No question: my 1989 Daytona was life changing.
To build it, I had to overcome so many preconceived notions to even think about doing it. But one of the big problems was whether I would go it alone, this aerodynamic path, even if no one else joined in the revolution. The trucks were Tracker full tracks. The wheels, Hyper Super Mundos.
The Daytona was built to compete in the underground series that ran in the eighties, speed runs at Templin Hywy, and places like GMR, which was really the main problem. Could a full belly pan only one half inch off the ground work there? It turned out it could, and I was home free. But by the second race, the wheels began to be the main problem. Either I was not getting chemically bonded wheels as I was told, or I had other new unseen issues at play. The Hypers were so fast, I did not want to change them out, but they were trying to kill me, literally.
This never resolved itself, and factored in my decision to retire. Another thing was could my feet be inside a fairing, and get out in a flash, stably, without causing a problem?
That worked out perfectly. I did not use hand rails as I learned to ride without them, but people saw that as a design defect, which is how I saw the dependence on rails anyway; to each his own. This picture at Waterman Rd., San Bernadino was taken five minutes before my first fast crash on the Daytona. It would be the first of three high speed bails. There was no way number four was going to be a walk away deal; my number was coming up.
In one of my last appearances on the Daytona, I beat Lee Dansie, and others of considerable reputation in what has to be one of the farthest leads in luge history, because I did something I said I would never do, and my suspicion was correct, resulting in my third and last high speed tumble. But 45 minutes later, after a duct tape rebuild, the Daytona lived up to the dream, and won against some heavy competition. But it was clear I could not slow down willingly, and I have always been looking for the next level.
About a month after the season ended, I rode the Daytona for the last time, savoring each moment during that screamer. And then that was it – I called it. Jarrett Ewanek bought the Daytona on the spot for $100 cash, and I sold it because I knew if I still owned it, I would ride it. Number four was out there waiting, patiently. But the Daytona made me open up to new ideas, question what my goals were, and what I wanted to achieve next. Next was the gravity car, which if you look up Fast Donnie, you will see that was a good choice.
My Logan cut out with ACS trucks and Sims wheels. It was something that could transport me, both physically and mentally. It set me free in a what seemed like a never ending expansion of concrete.
I still have it, it traveled most of the country, it went to the big island and even took a trip to Europe.
The board that changed my life was a Sims Steve Rocco with Venture Trucks with Powell Freestyle wheels. It was smooth and easier to do tricks on a blunt nose and was just great all around.
It was really my first street deck and seemed lighter than all my earlier decks.
I rode it till the wheels fell off and tossed it. I ran a skate shop. I had no issues getting boards on credit, not the deck I had but similar.
What set up changed your life? A 1989 Christian Hosoi Hammerhead with some nose concave (double kick), G&S 4130 Chromoly Trucks with nylon baseplates & Pink Bullet 66 Speed Wheels (Santa Cruz) 95s.
The bigger wheels and lighter trucks allowed me to go faster for bigger air off my launch ramps and big 4 wheel slides when bombing down hills (Gresham, Oregon – Towle Hill/Heiney Road). I must have cracked 4 or 5 of those baseplates and king pins.
It was lighter (G&S Trucks), longer (Hosoi Hammerhead), and I could go faster (there were larger diameter wheels with the Bullet 66s). I learned to ollie airwalk (I could kick the board out in front of me with its length), rail slide (down my neighbors railroad ties along the side of her slanted driveway), tricks on my mini half pipe, and big 4 wheel slides, 20 yards or so. I loved that board and setup, except I kept cracking those G&S kingpins.
I started getting serious about football after my freshman year of high school; so did my other skating buddies, and all of a sudden I didn’t skate anymore. Last I checked, it was at my buddies house.
Di Dootson Rose
Di Dootson Rose FibreFlex with Tracker wides, Road Rider 4s or OJs. At 26, I started skating with my friends (a little late, I know), then started running races, then started the National Skateboard Review newspaper, then ran pro races around the country. My life before skating was regimented by my job and skating set me free. After a 40 year hiatus, I have been riding it again.
Welcome to the first of a four part series. We had a our new associate editor Joseph Friedman reach out to skaters and ask them four questions:
- What set-up changed your life?
- How did it change your life?
- Why do you think it changed your life?
- What happened to this skateboard?
Joseph received a huge amount of response and we over the next week, we will be highlighting a number of the contributions. If you would like to share your story with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and include a photo or two.
We will eventually get this into our printed publication, but for now, enjoy these stories. Our thanks to all who contributed.
I switched to a Pleasure Point 27” x 8″ full rocker in 1977 with Tracker Fultracks and 65mm red Kryptonics. I was 15 years old.
It was the perfect setup for me – my skating got a lot better and easier. I was able to skate with the older kids and learn from them.
My confidence level went up considerably with good equipment and learned to get air! For me, this was the ultimate skate experience. I had a confidence that was very good for a 15 year old trying to fit in with the other guys. I never got much air, but it was air, and it was good enough for me, and still is.
I still have and ride this board. Being somewhat of a loner, this board means the world to me; it has been my friend for many years now.
The set-up that changed my life was a stiff, cutaway Turner Summer Ski, with original Gullwings and yellow C-62 Kryptonics.
I received the complete and some additional slalom gear from Steve Byars of Gulf Coast Skates, around 1988. Slalom had been dead for some time, but G&S’ “Learn to Turn” releases and some video footage of Simon Levene in Santa Cruz videos had me stoked. This was the board that made me serious about racing again. It took over a decade for me to convert my stoke into a campaign to resurrect slalom, but beginning in 2000, I did just that, and slalom thrives to this day.
It changed my life because the Turner Summer Ski was my fantasy board, back in the 70s and now, albeit late, I had one. It also changed my skating life, technically, because it was the first truly high-performance racing board I ever owned, and it would tolerate no slop.
I had it with me, in my car, on a photography mission (non-skating) in Philadelphia. The car got stolen. I got the car back. When I got the car back, my skateboards were gone (among other things). I would rather have recovered the skateboard and lost the car. I still wonder whether the miscreant that stole my board ever realized what he actually had. That thing would be worth a lot now.
The longer version a Madrid and risers on my trucks bigger rounded edged wheels so I could cruise down hills at great speeds. This skateboard gave me a new beginning at age 28, as it had been 17 years since I rolled. I had to go to a treatment run by the famous blues musician John Lee Hooker’s son and when I got kicked out of treatment later at age 35, my skate board was left behind. It still breaks my heart because the skating saved my life in many ways; it was for real (SKATE OR DIE).
YoYo Schultz here from Germany! Why are there no current issues in the Google Play store / Concrete Wave App?
Great question – and here’s the answer. At one point, we were selling digital issues of the magazine. We realized however, that it made more sense to provide FREE online issues via www.issuu.com.
So that is exactly what we did. If you visit www.issuu.com/concretewave, you’ll find dozens of issues of the magazine. All free and fully optimized for the web.
By the way, for those of you who don’t know, YoYo is a freestyle master based in Hamburg, Germany.
Check out this routine from a contest in Brazil a while back.
Maryhill Ratz and Skate School are teaming up for a Skills and Race Camp during this year’s RVOD G-Ride.
Skills Camp starts Friday evening, June 17, 2016 and continues throughout the weekend RVOD G-Ride, with on-course coaching, a timing system and difficulty options for different skill levels. Less experienced riders will have a chance to learn the skills they’ll need them to ride the loops road from the top by the end of this three day camp.
High speed safety skills can make the difference between falling and crashing! Learn three ways to slow down and four ways to stop at speed, how to identify different types of turns, cornering techniques and the relationship between hand sliding and wheel sliding. Riders will also be given individualized “homework” to help them continue to improve and will also be encouraged to set goals for racing.
Race Camp is on Monday, June 20th from 9am to 3pm. Experienced riders are encouraged to up their game with this all-day intensive event. It picks up where the skills camp left off: learn start techniques, power pushing, and the tactics of drafting, passing, cornering and advancing. Learn about how king pin angles, bushing and wheels sizes, shapes and duros can add up to an improved performance if set up correctly for the course and its ever changing conditions.
Sector 9 and RAD Team Riders will be on hand to give individualized coaching and tips to help riders hone their skills in preparation for the show down at the Loops Race beginning the next day. This one day camp could totally improve your performance come race day at Maryhill!
Registration starts March 19th at 10am PDT through www.maryhillratz.com.
Skills Camp is an additional $75 to the RVOD G-Ride fee; for $25 more you get both camps.
Race Camp is available to anyone (registered or not) and is $75.