Monday, April 8, 2013
Follow Your Nose
How much nose is too much nose? I like enough to pop a good no comply shove-it, maybe 4.5 - 5 inches max. I find that most of my current setups have a nose bigger than, if not equal to, the size of the tail, and average about 6.5 inches or more. Board shape, like skateboarding itself,is subjective. Boards with shapes (yes, functional skateboards with shapes, not all boards with shape are "cruisers", cruising is an activity/attitude more than a board type, but I digress), are increasing in popularity and availability as many skaters are realizing that you can do just as much on a shaped deck as you can on a popsicle shape.
Now, back to the nose. The nose of the board has been utilized as long as there has been one on the board, from hang-ten nose wheelies and the Brown Bomber's Samoan Squat to Blender and Grosso's nose stalls to fakie in the mid to late 1980s. I am lucky to have a diverse quiver of boards and am always looking to diversify. My next effort to keep things fresh and interesting will be a setup with a little more tail and a little less nose. Stay tuned.