Originally Posted by soviet911
hope Longboards count. My LDP set up as well as daily rider Roe Racing Mermaid (medium flex) 4.3 bennet upfront and 105 Seismic back with medium green springs and Lime BigZigs all around...last time I went on a ride could keep 10mph average over 20 mile ride not bad...need to get better haha.
Oh boy... where do I start? I designed for Roe. I did the Roe Unlimited model.
Google me... Gilmour + ( these terms.. slalom or skateboard)
I spec'd Abec 11's first slalom wheel as well as Turner Downhill's first slalom wheel. I designed the winningest wheel in slalom racing The Avalon (won more races than all other wheels combined).
In 1993 I won a Silver Medal from the French and Spanish olympic committees for Downhill speedboarding.
In 1995 I broke the Guinness Book of World records for 100 cone slalom (a record that stood for nearly 20 years until I broke it)
In 2000 I won the Slalom skateboard Nationals. And for a lark I competed against X-Games winner Lee Danzie in the third photo down you can see I am ahead of Lee D. but lost it at the turn...
In 2002 I won the World Longboard Championships- first World Championship title..
I coached Wentzle Ruml IV in racing- an original Dogtown Z-boy, not a particularly great racer at all, in fact relatively slow because he just doesn't listen...but he did a good job talking about skateboarding in the Dogtown and Z-boys documentary. 2 summers ago I set the race courses up at camp Woodward and wrote the racing manual.
Look guys... most of the skateboards you show here... well if they were headphones they would be...welllll....errr.... koss porta pro 2's (sorry ) . They get the job done... but are not particularly interesting at all... good for 3am skating to the convenience store to pick up milk and a frozen pizza...but that is about it. The real boards, trucks, wheels are a bit like head-fi.. not so available to the average person.
I love designing things.. wheels, decks, even helping with truck design....
and ... there is INSANE product synergy in skateboarding... put together great stuff wrong and you get garbage performance. Put together reasonable good stuff well...and it can perform better than it reasonably should.. Put great stuff together right..well.. it's ethereal.
That's not to say you can not ride average stuff well..
I went to Chris Chaputs 50th birthday a few weeks ago and chatted with these kids.. they make it fun. I even got Chaput into headphones....
I have an amazing downhill stick... custom made for me by Bob Turner- the Ultimate Master board craftsman of all time. Carbon fiber....- special glass and epoxy, computerized custom foam (special software to make foam this way and bake it by Clark foam), it was the only Downhill board Bob Turner every produced.. amazing and as perfect as a Stradivarius. It can not be improved upon. I won the Silver medal on it.
I'm a far far far far better snowboarder (freecarving) than skateboarder in terms of others in the skill pool and I feel in terms of audio tuning my skills are similar, I do some of the best audio tuning....but you have to start with a good room.
Come to my Headphone event this coming Saturday in Venice May 7th.... and maybe we can go for a skate too. I have Infinity Reference Standard speakers. If you come I'll show you a mindblowing snowboard video of me with 2 busted ankles, a torn achilles, gastronemius, soleus muscles on a 6 year old broken powder board with broken bindings fixed with beach sandals and duct tape and old soft snowboard boots...laying it over at speed.... and it will only be half speed... when healthy I can do it at 70+mph..
I am not an athlete... (I was picked last in sports at my school ...consistently ) just a below average person (5'10") with well below average strength (Perhaps 30% of that of a regular person- multiple injuries and surgeries) and about average reflexes...I have almost no endurance ..really..... I'm overweight at 22-29% body fat.. I have no formal design experience, was a below average student (tons of C-'s and D+'s...-schoolwork was boring with very few A's) ... very high board scores- classic under achiever.
I do not train- for ANYTHING...sometimes I just practice at the actual competitions and not in between for months or even years. BUT>>>>When I practice I DO pay EXTREMELY CLOSE attention when I do things.
I also think about what I do.. in depth... whether its audio, skateboarding, snowboarding, or designing- I model things in my head.
I suck at surfing..really bad....but Iike that I suck at surfing...I feel it is almost useless to pay attention to surfing because each wave is different
Edited by Golden Ears - 5/1/11 at 11:04am