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Bopuc
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Anyone here into this? Seems to be an actual thing, and around for a while… and very suddenly everywhere in my Instagram feed, both in Japan and Europe anyways.

Special front truck, big soft wheels, wide boards… 

Brands be like 

https://carverskateboards.com/

https://yowsurf.com/

 


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Maybe for fitness purposes. But for me regular trucks with hard wheels gives you way more freedom to navigate the terrain, slide the wheels, pop the board, etc. just loosen your trucks


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it is a bit of an instagram phenomenon right now.  i suspect the covid outdoor boom is contributing and a lot of people have access to pavement that dont have access to waves (or mountains).

the carver C7 is good for working on form.  you cant go fast but you can pump from a standstill and if you cheat and get too front foot heavy you'll eat shit.  i take it out once in a while and it helps me smooth stuff out.

the carver cx can be pumped decently fast at it's optimal wheelbase.  havent tried the yow but it looks closer to the c7 to me.  

i agree with crustacean that a regular board gives you way more options.  but i disagree about loosening the trucks (if anything change to softer bushings, but then you have to mind the wheelbite).  these specialized trucks pump amazing and have a different range of motion.  if you want to go down that rabbit hole check out the pavedwave forum.  


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i have been thinking of setting up a cruiser with a longer wheel base with those Avenue truck, because i know i'm really looking for that pump like on the surface of pow. just trying to decide weather to get a Beer City blank and cut my own shape, or get a Schimtt Stix and the londboard trucks

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i like 20-21 inch wb for pumping.  more could pump faster but needed some kicking before being able to pump and uphill/headwind was difficult.  less and feels like i'm moving more laterally than forward. 


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and why not, here's skateboarding dog


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Posted by: @unsatisfiedus

i like 20-21 inch wb for pumping.  more could pump faster but needed some kicking before being able to pump and uphill/headwind was difficult.  less and feels like i'm moving more laterally than forward. 

i was leaning 17ish so bolts to tail my footing falls about stance width on board 

 

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Feels weird to say I basically don’t skate anymore, because I had been since ‘92, but cruisers became my favorite in the later years. Nothing specialized like these carving boards, but a slightly-shaped regular deck on the wide side, regular trucks and soft but smaller wheels. More fun to skate for me, cruise the street with ease and smoothness, but you can still really skate it, grind, hop down stairs, do some flip tricks.. essentially just a “filmer” board without huge wheels.

Current setup is an 8.8 creature with titanium indy 149s and bones rough rider 56s. Still fairly light and not very tall, and rad to shralp around on.


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we’ve got a few of the Landyachtz surfers in the shop, they’re kinda fun. but i’ll probably just stick to cruiser shapes and regular trucks. 


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Posted by: @spenser

Feels weird to say I basically don’t skate anymore

Um, yea… Welcome to getting old.. lol.

My almost 50 year old body and total knee replacement just can’t take it. Could I do it? Yes. Is it in my best interest? No. One skate injury that would fuck up my snowboarding season would piss me off to no end.. Gave my skate away about 5 years ago, so there would be no more temptation. 


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Haha, I’m a ways behind, turning 33 this October, but I can feel it. For me it was just loss of interest, especially relating to how snowboarding took over after highschool and eventually phased out skating, despite their respective seasons not overlapping. Only time I have skated in the last couple years was when I was filming, granted we cover some ground and I skate a little bit between spots and clips. It definitely hurts more, and I just don’t have the drive to make it happen like I used to. I do a lot of summer hiking with the dogs instead, and my boat takes up the rest of our nice days.

I do miss it though… just don’t have many friends anymore who are still down to go cruising, and I got tired of doing it alone. We used to skate into the light of the next morning all the time just a few years ago. I cry.

Plus... I drank too much a couple summers ago, so now my trucks are too loose and I won’t touch ‘em with a tool. Weak attempt at motivating myself.

It was certainly my identity for most of my life until mid 20s, but I’m pretty happy with snowboarding as a replacement 🤷‍♂️


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For me, they do all I want out of a skateboard. It was like a revelation seeing one for the first time. "THAT is what I have always wanted from a skateboard!"

I don't skate for transport. I don't do tricks. I don't ollie or kickflip or revert. I don't slide. I don't grind. I just want to "surf."

Wasn't that why skateboards were invented? Surfers looking for a way to practice when the waves were out? Wasn't that the whole premise?

 

Anyways. I got some softer bushings and big fat soft wheels for my old cruiser and already that made it a million times more fun for me. 

Right now I am researching what wheelbase is optimal for my size (and figuring out how the different makers measure that) and will put some bills down soon.

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Posted by: @nataskaput
Posted by: @unsatisfiedus

i like 20-21 inch wb for pumping.  more could pump faster but needed some kicking before being able to pump and uphill/headwind was difficult.  less and feels like i'm moving more laterally than forward. 

i was leaning 17ish so bolts to tail my footing falls about stance width on board 

 

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that'll pump good.  i think 17 is optimal if you want to be able to pump from a standstill.  the c7 board i have is at 17.  the cx is at 20.5.  the cx is more drivey.  the c7 more turny.  

in both cases the tail is behind the rear truck.  i prefer to keep my foot over the rear truck as opposed to on the tail as i think it leads to better form in terms of weighting and unweighting and im less likely to blow the tail out given my size.  that said, im 40 now and should probably get rid of all of this crap   


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Posted by: @bopuc2

For me, they do all I want out of a skateboard. It was like a revelation seeing one for the first time. "THAT is what I have always wanted from a skateboard!"

I don't skate for transport. I don't do tricks. I don't ollie or kickflip or revert. I don't slide. I don't grind. I just want to "surf."

Wasn't that why skateboards were invented? Surfers looking for a way to practice when the waves were out? Wasn't that the whole premise?

 

Anyways. I got some softer bushings and big fat soft wheels for my old cruiser and already that made it a million times more fun for me. 

Right now I am researching what wheelbase is optimal for my size (and figuring out how the different makers measure that) and will put some bills down soon.

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again, i like pavedwave for this type of stuff.   at one point i was making franken-bushings for the front truck of a pump setup based on what i learned there.  waaaay too far down the rabbit hole but i had some fun


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Got intrigued on surf skate as a means for surf cross training, but haven’t dived into it  

I picked up a Waterborne adapter but haven’t found a setup I like it on. Put it on my Arboe Oso (30x10, 16” wheelbase) but ended up just riding it normal. Tried it on another cruiser I picked up, wasn’t feel it. Think I need a longer deck and wheelbase at my height and weight (6’, 210 lbs). 

I may just sell the adapter and pick up a complete. Something like Smoothstar Manta Ray.

Also to discussion of age and injuries, got a pretty bad high ankle sprain in May on my Waterborne Arbor. Fucking around at the skate park and planted weird. Was on crutches for a few days, seriously hobbled for about a week, and limping for maybe 3-4 weeks. Mostly back to normal for everyday stuff but still have some lingering pain and restricted range of motion for deep dorsiflexion. Also aggravated it a couple times surfing hitting sand in shallow water. If it’s have happened during snowboarding season, I’d have been pissed. 


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