I'm going to speak in generalities here, and whenever I do this, I feel that I should preface it with an explanation of what a generality is. A generality is something that is largely true, but specifically false; i.e., if you make a generality about a certain group of people, it might be right on the money for the group as a whole, but way out in left field if you tried to apply it to a certain member of a given group. That said, I'm going to make some generalities about longboard skateboarders.
Longboarders tend to be a little bit older, a little bit better off, well, at least, we tend to have jobs where you don't have to wear a name tag. We tend to not think too much about plunking down $150.00 for a new skateboard. I'm not saying we throw money around, but it's a lot easier to go out and get a new complete when you're not pulling double shifts at a McJob to make the rent. As a result we tend to acquire a lot of boards. To be honest, when I started writing this I couldn't have told you how many boards I had. I just went into the garage and checked, and I have nine, not counting one that I've lent to a friend and about a dozen or so vintage collectible ones.
Now there's nothing wrong with having a lot of boards. Some boards rip on downhill, but suck at the skatepark. There's something to be said for having different types of boards for different types of riding. And there's nothing wrong with getting a new board because it looks cool or you're sick of seeing someone else on the same board you're riding. The problem is when we start thinking "if only I had a board that's about two inches longer and a little bit more flexy." It's logic like that that makes you go out in your garage one day and realize you have nine longboards, when you ride two or three, if even that many, 90% of the time.
My point is that there is no magic board. If you're looking for the perfect board, forget it. You're never going to find it. Getting a new board isn't going to make you ride any better, but spending a bit more time on the one(s) you have will. I'm not saying don't go out and buy a new board, just think about it before you do. Is it really going to make a difference or are you just looking for magic?
In closing, I just want to say that it may possible to find the magic board. You might have already found it, the ideal board, set up absolutely perfect for the way you ride. Well, if you have, my advice to you is to go out and buy four or five of them as soon as you can, because companies go out of business, models get discontinued. The only way to make sure you always have one is to buy so many that they'll never stop making them.
February 2, 1999
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