Well I'm flying by plane for my holiday so I'm thinking of getting a big bag putting my longboard in then wrapping it in bubble wrap, cardboard and a bin bag or if my suitcase is big enough put it in there. Not sure really :S
Put your board in the bag. You’ll have to check it into oversized baggage anyway, and they can wrap it for you in the airport if you really want that. I’ve never bothered. As long as your bag isn’t big and airy and your board won’t bounce around in transit you’re golden.
What kind of bag or way would you recommend for me to take my longboard when I go on holiday?
When I travel, I use a big golf/kite surfing bag. I either tie it down to the bottom so it doesn’t roll around and put it in a bin bag so the dirty grip and wheels don’t ruin your clothes. Or put in the middle of lots of clothes so it doesn’t roll around when it’s in transit. The 2nd option is for when I’m taking my slalom board in a medium sized bag. Do not attempt to take your board unto the aircraft, most airlines will laugh as they take your big toy away from you. I can’t really recommend any brands of board bags but there are some great companies making bespoke longboarding bags which makes this whole process much easier. Watch this space, I may be trying one on my next adventure so I’ll be sharing details here.
As you may have noticed - it has been a while since we had a wednesday night skate. So I was pretty pumped to skate with the locals yesterday. The plan was to hit and quit the 2 towers and session Bog Hill. Part 1 failed miserably. The security guard was waiting for us at the top of the lift. And we went straight back down. Sucky. I’d heard a lot about this hill, but it was my first time. We went up this massive hill and took a left down a residential road, and then it just went DOWN. Really steep, really long, hard right and there we were. Quite an uppity green neighbourhood, many of the houses had ”for sale” signs, so it was dead quiet. The guys who skated ahead were already coming down it and really fast round the corner. I went up to the top of the S, came down and slid at the intersection - no point ruining your life on the first run. It was quite fun. Had a few more runs and then the guys suggested we all go together from the top, so off we went. They kept going past where I thought the top was, and lo and behold there was a shitload more hill there. I say hill I mean steep winding path. When we got to the top, all I could say was ”gnar”, not as an adjective but as a primal, emotional response. So Ant went down, then Leo and then I text my sister telling her I loved her and boom, hill time. The gnar section was too narrow to slide or carve, it was bomb or eat shit - and I had just had dinner. The S curves are actually really fun, came out of it at about 30 and into the straight, then I started to think about all the bacon sandwiches I might miss out of. Everyone else was spotting so that was a bit reassuring, but at that speed I wasn’t confident I could take the turn, so I went for a toeside pendy. Halfway down I realised this was the fastest slide I had ever done in my short life, and if I didn’t pull it off - it may be my last. I got down, went sideways, got up and kept going. Oh sweet heavens, what a rush. I confronted my mortality and won. It was the first time in a very very long time that I got that once familiar adrenaline rush from living through a sketchy situation. I felt alive. Really really good. Coming out of the corner, I noticed Sir Leo sitting on the curb and his board was ambling on without him, between myself and an uncoming car, I carved around it, and it sped away into the other side of the road, the car stopped when it saw it and the stupid piece of wood looked like it would hit the tyre, bounce back into me and annihilate me. It somehow circumvented the car and I stopped and caught it as it was coming up right behind me. Crisis averted. Took Leo’s board back up to him. He was in quite a state. He hit his helmet on the curb and half of the rest of his body and had a bloody lump on his head. Even with his helmet. Gnar. Markus and Ant decided to rename ”Bog Hill” ”Leo Hill”, after he payed the price in blood. It is a legit hill. Such a gnar run. Can’t wait to not hurt myself there again soon. Did some fast one hand toesides as well. Fun fun fun!