07 May 2009

Fingerboard Fashion?

While me and Ethan and a few others were sitting at Mikes table setting up new decks and what not after the rvous, Harold (the dirty harry) came and sat down. He too was putting together setups and putting stickers on his ramps. Ethan needed help getting a bearing out or a screw, something like that, and Harold pulled out his fingerboarding box. In it were multiple tools. Usually, you look at someone fb box and they have maybe 2 tools: Closeup tool, and the eye glass tools, but Harold had tons of unique tools for fbing. He began to show us how to use a metal file to make perfect riptape cuts. I dont even remember all the tools he had, but it made me think: Has fingerboaridng become all about accesories? The answer is yes, and it's a good thing.

Think back, back before many of us started fingerboarding. All people had were tech decks, skate grip, and tech deck tools. Thats it, and maybe a lighter to "modify" your tech deck. Now look at the fbing scene. We have regular trucks, wide trucks, rip tape, extra smooth, anchor tape, low pro tape, flatface wheels, duel bearing flatface wheels, nocomply bearing wheels, nocomply duel bearing wheels, oringz, pivot cups, shaped trucks, polished trucks, kingpins... The list goes on.

We all have to realize how spoiled we are. Go back and compare that list to the list i supplied with the tech deck list. It's obviously better. In this case, being spoiled is good in fingerboarding. We all are a bunch of innovating people if we can go from the tech deck list, to the fingerboarding now list. It's something alot of us take for granted. People complaining about how they wish fingerboarding would go back to the old days, are prolly the ones who wanted new products and ideas at the time. We are in a phenomenal place right now for fingerboarding, and we all need to realize this, and stop whining.

In the end, i feel that we all should have a fun time with fingerboarding. Spoil yourself! Spend a little bit of money, or work hard to get those sponsors you want, so you too can make yourself an amazing pimp setup. Whats better, a tech deck with grip tape, raised kicks, and tech deck wheels, or, a homewood fingerboard with extra smooth, flatface g7 wheels, oringz, and kingpins?... Ethan always tells me,"Im having alot more fun with fingerboarding once i started caring about how my setup looked". It's true guys. Try making a good setup. It seriously does increase the fun level on fingerboarding. I made one with my frost, winkler wheels, and rip tape setup. Once you do that first kickflip and see that board spin under you and you see how amazing it looks, youll know what im trying to say to you.

Think about what i said. It may sound like alot, but its not.
-Tim Hurley (will be posting more articles like this from now on)


Anonymous Kyle Friend said...

So true, Tim.
Post more like this.

May 7, 2009 at 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

your right Tim.
i have to setups.
1. Flatface G11 deck, extra smooth tape, polished wide trucks, fbs oringz, Flatface G6-A's, ff and berlinwood stickers.

2. Finga deck, riptape, wide trucks, riptape oringz, Winkler Wheels, winkler wheels sticker, and pivot cups.

It's great having a really nice setup. It makes fingerboarding so fun.

May 7, 2009 at 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Petrum said...

I do agree to a certain extent. I do like having a nicely colour co-ordinated deck. But at the same time, if the first trick doesnt feel right, there is no way i will keep riding a deck just because it looks nice.
SO perfromance plays a major role for me, i mean i filmed my whole prete part with tech decks wheels, just because for that deck, no other wheels felt the same :)

May 7, 2009 at 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Taylor R said...

Awesome article Tim!

oh and PRETES FTW.

May 7, 2009 at 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your so right but i agree with peter it is some times about preformance .my setup is nice and preforms well berlin wood xtra wide wide hangers close up g2 baseplates fbs tuning extra smooth tape and some nollie wheels
not bad to say im english


May 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice article although im fine with my techdeck, MOB grip and united equipment trucks :D

May 9, 2009 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Oliver j said...

i sort of agree to an extent like petrum

but i thinks its all about preference

eg mcmilf uses a td

its all about preferance :3

May 9, 2009 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Bakerbum said...

I'm a total noob to fingerboarding, and I already see the importance of performance parts. I've only been fingerboarding for about four months and I've learned a lot about having better equipment. FF G11 Deck, FFG6E Wheels, Tech Deck Trucks, BRR Riptape and Tuning has made fingerboarding more fun. I'm learning tricks at a faster pace than with a Tech Deck. I'm having fun learning, I kicked my three finger habit after changing to legit equipment. This stuff's great! And because I'm learning at a faster rate and analyzing tricks, it's helped my actual skating too. :D

May 11, 2009 at 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want too take some time out Thank all the people for doing what you do and make this community great im a long time reader and first time poster so i just wanted to say thanks.

January 20, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

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