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    Arrow The Hobie Sundancer: a look back

    There will be skaters on here that know far more about this board than I, but here's some info and photos of a particularly good Hobie Sundancer. This is a 1970's era design, surely intended to be the next amazing thing...



    What makes this one unique is the truck and wheels combination. I've got several shots of that, and will have to dig for the "whole board" shots... (wtf?) Anyway:




    more to come...
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    Default re: The Hobie Sundancer: a look back

    As you can tell, my focus this day was upon the mechanics of the trucks and to ensure they were well-documented...





    The wheels are massive, of course...




    I wasn't allowed to disassemble the trucks and wheels, which I'd love to go back and do, for obvious reasons...
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    Default re: The Hobie Sundancer: a look back

    Wow. I would hate to have a stone or something wedge between the wheel and the fender-like portion of the Solo Wide-Track.

    Anyone here ever ride these?

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    Default re: The Hobie Sundancer: a look back

    So now for some history and provenance on this beaut, as relayed to me from its owner, Big Dave Anderson of Sk8Supply and Skater Trader fame...


    It came to Dave via the original owner, a skater/surfer in Encinitas that dug it out of his garage, tried to skate it and re-learned that it kinda sucked. Dave got it in a trade for more modern equipment, dialed in for a dude that wanted to surf skate around town... ironically just what Hobie intended this one to be all about.

    I personally only saw these in ads or up on the wall at Val Surf.
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    Default Re: The Hobie Sundancer: a look back

    Quote Originally Posted by EBasil View Post
    So now for some history and provenance on this beaut, as relayed to me from its owner, Big Dave Anderson of Sk8Supply and Skater Trader fame...


    It came to Dave via the original owner, a skater/surfer in Encinitas that dug it out of his garage, tried to skate it and re-learned that it kinda sucked. Dave got it in a trade for more modern equipment, dialed in for a dude that wanted to surf skate around town... ironically just what Hobie intended this one to be all about.

    I personally only saw these in ads or up on the wall at Val Surf.
    I rode one for about 30 seconds in the seventies when somebody tried to trade me for one of my SIMS boards. I told him it was a NO DEAL! Guess I should have done it. It was a well used up SIMS board I would have traded to him.
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    Default Re: The Hobie Sundancer: a look back

    Quote Originally Posted by EBasil View Post
    ...tried to skate it and re-learned that it kinda sucked...
    Thanks for posting this. Now I'm interested. Why did it suck? Did the pivot bind? Return-to-center or turning angle not good? Inquiring minds ...

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    Default Re: The Hobie Sundancer: a look back

    Quote Originally Posted by stevie View Post
    Thanks for posting this. Now I'm interested. Why did it suck? Did the pivot bind? Return-to-center or turning angle not good? Inquiring minds ...
    Doesn't look like there's any kind of spring or bushing to provide any return-to-center. Might ride like a Seismic without the springs...?
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