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I've been skating since ... well, a long time, with a long time out. I credit my daugter for getting me rolling again. I have lurked this forum on and off. I don't do much online other than the Bomber Online snowboarding forum -- same username there. Long ago I used the "oldschoolskateboarding.com" forum (if I recall correctly) with the same username, until it shut down.

I ride FDR skatepark on a homemade board and cruise around on other homemade boards. Kind of looking to get more into something to feel like carving an alpine snowboard. Park is my current best approximation.
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Welcome from Wisconsin.

I used to hang out a bit on the old Burton forum, but there were a lot of punks and smart asses there.  There were a few older riders that were cool though.  There are some snowboarding threads here.  Check them out.  We have an OG snowboarder here who rode for Sims (snow and skate), although he doesn't post much anymore.

There really is nothing like riding down a mountain on fresh pow.  But, bowl riding on a skateboard is a kick all its own.  And you don't have to spend a bunch of money and go on a major quest for pow to have fun skating a bowl.

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Thanks! I should have mentioned, I rode one of the prototype SIms yellow plastic snowboards. I've always had a soft spot for Sims stuff...
Is your signature referring to the Turf that used to be outside Milwaukee? I rode that a few times, LONG ago. Kind of learned to ride bowls there.
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Yes, the Turf, but it was called Surfin' Turf at the beginning when I skated there.  The park closed for good in the mid 90s, the bowls were filled in and the building put to a different use.  But, then, in 2010 the highway department bought the land and demolished the building.  The top edges of the bowls could be seen at ground level.  Word traveled quickly and a bunch of skaters showed up and started digging out the shallow bowl by hand.  It took many hours of back breaking work to dig it out.  Only a few people got to skate it before they filled it back in the next day.  We tried to appeal to the Greenfield mayor to restore the skate park and make it public, but he said they would not do that because a public park would not generate taxes for Greenfield.  So, unless you have several million dollars to buy the land and restore the bowls, the Turf will never be "saved."  The property has been for sale for a couple of years now, but no buyer yet.  So, we're still waiting for some skater to win the lottery and restore the park.
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Wow, that's so backward! Most cities would be happy to have a park already built!
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BTW, my brother bought one of those yellow Sims boards when they came out.  I rode it a couple of times when we could find a hill and deep snow.  It was an absolute joke on hard pack though.  I remember watching my brother try over and over to turn the board on hard pack at the local ski hill.  I said no thanks to that action.  I waited until there were steel edges on snowboards before buying one. 

Not being all that sentimental, my brother sold that Sims board (wood Toft deck on top) when the vintage market was hot for a lot of coin.  Then, the weasel buys 2 vintage snowboards at a garage sale - Sims Toft with Phase 3 deck and a Winterstick - for $10 and makes a killing on those too.  Sheesh!

FWIW, there's a great book on snowboarding called "The Way of the Snowboarder" by Rob Reed.  There's some great snowboarding history in there. 

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Hello and welcome from just down 95 in Maryland.  
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MikeinMD, where do you skate? I'm hoping to get to Lansdowne park this summer. Been meaning to for years!

70sSkater, the Sims Skiboard is my retirement plan! Hope I didn't miss the peak sale price... cough, cough... At the end I reluctantly put my Alva pig on it.. really a shame, that could have been my retirement plan if it didn't get that punishment.
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Welcome from Nor Cal Wine Country, Sonoma County
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MikeinMD, where do you skate? I'm hoping to get to Lansdowne park this summer. Been meaning to for years!


Mostly just a bit of freestyle these days with two of my nephews.  Rarely do much downhill anymore.  And unfortunately, way too many surgeries and broken bones to really enjoy any park action.  [frown]

Check out "Events & Happenings".  Guys will post up sessions and get togethers.  A number of those have been at Lansdowne.  Hell, if you're looking for a sesh, post up a thread of when/where you'd like to get together.  A number of guys in this general area are usually up for that.

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Landsdowne Banked slalom contest this Sunday noon to 4. Look in "Events and Happenings" category
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Welcome from Florida....way down south...
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Welcome from Australia, where we engage in the 3rd of the great triumvirate - surfing. Been a while since I snowboarded, but I did love it. Not sure SIMS ever did a surfboard, never seen one. No doubt someone will correct me if I get it wrong though.
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welcome back, it still loves you [thumb]

FDR is super fun, built and rolled it plenty of times, i used to live in ocnj

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