Can you longboard dance on any board? How to choose your longboard.

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.

Lenght
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.

The brand
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.

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longboard dancing & skateboard 360 camera Gopromax review

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

30 days longboard dancing mission

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.

Saddancer how was this 2019?

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.

Okinawa became place to call another home. Skimboarding, Onsen (Hot springs), great food, cheap living, southern Island paradise with all best part of Japanese culture.
Had there Terrace House themed Airbnb with friends, best time of my life
guests liked it too
Organized 6 events in Japan and in Helsinki
7 dancers from Finland went to Japan, and one dancer came to perform in Helsinki
Okinawa is beautiful but home is where your heart is. Going to Okinawa every year, but full move to island is still in the future.
Built AirBnb/apartment with Japanese minimalism to close to Airport, no need for sofa
Summer in Helsinki is not bad either
Skated 3-4 times a week at least. longboard dancing = meditation
Itä-Vantaa appreciation. 20 minutes to Kallio, 30 minutes to central by car or bus. Perfect living. Have lived in Punavuori and Kallio, but not moving back to city ever.
Went to Barcelona! Was one of best weekends. The beach, the skate, the food, the people the vibes. Definately going next year as well.
Made more than 20 skate videos this year.

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What is sad dancer longboards and clothing?

Sometimes you can see beauty in sadness. In any art music or movement, there is certain beauty in melancholy, be it street dancing or longboard dancing. It’s alright to be just you. Stay at home when it’s raining. Feel blue in Mondays. We are not super heroes, and it’s ok. Rainy day and hangover, maybe been there. Some times sad music gives energy more than happy music, if you get me.

Minimal with simplicity, we just wanted to make videos, clothes and longboard dancing decks we ourselves wanted to use.

This is still project that has just started, so where we are heading, it’s all new to us. We wanted to have raw project that can put all our creativity and visual designs together, streetdance x longboard dancing videos, events, shop for clothing and longboard decks around it.


Tell us how did Sad dancer longboards & clothing project start?

My cousin lived in Hawaii and I started skim boarding in Oahu. When I came back to Finland, there wasn’t really place to do skim, so I got into looking longboard dancing, got my first deck actually when I was in Okinawa, just that I could move from place to place.

I bought cheap longboard from local Okinawa spot and started mixing street dance and longboard dancing. I loved how you don’t need dance classes or studio to practice. You have your own moving dance floor always with you.

Then after I started to look better board, I really wanted minimal, black deck, no logo or graphics with decent price, but there wasn’t any. If you are beginner, putting 3-400e for set up is not easy, since you don’t even know if the long boarding is your think in the end. To hunt down beginner friendly but quality longboard was the unicorn I wanted.

After seeing videos of original 1960’s long boarding, got really stoked, and wanted plain board with no grip, just to do deep carves, boardwalks with bare feet. No flips or tricks. When our street dancer days, tricks or power moves weren’t the thing, my crew was about small details and style. There wasn’t one I wanted so the next thing was dreaming about my own deck.

I wan’t the saddancer deck to be all black, minimal, chill, simplistic and zen. Japanese-finnish heritage I guess.

We have been thinking for our own clothing line for long time. We had sneakerstore called Popot Sneakerstore in Helsinki, it was first sneakerstore in Finland to specialize on limited edition sneakers. At the time we were in middle of fashion biz, we were tight with people from Vans, Diamond & co, DC and skate scene wasn’t that far from us. We had sponsorship from Adidas originals and we even hooked Vans sponsorship to one of our friends.
There were talks of our own brands a lot. Then I got into my pro street dancer career for years and quit sneakerstore.

So that’s how ended to combine dream of own clothing line in street dance and long boarding to a brand Sad dancer.

Why Sad dancer name?

The music to dance to is artists like shiloh, xxx, frank ocean, moody and chill stuff. These kind of music gives me energy more than happy music, if you get me. Motivational speakers make me really sad. I see beauty in chill music and peoples. Guy called Shawn from Longboarddancing.world was talking about in his post about happy longboarders and sad longboarders, and I immediately related to Sad Longboard dancer word and there it was. Sad dancer

What’s your relationship with skating?

I bought my first deck in eighties, it was called Turbo II, legendary cheapo deck. Fish shaped decks, the era flips weren’t the thing, it was nose grabs and hand plants. I was street dancer, but many of my friends were skaters, so I watched lots of skate movies in 90’s, Zooyork was big in Hiphop too, coining the feel of two cultures, Harold Hunter and when Kids came, it went bananas. The whole 90’s New York street culture vibe is my roots really. We would go every year to breakdance battles to New York. Hanged in Washington square and Union Square. Eventually we won RSC Anniversary that was biggest bboy contest in NYC and one of most respected events in U.S. We won that years US Champion in finals, and like 5000 dollars that was crazy lot money back then and some of the ghetto kids would come after us. We were breaking and drinking on street and got caught up from Police, went to courthouse to agreed guilty and pay lol.
I would watch later Supremes Cherry, it sort of had that old 90’s hiphop vibe, took me back, I’ve seen it like 100 times, also ZooYorks Akira Mowatt is half Japanese, so I followed a lot his stuff. From Cherry, Dylan Rieder is probably coolest skater and his part and fashion is big inspiration to everything I do. Many of street dances and longboarding is from California, and we would go to Cali to Streetdance events where local street dancers had decks with them, playing with street and longboarding. Both are Californian street culture from 60s and 70s.

When I started longboard dancing, it changed my life totally. It coined everything together. It’s like meditation, put your music on and just skate, forget all the shits in your life. After that I’ve been skating almost every day. Sad dancer becaming sad long boarder.

Tell us about your dancing roots.

I started dancing in 90’s, I was professional street dancer to around 2017, when I quit.
We got sponsored and used to travel to all over the world to battle, there is no country I anymore want to go, we went to everywhere. We did all the underground battles, got into fights and all batshit crazy stuff. Then did all the commercial stuff, been on like 10 different music videos and performed in MTV Music awards that was huge back then, like 100 million people watching. Battled against Wyclef on backstage, Madonna and J-Lo and all the biggest on that era were there and liked what we did.

So I quit few years a go active performing and teaching in Streetdance, I got tired to all politics and drama in the scene and wanted to move to southern island in Japan. Started investing to stocks, the moved to Okinawa to build beach hostel and take easy. Now I’m going back and forth Helsinki and Okinawa, super inspired with the sad dancer project.  

 

What is future for Sad Dancer

To be honest, this is just hobby for us, so wish just to continue, longevity is the key and most important part. Hope beginners and those who wan’ts just dance with long board with minimal design deck could find us. Also for dancers all black clothes, for all us sad dancers. Dancers and skaters are not always just happy happy energetic tricksters, I think

 

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