And we thought the Freeboard has a lot of wheels. The Flowboard ($90-$120) is yet another pavement-friendly snowboard/surfing simulating board, featuring a 7-ply Canadian rock maple deck and unique designs. Its Deep Curve System (DCS) is the real star of the show, however, featuring a 14-wheel, arched setup that lets you turn 45-degree angles with smooth edge-to-edge motion, eliminating wheel bite that could send you tumbling like Cintron versus Williams. [via]
Made from sustainable — i.e. fallen or dead — walnut and handcrafted in Seattle, Erickson Longboards ($300) are a classy alternative to the average deck. Each one is custom milled, and features Landyachtz Bear Grizzly 1040 trucks, as well as unique characteristics based on the natural variations of the wood. Remember to wear your helmet, maybe some knee and elbow pads, and if you're really clumsy, maybe some sort of Halo-style body armor. [Thanks, Jake]
Playing basketball outdoors is one of the highlights of summer time, but playing outside also means dealing with dirt, which inevitably finds its was onto the ball and the players' hands, resulting in less grip and dirty Gatorade bottles. The Nike Pure Grip Basketball ($35) was developed specifically to maximize grip and minimize dirt, with an anti-static, ionized synthetic leather surface and a unique pebble pattern that repels dirt. What you do with that extra grip is up to you.