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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!

It’s squeaking!

25 Nov

Biscuit by HamboardsAs you may know, I’m a beginner at land-surfing and this summer was dedicated to masterize the art of standing on a board without breaking my leg, arm or wrist.

Biscuit by HamboardsI must admit I succeeded after a lot of patience and hours of practice.

Now, as any board, mine is squeaking a bit, and I hate that!

So I went on YouTube to find the solution and apparently the key is to use household paraffin. I decided to hike to CVS and the only paraffin I found was “Hawaiian scent”, so let’s go to Hawaii.
Basically, the guy on YouTube said to peel the paraffin with a cutter and cover the bolts and nuts with the paraffin chips. It smelled good, worked a bit but I wasn’t fully satisfied as it was still squeaking …

… still squeaking until the big Pete Hamborg from Hamboards shared with me one of his secrets and I will Biscuit by Hamboardsshare his enlightenment with you too!
To stop squeaking, use lip balm!

I clean my bolts and nuts from the paraffin and started the process all over again with the lip balm and … I’m back to land-surfing in peace and silence, it worked!!!

If you are not into skateboard, this works too with a squeaking door … Just saying.

PS: Thanks Pete!!!

More infos on my Biscuit skateboard by Hamboards

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