In 2007, the Dervish was Loaded´s first venture into dropthrough construction and an opportunity to create a flexy, bamboo composite carver with the versatility to handle a variety of riding styles. Five years later, Loaded revisited this flagship board with new performance aspirations in mind.
With a slightly wider platform than its predecessor, the Dervish Sama balances comfort, edge control, and responsiveness. Combined with a more pronounced concave profile, the extra width enhances turn initiation and slide control. Loaded added subtle nose and tail kicks to increase pop and lock your feet in for freestyle tricks. The neck and dropthrough cutout were also updated for increased durability under hard riding. A six-piece griptape pattern provides enhanced control at the kicks and facilitates comfortable footwork manoeuvres on the standing platform without interfering with the board’s flex pattern.
Using sophisticated design software and curvature calculations, Loaded extensively tested various different widths and subtle changes to the deck shape. Loaded 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 profile, which is further augmented by the increased deck width. The result is improved edge feel for turn initiation and extra control while sliding.
NOSE and TAIL KICKS
To keep up with the current caliber 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 fiberglass 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 boards 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 flex pattern work together synergistically to provide a lively, flowing ride. Press your weight into a turn to preload the deck's curvature
For the past 10 years, Loaded have provided the industry with high quality, hand-made bamboo longboards and snowboards. Each and every board produced is the culmination of generations of skill and knowledge, and in the age of mass consumption Loaded is a much needed breath of fresh air. Instead of fighting competitors and trying to outsmart their fellow manufacturers, Loaded are fully dedicated to growing the board sports industry through performance, community, and creative expression.