The end of the year is a good time to reflect on what has happened in the last 12 months. One thing for sure is that it has sure gone very quickly and I’ve seen new levels of busy-ness on both a personal and professional level.
I moved with my girlfriend from Paris to Lausanne, and although I was sad to say goodbye to Paris the plus point of the change far outweigh the negative ones. 2011 was the year of the first Paris Ultraskate, another epic Goodwood marathon and the Rabbit Race in Amsterdam. It was also a good year for making new acquaintances both at the aforementioned events but also further afield, meeting Jeff Vyain in NYC and closer to my new home here Switzerland. It would be wrong to overlook those people who I have got to know via the wonderful medium that is the internet, people who have brightened up my inbox such as Bevil‘ at Sakaroulé, Mark from G|Bomb, Gbemi from Longboard Europe/London Longboards not forgetting my good friend Tim from PSD.
He is thinking about stepping up the footstop game by providing carbon fibre versions of his footstops. At the moment he is trying to gauge the interest that people might have in such products.
Please check out the pictures and if you have the time, let him know what you think on his Facebook page. Personally, I love his footstops, they have really help bring out the pumpability of my Illuminati and also love carbon fibre, so for me it is a win-win situation.
I also had the opportunity to be interviewed by All Around Skate and loved the chance to spread some distance love. Read all about some of the things that got me started on this 4 wheeled journey as well as some of this year’s highlights in the full article available here.
Props to the Skatefurther and Riderz families goes without saying! A big thanks also goes out to everyone who happened on this blog, read it and especially those of you who have got in touch. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I have enjoyed writing it!
So what will next year bring? Hopefully a lot more events and some nifty suspension trucks of some kind! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Stay tuned for more adventures in 2012…
There is a known weak spot in the board that cracks over time. I hadn’t worked out until my last run what was causing it to split but now I know that it is caused by going over big cracks in the road and up kurbs, etc. On Saturday over a particular rough patch (drainage channels, yep) I actually heard it splinter…yeesh.
Yesterday, I received a huge parcel in the post with the replacement board. After much umming and arring about what to go for I chose to go with a Subsonic GT board. This is the board that was ridden by Ben Colchester during the trip Skating South. Ben was a long time fan of the Subsonic Raven but had the chance to slightly tweak the design…what resulted was the GT.
I was considering a board by Pulse Longboards, such as the ones used Skateventure but decided against it for the simple reason that there wasn’t much information on the board and that it was in an early stage of development. I also liked the idea of the Rock The Drop model by B2 Longboards but wanted something that looked different to the Longboard Larry Pusher V1 (i.e. not wooden-looking).
In the end, having seen and ridden some of Scott’s (Subsonic founder) boards (Tim Pritchard’s Pulse, my G|Bomb) I knew that I could order with no doubt in my mind. Here is what was agreed upon after exchanging a few messages with him:
Board model: GT
Construction: your usual laminates for this board (I’m around 75kg)
Top layer: Black tri-ax fibreglass or carbon
Bottom layer: Silver Texalium
Ride height: around 70mm – 75mm with 85mm wheels
Finish: as weather-proof as possible with resin coated edges
Cut-out ends: Open
Ride: Slight give for shock absorbing purposes
Unboxing the package, I was not disappointed. You can tell by the wrapping the board came in that a lot of love goes into making them.
The quality of the materials is really outstanding…
Here is a shot of the top of the deck:
And the concave of the deck which feels very mellow and progressive:
The big advantages of this board as I see them (without having ridden it) are the following:
– It is not taped at the back, meaning that my back foot should never get numb as has been the case during day trips and ultraskates
– By it’s construction, it is totally weather-proof. I had to re-varnish my LBL after it’s first trip in the rain.
– It has a more aggressive drop, meaning that more of the platform is flat, making the feel more stable.
Last night I took apart the LBL and thought about the many trips we have done together. Although broken, I’m not sure I can get rid of it just yet – it feels like part of the family. Going on the trips I have written about, I’ve done more than 1200km (745 miles) on it but I think that the real total is much more, possibly around the 2000 km mark.
I still recall writing this about it when I first received it back in March 2009 :
Sleek, low but still manoeuvrable this board does exactly what it says on the tin and certainly helps eat up those km! I wrote a longer review here. Although it is now showing some abuse, it is still going strong and is my go-to board for anything other than a ride to the shops…we’ll see how far it takes me!
Now we know how far it got!
Retired old lady with battle-scars on the left…young gun ready to rock on the right (check out my alliteration!)…
Here it is built up from above:
And from below:
Tonight it is time for this…