The Loaded Dervish Sama Longboard is a super fun board for cruising, carving, and freeriding. It has a pretty fair amount of flex that can be customized further with the multiple flex options that Loaded offers (1-3). When you set it up with a nice turny truck it is fun for flowing down hills, doing big carves, and doing a ton of different types of slides. Due to the flex it isn’t going to perform the best at high speeds but for moderate speeds the Loaded Dervish Sama is one of the most fun boards out there. We especially loved the kicktails for popping shove-its and no complies!
-Paris 180mm Trucks
-Otang Stimulus freeride yellow wheels 70mm 86a
-Oust MOC 5 Bearings
-Flex 1: 170-250 lbs / 75-114 kg
-Flex 2: 100-185 lbs / 45-84 kg
-Flex 3: 75-150 lbs / 35-68 kg
The Loaded Dervish Sama has all the things you love about its predecessor with a few new twists that make it yet again an amazing board. The Dervish Sama is a fun and flexy longboardboard that will give you an awesome surfy feel. It is half an inch wider than the original Dervish because Loaded added some concave to the Dervish Sama. As a result, your feet will lock in comfortably on the standing platform. The length and wheelbase are nice and long which, in longboarding, will provide for added stability at higher speeds. The Dervish Sama is a drop-through platform board. With drop-through boards you sit closer to the ground, adding stability and making pushing a breeze!
The Loaded Dervish Sama also has dual kick-tails! The nose and tail of the board are longer than the original Dervish and turn up . Loaded wanted the Dervish Sama to remain current in the world of longboard freeriding. Dual kick-tails give the rider even more leverage over their boards to perform all sorts of fun new tricks. To make the nose and tail more durable and responsive Loaded added extra fiberglass reinforcements that span from the neck to the tip. They also used a more coarse griptape on the nose and tail than they do on the standing platform of the deck. This will add to your overall control when you are flipping your Dervish Sama around!
To allow you to completely customize the feel of your ride, Loaded gave the Dervish Sama multiple flex options with their own unique flex patterns. In order for flexible boards to remain fun, functional, and effective they need to have a good amount of camber to counter the flex so that you won’t bottom out when you ride. It also gives the board more power when you are pumping and carving. The Dervish Sama now features a third flex pattern that was not seen in the original Dervish. A softer longboard will give you more control and provide for easier sliding and turning at lower speeds. However, if you want to try your hand at a little speed, you will need a stiffer board that will provide more stability. See below for flex option recommendations.
We are so hyped about the Dervish Sama that we we wanted to talk to one of the masterminds behind its creation.
Here is the Daddies interview did with Danny Carper, Head of Product Development at Loaded Longboards.
What is your job at Loaded?
DC: I was brought on board last July to spearhead product development. My job can involve many things throughout the day which I realized quickly is a shared trait of everyone here – a culture of renaissance people. Everyone tends to have a focus, but is actively involved in the development of what we put out there. I am the guy that curates and digitally inputs/designs our ideas.
What was your role in developing the Loaded Dervish Sama?
DC: Organizing, designing, sharing, testing, listening, communicating, and witnessing. My role was managing the input from our team and assuring the intentions of this board which was then developed on my superior Commodore 64 (when I had time to pull away from The Oregon Trail).
Why is it called the Sama and what does it mean? Was it inspired by your Mama? Or a llama? Or Barack Obama’s Mama? I could go on…
DC: We kicked around a number of different names before deciding on Sama, but felt that keeping the “Dervish” namesake with the addition of “Sama” heightened the spiritual sensibility the board was intended for. The Sama is a Sufi ceremony that represents the spiritual journey through man’s mind and love. At this ceremony, whirling Dervishes dance to celebrate overcoming one’s ego and the maturation process.
My mama loves the drama behind llama’s riding Samas. Meow Barack Obama’s mama, I can’t really speak for her.
What’s the thought process behind the design of the Sama?
DC: We put a lot of consideration into this. On one hand, the OG Dervish was a great foundation board for us at Loaded, on the other; we felt it could be improved upon. Our design intentions are always focused on not allowing ourselves, our minds, and our products to stagnate – to constantly question how to move forward.
How is the board different from the original Dervish?
DC: In the Dervish Sama, the only dimensional similarity we preserved from the original is the wheelbase at 31.5”. Through various design software and curvature calculations we looked at many different width options to balance comfort, edge control, and responsiveness arriving at a 9” width compared to the 8.5” width of the OG Dervish. Due to this increase in board width, the concave (which was increased slightly as well) of the Sama became more pronounced for edge control and stability at speed. Additionally, we worked towards incorporating nose and tail kicks and a wider neck for stiffness without jeopardizing the flex pattern across the entire length of the board. Due to the expanded trick potential, we localized glass reinforcement on the nose and tail for composite strength and impact resistance due to the upturned angle of the kicks when hitting curbs, elephants, and dingos. I like turdles.
Although we feel we’ve expanded on the board’s versatility, the primary objective is geared towards carving and lively responsiveness. Consequently, the camber is dialed within 3 flex options to preload the deck at more specific weight ranges and allow the board to snap back with positive energy return.
How long did it take you to develop the Loaded Dervish Sama? What kind of fancy Research and Development went into its creation?
DC: I’d say it took about 8 months to develop the Sama. Through multiple development phases and dozens of prototypes, we were able to fine-tune the flex characteristics, width, torsional and longitudinal stiffness, kick design and outline shape to the desired performance.
At large, we’ve been pushing to establish a more sophisticated research platform so we can document test data in comparison with what the rider feels/senses. We believe that by acknowledging the scientific and sensorial characteristics simultaneously this will allow us to better improve our products in an educated way and not neglect happy accidents.
Additionally, I continue to be blown away by how beautifully considered the tooling we use continues to get – kudos to Delost and Nipper. Those guys are humble artisans of composite deck construction. Stoked to be working with people with such vast experience and that encourage innovation.
Tell us a little bit about the graphic. What was the inspiration?
DC: The board’s graphic was designed by the one-and-only Diana Gracida, our creative art director. I will do my best to relay my interpretation: The intention behind the graphic was to create artwork that alludes to the pumpy dynamic ride of the board within a 2d static graphic. In doing so, the graphic itself gradates and shifts in the transverse direction of the board tracing the carving sensation; not unlike the time-lapse photography of Etienne Jules Marey or Eadweard Muybridge. This texture is then supplemented by radiating dervishes as focal points within the graphic creating depth and turbulent motion.
What’s next for Loaded? Any new wheels on the horizon? Can you shed some light on the rumors of a Downhill board?
DC: “Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I haven’t heard anything about this said downhill board except for that it is known to perform wonders on your complexion.
We are equally excited about the launch of the downhill board that we’ve been working on. However, we are committed to getting this board right – as with all of our products -- before releasing it into the wild. Alongside the downhill board, we’re excited about what’s being cooked up in our kitchen to feast on in the near future.
We’re stoked to see other board companies coming out with innovative ideas and we want to help contribute to the industry growth to reach its fullest potential and ultimately support our shops. It is one of our ever-present goals to keep things exciting and build a lifestyle and not just an activity or purely sport.