This is a subject that I’ve been thinking about a lot since I started using professional fingerboarding equipment. When I bought my first real setup, I was in the mindset that the parts were built to be rugged and meant to be bashed and smashed around like a real skateboard. That thought made sense to me, seeing how lifelike all the parts looked and how realistic the construction was.
That being said, I started off riding my first couple setups in a pretty rough manner. I liked how realistic it felt when a rough ledge or rail was scratching underneath my trucks, or when I felt resistance during a board, nose, and tail slide. I was applying decent pressure with my fingers, which was obviously causing some immediate wear right off the bat. I didn’t really think anything of it at first.
However, the more I rode and the more exposure I had to the fingerboarding community, the more it seemed that many riders were doing the exact opposite. It’s sometimes hard for me to tell, but a lot of riders look like they’re purposefully being very light with their hands. They’re not aggressive with their landings and it doesn’t seem like they apply much pressure to their grinds and slides at all. I’m sure it all comes down to preference and style in the end, but is there a general etiquette to how you’re supposed to ride a professional setup?
I’m only asking because I’d rather practice riding in a more correct manner, especially if I can eliminate any potential bad habits sooner rather than later. I appreciate the insight and I look forward to reading the different perspectives and hearing about how everyone feels about thrashing their own setups!