No, I'm from NJ not CA, can't you read?
All this talk of pumping reminds me of the Fibre Flex Henry Hester model I used to ride. Google it. They had slalom competitions that you had to pump around cones in the fastest time, early 70's I think. Those were the days, right after we got off the clay wheels and into urethane. I remember power sliding the clays and getting flat spots haha. I may have to try one of these Carvers, looks pretty cool.
i think im going to pick up the 31" resin...ive been watching some vids and it looks super fun. cant wait!
Question for the brain trust...
Below are pictures of a 10" x 29" Powell & Perralta I bought in the mid 80's. I am a young 50 y.o. learning to surf (just started last fall w/a SUP). Currently I am working with a 9' SUP (just stepped up to a nice responsive board that is designed for surfing) and I am working at bottom turns and going "down the line", either right or left. Need to build up speed, etc.
The discussion of this thread has sparked my interest and I've dusted off the old board below. My questions are:
1. Will this board be good/helpful for my surfing/carving, etc. (as discussed in this thread)?
2. Should I loosen the trucks a little to get more "play" and "carving" action. They are "Independent" trucks and seem a little stiff -- although I can do 180 kick turns.
3. What are some things I should be doing with it? Hills? Pumping through flat lots? (This may already be answered somewhere in this thread, so I can do some review)
4. Anyone do any work with Kahuna sticks or facsimiles? Looks like a good core workout that would translate to paddling.
Thanks in advance and I appreciate all the good knowledge that is shared on this forum.
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To answer your question, i don't know if that particular board (although pretty cool that you still have it, I use to own one myself) is going to get you what you are looking for as far as being able to pump and get momentum and get that surfing feel, their are better options available but it would require dropping a few bucks on one of those long board skateboards. Worth a try though, what's the worst that can happen? HA HA
2) definitely go with as loose as you can handle it (unless you're bombing hills) - loose trucks allow for tighter turns with better energy transfer which equals better pumping.
3) light inclines and flats (preferably adjacent to one another) is optimum - otherwise, a smooth flat street is eminently pumpable as long as you can provide the thrust. my neighborhood has these little banked curbs, which provide for some fun rebounds whilst cruising.
4) Kahuna stick is kind of a novelty item, imo...it's not nearly as effective in providing good carving/pumping speed as your legs. now, if someone would make one that was spring-loaded (ala pogo stick), so you got some extra oomph out of each push, that might be interesting...
by the way, i'm in the same demographic you as you...i'm not going to be go vertical or getting air at this point in life, but i want to carve and pump with as much energy transfer as possible. imo, longboards seem primarily for people who really don't know how to skate.
I just got a 36" a couple days ago. It's pretty awesome. Pumps easy and fun to ride.
Thanks hanna. I could skate this board "back in the day", and still can do 180's (although better clockwise, to the worry of my wife and embarrassment of my teen age daughter --I tell them I could do worse for a mid-life crisis ). I'll try loosening up the trucks a bit and some of your other suggestions.
@DawnPatrolSUP- Agree about foot and weight placement. Paddle is also a great asset as you say, just need to utilize it. Last couple of days been working on finding the sweet spot on the new board. It maneuvers much better than my other board, actually very responsive so I do not have to work as hard or "throw my weight" as much. Toward the end of the last session, was really getting the feel. That why I'm thinking extra "out of the water" balance, pump and carve work is going to pay off.
Similar ideas going on in the other thread "How can I learn to carve ..". Thanks for all the ideas being shared.