I want to be a land-surfer!

28 Jul

HamboardsWhat is a land-surfer ? It’s a person who, because there’s no water around, surfs the concrete instead of the waves!
But there’s a BUT, the land-surfer needs a board. And that’s where he/she is lost in the forest of longboards. So many choices, so many wheels, shapes and boards …

Hamboards is THE reference when it comes to land-surfing and I asked some questions to the man behind the Pete Hamborg, HamboardsHamboards, THE Pete Hamborg to understand better the concept of land-surfing.

How you choose the wood ? The paint ? What is important for you when you start building a board ?

We chose the wood very carefully because of the size and span of the design of a Hamboard. It requires a uber dense wood.

Initially when we first came up with the concept after months and months of searching, find the right wood was so hard that I actually gave up the hope of ever finding what we needed. The wood we need is so difficult to find, it’s either in fine stranded carbonized bamboo or micro layered birch plywood. 

So with both wood and the paint from the very start, as a family, we have strived to have the design and the production of Hamboards be at that unique intersection of Skating, Surfing and Art. Hamboards

Coming from that perspective we carefully choose colors, tones, grain patterns, and designs that reflect that intersection.

The final coat of paint that has the deck grip texture is very important. We have pioneered the use of Ultra Violet light as a curing agent which is way better than gnarly airborne chemicals typical of our industry. It is the same, safe but complex and expensive technology, that your dentist uses to harden your filings. By the way…don’t forget to floss.

Why is barefoot land-surfing important ? Are you the only board to be rideable barefoot ? What’s the wood treatment to do so ?

Also barefoot

Also barefoot

We love to land-surf barefooted because of the direct responsive connection we feel when it is skin to board, just like when we surf in the ocean. But you don’t have to be barefoot to ride a Hamboard – we wear shoes or flip flops all the time.

We don’t recommend soccer cleats or golf spikes however on an occasional Thursday nite I wear a sequined pair of low heeled pumps — open or closed toed depending on the conditions. I hope to graduate to medium heels and eventually high heels. I’ll keep you advised on my progress …

what? Good to know!

Where is the nest ? Whe do you make the boards ?

All Hamboards are assembled in our shop in Huntington Beach by family members or our local Hamboardscrew. We are super fortunate to have a location near the ocean and close to our house. We also have nearby wood and paint shops here in Southern California help out with the production as well as local factories produce all our wheels.

For your info, if you are around the shop is opened from 12:00-5:00 pm, Mon-Fri (8606 Hamilton Ave. HB, CA 92646, tel: (714) 374-2200)

How did you give the name to each board ?

The naming of each board is a family involved process and everyone gives input. It always seems to revolve around the surf boards we ride or how we ride them.
. The Classic has the connection to the classic style of hanging ten and drop knee turning that riding a Classic Hamboard flows with.
. The Fish model looks and feels like the surfboards we ride and love that are know to surfers as “Fish”. . The Pinger is a nod to evocative 1970s surfboards know as “Winger Pintails” so we smashed the name together and spun it around and can came up with “Pinger”.
. Pescadito is Spanish for “Little Fish”. The Huntington Hop is a locally infamous surf maneuver.
. And The Biscuit is a take off on the name of a short carvy surfboard we ride.

On a bright day of July 18th 2014, a new baby board is born at Hamboards, the newbie is called Huntington Hop and is there to show the world how a normal sized Longboard skateboard should be made!Hamboards

Next review will be over my trial of the Biscuit. Yes! I will be a land-surfer!!
Be sure to read Land-surfing on a Biscuit

SKATING + SURFING + ART = HAMBOARDS

More infos on
. The official Hamboards website
. The official Hamboards Europe website
. Like Hamboards Facebook
. Like Hamboards Europe Facebook
. Instagram Hamboards and Hamboards_Europe
. Follow @Hamboards and @Hamboardseurope

Thank for your help: Pete, Gus, Don and Andre

They knit for you and the others too!

21 Jul

Mitscoots socksI discover those socks by their design then I discover the philosophy behind every threads used to knit it.
Mitscoots is an Austin based company that decided to help and give back.Mitscoots socks
Mitscoots proposes quality socks
. from quality fibers,
with
. a low profile seam,
. an elastic arch support
. and a deep heel pocket for comfort.

They are also 100% American made!
Behind the socks there’s a mission, the mission to help people in the streets, people in need.

Mitscoots’s motto is GET + GIVE + EMPLOY:
. Get, the socks are 100% produced and manufactured in the USA. Those are top quality, long lasting products you will wear with pride.
. Give, when you buy a pair of Mitscoots socks, one pair will be given away to a person in need helping him/her feel better.
. EMitscoots socksmploy, Mitscoots helps people to get back on their feet and give them employment on a rotating basis in the Austin area, they also contribute to the project.

The products range goes from the daily smart pair of socks to the sport and even tech ones!

Check it out, and choose well your socks tomorrow morning!

 

 

More infos
. Visit the official Mitscoots website
. Follow @mitscoots
. Instagram Mitscoots

Land-surfing on a Biscuit ?

14 Jul

HamboardsI am a city girl, I only see the beach once a year at best and I’m not great with cold waters.
I always dreamed about surfing the waves but when you live 2 hours away from the first cold and flat water … It’s not that easy.
So let’s find another dream or … let’s surf without water?
Let’s become a land-surfer! Yes, that’s what I want to be: a landsurfer!!!

Now that I know my path, I need the proper board. I wanted to buy a Penny skate to cruise, but it’s only to cruise from one point to another, not much fun in it, … still looking until I found THE board!!
It’s build by a family owned company called Hamboards, and cherry on the cake they are from Huntington Beach, California (the capital of the surf)!
The Californian dream under your feet!!
Pete, the father, is a firefighter, Gus is the oldest son and Don is the cousin taking care of the management and they build all together the best land-surfing boards of the market.

The Hamboards range includes 5 products: the Classic, the Pinger, the Fish, the Pescadito and the Biscuit.
Each, of course, have their very own specs:
. carving,
. cruising,
. nose riding like on a real surf!,
. pumping … again like on a real surf!!
. and of course portability
Check this Hamboards video on how to choose your board.

My mind is set on the pumping property and portability because
. I want to feel like surfing
. I take the metro so it needs to fit under my arm … The Biscuit is for me!

Next time we talk about the Hamboards, I’ll have a Biscuit to talk about and we will share the crumbs ;-)

The California dream goes downtown!

More infos on
. The official Hamboards website
. The official Hamboards Europe website
. Like Hamboards Facebook
. Like Hamboards Europe Facebook
. Instagram Hamboards and Hamboards_Europe
. Follow @Hamboards and @Hamboardseurope

She knows the way and whispers in my ear!

7 Jul

iPhone 5, I travel a lot and don’t know each new place. I love to use GoogleMaps as a GPS, but it’s a bit strange when your phone is yelling the direction (turn right on whatever street …).
So, I prefer to have the instructions straight in my ear thanks to my bluetooth Era earpiece (by Jawbone).
It’s handy, discreet and you can leave your phone in your pocket.
GoogleMaps is great for this with its audio guidance, and it’s totally free (no in-app purchase after one month!).
I like to use it with the Yelp app (where you can find anything you are looking for, from a restaurant to sporting goods shop and it works around the world!).
So basically
1. I get the address through Yelp (I have reviews, pictures, infos about the schedule)
2. I copy the address
3. I open GoogleMaps and paste the address.
Then let you guide by the girl, she knows the way!!!

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Try it! It works if you are walking, biking and driving.
If you are in a big city like Paris, London, NY, … and are using ground transportation. Try the free app Citymapper (no audio guidance but cool to see you on the subway map and checking the stations left).

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Happy travels.

Spork on the walk!

30 Jun

Spork by Light My FireWhen I leave for work, I bring my homemade congee with me in my Black+Blum bottle (it’s great with a magnetic spoon on the side) but when it’s in the dishwasher I have to use a Tupperware.
That’s when I bring my Spork (when a spoon gets married with a knife and gets a baby fork).
For the way in, I store it inside my empty Polar bottle.
But for the way back it’s dirty and I never know where to put it (I don’t want to hand wash it because I’m a bit lazy and also I don’t want to put my dishwasher out of work;-)

But this is all history now because I just found a Spork case!

Spork by Light My Fire Spork by Light My Fire Spork by Light My Fire

The case can contain up to 2 Sporks.
It’s easy to transport thanks to its eyelet, I can hang it to my VahoWorks bag with a S-biner.
The case closes with a tight snap, so no worries to lose the Spork.

The Spork case is perfect for camping, barbecue or the office.

PS: the price is really good too, for 2 Sporks and the case I paid £5.50 ($9,36 or 6,80€).

More on the Spork
. Check the official website Light My Fire
. Instagram light_my_fire_sweden

My gym survival kit

23 Jun

Emergency gym kit911? Need to loose those extra pounds to fit in the swimming suit you bought for sunny Cali?
Let’s rush to the gym, but let’s not forget the essential!

Here’s my personal list of things I never forget when sweating out my bubble teas …
. My Skins A400 crop to oxygenate and prevent stiff muscles
. My never fall off my ears even if I’m sweating- Yurbuds earphones
. My Polar bottle with Nuun hydration tabs
. My smart Enduracool towel that cools me down
. My Rokform cover for iPhone with its Grab’n’Go Band
. And of course my faithful Fuelband SE

Skin me!

16 Jun

skins_logo_whiteAre you doing sport ? Whatever sport, running, tennis, gym, biking, … ?
But, after your sessions, you feel achy, achy in the butts, achy in the legs, achy in the arms, … basically in pain and wondering if sport is that good for you?

Stop aching and stiff, start compressing!

Let me walk you through compression clothes.

I’m not talking about contention (the socks granny is wearing that don’t look too cool), I’m taking about the line of accessories and clothes designed for athletes or regular you and me that will help feel and perform better in the practice of our sport.

What is compression and what does it bring new to the plate ?
Compression is a knitting technique that aims to stimulate blood circulation in the limbs and also keep the muscles in their natural position to optimize their activity. The muscles will perform better thanks to a better oxygenation and force oxygenation production thanks to the compression.

This will reduce fatigue  build-up during your work session and  help you  to recover faster when you keep it on after practice.

In short: you will train harder for longer and recover faster as well as look sporty.

Which model for what ? I tried the whole range
. the compression socks,
. the compression calf sleeves,
. the crop,
. the tights,
. and also the short
Either you wear them instead of you regular track suits and shorts or you hide them under your sport or casual clothes.
During the practice of your sport you will feel better because all the muscles stay in their spot.
The material used is
. long lasting,
. breathable, moisture management wicking,
. enhanced body temperature optimisation,
. UPF protected,
. easy to wash
. and will dry fast

While standing for hours and walking around for hours during my day job, I love to wear the short and the sleeves under my casual clothes (nobody sees anything) and when I come back home: no pain, all the gain …

What are the brands on the market: Skins, 2XU, Under Armour, …
The pioneer in this market is the Australian brand Skins and it’s my favorite brand.

When I do my workout session at the gym (running, biking, lifting and core), I love wearing my short and my Unisex Compression Calf Tights MX or my A400 crop. I also love wearing my SKINS A400 Compression socks under my jeans.

My SKINS A400 Compression Run socks, really comfortable to wear daily under the jeans for us (the urban athletes) but it works perfectly with my shorts while running.
. They are made with high-quality yarns (ensuring a controlled compression and advanced durability)
. The feet are dry thanks to the anti moisture management
. Soft cushioning to absorb shock and enhance comfort
. Super smooth and flat toe seams so no blisters guaranteed
. Anatomical left and right socks to increase your confirm and mine too

SKINS A400 Compression Socks SKINS A400 Compression Socks SKINS A400 Compression Socks

My Unisex Compression Calf Tights MX, I like to combine those with thin socks (depending on which shoes I’m wearing).
I don’t run without those!
. It’s great to support my calf muscles sloshing from the impacts while running on a rock-solid base
. The compression reduces risk of injury by supporting my calf muscles and brings more oxygen and improves the muscular pump (it  also helps cleaning the metabolites wastes due to the physical activity) to run faster and longer without being tired
. Right and left legs to insure the perfect fit
Now, I can focus on the road!

Skins Unisex Compression Calf Tights MX UnisexSkins  Compression Calf Tights MX Skins Unisex Compression Calf Tights MX

My A400 crop pants, it’s great to run and exercise. I love the paneling that support my tights, buttocks and abs. The textile is thin and light and the control of temperature is great. Unlike my all wet cotton t-shirt, my crop was dry thanks to its temperature management and breath-ability.

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How to chose the right size ?
Check Skins.net and pick the product you like and they will explain you how to find out your size.
I did it and it works! The products compress but you shouldn’t feel any discomfort (each brand manufacturer explains how to find your sizes).
PS: have a look at my Travel Recovery Pants by Skins (perfect when you have to travel more than 3 hours stuck in a seat on a plane, train or car) that will help you fight jet lag and feel better during your journey.

To sum it up, I love my compression products.
I use them for workouts and I feel great
. during the sessions (no more calves pain, cramps, …)
. and after because ache and stiffness disappeared.
I’m also using them under my work clothes while standing up or working outside and walking from 10km/6,2mi to 18km/11,2mi a day).

More infos on
. Official Skins website
. Follow @skins_USA
. Like Skins Facebook page

PS: What is contention?

It’s new technique of conception with a new knitting that follows the muscular fibbers in order to supposedly increase the muscular power. The name contention will be more appropriate for this kind of stuff because it is supposed to have a positive effect on movement.
Special thanks to Dani, @ChuckV and @JBFabre for their help writing this review
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