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Old 04-03-2013, 09:16 AM   #3691 (permalink)
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Also, with a Shell coupon you can get two for one lift tix. Ride for 12.50 each. We did that last Friday there.
Should be heading out of GR around 7:30, picking up a buddy in Rockford, and then leave not later than 3 for sure. I don't really care about splitting gas, so if you want to shoot up there with us we have room.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:20 AM   #3692 (permalink)
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Should be heading out of GR around 7:30, picking up a buddy in Rockford, and then leave not later than 3 for sure. I don't really care about splitting gas, so if you want to shoot up there with us we have room.
Sounds good I'll let you know. Thanks dude.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:57 PM   #3693 (permalink)
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So Dave, about this Hawk Island thing. As you know I've never done park at all before but I want to start doing jumps (no rails, boxes, etc). What's the atmosphere like there? Everyone pretty cool or is everyone too cool for school? Which board do you think I should ride, my old Burton Bullet with Missions or my new Heritage with the Capos? I ask that last question because I don't really want to fuck up my new setup, but at the same time it is what I'll be riding most of the time anyways.

God I'm such a stupid noob.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:40 PM   #3694 (permalink)
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I'm a noob at park too bro.

The vibe at Hawk Island is cool. The main group of guys that's always there are older than your typical park rat, 19-23 years old I'd say. They're all college guys. A lot of them know Dave and me.

They're REALLY good but don't let that intimidate you, they're super cool. The jump will most likely be a great one to learn on, low consequence with no chance to land flat unless you knuckle and even that will be from a low height.
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Good to hear. I'll admit I'm a bit anxious about it because I literally have no clue what to do when I get there.
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Good to hear. I'll admit I'm a bit anxious about it because I literally have no clue what to do when I get there.
Cut in line for the jump and when you wipe out on the landing just sit there for at least 10 mins. THIS IS BAD ADVICE FYI!!!
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Second what Sam said everyone there is pretty chill and don't feel intimidated to ask someone,, like, hey I'm trying to learn X Y or Z can you give me some tips or watch me and tell me where I'm messing up? Etc.

They actually have a "butter box" there which is about 3' wide and maybe 8' or 10' long. That is an absolutely perfect feature to learn on, and it's still what I go to pretty often to try new stuff, low consequences.

I made it up there today but couldn't skip work until late... and wife is out of town so I had to be home by 5 for the nanny. About halfway there I almost turned around because it wasn't going to be worth it but I said "fuck it" I'm almost there.

Only ended up staying for about 40 minutes because I was pressed for time but it was all in good shape there today and the features were good. They had some jumps (smaller ones) and mostly rail features in addition to the hip, a wall-ride thingy, that butter-box I described above, and some other stuff.

I did hit two features the big rail and the big rail with the donkey dick for the first time today so I'm pretty stoked about that.
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So Dave, about this Hawk Island thing. As you know I've never done park at all before but I want to start doing jumps (no rails, boxes, etc). What's the atmosphere like there? Everyone pretty cool or is everyone too cool for school? Which board do you think I should ride, my old Burton Bullet with Missions or my new Heritage with the Capos? I ask that last question because I don't really want to fuck up my new setup, but at the same time it is what I'll be riding most of the time anyways.

God I'm such a stupid noob.
Oh didn't see the second part of your Q. I think you'll be fine on the Heritage if you just want to do jumps. Or even just to "ride on" the butterbox, which basically you would just ride straight across it, no real risk of damaging your board. You're really not super likely to start damaging the base until you're doing sideways slides like boardslides/lipslides/spins on to features etc. Riding straight on for 50/50 is pretty easy on the base, unless it's a real urban feature, or a poorly maintained rail with burrs on it, etc., or made out of concrete like that ledge I hit at Crystal a few weeks ago LOL.
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Well I made it there and stayed for a couple hours. When I left I didn't want to come back because I felt like I was starting all over from scratch. Everyone was cool but it was still humiliating. I only landed maybe 5 really small jumps out of a couple dozen tries. I'm sore. Got my ass kicked. On the way home I decided that I couldn't wait to go back and try again.

Those guys are really, really fucking good btw.
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I only landed maybe 5 really small jumps out of a couple dozen tries. I'm sore. Got my ass kicked.
And now, this morning, I pulled a muscle in my upper back just putting on deodorant. I mean, what the fuck?
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