Thanks to James Peter's of PavedWave.org
for inspiring me to reignite my skateboarding passion. Visit his website to read about his amazing feats of long distance skateboarding (known as long-distance-pumping or LDP), including world record 24 hour distance rides. He currently has given me a loaner to use. I am burning it up!!!
The board is a Subsonic Pulse 40
, essentially a handmade longboard. It is a magical thing...being able to tranfer pumping motion into forward momentum.
Volunteer Park, Seattle...Pushing
Yes, muscle memory is real. Yes, barefoot is best for balance sports. Yes, Vibram FiveFingers
make a lot of sense for skateboarding.
from the www.northwestlongboarding.com
Thanks to Shane and volunteers and sponsors for putting on this event (the Seattle Push Race, May 10th, 2008)
I think I found out about it yesterday (or the day before) from James.
Very inspired by James' pursuit of long distance and 24 hour riding. I enjoy trying to push the envelope. This race and ride was like the 3rd time I had been on a board for any time in over 25 years!!! But I loved it.
I had to take the downhills VERY conservatively because the shoes I had on (Vibram FiveFingers
) are paper thin and not great for foot braking. It also turns out I rode the board James let me borrow...backwards!!! Felt a little odd. Oh well. Still made 8th place. Not bad for an old fart like me.
My quads were burning during that race. I definitely need to learn to push with either leg.
Look forward to seeing any photos, especially showing my FiveFinger shoes. I want to send them to the company and suggest they do something about making a skate shoe. I really do think that a lot of flexibility in the foot is good for balance and helps make the foot strong...do what it does best. I really am not a fan of these huge, heavy shoe-boats that are the rage for most skaters these days...at least for pushing on flat surfaces and pumping.
I have a lot to learn about skating these days. I have never seen so many DIFFERENT kinds of boards and wheels and trucks!!! Too much for my old-man head to take in all at once. Some sort of skateboard renaissance seems to be happening.
The downhill and slalom era came and went pretty quickly in my day (mid to late 70s). We got a taste for pools and the world changed and I've got scars and brain damage to prove it...we didn't wear helmets much...
So, thanks again. Hope to be out there riding for 24 hours next month and see if I can break 100 miles or more.
PS. Make sure you ride with a HELMET (I have one now) and other protective gear. It is well worth it. The only downside to skateboarding for older riders is the unfriendly feel of pavement on the falling body!
PSS. The idea of barefooting and skateboarding and FiveFingers is cropping up here and there. Check out this post on the Paved Wave Forum, click here