Get that front foot pointing more forward than to rail, bend knees in the same angle of protruded decline like you would with an Ollie, get those arms out ready to fly, and ALWAYS look where you need to go. To avoid the pothole or pebble, fixate on the destination not the obstruction. Sounds intuitive but wait and see how you can tend to fixate on what you don't want to happen rather than the solution.
Went out last night for an hour...my legs ache this morning...as soon as it cleans up, gonna surf today tho iam hurtin a bit...and yes emass, iam stoked. Unbelievable workout and tons of fun. Going up a slight incline is a killer workout. I throw in foot plants, handstands and slides while jamming to my iPod...all old school stuff and never had so much fun with this board as opposed to a regular board. My bro is into skating, nuttin fancy just cruises for exercise...he is 54 and told him he needs to give this thing a whirl.
coop, you are killing that thing. How much skating have you done in the past? Your surfing must be on point too. I'm impressed braddah! You just got that and already ripping serious pave.
You are laying it back hard and that's one of my favorite things to do in the rain with harder duro wheels. There's mad technique that you're displaying that's taken me time to acquire and consciously work on given no prior street skating pre-Carver days and only a half year of surfing at my onset of Carver riding. For example, the inward bend of the back leg and "giving" weight to the front foot on pumps and trims is just something I've recently started doing well.
The things you'll need to put in next are way easier than what I need to keep adding since your base looks damn good. Seems you generate power lots with that rear arm and I'd suggest getting that lead arm in the action and spread those wings. With a tightened core, you'll throw the upper body (including shoulders) in a pendulum forward and not need to touch ground on those frontside turns. I also try to stay as linear as possible when building up and keeping speed as zig-zagging seems to slow me down. I'm able to do that with a tighter trim and little "jabs" of weight from hips to that front foot and reaching my lead arm forward for the follow through of the trim or pump.
Your use of legs is helping you big time and I had to learn how to skate squat whereas you do it naturally. Watching my own film, I see that my smoothest and most complete movements are when I keep the lower body as the powerhouse (engine) and upper body as steering wheel. The core is my transmission. You'll know what I mean by that when you see how different (and complete - in a hack or chop fashion) your rotation is when climbing hills with pure pumping and no push with foot.
Keep those eyes on where you're going instead of at your feet, which will happen with time. Just like surfing - where the head goes, the body goes. On my video the last few weeks when I've really started putting it all together, my head does a great job leading on snaps and I really look forward quickly to where I'm going. So fast that I start to look back as a check to make sure I'm still on my line and balanced, but perhaps that rounds out my snap when it could be more on a dime, so same thing with where your eyes are going. Your kinetic chains look very familiar with the board and gravity and inertia. You're gonna do wild things on that bro, and it's gonna be re-installed back into your surfing.
Man, I'm impressed. You just got me more stoked. The Carver food chain gets slipperier to climb when there's comp to your left and right!!! Keep it up breh.
Thanks emass...when I watched the video, that's the first thing I saw...why in the hell am I looking down...gonna stop that cause it looks goofy and not correct. Iam going to work on those other things. I got the layback down and also got the tail slide down too without laying back...got the frontside slide too. My old school tricks came back like second nature...foot plants, handstands, etc.
Use to skate back in early 80's when I was in high school and competed a bit and one a couple times on a local level, we are talking really old school stuff...but stopped in mid to late 80's and started surfing...surfed all the time and only skated off and on since then. Did skate for about a year 15 years ago at an indoor park until that closed up. Really haven't skated for the last 14 years except long boarding around the neighborhood. All flat here...then I saw this thread...figure it can't be like surfing...so I you tubed it...and my jaw dropped and had to give this a whirl.
It really is amazing how similar it is to surfing. I didn't believe it until my first ride. Thing is crazy fun and feel like a reborn pavement surfer...IMO, regular skating just doesn't have that surfing feel and flow...like carving turn to turn and the pumping action is just about spot on for surfing down the line for speed...and the frontside and backside bottom turns and even cutbacks, whoa, very similar in that you get low and compact and release..amazing...this thing is great for flat areas too...sometimes I don't push at all...someone earlier said about a lack of speed. I can pump this thing and really get rolling...my son couldn't keep up with me with him pushing on his long board...but my tank emptied way before his...I was exhausted.
May have to take this in town and find some concrete inclines. All I have is this little shoulder in our neighborhood for wave like action...works and still feels as tho iam riding down a knee high wave, but would like a taller and steeper shoulder.
Iam hooked and thanks to whoever started this thread. Otherwise, I would be beating my head up against the wall when it's flat. I actually don't mind those flat spells anymore.