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longboard beginners :D

hi guys!
i love to snowboard and if I have the opportunity I love to go surfing!
Im not a crazy bordrider but I enjoy powder rides and riding small waves with a malibu )

Skateboarding did never attract me that much but as Im living in Zurich now Id love to try something new and start with longboarding!

firstly I am happy to get good recommendations for a good beginners board!
I don't mind paying a bit more but I don't need a board for downhill racing or crazy tricks I just wanna ride the board normal
but I am a real beginner and Id love to have company

maybe there are other crazy girls or guys that would like to pick that up
Im sometimes a bit over-careful but Id love to learn it!

if you are already a pro feel free to teach me
Im female 24 and from Austria. (SO I can teach u German in exchange ;D)
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Old 21.02.2012, 23:03
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Re: longboard beginners :D

Have you thought about waveboarding, with one of these?

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Re: longboard beginners :D

haha thanks for your reply but that looks hella difficult...
idk Im sporty but my main problem is that Im too scared all the time so I sometimes have slow progress. but damn I wanna learn it an get back on the board !!

is that waveboard easier or harder than a longboard?
thanks mate!!!!

are you boarding with that thing? ;D
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Old 21.02.2012, 23:13
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haha thanks for your reply but that looks hella difficult...
idk Im sporty but my main problem is that Im too scared all the time so I sometimes have slow progress. but damn I wanna learn it an get back on the board !!

is that waveboard easier or harder than a longboard?
thanks mate!!!!

are you boarding with that thing? ;D
Haaaa!! ..... I don't (cant) board - and I'm an old git, anyway.
My 12yr. old got one over a year ago and it looks kinda fun - she picked it up pretty easily, but she snowboards too, which helps.
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Re: longboard beginners :D

Hi there

I'm browsing summer alternatives to snowboarding and have been thinking about getting a longboard as well

But I'm also looking at freebords (www.freeboard.com) or even mountainboards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountainboarding), as they look like great fun and would be perfect for taking advantage of the Swiss mountains.

The longboard seems like the better "transportation" option.

I'd be up for choosing the same and giving it a go! I also live in Zrich
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Old 05.03.2012, 12:08
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Re: longboard beginners :D

A friend of mine runs a skate shop in Luzern, he's a longboarder, it seems quite popular here, must be all the hills.

He's american and knows his stuff, and sells quality gear, if you wanted to talk to someone and try a few things out, maybe go for a visit.

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Re: longboard beginners :D

Im also looking for an alternative for snowboarding and im hoping longboarding could be a good candidate for killing the snowboard abstinence. The winter is soo short here, never thought i would say that coming from Sweden

I also live in Zurich so it would be cool to meetup with other like minded.
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Old 27.03.2012, 11:33
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Re: longboard beginners :D

Funny, I read this thread for a while and somehow missed that it was about skateboarding, not actually surfing! I just picked up a small Sector 9 board, reasonably priced at ~300 CHF (still, twice the US price), at a skate shop next to Les Halles near Escher Wyss Platz. Rides like a longboard, but great for commuting because it's so compact to carry.
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Old 27.03.2012, 12:55
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Re: longboard beginners :D

I've been skating (short skateboards, but know some longboarding too) for more than 20 years and I would say that one should stay away from the Waveboard (a.ka. snakeboard because of the movement). It's hard to learn how to use it, it's unstable, and requires a lot more attention than a longboard. Great for kids, but when you're over 20, it's WAY easier to get a longboard. I consider myself a speedfreak and somewhat of a nuthead (I sometimes grab buses when riding my skateboard) but would never get on a waveboard in traffic or anywhere else than a basketball court/safe area.

Here's a good tip for a beginner: the bigger the board, the greater stability but also harder to make fast turns. The smaller the board, the greater you can turn and manouver it in traffic. I would therefore recommend you getting a medium-sized/small board to learn how to manouver it properly (great for commuting as well), and then, if you really want to go down bigger hills and get some speed, get a bigger board. If you go to a store and explain your situation, I'm sure they'll gladly help you

Feel free to PM me in case you or anyone else want to go out for a cruise...
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Re: longboard beginners :D

I'm also a beginner and riding Never Summer Heist with very soft 75mm wheels from Orangatang. The feel with this setup is a bit like in snowboarding so in that sense it's cool and very nice for cruising but on the other hand I feel that the lack of kicktail is very annoying if you need to turn the board in a small space. My advice would be to just try out as many setups as possible before you put your money down and also consider buying at least few different kind of wheels.
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Re: longboard beginners :D

Hi everyone,

As the EF longboard/slalom specialist, let me help you out here.

1) The only shop to go to is www.roll-laden.tv tell them Lee sent you. You can borrow a board for a day or two, test it out them come back and buy it. Wicked guys, most speak enough English.

@ easygoing, it also depends on your height and weight (which I wont ask a lady that ) as to how big a board you should get. Don't get something too big, as a starter board look for something around 80cm - 1m long in my opinion and nice big soft wheels make it a lot of fun and easy to ride. Also dont buy a Sector 9, buy a Swiss board!!!! Trust me I have 15 different board.

In my professional opinion, do not go for any wannabe alternative they are rubbish in comparison for quality and feel.

We could arrange maybe one time to meet either at the shop or for a cruse, I can also show you some of the local skate points for longboarding.

Any other qs just ask.

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Re: longboard beginners :D

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A friend of mine runs a skate shop in Luzern, he's a longboarder, it seems quite popular here, must be all the hills.

He's american and knows his stuff, and sells quality gear, if you wanted to talk to someone and try a few things out, maybe go for a visit.

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No sh't? I was just googling good longboard spots in luzern and found this thread. I found that shop on google earlier this week and decided to go visit that shop tomorrow. Just stopped at board local today... Do you guys ride around here, I'm going to board from Buchrain to work once my deck gets here but have been eyeing some great bus routes to take advantage of in the area.
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Re: longboard beginners :D

Hi Easygoing.
Well I spent about 6 months riding waves in France,Morocco and Portugal. At least not on a Malibu. It was quite a long time ago-did a " surfsafari-see Europe trip"from Australia a long time ago. I'd really like to go again to France-Biarritz- to catch some waves. By longboarding of course you dont mean the boards they use to surf 6 Meter waves in Hawaii.

My German is good so I probably don't need German lessons. But I have problems understanding Austrians when they speak German.
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hi guys!
i love to snowboard and if I have the opportunity I love to go surfing!
Im not a crazy bordrider but I enjoy powder rides and riding small waves with a malibu )

Skateboarding did never attract me that much but as Im living in Zurich now Id love to try something new and start with longboarding!

firstly I am happy to get good recommendations for a good beginners board!
I don't mind paying a bit more but I don't need a board for downhill racing or crazy tricks I just wanna ride the board normal
but I am a real beginner and Id love to have company

maybe there are other crazy girls or guys that would like to pick that up
Im sometimes a bit over-careful but Id love to learn it!

if you are already a pro feel free to teach me
Im female 24 and from Austria. (SO I can teach u German in exchange ;D)
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Re: longboard beginners :D

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hi guys!
i love to snowboard and if I have the opportunity I love to go surfing!
Im not a crazy bordrider but I enjoy powder rides and riding small waves with a malibu )

Skateboarding did never attract me that much but as Im living in Zurich now Id love to try something new and start with longboarding!

firstly I am happy to get good recommendations for a good beginners board!
I don't mind paying a bit more but I don't need a board for downhill racing or crazy tricks I just wanna ride the board normal
but I am a real beginner and Id love to have company

maybe there are other crazy girls or guys that would like to pick that up
Im sometimes a bit over-careful but Id love to learn it!

if you are already a pro feel free to teach me
Im female 24 and from Austria. (SO I can teach u German in exchange ;D)
Hey guys, I recently picked up longboarding and it would be pretty darn awesome if we could form some kind of longboarding for leisure group (beginners + some guys who also know what the heck they are doing). Also, just moved to Zurich from Basel (after being on vacation for 2 months where I also picked up longboarding). Let me know. Send me an email or FB me if you're interested.


ps: easygoing: I would love a german tandem partner

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Re: longboard beginners :D

Heya!! Happy to bump into this thread!!! I've just started snowboarding this winter and would like to start longboard for the sunny weather...
Now that the weather is getting nicer..would like to meet other newbies to "try" to ride together... or any gurus who would like to adopt a student? hihi....

Hope to catch up with some of u who lives in Geneva..?
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Re: longboard beginners :D

hi longboarders!!
I'm in your very same situation: I've started snowboarding this winter and now I really want to do longboarding! I'm 26 and, currently, I live in Fribourg. Is there anybody I can longboard with??
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Re: longboard beginners :D

Heya!! Some Geneva longboarders are meeting up at Valle de la Jeunesse in Lausanne tomorrow to ride! You could come over and join if you want...we should be there around 2pm..
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wow! Thanks for the information! Unfortunately, tomorrow afternoon I'm busy Do you know if there is any newsletter or mailing list for these events?

btw, just fyi... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=pmZa1TP2pHI

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Re: longboard beginners :D

woW!! cool clip...I say..that would be me...in a kabillion of years! haha...

if you have facebook...they have a group called "Geneva Longboarders"..u should join and can find out whn they're off for a ride... Hope to see ya in one of the sessions...
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