Archive | July, 2014

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!!!

Googlemaps, itineray Googlemaps, itineray Googlemaps, itineray

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.

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