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They are swimming with the Sharks!

15 Apr

Biscuit, Huntington Hop and Pescadito

Back then in 2013, the Hamborg family (Pete, Gus and cousin Donnie) faced the Sharks to ask their help to grow their little company that makes biiig boards bringing the Californian dream of landsurfing to the world!

Robert Herjavec jumped on the board and is now part of the story of Hamboards

Thanks to Shark Tank, I discover the landsurfing world and I’m definitively hooked. I never skateboarded before, now I own 3 Hamboards boards (the Biscuit, the Huntington Hop and  my brand new one of a kind Pescadito) and I’m landsurfing every morning before work!

Hamboards will be back on TV and will be featured on ABC’s Hit TV Show Beyond the Tank at 10/9c on April 19th, 2016. Don’t miss it, I won’t!!

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    The Grin vs the Jam

    6 Apr

    I’m into longboarding a lot these days.
    I love to clean the wheels, chase the squeaking away, switch bearings, … In short, I need tools.

    I treated myself with the Grind by Leatherman ($20). I love it. It’s design, small, light, in two part so perfect when I need to tight the trucks to the board.

    The Grind presents a total of 8 tools

    • a grip tape file,
    • 9/16″ open end wrench,
    • truck key,
    • 1/4″ hex bit driver,
    • 1/2″ open end wrench,
    • 3/8″ open end wrench,
    • 1/2″ flat/philipps screwdriver
    • and of course … a bottle opener.

    It’s a great tool to drop in the pocket of my bermuda, but I already lost it once (I bought a 2nd one), then I discovered the Jam ($20) still by our friends from Oregon Leatherman.

    The Jam is a 5 tools in one with

    • a gripe tape file,
    • 1/16″open end wrench,
    • 1/2″ open wrench,
    • 3/8 open end wrench
    • and … the bottle opener.

    What I really do like about the Jam is that you can use it as a carabiner too … I don’t loose it as easily as the Grind and I hang it at my backpack. I always have with me even if I switch bermuda 😉

    Then I needed to change my bearings and I couldn’t do it neither with my Jam nor Grind as my wheels are deep … I had to go back to the standard T-shape skate tool with its wrench (starting price $5 on Amazon). I unscrewed my wheels in no time, using the wrench.Photo Apr 05, 7 27 01 PM

    To sum up, the Grind and Jam are cool, stylish and easy to carry around but the one really doing the job is the t-shape skate tool (that I keep home). Use the metal allen key in the t-shape tool to pop the bearings out (can’t be easier).PS: both the Grind and the Jam are TSA compliant!

    Photo Apr 05, 7 29 35 PMDon’t forget to check out

    • I met Pete, my visit to Pete iand Hamboards HQ in Huntington Beach!
    • Hamboards official website
    • The Grind and the Jam on the Leatherman official website

    PS: Thanks Pete for all your advices!

    I met Pete!

    13 Mar

    I met Pete, not any Pete, THE Pete.
    Pete is the CEO and founder of the Californian skateboards brand called Hamboards!

    On a cloudy Saturday, I decided to drive my rental car to Huntington Beach. Huntington Beach is not just any beach, it’s also called Surf City and it’s also the cradle of the landsurfing invented by the Hamborg family.

    So I drove the one hour trip on south 405 … When I arrived I was stunned because the Hamboards shop is only opened by appointment during the week-ends … Oops …

    Too bad, so I drove back to Huntington Beach to check on the beach life …

    I was watching the crowd walking the boardwalk when suddenly coming from nowhere I saw Pete! Pete was casually landsurfing on a biiiig board with his land padel! I jumped on my feet and tried to chase him …

    I ran, I lost Pete, I ran and out of breath I said “Hi Pete, I’m Julie from Paris” … I looked like a stalker … Scary …

    Pete stopped, I caught my breath and we started to talk boards and ended up testing his brand new board!

    Then we decided to meet at the Hamboards shop after I ate a pulled pork sandwich at the Duke’s (another must see in Huntington Beach).

    The full belly and after a little tour on the Pier, I was ready to meet Pete and test some boards …

    Let’s go back to Hamboards HQ!!!

    For the record, I already have 2 Hamboards boards:

    • The tiny Biscuit, great for traveling (it’s fits in my luggage) and for boarding in style downtown Paris, NY, Melbourne, … I love this board as its funny, aggressive and you still have the feeling and moves of the surfboard (without the sharks and the cold water) or snowboard (without the snow and freezing temperatures).
    • Then, I wanted to experience a longboard and I got the taller Huntington Hop, safe, fast and great for long rides.

    I wanted to pitch the idea to Pete of having the best of both worlds with the fun and aggressivity of the Biscuit and the pleasant rides on the Hop.
    In a matter of second I was on a Pescadito, riding the cement with Pete!!! LOVE it!

    The Pescadito is as tall as my Hop, it’s also great for pumping, for long rides and easy to bring in the bus or in the metro … I’m in!
    After some discussion with Pete, we decided to customise it and add bigger wheels so I chose the model with the holes in the boards. We agreed on the colors and I left … without my board … Pete has to work on it …

    After 7 days, Pete texted me. My Pescadito was ready to be shipped from Huntington Beach to Miami.

    Waiting impatiently for my new board, my Pescadito by Hamboards!

    To be continued …

    More info:

    Thanks to THE Pete, Donnie, Andre and MrT!


    Land-surf 101!

    8 Sep

    Landsurfing on the Hamboards BiscuitI always wanted to skate, but I missed the opportunity and inline-skated instead, then I was too busy to give it a shot.
    I thought skating was not for me, thinking again skating is not for me BUT land-surfing IS!
    I just received my Biscuit from the Californian family company called Hamboards.

    The model is the Biscuit Hamboo.

    The first thing I must say is it’s a beautiful board, a piece of art, so beautiful I want to hang it on the wall.
    Just looking at it you can tell someone built it with love and care.

    Not just anyone because each board is signed by its maker and this time mine have been made by Tory Johnson (thanks TJ!).

    The Biscuit and its spectacular shape

    The Biscuit and its spectacular shape

    It's a piece of art

    It’s a piece of art, shaped with love

    Time to check it out in the wild

    Signed and numbered

    The board is covered with a grainy/satin coating while the back is smooth and shiny with the name of board, its very own unique number, the signature of its maker and the green wheels and trucks.

    Tag along to see if I’ll make it in one piece and become a land-surfer.

    Testing of the balance on the carpet

    Testing of the balance on the carpet

    Testing of the "speed" in the hallway

    Testing of the “speed” in the hallway

    Practicing in the wild

    Practicing in the wild, barefoot then with shoes

    Day #1, let’s find the balance and the foot which will push. I stayed safely on a carpet, it was easier …

    Day #2, let’s start to push a bit and stay on the board, I was practicing in a hallway on wooden floor. I pushed on the wall to gain “speed” and help myself with the balance. I started my first attempts to pump but was not at ease as I lost balance.

    Day #3, let’s try to look “surfy” and go in the open wild boardwalk.
    I found a great spot in Santa Monica with a small slope, great to try the carving (it looked like a hill to me, but it was small).
    I fall a bit, scratched my feet (I was barefoot) and board but that’s part of the process. No pain, no gain. Nothing serious and definitively lots of fun and progress.

    Day #4, back on the board (this time with shoes) and trying to improve the push/pump and carve. I’ll make it!

    So, is land-surfing for anyone?
    YES! But like anything else it takes a bit of patience to get the hang of it.
    I’m now a land-surfer in becoming and I love it!!!
    Practicing hard now to be matching Hamboards values and spirit of the land-surfing.
    Now I can push, pump and carve, need to work on the style 😉

    Photo 22-08-2014 6 16 01 pm


    PS: get this tool that will help you tighten all the screws, nuts and bolts of your board to surf safely. Mine is green matching the color of my wheels.

    Also, add helmet and wrists protection so your mom will be relieved 😉






    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

    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

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