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Mincher
May 12, 2008


I'm getting back into skateboarding although I've never been that good, to be honest. I can pop a decent ollie :smug: but I'm still trying to get the hang of timing jumps up and off things. It's a killer!

Then there's kickflips. I've still to convince my brain that it's a good idea to land on the magical spinny thing below me (front foot planting). Ho hum. :smith:

Oh yeah, I'm a bit late getting into this game at 25.

Edit: typo.

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Mincher
May 12, 2008


Thanks!

I would go skate tonight but my overworked muscles are screaming for respite!

Oh well, I'll just sit in and watch cool skate vids on youtube. Like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbFUgba0J2M

I love slow motion. :)

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Zizzyx posted:

It took me about a month or so but I've finally learned how to ollie onto curbs, which feels pretty great to do. I swapped back out for my original smaller wheels with my new bearings, and I can definitely pop better, but I feel way slow. I'm going to get some wheels in between crazy big and too small next.

That's awesome. I'm also around the same point, finally getting up/over things.

All I need is for the rain to stop appearing every time I have a spare minute!

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Bucket Joneses posted:

Here are some other photos of the spot.


Click here for the full 1280x960 image.



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It's pretty gnarly and always under construction but it's really fun and it's the only spot to skate when it's raining.

I want this. Let's hope Santa is reeeeaaallly good to me. :)

e: also, i'm loving the photoshop eraser graffiti!

Mincher
May 12, 2008


I've been sub'd to this guys YouTube channel for a while now. He skates purely for the fun of it and totally thrashes everything he hits.

He's also quite active on his account and will reply to Q's and comments.

Check him out: http://www.youtube.com/user/grimcity

Mincher
May 12, 2008


I know what you mean. When you're 15yrs old, you seem indestructable.

Fast forward 10 years and you don't hold up so well! I'm constantly hurting myself these days.

Since we're on the theme of hometown heroes and local parks, here's where I get to roll:

Dudhope Park, Dundee:


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I also go here sometimes, although there's an entry fee and the ramps are pro-huge:

http://www.factoryskatepark.com/gallery.html

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Boppin posted:

Went to Bali last month, while we were there we sussed out the skate park in Kuta and the Globe bowl in Jimbaran. The globe park was pretty hard to find.




...

'Where's the park? Down by the statue?'

'HOLY gently caress! LOOK AT THAT loving STATUE!'

Mincher
May 12, 2008


AIIAZNSK8ER posted:

we found a new spot off the side of a highway. its some kind of industrial plant with a nice steep bank to a stall spot.



Nice!

Old industrial places are always great for little spots like this. Be sure to take a broom though! :D

Mincher
May 12, 2008


DELETED posted:

Words. :eng101:

This is awesome and exactly what I see this thread being for. When I started to learn to skate there was no-one else around to show me the ropes (pre-internet days) so it's always good to pass on knowledge.

Also, do you know of any other exercises that would complement skating? I've been looking but i've never been too into fitness so I have no idea.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


This is my favourite skate short on Vimeo. These guys just look like their having a fun, chilled session. :)

http://vimeo.com/1340684

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Shortymrbig posted:

I need to get me some skate buddies already.

Aye, I know the feeling.

Right now, one of my chums is learning to unicycle so we practice together at local flatland spots.

I know people who skate but they never seem to be into non-park chills. :/

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Obscuritatem posted:

Don't know if there are any other Scots here, but Edinburgh's new monster concrete park is coming along nicely:

http://www.edinburghskatepark.org.uk/

It's a total beast, I'm fearing for my own personal safety already!

I used to live right around the corner from where they're building this. I moved away just as they got the green light. :(

It looks loving great too!

Edit: It still won't live up to the atmosphere of Bristo Square though. :)

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Bucket Joneses posted:

Fakie big spins are go.

Post/Avatar combo delight!

Right now, I've developed slight shin splints in my right leg. I have to take it easy and make sure I do stretches before heading out.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


So my leg is feeling better and i'm taking up the task of getting comfortable rolling switch.

Jesus. It's like i've never skated!

P.S. Those footgloves made me snort and guffaw like crazy. Hideous but intriguing.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Dutchbag posted:

just went into the skateshop yesterday and dropped cash on a girl deck, venture trucks, and spitfire wheels.

the only thing is, my city has very few good locations to skate at.

"If you build it, they will come..."

Seriously, a few hours at the weekend and you can knock up a nice kicker and grindbox for you and all your chums. :)

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Shania Twain posted:

To the dude looking for spots. Check out http://www.skatr.us/search, poo poo's so cash.

For the guy who wants to learn switch, I think the easiest place to get comfortable riding switch is on a mini at first. You just kind of have to do it on the street and eat it a bunch, but on a mini I started doing fakie rocks, then nose stalls and then moved up to dropping in switch. It helped me out a lot

Wow, Shania Twain gives advice on skating switch. The world is a weird place. :)

I'm gonna head up to the local park, it's designed for carving but i'm sure I can skate the tranny to get used to switch. Cheers!

Edit: I'm considering putting together a site like that for UK people to collect spots/parks.

Mincher fucked around with this message at 23:37 on Feb 21, 2010

Mincher
May 12, 2008


RobotEmpire posted:

How much do "real" skateboarders bother keeping their decks clean? My grip tape is getting kind of grimy but it still grips so I'm meh about it. Also, wheel & truck maintenance, do I need to do much if they're still moving?

Finally, it feels like my trucks have gotten looser/more agile since I first bought the board (when it was new). Is this normal or do I need to make sure my board isn't just going to fall apart one day?

If you want to clean it, one good tip I came across is using a toothbrush and some soap to clean the dirt off.

Alternatively, ignore it. It'll still ride the same.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


soggybagel posted:

Don't take this the wrong way but you're a bit heavier. If you land hard in the center of the board or the lips you could be in a bit of trouble. Boards are pretty drat sturdy though so I wouldn't honestly worry too much about weight until you start going down stair sets.

Yeah, I would say don't try for stairs or big gaps til you've shed a few. Saying that though, bigger guys get silly fast speed when carving bowls so you may wanna try that for a great adrenaline rush.

You should also just push around getting from A to B, keeping your ollies low (jump cracks etc) and trying the odd shuv-it & manual. You'll learn loads of board control, balance and build up your muscles.

As you start to feel fitter, become more adventurous. Don't stop pushing! :)

Mincher
May 12, 2008


loving nollies. How, just how?!?!

I spent about 2 hours at the park trying to get them whilst rolling. Standing still, they're a piece of piss. When I try them moving though, they spin like a nollie shove. :/

One day...

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Dutchbag posted:

What are the best online resources for learning about new tricks? I've just been looking up random videos on youtube but its pretty hit or miss.

Trickipedia Tuesdays on the Berrics is good for watching pros execute tricks. There's no direct teaching involved though so you have to analyze it all yourself.

Here: http://theberrics.com/trickipedia.php

There's also the option of asking people what they're doing at the park. Just be honest about being a beginner and people will gladly show you loads of cool things. :)

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Today was spent carving the hell out of the park, bombing hills and landing switch ollies!

I'm actually still buzzing from an excellent day of skating! :D

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Apocalypso posted:

I have a really lame and dumb request. I have to walk down this stupid hill every day, and every single time I think "I should be skating down this". The problem is that I'm a total pussy, and don't really want to go at insane speeds- not when I'm just starting again, at least. Are there any setups that accelerate fine on slight hills/flats, but have a tolerable speed on the steep ones? Maybe I could handle the speed if the board was more stable. The board should also be compact enough to carry, or wedge between my back and backpack. I probably wouldn't be doing any tricks, so that's not a concern. Any recommendations?

Yeah, work up to being able to take on the whole thing. Do a quarter, or whatever you're comfortable with, then next time take it up a notch to half the hill and so on.

Oh yeah, keep your knees bent and learn footbrakes at least.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


RobotEmpire posted:

I went to my first skateshop yesterday :3:

Is $60 to totally fit out a plain wooden deck pretty reasonable? Trucks, wheels, everything.

It depends on the type of gear you bought, but $60 is quite reasonable. As long as they didn't fob you off with naff parts.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Shania Twain posted:

Well it was beautiful outside today. Went to my local ghetto park for a little solo action and finished up at my favorite ledge and stair sets. I'm so happy it's spring again. I hope you're all enjoying the weather!

Aye the sun was out today but unfortunately the wind was up to crazy speeds. The joys of living in a country where you're never more than roughly 60 miles from an atlantic coastline (Scotland).

Forecast for rain all next week too! :|

Mincher
May 12, 2008


RobotEmpire posted:

I had kind of a bummer day today. I woke up late and got caught up with some work-related poo poo, and didn't wind up able to get my deck taped and kitted out like I'd intended. I was looking forward to having a longboard AND a... wait, what do you call the normal boards?

A skateboard? :)

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Yeah, get that poo poo checked out. Unexpected holes in body parts are never a good thing.

Today I worked on improving my overall stance and balance. I'm trying to shake the really bad habit of popping & landing tricks on the balls of my feet.

Landing feet flat, knees bent, shoulders over the board has helped loads!

Snow and gales all this week so I think I'm off to The Factory for a roll around.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


I'm not very good.

I'm improving but drat do I suck! One thing that constantly bothers me is the everyday manual. I understand the concept, the way your weight should be and controlling the board but man, I just end up flapping around like a guy caught in his own little loving tornado.

Is it just a trial/error, do it 'til you can, sort of thing or is there something i'm missing that lets everyone else hold their poise whilst I spaz out?

God drat...

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Thanks guys! I'll keep at them.

I can nose manual maybe a foot or two, the hardest thing being keeping the board going in a straight line.

As for ollie manuals, I can land in position but go into spaz mode pretty quickly!

I'll try using my knees a little more to control the damned contraption and hopefully won't overdo it in either direction.

I really wish I could afford a video camera to record my progress.

EDIT: ALL HAIL NANUEL!

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Shania Twain posted:

hey dude I know this was last page but I remember manuals were incredibly frustrating to me back when I leaned them. I know that it sounds like bullshit but any type of manual trick, be it just riding them out flat or ollieing into or out of them just takes practice. I will say though that once you learn the trick you'll never forget it. I've taken months off the board and when I jump back on manuals are one of the first tricks I recover.
Also, a good way to learn the balance is to do them down a slight incline. If you have a hill that doesnt get you going to quickly you can learn to hold them for an indefinite amount of time because your speed pretty much stays constant. Good luck and keep trying.

Thanks for this dude. I have actually started improving my manual balance. I found I was far comfier when I brought my front foot back to about an inch behind the bolts.

I think i'll still give the incline idea a try, if not for sustaining speed but for adjusting for flat to downhill transitions in a manual.

The Easter holidays are here, so that means the kids are tearing up the park and generally showing me up at every opportunity. drat kids...

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Rockefeller posted:

messed around in my driveway, found out i ride goofy. feel a lot more balanced with my right foot forward. I also go backwards when doing tic tacs for some reason.

That's just all down to how you set your weight. Lean into your tic-tacs more, with the focus on using your front foot to do all the steering.

Make sure you're comfortable when leaning but don't be afraid to push yourself outside of your comfort zone a little. Most people don't realise how much you can actually lean/pivot without falling.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Rockefeller posted:

yeah that makes sense, I must be doing something wrong with the weight. the opposite happens when I try and tictac, if I pivot left, my right back wheel stays stationary and the left back wheel moves backwards.

seems a strange thing to be stuck on, I can cruise around town and am getting the hang of flip tricks again, but can't tic tac.

I wouldn't worry too much. Like everything in skating, repetitive practice is the key. One day it will click and off you go, tic-tacking like a mother fucker.

I've been stressing out getting a portfolio ready for a university course so I haven't been able to skate much. Now that the interview is over with I'm back in the game!

Mincher
May 12, 2008


DELETED posted:

Also, loose trucks save lives.

This is so gospel it should be in the loving bible. I don't understand how anyone can skate on a tight, unresponsive board.

My local park organisers are looking to add a nice wee ledge/eurogap situation to the park in memorial of a much loved local skater. They need to raise loads of cash to do it though as it is council run and therefore needs to use expensive, council approved contractors.

If you're feeling nice, click here and donate some loose change.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Tactical Grace posted:

Went skating for the first time since I was 12 today with a friend who actually knows what he's doing. We were rolling on some tarmac which was flat but still had an unpleasantly rough texture to it; as expected I fell off pretty spectacularly in the first 5 minutes, put out my hand and managed to jar my wrist. Unfased I got back on and continued to practice balancing on the board and moving around. After a couple of hours I am now confident I wont fall off just skating around and even managed to pop a couple of ollies. Not bad progress for an afternoon.

EDIT: I'm 20 now and I was worried that I was too old to be doing this poo poo, but falling off and taking it proved otherwise.

Yeah dude! I thought I would be a weird creep getting back into skating at 25. Then I realised that there are loads of 25yr+ skaters all around the place.

No longer do I feel awkward learning to kickflip (which I still haven't got).

Keep pushin'!

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Well, my 6/7 year old World Industry bearings have finally become what was described by my other half as 'Dented gravelly donuts'.

Some sweet new Bones Reds will be here, hopefully today!

I'm also starting to get kickflips down. God drat are they a bitch. In fact, it's not the trick. It's the fear that comes with losing a connection to the board as it spins under you.

Rain today, unfortunately.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


I have size 8 feet and stand at about 5'6" so a 7.75" deck feels perfect for me, being a street skater.

I totally agree though that bigger decks make for excellent carving fun.

Like Sirkus said, it's just whatever feels right for the job.

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Some things that helped me to improve my ollies:

- Jump up AND in the direction you're rolling.
- When you jump, have your shoulders reflect the motion of you leg. This means lift your leading arm up first, followed by your trailing arm.
- Pop from the ankle, not the knee or whole leg. It will make for a cleaner pop and overall nicer motion.

As for improving landings, there are a couple of things you can do:

- Take a run up and jump on the board, trying to aim your feet for the bolts.
- Roll along slowly, stand on the bolts and do a small hippy jump. Again trying to land on the bolts.
- If you ever feel uncomfortable with the speed or motion of the board under you, instantly bend your knees and put your arms out a little. This will make you a load more stable.

As you get more confident, you'll be carving and popping up/down curbs in no time. Good luck!

Mincher
May 12, 2008


I ate poo poo on a hill today.

My hands, knees and back are torn to gently caress.

PAIN. :(

Mincher
May 12, 2008


nocturama posted:

lost a lot of skin last night bombing a hill on this (slightly different wheels)....still not 100% on how to correct speed wobble



Hey there my grazed brother. Eating poo poo on hills sucks, eh? My scabs currently prevent me from raising my left shoulder or bending my right knee and elbow.

I hope you're back in the game soon!

Mincher
May 12, 2008


Obscuritatem posted:

I was checking out the impora site this morning to see if there was any new parks near me and apparently Dunblane (little rural place in central Scotland) had a nice concrete park built a while back.

I headed out to find it, which wasn't easy as you have to walk through a park for ages to get near it. it's not signposted and it's hidden in a little depression surrounded by hills.

It's a beauty though, I can't believe it's there. Amazing little concrete park, lovely flow, well made, totally isolated and completely deserted on a beautiful Sunday in May.
Three other guys turned up, they were the locals apparently, friendly bunch, they were telling me that there's just never anyone there.

Took a couple of pics:




Great little place, nice bowl with a roll-in and a spine, little vert quarter, rails, ledges - the lot.
Can't wait to get back already!

Bud! Can you mark this on Google Maps or something? I would definitely take a wee trip to Dunblane to have a shot on this. :)

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Mincher
May 12, 2008


Obscuritatem posted:

No probs. The park isn't on Google satellite view yet but I've done a little map:


Click here for the full 1036x884 image.


The closest I could park was the free carpark round the back of the Cathedral. The Cathedral is dead easy to find, it's signposted all over the town. You basically just follow the path from there alongside the river until you get to the kid's playpark. There's a steep gravel hill straight ahead that looks like it goes nowhere, but the park is just at the top on the right hand side.
It looks like a trek but it doesn't take that long to walk to.

I'm going to see if I can get a day off work soon and just spend the day there. The bowl is a bit tighter and more awkward than the one at Perth and I got the fear a bit when skating it, but I fancy learning to skate it properly. It's a great park for practising stuff.

Nice one! Now to make arrangements...

Thanks bud.

Today I spent some cash on a nice new Almost deck, going up to 8" to try it out. I got myself some nice Venture trucks too!



Fake Edit: I usually skate 53mm, but the current ones have worn down to about 50mm.

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