Too old to skateboard

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

  1. loose

    loose ataractic

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    I used to skate a lot, but stopped kickin' the board around so much after the army and standing on concrete 12 hours a day for 2 years ruined my feet. I still get around occasionally, but my equipment needs to be refreshed. I'll try to dig up some old pictures.

    Skogging looks like fun and I bet Rossi would have a blast running around with me while I do it.
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  2. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Aesthetics. :lol3 Seriously...some of these boards are art.

    I started (or re-started...I"m a "Re-entry" longboarder) with a Sector 9 48" Pintail but any decent board with real trucks and wheels is what you're after, and weight, surface where you'll be cruising, style, etc. all factors in. I like Abec flywheels but YMMV.

    As part of the old fart experience, go to a skate shop that sells long boards and get their opinions (I've always been treated well even though I'm old enough to be their...um...mom...if not grandmom)--that's always fun. Get their input.

    I was lucky enough to live across the street from a HUGE school parking lot on a hill that wrapped around the school...made for a relaxed 10 minute ride if you did it right, a big lazy carving session with enough room to carry momentum uphill. I've got one board set up for "cruising", one set up for carving.

    I used to hang out here:
    http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/forum/index.php

    :thumb

    I found that even a short 10 minute run around the neighborhood was great for reducing stress after work. Hard to stay tense when you're

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    Wear all the safety gear. Unlike the kids, we gotta show up at work the next day. :lol3 I look like I'm working for the bomb squad when I skate.
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  3. dizave

    dizave Team Blitzed

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    So where are you guys buying shit online?

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  4. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    I've bought two boards (and two more decks) from the local skate shop, mostly to support the local scene. One board from the factory (Curve) via their ebay site. The Silverfish forum is a good place to get input on vendors.
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  5. dizave

    dizave Team Blitzed

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    I don't know where anything is locally. Hey, do you know about the park on MLK in chapel hill?
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  6. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    No, been wanting to check in on the local spots. Ain't no way my fat ass is gonna ride a park but I'd love to watch the kids do their thing. You been there?

    (That's what I like about longboarding...a no-talent old fart like myself can do it and look reasonably good.)
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  7. sAMOa

    sAMOa Rip Me a Good One

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    http://www.silverfishlongboarding.c...t-while-pushing-board---skogging-1011-16.html

    If anyone is truly mastering this technique, drop me a line. The neat thing about skogging is it is waking up the sidewalk surfing craze one skogger at a time! Skogging is like a gateway drug to other avenues of the sport as well as a killer way to stay in shape.

    It is such a unique way to skate that once you have it down, you become eye candy to those crusing the boardwalks for exercise.

    Have a look at some of the videos and perhaps add a comment or two on that board.

    Cheers
    Chris Yandall
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  8. sAMOa

    sAMOa Rip Me a Good One

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    Good old Poway Uni Air!

    cYa
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  9. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    If my hips weren't so screwed up I'd try it.

    I have a REALLY hard time changing stance, though. :eek1
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  10. dizave

    dizave Team Blitzed

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    It's here (you probably already knew that).

    I kept meaning to put that deck from above together and go but then I kept not doing it :D Now that I know DLF lives near the park here maybe I can get her to go be old with me some time :evil (I assume she meant this one)
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  11. sAMOa

    sAMOa Rip Me a Good One

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  12. blacksan

    blacksan Rev Limiter

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    Greetings sAMOa,

    I posted earlier looking for some advice on my first longboard. My stats are approximately 180 (max) and I want to cruise. What should I be looking at?
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  13. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    :clap

    You're still a youngster. You'll do fine. :lol3 I never did much park skating as a kid, but I remember the first park opening in Fayetteville. My parents were never really happy me with skating (yeah, I was the kid wearing the red hockey helmet) and never let me go, so all my stuff ended up riding hills, maybe doing a few minor tricks. Used to keep the board bungeed to my bicycle as I scouted out runs after school. Great memories and no major biffs.

    I was surprised at how quickly it came back to me almost 30 years later. The skills and balance were there...the only problem I had was braking. :eek1 Apparently my hop-off-and-run abilities were greatly diminished by time. :bluduh
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  14. DelicateLittleFlower

    DelicateLittleFlower WooooHooooo!!!!!

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    Dizave,

    There is a skatepark on Lomas just west of Eubank (Los Altos). There is a also a skate shop fartehr north on Eubank on the west side of the street. Can't remember the name.....:gerg
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  15. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    THINK GLOBAL
    BUY LOCAL​
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  16. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    I had an interest in a local shop and Stevie Williams was on our team for a spell. Local philly kid who I understand is sporting a Reebok contract nowadays. I dropped out and lost contact with everyone. Part of me wishes I stayed with it because a lot of my old skate contacts were or are no pro and making some dollars, finally.
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  17. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing Super Moderator

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    Self-tapping... NICE :lol3
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  18. sAMOa

    sAMOa Rip Me a Good One

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    I'm a firm believer that many of the excessive longboards are overkill. The optimum size I recommend is a 38"L x 9"-10"W(small feet, narrower..i have size 13's so 10" is great for me). Double kick, surface concave with a slight camber makes for the longboard I think at the top of the evolutionary scale.

    The problem with most skaters is they do their best skating while face yapping. You'll know what board you like best by getting out and shredding in some shape or form.


    My favorite park is in my neighborhood. www.powayskate.com

    Here's a grandpa rollin

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    cheers mates
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  19. DirtyVFR

    DirtyVFR Throttle Twister

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    About 2 years ago I entered an internet short film contest where they assign a topic and deadline. I shot this in a day:
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    The old guy in the poster is Chris Chaput. He owns ABEC 11 and designs all the wheels.

    It's not a great story, but it's fun and has some classic Old School skating!

    Wannabe
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  20. Planer 56

    Planer 56 Banned

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    That's a great little movie. Good job!
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