There is no one way to choose your board. It all depends on your own style and preferences and of course how tall you are, weight and so on.
Few good to know point of views are
Nose and tail
If your longboard dancing deck have about symmetrical kick tail and nose, it will be easier to do tricks with the board. Also manuals will be easier to perform. So it would be safe to say to look up to board with kick tail and nose.
The length of wheel base gives you more space to do longboard dancing steps, so you want to choose bit longer board. It depends on your feet size and so on, so be sure to try out different size boards.
General consensus is to buy from real longboard brand, and particularly a brand that is really spezialized on longboard dancing. It is also because these brands help organizing events, sponsor local riders and builds community. These brands produce longboard dancing videos and how to videos. So by buying from local real longboard brand you will be investing to yourself as well.
Well known longboard dancing brands are Simple, Majutsu, Timber, Loaded, Travelol, Pepper, Crown etc.
Cool questions came to our Saddancer longboard shop via social media. Here few Q&A, and don’t forget this is just how one person sees it, nothing else 🙂
What is longboarding to us?
Southern Island of Okinawa in pacific ocean is where we live while in Japan and started longboarding. Skimboard and surf started in Hawaii where cousins are from, so for us we see longboarding as street surfing. Classic longboarding is the truth, boardwalks with bare feet, long decks and deep carving. The original style where longboard dancing originated from
Originators of longboard dancing Adam and Adam
Their youtube videos coined together the Art of longboard dancing and we have all watched Adam and Adam videos repeat thousand times. What you see in their videos is their mad energy, they just went crazy with the board, zero f..ks given what others think, so much creativity. They were wearing crazy outfits and goofing around, like now days youtubers and tictocers are doing. Just having fun with the board.
If some one had said to Adam and Adam that what you do is not longboarding and they had quit, there would not be longboard dancing. Thankful they continued. .
Why so many Caveman variations
Why some do so much caveman variations is that in Japan first trick you learn is usually caveman. When came to Europe was surprised how the style is so different, probably Hans Wouters is super big influence and style is more like short board tricks on longboard, which what we are working on now. Every country has their own foundations, styles and heroes they look up to. And it is all about having your own style and own way of long boarding.
Why you do hand waves while long boarding?
Handwaving in long boarding is definitely not part of fundamental and foundational longboard dancing. It is just streetdancing on longboard. Doing waves is not something that we came up to, we used to go to Cali every year to breakdance battles, waving is from Cali, at the time many locals had deck and were goofing with hand waves while long boarding, so that’s where I saw it first. Even asked Adam if it’s okay to do handwaves while 180 step. Also of course Sepakumas crazy hand styles are inspirational, so legendary.
Freestyle means free style, not let’s do everybody same stuff
All in all there are different approaches to longboard dancing. The original styles from classic longboarding, different styles from different styles from different countries. It is not only one way to dance. Be open minded, freedom of freestyle.
Bought 360 camera while in Japan. I think it’s the best thing I’ve had for years. For solo skater like me, it gives so many possibilities to film your longboard dancing, it’s incredible.
Basically you don’t have to ask anyone to film and you can get good footage, play with the sick angles and be creative 200 times more than with normal cam. It’s kind of your own drone, action cam, photo cam, gimbal and sick 360 degree cam in one vehicle.
In Japan they didn’t have Insta360 (other 360 action cam), only GoproMax and Ricoh Theta. Gopromax is good, but have to admit the next generation of 360 cams must be the ones to get. It takes super long time to import movies to your phone with wifi, then rendering and selecting the angles another hour or two, then finally editing and sharing it. Even if I’m super fast, for one 1 minute clip it can take good 3-4 hours of work. Also the app crashes like windows 95 and is super unstable. Once I updated the software, it started throwing camera off 360 mode, so for one longboard & dance session I did not have any footage on my cam, only sky and floor. But all in all, I’m having fun with it, but probably next generation is going to be better. 550e for Gopromax and stick, it’s bit expensive still I think. Ricoh Theta was more cheaper, but the video quality was no good for skating, the stabilizer was no good at all.
I’m super exited to work with this 360 camera and videos, it gives a so much more to my longboarding in general
Wen’t trough 30 days longboard dancing x street dance mission in January. The season wasn’t best for long boarding, since you can only skate in car garages in Finland, so result was fail (lol), 27/30 days was the final numbers, few days missing because of getting sick with car smoke etc, but all in all would recommend this longboard dancing mission to everyone. It kind of makes long boarding part of your daily routines and gives you so much motivation. Here are some videos of January. So glad now in end of March that sun is starting to shine.
Maskit on ok!
Suomessakin maskeja käyttäville ihmisille vieläkin naureskellaan, eikä asiakspalvelijoilla ole juurikaan suojaimia. Elämme erikoisia aikoja ja kaikki uusi varmasti huolettaa ja pelottaa.
Muistetaan että maskien käyttö on täysin normaalia, huoletonta ja helppoa. Aasiassa maskeja ja hengityssuojaimia käytetään kulttuurisesti paljon, ensisijaisesti jotta ei levitä itse flunssaa muihin. Maskit auttavat myös siihen, ettei näpelöi sormilla suuta ja nenää koko ajan. Kun karanteeni loppuu, epidemia ei taitu, jos meidän jokaisen hygieniatottumukset eivät muutu.
Skeitatessa maskien käyttön on tullut tutuksi, sillä talvisin joutuu harjoittelemaan parkkihalleissa, jossa ilma ei ole parasta. Samoin Korealaiset longboard-harrastajat käyttävät usein mustia maskeja taikka koristeltuja maskeja, esikuviensa K-Pop artistien mukaisesti.
Maskin voi tehdä itse helposti kahdella kumilenksulla ja nenäliinalla, taikka ihan pelkkä huivi kasvoilla auttaa siihen ettei pärski ympäriinsä julkisissa tiloissa. Win win, eikö vain 🙂 Opitaan kaikki yhdessä ja yritetään parantaa, jokainen keino käyttöön, naureskeleminen käsien pesuille, käsideseille ja maskeille auttaa kaikista vähiten.
Monissa länsimaissa on asetettu maskipakko asukkaille, nyt viimeisempänä koko Los Angelesissa. Saattaa hyvinkin olla, että myös Suomeen tulee tämä ja kannattaakin varautua siihen että esim. kaupassa asioidessa kaikilta odotetaan maskien käyttöä.
Hey fam what’s good! Started 2020 with great momentum, with 30 days straight longboard/freeskate/streetdance challenge. So every day either longboard/freeskate/streetdance for 30 days. In this cold weather and security guards harassing in parking lots, trying to be healthy and not injured, let’s see if gonna fail 😀
It was huge year for us. Started everything again from the beginning. Moved back from Okinawa to itä-Vantaa. Organized 6 events in Japan and Finland. Skated every day. Went to Barcelona. Thankful for all the people met and vibed.
Next year is going to be cool I guess. Cant wait the Okinawa trip again and all the Saddancer projects coming up.
When you want to go to longboard contest in Eindhoven, or any trip in general, but don’t have money for it. How to save money?
Of course we are privileged even to be able to travel, and able to save, but this is just for food of thoughts. This is not new post in this site, but something we have been doing in this blog.
1. Quit streaming. Quit all streaming services for 4 months. Netflix, Spotify and other streamings. All good music is in Soundcloud and also Youtube gives you 1 month free, so that’s enough. Start watching more how to videos or Elon Musk videos etc.
2. Lessen eating out in restaurants. This is super expensive in Finland. And lessen beers in Bars. This is just waste of money anyways
3. Do not buy any clothes in 4 months. You have enough clothes.
4. Try to go grocery store once a week, buy all the things once, not enter supermarket besides once a week. If I go every day to grocery store, I will buy all the un necessary shits every day, so if I spend 1 euro a day for stuff I don’t need, in 4 months it is crazy amount.
5. Lessen the time in social media. Lessen watching Instagram Stories, try to do productive stuff instead. This is hard one, but basically going through IG stories is biggest waste of time, all good stuff will be in posts so.. The saved time from watching Netflix and IG stories we have put into editing videos and longboard dancing.
And we have been releasing new videos every week now.
Its working 🙂
So in this way one will be able to save more than enough for costs to So You Can Longboard dance (biggest longboard event in the world) travels, hostel and food.
What you guys say? Is it too much? Or are we just spoiled? Are we wasting our money and time in general?