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Title: Help Needed (Please)
Post by: 504Saint on March 30, 2011, 12:23:34 AM
Hey guys. This is my first post & I'd like to introduce myself first. My names David (Davey) and I'm 20 years old from Northeast, PA. I started skateboarding when I was about 10, and skated up until I met this girl, so maybe 15/16 years of age? I stopped because I thought it wasn't the "in" thing to do, but anyways.. Lately (and all my life) I've had to deal with things that were hard for me. A lot of alcoholics in the family, and the problems/trouble that comes along with it. Lately things have been really bad for me. About a month ago, I honestly thought I was going to commit suicide. It was to the point I was going to get my rifle & turn the barrel on myself (sounds very graphic, but I'm not going to lie to you) but for some reason, never went through with it. All that aside, I think alot of my frustrations built up inside me & I realized I had no outlet to vent them. I don't really have any activities that I enjoy anymore. Then, about 2 weeks ago I watched my buddies new footy in the NESC video (Northeast Skate Crew; just a group of kids that skate) and he was just tearing it up and I realized how much I missed skating. After awhile of watching old favorites like (Emerica: This Is Skateboarding, and the new Emerica Stay Gold) I decided I need to get a deck & get back at it. The last deck I had was a Birdhouse, I can't remember the size, but I'm pretty sure it was a 7.75 or an 8. At the time, it seemed to wide for me. I was looking into the Deathwish decks & there's a 7.75 that I'm really leaning towards. I'm about 6ft, 180lbs & size 11 shoe, would 7.75 be too small for me? If anything, I'd skate it for awhile and go up a size if need be. It's weird though, it's as if watching skate videos lately made me "understand" tricks more than I did when I was into skating. I have a gut feeling if I get another deck & commit I can really shred, and get the more tech tricks (just a gut feeling, like a calling). It's just something I feel would help with my depression & stuff, to be put into a positive outlet. Let me know what you guys think & maybe give advice on a setup. I would be into street skating mostly. I was thinking 7.75 deck, 7.75 Venture light lows, with 50mm wheels. Thank you guys so much, honestly, it means alot to get help from a skate-oriented community. - Davey.

Title: Re: Help Needed (Please)
Post by: susej on March 30, 2011, 04:34:23 AM
Davey, I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you're skating again after 5 years, 775 or 8 won't make much of a difference. Take a look at a few and pick up whatever feels right.

Title: Re: Help Needed (Please)
Post by: Mister Afternoon on March 30, 2011, 07:07:31 AM
The setup doesn't really matter, just get back out there. Go into your local shop (if you're lucky enough to have one.) Take a selection of decks that catch your eye, and stand on them to see which one feels best. (If they won't let you do this, you're in the wrong shop...) After skating your new setup, you'll be able to decide what you like, and what you don't. Trying out your buddy's boards will help too. All the stuff you listed sounds proportional, so it should be just fine. Just go what feels best for YOU. Sorry to hear that things have gone pear-shaped for you. Keep your head up, and welcome back.

Title: Re: Help Needed (Please)
Post by: Paper/Scissors on March 30, 2011, 02:12:58 PM
You sound like you're the same build as me more or less. I've tried every reasonable size there is and I've narrowed it down to 8 solid. Small enough for flip tricks, wide enough for tranny and those big feet of yours. After a few 8 in decks you'll realize that you want to try to size down or size up but usually you'll find that 8 is the overall best choice. Ventures are great trucks and 50 mm wheels are pretty average for a street set up.

As for decks, they are all the same. They are all the same. They are all the same. What you gain from another deck you lose from it, so your overall satisfaction doesn't change. What you REALLY want to do is watch videos upon videos upon videos and find out who your favorite skaters are. Buy. Their. Stuff.

Skating is probably my only outlet and I wouldn't have it any other way. Don't get discouraged because you're not ripping, get encouraged because you're not yet.

Title: Re: Help Needed (Please)
Post by: Stabby_McShiv on March 31, 2011, 11:03:19 AM
I would throw in my vote towards starting with an 8 given that it's pretty close to the middle ground and gives you a good base to feel out if you think wider or narrower would be more comfortable.  I wear a size 10.5 shoe and I seem to always gravitate back to an 8.  I'll run 8.25 - 8.5s and be fine with them but then find myself back on a 8.  I haven't really run anything narrower.  My preference is definitely towards parks and ramps but with plenty of poorly performed street skating tossed in for good measure.

The main thing to keep in mind is that tricks are going to be hard and take time so don't get frustrated.  I am sure you know this; visualizing a trick in your head is 70% of the process but the other 30% is the most painful and frustrating.  Don't expect to nail everything right away but keep in mind that's what makes it feel so good when you finally do.

I know it's not the same exact thing but I recently read an article in a Surfing magazine in which surfing is proving to be fairly effective for helping war veterans push through Post Traumatic stress and missing limbs from war injuries.  The challenge, balance, feeling of accomplishment and adrenaline kick are outlined as what's helped them make a huge improvement in their quality of life.  I think it's pretty easy to attribute the same to skating so I'd say you are headed down a good path.

Title: Re: Help Needed (Please)
Post by: Mike D De Camp on April 02, 2011, 06:46:12 PM
Davey, Welcome back man. There are many time and many things in life that take us back to square one. Sounds like you've got it figured out homey. Skate to live. It's got it's ups and downs, but it never fades from the mind entirely.

- You've come to the right place.

IMO - you have some great advice in these few posts.

1) Boards are pretty much all the same. Start with the board you feel is right and go from there.
2) Videos are amazing, and that intuition you gain from watching tricks go down... Is a key to understanding how you execute those same tricks. Plus you're gaining knowledge of a culture that is not taught in schools nor studied by mainstream. Save the few.
3) Check in here and make some legit friends. I wouldn't trade these guys (abrasive or not) for anything.

Im siked for you, sounds like you're just starting to live.

Title: Re: Help Needed (Please)
Post by: Babe, Mr. Ruth if you're Nasty on April 03, 2011, 07:11:44 AM
I agree with what Stabby said, I wear size 10 shoes and an 8" makes me feel comfortable because I can still flip it, but it also gives me a wide enough board that I can feel comfortable carving on slashing on tranny. Watch a few Double Rock sessions or go out and buy a few recent videos like Emerica's Stay Gold or wait a little bit for the Real Since Day One video.

Title: Re: Help Needed (Please)
Post by: makerampsnotbombs on April 03, 2011, 11:47:03 AM
Glad you are skating again man! I rode 7.75 for 7 years and about 3 years ago switched to 8 and it has been great. During college I didn't skate nearly as much as I should have, so I kind of understand where you are coming from. As for trucks and stuff, I would just try what you used to use (assuming the company still exists) or do some research. Whatever floats your boat duder.

Title: Re: Help Needed (Please)
Post by: davis on October 21, 2012, 07:27:51 PM
yoh dog skating is the key

Title: Re: Help Needed (Please)
Post by: kev wisky on November 05, 2012, 05:51:02 PM
I want a 8 now,i been skating 775,7.8s they flip more look cooler even i thought) but i want a 8 cause I've been trying tail slides and i see that the bigger the tail the easier it is to catch it. i think your shoes and set up is the most important thing ,to be comfortable skating thats how you get better