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Cheap Fingerboards, Wooden ramps and halfpipes
I discovered fingerboarding 20 years ago!
I used to do a lot of real skateboarding but living in England there are so many times when you can't go because of the weather.
Because of this, I would sit playing with my cheap fingerboards, trying to do the tricks that I couldn't in real life.
Fingerboards became a great way to pass the time of my love of skateboarding.
Whether you have a broken ankle or the weather is bad and you have no indoor skatepark to go to. Learn your favourite skateboarding flips and tricks fingerboarding.
Tech Deck are one of the most popular brands in skate shops, but there are also some other brands and accessories becoming popular such as Blackriver.
So here I have put a little collection of some of the popular stuff for you to have a look at.
What is a fingerboard?
For those of you that don't know or have never heard of them, a fingerboard is a miniature skateboard controlled by the fingers.
There are both cheap fingerboards and expensive ones available to buy. They are either made of wood or plastic with metal trucks and plastic wheels.
Skateboard tricks are replicated on these using the fingers.
As time has gone by they have become more and more popular and now are made professionally by top skateboard brands and replicate the pro skaters boards and designs.
Tricks suck as 'The Ollie' are achieved by smacking down the tail and taking the weight of the board, in mid-air, the finger slides up the deck to even it out just like a foot would do on a normal skateboard. This is how skateboarders jump over obstacles.
The flips are created by doing the same but pushing the side of the board to flip and spin it in different directions. Hence the name of various skateboard tricks such as the kick-flip, heelflip, 360 flips etc.
Grinds are where you slide along the surface on the trucks of the board and slides on the wooden part. Hence the name rail slide, noseslide, tail slide and blunt slide depending on what part of the board you are sliding on.
The names of the slides and grinds change depending on the angles of the slide and other factors.
The names of grabs will also change depending on where you grab the board with your hand and the angle and way in which you tweak it.
The main aim is to replicate all of these skateboard tricks on a fingerboard.
Start to build your Skate Park
Here is a selection of a few good ramps to get you started.
You can mix and match them to make a whole skate park or just use them on their own as individual obstacles.
Most are made by Tech Deck, are good prices, well made and skate well. They make sure they are all to scale with the decks and the angles are correct to skate in as normal a way as possible as you would do in real life.
A large Skateboard park with ramps and slopes. Maybe fun for some, for me the bib slope isn't really my style but if you like big tricks and ridiculous airs or a fan of Mr Hawks big trick then it's good.
Mega Ramp by Tech Deck fingerboards. Well this is what it is really, it's a big slope. If your thing is huge airs with a big boost and doing impossible tricks then you may enjoy this. Either way it adds a fair attraction to your park, even just for the tourists.
Amazing fingerboard clip
A classy video clip with over 2 million views!
Tech Deck Wooden Collector Series - The best wooden cheap fingerboards widely available.
The Tech Deck Wooden Collector Series are the best wooden fingerboards on the market for the price.
Many are priced at under $10!
They include the deck, which is made from 100% Canadian Maple wood, the trucks, wheels, grip tape and some have stickers.
They are well made and to scale, skate nicely, give a nice pop, are well weighted and also make a nice sound when used.
For me, a wooden fingerboard feels so much more realistic than a plastic one. I don't know about any of you but I have never personally skateboarded in real life on a plastic deck.
The boards are all replicas of famous skate brands with their pro skaters boards.
I've put a selection here but if you click on the links there are much more available.
This is the Gerry Getz Habitat board.
The Marked DGK Tech Deck series.
Blackriver Ramps on eBay - They are more expensive than cheap fingerboards so eBay is a good place to look.
Blackriver is quickly becoming popular with their well made wooden ramps, rails and obstacles.
They are very well made, however, they are expensive. They are a lot easier to find in England than in the US so due to this and the price I have decided to list the deals here that are found on eBay US.
This is a live feed so is constantly updated, so if you see something you like you should get in quick as it probably won't be there the next time you come back.
Good luck bidding, and remember, if you don't have an eBay account it is free, quick and easy to open one and a lot of fun. The are millions of great bargains on there. I buy stuff from there all the time, so even if you don't see anything that you like today, why not open an account and have a browse.
I buy many things for as little as $1 with free delivery!
Now get fingerboarding with your new set up
I hope I've helped you to pass those long days when skating is just not an option. I took up fingerboarding after breaking 3 ribs and believe me I loved it.
It takes a bit of a knack (not as much as skateboarding) but it's pretty cool when you start getting your tricks to look like actual skate tricks.
If you didn't watch the video clip above you should do now, besides you are not skating now, are you!
WARNING! Fingerboards are addictive. You will find yourself carrying these things around with you and popping ollies everywhere you go.