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Old 09-07-2011, 03:39 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Good for you! I've found that board sports are the most gratifying. I use to skate religiously growing up but life happened and I stopped. Every season when our snow turns into dirt patches I think about getting back into skating and make a halfhearted attempt at it. Being the 31 year old at the skate park means all eyes are on you (at least that is what I'm focused on, lol). Clearly... if you are 31 and at a skate park you know Tony Hawk and can rip. Negative.

With that being said... you have inspired me. Once the weather drops below 90 degrees I'm going to break out my stick and possibly break my neck. Good times.



*I had a point when I started this post but I've lost it, lol. Oh well.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:33 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Get a set of protec park pads, a helmet and go to a city park. The concrete there will be smooth which will keep you from having bad scrapes and cuts though you may experience a few strawberries. If you learn to use your pads effectively (which isn't difficult), you should be able to avoid most impact injuries by sliding out of your falls.

There will be bruises.

Falling is a prerequisite.

How's the progression so far?

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Old 09-08-2011, 08:07 AM   #23 (permalink)
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How's the progression so far?
So far I'm pushing myself around on the street in front of my place. Practicing kick-turns a lot as they seem to be very useful. I can do a backside 180 dependably (kick turn, not aerial), but not frontside yet. No bad spills yet. I can stop with a tail drag, but not with a foot drag yet.

And for whole stretches of minutes, I'm not thinking about snowboarding
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So far I'm pushing myself around on the street in front of my place. Practicing kick-turns a lot as they seem to be very useful. I can do a backside 180 dependably (kick turn, not aerial), but not frontside yet. No bad spills yet. I can stop with a tail drag, but not with a foot drag yet.

And for whole stretches of minutes, I'm not thinking about snowboarding
Hey Donutz, howd the skateboarding thing work out? Was thinking about dusting mine off because of the warm weather....

Not sure if it will be worth learning all over again.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:16 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Hey Donutz, howd the skateboarding thing work out? Was thinking about dusting mine off because of the warm weather....

Not sure if it will be worth learning all over again.
I kind of shelved it when the weather went pukey, but I'll be starting up again in the spring when snowboarding season is over (assuming it ever gets started). I don't think I'll ever get a passion for skateboarding like I have for snowboarding, but like the balance beam it's good practice for balance and techniques and stuff. I'm to the point where I can get around without killing myself, but no real ollies or anything yet.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:57 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Time to get that skate out Donutz! I'm hitting the snowboard park for the last time Saturday before they close and then the skate comes out. I started up last year after longboarding for two. I skated for about 10 years and longboarding led me back, its super fun. I pretty much just do kickflips, heelflips and some grinds but I guess I'll see how this year goes. When I was 18 I used to kickflip and 180 off 5-8 stairs I recall trying off a 10 set and killing myself about 100 times haha (oh to be 18 again)... sure wont be doing that now haha! maybe 3 or 4 though. Can you ollie? Thats the key to everything, once you can ollie the trick world opens up. (Edit* I'm an idiot that can't read I guess lol... ollies will come, its just a tough thing to learn - pop hard on the tail and jump! The hardest part is getting used to using the sides of your feet to grip the board... watch some skateboarding in super slow mo on vimeo)

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Old 03-22-2012, 03:10 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Make sure you clean or replace your bearings, too. I was skating around this week on my cheap generic complete (CCS ABEC 3 bearings) and I had to push every 15 feet. The bearings still spin ok but on one wheel, the shield was deformed in and I had to chuck it and just mount it facing in. It is time to replace them.

I was surprised they weren't completely siezed as I left them in my hatch all winter where snow from my boards would melt after getting off them mountain and surely got in those bearings at some point. Take better care of your stuff than me!

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Old 03-22-2012, 03:19 PM   #28 (permalink)
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No one taught me when I was a kid, and as a result I push mongo. Argh.

Re-learning to push anyone?


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Oh well, learning anything fresh is all good really
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:41 PM   #29 (permalink)
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No one taught me when I was a kid, and as a result I push mongo. Argh.

Re-learning to push anyone?


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Oh well, learning anything fresh is all good really
ha! I am guessing you mean you ride regular and push left footed? You really have no choice other than just start pushing with your right foot, or start riding goofy It will feel right one day.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:45 PM   #30 (permalink)
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ha! I am guessing you mean you ride regular and push left footed? You really have no choice other than just start pushing with your right foot, or start riding goofy It will feel right one day.
Yep, exactly. Funny thing is that I have no prob pushing correctly on a snowboard. Although that's different as I push on the heel side. My knees and hips don'd feel right twisted to push toe side... anyways
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