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The Ivory Yeti


Yes, from that article title you should have figured out that my new longboard has been christened The Ivory Yeti.

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.