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Downhill Longboarding

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by EllroyJames, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. EllroyJames

    EllroyJames Friend of Leo's

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    Scary..:confused:

     
  2. blowtorch

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    Are these closed tracks specifically for boarding? or public roads, open to car traffic?
    Guessing by the bus that appears at 2:40-I'd say the latter, and THAT'S the part that scares me
     
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    Yeah, exactly. Public nuisance
     
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    Monte Tobaggans...c 200 yr old mode of transport on Madeira ....
     
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    I did it twice. First run was great. Second one was not so good. There was pain, road rash , and blood.
     
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    I skateboarded a ton as a teen, and about ten years ago, I bought a longboard on a whim thinking I could enjoy it again at a more leisurely clip. "They're longer, making them more stable and easier to ride," I told myself.

    What they are is very fast even on slight inclines. The death wobble of my smaller boards was gone, but the realization that I could really hurt myself was very much there.

    On public roads though? Special kind of stupid.
     
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    Speed wobbles look on and say “we might not get you this run , or the next, but we will get you so - t-shirt, shorts ? Have at it but bring a 55 gallon drum of Bactine and a skin-graft specialist...”
    o_O
     
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    There's a fine line between fearlessness and stupidity.
     
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    When it started, I'm thinking no way...

    The first time they dragged hands, I felt the adrenaline.

    I don't know why they were wearing helmets, that looks like a fast way to die with or without one... using both sides of the road, with trees and a drop off on either side...
     
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    FWIW, closed course... world record from a few years back. 91mph



    The guys who wear leathers, with the handblocks and stuff... woof. Hard pass

     
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    For me this drifts into plain stupid
     
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    A couple of us in our 20s got into it before it had a name. No helmets or pads back then. A stupid sport for sure, but road rash healed quickly ... although my shoulder scars are still very apparent 40 years later.:oops: It is what you do when the surf isn't cooperative.:rolleyes:
     
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    Think about the guy filming those girls. Was he on a bike ? a longboard ?
     
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    Fall of 1977 before my nice long board we the college idiots left campus for a just repaved rural hill. First run was great. Second run had a school bus pull out of a side road. It was only one stone in the road but I just looked at the scar where wrist meets palm so long ago. The ER nurse was correct that getting into college doesn't fully define being smart. There were no wrist, knee, elbow or head protection items then for more to think about.

    Now in my early 60s I still play on my long board but it's really tame stuff. Last summer ended my doing gap jumps on MTB. I get young person's terminology wrong as to did I case or tank it, but a skiing incident was lucky to where I'll stick to manageable drops vs gaps now.

    What a silly crazy time to have the teen ager brain still there, by most measures still do cool stuff for an old fart, but start being seriously influenced by how no lens bifocals can mess you up and some really rude reminders about healing.
     
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    I loved skateboarding when I was young and invincible (I always wore at least heavy wrist pads); several decades later, I know I'd be a goner if I got on one again.
     
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    56066FEB-B667-4A7C-BCFC-01BF27E08152.jpeg Here in Redondo bch.. there are a lot of costal sand dunes and hills that got paved for community build. The most famous is the east side of 190th @ Flagler.. in 74 it was use as a launch in the movie Gone in 60 seconds.. Bombing hills with small boards, first gen urethan wheels “Cadillacs” and no crash protection was a regular event. Probably most infamous down hill with turns was Signal Hill, Long bch area. This was Balls to the walls down hill..
    I was cured of the speed jones when I saw a guy, bare foot, 501 cut off shorts and shirtless get speed wobbles. He stepped off his board, took 3 steps and barrel rolled til he slid to a stop...The day a started surfing.
     
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    What are the options if you do wipe out? To me this seems much scarier than the motorcycle guys.
     
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    I got my board when I was 8...1965. It had the latest composition wheels, which were just a step above wood and only slightly better than steel. A tiny fleck of gravel would stop it cold...while momentum kept me going.

    Thankfully not many hills in Chula Vista (esp within reach of a little kid) but we'd sneak into the high-school which had wide ramps instead of steps from level to level. Much dangerous fun was had. Skin was left on the concrete, etc.

    We moved to Alabama the next year and the subdivision had hilly areas. Faster downhills, etc. I got grief for ruining pants and shirts, diving off into yards and ditches.

    I would have done the downhill thing at least once. Marginally smarter today...
     
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    If you have the ability to out run your speed your good! Fred Flinstone style!!
     
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