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Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
« on: November 19, 2013, 01:24:06 PM »
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  • So this past weekend I dusted off one of my old skateboards at my parents house that I haven't been on in about 15ish years. Wow was I rusty at it.

    Anyway lately in the lull between swell events I seem to be allowing myself to fall into some bad habits on the chances that I do get to make it into the water. Primarily looking down at the board, trying to surf off my front foot and strangely not being able to make bigger drops or getting a bit hesitant about it.

    Philly opened up a pretty nice public park/skate park by the Art Museum (Paine's Park) Its got some pretty good quarter pipes all over. I'm hoping that if I can get comfortable cruising around pumping through the transitions, finding fun carving lines through the park and making making an effort to "look down the line" the bad habits could be pushed away and I wont get nervous facing a bigger drop. 

    For now I'm probably going to stay away from trying tricks the cost benefit of doing something awesome vs wrecking hard on concrete has really lost it's appeal, I definitely do not bounce back like I used to.

    If anyone has thoughts or recommendations on what to do or equipment I would be more than happy to hear them! I think the board should be alright (maybe lost it's "pop") but the wheels are ancient, probably dried out (?) and not as fast as they could/should be for what I want to do.

    Thanks!!

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #1 on: November 19, 2013, 02:24:44 PM »
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  • Don't limit your skate training to skate parks on a standard skate deck. Although beneficial they have limits.
    Try getting a carver skateboard with the C7 trucks!  It'll turn any driveway/sidewalk into a wave!  They're perfect tool for perfecting your turns!


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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #2 on: November 19, 2013, 02:53:59 PM »
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  • I find the Braille skateboarding videos on YouTube to be super useful. If they had that when I was a kid, I think I'd be waaaay better.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/sprocker7

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #3 on: November 19, 2013, 05:48:58 PM »
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  • Surfingbear is right, Get the carver....you'll love it.

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #4 on: November 19, 2013, 10:05:09 PM »
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  • Cool, thanks for the advice I'll look into the carver boards!

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #5 on: November 20, 2013, 01:02:38 AM »
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  • Carvers are cool but nothing like a flow park to keep you shard and truly simulate surfing frontside and backside. A backside topturn in a concrete bowl feels strikingly similar to doing one on a wave. Plus the concrete park is always 6 feet...or 8 feet...or bigger and glassy. Something to be said for dropping in on bigger sections of a park as well to simulate the experience of dropping in on bigger waves. The adrenaline will pump way more than pumping a carver around the block which simulates the surfing experience better in my opinion.
    "Live like you're dying."

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #6 on: November 20, 2013, 09:23:37 AM »
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  • Get the carver and when you want to go to the skate park take it with you..durr. ahaha.. Im dying to get into a bowl/pool with mine. But I've had it for about a year and they thing is awesome and has really helped my surfing. Warning though, I can not ride regular style trucks anymore.... once you get used to the carver all the other boards became "foreign"..at least thats hat happened to me haha

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #7 on: November 20, 2013, 01:52:44 PM »
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  • i got the carveboard this summer super fun, the monsta.  I like to ride it in flo snake runs, however at bethpage bowl I tried it and got crushed.   I even tightened the truck all the way and still go crushed.  So I put together a second set up, old skool style for when there is to much vert and bank for me to feel comfortable on the carveboard.


    scored an NOS one of these and have been riding it one the carveboard wont cut it.


    "paddleboarding is bullshlt, where's my wine" anonymous

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #8 on: November 20, 2013, 07:37:46 PM »
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  • ^^Looks sick!^^

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #9 on: November 22, 2013, 07:50:59 PM »
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  • Carver skateboards as well as Carve (both different) are great for surf training...Carver trucks offer the ability to get on the skateboard and start pumping and driving like you would on a surfboard, and actually gain speed without ever setting a foot on the ground.  Ive actually skated over a mile without ever kicking...great leg work out for the off time...great for snowboarding as well...here are a few videos on how to train with a skateboard I made last year...check them out

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #10 on: November 22, 2013, 10:09:11 PM »
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  • Carvers don't work in the bowl. Waaay too loose to make the drop-ins. I'm a pretty competent bowl skater but got completely owned(as did 1fin who RIPS in the bowl). I would not recommend it.
    BUT, my latest trick is skating a long skate in the bowl. The deck has to be 7 ply and should have some kicktail and concave but boy, what a surf connection when you blast a backside top turn with a 42" long skate. I always pack it with me for skatepark runs these days.
    1 fin, I'm hoping to be in NY again this summer and would love to meet up for a Chelsea/Owl's Head session. What is this Bethpage park of which you speak?
    "Live like you're dying."

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #11 on: November 22, 2013, 10:14:22 PM »
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  • I'm asking Santa for a Brad Edwards 40" Gravity for Christmas for sliding downhill/longskating in the park and general mayhem.
    Gravity Skateboards - This Is Brad Edwards - 40" Brad Edwards & 43" Drop Kick
    "Live like you're dying."

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #12 on: November 30, 2013, 08:19:29 PM »
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  • I'm a much better skateboarder than surfer. I can do 180s and 360 over the lip on a skateboard, but not in the water, for example. I've been on a quest to find boards that get me closer to how a skateboard with loose trucks feels. I'm pretty much there too. But I still feel like 5'4" is really long sometimes.


    I've ridden the carver setup in a bowl a few times, and I've seen kids who ride them regularly rip on them. Tighten up the back truck and drive off that maybe? I got going pretty well after a few runs on it. I dropped in fine too. They're fun boards for sure. Definitely has a surfboard feel to some extent.
    Check out my photos

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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #13 on: June 29, 2014, 02:52:32 PM »
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  • Committed an atrocity to those who value old skate decks in the process of making it all the more functional. Works like a charm now.


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    Re: Skateboarding to stay in tune/eliminate bad habbits
    « Reply #14 on: September 21, 2014, 08:31:55 PM »
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  • Paines Park really isn't the best place to carve around it doesn't really have the type a flow that would help you in surfing. Your better off going to FDR or some other Type of park with  bowls or Pools. Im going to skate Pier 62 this Saturday coming up . I reality love pool and Bowl skating and its helped me stay in shape , I skated all my life but Im probably skating better now at 35 than i was at 15
    I don't wanna be a star. Have my picture in magazines, have a bunch of kids looking up to me. I'm a drunk, Bear, a screw up. I just surf cause its good to go out and ride with your friends. I don't even have that anymore.