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 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 use some original tricks that are not very common. First trick is my own variation, then magic man to finger flip and caveman with slide are quite rare 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. In my opinion if it’s dance, it has 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.
Why buy my longboard or skate in small local shop even if it’s 20 euros more expensive?
Answer is simple. You will get more. Local shops support local scene, kids, riders, organize events, make videos etc. All this extra content you get for 20 euros or dollars. You are same time helping kids to get some day maybe professional skaters or Olympic skaters. Skate parks get build because of skate community and shops are big part of building it.
By buying in big corporate sports stores, your money will get lost in huge investment companies accounts who really don’t give a shit about longboarders, skaters or scoot people.
Made quick how to to longboard trick called Caveman. In Japan it is usually the first longboard dancing trick you learn, so here you go. It is done in this tutorial very slowly, remember to get there more speed when you get comfortable, also jump higher and if deck doesn’t touch the floor at all, it is the best. By deck touching ground you can easily combine finger flips or slaps to board to caveman. Also landing the trick can be varied, cross feet landing, body varial etc.
Remember, there are many ways to do these tricks so do your own research and choose the right way, there are lot’s of caveman tutorials in youtube.
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?
Street surfing 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.
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.