Loaded Sama Longboard
"Things just got a whole lot better!"
Please allow us 1-2 working days to get your Loaded Longboard made up to your chosen specification. You will be rewarded for your patience with the most glorious Longboard ever created!
We launched the original Dervish in June of 2007. In 2006 we had shifted our entire line to bamboo, which opened the doors for us to create a ﬂexy drop-through board. All previous drop-throughs we’d built as protos had eventually fractured due to stress on the oak cores. We’ve made subtle changes to the Dervish since then (cutout and keyhole modiﬁcations and graphics), but it’s now time to change it up in a more signiﬁcant fashion. We’ve learned a lot about compound contouring in the last few years (as seen on the Tan Tien) and felt it was time to step up and rethink the Dervish.
Name & Graphic
Sama is the Suﬁ ceremony focusing on active meditation as a tool for the individual’s spiritual journey. The origin of this practice is credited to Rumi, a
poet and founder of the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes. Through Sama, the individual aims to ascend from the conﬁnes of thought to attain heightened maturity, perfection, and closeness to God. For this board’s graphic we continue to explore the whirling dervish theme, although this time in a more abstract form. The artwork was created by Diana Gracida of Nana Studios.
For the width we explored many different width and shape options while prototyping the Dervish Sama. We came to the realization that there is no “right” answer and that there’s an inherent tension between stability and liveliness. Using sophisticated (for us) design software and curvature calculations, we extensively tested various different widths and subtle changes to the deck shape. We then collectively decided that this new 9” wide shape (the
old Dervish was 8.5” with a different neck curvature) provided a satisfactory balance of comfort, edge control, and responsiveness.
The Dervish Sama also received a more pronounced concave proﬁ le, which is further augmented by the increased deck width. The result is improved edge feel for turn initiation and extra control while sliding.
Nose & Tail Kicks
To keep up with the current calibre of freestyle riding, we gave the Dervish the most tasteful of nosejobs. After testing several new shapes and sizes, we lengthened the tips for additional leverage, widened the neck to increase durability and ensure a consistent ﬂex pattern through the entire deck, and added subtle kicks to increase pop and to lock your feet in. The kicks are reinforced with an extra layer of ﬁ breglass for added stiffness and durability.
A six-piece symmetrical griptape pattern was designed with performance and elegance in mind. The two sections at the kicks use an aggressive, rougher-grit grip to provide enhanced control and security for manuals and freestyle tricks. The four middle sections use a milder, ﬁner-grit grip (comparable to street skate grip) to facilitate dancing and footwork manoeuvres. The segmented design yields functional coverage without interfering with the board’s ﬂex pattern.
The Dervish Sama’s versatility lends it to many disciplines, but at its heart lies a deeply rooted passion for carving. The cambered platform and weight-tailored ﬂ ex pattern work together synergistically to provide a lively, ﬂowing ride. Press your weight into a turn to preload the deck’s curvature; unweight as you ﬁnish the carve and feel the board snap back with positive energy return.
Modiﬁcations to the width, concave, and thickness of the deck also resulted in a new overall feel to the ride. The ﬂex pattern remains very consistent throughout the entire length of the deck and is also much more damp, tight, and controllable. The Dervish Sama gave us an opportunity to re-examine our current ﬂex options. We found that even on the softest ﬂex Dervish (ﬂ ex 2), it was difﬁcult for riders weighing less than 140 lbs to generate enough force to fully engage the deck’s ﬂex during normal riding. The introduction of a third, even softer ﬂex allows lighter riders to more easily “play” with the cambered standing platform as they pump and carve, achieving a much more lively and comfortable riding experience. A softer ﬂex rating will give you more control and tighter turns at slower speeds and make it easier to slide, but tends to 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.
A vertically laminated bamboo core is sandwiched between layers of triaxial ﬁbreglass and a bamboo bottom veneer. The deck is pressed with concave and cambered curvatures to create a lively, responsive ride with high energy return. Localized ﬁbreglass reinforcement at the nose and tail kicks (spanning neck to tip) ensures strength under hard riding.
Design Process & Overview
Our design team faced a unique challenge: the Dervish is a board that we continue to enjoy riding and encourage others to share in this experience, so how do we enhance the features of the original board and at the same time increase its versatility? After brainstorming ﬂex patterns, durability, construction and most importantly performance, we arrived at a multifaceted goal: to enhance edge control, lively response and carving; to increase trick potential (with the added beneﬁt of durability), to increase concave with subtle adjustments to the camber, and to make the board more accessible by expanding our ﬂex ranges. The Dervish Sama, through intensive back-and-forth within digital environments and physical prototyping, serves up a platter of carving and freeride goodness. We’re stoked on the continuing reﬁnement of our design processes and how what we’ve learned from the development of the Dervish Sama in particular (regarding methods of communication, prototyping, and testing procedures) will impact our ability to continue exploring the boundaries of skateboard design. More importantly, we’re stoked on this board and excited to share it with all those who are gonna enjoy it.
We recommend 180mm or 10” trucks (Paris, Bear, Gullwing Charger, Navigator, etc.) for the Dervish Sama. This board is designed to accommodate 75mm wheels without wheelbite. A wider race style wheel is ideal for maintaining roll speed and traction through hard carves, while a 70-75mm freeride wheel will provide a well rounded balance of grip and drift for a more slide-friendly riding style. Riders leaning towards freestyle and aggressive freeriding may prefer a lighter and/or smaller wheel in the 70mm+ range.
Banks & Big Bowls
Deck Only: 1.4 Kg's
Complete: 3.2 Kg's
Profile: Drop Through
Flex 3: 75 - 150 lbs (35 to 68 Kgs)
Flex 2: 100 - 185 lbs (45 to 84 Kgs)
Flex 1: 170 - 250 lbs (75 to 114 Kgs)
To compliment your riding style Loaded is available in a number of set up options for the ultimate customised ride as well as decks which are graded for rider weight and performance.
Premium 1 Set Up:
Gullwing Charger Trucks (180mm), Retro 75mm BigZigs** and Jehu Abec 5
Premium 2 Set Up:
Randal R-2 Trucks (180mm), Retro 75mm BigZigs** and Jehu Abec 5
Premium 3 Set Up:
Paris 180’s Raw, Abec11 Gumballs 76/78a and Jehu Abec 5
Premium 4 Set Up:
Paris 180’s Raw, Urban Blue 70/78a Whites and Code Abec 7
Premium 5 Set up:
Randal R-2 Trucks (180mm), Orangatang 4President or Stimulus and Jehu Abec 5
Premium 6 Set Up:
Randal R-2 Trucks (180mm), Orangatang InHeat or Durian and Jehu Abec 5
Premium 7 Set Up:
Gullwing Charger Trucks (180mm), Orangatang 4President or Stimulus & Jehu Abec 5
Premium 8 Set Up:
Gullwing Charger Trucks (180mm), Orangatang InHeat or Durian and Jehu Abec 5
Premium 9 Set Up:
Bear Grizzly 852’s, Orangatang InHeat or Durian and Jehu Abec 5 (w/o Die Cut Pads)
Premium 10 Set Up:
Paris 180’s Black (180mm), Orangatang InHeat or Durian and Jehu Abec 5
Please note: Orangatangs are available in Orange 80a, Purple 83a or Yellow 86a. ZigZags are currently available in Red (78a), Lime (80a), Lemon (83a) or Orange (86a)
If wheel options are available, please specify these in the shipping note section of our site, when going through the order process