History/Origin of Jamboards

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by Spritzer, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. vegaluca

    vegaluca Member

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    Oh the memories !!
    Hi guys, I'm the "Irish guy" aka Paudie.
    I'll tell ya something.... if I had the opportunity to spend time and surf with you guys soon, I'd be there in a flash.
    Flew in, rented a T2 and picked up a new Bing IsIs from Matt and Margaret and headed off to meet ye guys. Shur, things were always gonna be good.
    Out at first point and Anderson Fan controlling the line up ever so well. Anyway... a few waves in and I took off and wiped.
    Mario or Mango said to me... " I didn't like the sound of that". And as sure as are eggs are eggs, dirty ol gouge out of my new stick.
    I was pi$$ed, as I'm only a Solerez and duct tape guy. No man, Little Al said to me "I'll take care of that, now lets go driving". We picked up the essentials and fair fu*ks, Little Al did an amazing job of my board.

    Lads, I would travel again across the Atlantic in the blink of an eye to meet up, surf, and talk story with ye guys.
    Great times, great crew.
     
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  2. longboardmaster

    longboardmaster Administrator Staff Member

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    Great to read this cool thread! Many years have passed, and many are still here. And a few have passed. RIP.

    Back in 1997, I started the original forum using a rudimentary bulletin board perl script from "Matt's Script Archive" under the domain longboard.net, which complemented a portal that I created for longboard surfing. I recall having interviews, stories, photos, and even tried a surf spot database which allowed folks to input particulars about their surf spots.

    Back then there was no registration, and anybody could post stuff. There wasn't much security because there wasn't the rampant spamming/hacking BS happening, but about 2002 that started to change when Russian (mainly) arseholes started spamming porn/gambling/drug links in all the bulletin board threads, and in the surf spot database. At first, I'd just scrape all their posts and delete them, but it soon became a daily chore. Then one day, I wasn't able to delete them, and that's when in 2004 I switched to a more secure platform.

    Also, in 2004 my brother began designing and making long skateboards (80", 70", 60" and 42"), and I folded that effort into longboard.net, but also kept the surfing content and more importantly the bulletin board. By 2009 he (we) learned that the small market for super long skateboards wasn't enough to sustain making them, so that venture switched to custom one-offs, which still exists today, but the boards made are few and far between. (You might be able to convince my bro to make you a custom long skateboard... I don't know... ;-)

    In 2016 I made the decision to take on a partner and changed platforms, which began embedding ads. It wasn't an easy decision for me, but after nearly 20 years of solely funding longboard.net and spending thousands for hosting, domain fees and countless hours administering it, I opted for a little return. Also, I thought for a minute about killing it altogether, but after a minute, decided that just wasn't an option.

    There was a bit of grousing, mainly because of the ads, and I can understand since I had kept it ad-free for 20 years. And the $5 joining fee was to keep the knobs out, and it worked pretty well I think. I can tell you honestly that the $5 gave me a little bit of beer money, but it didn't put much of dent in my costs for domain, hosting and administrative efforts, but overall, I think most folks have understood and have been cool about it.

    Anyway, I'm still the admin and will hopefully be here for many more years, along with you all. I'll dig through my archives and see if I can scare up some gems to post. Aloha!
     
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  3. poidog

    poidog Well-Known Member

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    Wow. You have amazing stoke and community spirit. Mahalo.

    The flip side of you are the people who complain about the ads or say you should step in for this or that. Separate the arguing children. Never could figure that out except that there will always be those who want a lot for a little. For them entitlement dwarfs gratitude. I hope you let those comments fall off your back and understand your efforts are greatly appreciated.
     
  4. Basenji703

    Basenji703 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!!!!!!! You have helped many of us buy/sell surfboards and provide a lot of enjoyment as well!!!
     

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