Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: Signal Park 154

(Note: This was supposed to be posted back in February. I just noticed that it was sitting in queue and never uploaded because of an error. My bad. Here it is)

I've always wanted to check out a Signal board and this year I finally did. Made in the good old US of A, and headed by snowboard legend Dave Lee, Signal do things a little differently. Check out their Every Third Thursday to understand what I mean. 3D printed snowboard anyone? They're a human sized company within an industry of giants, rooted with an artistic foundation. Give me more!

The Park 154 was my board of choice. I went with the camber version, I have yet to ride a board with anything but camber. I'm stubborn. The board has lots of pop, I normally don't ride park boards but more of all terrain boards so this board was a big change for me. I found myself wanting to ride in the park more with this board, probably some type subliminal thing since I knew the board under my boots was designed for it but whatever. It had me riding things and and trying things I normally don't so that's a positive in my book. 

The graphics on the board were something that really drew me to it. The top sheet has actual cassette tape tape under it, making each deck have a unique design. It's little things like this that make Signal's approach to graphics and design that make me smile. Something different and hand made, making it a personal experience rather than just another board coming out of the production line. Other companies need to listen up and take some notes, Signal is everything that is "right" with snowboarding these days. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Never think old, always think young...

Well, it only took about a month but I got shut out of my "go to" skate spot for after work. The curb. The lights are shut off before I'm able to even get there. Pfft. Who needs it. I'm off to bigger and better things, err, curbs. I'm gonna find me a newer and better curb. You'll see. 

In other worldly news. I've given up soda and energy drinks and replaced them with tried and true freshly brewed tea (made by myself) and water. 

And for Father's Day my lovely wife and kids got me this sweet ass print AND it's signed by Natas and Marc McKee. (That's not a photo of my actual print, I found that pic on the net) Now I just need to go get it framed and I'm all set. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My curb.

As of late I've been having the privilege of skating a lot more than I have been able to these past few years. My shifts at work got flipped upside down and I now work until just after midnight. Which means that when I'm not dead tired after work I stop at my new local curb and do grinds for as long as my body is capable. I do pay the price when my two little girls wake up bright and early the next morning, which in turn means so do I. But the lack of sleep is a small price to pay to be able to roll around on a regular basis again. The curb I chose as my own is about 8 minutes from home and it pretty much sucks. It needs wax to grind. There's a huge crack dead in the middle of it. And if it rains even one day out of the week it's pretty much guaranteed that the drain spout that lies inside/under the curb is creating a nice puddle to have fun trying to grind around. But it's my curb and I have fun with it. I may have to put in a few more pushes but the crack and water doesn't stop me...well, most of the time. Here's a picture of my curb; Ollie's. 

Monday, June 10, 2013