More obsessive stuff

My friend Dale made me this cutdown from the tracing of a reissue Powell Peralta General Issue a couple of years ago. I’m finally setting it up. Should have some Powell Peralta Mini Cubics to put on the Tracker Fulltracks tomorrow. This board is cut from a deck with concave, an upturned nose, and a more modern tail angle, but the shape is pretty accurate. If I enjoy riding this I’ll see about having a real repro made.

Peralta, Freestyle, and Flow

Well, it’s been cold. The weekends have been rainy, and I’ve not been able to skate in several weeks. A bummer, but such is life. I’m just not like David, who will go out in the cold. Dude is an animal.

This week a friend on Facebook posted footage of a freestyle contest from Sweden in about 1981 (a guess), at the Eurocana event. Four skaters. The second one is Stacy Peralta. I have watched the Peralta part over and over and over.

The other skaters are all good skaters, and they all did stuff that was technically harder than Peralta, who honestly looked like he was making it up as he went along. But — the Peralta stuff all looked a thousand percent better. He was riding what appeared to be a predecessor of the the 8×28 Powell Peralta General Issue, an all-around board from those days. 14.75″ wheelbase, 3″ nose. Not a real dedicated freestyle board, but it’s what he rode.

The thing is, Stacy skated with flow. He looked like a guy out actually skating having fun. Given my skating activities the last year, I feel like I’ve been heading that direction. I can see entering a contest and never doing a single flip tricks. I don’t do that many anyway.

Since it isn’t my video I won’t repost it here, but here’s a screen cap of Stacy doing a backside G-turn the way only he does.

Skating

I had a pretty good parking lot session yesterday. I did totally forget that the Mystic Weasel sequence starts from rolling backwards and carving, which now I feel dumb about. That is part of the trick.

I was riding an 8.25″ Mode popsicle shape. I boosted the trucks up with an additional 1/8″ riser, so I’m at 1/4″, and I put on some new 54mm wheels. I think my spins were better with the extra tail clearance. I’d like to go down to a 6″ tail. Or whatever. A tail that is about 1/2″ shorter.

The narrower Indy 149s spin much more easily than the 159s.

I have been thinking a lot about my 360 spins, trying to come up with adjustments to my body English to keep the tail from scraping so much, and to keep me from traveling so much horizontally. I decided to try putting my weight on my back heel, as I tend to dip the toes down too much, which causes both those problems to be worse. I think it helped quite a bit. If I could get used to moving my front foot further back on the board I think it would help too, by keep the tail further off the ground. Something to think about. I normally get about 6 spins, and sometimes nearly 8. Want to push this up to a regular 10.

Quite Unusual from Bob Loftin on Vimeo.

FS360 Podcast: Ep 8

In this episode David and Bob catch up after months of not recording a podcast. The topic is mostly freestyle. We talked about wheelies, flow, boards, wheels, and some great skaters.

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Remembering My Hill

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about just riding and turning. I miss this hill. For over 10 years my friend and I could skate this 1/4 mile hill with no traffic at all after work and on weekends. The area was redeveloped a few years ago, which ruined it. The only real hill in town.

I go through different “moods” in skating. Sometimes I want to do tricks. Sometimes I want to do footwork. Sometimes I just – don’t – care about anything but rolling and flowing and getting that feeling that only skateboarding can provide.

Anyway, here is an old video I shot with my friend Chris Smith. Details of the boards are on the Vimeo page.

Bacon Gaze – Longboarding Tribute to Deep Snapper from Bob Loftin on Vimeo.

Riding with Soul: Rocco?

You’ll notice I stopped posting after my World Round Up run. This was because I switched back to a freestyle set up and wasn’t riding a longboard. The move to make this blog about skateboarding including all types and sizes of board makes sense. Why pigeonhole yourself into a set wheelbase or style of skating? Or if you are going to just longboard, why not be influenced by all different kinds of riding. Me? I skated the freestyle board for about a month, but this week I felt the pull of the long wheelbase call me, and I ended up switching over again. I was looking through my longboard stuff on instagram and, man, I like how that looks a lot. While I love how other skaters look on freestyle boards, I truly like my skating on a longer wheelbase (from an entirely aesthetic view).

All that said, while I am primarily freestyle skating, I have been thinking of getting out to a few ditches soon. In fact, I think you’ll notice skaters that skate a variety of terrains and “genres” of skating have a good style. Even if it freestyle meets street skating. Check out this pic of Steve Rocco that I stole from Bob who borrowed it from someone else:

Check out this video of Rocco skating freestyle:

Technically sound and able to throw down a late 70s inspired spinning slide in the middle of a run.

Skating

How’s that for a descriptive post title?

Besides the pandemic, it has been a horrible summer for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the oppressive Texas summer heat. I have less and less inclination to go out into it, but last week I did venture out about 7pm when the temp was only in the lower 90s. This week we are well above 102 in the afternoon, and I am thus staying inside. When it gets over 95, not only is it not fun at all but is well into the danger zone.

I’ve honestly not been on my longboards lately. I’ve been doing a lot of street skating, which for me is really more like freestyle, just on a bigger board.

BUT – truth is my longboarding isn’t that different from my other skating. The main difference is I do a lot more endovers and nose stuff on a shorter board. I feel like the years of longboarding have very much affected my approach to all skating. Most freestylers skate in straight lines. In fact if you look at modern street skating, it is very linear. Even skatepark design is very linear. Try going to skatepark and carving around, and watch the other 99% of people there get annoyed because they can’t figure out where you are going.

Anyway, longboarding to me is all about carving and turning. Skateboarding in-general has always been that way for me, but longboard riding for the last 20 years has very much made me aware of this tendency and given me greater appreciation of it.

So here are a few Instagram clips I’ve taken over the summer, just to prove that I have been skating. Draw your own conclusions!

 

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Double filter. Rolling around. @modeskateboards pool board not in a pool.

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Variations on a theme. Working on smooth carving Walk Arounds.

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Various unimpressive lines in a parking lot. @modeskateboards pool board feels good!

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More farting around on a street board. @cockfightskateboards @boneswheels @neverwas_skateboarding @acetrucks

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David’s World Round Up Run

Well, folks, here is my fifth place run from the World Round-Up Online Showdown. I think, for the only guy on a longboard, I did okay. If I’m honest, halfway through my run, the whole thing fell apart. I should have done a much wider variety of tricks, but I was more concerned with having a clean run than doing anything technical. Anyway, here is the run: