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SunSurfer

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  1. Did anyone get round to trying one of these to get past all the speculation about the quality? Would they even make a half reasonable "rock" board or for cruising round more crowded, narrow trails and chopped up snow. The boards around seem to be all 164cm length. The construction picture and specs come from the current Freesport website. The board picture is from a Web based low cost sports equipment supplier in NZ who stock snow/bike/outdoor gear and sell top of the line stuff in other areas (e.g. Bike gear-Shimano/SRAM/Campag). I have no financial interest in either site. The boards don't appear to have changed from when Freesport made the Riot as one of their "race" boards. The Riot has become the name & topsheet pattern for one of their freeride boards, and their race style boards have a series of other names & topsheets but nothing else seems to have changed. SunSurfer
  2. Just got round to loading detailed photos. Took this, a PJ 6.2 reg assym and an old Avalanche Chris Saunders 167 away for two weeks last NZ winter (Aug 2008) to Cadrona / Treble Cone fields in South Island NZ. Now nearly 50 (182cm, 82kg), I've slalom skateboarded since the 1970's (pre-urethane wheels) and had been trying to get the hang of carving after two planks got too boring. Was too chicken to try the Riot at first, but when I actually climbed on board it was the easiest of the three to ride. In 5 days I went from not being entirely confident of getting down the beginners slopes without a tumble to being confidently carving all the groomed slopes the fields had to offer. The board is very quick from edge to edge, and stable at speed. From measurements Nates calculator brings the sidecut radius in around 12.5m. Using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine - http://web.archive.org/collections/web.html Riot's old web pages talk about them not as a race board but as a tool for just blasting around at speed. Good carving boards are hard to find in NZ and hellishly expensive to import. I enjoy this one so much it is unlikely to be sold before I die! My 2 cents worth- If you get a chance to try/buy a Riot in good condition, take the opportunity, you're unlikely to regret it! And not all of them look like the one that Chubz has for sale.
  3. Just bought this actual board (in NZ), and will plug the actual measurements into Nate's calculator when it arrives in a couple of days. Advertised as "Riot Supercarve 180 Approx 11m radius 240 tip 175 waist 235 tail This board is in mint condition has barely been used. Base & edges are perfect , Fantastic Carve/Race board for someone. Will suit an aggressive rider, Lots of camber & very stiff" Completely different top sheet from the Riot Velocity boards featured in Reviews and in other threads. Get to ride it in a couple of weeks!
  4. "Drop a colour television set on the floor. It might work afterwards... but it's never quite the same." From a neurosurgeon I worked with a while ago who ran a Concussion Clinic, for people who just banged their heads, maybe didn't even lose consciousness. He saw a lot of people who were significantly but subtlely damaged by their head injury. They had long standing headaches, difficulty holding a train of thought (Just were did I get to in that column of numbers?), little things that aren't obvious from the outside but mean that you can no longer hold down your high performance, well paying job. In my own work, 12 years as an intensive care specialist and specialist anaesthetist, and a further 9 years just in anaesthesia (anesthesiologist, not nurse anaesthetist, for those of you from the USA) I have seen many people with severe brain injury from many causes. Most bits of the human body heal reasonably well with good care but the cells in the brain and spinal cord don't. This thread began with a description of a severe low speed head injury, from the description almost certainly caused by an extradural haematoma from a middle meningeal artery tear. Even going slowly, less than 10 mph, (less than 16 km/hr), or just an awkward fall while actually stopped, can generate enough force to produce a lethal brain injury from an extradural or other mechanisms. As the doctors and this guy's family clearly decided, there ARE fates worse than death. Please pardon me if I'm preaching to the converted, but if you aren't wearing a helmet for any speed sport you need to think very hard about why. You only get one brain, and brain transplants are not an option. A helmet will not make you indestructible, it will not necessarily save you if you smack into a tree or a lift pylon at 30 mph, but it gives you a bit more of a chance of surviving and having a life with some quality of existence. How much is your brain worth to you?
  5. I know of the one in New Zealand. If you want to get in contact, send me an e-mail via this site. I am down in Wanaka from mid August, so my interest will wane from early August. Cheers SunSurfer (aj.mckenzie)
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