You need to put the hours in so you can make subtle adjustments in order to stop or to at least fall with a little bit of grace and not bang yourself up too bad. Once you reach this level you can try things that are a little harder and a little more sketchy 'cause you've reached the point where you can somewhat protect yourself when things go tits up. And, due to the time you've put in, you know when things are going bad much sooner than when you're a newb and you basically have sensory overload.
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Mar 25, 2014, 03:17 PM #81
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Mar 25, 2014, 11:17 PM #85
True dat on the spills. I know how to fall and get hit in several sports without getting hurt, yet again, surfing and skating is often much more dynamic at speed, especially surfing with terrain that's forever morphing. When I started on the Carver, I'd hit a rut or rock and fall forward right onto my lead hip and also the base of my palm. I've got pretty strong bones and my upper body is adept at cushioning a fall that I break with my hand, yet it's never gonna be my first choice to land with impact on a palm or hip or similar.
I feel like I'm falling as a stunt man would these days as I'm not feeling much impact when I eat it hard despite my speed on the board being double or more now on any given maneuver or hill carve than earlier in my progression. When goose just mentioned getting thrown under water, it's very parallel. The non-resistance to where our body is going is what keeps us safer and smoother. I've also noticed I can stabilize all types of wobble and lack of traction now by staying loose, and pumping and snapping on beach boardwalks with sand all over them take away a lot of your traction.
What intrigues me is seeing how my style is evolving given no prior skate background, both for my Carver riding and surf. Take mrcoop for example, braddah hops on a Carver and in days he's tearing crete like he made the wheel round. You can see certain movement patterns emerge from his skate days and those are both pure and helpful to the Carver. I'll never have those in the pure sense - as I continue to integrate some regular skate work in on my PP deck with CX truck, it'll still have the underlying imprint of all my motor learning this far on a surfboard and Carver. Just the same, I've noticed from the start that there's some skate movement patterns and habits that inhibit quality flow on a Carver or surfboard.
I think it's the cerebellum of our brains that can reactivate prior motor learning from years ago. Did that when I got back on a snowboard this year for the first time in a decade and a half and it's far cooler to see you skate rats reactivate your skills from yesteryear.
As I wrote this, mrcoop just authored the alley-coop move on the Carver.
Mar 25, 2014, 11:29 PM #86
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Mar 25, 2014, 11:37 PM #88Member
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Mar 26, 2014, 12:47 AM #89
Mar 26, 2014, 03:31 AM #90
Emass, this thing is sick. I think my wife and kids think iam nuts. When I get into something, I go full bore. Been out everyday except when surf is up or pavement is super wet. Did surf for 2 hours and headed out on the carver right after for 2 hours. I was beat after that double session.
Been working on keeping my head and eyes up looking where iam going, just like surfing. May sound strange but using the carver to help with back foot placement...my biggest problem with surfing is moving my foot all the way back on the pad to do hard deep gouges or sharp slashes with tail slides...When iam on the carver and pumping, my foot is not all the way back but when I go for a major carve or snap or drift on the carver, I move my back foot as far as possible to the back to mimic how it should be done surfing.
Took the board down to the boardwalk Sunday, concrete part, and skated for a couple hours. Pass some kids doing some crazy stuff on their board but when I blew by them, they looked like how in the hell is he doing that...I don't think they ever seen or heard of the engine I was using...they seem bewildered or maybe it was my age or doing a handstand for three blocks...one thing I like is my feet never touch the ground and can go at crazy speeds by pumping...then throw in hard carves and drifts with my feet never hitting the ground. I think iam going twice as fast as when I first tried it...crazy speed with no hills.
Btw, when I first got this, I couldn't go much longer then 5 minutes pumping hard, but now can go 15 minutes, maybe longer. Crazy workout and IMO, you do not get that kind of workout with a regular skate on the street.
Love this thing and now a fan...May take it to our local bowl, but right now iam having to much fun carving the streets and sidewalks.
Last edited by mrcoop; Mar 26, 2014 at 03:38 AM.