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    Long(skate)board recommendations

    Hey guys, can any recommend a good setup that isn't expensive? I want something to cruise around on when it is flat and/or I'm at home. Do they ride similar to any type of surfboards? I really don't even know where to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoneybaloney View Post
    Hey guys, can any recommend a good setup that isn't expensive? I want something to cruise around on when it is flat and/or I'm at home. Do they ride similar to any type of surfboards? I really don't even know where to start.
    I'm a huge longboarder when it comes to not surfing. The truth is, a good longboard is a decent investment, but Sector 9 or Arbor are two known brands that are "entry level" and provide fun for the casual user. I use a Loaded longboard but those are expensive and I had to do a certain challenge (online challenge) to get a $100 discount (still set me back $215).

    Silverfishlongboarding.com is a great website for longboarding if you want to learn more.

    But longboards ride similar to surfboards except that you don't lean as much on your back foot like you would surfing, it's more front footed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledzepfreak View Post
    I'm a huge longboarder when it comes to not surfing. The truth is, a good longboard is a decent investment, but Sector 9 or Arbor are two known brands that are "entry level" and provide fun for the casual user. I use a Loaded longboard but those are expensive and I had to do a certain challenge (online challenge) to get a $100 discount (still set me back $215).

    Silverfishlongboarding.com is a great website for longboarding if you want to learn more.

    But longboards ride similar to surfboards except that you don't lean as much on your back foot like you would surfing, it's more front footed.
    Wow, thanks for all the info! I realize it will probably be $100-150 for something decent. What type of setup would you recommend for someone who is 6ft and 165lbs? I'll check out that site as well.

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    If your looking to invest in a board I would recommend getting a Flexdex. I ride a RT Classic 29 and it's like surfing on pavement, worth every penny. http://www.flexdex.com/index.html

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    I dont have one of the originial longboards but they look so sweet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8m4O...e=channel_page Right now Im riding a sector 9 but im looking to buy and originial longboard. I am also looking at them to sponser my friend and I

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    i bought a sector 9 and love. it was like 169 or something around there, but I cruise on it all the time. I got the biggest one they had, and like it a lot.

  7. I love my Sector9.

    HOWEVER, if you are looking for a board that will work it like a surfboard (or even a snowboard) and you want that feeling of surfing on land, get a CarveBoard (NOT the stick, it's fine, but if you want to practice your surfing on dry land, get the board-not stick).

    Google it man. Check out the videos. I have one. They rock. There is a small group of us that drive around town on Saturday nights after midnight taking on the steepest hills in town on these. One guy needs to drive because you cant skate these boards, they only work going downhill. Your goal with these boards is not speed, but you wouldn't believe how you can be soaring down a hill, see an open driveway with no cars in it, and swoop into the driveway, carve it, then come screaming out of the turn back onto the street like you just carved the face of a wave and shot out onto the shoulder. It's sick.

    They are pricey. $350 new. On that note, there is CraigsList. I've had buddies score them for $100 used and then buy new tires, bearings, springs, etc if needed.

    If you want to cruise around on flat days skateboards are fun, but if you want to surf on land get a CarveBoard and watch your surfing progress. For realz. No shiznit, I'm not kidding. It will work your legs just like a surfboard (my wife loves it because she snowboards, if that means anything to you as well).

    http://www.carveusa.com/


    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by mofosurfer.com; Aug 11, 2009 at 06:35 PM.

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    I have a bamboo sector 9, uluwatu model deck. Really stiff and fun, and the deck wasnt too expensive.

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    If you're looking to start bombing hills and stuff though, definitely check the bottom for sand. I can say from experience that that stuff will take your wheels right out from under ya and set you up for a nice emergency room visit

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    Thanks guys. Sounds like Sector 9 is pretty popular. I remember Flexdex from like 15 years ago! One of my friends had one and it was fun to ride. Anyone else like them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoneybaloney View Post
    Wow, thanks for all the info! I realize it will probably be $100-150 for something decent. What type of setup would you recommend for someone who is 6ft and 165lbs? I'll check out that site as well.
    What you'll want to keep in mind is what kind of skating do you want to do? If you want to old-school cruise and crosstep, a big, long, at least 4 footer would be sufficient. If you're more into sliding, definitely a board that's 4 ft or less. Then, do you want a kicktail to make things like negotiating curbs and such easier? Keep all that into mind. Noses too, as nose-manuals are a HUGE aspect in longboarding (shuvits, manual variations, etc.). Then you have wheels. Big soft wheels will roll smoother, and grip really good too, which is really why you ride a longboard, but once you break them in, you can slide as well (sliding is fun).

    Trucks that are widely accepted as a well-made truck are Randal and Paris