Entered Longboard dancing World Cup SYCLD

This years Longboard dancing World Cup SYCLD was held online, so me as Sad Skate shop employee decided to enter the contest. It was super fun process to make a line for contest, didn’t get through to finals since level was super high, but can say practicing and making this entry really made me better longboard dancer.

Most times when you just practice normally Longboard dancing, you will concentrate on new tricks or steps, so won’t be putting effort for full long lines, so I fully recommend to get your mind to full lines too.

Here in this line I tried to make few challenges, to make it harder for me.

1. Try to use tricks that not many others use
Originality is the key for me and always important, so tried to combine to one flow some weirder original tricks that are not very common. First trick is my own variation, then magic man to finger flip and caveman with slide are somewhat rarer tricks I believe. Also tried not to use the tricks and steps that are used by many, so I didn’t use any crossteps, Peter pans or 180 no comply’s in this line.

2. Tried to make everything go with music
Every pump and carve, tricks did to beat. I like to go with the music so I tried to pay attention to beat. Music is coming from small speaker in my waist. Also there was message, Drakes – Started from the bottom now we here, which resonates to my longboarding as well.

All in all, I am very satisfied with this line, it gave me much motivation and hope they will continue to have it again next year for those who can’t travel to Netherlands for live Longboard dancing World Cup.

It was super nice to feel the vibe and love from everybody, and so super supportive to a nobody and no special long boarder like me in this contest. Hope to see you in SYCLD some day!

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. So it would be safe to say to look up to board with symmetrical 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, Moonshine 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.