Category Archives: skateboarding

BoomBox Fun

In 2013 or so I bought this board, the Bustin Boards “Boombox”. Don’t bother looking. Discontinued long ago. It is a unique board. The mid section is dropped slightly and has some rocker. It has concave. It has a nose and tail, enough to go down a curb without feeling like you’re going to kill yourself. It is a thick, heavy board. I wish I’d gotten the lighter version with some fiberglass in it, but I didn’t. At any rate, heavy as it is, it is great board.

It’s hard for me to believe It’s been 7 years since I got it. Time is passing way too quickly.

The trucks were sent to me by Michael Bream, who then owned Randal trucks. They were a breast cancer fundraiser/awareness special edition of the great Randal-II 180mm truck. Michael just sent them to me, and I appreciated it. Now I appreciate those pink trucks even more. A lot more.

As noted in a previous post, I’ve got the bug to get my longboard flow going, which is why I’m posting this stuff.

Here are a couple of videos. First one is from 2014. I was just out riding around the public library building. The first part is at my normal freestyle spot, which is really too small to ride a 42″ board, but I did it anyway. I was just getting a feel for the setup, which had different wheels at the time. The second scene is in the parking lot out beside the library, which is a better spot. You can go fast, turn, carve, and not run out of space. I had a good time that evening, and will do so again.

I’ve got a lot of ideas for new lines appropriate to this and other longboards.

The second video is from 2013. Some test shots. Riding around the library, and carving a brick bank along the sidewalk on one side of the building.

And finally, a video I made toward the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. Looking at it, I had already let myself get quite fat from staying too sedentary, eating cinnamon rolls, and drinking root beer. Comfort food.  I’ve lost the fat now, and am back to fighting weight.  I enjoyed the rolls and root beer a lot.

Oh, here’s another I made, just talking about this board.

Kinda missing this…

I’ve had a good time riding in Pandemic Parking lot the last 19 months (or whatever). Just relaxing, “feeling the flow” as they say. I was looking at my seldom-looked-at Flickr account this morning. Yes, I still keep my “Pro” account there.  I have a lot of good images stored there.

Anyway, looking at some of my longboarding pics today, I was thinking of my friend Eric Sanders, who is all about the flow. Eric, it is so good, isn’t it?

Here’s a picture of me just riding my longboard. Frontside carve. Is there any better feeling in skateboarding? The pure simplicity. But man, if you really dig into this feeling, it is deep. Soul-level deep. I think I need to do this a lot more.

longboard carve

Carving around on a longboard. Click for full size.

Skateboarding Goals for End of 2021 and for 2022

Here they are:

  • Consistent 5 two-footed nose 360s
  • Consistent 10 360s
  • Consistent 5 or 6 one-footed tail 360s
  • Continue footwork exploration
  • Continue incorporating more nice rolling arcs into my lines, doing tricks in the middle of them

EDIT: just realized these are like goals from 1978. Which is fine.

New Goals

OK, yeah, the 2020 goals didn’t work out that well. In fact, they worked out so badly I didn’t do any new ones in 2021. That’s called being in survival mode. And I still am, but I feel like some goals the the last 2 months of this year might not be a bad thing. So here they are:

  • Finish reading 6 more books for the year. I will still not reach my reading goal (as seen on my Goodreads account) but it will be better than zero more.
  • Skate as much as possible. Gonna go ahead and state some skating goals for this year and 2022 as well. (see next post)
  • Game
  • Not lose my mind

Those seem like reasonable goals to me.