I'd never really thought about longboards, but now I want one
May 20, 2023 9:44 PM   Subscribe

Lotfi Lamaali is a longboard dancer. But what is longboard dancing? A sort of hybrid of freestyle trick skateboarding and dance, on bigger, looser, more flexible longboards. Just as much focus on using smooth dance steps and twirls to move around the board as on moving the board itsel. The end result when done well is mindblowing. [SLYT]
posted by Dysk (14 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
Wow. Never owned a longboard but skateboarded as a tween/teen in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater era, the additional work to pull off board flips and manuals on a heavy longboard looks exhausting, or maybe that's just being in my 30s now. The flowy more dancelike stuff looks fun and the graceful stability of a longboard definitely appeals.
posted by JauntyFedora at 4:39 AM on May 21


Here's one I follow on instagram, Valeriya Gogunskaya

it's a beautiful way to skate
posted by chavenet at 5:21 AM on May 21 [3 favorites]


I was thinking surfboard longboards before clicking.
posted by eviemath at 5:44 AM on May 21 [1 favorite]


I don't know enough about skateboarding to know what the 'WORST' is referring to. It all looked pretty good to me.
But a lot of the camera work was great. I wonder how that was done, especially the parts where the camera operator is moving backward.
posted by MtDewd at 5:59 AM on May 21


I don't know enough about skateboarding to know what the 'WORST' is referring to.

There's a section of bails at the start of the video. I linked past it because it's not the best first impression (which I guess it's why bails traditionally go towards the end of skate videos).
posted by Dysk at 6:01 AM on May 21


A lot of this is filmed solo, with a 360 camera mounted on a hand-held pole. The software can reframe the video to be stable and rectilinear, and edits out the pole. The giveaway is the skater's hand gripping something and remaining relatively motionless in the frame.

I hated the part where he was practicing inside on a wood floor. The rest was cool.
posted by seanmpuckett at 7:10 AM on May 21 [4 favorites]


A lot of this is filmed solo, with a 360 camera mounted on a hand-held pole. The software can reframe the video to be stable and rectilinear, and edits out the pole. The giveaway is the skater's hand gripping something and remaining relatively motionless in the frame.

I had no idea this was possible! Now that I'm looking for it, I can see it in a few fish-eye shots - I guess some of the stationary camera shots might be done the same way? A majority of it still looks like there's a filmer behind the camera to me though.
posted by Dysk at 7:21 AM on May 21 [1 favorite]


Heh, went back to the beginning. Impressed with the way he took out the kid on a bike.

I can see the hand-held pole idea only in two places, the first time by the Eiffel Tower, and riding on the glass. (at the Louvre?? Looks like a good place for a no skateboarding sign)

But that doesn't explain the spins, or this shot through the poles.
posted by MtDewd at 8:05 AM on May 21 [1 favorite]




Le nouveau parkour!
posted by zengargoyle at 10:08 AM on May 21


The mesmerizing Hyo Joo was my first introduction to this sport/artform
posted by mmrtnt at 12:15 PM on May 21


I have watched this video a few times for a few reasons.

One of those reasons is the dancing.
posted by weft at 12:25 PM on May 21 [3 favorites]


I have watched this video a few times for a few reasons.

One of those reasons is the dancing.


Oh hell yes, I am all about this!
posted by Dysk at 3:45 PM on May 21


Dysk, thank you so much for bringing this to my attention! My 5 year old is taking skateboarding lessons right now, but she hates drop-ins. Just not her thing. I'm going to show her these videos to see if this is more her speed.
(With proper protective equipment of course. As a mom, I wanted to cry watching him fall off the board with no helmet at the beginning again and again).

I knew there was other types of skateboarding than just pipes or park skating, but I didn't have any concrete examples.
posted by sharp pointy objects at 8:36 AM on May 22 [1 favorite]


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