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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-19-2005, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Vai a skater???

I was flipping thru one of my old guitar mags and found a picture of the green meanie. I noticed some of vais personalizations to the guitar included stickers from various skateboard companies. Including some old Dogtown (the legendary Z-boys the begining of it all) artwork. I'm assuming vai was a skater in his younger days. Does anybody know if he still rides or any details about that? Just curious being a skater myself.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-20-2005, 06:11 PM
 
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Re: Vai a skater???

Totally unrelated (well, not totally) but I still have my board, a Frankie Hill from 1992.

Obviously I don't ride it often, but it's still fun for me to push around every once and awhile.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-20-2005, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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right on man!!! I have an Alva. It's a new one but it's a sweet set-up, I skate all the time. Great excercise so long as you wear pads so you don't break anything.
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right on man!!! I have an Alva. It's a new one but it's a sweet set-up, I skate all the time. Great excercise so long as you wear pads so you don't break anything.
Yeah I wear kneepads and gloves. That's pretty much it. I don't go anywhere near halfpipes anymore; I had enough difficulty with those when I was younger!
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-20-2005, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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i carve pools and bomb hills mostly. Nothing too technical just fun. The most up to date new school trick that i can pull is an ollie.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-21-2005, 01:36 AM
 
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Re: Vai a skater???

How do you do it guys? I was always amazed buy just seein people standing atop the board without falling. I tried just skating some time ago nothing technical just going straight ahead but I couldn't that
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-21-2005, 03:54 AM
 
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Re: Vai a skater???

I used to skate, quit about 11 years ago. lol Was a street skater; curbs, loading docks, shopping plazas, abadoned gas stations, etc, etc. Used to ollie shopping carts for fun. Hated pads, about the closest I got were those old padded, fingerless, Rector gloves.

This is from that era, though about 5 years before I quit(as evidenced by the late-80's stlye board):

Think I'm about 12 there? Not 100% positive. Shouldn't have bought those horrible surfer shorts though... Geez...
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-21-2005, 04:04 AM
 
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thats awesome. old school boards are awesome!
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-21-2005, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wow, thanks for the trip down memory lane guys. I've been an old school skater/surfer since age 4. If anybody else wants to share some stories of concrete warfare pleas don't hesitate to post them!
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-21-2005, 12:42 PM
 
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Re: Vai a skater???

Very nice ollie and nollie pics! Incidently I saw john petrucci in the latest guitar player magazine sporting a nice independent truck company tshirt
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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-21-2005, 02:05 PM
 
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Re: Vai a skater???

I used to skate. Had a Zero deck riding on grind king trucks, bones swiss bearing and some spitfire wheels. Sold it and invested the money in my guitar after I had a bad fall. I was about to land a heelflip off a curb, the board slipped out form under me and I landed straight onto the curb on the base of my spine. It sucked so bad I quit straight away.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-21-2005, 02:06 PM
 
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Re: Vai a skater???

I am far from technical! Being a guitar player, husband, and full-time IT specialist leaves little time to really practice at being an excellent skater. But it sure is fun, and I guess I am lucky enough to not fall off of the thing constantly.

I used to love skitching; ie holding on the back of a car ala Back to the Future. Excellent alternative to taking the bus in high school.
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-21-2005, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Vai a skater???

yeah man i just got back from bombing this hill by the middle school where i live. I actually also have a zero deck, similar setup as gilroys just with ricta instead of spitfire wheels, I've been kind of wary of spitfires ever since i had a bearing explosion while goin down a hill, they make good wheels but ricta makes em better if you have the cash. I'm currently saving for a long board setup, i'll put up a post about it once i get it.
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-22-2005, 12:50 AM
 
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Re: Vai a skater???

As for Vai, I seem to remember reading somewhere that the stickers on his guitar were basically just whatever stickers he could find.
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-22-2005, 01:56 AM
 
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Re: Vai a skater???

Aww those pic's take me back to my first board it was a S.M.A Natas
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