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I’m sensitive and soft …

15 Jul

Photo Jul 03, 8 04 27 PMSince I started pump racing, I must admit that balance is sometimes challenging and gravity calls me back to reality.
After hurting my right knee, left finger, right elbow and butt
I decided it was time to get a little bit of protection and to invest in what’s best out there …
I didn’t want the regular goofie pads but some cool, stylish, smart and efficient pads to protect my skin and bones … after all, it’s bermuda-time all year long in Miami, I can’t continue to buy bandaid and creams for bruises …

My brain is protected by a S1 Lifer helmet, no brainer you need an helmet when on wheels, … whatever the wheels ($60).

For the wrists, after a careful monitoring of the wristguards options available out there, I decided to go for the Flexmeter wrist guard double sided by Demon United. A flexible wrist protection (allowing the flexibility of the wrist). Price: $69,99.

For the knees ($69,99) and elbows ($69,99), the G-Form was the right choice. These soft pads protects almost every parts of your body with their Reactive Protection Technology (RPT). The soft protection stiffens on impact and then dissipate the energy.
The G-Form protections are

  • lightweight,
  • flexible,
  • breathable,
  • washable,
  • UPF50!,
  • and so comfortable to wear that you’ll forget them

Now, I’m ready to hit the tracks with style (trying) and protection!

And if I still got a bruise, time to plunge in the freezer and unwrap my DrCool bandage to minimize the swollen and the bruise!

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I’m pumping … 

8 Jun

And here’s the result of my intense practising sessions … Almost there …
Also, don’t forget to check my article “Pump it“!

And if you are around Miami on June 12th, you are invited to the grand opening of the pump track in Amelia Earhart Park!

Pump it! 

6 Jun

Don’t be afraid, it’s gonna take a bit of work, determination maybe be a bit painful but …I’ll master the pump race or skateboard supercross …

But what is this pump thing?

The track is made of bumps connected to sharp turns where the gravity is supposed to stick you to the inside the curb of the track. It sounds scary but it’s not if you are a bit patient and listen to your instructor.

No pushing required just stand on the board, put your both feet on the board and let the gravity and your balance do the rest
I picked my “short” Biscuit board by Hamboards, changed the washers and bushings, tightened the trucks. I also brought with me my trusty watermelon helmet (S1 helmet) and wrist protections

Let’s say I was ready!
To complete my outfit, I was provided with supercool soft elbow and knee pads (by G-form).
Then with a lot of sweat, clutching at the hand of my instructor Sarah and some minor falls, it took me one lesson on the small track to follow the bumps and almost look like confident on my board. I’m excited to go back for my second lesson!!!

It’s quite a totally different sport than riding my board on the boardwalk. Both activities are cool and complement each other.

I’m a land surfer now and on the way to become a concrete waves surfer!!!

Hour2, gave me more confidence on the track, I almost worked out ok the curb.

Hour3, I’m ok with the bumps and curb, toe side.

Hour4, gaining a bit of speed and it’s ok on the curbs, starting to practice heel side.

PS: 

  • Grand opening of the race track on June 12th, Amelia Earheart Park, Hileah (401 E 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013near the bike trails)
  • Kids and grown ups welcomed.
  • All wheels accepted! Bikes, scooters, inline skaters and of course skateboards.

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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 …

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Thanks to THE Pete, Donnie, Andre and MrT!

 

This board is long … 

18 May

The Huntington Hop by HamboardsLast summer, I decided to learn how to landsurf

The Huntington Hop by HamboardsI received my very first board: the Biscuit by Hamboards. A short board giving me, the newbie, the feel I was surfing or snowboarding the cement.
During the past year, the Biscuit board followed me wherever I flew (it fits great in my luggage).
And even if it’s not a cruiser, I cruised a lot. I also try to carve and pump. This is great exercise for the core (let’s not forget the bikini objective).
Now, I’m discovering the Huntington Hop, a longboard … my first longboard.
Huntington like the place in California also nicknamed the surf city and Hop like the move the surfers do to gain speed.
The Hop is taller than my Biscuit and I thought it would be less “portable” because of its height and … I was wrong.
I can still squeeze my Hop in the metro, even during rush hour!2015-05-16 16.45.37
On the streets, I skate on the pavement and so far I didn’t hit anyone. I cruise, in style, around the tourists in Paris.  The Hop is very manoeuvrable and I’ve been riding it for a couple of weeks now … And I love it.
It’s an easy and comfortable board, forgiving my mistakes and cruising faster.
I can walk on the board up to the toe and back to the tail like on a real surf (I have to practice my moves though) and I still carve and pump!
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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 😉

 

 

 

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

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