As many people requested a "how to" type of pumping
video, I'm extracting clips that focus on specific pumping
motions. Hopefully these latest video additions help toward
that direction. Nothing professional here yet, just trying
to get some raw footage out.
Pumping has always been far more experiential than academic
to me. After watching and riding with people who've got
it down, you attempt, adjust, flail, stop and think, then
try again, with small increments of personal discovery along
the way. Watch slalom vids and check out the different forms.
As you're learning, you've got to throw any reservations
about public embarrassment right out the window. Be the
clown on the trail, give everyone a laugh and a show. It's
a good time and it just gets better.
Personally I find a wide spectrum of ways to pump, and
its important to tap into different styles depending on
whether you're tackling inclines, flats, or pumping a mellow
downhill. Just like a distance runner, you can't sprint
the whole thing. Shake it up and experiment. And if you're
progressing along and run into some specific incremental
block, it's always great
to hear whats going on, to compare notes and see if
that temporary hurdle is a common one. Every day on the
board is an amazing discovery, and riding with different
people, you will always learn a little or sometimes even
a LOT that you can work into your own game.
Setup Tips - Odiwan from Australia shares the stoke, helping
summarize the salient points of setting up an LDP board.
pumping commute - a glimpse of the daily ride home, using
a minimalist pump for about 1.5 hours.
Lowell pumping UP hill - Eric on the GBomb Dark Matter
deck, working his way uphill without a push!
Groovin on the Flexdex Fat Daddy - Ian the Groove Worshipper
busts out some sweet long pumps on a Florida trail.
down the Monon trail - Jeff Vyain and friends on what
was the earliest LBL Walkabout prototype. I sold it to Jeff
and he gave it a TON of love.
Pumpin - Combines two of my favorite things: pumping along
the trails and cranking some funk / jazz.
on Film - Pump clips from over the years, plus a few cameos
including John Holmes, haha!
around Tokyo - Out solo on the trails, managed to grab
a few clips. Music is by one of my favorite Japanese groups-
United Future Organization.
Beach on Go Skateboarding Day - Pumping up and down the
boardwalk, freakin' out the locals.
LDP and offset Cyber - Cyber slalom is by regulation
a 6-foot center, straight line course. We sometimes mix
it up, spacing the cones at 9 feet with 1 foot alternating
off the center line.
This video is a mix of some of that, plus random LDP clips
out on the trail - and a little Xmas pumping through the
house when the family was out.
Different Pump Styles - Gareth, Jackman, Stryker,
Peters-- just goofin at the garage where we partake in the
insanity of shaving tenths and hundreths of seconds on a
Cyber slalom course through the wet winter months.
Fast Pump Examples - From "The Cell" and
Redmond Velodrome. Exaggerated styles using weighting/unweighting,
relaxed arm motions.
Chomp - A fast cruise around Green Lake one fine
morning, weaving through pedestrians, when a dog saw a T-bone
steak pumping a skateboard and decided to have a bite.
- Skateboards, puppies, girls, and the Tijuana Brass.
What more to life is there?
Big Mama - More hill climbing, spring 2005, including
tackling the biggest slope on the Burke Gilman Trail, which
we call "Big Mama"
"Slalom Vancouver 2006 (start to finish in 10mins!)"
filmed by Hayato, a local BC ripper!! Race organized by Jeff Bonney
and Malcolm Stooke, this was the first time in 30 years slalom
was revived in BC, an epic event!
Brad, Dan, Corey, Stryker and I found an in-progress subdivision
with perfect asphalt. Of course the place is well lived-in now,
but it was fun while it lasted!
challenge, in Salem, Oregon 2004. This short clip is Michael Dong
and Gareth Roe going at it. Gareth had 4 clean 100-cone runs and
Michael and Tay Hunt were the fastest, something just over 20 seconds
with cone penalties factored in. A true test of endurance!
Slalom Sessions, Seattle WA - Jan/Feb 2006.
Photos - Tim Eney, Peters.
tim makin' a comeback!
Cap'n Dave's Winter Slalom, Vanc WA - Nov
2005. Photos - Dave Mitchell and Peters.