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    So, i was checking out the kahuna sticks, and being a whitewater paddler, i thought that was damn cool,and hella-exspensive. so i made my own in 5 minutes for 20 bucks. which is extendable and fits on my pack.

    Get a quality fiberglass/aluminum extenadble painters rod (i got the 3-6 foot one)
    and a lacrosse ball (very durable,grippy , cheap and replacable).
    now drill a hole partway into the lacrosse ball with a drill bit slightly smaller than the threaded end of the painters stick. screw/jam/hammer the ball on and Voila.
    You've got a land paddle with 10 minutes and 20 bucks invested,


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    Quote Originally Posted by EricB View Post
    So, i was checking out the kahuna sticks, and being a whitewater paddler, i thought that was damn cool,and hella-exspensive. so i made my own in 5 minutes for 20 bucks. which is extendable and fits on my pack.

    Get a quality fiberglass/aluminum extenadble painters rod (i got the 3-6 foot one)
    and a lacrosse ball (very durable,grippy , cheap and replacable).
    now drill a hole partway into the lacrosse ball with a drill bit slightly smaller than the threaded end of the painters stick. screw/jam/hammer the ball on and Voila.
    You've got a land paddle with 10 minutes and 20 bucks invested,
    hahaha That's awesome!!! I might have to try myslef!
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    i have enough lacrosse balls!

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    thats genius! and exactly what i wanted!
    a cheap alternative to shelling ut loads of cash on a kahuna!!
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    Default Re: DIY land paddle

    Thats pretty clever, nice thinking. I find that over time lacrosse balls lose grip and become slippery but that could be from rain or something. Post a picture.
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    Default Re: DIY land paddle

    Quote Originally Posted by BAsports18 View Post
    lose grip and become slippery
    sounds good to me:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gvC3PtOkJE]YouTube - slide staff[/ame]

    that's a solid uhmw rod (slide puck material).. but you could just fasten a chunk to the end of a painters handle, oar, shovel handle, sapling, or whatever.

    Rubber chunk on one end, slidey chunk on the other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraffft View Post
    Rubber chunk on one end, slidey chunk on the other?
    ohhh, i likey what you is thinking!!
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    Kahuna reps are gonna come in this thread and rant about how bamboo has more flex etc etc :/

    But yeah I love the idea, I've been meaning to try this somehow.
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    depeding on the rubber of the ball it will either work out gooood or not really.

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    Default Re: DIY land paddle

    I've been meaning to do the same thing for a while now. I was gonna use 2 micro scooter wheels on the bottom though. The ball idea is brill though and sounds much easier.

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    I want to make one with a hard wood dowel, and chair stoppers on either end. Opinions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodgon View Post
    depeding on the rubber of the ball it will either work out gooood or not really.
    hmm, this is true.
    but are lacross balls made of different materials?
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    I cut up a old bmx tire and wrapped it around the end of a bamboo pole. Works pretty damn good and was damn near free. Got the pole for like $6...
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    I was thinking about throwing together one of these at some point, but I was thinking of using the hockey stick shaft, but I don't know what to use on the end. I could drill an old wheel, but I don't really know. a lacrosse ball would work, but I think an old wheel would be good to.
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    i used a crutch before, worked ok, but a larger bottom piece (like your lacrosse ball) would have ben better.
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    I was thinking hockey puck.. but old wheels sound good and bicycle tire sounds great, that's what people use for homemade stilts..

    I was seriously eying these fiberglass extension poles that I saw at the movie theater tonight.. used to change letters on the movie sign- suction cup on the end, which is a pretty sweet thing to have with you anyway.

    or a high-writer.. a similar contraption that graffiti artists use..

    you can get decent extension poles at most hardware stores in the form of tree pruning tools, starting around $25 or so.

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    These are great ideas guys. I went with the roller extension and lacrosse ball. Even topped it off with a tennis ball for a handle. Cheezy looking but works like a champ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraffft View Post
    sounds good to me:

    YouTube - slide staff

    that's a solid uhmw rod (slide puck material).. but you could just fasten a chunk to the end of a painters handle, oar, shovel handle, sapling, or whatever.

    Rubber chunk on one end, slidey chunk on the other?
    You look like Raiden from mortal combat.


    I use a land paddle all the time. It is great for controling speed and really tightens a carve when used as a pivot. Are you putting much of your body weight on the staff when you slide?
    I hope you brought your wood screws...

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    Quote Originally Posted by obxaddict View Post
    Are you putting much of your body weight on the staff when you slide?
    Nice home made stick there.

    You can put any percentage of your weight on it.. It really makes a great crutch for learning stand up slides. You can put less and less weight on the staff as you get better.

    Or you can use it as a pivot in a similar manner as a big stick, or pole vault into one of these:


    This recent post from the kraffft work thread is somewhat related:

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    Skate brakes should definitely exist. They let hotties ride with flip flops or bare feet. They're great for beginners. And it's relevant to this thread because the ideal mechanical brake probably hasn't been invented yet (though there are many that work fairly well).. but I'll tell you what my favorite skate brake is:

    The big stick..



    On top of being good for braking, and land paddling, it can be used as a crutch for hard carving:



    and it's not far from being a good slide staff.. I'd want to see the tires have a slide surface on one side and rubber on the other (the things that look like wheels on the end of a big stick don't rotate).



    Probably a little more rubber than plastic would be better if you want to use it for land paddling still, since sliding you only ever use the stick at an angle.

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    kraffft- i watched one of your compilation vids and thoroughly enjoyed it. what time you are not out of the box you are pretty far from center. good stuff. i've been dabbling in board mods myself since I got into longboarding.

    this winter i've gotten serious about longboarding and when i starting researching good boards a skate break was something i knew i needed. my boards wouldn't carve much so it was very difficult controlling my speed. rather than shelling out the cash for skate breaks (truck wheel package) i got used to my land paddle and this turns out to be perfect for noobs learning on their own.

    i paddle surf so it made it a much more natural progression for me to add a longboard and get comfortable on the street. at first the paddle was more of a skid break for rolling downhill but as i got better i can use it as a pivot to carve like crazy. i realize that it would be unnatural for a veteran longboarder to add a paddle to their downhill seshes- if it isn't second nature you could definitely turn it into a catapult fulcrum! i highly recommend a land paddle for people starting from scratch. if you are not into paddling as cross training you could phase it out as you get better. at any rate a simple homemade stick with a lacrosse ball on the end has opened a whole new world for me when there is no wind. lets see if i can learn to slide without the paddle...
    I hope you brought your wood screws...

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