Board-Design-Workshop

Boarddesign

Are you looking for a new deck, but you can’t find the right design? Then create your own! There are different techniques you can use. The workshop you a place to draw, spray, cut, …

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Build your own Cruiser

We organize a workshop and the hardware for your own complete Cruiser. Under our guidance you saw a mini-cruiser from a skateboard deck. We also help you to fix trucks, wheels and griptape. At the end you have your own a Cruiser. The workshop will be guide by women and is only offered for girls and women.

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Workshops for beginners

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You wanna start skateboarding or longboarding? Or both? Well…but which board is fitting to you? Try out both and find out, what is most fun for you. Ask questions and connect with others!

You’re a mother and wanna join the workshop with your daugther? Go for it!

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Next workshops for beginners: 16th of July, 7th and 28th of August

// On the 16th of July,  7th and 28th of August I offer the next workshops for girls and women, who wanna learn how to skate. The workshop provides you the opportunity to try out both longboarding and skateboarding. Ask me all questions you have, connect with other girls and have a nice new experience!

If you don’t have a board, I can organize one for you!

How much is it?
10 € for pupils, students and adults without a job
15 € for adults who have a job

Time:
16th of July, 6 p.m. – fully booked!
7th of August, 6 p.m.
28th of August, 6 p.m.

Place:
Tempelhofer Feld, the entrance at Herrfurth-/Oderstraße
(if it rains, there is the possibility to meet a Velodrom)

Be aware that I’m not liable to you in case of injuries! Unfortunately I can’t offer you helmets and protectors. So please bring your own! Girls, who not reached the age of 18 yet need a signed consent form of a person who is responsible! And they have to wear helmets!

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How to…and where…and when?

Essentially, what’s the difference between a skateboard and a longboard? A longboard is longer than a skateboard. Besides there are many different shapes as well as trucks and wheels. It depends on what you wanna do with your longboard. The hardware for a skateboard is not that complex.

And what is cruiser? A cruiser is a short board to cruise around. It’s light and easy to transport on your bag, but on the other hand it’s a bit wobbly.

What can I do with my skateboard? There are three disciplines. What you can see quite often is “Street-Skateboarding”. The skater uses stairs, rails and different obstacles in the skatepark to do tricks. Then you can skate in a bowl, it looks like a round, empty swimming-pool. The halfpipe is – easy – a half pipe.

What can I do more with my longboard aside from cruising around? Usually you notice longboards, when you see people cruising in the streets. But then there is dancing. You do different steps on the board. It looks like dancing. Moreover you can go downhill on a hill or mountain. You go really fast and do slides to brake. It’s similar to freeride, where you ride down hills – but it’s softer. At last there is slalom and carving.

How much is a skateboard or a longboard? A complete skateboard coasts around 80-100 €. If you’re lucky, you find a friend with an old skateboard in their cellar. A skateboard from a supermarket is cheaper, but it’s no fun! A longboard is about 300 €. This is not cheap, especially if you just wanna try it first. But really, it’s not fun to longboard, when it’s hard to steer and when it’s slow.

Where can I find used longboards? There is not a well organized-Longboard-market-or-shop. But on Facebook there are groups, where you find used stuff: BeastyBoard-Flowmarkt and in Berlin Longboard Berlin. Ebay Kleinanzeigen is also a popular site.

Can I test out a Board somewhere? Shops offer the possibility to test the board on street before buying. Usually you have the possibility to rent a Board for one day or over the weekend. When you join one of our workshops, you also can try out different boards.

Can I ride my Board when the streets are wet? Well, it’s better when you don’t. It’s slippery under the wheels and on your griptape. Then under wet conditions the bearings start to rust. On the other hand, a wet ground makes it easier to slide. So if this what you wanna do, do it!

How to step on the Board? To step on the board, take your position next to the board. Do not just jump on the board, not yet ;) If your right foot is forward (called goofy), you stay left to the board. If your left foot is forward (called regular), you stay on the right. Step on the board with your front foot. The foot is in moving direction and on top of the screws. Remember yourself to bend your knees. To get on the board, you put your back foot on the board, also on top of the the screws, but not in moving direction. The feet are not parallel yet. But they should. Therefore turn around your front foot parallel to the other. This is the basic position.

What is pushing? This is the regular technique to move forward. Both on the longboard and the skateboard. The front foot stay on the board, while the back foot is on the ground to push your board forward.

What is pumping? This is another technique, but only possible with the longboard. Instead of putting one foot off the board, you move forward by shifting your weight.

How to brake? You brake by grinding the back foot over the ground. This needs a bit practise, when you’re not balanced on the board. But don’t give up, it’s important ;)

Does it not take a long time, until I’m able to ride? To ride the board and cruise around is not that bad to learn. For the beginning all you need is balance on your board.

Am I too old to start boarding? You can start boarding in every age. Of course, to learn something new is easier, when you’re a kid. But don’t worry and don’t stress yourself! Boarding is not about competition, it’s about the feeling free, so have fun!

Is it forbidden to ride on streets? By law it’s forbidden, yes. Skateboards and Longboards are classified as toys. That’s why you have to – you’re even allowed – to use the pavement. For sure, be carefull with the people there, but if someone grumbles, you’re in the right.

Berlin

Where are cool places in Berlin to longboard? Hot spots are the Tempelhof Field and the Hasenheide . The Park at Gleisdreieck or Görlitzer Park does not offer as much space, but they’re central and have a good atmosphere. At Teufelsberg you’ll find other downhill Boarder. Moreover you’ll find a spot between Oberbaumbrücke and Ostkreuz, where you have a nice view on the Spree. At night I recommend you to go to tourist spots such as Potsdamer Platz, the main railway station, the 17th of June Street, the place behind the O2 hall or in front of the matrix. It’s nice there, because the Flat is often very good and the area is sufficiently illuminated. Otherwise, just use biking trails or any little busy street. The main thing is a smooth ground. Here you find a lot of routes for longboarder.

And where in Berlin can I go for skateboarding? It depends on whether you wanna skate Street, Bowl or halfpipe. If you look for skate parks with obstacles, just walk around you neighborhood. You’ll find a lot in Berlin. The nice thing about skateboarding is that you can use your environment. In the skate park at Gleisdreieck are two bowls. If you wanna skate in a hall, there is the indoor skate park Berlin and the Mellow Park. At Mellow Park there’s a regular girls session on Monday.

Are there spots in Berlin where I can ride when it rains? For the skateboarders among you, the indoor skate park in Berlin Friedrichshain and the Mellow Park can be recommended. A popular spot for longboarders, especially when it rains or snow, is the Velodrom. Car parks are also a popular location, but be aware of the guards who might call the police.

Where can I rent a longboard and how expensive is it? Longboards are available in many shops, for example in Lassrollen , Funky Summer and ETE clothing. There you pay between 8-10 € per day. Think of the deposit, you also have to pay. At Pinkhaus Berlin close to the Tempelhofer Field you just find “real” Boards (as they said; ulala; what they mean are Skateboards and Cruiser)

Which shop you recommend to buy a board? Shops where you can buy Longboards are Lassrollen, Funky Summer or Premiumlongboards. If you wanna support regional production, you’re right at Langbrett Berlin. Skateboard shops I recommend you are Search&Destroy in Kreuzberg or Barrio in Friedrichshain. Never go to Titus at Alex to buy a board. They just try to sell their clothes to tourists, but they have no idea of boards. Be aware that only men will advise you (do an evidence photo, if you once see a women).

What about these groups of longboarders you can sometimes see on street? How can I join them? These are so called Rollrunden (rolling rounds), which are regularly organized by longboard shops. They start at the shop and then ride through the streets of Berlin. It’s a lot of fun and an awesome feeling to be in this group. Don’t be shy to take part, you don’t need to register, it’s free and nobody’s juding you. You should be able to controll your board to participate. So what you need: an own board, a bit of stamina, and being able to handle braking and pushing fast. Nevertheless newbies are always welcomed and they’ll take care of you. It’s worth it! Here you can find current dates.

Wie läuft so ein Anfängerinnen-Workshop eigentlich ab?

Ich wurde jetzt schon mehrmals gefragt, wie genau denn so ein Workshop für Anfängerinnen abläuft. Deshalb hier mal ein extra Artikel. Zur Erinnerung, die nächsten finden am 25. Juni, 3. Juli und 16. Juli statt. 

Wir treffen uns am Tempelhofer Feld und gehen zu einer größeren Fläche gleich in der Nähe. Da ist genug Platz und nicht so viel Verkehr von Fahrrädern und Kiteboards. Ich geh bei diesem Workshop nicht auf einen Skatepark mit Rampen. Das ist nicht für Longboards geeignet und für den Start auch gar nicht nötig. Der Workshop dauert etwa zwei Stunden.

Wenn ihr nervös seid, ich kann euch sagen, ich bin es auch! Wie seid ihr drauf? Kommen alle? Finden wir einen Draht zueinander? Bisher war die Stimmung aber von Anfang an immer ausgelassen. Nach dem Workshop hat es sich angefühlt als würden wir uns schon lange kennen.

Zu Beginn mache ich immer eine kleine Einführungsrunde, in der wir uns vorstellen und in der ich Sicherheitshinweise gebe. Je nachdem, welche Fragen schon kommen, erkläre ich zum Beispiel, was die Unterschiede zwischen Skateboard und Longboard sind und was man damit so alles machen kann. Alles andere machen wir während des Übens oder danach.

Dann geht’s los. Jede hat ihr Board, entweder Skateboard oder Longboard. Ich erkläre nach und nach wie man aufsteigt, anstößt, lenkt und bremst. Während ihr das übt, gucke ich, wie ihr zurecht kommt und gebe euch Tipps wie ihr besser das Gleichgewicht haltet. Habt ihr erst mal die „Theorie“ verstanden, dann heißt es immer weiter üben. Vor allem braucht es Zeit, bis eure Muskeln kapieren, was sie da tun sollen.

Wenn noch Zeit ist oder ihr gut zurecht kommt mit dem Fahren, dann kann ich euch noch ein paar Sachen zeigen. Zum Beispiel gehört da der Ollie dazu, der einfach der Basic-Trick für’s Skateboarden ist. Oder ich zeige euch wie man auf dem Longboard dancen kann. Dancing ist eine Disziplin, die ziemlich viel Spaß macht und für die man keine Berge braucht.

Sollte euer Board zu wackelig oder zu steif sein, kann ich etwas dran rumschrauben. Ihr solltet auch mal alle Boards ausprobieren, nur um die Unterschiede kennenzulernen.

Zum Abschluss können wir noch ein Stück zusammen fahren – müssen wir aber nicht. Je nachdem wie viel Lust und Kraft noch da ist. Wir können auch einfach aufhören oder was essen gehen und uns weiter kennenlernen.

Nach dem Workshop schicke ich noch mal Infos und Links rum.

Das war’s. Und jetzt, Bock mitzumachen?

Aufklärung über Boardformen, Achsen und Rollen bei Longboards

Der (erste) Kauf eines Longboards scheint ziemlich kompliziert. Die Auswahl ist groß. Es gibt unterschiedlichste Deckformen, Rollengrößen und Achsen, zwischen denen ihr euch entscheiden müsst. Die haben auch alle ihren Sinn! Also kauft nicht irgendwas, das optisch grade schick aussieht oder den günstigsten Preis hat.

Damit ihr euch vor der Suche und dem Kauf schon mal informieren könnt, empfehle ich euch hier drei Videos. In denen wird sehr gut und sympathisch erklärt, wie sich Longboards zusammen setzen.

 

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