Lisa Li, one of the LGC Canada ambassadors is preparing nice tutorial series about board maintenance. Here her first video dedicated to Bearings. Hope you find it usefull!
We are in the tech age and mobile phones are in continuous evolution. And definitely, one of the most interesting features of nowadays mobiles are their apps. The range of apps is humongous, many are for entertainment but we can also find apps that can make our lives easier.
As a longboarder, I’ve been doing some research in order to find those that could be handy and here is the result of what I found:
Although there are lots of applications for street-skating in the market such as Touchgrind, I Sk8ter, SketerNation, Vans SK8: pool service, Tony Hawk: Trick Tipis, Concrete Wave Magazine … I could only found a few for longboarding.
Bohdana Spot Finder
This app has been made by a longboard manufacturer located in Ottawa, Canada. The software is specifically built to help you find and share great longboarding spots anywhere in the world. You can create new locations with the characteristics of the spot and upload the information.
It’s a shame there aren’t many specific longboarding apps, but there are a bunch that have some features valid for longboarding as well.
Most of them involve a gps software able to calculate and store different routes.
For iPhone users
Wikiloc, a great app for nature sports lovers. Wikiloc is the biggest Internet website of worldwide routes and one of the first references for people looking for new adventures. You can download the app from iTunes and it allows you to create your own gps tracks with your iPhone and upload them very easily. You can also take pictures during the route and your friends would be able to follow your activities on Facebook.
Sports Tracker, another wonderful and complete app you can use it in your iPhone for sharing your run, statistics and pictures. It is recommendable to register on sports Trackers web to have access to a bunch of social options. The graphics and interface are very detailed, clean and neat. This application is free and also available for android.
More options for Android Users:
Trackinglocdroid, an application which allows you the access to the Wikilok database.
OruxMaps, This app works online with many different types of maps: Google maps, OpenStreetMap, Microsoft Maps, etc… If you want to have access to Wikilok database the general recommendation is to import the track that you have already search with other app like Trackinglocdroid.
Also I thought it would be interesting to share with you some Stretching Apps, because we use to forget that stretching our muscles is really important to avoid injuries/soared muscles.
I´m sure there are more apps which longboarders would be happy to know about, if you have any extra tips or information that I might have not found in my research, I´ll be more than happy hear your suggestions
Let’s keep rolling !
Soledad del Cañizo
Skate Slate, Katie Neilson and Patrick Switzer team up with Brock Newman and Will Smallwood at Capitol Hill for a very necessary Spotter Safety Video.
Please share this video and foremost keep the message: We should be responsible and make our best to guarantee ours and the people’s around us safety.
In Skate Slate’s words:
Spotting is important not only for keeping everyone safe and maintaining good community relations, but also for giving riders the peace of mind to freely push their limits. Always talk with your riding buddies before hitting the hill to make sure that everyone is on the same page and understands the signals that will be used. This is going to be a big year for the sport, with more people on the hills than ever before, so it’s important to exercise responsibility at every session.
Thanks to Roadrider1973 who uploaded this amazing video, we are able to enjoy and grasp some of the atmosphere of The Catalina Classic Downhill Skateboard and Slalom Race held in 1977.
A lot of the top racers from back in the day were in there: Jamie Hart, Bob Skoldberg, Mike Goldman, Dennis Shufeldt, Ellen O’Nell or Deanna Calkin who was the winner of the slalom category.
If you want to go deeper and find out more about it, there is an article of the Sports Illustrated Magazine of 1977 portraying the details: http://
sportsillustrated.cnn.com/ vault/article/magazine/ MAG1093046/index.htm
This event was held September 15-16, 1977 on Catalina Island located 26 miles (42km) off the coast of Southern California and rumour has it that it will be revivied on 2012 on the same spot…
So stay tuned, you wont want to miss this 35 years later!
Most slide gloves are made for big male hands, some are expensive but unlike boards these are easy to make at home.
Surfing the web we compiled some useful tips to make your own slide gloves, cheap and fast!
1- Work Gloves – from a hardware store. They should be thick and strong. Don’t get too cheap, or you might regret it later!
2- A Thick Plastic Cutting Board – from the housewares section. The boards for chopping vegetables are perfect for making sliding pucks for longboarding gloves!
2 – A Jigsaw – you are going to cut that cutting board up, and a jigsaw is the easiest way to do it.
There are two different ways to make your own longboard sliding gloves. In one way, you screw the plastic slide pads onto the gloves, and in the other way you melt them on.
The Melting Method: you’ll need a strong torch, like a large butane torch will do.
The Screw Method: you’ll need screws! Several of them – get at least 20. These need to be small screws, around a quarter of an inch long. You don’t want them to go all the way through the pads at the start, so take a look at the cutting board you buy and don’t get screws longer than the board is thick. You also need a power screwdriver (like a powered hand drill). And finally, some thinner scrap plastic will help make your gloves more comfortable, but it’s not needed.
The Velcro Method: you’ll need some Shoe Goo and a couple feet of industrial strength Velcro (both hook and loop sides). This can be purchased for a relatively low price at a hardware store and will give you plenty of extra for making replacement pucks (and additional gloves) later on.