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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by land_shark, Jan 10, 2007.
Ya, jumping is the easy part. The thud that comes immediately thereafter is what sucks for me.
I am not skateboarding again ... ever ... i do not bounce back that easily.
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Now THAT's skating
Uber Cool! I am getting a setup together and hope to be looking at some fun times with .5 on boards this coming year.
...I bought the wrong kit. man, how smooooth!
My first board as an old fart was this one:
The guys at the local shop set it up for cruising, since I have neither the skills nor the girl-cojones to hit (literally) a park, and there was a HUGE HS parking lot nearby to play in on weekends. So, knowing I'd be playing there, and that I was a novice, they did a nice job setting up the trucks and wheel compound for me.
I used it in a video shoot so I got to expense it out.
It was stable enough for me to find all those old skills again. I got hooked within about a month and from there went to the Sector 9 Pintail. SWMBO got interested and I got her this really, really wicked K2--it's not the 3-wheel model but a way crankin' cool longboard--which she got to be quite good on. (the pole comes off).
After that it was this board:
which is strictly a carver, not much for cruising, at my weight. But boy, is it sweet.
I can honestly say that the longboarding has been one of the goofiest, most rewarding things I've done. You can stay on one all afternoon or just cruise a local street for a few minutes after dinner.
About that time I also got a Xootr. Man, it was definately a year for foot-propelled stuff. I actually did quite a bit of errand running on that thing. A bit of "hey, hold my beer" + the Xootr landed me in the ER one night.
PS - I had to offload a lot of toys this past year for medical expense reasons. The boards were in the next wave of stuff to go. If I need to sell 'em I'll post 'em on ADV first.
That's all I gotta say.
Knowing that about you makes you hotter than you already are.
Lots of shit that would have been easy when I was 12 would result in lengthy and painful traction, rehabilitation, and physical therapy now.
I am getting kinda interested in a longboard now, though. Just what I need with my career going down the toilet is another money sink.
..struck me as very reminiscent of my wifey. She led a pretty protected life until we got together . She wouldn't ever accept a ride on my bike after class (because she was wearing a skirt, she says...I didn't mind). Now she rides her own, rock climbs, mountain bikes, and has shot more kinds of guns than me (everyone at the range wants her to try theirs out..go figure). I told her about this thread and she's since said "Hmmm, maybe I should give it a try...what's a longboard again?" Love that chick
You guys have all seen Lords of Dogtown, right?
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+1 on the longboarding. definitely not too old. don't bother with the ollie's. that stuff's for grommets.
we've got a quiver here and sometimes i'm out longboarding with all three of the kids.
here's the garage:
gravity board, nice with the kick tails for when you have to get that long board around a tight area:
arbor pintail, nice soft flexy ride for tight turning and non agressive riding and cruising. it stay in control even on steeps:
fibreflex cutaway, stiff board that really responds better to fast riding:
fibreflex slalom board for quick turning and responsive return. not bad around town and sidewalk stuff around people:
rollsrolls carbon fiber for a low to the ground feel feel. responds nicely when pushed with stiff carbon fiber. rolls over bumps with big fast wheels but not a lot of rubber on the ground:
but my favorite board is a simple medium sized straight line cruiser made my Rhyn Noll called a streeet surfer. i think it's a work of art. this one's off limits to the kids:
I heal pretty slowly these days and I'm just barely past 40. I don't think I'm every going to get in a half pipe or a pool again.
Relative to the other things I like to do this has got to be the cheapest and lowest maintenance. You can get inot it a helluva a lot cheaper than cars, motorcycles, bikes, fishing rods, guns, animals, kids, cameras, etc.
If I get a longboard this weekend, I'll post pics of the carnage.
Damn you all.
good luck. we're all counting on you.
I can come up to NOVA next spring and we can make an offical ADV crash test video.
BTW, If wonder if "The Man" would chase a couple of geezers off the mall with there longboards?
I went to college in Illinois in the early-middle eighties and was the only person on campus that skated. I got to be known as "that guy on the skateboard" because I rode all year long and because I wore shorts through winter unless it was really, really cold.
One night, bored from making it snow inside my dorm room with a humidifer, a box fan, and an open window, my roommate and I had a shot contest. It started out with a shot every five minutes but time seemed to drag between shots and we just shot as we felt like it.
By the end of the hour I took down twenty-one tequila shots. My roommate quit after eight. Our school had in-dorm phones that were party-lined and all had the same prefix number so I just started dialing random numbers until a female voice answered. After about thirty rejections to a drunken, "Do you wanna come over and drink?", one finally consented.
"Are you gonna pick me up?"
"Sure," I said. "Where do you live?"
She told me.
"How will I recognize you?" she asked.
"I'm riding my skateboard over."
"Oh," she said. "You're that guy on the skateboard."
I don't remember riding to her dorm, but somehow made it there. She saw me, walked up to me, and asked what we had to drink.
As we were heading back to my dorm, I was coasting along on my board and she was walking next to me. It was a cold night, and I was in shorts, but had on a heavy jacket. We were getting to know each other and my hands got cold so I put them in my jacket pockets--deep, warm jacket pockets.
And then I hit a crack in the sidewalk. I remember the impact, and I remember not being able to get my hands out of my jacket pockets but don't remember anything else.
I woke up in the morning, still lying on the sidewalk, in a small pool of my own blood and the left side of my face swollen and sore. When I got back to my room, I looked in the mirror and it looked like I had been in a fight and lost. Bad.
On top of that, I was hungover worse than I'd ever been to that point in my life.
I saw her later in the semester and she said she tried to wake me up but couldn't, and since I was breathing regularly, she left. She also commented about me hitting the pavement with my face leading the way and wondered why I didn't even try to put my hands out to break the fall.
So, yeah. I vote you get that skateboard.