Name: Ain Luik
Hometown: a little seaside village called Häädemeeste in Estonia
IONIC FLUX: The first time we met was at the Jõulumae skate event down near Pärnu. How long had you been into longboarding at that time?
AIN LUIK: I think it was in August, so I guess about 5 months. I think I had owned my own board for maybe 23 months by then, so actively I had been riding about 3 months.
What was the driving force that got you into longboarding?
I do have one long story for how and why I do what I do, but I’ll skip the long part and get to point. Basically, I was always looking for different things to do during snowboarding’s off-season that would improve my boarding skills. Now it’s getting rather the other way around. And of course my passion and love for riding boards, I guess.
Over the last year or two, you’ve developed a pretty unique style and now own a ton of boards. In my opinion (and the opinion of others), you’ve really developed a great skillset for longboarding, considering it is so new here in Estonia. And you’ve already secured a really good hookup from the local skateshop Surfiaed. What are your thoughts?
My first thought about word skillset gets me thinking about the movie Taken, but actually I can’t describe how happy I am that I met Rain and Nele from Surfiaed and that they took me under their wing. They have been so great. They get me everything I need and offer me lots of new stuff to try to see if I’ll like it. In my mind I’m such a pain of a customer, but they have been so great with searching and finding me the stuff I want to get and test out, so biiiig, big thanks to them. They’re really wonderful people. As for the skillset you are talking about, I myself actually feel that I’m still learning the basics of longboarding with just a little bit of a twist. I don’t consider myself great, but I love to ride and I get bored just pushing and I’m also not a big fan of going fast downhill. I’d rather jump around, find some interesting lines, dance. I try to keep it interesting and fun. If it wouldn’t be, I would sit home and read a book. As for tons of boards, I have tested out boards that seemed like they would fit my style of riding, and I think for now I have tried out all I wanted. Actually, I would love to try a Hi5ber board with kicktails… I strongly believe that riding different boards, shapes, sizes, setups helps a lot for getting great allaround skill. Of course, it’s really positive and gives me lots of motivation that people see and think that what I do looks great, and it’s really nice to hear that it looks like I have my own style, cause I really try to do my own thing and so I guess I’m doing something right. One of my goals is to make it more interesting for people, so they would want to try it it and would come out and join me. I would love to see more people coming and asking to ride or help with something they want to know or learn about it.
What is your preferred skating style and what is your setup?
Styles: Freestyle, Dancing and Carving with Carver boards (wonderful boards, so much fun)
Board: Loaded Tesseract
Grip: Whatever comes with a stock Tesseract (really grippy stuff, not very good for dancing though)
Trucks: Paris 180
Bushings: Divine 90a (I think)
Bearings: Bones REDS
Wheels: Orangatang 4President 80a
Pretty much a stock setup with really loose bushings.
How would you describe the longboard scene in Estonia, and what are the best places to to go longboarding?
I haven’t really had a chance to ride with other Estonians a lot, and I really can’t give a great viewpoint on the longboarding scene. It seems that there is a small, core group of people who are kinda everyday downhillers and sliders, and then there are lots of people who use longboards to get around or to enjoy a nice evening now and then. We hope to improve that situation with Surfiaed. We are making events so that people can come and ride with us and to create that community spirit.
We are all enjoying the same thing, so we should do it together and more often. I think you know what I mean. Best places, umm… I really like nighttime in Pärnu during the summer. There is a great route you can ride there that goes alongside the beach and river… really beautiful and lots of fun. Come to Pärnu and we will go there.
Do you have any plans to compete this year? Perhaps in one of the Latvian Downhill Races in July, or are you just mostly in it for the fun?
I have no plans to compete, mostly because I have never liked competitions much, but I think I am a really competitive person, actually. Secondly, half way down I would just like to do manuals and stuff rest of the way. 😀 I’m totally in it for fun. Maybe if there is a competition for fastest manual or something more fun like dancing, something that would really progress that side of longboarding, then I would do it.
If you could sum up what longboarding means to you in just one sentence, what would you say?
With one sentence… umm… Longboarding is my other world. And what I mean is that when I ride, I forget everything — my work, problems, friends, family, kinda everything. It makes people mad sometimes. It’s really hard to explain, but it’s just me and the board. I get lots of ideas for what I could possibly do with it and lines I could take from different places. I tear up boards pretty badly if I really lose awareness and get into the vibe, but I’m always having the time of my life.
Last but not least, we always have to ask — do you flux your bearings regularly? And if you were to give a fullblown honest review, what do you say about our bearing oil?
Depends on the board. There are boards I use less, so those bearings, not so regularly. For Tessy though, once or twice a month. I ride with rain sometimes, so after the rainy days are over, I flux right away. As for an honest review, I have nothing to compare with your bearing oil. As soon as I needed oil, I found you and I have been using Ionic Flux since then. I can only say that I am really happy how my board rolls. It rolls great compared to some other people’s boards I have ridden.
One last note: I would like to say that people should come outside more to see how much fun stuff there is to do here. 🙂
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