SIDEWALK SURFING- discussions

longboardkook

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Sidewalk Surfing when the waves are not happening or can't make it to the surf....

Lets see what you gots when surfing the the concrete: pics, vids, story, the flats, banks, ditches, bowls, pools, halfpipes, and of course the sidewalks...

Post some up, new and old!

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Steve Cathey by Warren Bolster (circa early 1970's)
 

Chilly Willy

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Here is an oldie of mine to kick it off

Nice! Love that ditch. I've always liked the aspect of searching out and skating odd little spots. Always wished we had ditches like that where I live.

Anyway, I'll play. Here are a couple shots of me from my past life as a skate rat. A little 13" launch ramp that we built:

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Here's an 11' vert bowl way off the in back of an indoor park that I used to skate back around 1991 (Jeff Jones Incline Club in Brick, NJ). It mostly went unridden, but I used to love trying it out. I never skated it properly as a bowl, but more like a half pipe just trying to get the hang of it and see how high I could get. (I was always disappointed by these pictures because I was having a hard time generating momentum that day and my dad got tired of standing around with the camera. I would usually be up into the blue line.) I never got up the courage to drop in on vert, but rolling in was a real rollercoaster ride.

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longboardkook

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Cool launch ramp pic. I’d say surviving an early grab air off that ramp was probably actually as fun as getting tile on that burley bowl. Your dad was rad to take you to that skatepark and document you surfing the transition and round-wall. Thanks for sharing!!!!
 

Planktom

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longboardkook

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Chilly Willy

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Anyway, I'll play. Here are a couple shots of me from my past life as a skate rat.

As an update to my own post from a couple months ago: I’ve come out of retirement and picked up a skateboard again in a quest to learn how to properly skate bowls. There are so many beautiful public skateparks in the area these days - I got tired of just watching and had to give it a shot myself. I’ve really enjoyed it! My most surprising discovery is that there’s actually a pretty large community of other middle aged guys (and girls) that are all doing the same thing as me. Here’s a new shot of me from the other day that really makes me happy:

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longboardkook

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As an update to my own post from a couple months ago: I’ve come out of retirement and picked up a skateboard again in a quest to learn how to properly skate bowls. There are so many beautiful public skateparks in the area these days - I got tired of just watching and had to give it a shot myself. I’ve really enjoyed it! My most surprising discovery is that there’s actually a pretty large community of other middle aged guys (and girls) that are all doing the same thing as me. Here’s a new shot of me from the other day that really makes me happy:

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That is is cool to see you getting back on the board!! Speaking of board, killer shape and are those throwback double conical shaped wheels??? What are those wheels (brand, name, size, duro)? Heck what's the dims on the entire board set up???
 

Chilly Willy

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That is is cool to see you getting back on the board!! Speaking of board, killer shape and are those throwback double conical shaped wheels??? What are those wheels (brand, name, size, duro)? Heck what's the dims on the entire board set up???

Glad you asked! I've been privately geeking out on it a bit setting it up. The wheels are Alva Conicals 59mm, 101A. I got them on recommendation from a couple guys at the park and they work great. The inside has an exaggerated flat bevel, with the outside more rounded. The deck is a Vision Groholski reissue with modern concave (10" x 30.25" with 15" WB). I was looking for a wider setup specifically for cruising bowls and decided I wouldn't need anything popsicle-ish or a big nose, so I thought it would be fun to go old school with a board that I always admired back in the day. Trucks are Ace 66 Classics -- I've only got 3 sessions under my belt on them but love them so far. Very smooth and responsive. They've really helped my progression in learning to carve.
 

longboardkook

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Glad you asked! I've been privately geeking out on it a bit setting it up. The wheels are Alva Conicals 59mm, 101A. I got them on recommendation from a couple guys at the park and they work great. The inside has an exaggerated flat bevel, with the outside more rounded. The deck is a Vision Groholski reissue with modern concave (10" x 30.25" with 15" WB). I was looking for a wider setup specifically for cruising bowls and decided I wouldn't need anything popsicle-ish or a big nose, so I thought it would be fun to go old school with a board that I always admired back in the day. Trucks are Ace 66 Classics -- I've only got 3 sessions under my belt on them but love them so far. Very smooth and responsive. They've really helped my progression in learning to carve.
Tom Groholski deck!!! Loved watching Groholski skate back in the day when I lived in the mid-Atlantic…. Oh and for only three sessions out on that cool set-up, that is a bad ass double axel backside grind pic of you!
 




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