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Juniors & Teens (395 Posts)
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Truck looseness
On 7/5/2007 Christian wrote in from United States  (69.235.nnn.nnn)

What kind of bushings do you have cause my dad bought me some Doh-Doh's and one of them cracked the first day i got them.....

Have you ever used the JimZ Speed Bushing?

 
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Truck looseness
On 7/4/2007 PSR wrote in from United States  (75.69.nnn.nnn)

Christian, run tighter at first. Why? Two good reasons.. One is Wobbles, which you don't want. And the other is stability in footbraking. Once you're good and comfy at 40-ish, then back off the bushing tension a half turn, run it again, repeat... Settle in where you can still steer, footbrake, and run fast with only a hint of wob. That's your 'race' mode, unless you're something either too boring or burly. When that happens, change the trucks as little as possible, but work instead on the wheels (bigger/faster for boring hills, smaller/stickier for the burly ones) to get the 'flow' of optimum coasting speed and best cornering blended right for the run.

Also, pay close attention to your bushing choices. Those little inexpensive bits of plastic are far more important than any one thing to your ability to handle speed.

 
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speedboarding
On 7/4/2007 Christian wrote in from United States  (69.235.nnn.nnn)

I just got a kracked skulls semitar speedboard. I have Randal Dh and Pink Gumballs. I was wondering how tight/loose you put your trucks. i ride mine loose becasue i havent done any high speed runs over 30 yet but im planning to.

 
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study till people give you wierd looks... then study some more! just make sure you enjoy it all the while...
On 6/17/2007 Sam of NY wrote in from United States  (68.193.nnn.nnn)

look at photos, videos, the earlier stuff on the going downhill with david rogers Q&A as well as the Chris Chaput on speed forums. good photo sources would be kkphoto.net and galleries.psychos.org

for videos youtube pretty much is the mecca you should take a pilgrimage to.

right now I'm studying Roli Hafner and trying to figure out how he does hairpins in a standing position (without a hand down), I just find him such an interesting rider because he can hop into a tuck with such ease after coming out of one such turn- he also has a sick amount of understanding when it comes to knowing how your wheels interpret and act with the road while their under great amounts of sideways force.

you also may want to learn to brake with both feet (interchangeably of course!) not just to save money on shoes but also just to have it as a trick up your sleeve as it might confuse your opponents to see you suddenly change your methods during a race. and in a perfect world I would assume it beneficial to learn to ride regular and goofy footing stance.

skate without ceasing!

 
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Lookin for some guidance
On 6/3/2007 Craig wrote in from United States  (76.102.nnn.nnn)

Hey bros, I'm pretty new to the sport (since the past few months, about) and I have a crew of about four or five and we ride out in Orinda/Lafayette/Moraga, but we've never rode with anyone who actually competes or knows real technique we're just kinda figurin it out on our own. I was wonderin if there was an east bay team we could come watch/possibly join so we can get some tips on technique and all that good stuff

 
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munsville!
On 5/3/2007 Sam of NY wrote in from United States  (68.193.nnn.nnn)

anyone going to munnsville this year for gravity fest?
just wondered who was plannin on going...

Hornberger- over and out!

 
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next race
On 5/2/2007 Steve Collins wrote in from United States  (68.4.nnn.nnn)

Hey Nic, you're going to have to practice this time ... 4 weeks to the race. You're gonna need to get ready because I'm definitely being cautious with the kids at this place. Get your full pads & etc. + parental sig. (and presence). Seriously.

 
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boards
On 4/26/2007 isabelle wrote in from United States  (209.66.nnn.nnn)

GO GRAVITYBOARD.COM

 
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boards
On 4/17/2007 Sam of NY wrote in from United States  (68.193.nnn.nnn)

as far as Boards go...
you can't really say anything at all if you don't know what its being used for.
-for downhill- Kebbek Flush Cut or Bassi Haller Smoothcut.
rogers brother downhill, why because it turns into
anything... accept a laundry machine.
landyachtz Evo

-for carving- Sector 9 pintail or goddess of speed, any of the cosmic
series would also do fine.

All of these with some Swiss Reds would be pretty sick.

 
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hehe
On 4/17/2007 jorojukka wrote in from United States  (169.204.nnn.nnn)

...... :)

 
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girls
On 4/16/2007 isabelle wrote in from United States  (209.66.nnn.nnn)

checkout the womens group to see some footage of some of the chickas of skate.
pass the word - BE BOARD!

 
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best deck and bearings
On 4/12/2007 andy wrote in from United States  (68.126.nnn.nnn)

i was wondering wat kinda of new deck i should get and which bearings

 
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i feel ya
On 4/12/2007 nic wrote in from United States  (65.44.nnn.nnn)

i know how you feel im probably grounded this weekend and the weather should be nice in socal so i cant skate and ill have to watch tv..... but at least ill still have my NOFX on my ipod

 
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Goddamm
On 4/12/2007 Ryan wrote in from United States  (208.58.nnn.nnn)

i hate groundage every time i am grounded someone is outside skateing and when i am not grounded my skaterats are so i am stuck skateboarding bymyself or something groundage SUCKS!!

 
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i need help
On 4/3/2007 Ryan wrote in from United States  (71.171.nnn.nnn)

i want some really fast bearings price doesnt matter can anyone help me

 
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What's in a name?
On 3/29/2007 PSR wrote in from United States  (208.5.nnn.nnn)

Nic, 'PSR' is someone else's abbreviation for my old-schoolin' online moniker, "Pre-School Rider". This came about after my hangin' out with a Stratton local nick-named 'Old-School Dan', and my realizing I pre-dated his snowboarding and skateboarding by a few years. I've been skating (with serious intent) since '72, and snowboarding since '78 (was 13 then). I've Instructed/Coached snowboarding since 1988, and was helping skaters out with ramps, training, and banzia runs back in the early 80's (when skating 'died', the 2nd time). Somehow, I stayed good/lucky/fast enough to actually nab a 2nd place in Super-G at the Worlds in Morro Bay a few years back. The next year, Schwippert took the overall Junior's title with my coacing him in Slalom Racing. I used to also coach him for Snowboard Racing, but he's with Stratton Mt. School now. Spiro was one of the first of my riders to get some notice, the Teter boys (Hanna's brothers) also.
Nowadays, I coach very little, have 5 month old Twins to care for, and work as a machinist making Plasma Cutter parts. The moral here, I guess, is that Skating can keep you young, even if you're an old fart like me. ;-)

 
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PSR
On 3/29/2007 nic wrote in from United States  (65.44.nnn.nnn)

wow! thanks that really made me think. no joke, it did! that bonus point thing might work. i just had another math test on wensday 3-28-07 and if i had failed that one i would have been grounded all spring break (BUMMER) but i got the result today and it was a c.a low c but im not telling the parents that part. so im free all spring break (NICE!). so im gonna skate it up from sun up to sun down, skating the local hills and school yard banks. cant wait to rip it up with the homies!!!!

thanks
just curious whats PSR

 
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Grounded, agin...
On 3/28/2007 PSR wrote in from United States  (75.69.nnn.nnn)

Nic, as a coach who has inspired a few reasonably good skaters/snowboarders over the years, I'd advise this; Reset your Prorities... The math test thing sucks, and sounds a bit harsh (I always hated being grounded), But, IF you knew it was coming, you ought to have focused on that Math... Losing a good, sunny, bright weekend to just slackin', well, that hurts. :-( Consequences in Life don't get any Nicer, sorry to say. Gotta pay up If ya owe. Meanwhile, though, consider brokering a deal with the 'Rents for "time trading", where you set higher priorities on the stuff that crucial to you, and earn 'bonus points' towards being able to show up at those events as long as you tow the line on an average. It's just a thought. It may not fly with your folks. But, If it helps, this Idea came from a kid named Ian Spiro (he's now a 'former pro for Burton' and continues to earn his keep as a snowboard Mountain Guide), and I used it briefly with a lass who recently earned a Silver Medal in the Olympics. It gave both of these riders the chance to set goals that kept their grades on track, plus gave them the ability to trade off time for going to premier events they wanted to compete in, or time just hangin' with the local Posse without their having to bust down the barricade[s] to go roaming after being a bit behind in the parential agenda. Yeah, it's a trade-off, and it takes clear talk and Work, but maybe it'll get you out there when the moment is Right?

 
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What! Weedle is evolving!
On 3/28/2007 Sam of NY wrote in from United States  (68.193.nnn.nnn)

GSI has a new race up in vermont, I think the date it's based on is june 7th or 8th this year. How intense would that be!?! missing school for a race let alone finals!

silverfish doesn't suck. Alot of really good racers use it and like it just fine. It just hasn't evolved to the higher level of skate forum.
So comparing it to this would be like comparing a Weedle to a Blastoise; the Blastoise would take the cake as would NCDSA.

Oh, "Hillz" is spelt "hills."

Oh, as far as good setups go Rogers Bros Downhill Board takes the top in my book. (with Randal DHs and Gummies)


Hooray for 6 footers!
15yrs.

 
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silver fish longboarding
On 3/19/2007 nic wrote in from United States  (65.44.nnn.nnn)

I SIGNED UP FOR SILVER FISH, opps the caps was on, well any way that site sucks. theirs like forums within forums and topics and discussions within each other its confusing. ill just stick to the easy ncdsa, oh yah! so S.F. sucks and dont go their

 
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this sucks
On 3/8/2007 NIC wrote in from United States  (65.44.nnn.nnn)

doesnt it sucks when the weekend is coming and you know your going to be grounded cause you failled a math test and theres suppose to be perfect weather all weekend DAMMIT!!!

 
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My new downhill skateboard video
On 3/3/2007 Reuben Unrau wrote in from United States  (72.244.nnn.nnn)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=fiHgLwm9Ghc

My friends and I bombin' local hillz around P-town! Check it out!

 
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Pedro practice this weekend
On 3/2/2007 Steve Collins wrote in from United States  (68.99.nnn.nnn)

OK, I'm cleared with the wife for Sunday at Natures, 4:30pm. I'll bring extra boards.

 
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pedro slalom practice
On 2/27/2007 nic wrote in from United States  (65.44.nnn.nnn)

i know for shure i can do it on sunday well no for shure but like 85% shure. and as for thrusday for get about it. joey can come on sundays but hes go swimming on thursdays and as for andy and wyatt? not shure but will gladly tell them about it!!!!!!!!@!@!@!@!!

 
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Pedro slalom sessions
On 2/27/2007 Steve Collins wrote in from United States  (65.91.nnn.nnn)

Nic, can you skate Thursday evening or Sunday afternoon? let me know. if you can coordiante with Joey, Wyatt and Andrew that would help too. Thanks.

 
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