Thursday, 21 April 2011
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The weather gets nice, the pavement calls. May I suggest gloves for the first couple sessions? :idea: Remember that expression, "What in the Sam Hill is going on out there?" Well, Sam actually named the hill for his wife, Mary. Maryhill was supposed to be a utopia, a laid back agricultural community in the eastern Columbia River Gorge. It's a strange place with a eclectic museum and a full size stonehenge. http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/do.html Nowdays: http://www.maryhillfestivalofspeed.com/ Once a summer, the longboarders come and get freaky. To ad to the excitement, it could be blowing 30 mph on any given day out there. I'm breaking in a new set up, twin tip, fat, soft 70mm wheels, 2m trainer kite. Did you ever have an idea that just wouldn't go away? This is mine: digging in to a toeside turn, with the kite pulling low...
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Now you need to post a photo of you and that rig.
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Here's the rig. Rocks hold the kite in position for a self launch. This is going to happen in small steps. First, get solid on the board: it's been a while. The last go round with skating left three screws in my right ankle. Damn those halfpipes! So, a little kick around in the morning, working up to one of the local skate parks, keeping it mellow. I got spoiled snowboarding, there's so much more room for error. Flying the kite needs a little practice too, and I need light winds. Today was blowing 20+. This thing flies really fast and will pull like a tractor with that kind of wind, which is great fun but not going to work on a skate board. The trick will be to fly the kite to keep just enough power on, and idle it when it gets going too fast. Plus, keep it flying when I turn downwind, no line tension, no control. I might need to shorten the lines from the current 75' to slow things down to take off some power. I used to have a skate rig mounted with a 3.7 meter windsurf sail and I may do that with this board as well. It's a great way to train on light wind days when sailing needs big gear. I clocked in at over 35 mph with that setup. That will heat up your bearings.
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*raises hand* It's official. I took my first splatter today. Head first. Busted my head open over my left eye. Road rash on the hands an knees. Still bleeding a little. Hurts pretty good. [b:3hxsil8h]EDIT:[/b:3hxsil8h] So it turns out that I needed five stiches in my head, and I fractured my right wrist. Probably be in a cast for five to six weeks. I'm a dope. It still hurts too
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Bummer, so sorry to hear you got hurt. I hope they left enough room for you to wiggle your fingers and play music with the cast. I've re-evaluated my plans. Windsurfing looks like more fun than spending the summer in a cast, so I gave the skate board to my kid. That pavement seems to be harder than I remembered. Then there's the looks I get when I tell people I fell off my skateboard: :roll: A few good splats and I'm done with this idea for a while. Last week, a local kid was out riding his long board in downtown Hood River on the afternoon before his High School graduation. He tripped up and fell under a semi trailer which ran over and killed him. Tragic beyond belief. Lets be careful out there. Heal up quick! Best wishes.
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[quote="singlemalt":3pod93ar]Bummer, so sorry to hear you got hurt. I hope they left enough room for you to wiggle your fingers and play music with the cast. I've re-evaluated my plans. Windsurfing looks like more fun than spending the summer in a cast, so I gave the skate board to my kid. That pavement seems to be harder than I remembered. Then there's the looks I get when I tell people I fell off my skateboard: :roll: A few good splats and I'm done with this idea for a while. Last week, a local kid was out riding his long board in downtown Hood River on the afternoon before his High School graduation. He tripped up and fell under a semi trailer which ran over and killed him. Tragic beyond belief. Lets be careful out there. Heal up quick! Best wishes.[/quote:3pod93ar] Oh man... so sad about that kid. I can't imagine what his parents must be going through. Yeah, I can wiggle my fingers, but there's not gonna be any plaing for a while.
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