The final product, as you can see, is a custom made longboard, optimized for cruising. Aesthetically, the board maintains a classic beach wood look with curvyness. This is both designed as a functional athletic piece of technology and as an art piece.
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Moving forward, this board will make its way to New York City/ Boston where my friend resides. It will twist and turn down the streets of Manhattan and find its ways through alleys and banks. The next thing to test would be if the board slides well. The wheels are not optimized for this aspect, but I think it can be done (you can always switch out the wheels for a different style of riding).
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IMG_6256This board means art and craftsmanship and love. It may cause varying emotions and reactions from people, but my friend, Abby, will laugh her face off when she sees it.

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  • Tyler Smyth
    May 4, 2016 4:45 pm

    The board is super sweet, and it was a lot of fun helping you on this project! If your friend does not want this for some reason, may I please take it? Haha, just kidding she is going to love the design and work working skill put into the long-board. The board completely captures your aesthetic and personalty too. I have no comments on improving the design.

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  • Kenzy O'neill
    May 1, 2016 5:25 pm

    The board looks awesome, I’m sure your friend is going to love it. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a friend who makes longboards and honestly yours looks amazing considering it is your first build, well done! Have you thought about making or buying bumpers/guards for the ends of the board to keep it safe in the event of a curb collision? It seems like such a special board that it might be worthwhile investing in its longevity.

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  • Nick Ortiz
    May 1, 2016 1:12 pm

    This project was clearly a ton of work and through persistence, turned out well. I didn’t realize the board was a gift when I saw your presentation at the expo. I am curious what the inside joke is on the topsheet – I’ll have to ask if I run into you again this summer. It would be an interesting follow up project to develop a system that allows the rider to quickly switch wheels for different types of riding. Have a good summer!

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  • Samantha Maierhofer
    May 1, 2016 12:32 pm

    It looks great and Abby is going to love it! How is the stick on the top? Will you have to put any kind of tape on it or is there enough grip to leave it bare?

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  • Daniel Rankin
    May 1, 2016 11:27 am

    It’s really cool that you made a design specifically for your friend- I couldn’t find in your previous post what the meaning of the image on the board is, though- inside joke?

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