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Hambo
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:14 am    Post subject: Night Rider Reply with quote

Started a new job today, very stressful and complex. Had a fire in the building an hour in. 23 flights of stairs later and noticed the calves aching a bit. By the end of the day and I was buggered mentally but after a few beers; 10.30 pm felt like a skate. Time to go to the shop for some supplies.

Grabbed the Flat Pig with Trackers, 70s Flashbacks and snuck out of the house. Everyone else in bed. Calves didn’t feel too bad in fact by the time I got to the end of the street felt real good so it was time to pick it up a bit. Whoosh, across the collapsed road section where the underground drain had ruptured and left a big mangled dip of protrusions but I scarcely noticed (it was dark). Keep those legs loose, bend the knees but keep the pump going. Across the scattered debris of the willow tree making sure to keep a straight line with short jabs maintaining speed. Look out here’s the cobblestones in the ditch filled in with gravel, SHIT! Whew, done it in daylight but no need to close the eyes this time.

Couple of pushes got me to the car park under lights dodging the broken glass with a triple pump and slash to avoid the clunk on the old folks home driveway. Plenty of speed up around the library into the sunken manhole mini bowl, whoosh again and on to tanbark, sticks, stones and other general uneven crap from the kiddy playground. Not much vision but the limited light shone off the bigger obstacles.

Feeling charged I pumped the back harder and accelerated towards the op-shop, smooth blacktop and taxi rank (unfortunately we don’t have “Black Tops” anymore) where rain had left the gutters full, another slash pump got me back on line for the Pokie pedestrian crossing. Progress looked to be stalled by saddened gamblers however a wide swooping line gave me the line through to the “spanner underpass” over smooth wooden cobbles and a blind carve over rough tarmac.

A few pushes later and concentrating on more willow crap I noticed two cop wagons with tailgates open parked at the train station. No cops? Flashed past the bus stop grazing my shoulder, dodging stones under the street lights, another manhole nearly took me out but powering around the lip seemed to work. No time to question it, pump for more speed across lumpy driveways and more willow tree action, this time roots and cracks and more gravel.

At last clear lighting and a couple of easy grates into the 7/11. The usual odd looks from the local hoon car boys and a chat with the international student dude at the register who likes to practice his English on the patrons. As I leave I throw the board out and jump on and get WTF looks from some older guys in an XY Falcon. Jealous I’m sure but no time to think about it as the lumpy bit over the petrol tank nearly chucks me for six. Duh.

Luckily I’m warmed up and it’s up to speed back past the cop cars and OH SHIT here they all come with their big fuggin Alsations. We’ve been having a few issues with violence and drugs at the train station and no doubt they’ve been doing searches. I usually get off when there’s dogs around as they often misbehave but too late to change my line on the narrow footpath. Fortunately they make way and pull the dogs aside, well done coppers! Whew!

Back through the tunnel preparing for cross traffic at the end and I hear a V8 roar, time to take evasive action and cut around over the gutter and slice across the pub driveway back into the wino park. No winos tonight, too many cops.

Getting tired but a second wind kicks in thanks to the fact that I recognise what fun it is to skate this area at night. I’ve skated it so many times in the day but the darkness brings out an unexpected buzz and energy. Keep the legs loose, focus, be prepared and go for it!


I skate bowls and park a fair bit these days and reckon we’re so lucky to have that but I’ve just had a bloody good reminder of my first love of skateboarding.

My best skate ever!!!
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MARK WINFER



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Location: frankston vic

PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone asked me the other day how you do it, I told them everybody had one but not everybody put it in the wardrobe, its a growth tool that chose us, enough shit, top blurb Hambo felt it been there, as we all have.
The care free useless wooden toy that makes it achievable.
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Squidie



Joined: 19 Mar 2009
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Location: SA

PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Hambo, 2 days after reading this found myself out on a midnight blat. Cool
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H.Ludi



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Location: Mulgrave, Vic

PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

too true hambo.
we road test our quivver out the front under the cover of darkness from time to time also.
its handy, so the neighbours dont see.
cheers, h.
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Squidie



Joined: 19 Mar 2009
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Location: SA

PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do heaps mountain biking at night and a bit of night racing so have some really good lights including an Ay-up helmet light.

I tried out the helmet light on the skateboard at the local park tonight, woohoo, works great. Once I settled into it I pretty much forgot it was night. Very neat as had the park to myself Smile

Will definitely be doing more. Did some crap video of my crap riding but it’s still uploading so can’t link it.
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martykent



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

its alright love i will get the milk and bread .god i love milk bar runs
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Fletch



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Location: Ocean Grove

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive had many a skate in the dark.
Out my lilydale topped drive onto the rough bitumen, around the wrong side of the roundabout, scoot(mongo) up a slight rise turn left down a mellow hill, hop the drive way to the brick paved, high walled walkway, the light from the milkbar makes this like being barrelled. A quick jog across the gravel carpark and onto the main rd, a left turn and the last part of my jouney is pumping down a smooth blacktop slight downhill rd, jump the steep gutter and a bert dismount in the steep driveway.

Walk up the stairs, in the backdoor, past the kitchen, to be greated by one of my lifes many pleasures.....................
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a $3 Ocean Grove Golf Club Pot.
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heavymetal



Joined: 20 Feb 2007
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Location: airstrip one

PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i live in a retirement town and it's really prudent to leave the downhills till all the old fruits have had their horlicks/medication.

the big hill with the antennae on top by feel is grouse!i just cant talk anyone else into doing it.if i fall off the side and die i wouldnt know how long i could be there before someone found out.


maybe it would be fun to light up the potholes with some kero for a death-race sort of thing?
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