Bamboo Skateboards

Bamboo skateboard

Bamboo skateboard

I bought some Bamboo flooring a few years ago and part of it’s appeal was it’s green credentials, so I was very interested in this article on bamboo skateboards I came across over at the Inhabitat website. According to the Science Channel “…skateboards have replaced furniture as the leading contributor to maple deforestation”.

I remember that the shop I bought my flooring from telling me bamboo is stronger than oak but, as it’s a grass, crops in 4 to 6 years. I wonder how they are to skate though? That’s the real test, would be interesting to see if they are able to replace maple boards, that would have a massive impact on the US skate industry.

In other skateboard related news:

Trick Time: The Drop In

This is a moment most skaters have been through, that first drop in, a right of passage. Clearly it’s the easiest trick in the world, other than pushing along or riding off a curb perhaps, but it doesn’t feel like it when you’re up there looking down that first time. Put the tail on the coping with your back foot on it, move your front foot onto the board around the front truck bolts, move your weight forward and roll down the tranny. Easy!

Damn, I feel sorry for the little fella. It’s pure psych when it comes off, and then, once you’ve made it, it’s almost impossible to bail it ever again. It’s all about that first time though. He’s definitely got his front foot too far forward there.
I think I made my first drop-ins at all heights thankfully.