If you need an explanation, you don’t know me. :-)
Most of my readers are followers or friends of mine somewhere else; Twitter, Google+, or shockingly in real life. So in one of those places you probably already knew that I just got a new longboard. But why?
Well, I need to exercise. I hate to exercise. I hate running. Been trying to like it since last fall. Walking will work, but is boring. Swimming is cool, but too much get-in-the-car-and-drive-to-the-YMCA. When I look back at the periods of my life where I was in decent physical condition, I was exercising but exercising was the side effect of some other fun or cool activity or hobby.
A few weeks ago I was having coffee with my friend James, when this topic came up. He suggested longboarding. I said, “What’s longboarding?” Yeah, I did.
We ended up in the parking lot of Albertson’s/Starbucks with me test riding his bamboo longboard. Don’t remember the name, but remember checking the price online and being shocked.
That turned into me considering it as a possibility. Then I talked about it with my brother-in-law, an avid skater with contacts in the skateboard manufacturing community down in the CA Southland. His contacts started taking too long, and I had put aside some money to pay for it all, so I just bit the bullet and decided to get my own.
Some SilverFishLongboarding.com research took me to a thread on their forum just for “big boys”. (Shhhh, I am one of those.) I read a gazillion pages of big dudes discussing good boards for their girth and settled upon a Kracked Skulls Scimitar.
A short phone call to Bill at Kracked Skulls resulted in Bill telling me that he and I are similar in size, and he subsequently described the board he rides for cruising. That’s the board I ordered. That’s the board I now have. Yeah!
So, thus begins my journey into becoming a longboard champion. Whatever that means.