I think it’s about time I mention skating in an actual post on my blog. Right now I am only skating a longboard, which is to improve me during these cold winter months for my return to the water in summer. I am riding a Z-Flex longboard, (38” X 9”). It’s a pretty sweet ride, and as it is MY first board, (NOT
borrowed), it took a lot of research to find this versatile board that didn’t hurt my wallet too much, but it came to $199, and came wrapped up in a fun cardboard box for me to open. Very exciting!
Now that I have exposed myself to different landscapes, I think I can officially say I don’t suck at it.
My board does gather quite some speed down hills, however I love having to carve to slow down, and it feels like I’m back in the water doing my thing on my surfboard.
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The earliest written account of surfing was by Lieutenant James King in 1779. He described surfing, or “hee nalu”, as the Native Hawaiians called it, as ‘riding a wood plank on the swells of Kealakekua bay… they seem to feel the great pleasure in the motion that this exercise gives.”
Surfing is believed to have originated long ago in ancient Polynesia, and later thrived in Hawaii. Surfing is often referred to as the ‘sport of kings’, this is because surfing was originally reserved for alii, (Hawaiian royalty). However this taboo was abolished in 1819, and commoners were allowed to participate in the sport. However in the 1800’s Western Society arrived in Hawaii, and took control over their customs and traditions and tried to overthrow them, setting rules about Hawaiians religious beliefs, wearing more clothes, learning to read and write, working more, etc. Hawaiians were also restricted and discouraged from play, including surfing.
Some of these examples of the influence of a Western Society can still be seen today, for example, Christianity is the biggest and most common religion in Hawaii. However, despite their ancestors being discouraged from the sport, Hawaiians still love to participate in surfing, and thousands of tourists travel to Hawaii each year to witness, and participate in surfing the great waves of Hawaii themselves.
They say you haven’t made it until you’ve made it in Hawaii…
When you hear a certain word, isn’t it funny how you can be flashed back into a memory that reminds you of that word. When I hear summer, I think of so many happy memories, fun, laughter, sunshine, friends…
For all my fellow Australian’s, HANG IN THERE!!! Summer is only 5 months away!
And for all those around the globe right now who are in (or coming into) summer, enjoy every last sun ray!
Saturday nights in the middle of winter don’t mean much to me. I’m sitting here rugged up writing in my blog…
If you have never been to Australia you would know that it gets SUPER hot in summer, and FREEZING cold in winter. It’s ridiculous! Surfing wise, where I usually surf becomes monsterous and choppy… not fun, unless you want to get dunked by the powerful waves.
Summer surfing is great… you have the sun and great waves. But I don’t especially like winter surfing. As a substitute I have purchased a new long board (skateboard). While skateboarding is in so many ways different to surfing, they can help a person become better in one by practising the other. My balence has improved, and I am hoping that by summer my absence from the water wont be too noticable… we’ll see.
I know your thinking I’m piss weak, believe me, I would love to be out there giving it a go, but beaches are a fair drive away from my position now. But soon I’ll be ripping it up on the waves…