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formanproject 04-21-2010 10:51 PM

Freebording, Longboarding and Surfing
So the season's over… and like a lot of people on these forums, i'm looking for something to give me my board fix during the summer.

My brother is big into skateboarding, and i've tried it, however, I feel it's less about the ride and more about the tricks - which is great and all (I mean, don't get me wrong… there are days during the season where i'm a complete park rat) however, I feel as you lose a lot of that free feeling you get while you're snowboarding.

I was wondering what everyone recommends when it comes between these three sports. I've never tried any of them, (and want to try all of them) however, at least when it comes to longboard and freebords, right now i have to make a decision.

For those of you who longboard, is it anything like snowboarding? The carving and pumping reminds me of a Ripstick (i've played around on those - they're actually quite fun) and it looks like it's handy to get from point A to point B, but how difficult is the learning curve? It seems like a good medium between the three (the ability to ride on flats, with the ability to carve like a snowboard) minus the ability to skid.

Surfing is separate - i'll probably rent a 9 foot foam board sometime during the summer and get my friend to teach me. I've got a lot of time to kill until next season, why not?

BoulderEagle 04-21-2010 11:14 PM

I have never surfed, but IT IS the original sport from which all other board sports evolved, so probably the most free feeling of all.
However, I do longboard and it does feel a lot like snowboarding(if you have the right board). Carving on my Loaded Dervish(flexy board made for carving)feels remarkably like carving on my SL. Furthermore, doing speed checks and stand up slides feel like slashing and heel side stops on a snowboard.
The learning curve is pretty fast cause you already have the board skills. All you have to do is learn to push and foot brake correctly and you'll be getting your stoke on daily:)

Patrollerer 04-28-2010 01:22 AM

Buy a freebord if you into rails and alike. Just gets that feel in the wet, sliding on a rail or a massive funbox. Good practice for the off season

Adayak 04-28-2010 09:18 AM

Try skimboarding - I definitely dig skimming over surfing any day. Plus you don't have to worry about sharks.

Eightfingers 05-02-2010 10:05 PM

I say get a freebord. I have had mine for almost 2 weeks now and its simply amazing. I never knew how fun a parking garage could be before this. Bombing hills is amazing, just in general freebording is amazing. I seriously think freebording will help my snowboarding skills improve drastically this summer. Especially confidence, if I can rip on pavement I should be able to rock snow.

And if you live in close to Syracuse, come on and bord with us up here.

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