Loaded Longboards was founded by Don Tashman in 2000 and released their first board, the Vanguard, in June of 2002. Loaded believes in growing the longboard community, pushing the industry, and developing better people. Their in-house design team is committed to create unique and expressive riding gear. All 12 decks are manufactured in San Diego, California with bamboo, fiberglass, and/or basswood. They top their boards with multi-corse grip tape to give more or less hold in the appropriate areas. Loaded also produces bearings and founded Orangatang Wheels. To encourage new ideas, they are equipped with 69 Ambassadors, these men and women skate, test, review, and educate people about longboarding.