What Is Longboard Dancing

March 8, 2017

I thought that I would exapnd on a part of longboard culture that I really enjoy. Dancing.

It might sound sort of crazy, but dancing on a longobard is doable and that is one of the reasons that I enjoy them.

Here are some examples of what I am talking about.

I love that guy's reaction. He's like, "shit, go right on through".

The Easy/Rough Breakup

March 7, 2017

I sort of would rather have gotten nasty road rash, than gone through a break up like this. I just can't stop thinking about all of our memories together.

We did the usually things, concerts, house parties, cooking.

We cruised together along the beach, then walked hand in hand as the sun set (corney, but romantic none the less). I find it really difficult sharing these things with anyone else.

It was only a 3 year relationship, it started when we were both fresh out ofhigh school, it was natural and real. Now I am affraid that I'll never develop such a comfortable connection with someone else again. I have had sex since things ended but it didn't feel right, mainly because, I don't think I can ever care for someone like this again.

It is sort of like I should be happy, it wasn't like this horror trip. It wasn't a knightmare. It was good, maybe that is why it is so dificult. There are poeple who are glad and they may come out a little sassy but are still an angel and that must mean something right.

Is this common with breakups?

That it hurts?

I think so. If a breakup doesn't hurt, then there were serious issues between you and the end was inevitable. It will hurt for a while, and eventually fade, but try to remember what you liked and didn't like about the relationship.

NOT THE PERSON.

This will prepare you for the future and help you make choices on who you pursue as a partner. Distract yourself with hobbies/work/fitness/etc.

I think productive things that take your mind off the pain are important. But it's a personal, natural process that has to happen, one way or the other. It's a hard thing to quantify, grieving. Think of dealing with a death. Some people seem to move on quickly, some are affected for years.

Neither is right or wrong, that's just how it is.

I think that it's natural not to feel comfortable with other people in that way right now and for some time. But when I think about "never." Probably not. So we can't really predict anything about the entire rest of our lives.

Until then I will binge watch on netflixs. So far I have watched:

  • Vanilla Sky
  • Old School
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Hesher
  • Adventureland
  • Empire Records
  • High Fidelity
  • Before Sunrise/Sunset
  • Season 1-2 of Ghost Whisperer

Commuting By Longboard

February 21, 2017

I usually use my longboard for commuting, not that I don't use it for other things, but it is my go-to mode of transportation.

I think it's actually more common to commute on a longboard - but I think skateboarders will tell you that it is more fun with kicktails.

If you can't ollie, you should at least learn to take curbs (going down, obviously).

A mile pushing on a longboard is no huge deal, and will be easier and easier the lower to the ground the board is (drop down, dropthrough, double drop) and harder (though not too noticeably) as it gets higher (with risers added).

Also, there are two things about board shape that majorly affect maneuverability, those being the length of the wheelbase and the height of the board. The maneuverability increases with the ride height of the board and decreases as the wheelbase gets longer. The wheelbase is the distance between the trucks on the board.

A regular skateboard will give you good mobility and pushing if you can kick-turn respectably, but just lean-turning on a skateboard deck with cruiser wheels could give you wheelbite, which could make you eat it pretty easily.

My recommendation is get a topmount longboard with double kicktails, and make sure it is less than 40 inches long for max mobility.

If you could ride comfortably and ollie curbs consistently, I would just recommend a skateboard with cruiser wheels.

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Dancing On Longboards

January 12, 2017

I've been through many dancing boards and none compare to my 1/2 dance, not only is it a great board, they are a great company too.

The Loaded Bhangra is a popular one, so is the AmWood 1/2Dance.

LBL has a few decks that are good for dancing, too. I'm not sure exactly what they're riding, but I'm pretty sure it's a Bustin because of their shirts. What you want is something around 48" (or longer for less freestyle and more straight up dancing) with some flex and carvy trucks. I built mine, it's 50" long and made from 4 plies of 1/8" Baltic birch.

I prefer the more dance oriented decks because of the wide efp (effective foot platform, where you can stand).

Good boards:

  • Amwood 1/2 dance
  • BC Boards Plakton
  • Simple Platypus
  • Loaded Dancer
  • Longboard Larry Old Skool Dancer
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Waterlogged

January 10, 2017

It's not something you want. Well maintained bearings keep your wheels rolling. Your board might get waterlogged and your bearings/hardware will probably rust.

PSA: Always wear a helmet.

Water will get into bearings and rust them, which causes damage to the bearings and bearing races.

If things get bad enough bearings can seize up completely.

Unless of course you have all ceramic bearings.

Though even if you don't care and/or you have ceramic bearing you have a much higher chance of falling if you skate in the rain, which is the reason I advise you not to.

PSA: Always wear a helmet.

Tags  |  Safety  |   |  Katherine

The Longboard Feud

December 8, 2016

I own a skateboard and longboard.

While I could say I love doing both. It really depends on my mood which is more toward cruising while listening to some music rather than getting technical at a skatepark with my skateboard. People that skateboard that pick on longboarders or vice-versa are just close minded.

I love cruising on a longboard but I feel like I have a connection to both.

The only problem with longboarding is the poser kids who ride around on expensive setups for the image.

I longboard and skateboard, and i hate those kinds of people just as much as the next guy, but they exist in almost every sport. You can find the same types of people who do the same thing with skateboarding, BMX, etc. but you can't group in everyone else who longboards with those kids, because just like skateboarding, theres people who go hard and shred.

Thats just my oppinion.