Surfing and skating go hand in hand. Skateboarding was originally known as street surfing. Over the years both sports have influenced each other. I've put together a few videos, well two cards worth, that showcase a part of the relationship. There is something here for everyone who longboards, shortboards or surfs. Watch each video and pay close attention to how they ride and what they are saying. Yeah, some repeat what another is saying or doing but you will find something new in each. Jay Adams, Larry Bertlemann and Buttons all speak about their influences and show in their riding or surfing how each influences the other. Check out Bertlemann's "Go Pro"from the 70's lol! There's instructions on pumping and carving from surfers and a history lesson on skateboard carving from Paul Riechele III. I threw in some carver boards just to show how surfing and skating have truly come together and to showcase a different style of board and trucks. If you love longboarding whether it's downhill, freeride, freestyle, cruising, carving, slalom or hitting the pools or ditches you can perfect your style by taking cues from surfers and skaters who surf. Speaking of style, these videos also spend a lot of time urging you to develop your own. Style is what makes your riding different from everyone else and is how many riders become sponsored. Style essentially comes from the soul of the surfer or skater. It can take years to truly master your own style and make it look steezy. The key is to learn all you can from every aspect of the sport, mold it into what you like the most and do it in a way that makes it your own. Oh and you'll see some excellent kick flips with 46 inch boards. Save those for your "regular"skater friends to watch and learn lol! Be yourself, and enjoy the ride.
Surf and Skate Part II
It's just better to wear one, my best friend and I never wore them either until the one time he wished he had one, he suffered a head injury and is lucky he is okay and not in a wheelchair. Doesn't matter how comfortable you are on a board all it takes is one fall to wish you would have been smarter, you can break bones and they will heal, it's hard to fix a brain injury
Not everyone uses helmets or pads, when I was a kid no one did...I do, but not always. If I'm going fast or I'm outside of my comfort zone I will pad up. Most of these skaters in the video have been at this since birth and their comfort zone is large. Now anyone of them could spill their brains tomorrow, but they know the risks. That one chick in the pumping video said she wrecked and flipped up on her head and slid down the road creating a bald spot Mohawk but there she is without one just the same. I hope you noticed more than the fact they didn't all wear helmets. @CohlEllis