21 July 2009

The Beginning

My mom sent me to a swim camp at Stanford University when I was about 11 years old. I really did not care to be at that camp, because I was not all that interested in swimming at the time. However, attending this camp would forever change my own life. As I was in the cafeteria eating lunch, one of the camp-goers that I had befriended pulled out a miniature skateboard toy and was pretending to do tricks. I thought it looked pretty cool, and asked if he had anymore, which he did and gave me one for $3. From that point on, I was hooked.

During middle-school it seemed like everyone fingerboarded. During lunch, my friends and I would try to replicate tricks from the latest 411vm we watched. Fingerboarding for me has always been much more fun as a social activity than an individual activity. Throughout my time fingerboarding I have always had friends around me who fingerboard as well. Some of them started fingerboarding on their own, others started because I got them into it.

I'd like to hear your own relationship with fingerboarding. Why did you start fingerboarding? How did you get introduced to the hobby?

52 Comments:

Blogger Scottstimo said...

Hmm... I bought some Tech Decks a while ago, but I really started when I saw the videos of people on YouTube. I live somewhat close to Standford :O

July 21, 2009 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger malique said...

well when i first went to my new school.My friend Israel had said'man u ever heard of a tech deck?' I actually didn't get what he was saying until i went to walgreens and bout my first board. It was fun and i have learned tricks and now i just need a camcorder 2 show them

July 21, 2009 at 9:48 PM  
Anonymous robert said...

i bought a tech deck like two years ago and i skated so i was like this is cool then a couple months ago i really got into it i found the flatface site bought a closeup and a marble bench and ive been hooked ever since i got a g12 and it was wide now im even more hooked its just too bad i have no one to fb with its kind of a solo thing for now

July 21, 2009 at 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Marco said...

Iwas on a trip in london in 2003 and I found tech decks in a big toy shop... i took a couple (I was skating on that period) and I started trying first tricks...
then in 2004 I bought my first wood deck from England's company Fingerfunn (does sombody know who they were??? they had a website, but now it's down..) then I stopped in 2006 for some matters...
I re-started in last december and now it's again like a drug for me :D

July 22, 2009 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger RANGA said...

found a td on the road and was hooked

July 22, 2009 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger JUST said...

me and my friend was at the mall and he was like. "Hey lets get some tech decks" and we got them we were using three finger and we jut got hooked i found out there was like other people at my school who did it and they howed me flatface and brr and thats when i got really serious about it but really fun i got my wooden decks and yeh! :)

July 22, 2009 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Fabian Schreiter said...

it was at 1998 or 1999 when thps released in germany. Two of my best friends got a psx and we played that game-demo. Soon we wanted to do that tricks in real life, so we started skateboarding. One day one of the both friends showed us a keychain-fingerboard. i was fascinated and wanted to have one. I saved my money and was pissed off when i "just" got that "TechDeck" and not such a cool keychain-fingerboard. I paid like 12,50 Euro for my Techdeck from Generation 2. My friends stopped fingerboarding soon, after some years they stopped skating too. In 2002 or 2003 after 3 or 4 years fingerboarding on my own i discovered fingerboarding in the internet. I was totally stoked... and the rest is history XD

July 22, 2009 at 3:35 AM  
Anonymous Lukas said...

in drawing lesson i saw for the first time a tech deck and what you can do with it. The same week i bought my own tech deck. I also started skateboarding arround that time. A few months later i bought my first wood deck a close up and i also maked my first homade deck.
a month later i bought my first berlinwood. i have also put i few of my friends in fingerboarding.
And when it is raining they come to my place to fingerboard and have fun, because rain isn't very good for your skateboard xD

July 22, 2009 at 5:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive been messing around with tech decks for years then i looked up tech deck on youtube then saw mikes kickflip tutorial. thats when i got hooked. then i asked my friend if he fbed and he said that he made them! i was like thats sick.. soo now im here

July 22, 2009 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger mark said...

i was at school on the bus when i heard squeaking of the wheels so i turned around and saw a miniture skateboard i was like can i try it was like i was hooked for years now i have a holywoodnm with g7ds damn its been years

July 22, 2009 at 6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love to fingerboard and i make tons of decks from my aluinum mold but every thinks it gay, and that i have no life

July 22, 2009 at 7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love to fingerboard and i make tons of decks in my metal mold but everyone by me thinks its gay and thinks i have no life

July 22, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love to fingerboard and i make tons of decks in my metal mold but everyone by me thinks its gay and thinks i have no life

July 22, 2009 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Viva la Finga said...

I was a hardcore skateboarder, but then I broke my arm. My mom said that I wasn't allowed to skate anymore, although I was dying to. So when I saw fingerboarding, it satisfied my needs to skate. Then I got hooked....

July 22, 2009 at 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Nicolas Baillie said...

2 or 3 years ago I bought some TD's with my friends and we were playing with our little skateboards at school (I remember we sucked ass, like riding with 3 fingers and landing with all the fingers lol). We quickly stop it. Last year, I was reeally bored when I was on the internet, and I wrote "fingerskate" on YouTube.
The first video I saw was Elias assmuth riding the BRR G6. I was absolutely amazed by his style and tricks. When I was at school with TD's I didn't think it can be possible to do kickflips, heelflips, and all those tricks.
So I took my tech deck and go practicing. Then I never gave up.

July 22, 2009 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Graham said...

I was playing with a friend and he showed me his tech deck prak, he couldnt do any tricks i didnt even try but i was interested. About a year or so later i saw him playing with it again and asked if i could have one, he said sure and and i was trying all these tricks, eventually i got it and was hooked.

July 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger tory said...

so i first got in to finger boarding when i was at a waterpolo tourney out of town and so me and my friend started TD-ing and i got got really in to it. i would bring it to school and i got many taken away by teachers haha. and around christmas i got my first wooden deck and it my favorite one that i have, i carry it with me every where taking every oppertunity to sesh where ever i am.

July 22, 2009 at 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anthony LaVerghetta said...

I was Skating and I saw a Tech Deck on the side of the road and I brought it home with me. Then I looked it up on the PC and I saw the website. I saw all of the ramps they had and from then on i stuck with it. 2002-2009 and still going strong.

July 22, 2009 at 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when i started fingerboarding with tech decks i was the ONLY one doing it in my tiny school in ohio.i <3 fb and that is my life

July 22, 2009 at 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my friend got me hooked on it in like may but i thught i wasnt gunna like it but then in august i loved it

July 22, 2009 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger alexanader said...

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July 22, 2009 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger alexanader said...

played with some teckdecks and then looked up on youtube. it was great. learned most tricks from mike shneider. found flat face and got a a couple wooden decks then got a stair setup. my lifes goal to get sponsered by flat face. or even trying to get noticed. if your reading this mike, nice life man. wish i was like you,

another fan,
alexander b
p.s, love your writing tim,
great use of words and comments!!!!!!!

July 22, 2009 at 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Roland said...

It all started when i was colecting tech decks never really using them they would always look coolso i kepton buying them one day i was really boerd ... wait i have tech decks so i grabed one and i was hooked since, then i have a shitty camera but i lived throught it and started making videos

July 22, 2009 at 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Danie L B said...

i use to play with techdeck dudes and one day i started doing flips with the techdeck dude board with my finger underneath the deck :P doing impossibles. then alot of guys got into it and started bringing techdecks! i got a bunch of techdeck ramps that christmas and alot of techdecks and then left it for a while and now i got back into it!

July 22, 2009 at 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Tommy Iacono said...

Well last year I was going to woodward and i stopped by a hotel near it. Then we saw a Walmart by it so I went in. I saw a TD and I forced my mom to buy it for me. Then at Apple Bees I changed the wheels and started fingerboarding with three fingers like crazy. Then my dad yelled at me to put it away. It got stolen at woodward =[. I took a long break and in Febuary I started again with a close up and a marble bench.

July 22, 2009 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Tommy I said...

Well last year I was going to woodward and i stopped by a hotel near it. Then we saw a Walmart by it so I went in. I saw a TD and I forced my mom to buy it for me. Then at Apple Bees I changed the wheels and started fingerboarding with three fingers like crazy. Then my dad yelled at me to put it away. It got stolen at woodward =[. I took a long break and in Febuary I started again with a close up and a marble bench.

July 22, 2009 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Untitled said...

istarted in 3rd grade when my friend nevan introduced it to me,then i started doing it all the time and got better and better.

July 23, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Olav Søhagen said...

It was in the beginning of 10'th grade, and our class had a traditional trip to Poland And Germany, while in Germany is started to think what i could get my hands on to keep me occupied during the hours coming up in our bus. So i went and bought me a Tech Deck, i fooled around with it in the bus and had fun. When i got home i found myself fingerboarding many hours, than i searched for it on youtube, and i found Mike Schneider's '' Interior Crocodile Aligator '' vid, and i got more interested, one or two weeks later i went and bought a Close-up from fingerboardstore.de and i got hooked. Now this is my favorite hobby :)
Feel free to check out my youtube vids x) youtube.com/analinvandrer

July 23, 2009 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Kwaku said...

well it started in fourth grade when me and a couple friends headed to a local store and brought some tech deck dudes. we started messing around on these guys until i saw a box at toyr us. it had a tech deck spine ramp a barrel, a jersey barrier and one fingerboard. i soon got this for my birthday. later on i went on teck deck.com and started lookin up marc johnson's how to videos. i progressed watchin these vids every day. soon i went to youtube then fingerflipinc and i havent looked back since. : )

July 23, 2009 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger JonnySkate said...

I bought some cheap plastic fingerboards from a pound store. I then searched and found you could get wooden ones, which made me better.

July 24, 2009 at 12:04 AM  
Anonymous jojo k. said...

When me and some of my friends started skating in like march 2006, one of them brought a techdeck to school, and within a few days we had like 8 fingerboarders in class.
Although some of them quitted fingerboarding as fast as they had once started, the following summer pretty much fully consisted of skate- and fingerboarding, with everyday sessions with 5-10 skaters and fingerboarders, building new ramps (for both types of boards), and like everyday someone learned a new trick. Looking back it must have been a truly awesome time :)

July 24, 2009 at 12:53 AM  
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July 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger jack said...

My neighbor had a finger board at his house, he could already do alot of tricks ollies, pop shove its, ect and I got interested. so I went out hopeing I could get one, all I could find were tech decks... so I bought one It was a 5BORONYC deck and i was really excited to try new tricks, I already knew how to skateboard so I took to it pretty quikly, the rest is history1 :)

July 24, 2009 at 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was 12 and all these brought old tds to school ... I asked my sis if I could Have one .. She said sure .. I got home and looked at it .. I looked at Gary Chins videos ..like heaven and hell .. :)I got hooked like a year later... But whatever.. That was the begining for me.. :)

July 24, 2009 at 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in about 3rd grade i seen kids playing with TD's i thought it was kinda cool although none out of like all 20 could do anything i bought one.it soon faded out cause we all stunk. then about a year ago a kid brought a td to our school in 6th grade i went and tryed it again i stunk i did tricks but with my thumb. then i was determind i quit using my thumb and got kickflips treflips heelflips varials pretty much everything. with my mitt wide with g6-d whites and wide trucks with ff teflon bushings

July 24, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Anonymous iheartfingerboard said...

i first got into it when me and my friend were hanging out at school in the 6th grade, and then i pulled out a tech deck. i wasnt serious and never imagined there was such thing as "wood decks". me and my friend got into it and had a great time with them. of course we sucked we didnt even know it was possible to do tricks without using your thumb lol. then the next year i was really into skateboarding, it was raining one day and i saw that my friend had a vid on youtube that day of him fingerboarding, thats when i decided to learn how to ollie and stuff. i started to learn and was fingerboarding with my friend in art the next day, and this other kid was watching and also got into it with me. he became one of my best friend to this day and we fingerboard alot, we fingerboarded more for like two months, and then i "quit", mainly because most of my other friends hated it, but i told them around late april that if they dont like me because i fingerboard then they can fuck off. so they stayed as my friends as really dont give a shit anymore. still my one friend is the only one who knows a lot about the scenery in fingerboarding

July 24, 2009 at 10:40 PM  
Anonymous wannes said...

i get a tech deck from christmas end i just like it very mutch

July 25, 2009 at 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Larry436 said...

I started because i broke my leg skateboarding and wanted to have something to do with skating so i picked up a tech deck and from then on i was hooked

July 25, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in 5th grade dee kids brought techecks to skool and started trading and collecting/selling tech decks....and we sucked ass in the first place.. i got no trades wat soever so that summer i picked up a few tricks from gary chin, tech decks tutorial , mike schneider, etc... and blossemed from there

July 26, 2009 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger Keith said...

My story is wierd. I started making fingerboards as keychains a long time ago. I have always skateboarded so i decided to try a few of the new tricks i had in mind on the fingerboards i was making. Let's face it when you have an epic failure on a fingerboard it isn't the same as on a real board. After that i started trying to make the decks more realistic and such. You have to think back then we had wood trucks and old wheels off of any spare hotwheels we could find. As time went on i kept trying to get better and better at it. But that is how i got into fingerboarding.

July 26, 2009 at 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Liam said...

I started fingerboarding like about 1 year ago i think someone had one in class and i looked at it all class and then it started , now i started skating wooden boards like 4 weeks ago and am getting better everyday :D

July 28, 2009 at 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Kyle Friend said...

Around 3 years ago, some people I knew had some Tech Decks. I bought one from walmart and was hooked. I've been fingerboarding 3 years now and I do it every day. I love it.

July 29, 2009 at 5:01 PM  
Anonymous carter said...

the reason why i fingerboard is for fun, i get picked on for it but as you all now its some fun shit. and i think the way that everyone got into fingerboarding is because of tech deck which to me is the greatest fingerboard company out there. how i got into fingerboarding was because of a tech deck that i found under my bed when i was 5. so yeah

July 31, 2009 at 5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was always somewhat interested in tech decks from the age of 7, but it really all started when my friend wanted to make some money, and sold a bunch of tech decks at school, everyone was doing it. Most of them quit, but i kept going, and discovered mike schneiders videos on youtube, and switched from three fingers to two. I'm hooked. FB for life.

August 2, 2009 at 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i broke my arm in october last year and i needed something to do so i bought a tech deck then progressivly got better and got a flatface g12 and some g7's. I had been skateboarding for 2 and a half years already and have heard about tech decks and seen people on youtube but i never saw what fingerboarding was all about. Now i love it and i dont think i will ever stop

August 3, 2009 at 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Jonathan B. said...

Well i started when i was looking at skate vids on youtube, and noticed someone playing around on a berlinwood, which i had no idea what it was. so at a local raindew i say them and bought a td, and then i looked up more vids, then i saw someone doing nollieflips to nosegrinds down a 6 set while on a phone,and then i progressed from there. And here i am, posting my story on the best blog ever =)

August 10, 2009 at 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started when i was in fith grade everyone had one i allways used someone elses until i saw one in target i got a 10 pack world industries. Soon i became better than everyone else exept for one person. So i looked one you tube and saw so much vidios. But what changed me was whan i saw Mike Shnieder's vidios. I felt like a poser. I tryed and tryed and soon became better than my friend and made a you tube and im now sponsored by one unknown company... For now

September 13, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
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