So…I haven’t been doing too much longboarding of late due to this:
Somehow, I managed to forget my wonderful Bern Helmet in the park and not realise for pretty much a week. The moment I realised was about 10 minutes before meeting new longboarding buddy Christian Schlumpf who hails from Toronto where all thing Longboard Living are at. It was strange boarding for the first time in about 2 years without a helmet but I still managed to get stoked. Another helmet should be arriving in the next week or so as especially with the hills around here I want to protect what few braincells I have left.
During our outing we met up with fellow Lausanne longboarder Joan Nydegger who is the founder of lausanne Papy free ride – and I am told that routes will be made known around Lausanne that do not involve shoe-melting über downhill sections. I haven’t quite got to grip with those yet…
On another note, I’ve just bought my plane ticket to the UK for the weekend of the 14th August. Why I hear you say? Well it’s the weekend of the 2011 Goodwood Roller Marathon! Woop! More information on the previous link or Facebook event. Let’s get loads oflongboarders representing!
It’s been a very cold and Wintry few weeks. I’ve not longboarded properly since the 21st November and it is starting to feel like a very, very long time. I was lucky enough to receive new helmet for my brithday – a black Bern Brentwood. Although the event has come and gone (it was at the end of October) I’ve not had much chance to really test it out.
My first impressions, after a couple of short sessions and a day trip where really good. It’s very comfortable, light and oh so airy. Before binning my old RED Trace which had become a bit of a health hazard, I weighed the two helmets and the new one was over 100 grams lighter. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but in the end you really do feel the difference.
Since Winter has properly arrived in the form of much snow and ice, my front knee has been playing up. After an MRI scan, I found out that my kneecap isn’t tracking properly and I’ve got a little cartilage wear. Nothing too serious thankfully but it is still painful. I’m doing everything possible to get better quickly and back on a board. However, since the snow means that no skating can be had it doesn’t really matter too much. Better to be injured now that in the summer!
In the meantime here is a list of things which are keeping me stoked:
– The latest Longtreks espisode – reminding me why I love distance skateboarding
– Bennet Mods – LDP geekery (love it!)
– Talk of multiple Adrenalina marathons worldwide, expect more news early in 2011
– The DSA – distance goes legit!
– PushCulture Apparel – skate-specific clothing, really awesome to see this project come to fruition
In what is likely to be the last post of 2010, I want to sincerely thank all of you that continue to read this blog, be you avid readers or people who just happen to come across it on internet travels. All the inspiration, comments and support really is appreciated and valued. I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas full of joy and as well as a very Happy New Year. Perhaps we’ll meet during the adventures 2011 will surely bring. If this year is “the year it all went off” what will next year bring!
Right, I’m off to get my flight. Hopefully it’ll take off despite the snow – it’s not cancelled, yet!