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post #1 of 252
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Who here skates? I have a short board and a 46" cruiser back home and just bought a Sector Nine 9 Star for campus cruising. Any other skaters on Head-Fi?
post #2 of 252
Used to skate for about four years, but haven't done it in a long time. I figure I'd save my knees while I still can. Lots of fun memories.

Though I did put together a nice board for myself for the rare occasion that I do skate.
aws 7.75 board
krux mirror trucks
black bones bearings
ricta wheels

Oh I also have three vintage skateboards. Two roller derby boards (one with metal wheels and one with clay wheels) and a plastic california free former just like my first board.
post #3 of 252
I was progressing fine until I landed on my arm, and ever since then I've never been able to get my confidence back. Still got my habitat/rockin ron's/tensor setup which I bust out once a year to remind me of how much of a pansy I am.
post #4 of 252
I tried a thread like this (mine was longboard specific) and got nothing. I skateboarded as a kid and have surfed and snowboarded most of my life. I find myself stationed in middle America with no mountains. So I have gotten into longboarding over the past 2-3 yrs.

I currently ride an Earthwing Superglider, LBL (custom board maker - stock picture below) Pusher, and a Gravity SuperCarve 47". All of which are considered "longboards" and over 37" long.

Its a blast, I'll go out for 5-10 mile rides. Terrific exercise.

post #5 of 252
haven't skated since 1998 when i broke a tendon in my right ankle. most painful thing i've done to my body outside of breaking a ligament whilst playing badminton. i was a cheapo and had ccs boards (slick), and a few others which elude me now. but i had krux light (do they even make that any more)? and skated 'oldschool newschool' on my double nose board. had lots of respect!
post #6 of 252
I've skated most of my life (I'm 42, BTW) ... ramps and street until about six years ago when I dropped out of ramps and stuck with just street cruising/carving. I've never been very technically proficient ... mostly just used skating as a way to improve my surfing (which it did) ...

This is a vid of me and a bud blitzkrieg'n a sick ditch in the middle of a Houston Freeway a couple years ago. We ran across five lanes of 70mph traffic to get into the thing. I'm the first dude to skate (white hat/dark shirt) ... the other dude is my bud Erik, who I've come up surfing with but who's not so comfortable on a skate as I. LOL. He broke my old Powell deck that day ... the fat bastard!

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YouTube - Ditch Skate (secret spot)

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post #7 of 252
In the early 1960's, skateboards were made by cutting a length of 2 x 4 lumber and attaching roller skate wheels. Ready made skateboards were few and far between.
post #8 of 252
I got into skating during the original Bones Brigade era (Hawk, Cab, Mountain, McGill, Guerrero and not to forget Mullen) circa 1987. My deck currently is a Mike Vallely with Independent trucks and Spitfire wheels, I stick mostly to street and still happy to be able to bust an ollie over curbs and sewer grates and keep cruising.

Skateboarding today is absolutely sick, so technical and big, I have much respect for the kids nowadays and looking back to my 'glory days' of thrashing makes me smile at all the memorable sessions with friends.
post #9 of 252
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Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
I tried a thread like this (mine was longboard specific) and got nothing. I skateboarded as a kid and have surfed and snowboarded most of my life. I find myself stationed in middle America with no mountains. So I have gotten into longboarding over the past 2-3 yrs.

I currently ride an Earthwing Superglider, LBL (custom board maker - stock picture below) Pusher, and a Gravity SuperCarve 47". All of which are considered "longboards" and over 37" long.

Its a blast, I'll go out for 5-10 mile rides. Terrific exercise.

Nice set-up! So do you mostly bomb hills?

I haven't trick skated for like six or seven years, it's mostly been a method of transportation for me but I've been trying to work my way back in to longboarding so I can learn some carving/sliding. There are a few prime hills back home so I want to get better before I fly back.
post #10 of 252
though I haven't used them in a while, I have a short skateboard and an Arbor long board made out of Hawaiian koa wood. I do plan on bringing it to college with me, but I don't know about helmet laws around here and would not like to lear about them via huge fine :P
post #11 of 252
Ah man. I skated for eight years and after too many racks, washboard shins and forarms, swellbows and snapped ligaments in my left ankel I still love it. My knees still hate it. So I haven't riden for close to a year now. Best setup I found were blindside 7.75 blanks (local shop), Grind King g2 or 3 cant remember, wheels werent too important I liked white ricta 54mm's. Best video has to be Dying to live or Fully Flaired.

Favorite tricks
3 flips, frontside flips, and kickflip mannies.

And thats my life story.

I would be interested in hearing what tricks you guys like to throw around.
post #12 of 252
Check these sick downhill guys bombing "Claremont" in California.

Skaters are Patrick Rizzo and Noah Sakamoto

I wanna do this so bad it's killing me. Just gotta get the gear and find the hill.

The background music is by my old band ...

enjoy:

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(the front side turn at 00:48 secs is insane!)

YouTube - The Gods of Victory / Stained and Decorated

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post #13 of 252
I did mostly street stuff. Started out technical then slowed down a bit.

Favorite tricks:

fakie bigspin and 540 bigspin

fakie bigflip

varial flip

varial double flip

360 flip (when I could land it, which wasn't often)

That's about it. Didn't grind much or do stairs.

My best skateboarding memory was when I broke one of my blacklabel boards on a jump at a friends house, right in the middle. I then overlapped the two halves and screwed them together with wood screws. It was so fun trying all kinds of tricks on a board that was 8" shorter than normal.
post #14 of 252
Never got into it as a kid. Sadly or luckily I do not know.
Simply because skateboards were totally forbidden in Norway between 1977 and 1989. All sales, advertising and use were forbidden, and breaking this would result in a fine and the board(s) confiscated.
post #15 of 252
Why do you think that was krmathis, I never thought of Norway being that restrictive.

And its never too late, esp. longboarding. I go out quite a bit and I am 34.
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