Driven by progressive longboarding as explored by Loaded's riders, the Tan Tien manifests the desire to develop new tricks and engage new riding styles. From its foot-locking concave, drop-through truck mounting, and pumpable camber, to its responsive nose and tail kicks, the Tan Tien blends carve-oriented longboarding with advanced trick riding. The complex contours create a super responsive board that allows for increased confidence when leaning into turns, popping tricks, and powering through slides. With its centrally driven graphic and functional grip design, the Tan Tien is easy on the eyes. But you'll need to ride this board to truly fathom its potential.
New this season is the updated grip design and bottom veneer to reference the history of the Tan Tien and its conceptual underpinnings.
The symmetrical deck shape with full wheel cutouts makes wheelbites impossible, no matter how low you are in the corners. The rear wheelbase offers two options for truck mounting and the kicktail opens up a whole arsenal of freestyle tricks.
The light camber profile is the heart of the Tan Tien. The additional light concave provides your feet with a secure footprint without affecting the camber's characteristics. Pumps, carving as well as snowboard-like response behavior are just a few characteristics of this unique deck profile. The more you give, the more you get.
Keep in mind that a softer flex pattern will give you more control and tighter turns at slower speeds and make it easier to slide, but tends to lose stability slightly at higher speeds. Stiffer flex means more energy potential, more stability at higher speeds, and better longevity through abusive tricks and aerial landings, but will not be as forgiving and lively when cruising. The Flex 1 is considerably stiffer so as to be appropriate for heavier riders and hard pounding thrashers alike.