Glue Line/Tapered Stringers

At the end of the longboard era, Hansen used two outer glue lines and a tapered half-stringer to good effect. The front half of the board was flexible when trimming forward, and the glue lines gave their boards a distinct look.

Modern Hansen re-issues.

In addition to nose flexibility, the tapered half-stringer also lightened the nose...a key to more maneuverability on last-gen longboards.

Another way to use tapered stringers is to put the wood forward, and let the tail flex. (This is more of a shortboard-specific approach, where nose weight isn't a problem.)

Here are three beautiful examples, shaped by Spencer Kellogg...


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