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King Solomon presents…Skate for Fun!!!!!

written by Team Rider March 13, 2011

Solomon here. No pictures, no frills. Just to the point. Getting this out of the way before I get a hundred of questions from a hundred different people. If someone asks me about it I will tell them to check my blog. True that half of the riders weren’t at the start when they took off. Yes, it would have been a little cooler if everyone could have started together…but it was a serious race and the time did say 7pm start. It’s called a Warriors race..the title should clue you in. Yes the trains were screwed but it was NYC cats that were really late. I closed the shop after 6 and the crew was just getting ready to take off. I didn’t know it then but that is clearly not enough time to get there by train. I didn’t really think about that but I wasn’t worried because I was starting at Union. …Do you think the Broadway Bomb would wait 45 minutes? I guarantee the Mini-Bomb will take off as close to on-time as possible! While races are still Outlaw I think the point is to get on the road ASAP before unwarranted attention is drawn to the event at that location.

Also, we should primarily skate for fun! Don’t get me wrong, I love going fast and will always be ranked somewhere at the top of the races I participate. The truth….I really don’t care how fast any one person or group of people are. I enjoy that we are allowed to skate however we want but we are all connected by our love of the ride. No matter where or when you started, if you weren’t laying on the ground killed by one of the other gangs *wink*, then you should have been a warrior and finished what you started and relished in the fact that you completed something that most would dare not try.

I could go on and on here but I don’t want to keep talking about this..on this blog or in person. I enjoyed seeing everyone there and I got to skate with a great group of people. Sign me up for that on any day. Congrats to the A-team for starting on time and being the first there. Lizzies aka our ladies team..I am so freaking proud of your accomplishments last night. I took of at Union Square..I understand Dallas and I felt that was what I needed to do and don’t regret it at all. But you ladies are awesome, through getting lost and under serious fatigue and under threat that riders might be gone when you arrived at the finish..you finished! Warriors, Can you dig it!!!

I can. Stay Skatin’ and skate for fun. Now I am going to get dressed for today’s ride with the Concrete Kings and will complete a weekend that will go down as one of the best moments of my life. My stoke is still on overload!!! The end…but it is really the beginning.

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9 comments

Mike Vega March 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Hey guys Mad session here, even though things got off to a slopy start the race was still epic it took us a pitiful 4 hours and 15 minuts to complete the journey from Van courtland to coney. What can i say we hail from the suburbs. But being behind gave us the chance to tear up the Manhattan bridge and all of brooklyn with a bunch of kick ass people. Now our little team of three had riders from michigan, sweden and of course NYCs lovely lizzies;though the girls did take us a mile uphill in the wrong direction. All in all it was dennemarks Harmonica solo,(and a pack of starbursts) that raised our tired spirits up and on to finish what we started 20 miles ago. Undoubetly my favorite part of the race was pushing a few tables together at nathans and just chilling with everybody who was still at the finish line at 1130. And with that being said i couldent agree more solomon “you should have been a warrior and finished what you started and relished in the fact that you completed something that most would dare not try.” id rather have struggled 4 hours for memories than raced 2 for gold.

Rat Rod March 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Couldn’t have put it better my man. Thanks

michael beato March 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm

It was total chaos I was alone and lost most of the way when I was about to quit I found my team n finished it was a perfect night it isn’t about a trophy it is about doing what u love when every1 else wouldn’t can’t or what ever the excuse is . It is just my thought on the race I love the shop I love the people thank u for a great memory

AD March 16, 2011 at 12:51 am

why you censor my shit for… huh? can’t take the heat son!!!

Central Park LongBoarder March 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”
– Earnest Hemingway

Were he alive today Earnest would have included Droping DH – TablaLarge style, 50 mph plus, on this list I know it!

I am certain of it. The man was massive in spirit and his awareness of the human condition.

I am ordering leathers today , still, to many ya ya’s in me to let death keep telling me I am in check mate.. “not today.. not today.. buddy,” Death smiles and I smile back and now even more so, with the wheels of my youth re-engineered.. I am a child again… gravity is gone and to skate is the reason to live.

I’ve been skating nyc traffic for 27 years.. the thrill is gone and the technology is all there now to DROP AND DROP LARGE… hope to see you there… 🙂 Nothing has ever gotten my yaya’s out as much and gotten me closer to telling death ‘NOT TODAY” THEN SPEED.

“Harpooning whale” just ain’t what it used to be now that 70 mph is an option. NO WHALES go plus 50 plus in this town.

The race,is never the other skater… it is only with death.

Head for the the hills young skaters… the flat game gets spicy with a little DROP mixed in.

ride hard ride often

Sol March 17, 2011 at 11:54 am

AD just didn’t need that negativity here, not what I’m trying to be involved with me here. This was also not a race sponsored or organized by Bustin. I personally feel no heat. I came out to skate hard And have fun. Mission accomplished.

CPL- I am all about dropping this year but I don’t see myself getting tired of traffic..racing sure. Not of “surfing” through traffic with a group of friends in the same zen state of mind. I understand where you are coming from with your approach but your focus is on the race. A focus that (I think) has keeps you from seeing what has really been the driving source behind “speedboarding” reaching a level where considering governing has become necessary. We enjoy skating fast with each other. We love going fast. But it is the feel of the ride that keeps us addicted.

Yes, you have some very valid points that should be addressed. I believe you should realize that what you are championing applies to a select few when considering the longboarding community as a whole. I am sure the majority of our readers fall under the “skate for fun” mantra. I suggest you sit and talk with persons involved with organizations that will be necessary in bringing the change about.

I think you are an inspiring speed rider and your conditioning drives me in some part. I have experienced nothing negative from you personally and don’t care for that to change. A big difference between us would be instead of challenging death, we are embracing life. Differences are okay and we should have a respect for each others ideas. All we need to do is work together.

Stay Skatin’

AD March 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Solomon, my thoughts were true, and I speak for myself and others who might be hesitant. But without a doubt, censoring my criticism on the race is weak and cowardice. It wasn’t negative. What if Bustin, or any other company for that matter… censored all the comments people say about them. It’s wiser to listen to true criticism than people just blowing stoke up your ass. the race sucked.

AD March 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I think the idea of a Warriors race is great, but it was poorly executed and any true merit of that race was relinquished by the word “fun”.

Sol March 18, 2011 at 11:19 am

Weak and cowardly. I guess I should be trying out for the Wizard of Oz. Roar! That event is over, a lot of us made a lot of good memories. This week is new, let’s make some new ones. I’m over it. Stay Skatin’.

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