Too old to skateboard

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by land_shark, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. land_shark

    land_shark Been here awhile

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    I'm 31. I'm married. I'm a programmer. I'm 20 lbs. overweight. I ordered a complete board last night on the web. I've never really skated before, but dammit, I'm going to give it a shot. As ridiculous as it sounds, I've been searching around for stuff on the web along the lines of: "too old" "skateboard" "new"... you get the idea. Being confined to a cubicle day in and day out is driving me to find new ways to taste freedom. I'm starting to get this urge to (re)discover all those things I never did when I was younger.

    I'm excited to push my boundaries, regain some balance, and quite possibly break my arm (never done that before, either!). 30 is the new 20, right? Wish me luck...
    Jason
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  2. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Anybody over 30 on a skateboard is just as sad as somebody under 30 on a golf course.


    PS What'd ya get? :ear
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  3. Lencho

    Lencho Been here awhile

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    Don't forget to the Van's - AGATT
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  4. land_shark

    land_shark Been here awhile

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    :roflha! I like that. I picked out a black 'Moose' blank (no logo, etc) from an ebay retailer. $25 for the complete set, $21 to ship.
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  5. SuperSlug

    SuperSlug The Space Worm ®

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    Good luck. Last year I skated for the first time in 13 years. It was fun until I got in an argument with a curb... :huh

    Haven't touched it since.
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  6. Groinular

    Groinular Been here awhile

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    I used to skateboard. then i tried mountainboarding a few years back (when i was in my 30s). check out mongoose site, or google atb (all terrain boards). they are bigger out west apparently, kind of like snowboarding w/o snow, bigger board, wheels. not fun for just riding straight (need a hill).
    cool tho.
    now i get my thrills on me bike. arrgh.
    let me know if you want any more info (others on this site probably have more experience w/ these)
    dan
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  7. Zodiac

    Zodiac loosely portrayed

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    Longboard baby, 38 and I ain't quittin.

    Been street surfing since the early 70's.


    Of course I only do it once a yr at most now....


    (and I always wear a hat......nothing's worse than a bald skateboarder...:deal :lol3 )
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  8. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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    I want to try one of these. :evil

    :D
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  9. elmontanero

    elmontanero Practicing...

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    Landshark,

    Don't wear crappy shoes.. cover your ankles and tape em if necessary... older ankles get worked on a board... Voice of Emergency room Experience...

    Start slow and don't expect overnight wins..

    Have fun, Still have my Boards, just not as hardcore... Wish I could find a nice empty Half Pipe and the courage to drop in again...
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  10. Spode

    Spode Malcontent

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    I'm 43, fat, and have a bad back.
    I used to rip it up back in the mid-late 70's and early 80's. Ramps, pools, downhill, I did it all.

    Now my son is 14 and has a halfpipe in the back yard. He's pretty damn good, probably better than I was at that age.

    Of course I had to show him that the old dog still had some bite left in him.

    :kurt

    Where's my vicodin?
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  11. snoid

    snoid 100% Okie

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    couldn't take much more than pushing around.

    be fearless, sk8 or die,

    me
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  12. land_shark

    land_shark Been here awhile

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    It's amazing what these kids can do. I've been checking out some youTube vids of these little 11 yo ba$tards explaning how to ollie :huh
    Jason
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  13. Ed_in_miami

    Ed_in_miami Cubicle Traveler

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    Shit... i used to do that that stuff when I was real young...

    I tried to get back on one of those things a few years ago...

    My left foot stayed planted on the ground, while my right foot went for a ride on the skateboard....:yikes

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    A forced leg-split is not fun....
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  14. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    These were my early days.

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    Skated non-stop for about 15 years. Now, Mid-thirties, programmer, 2 kids, no time, blah, blah, blah, etc... Haven't touched a board in 7 or so years. My wife keeps telling me to call the local Vans skatepark to find out if they have Senior Skate night. :lol3 :bluduh

    Then...my brother sends me a link to a park that opened in the next town. WOW :eek1
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    :drif
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  15. dizave

    dizave Team Blitzed

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    That looks sweet :D

    There's one near here that keeps making me think I need to put together the board I've got out in the garage. I actually went to get back into the blades right before this snowstorm and the fucking plastic boot broke from being so old. Will I hit the park on new blades or a new board? I don't know.
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  16. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    Blades = All young locals saying: "Hey, look at the old guy, let's kick his ass"
    Board = All young locals saying: "Hey, look at the old guy, give him some room"
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  17. astro

    astro seek light

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  18. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Did the hover board technology from Back to the Future ever pan out? I would look into those for starters. Maybe check the Aerostich catalog for hover board specials and dig deep into the closet for those old Back To the Future Pizzia Hut sunglasses. :brow Those young bucks are less likely to single you out on a sweet ass hover board anyway.

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    Jesse
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  19. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Most excellent, land_shark!

    Here's my Koa Wood Arbor long board. I love Koa!

    Good luck and have fun. Mark H.

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  20. inkdwheels

    inkdwheels Negro Please.

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    I skated from around 11-18 off and on. I bought another board last month to get back in the groove, Im amazed at what I can remember and dissapointed at what I can not. I say go for it!! But protect yourself, concrete is hard and unforgiving.
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