Also, continue to nail the slopes on the Freebord. I may never go back to traditional longboarding again. Naw, there are still some places my Sector 9 works better than the Freebord, but still, when it comes to carving long hills and controlling speed, being able to link slides and ride into switch is the best way to go. For someone who has a buch of experience on things like wake boards and an early verison of wakeskates — standing on a hydroslide — but no experience snowboarding, learning to Freebord is a ton of work.
Until you master it — and the guys at Freebord.com are right, it takes loads of practice — it is much more dangerous than a regular long board. But, once you get it down, being able to stop and control speed makes it a much safer way to carve up a hill — that’s especially true since I shattered my arm in a fall four months ago and there is no way in hell my hand will ever take enough weight again to slow my longboard with slide gloves.
That being said, we also got our Flowboard last week, a 36-incher, so my kids could do some serious carving. They want to ride the hills with me but don’t have the experience or the weight to manage a Freebord or safely carve on the Sector 9. Because of the Deep Carve System is based on the angle of the board and does not need weight to push the bushings to one side or the other, even my 6-year-old can carve the steepest hills with me. Lots of fun. The board turns on a dime but because of the multi-wheel design, it keeps speeds reasonable and carving easy.
Also of note, the Flowboard is much easier to ride — almost like a regular skateboard — than some of the other hybrids like the Freebord. I still prefer the Freebord ride, but having both boards in our quiver is a blast.
No stupid criminals to report — I have been way too busy to go through the police reports the reporters bring in.