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post #31 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 04:50 PM
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I used to push mongo when I first started as a kid because I also didn't know better. Pushing regular is just a matter of practice. Mongo can be a bit dangerous as pushing regular you can plant your foot right in the middle and have good balance but I've seen some really good skaters push mongo. Also, I can now push switch which is a result from mongo pushing.

It's probably worth learning to push regular, but like I said, I've met some skaters who were lightyears better than I'll ever be and they pushed mongo and never bothered to learn regular.
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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.
Skateboarding is hard, very technical and very committing. I had no idea. I am in awe of those 40 and 50 something still ripping pools.
Longboarding is much more mellow, and good training. I have a good pumpable board. Pumping is a great core workout too.
I tried downhill, but why get shit scared on pavement when I'd be smiling on a much steeper slope on snow? Too dangerous. Unless you find a deserted slope.

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If you can learn to speedcheck on a longboard you can get down just about anything without getting too carried away. Once I learned to kick my tail out both FS and BS (just like a skidded turn on a snowboard) the game was changed. If I get too carried away I just put a hand down and slide out to a stop.

And yes skateboarding is very technical, I would say the most technical sport in the world. The shit I see in skateboarding these days just boggles my mind.
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Well, Seymour closes mid-April, so two things happen:

1) "XXX days until snowboarding season" goes back up on my whiteboard,
2) The skateboard comes out.

Cheese, I'm def going to just replace the bearings. I think I left the damthing outside for a while


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I had to laugh my ass off when I went back and read the beginnings of this thread, especially the part about how your wife reacted when you told her you wanted to try skating. It's funny because, well, when I told my wife last week that I wanted to try longboarding or freeboarding she gave me a very similar response. I was like, damn, you know I go bombing down double blacks and doing crazy shit in the park on my snowboard, so what the hell is the difference? Here response you ask? Pavement.

Damn women and their logic

It all ended well though because I told her it was either skating or skydiving. She knows she married an adrenaline junkie, so i don't know why she is surprised at the shit I do anymore. She came around to the idea, but the initial knee-jerk was funny because it was so damn similar to what you originally experienced.
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I used to push mongo when I first started as a kid because I also didn't know better. Pushing regular is just a matter of practice. Mongo can be a bit dangerous as pushing regular you can plant your foot right in the middle and have good balance but I've seen some really good skaters push mongo. Also, I can now push switch which is a result from mongo pushing.

It's probably worth learning to push regular, but like I said, I've met some skaters who were lightyears better than I'll ever be and they pushed mongo and never bothered to learn regular.
So is mongo with your back foot on the board while u push with the front? I always thought that looked cool but its hard as fuck. I'm goofy and I've always pushed with my back foot.

Donutz I thought you were older than me...I skated until I was about 25 and the last couple falls I hung my shit up. FYI freestyle true sk8ing is hard as fuck, requires tons of skill, practice and small muscle dexterity.

I break it down like this for the tri-sports:

-surfing is the hardest to learn because of the committment of learning to paddle and catch waves. Surfing waves isn't very hard.

-skateboarding is easy and harmless to learn but absolutely painful and difficult to become even intermediate good at.

-snowboarding has the quickest, sharpest, steepest learning curve, which can involve 3 hours of scorpions followed by linked turns. Progression can be fairly forgiving, although equal in pain to skateboarding when you introduce hard features such as rails and boxes.

They all require the 100000 hour rule or whatever it is if you wanna be pro, theres like an equalizer there.

I'd still be happy to cruise, but I don't have a board/miss it. Mountain climbing is a good distraction tho

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Ya I can push mongo or reg, ride switch or reg on my skate and longboard but mongo is way less balanced, I push mongo whenever I'm tired lol.

I tried surfing... I got pummeled by 6' waves for 4 days lol... I never thought I would bounce around the ocean floor that much! When I got up I was fine but that only happened a couple of times.

I'm getting excited for skating though, sick of driving to the hill and dealing with boots and helmets and all the sb equip. Skating you just throw on some kicks and head out the door. I live downtown so there's tons to skate, and 5 skate parks within 15 min drive. My favorite is skating stairs...' to me it's the equivalent of riding jumps on a sb.
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skateboarding is the hardest sport I have ever tried. I started 2 summers ago. I am still awful. Mostly I think this is because there is literally nobody my age that I can ride with, nobody to help me out like when you go riding with someone you can push each other, etc. There is a bowl park near my house, but it's always hella crowded so I have never gone there yet. I can ollie a little bit like up on to curbs and stuff or over small obstacles and can sometimes do really sketchy frontside 180s or fakie bs 180s but that is about it. I have not fallen hard yet, or ripped my nutsack open but mostly that is because I don't have the balls (no pun intended) or the requisite skill to try flip tricks. Even shuvits scare me.

It definitely helps with conditioning, it's a really good workout on the legs & core and for balance and stuff, I notice an improvement in my snowboarding.

But if your wife is going to beat you to death with it... you might want to find another hobby

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A good way to try kick flips and heel flips is on hardpacked grass, then it's not scary. And go to the bowls at 9 am I bet they are empty... Young skater punks get up at noon
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I learned to skateboard at 14. I've got bad knees because of it. Now I stick with the longboard.
I keep my trucks ultra loose and I mainly just hit slight inclines and do big exaggerated carves.

The injury to fun ratio of skateboarding keeps me from going back.

One too many swellbows.

Good luck, Donutz. It's a fun hobby, but be wary of the pain associated with it.
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