For the 149 comparison, I've been riding my favorite modern punk point, the Creature Vampire Stake shape. It is a great shape that I'm very accustomed to.
Jared Stein over on Skate Reanimate informed me some time ago about Welcome Skateboards. Jared skated Welcome's squid beak shape for a while and touted its virtues. So, I picked up a squid beak of my own from SOCAL Skateshop with the Swarm graphics.
Welcome's decks are manufactured by PS Stix. Paul Schmitt has 3 reported manufacturing locations, 1 in California, 1 in Mexico, and 1 in China. I don't care where my decks come from, just so long as they're good. I was curious about which factory my Swarm deck would come from.
|Hecho en Mexico|
Anyways, on to the specifications and the pictures of this Welcome Skateboards "Swarm" 8.6 x 32.5 deck.
The deck weighs 2 pounds, 13.2 ounces (1,280 grams). That is pretty light, actually. I'll have to weigh it again after I grip it later tonight. The other specifications are:
- Length: 32.75"
- Wheelbase: 14.4"
- Width: 8.6875"
- Width at rear trucks: 8.25"
- Width at front trucks: 8.3125"
- Tail Length: 6.5"
- Nose Length: 7.375"
The concave is deep, like Deluxe boards and the AWS price point boards. Mercifully, there is a little bit of flat before the tail and nose curve up. If you've never skated a board with this concave feature, you're missing out. It is a different experience. Everything is more sure, more controllable. I don't know why - I'll have to study the forces involved - but that little flat area makes the board feel really controllable.
Two more pictures:
|Top view, Welcome Skateboard Swarm 8.6 x 32.5 deck. I was really happy to have the grey stained top instead of the green pictured. I like grey or black stained top and bottom plies.|
|Bottom view of Swarm deck. Graphics have been applied by heat transfer. Underneath the graphics, the bottom ply is grey. Nice!|
More to come on this deck!