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Loaded Dervish Sama Flex 1 Longboard Deck

Loaded Dervish Sama Flex 1 Longboard Deck
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Deck Length 42.8
Width (inches) 9
Wheelbase (inches) 31.5
Truck Mount Drop Thru
Concave Radial
Flex Medium
Deck Shape Symmetrical
Platform Camber
Rails Round
Kicker Back and Front
Construction Bamboo
Fibreglass Composite
Colour Brown

We have always said with the Dervish, Loaded just got it right on this longboard deck. So how can they improve on the design? Loaded Dervish Sama Flex 1 Longboard Skateboard. The Dervish Sama was born from the original Dervish that gave fame to the Loaded Longboards brand. The Dervish is a Symmetric flex cruising carving flatland machine

Skating has moved on a bit in the last 5 years. The one thing missing has always been kicks. The Tan Tien came out but the effective foot platform was a bit small for skaters above 175cm tall. When I skate the Tan Tien, it a great board but I feel my feet moving towards the neck of the deck and then in a carve, you can feel your toes touching the edge of the wheel - toe bite!
The Dervish Sama could be the solution. More nose and tail does give you more options longboarding around.

Feel and concave?
Griptape is what you notice first. It is in six parts. The main griptape on the platform is like standard mini logo grip. The nose and tail have a coarser grip like gator heavy duty. You can move your feet when you need it but have that extra grip on the ends for shuvits and manuals.
There is more concave in the Sama than the Dervish. The wider deck means you don't notice it as much, does not feel too much different to the Dervish.
Camber is where the Dervish and the Dervish Sama work their magic. Concave mixed with the right flex pattern means you get this beautiful energy return in carves. You naturally unweight the deck at the end of a carve which snaps the deck back to its natural position. The result is an energy return that makes you want to skate all day. Once you get the feel of the concave flex, you can start having fun and learning your limits.

What flex do I need?
It is the question that perplexes most skaters new to a Dervish or Loaded longboard. The simple answer is to stick with the recommended flex guide.
The complicated answer is matching a flex with your riding style. If you are going to be doing hand tricks, early grabs, jumps, shuvits that will flex the deck on impact then go a heavier flex. If you want to cruise and carve and be one with the road then maybe you'll like a soft flex that will give you more control and tighter turns at slower speeds and make it easier to slide, but you will lose stability at higher speeds. A stiffer flex provides more energy potential, is more stable at higher speeds, and holds up better to hard landings, but will not be as forgiving and lively when cruising.

Flex 1: 170-250+ lbs / 75-114+ kg
Flex 2: 100-185+ lbs / 45-84+ kg
Flex 3: 75-150+ lbs / 35-68+ kg

How do I set this new puppy up?
Reverse kingpin longboard trucks at 180 such as Paris 180, Randal R2, Caliber 50's, Gullwing, or Bear 852. The wonder of a bigger deck is bigger wheels. So you can rock 75mm or 76mm wheels on the Sama without wheelbite.