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 Post subject: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:04 am 
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Anyone else here do it?

It isn't easy being a 250 lb. 35 year old trying to get back into it again after a decade layoff, but even with all the pain, it sure is fun all over again :D No jumping down big stuff or handrails in my immediate future again, but just playing around on some mini ramps and re-learning all my old ledge tricks is proving to be a challenge that's making me feel like I'm a kid again :D

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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:20 am 
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I started skating when I was about 11 and skated all through high school.. so I guess I've been skating on and off for about 12 years now. I don't skate much these days but still love it. I think I really need to get out and do it more often. It always takes a while to get used to doing tricks again, but cruising around is just like riding a bike in that you never forget how to do it :)

What kind of board do you ride?

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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:55 am 
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I still ride an "antique" that I brought out from my last days of skating constantly as it's pretty well what I'd be riding now if I bought something new and it's held up well from being in storage for so long :D Phase II shop deck (8.5", I've got size 13 feet so I go wide!), Indys (can't remember the size, but whatever's on the wide end to fit 8.5"), and some 55mm Spitfires. Though, I think I'm getting ready to move into something new, as the deck has taken a beating and the wheels are showing some flat spots and every time I skate the ramp at the park, it sounds like a muffled machine gun firing :D

If I didn't keep spraining my wrists I'd be much happier, but I guess it just comes with the territory.

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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:36 am 
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I'm in a pretty similar situation as I just pulled my board out of the cupboard after reading your post. My deck is from a NZ company called BOOM. I don't even know if they're still running, but they've always made good products but kept pretty low profile in the industry..I think I've ridden it maybe three times. It's 8" which suits me pretty well because I have pretty big feet too. My trucks are from an Aussie company called Defiant. They're not the best but they do the job :) ..I can't remember what my wheels are now that the logo has worn off the side.

I know what you mean with the wrists.. they always take a beating. Wrists, ankles and shins.. :lol: I have a couple of parks near my house but they're mainly street style parks. I'd love to skate a nice mini ramp but don't know of any nearby.

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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:35 am 
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Just wanted to ask, are you familiar with any of the more well-known Australian skateboarders from the 90s? Don't know if that's where you were living at the time, but thought I'd ask. Darren Kaehne had stayed here as an exchange student in 1991-1992, and I'd gotten to know him pretty well during that time but lost touch after he left. Once he went back to Sydney I heard he turned pro a few years later, but I haven't had much luck tracking him down to get to catch up with him. Just curious if he was someone you'd heard of or not!

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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:52 am 
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Yeah I know of him. He skates for Amnesia, which started here in Newcastle in the 1990's. I think they're based in Sydney now. You could try to get in contact with him here - http://amnesiaskateboards.com.au/blog/contact/

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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:50 am 
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I started trying to learn to skateboard at the end of last year,at 38! I used to have an alva board back in the `80s but beer and punk rock kept me from ever learning :(

i started doing some sessions with a bunch of older skaters via the middle age shred web forum.. kickturns on transitions etc,nothing too exciting,i was really having fun and getting into it but i have not been on it for a few months now so i will be even worse now.I really want to get back into it as at this age this is really the last chance i will get to learn! Dunno when i will next get the chance,hopefully moving from u.k to LA next year so i hope those smooth sidewalks and boardwalks will see me out on my deck more! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:10 am 
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Old school Board! :lachmal:

jk :mrgreen: My son skates and competes some and my daughter got into long boarding......personally, I'd bust my ass!

I want pics!


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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:28 am 
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Both my little (well not little anymore) cousins skates professionally. (Matt and Mike) So proud of them both. I couldn't help but to share these videos with you ;) Matt is the blonde and Mike is the buzzed blonde.

Here's a couple of vids of them (Cream of the Crap).

They also have footage of skating in a mall and the security was chasing after them.
They are really not that bad at all.
VE you should get back into it, if you are talking about it. I bet it would be a good thing to do. Mind the bangs, cuts, broken things and bruises ;)







Also Trev and Suz, Gourmet Vegan chef on here long board. You should msg one of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
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i used to be sponsored back in the day but a torn acl ended that. then another severe injury a few years ago limits me to riding pretty easy these days.


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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:48 am 
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I remember making my first one out of my old Key Skates, and a 2x4 (wood). You would slip the skates apart and nail them to the bottom of the wood. Stearing was an ordeal.
Be funny to see me on one now.
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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
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http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25 ... 01,00.html

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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
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I went skating for the first time in almost two years last week. I think I'm going to have to re-learn everything except for just cruising around..

VE - did you get in contact with Darren Kaehne?

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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:45 am 
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My son is quite into it.
he just bought a new board in Boston when we were on vacation. We took cool pics of him all over the place.
Even in Grand Central Station NYC

I started fooling around with it last year and I really like it! So far just a nasty pulled groin
My son is trying to talk me into getting a long board. we'll see..............

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 Post subject: Re: Skateboarding?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:53 pm 
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I'm 21 and just got myself a skateboard. The very first skate board I've ever own or even tried out. Now I look a lot younger, when I roll around the streets of Tampere and everyone will want to have a piece of me....

*falls on her head*

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