1. Post #1
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    Jimbojib's Avatar
    April 2008
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    Hello, and welcome to the facepunch skateboarding thing, here you can discuss all that shit you were discussing in the ‘Skateboarding’ thread, but I shall post content in this OP!
    I have bolded important bits for easy viewing.
    Okay, lets get this rolling

    About skateboarding



    Well, skateboarding has been around for years, the shape has changed massively and the jeans have got skinnier, (I think.) But what is it?

    Skateboarding is the art of standing on a piece of wood with wheels on it and pushing yourself along with one foot, you can do tricks, show off to friends, go fast down hills and have fun! Skateboarding is a great way of socialising, who needs these, eh?



    But why Jimbojib, why skateboard when I can BMX, or rollerskate, or drive?

    Er, well, there is no reason really, I suppose a BMX is easy, there is less satisfaction from bunny hopping, even I can do that, but with an ollie I’m like ‘Yeah man, I just made my board go up in the air!’ Rollerskates are fine, but I suppose there is less to do, sure you can grind down rails, but it’s not as, well, it’s your choice,
    also driving

    Your first board
    So, you’ve decided you want to do skateboarding, but where to begin?

    It’s best to ask someone you know, or if you’re alone, don’t be afraid to head to a local store, but make sure it’s local, big brand shops will just employ anyone, but a local one will, or at least should, be run by skaters or people who know their shit.

    Measurements
    The riders height is the first mesurement
    Under 4’ = 29” or smaller
    4’ to 4’10” = 29” to 30” long
    4’10” to 5’3” = 30.5” to 31.5” long
    5’3” to 5”8” = 31.5” to 32” long
    5”8” to 6’1” = 32” to 32.5” long
    Over 6’1” = 32.4” and up
    The width depends on what you're doing, wider for cruising, like a long board, they raind from 7.25 to 8" but can go bigger or smaller.


    Deck

    The deck is the bit you stand on and has the cool stuff on the bottom, if you are going to buy everything apart, I suggest mini-logo as a good starter deck. When skating it’s good to remember that those scratches really don’t matter, don’t hold back because you like shiny things.

    trucks
    The trucks are the metal bits with the axis on which attaches to the deck and has the wheels on. For a decent truck set I recommend fracture and Enuff, for starters as they are cheap and good, don’t be upset when they wear out though

    wheels
    You know? Those round bits you roll around on? Yeah? Well, these are a tough decision, really only you can make, it all depends on what you’re doing.
    Wheels are measured in a-scale e.g. 100a or 95a, this is known as the durometer, the diameter is of course how high it is.

    Here is some info I pulled off the web:
    Transition / Vert
    Larger skateboard wheels roll a lot faster, and when riding ramps this is what you want. Try 55-65mm size wheels (though many ramp skateboarders will use even larger wheels -- try something like a 60mm wheel first, as you learn), with a hardness of 95-100a. Some wheel makers, like Bones, have special formulas that don't list durometer, like the Street Park Formula.
    Street / Technical
    Skateboarders who like doing flip tricks often like smaller wheels, as they are lighter and closer to the ground, making some skateboarding tricks easier and faster. Try 50-55mm skateboard wheels, with a hardness of 97-101a. Some brands, like Bones, make special Street Tech Formula wheels that also work very well, but don't have a hardness rating.
    Both / All Terrain
    You'll want something in the middle, with slightly softer skateboard wheels. Try a wheel size 52-60mm, with 95-100a hardness. This should give you a balance between speed and weight.
    Cruising
    Usually cruising wheels are much larger for speed (64-75mm) and much softer for riding over rough terrain (78-85a). Other wheels for cruising are available, such as huge dirt wheels with knobs, but these aren't recommended for skateboards (try longboards or dirtboards).

    Tricks and actually riding
    Okay, so you’ve got you’re board, some mates possibly and you’re ready to roll, but what to do?
    Well, first look at what everyone else is doing, unless they’re morons, in which case head to Google and look at ‘basics’ but here is one piece of advice: For now, forget about ollies and those cool tricks, you must learn to walk before you learn to run.

    List of tricks, off the top of my head

    Ollie, a simple trick which is the base of all other tricks, you get your board into the air, level out, land.
    Kickflip, Like an ollie but you kick with one foot to make the board spin, and land.
    Heelflip, see above, but in the other direction, with your heel.
    Stall, Simple, onto a curb with all your weight on one side, so that all the wheels come off the ground and you're bassicly standing on the curb but with a board inbetween.
    Finger Flip, You ollie, then use your hand to spin the board around and land.
    360 flip, guess.
    Impossible, I really have no idea how to explain this, look up some videos.
    Pop Shoveit, Ollie your board 180 degrees around, but you stay the same direction, then land on the board once it has turned.


    Stances

    Regular - Left foot at the front
    Goofy - Right foot at the front
    Mongo- right foot at the back, push with left
    Fakie - Other way round on mongo?


    that’s all folks! Please, PLEASE say if you think anything should be added

    The community
    Here I shall post a list of skaters, please say if you want to be added, with the information I shall put for myself and others



    Jimbojib – Used to do a lot, now not so much, can ollie and pop shove it and all that, but not as good as lots of people.
    iusehax - DUnno
    Hamm0 - Not an angry emo dick head, because skaters aren't.
    So I shall leave you with this:
    Averice
    Sure
    booster

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  2. Post #2
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    KFrohman's Avatar
    August 2008
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    Just a tip, If you're not careful enough, you'll end up like this guy did in the video (0:46 onwards)

    Otherwise, Nice post. I learnt more about wheels and trucks (in terms of skateboarding that is).
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  3. Post #3
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    March 2007
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    I really want to try skateboarding.

    Just not like those idiots that wear their hats backwards and their pants around their knees.
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  4. Post #4
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    April 2008
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    Just a tip, If you're not careful enough, you'll end up like this guy did in the video (0:46 onwards)

    Otherwise, Nice post. I learnt more about wheels and trucks (in terms of skateboarding that is).
    Yes I saw that, I am scared, but pro-tip, don't go off stairs on a shit board and don't land on the bolts (the bit above the trucks)

    I really want to try skateboarding.

    Just not like those idiots that wear their hats backwards and their pants around their knees.
    Do it.

  5. Post #5
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    March 2010
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    Skateboarding is of the most annoying things in the world, along with people who ride bicycle on the road.
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    haha
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  7. Post #7
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    April 2008
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    What the noise? Deal with it, you'll have walked past after a while, if not, oh well, worse things happen at sea.
    Also, bed time.

  8. Post #8
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    August 2008
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    What the noise? Deal with it, you'll have walked past after a while, if not, oh well, worse things happen at sea.
    Also, bed time.
    Uhh, Where does that come into skateboarding?

  9. Post #9
    Septimas's Avatar
    July 2007
    1,879 Posts
    You honestly look like you don't know anything about skateboarding.

    Edited:

    I mean you mentioned almost no tricks

    Edited:

    lol mini logo?
    get a flip board, they have good pop, and don't break as easily.

    Edited:

    Basically get a good flip board, some element or krux trucks, and some spitfire wheels with some okay bearings.

    You honestly do not look like you know much about this..

  10. Post #10
    Beetle179's Avatar
    February 2010
    3,120 Posts
    You honestly don't know like you know anything about skateboarding.

    Edited:

    I mean you mentioned almost no tricks

    Edited:

    lol mini logo?
    get a flip board, they have good pop, and don't break as easily.

    Edited:

    Basically get a good flip board, some element or krux trucks, and some spitfire wheels with some okay bearings.

    You honestly do not look like you know much about this..
    You honestly "don't know like you know" about more than just skateboarding.

    Also, OP, why couldn't you just have updated the other thread but with a new OP? Was a new thread necessary? By the way, you're pushing the whole "No megathreads" rules. Not breaking it. But pushing it.

  11. Post #11
    Dennab
    December 2009
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    yey you made it XD well done

  12. Post #12
    Septimas's Avatar
    July 2007
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    You honestly "don't know like you know" about more than just skateboarding.

    Also, OP, why couldn't you just have updated the other thread but with a new OP? Was a new thread necessary? By the way, you're pushing the whole "No megathreads" rules. Not breaking it. But pushing it.

    Typed from a mobile phone. Sorry for mistakes my führer, I will be sure not to allow it to happen again.

    Doesn't change the fact that this is a piece of bread with no meat.
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  13. Post #13
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    June 2008
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    I used to skateboard, managed to roll up a hill and not make it fully up and fall back.
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  14. Post #14
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    April 2008
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    I used to skateboard back in the day, then I found out about facepunch
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  15. Post #15
    Dennab
    October 2009
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    I really want to try skateboarding.

    Just not like those idiots that wear their hats backwards and their pants around their knees.
    Skaters don't sag. Well, the ones I skate with don't

  16. Post #16
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    May 2006
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    As I said in the other thread, I used to skateboard a little, switched to longboarding because that was more of my interest, but now I BMX mostly because I simply enjoy it more (nothing against skaters) and I have more mates that I can do it with, plus if everyone is at the park and sitting on the grassy area, and I wanted to bring my longboard I'd have to go and longboard on the smooth paths, whereas with a BMX I can just hang out with everyone on the grass and then bust out a trick every now and then. Sadly where I live isn't much good for skaters and longboarders.

    And BMXing isn't "easy" as said in the OP, thank you very much.

  17. Post #17
    Handsome Pete's Avatar
    August 2009
    2,068 Posts
    I used to skate all the god damn time, but I just don't do it too much anymore. I lost interest, can you believe it? I do have an assload of stuff from my past... i might bring some pics later

  18. Post #18
    Lebowski's Avatar
    December 2009
    10,375 Posts
    i longboard

  19. Post #19
    Willie Nelson's Avatar
    April 2010
    312 Posts
    Meh the OP is still lacking content, not very eye catching or interesting. Maybe a real skater should make the thread. Although it is a little below decent. Just a little constructive criticism.

  20. Post #20
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    July 2007
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    lol op doesn't even skate
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  21. Post #21
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    July 2008
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    Only posers sag when skating.
    Because frankly I'd like to see you do anything with your pants round your knees on a board.
    That being said I skate at the skate park and long board for transportation.
    Street skating gets a lot of angry assholes round here.

  22. Post #22
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    April 2007
    3,210 Posts
    Man, ever since I got in to Karate a year ago, my skating has declined. I still have my Mullen Uber Light deck from last fricken year......I really haven't skated much. I wanna do so much with my life though, that I have ate up a lot of my time, leaving too little for skating. But I do not want to give it up. I used to have dreams of going pro, and I think deep down inside I still do, but my ambitions are elsewhere and skating *gulp*.....isn't my main activity anymore :frown:. Maybe I could go Am...fuck I'd be happy with that actually!

    hmm...so yeah, if you can't tell, I love skating. Maybe I will post some picks of my lovely board later.

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    Haha, I love Koston graphics. He is one of my favorite skaters. I remember when I was going crazy over trying to find his first signature shoes with Lakai, the LaKostOne's or something, and how damn popular they were. I was kinda pissed he dropped e's though, because they make the best damn shoes out there.
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  23. Post #23
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    June 2009
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    I wear a size 16 shoe and the boards I've used that my friends own are really awkward to stand on, do they make wider boards?

  24. Post #24
    rogasm
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    May 2010
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    so what about the other one at the top of the page

  25. Post #25
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    booster's Avatar
    July 2006
    21,516 Posts

    best opening ever.

  26. Post #26
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    December 2006
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    Tried skateboarding once. Now it just sits in my garage and we use it to move heavy shit around the house like pianos and TVs.

  27. Post #27
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    Jimbojib's Avatar
    April 2008
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    You honestly look like you don't know anything about skateboarding.

    Edited:

    I mean you mentioned almost no tricks

    Edited:

    lol mini logo?
    get a flip board
    , they have good pop, and don't break as easily.

    Edited:

    Basically get a good flip board, some element or krux trucks, and some spitfire wheels with some okay bearings.

    You honestly do not look like you know much about this..
    I said mini logo because of the price.

    £24 for mini-logo deck, no graphics.
    Cheapest flip deck is £39, just because it has the FLIP name on it.

  28. Post #28
    Hamm0's Avatar
    January 2009
    1,874 Posts
    OP it's spelt Fakie* and it's not a version of a trick, it's a stance.
    And you may aswell add me to the list, but change to make sure knows we're not angry emo dickheads...

  29. Post #29
    Dennab
    December 2009
    1,937 Posts
    add me to the list

  30. Post #30
    Septimas's Avatar
    July 2007
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    I said mini logo because of the price.

    £24 for mini-logo deck, no graphics.
    Cheapest flip deck is £39, just because it has the FLIP name on it.

    If you actually SKATED, you can feel the difference.


    Mini logo are basically cheap walmart boards that have no pop, flips on the other hard are a bit more expensive, but they have a shit ton of pop.

    Try skating THEN tell the difference kthx

  31. Post #31
    darkerflux's Avatar
    September 2008
    1,333 Posts
    I never had a board to start skateboarding on so i just keep borrowing me friend's board which does cause some annoyances since half the time they dont look after them right and have the board set in a different style to how i prefer it. I say i've been skating like 2 week with me keeping on borrowing boards and lately all i can do is ollie and do a 180 shove it every now and then but i guess its progress so far.

  32. Post #32
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    October 2009
    659 Posts
    Yes I saw that, I am scared, but pro-tip, don't go off stairs on a shit board and DO land on the bolts (the bit above the trucks)
    If you don't land bolts, you will snap your deck in half, snap the tail, or the nose.:colbert:

    Edit:

    Let me rephrase; You could possibly snap said bits.

  33. Post #33
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    April 2008
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    If you actually SKATED, you can feel the difference.


    Mini logo are basically cheap walmart boards that have no pop, flips on the other hard are a bit more expensive, but they have a shit ton of pop.

    Try skating THEN tell the difference kthx
    I do skate? Also, adding people to the list.

    Also my newest skateboard is pretty crap.
    Actually just the trucks are, they are quite tight (if I tighten them any more they'll start going back around) but they are really loose, I turn slightly and the wheels dig into the deck, which is annoying, but I can send it back and get different trucks. (They are Thunder trucks)

    Edit

    145 low that is.

  34. Post #34
    I fucking love eggs!!!
    Averice's Avatar
    July 2007
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    I used to skate everyday from grade 7 to grade 10.. split my head open on 16 stairs haha but i kept going.. Then i started smoking and cudn't be fucked.

    Edited:

    Also i'm mongo

    Could do alot of lip tricks and pop shoveit kickflip 3oh flip(360 flip) heel flip alot of other flip trick jazz.. never got to good at vert was more of a stree skater apart from lip tricks

    Had a Girl deck destructo trucks(back when they were the new thing) point blank wheels indie bolts'n other shit and i started with the koston abec 7 bearings but found abec 5's lasted alot longer and minimal speed difference from 7's

  35. Post #35
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    February 2007
    720 Posts
    I haven't skated in a long time, in fact, i still have my old set up.
    I have the clear blue enjoi deck, silver trucks, bone swiss bearings and richta wheels.
    It's all old grade stuff though since it hasn't been updated in a couple years.

    Everyone started abandoning it when the little posers came along and i haven't heard from many of them since.

    I used to be able to do most tricks and their switch/nollie variations but my favorite was the tre flip, always.

  36. Post #36
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    April 2008
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    I used to skate everyday from grade 7 to grade 10.. split my head open on 16 stairs haha but i kept going.. Then i started smoking and cudn't be fucked.

    Edited:

    Also i'm mongo

    Could do alot of lip tricks and pop shoveit kickflip 3oh flip(360 flip) heel flip alot of other flip trick jazz.. never got to good at vert was more of a stree skater apart from lip tricks
    Fuck da smoke and start again, also, owch much?

  37. Post #37
    I fucking love eggs!!!
    Averice's Avatar
    July 2007
    1,991 Posts
    Fuck da smoke and start again, also, owch much?
    I skate every now and then to make sure i don't forget how to do everything.. but i dont really find the time to go hard-out anymore

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    Me a about 7 months ago went for a random skate with a friend.. kinda fail photo considering i didn't land the heelflip i stomped it in the air. But she insisted on taking a photo everytime i got on the board.

  38. Post #38
    SamRinny's Avatar
    December 2009
    1,307 Posts
    I skate, albeit terribly.

    Gots an almost Chris Haslam Sig

    Add me to the list!


    EDIT:

    Fakie isn't the opposite of mongo, its when you move your back foot forward to the nose of the board, and your front foot back to the middle. This means you then trick as if you are rolling the the opposite direction.


  39. Post #39
    I fucking love eggs!!!
    Averice's Avatar
    July 2007
    1,991 Posts
    Can add me to the list to if you want

  40. Post #40
    Sure's Avatar
    November 2009
    191 Posts
    I skate, but i'm only semi. I've got an element-board.
    Add me