around the board (no delamination possible)
Integrated wheel wells in the mold
Vertically laminated light poplar core
Triaxial glass fiber on top and bottom
Unidirectional glass fiber reinforcement on the kicks
PU sheet on top & bottom
This project started in Lille, France, at the headquarters of DECATHLON SKATEBOARDING. With Daniel Sam and Flo Carles, we shaped a mold out of foam and vacuum pressed the very first dancing/freestyle longboard of Decathlon.
Here is the first board we came out with (8 plys of birch).
After some modifications on the mold (higher kicks mostly), I made a second prototype that I validated after a few months of testing. The board below has a classic construction with 7 layers of Canadian maple.
With this validated prototype, I could move on to the next step of the development, namely 3D modeling. I first build a surface around the key board parameters such as concave, rocker, kick length but also width and length. I then could create a volume out of it such as this one :
With the board itself, I then designed the mold that I could use use later to press boards. The mold was made in Sallanches in the French Alps in aluminum.
Several prototypes were handmade that day!
Here are some shots of the carbon prototype. What a shape!
After months of industrialization and testing, here is the final result!
And finally, some shots from Bilbao!
The whole photoshoot :
Of course I wasn't the only one working on this project :
- Graphic design : Thomas Canut
- Photos : Frédéric Maciejewski, Sev Pieto & Vince Perraud
- Industrialization : Willem Isaert
- Final shape : Florent Carles