Monday, December 3, 2012
Got the new guy out last weekend for some eh-waves. Had a few good rides and got a little bit of the feel of the board, but not the best waves or feel for it yet. Super pumped to get some more waves on this one though!
These guys were in action, as always. never gets old
Then i got out on this new toy! What is that?......
a surfmat! 4th gear flyer classic model! really pumped on this and to get more rides on it too. a bit difficult to get the hang of it, but i've gotten a couple of good rides so far. i've had it out a couple of times now, and i think my first ride i actually got was my best one so far - beginner's luck! thanks mike!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Started working on this guy a couple of weeks ago when I scored a "second quality" longboard blank from Foam EZ. I basically wanted to make this one because Im not overly psyched on the longboard I made a few months ago: http://afedbearisadeadbear.blogspot.com/2012/08/new-longboard-done.html
The previous board just feels very stiff in that it's slow to turn and like to keep a straight line. I think this is mostly because I left the rails too thick, so they basically resist sinking down into turns a little more, and for a guy like me, lightweight, I would like some easier turns. the nose and tail on that board were too thick also, looking back at it....The board basically feels like riding a skateboard with tight trucks, and not that I hate this board, but I hate tight trucks.
Regardless, this new one has a similar outline, but much thinner rails, somewhat bladed, throughout the whole thing. I made the concave under the nose a bit longer, just for aesthetics really though, made the nose and tail much thinner, and almost have a step deck effect. Without the fiberglass on it, the nose felt really flexy. Almost too flexy, and I got scared this would potentially fracture. maybe I'm wrong, but I ffigured I want this to last, so I ended up glassing it with two layers of 6 oz cloth on the bottom, whereas on the last longboard, I only used one layer of 6 oz. We will see how that feels! I also glassed in a tail patch for strength for the finbox. anyways, here's some pictures.
Looks like I bumped my head and bled everywhere
Monday, November 12, 2012
We headed up to Little Jimmy campground two weekend ago, and got out for some super nice weather, and good temperatures. We'd camped here before, and it's really nice and wooded and secluded. It's a 2 miles hike in from the parking area, decently uphill the whole way in. With the 2 open all the way through the forest you can come up from the southside of the mountains, so it was only about an hour and a half/forty five minutes from Long Beach.
Hiking into camp, all smiles
There are fire pits here now, which there weren't our first time here a couple years ago, so that's a huge plus! Morning tea helped with the temperatures
some picnic tables and even fire ovens at the campground.
There are maybe 10 firepits, which kinda designate where to camp, but no real markers. Seemed you could camp anywhere around here
Hiking out, all smiles, success!
Really pretty views along the trail, basically the entire time.
Friday, November 2, 2012
So I/we got back to Indiana last week for a bit. I was in town to enjoy the season a bit longer than Mel, but she got to enjoy it also. Here's some pics from the trip. Spoiler: if you are over seeing pictures of fall leaves and trees, you're going to be over this. But I'm not.
Couldn't have started the trip off any better way than Story's 3rd birthday party! She was pumped on the day!
Walked the train tracks with Mom some, one of "her" spots
Got to Eagle Creek for some hiking. A bit more green in this picture than most spots
My first taste of the fall colors!
Nothing like this in Long Beach
Lone session with Devlin at MT! Definitely nothing like this in Long Beach
Big D has some new tricks. I was most impressed with this air and the grab! Check the knees!
Lake Lemon from the dock
Another covered road - I didn't realize how many of these there are here
Lake Lemon up the hill
Dad, cruisin, soaking up the rays
Best place to be in the fall
another covered road!
Waldo on his local turf, stylin!
skated till we couldn't see anymore, classic Waldo session....
Skated with TA in downtown Indy! So so so much fun. He was going to fast to capture here
Another covered road?!
Brown county park
Brown county park with Mom
Can't remember this lake's name, but in Brown County
Tall trees or mouses view of flowers?
Another lake in Brown County
Mrs. Curls! Yes!
Autumn colored beers
Yats, can't do a trip to Indy without Yats
Story taught me how to play the guitar
So I taught her how to surf for when she comes out here. Here she is popping up
And surfing. She's a natural
Oh and we went to an awesome wedding for Chris and Sarah Maher! So much fun!
Mel just would not stop dancing
Hung out with this new guy too! Gunner
These two, always eager to hang with you
And one more