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Old 06-29-2012, 04:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just bought a longboard last weekend. This one:

Veloz V12-R Longboard | Only $269! | Veloz Downhill Skate Company | 760-305-2090

Theoretically used, since I got it for half price from one of the guys in the longboarding club, but brand new. Tip of the hat to Timmytard for pointing me in the right direction.

Have to admit, so far I like longboarding a lot more than skateboarding. Feels more like snowboarding. And the larger wheels are less likely to jam on small obstacles.

Now if I could just figure out how to stop...
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was thinking about getting a longboard. I don't know though. I guess I don't know enough people who personally do it to ask about their experiences.
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Stoked for you! Longboarding makes summer awesome.

Treat yourself to some slide gloves, even before you are ready for them. You WILL learn to slide - but footbreaking is useful as well .
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That's the weird thing -- I had figured out foot dragging just fine on skateboard, but on longboard it feels different. Having a lot more trouble with it. I think it must be psychological, I can't see why the longboard should be different.
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That's the weird thing -- I had figured out foot dragging just fine on skateboard, but on longboard it feels different. Having a lot more trouble with it. I think it must be psychological, I can't see why the longboard should be different.
Hah! Footbraking can be a bit different on a longboard. Deck height and board flex can both make it feel awkward at first. It will come quickly, though.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The foot drag is the best unless you figure out slides really fast. It's just a mental block. In fact, it should be even easier for you on the longboard since technically, you get more stability out of the longboard.
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That thing looks wicked! That ain't no slalom board. Excellent, I need someone to bomb hills with. My friends snowboard, but they won't do that, Pussies.
Do you got buddies that will do that with ya?

I got another crew, these guys like to do big hills & they just started to organize some weekend slide jams. There is maybe 5 or 6 hills out here in Maple Ridge, where you can get up in the 80-100km/h zone.


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What makes it even scarier, when you can't stop. I just went out about 2 weeks ago & put some time in learning to slide, cause I can't/couldn't either.
Right after I got a foot long 3 inch wide strip of road rash on my arm & a baseball sized gooey one on my hip, I decided I should probably wear the pads that I brought.
I can now do Coleman slides to a stop, but only up till about 40-50km/h.
Anything faster than that & I'll just try & ride it out.

It's real easy to bite off more than you can chew, once you get to a certain speed, sliding is no longer an option.
Then what do you do? That's when my stomach drops. As long as there are no hairpin corners or stop signs, you shouldn't have a problem.
It's the exact same as snowboarding down some super icy slope as fast as you can, you just have to pay attention.


Slalom is a cool part of longboarding, & I'm sure the more you do it the better ya get then it becomes more fun & so on....
IMO though nothing beats hauling ass, too the point where it scares the shit out of ya. Fuck, I live for that. You can't get that with slalom.
& you can do that right out of the gate. Roads are, for the most part always smooth, if you got the balls you can go just as fast as any mother fucker out there.



Theoretically used, since I got it for half price from one of the guys in the longboarding club, but brand new. Tip of the hat to Timmytard for pointing me in the right direction.

Hey, no problem. I told you you'd like it. Have you been going out with those guys since the time I saw you there? I showed up late & I think you took off early.


Have to admit, so far I like longboarding a lot more than skateboarding. Feels more like snowboarding. And the larger wheels are less likely to jam on small obstacles.

Now try & ride as many other peoples boards as you can. There is so any diff types of setups.
I love tryin' new/dif shit just too see.

I have a couple sets of wheels, if your interested?
An almost new set of Hawgs, 85mm. Big ass, roll over anything wheels.
Huge wheels work better on drop throughs, flush mounts & dropped decks, so you'll be laughin'

Ya slide gloves are an absolute must, I'm gonna get some leathers too.
The big scab on my hip, my pants didn't even rip or even really get damaged. @ first it just felt like a snowboarding wipe out, just sliding down the road. Not so much the after affects.


Can you tell I just smoked a big bomber?
I could go on & on....

So I think I'll pack her in for now.

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Sick board brother! I just picked up a little cruiser I'm having lots of fun with it. Makes me wish snowboarding was here really!
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I'm going to be taking it really slow. My wife has told me straight out that if I kill myself she will dig me up and beat me to death all over again with my board. Learn to stop before I learn to go fast (I know, technically you don't have to "learn" to go fast ). There's enough of a slope in my neighborhood for casual riding around, plus Jurgen told me about a few relatively mellow places I can practice.
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You should come out to Maple Ridge, I tried to put a link to the Facebook page, I don't think it worked?

Not all the hills are monsters, & there is usually quite a few people.
We have spotters & people that will just block cars for a min if they have too.

All the hills have ride outs, so you can go as fast as you want.
As long as you tighten up your trucks first. I GUARANTEE you will make it down every time without wiping out.

Plus you can shave a tonne of speed off just by carving back & forth as opposed to straight lining it.

Come on D, I got your back.

Search Facebook for the following "SUNDAY SLIIIDE JAMS" & "MAPLE RIDGE LONGBOARDERS"

Just like the slalom guys, there will be lots of boards & gear to try out.

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