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Old 03-30-2012, 05:36 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I always wear a helmet. Apparently I am a little accident prone. -.-
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:01 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I have a freeboard... Thought it would be awesome since its like snowboarding... but its not at all... Its basicaly like riding an indoboard length wise down a hill, sounds like fun but it is very difficult which also made it hard to commit to. I would say long boarding is much more fun and way more versatile! the reason the freeboard is kinda lame is I live in an area where there are lots of awesome hills but its pretty much flat getting there and you really cant ride a freeboard less your going down a hill. But if you live in san fran GO FOR IT haha. That and the "bindings" dont really fit certain skate shoes well...

The only thing I really loved about freeboards is they can stop really easily other than that they are just really awkward to ride and you cant cruse at all. Maybe if they found a way to make the board really really light it would solve some problems


And I would recommend building your own custom deck. my set up is a landyachtz nine two five, bear grizzly trucks and orangatang 75mm 80a durians with rocket bearings. it awesome for downhill and crusing around put some 82a zombie hogs and its pretty sweet for sliding
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:11 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I have a freeboard... it is very difficult which also made it hard to commit to.
There. Made the whole concept more clear for the FREEBORD
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:57 PM   #34 (permalink)
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What did you end up getting Nightrider?
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:33 AM   #35 (permalink)
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I wound up going to a local board shop in Baltimore and fell in love with a Never Summer Swift that they had on clearance for $150. It came with 72 mm NS wheels, Randall R II's, and Bones Reds bearings. The board just felt awesome, it is cambered, so I am loving how it carves like a snowboard. In all honesty though, being new to longboarding, the thing that initially caught my eye about it was the snow-capped mountain graphic I am at work now, but I will post a picture of it tonight.

In talking to some of the people at the shop, and telling them that I was a snowboarder, they told me the Swift was a perfect fit. I am really glad that I went with it.

I have been working on getting up my confidence to do some small hills, but I have been having a blast just cruising around on it at the moment. I have to agree with everyone, it is a sick way to stay on a board in the summer when the snow melts.

I have found some good hills for bombing, so I am hoping to be hitting those by the end of summer as my confidence builds. I will keep you posted.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:57 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Nice,

That looks like a fun board. The only issue you will ever have is trying to ride switch, but if thats not in your near future then who cares. That board is both flexy enough to carve and cruise but stiff and responsive enough to bomb

My advice to you is get some sliding gloves, or make some. and learn to speed check, the best way to learn that is to carve really aggressivley and try to kick your foot out and slide your back wheels both toe and heelside, just like skidded turns on a snowboard. Knowing that you can scrub your speed off will help your confidence a ton and make the sport a whole lot more enjoyable. You can also learn to stop by putting your trailing hand down behind you and laying a heelside carve/slide to a stop.

Learning to control my speed and stop when I needed to changed the sport, I wasn't freaked to get my speed on.

Happy riding!
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Nice,

That looks like a fun board. The only issue you will ever have is trying to ride switch, but if thats not in your near future then who cares. That board is both flexy enough to carve and cruise but stiff and responsive enough to bomb

My advice to you is get some sliding gloves, or make some. and learn to speed check, the best way to learn that is to carve really aggressivley and try to kick your foot out and slide your back wheels both toe and heelside, just like skidded turns on a snowboard. Knowing that you can scrub your speed off will help your confidence a ton and make the sport a whole lot more enjoyable. You can also learn to stop by putting your trailing hand down behind you and laying a heelside carve/slide to a stop.

Learning to control my speed and stop when I needed to changed the sport, I wasn't freaked to get my speed on.

Happy riding!
Thanks, it is a pretty sick board and I am really stoked about riding. Thanks for the advice on speed checking. I ordered some Landy sliding gloves last night, and I am going to start working on controlling my speed a bit more when they come in. I haven't been going that fast because I am just dragging my foot at this point to slow down. Speed control is without a doubt my biggest issue right now, so hopefully I can learn to slide and keep the speed in check. I will let you know how it goes.

Thanks again for the advice
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:26 AM   #38 (permalink)
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No worries. You can learn to control your speed without putting your hands down though, I would try that first. Like I was saying just try some exagerated carves and when your in the apex push out really hard, it would resemble dynamic riding on a snowboard combined with a bit of a back foot kick, all the weight on your heel to grip your board. You do the same back on your toeside. Even if you can't get your board to slide, getting your wheels to grip like that will control your speed a bit.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:28 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I picked up an never summer tyrant last summer from a guy in Denver for under $100 shipped to me that was brand new. Got it for his son and he never rode it.... my son rode it almost every day last summer and fall. I rode it when he didn't... super fun on the long winding walking trails up here. Great board and super durable so far. I'm gonna buy a drop down board for myself this summer though.... I don't like how high the assault sits.

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I don't like how high the assault sits.
Me either, so I took the risers out. I only ride this board to get around downtown and cruise a bit, popping off stair sets and banks and up curbs. When I want to actually carve and slide I use my Sayshun Polar twin freeride board. Tyrant looks like a pretty rad deck too, I just like twins so I can ride switch.
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