Do you play other sports besides tennis ??

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Come on Lee, there was 20' faces with top to bottom barrels at Rincon last Wednesday and Thursday and about a dozen double overhead days with more on the way.
Wouldn't exactly call it mush slow when boards and skulls are being snapped.

Slow mush about a mile from my office.


Oh yeah, mostly mtn biking and snowboarding on the side for me.
A 5' point right in Santa Barbara is a very nice wave, especially for a grom riding a 5'9" tri fin, one who likes to hassle with the crowds, and us under 40 years of age.
You and I won't be out there snaking, faking, and jockeying for that wave.
Let's see. My smallest board is a 6'8" x 18" Brewer. I do have two funboards, one for teaching, the other for light wind kietsurfing (Bic's, 7'9" and 7'3"). My other board is a 8' Brewer Plumeria made by him on Kaui expressly for big (8-12') Hanalei Bay. Anything bigger than 10' Hanalei, you'd better break out the real 9'6" gun, because of the paddling against the current, the jockeying needed, and the long sections that break along the reef from Flat Rock thru the Bowl.
Joey Cabell use to always ride his 4" thick, downrailed 9' board when it was over just 8'. He liked to get more than a couple waves an hour, as did I.
Billy Hamilton never rode anything smaller than 8' at overhead Hanalei Bay.
I don't care what Laird rode, because I met him when he was around 7.
 

mxmx

Professional
Not that its a real sport...but I'm quite good at foosball...very few people beat me. But I know in the US its quite a popular game
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Not that its a real sport...but I'm quite good at foosball...very few people beat me. But I know in the US its quite a popular game
Played a lot of foosball back in the 1970s when I was working at Atari. I had a co-worker (and roommate for a while) who had a truly outstanding 4" pull shot. At times it was so incredibly fast that you often couldn't see it but you could definitely hear it as the ball made a resounding loud, sharp sound as it hit the back of the goal.


As a natural lefty, I felt that I was at a bit of a disadvantage since my my most aggressive shots were hit with my back men (left hand) rather then with my right hand. Foosball seems to be a bit biased for right-handers.
 

DUROC

Professional
SCUBA diving and Orientation Sub, Snow Skiing (year round - we do summer skiing in the alps, Canada and South America regularly). Padel.......joined one of Henri Leconte's club last year and totally hooked........Sailing and windsurfing.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
SCUBA diving and Orientation Sub, Snow Skiing (year round - we do summer skiing in the alps, Canada and South America regularly). Padel.......joined one of Henri Leconte's club last year and totally hooked........Sailing and windsurfing.
Windsurfing....what kind of gear do you have and where do you windsurf at?
I worked at windsurfing shops for 24 years, so have tons of old gear, which is just as good as new gear. Tried kiteboarding for one year, placed 28th overall in the Bridge to Bridge race in San Francisco which included Formula boards, Aussie 18's, Moths, and 8 other kitesurfer's.
Now just windsurf, have slalom, freeride, wave, and bump n jump boards and 30 sails at the house, 6 in the van.
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
Played a lot of foosball back in the 1970s when I was working at Atari. I had a co-worker (and roommate for a while) who had a truly outstanding 4" pull shot. At times it was so incredibly fast that you often couldn't see it but you could definitely hear it as the ball made a resounding loud, sharp sound as it hit the back of the goal.


As a natural lefty, I felt that I was at a bit of a disadvantage since my my most aggressive shots were hit with my back men (left hand) rather then with my right hand. Foosball seems to be a bit biased for right-handers.
I remember Atari made some great gaming systems and video games back in the old days
Kind of a great pioneering company
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I remember Atari made some great gaming systems and video games back in the old days
Kind of a great pioneering company
That they did. I was working swing shift there as a troubleshooting Manufacturing technician in the Coin Op (arcade) Division starting in '74. Steve Jobs was there as a tech in the Engineering Dept at the time. Didn't know who he was at the time so I'm not sure if we crossed paths. He might have come in to train us manufacturing techs on the digital circuitry for Breakout when it was released from Engineering in 1976.
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
That they did. I was working swing shift there as a troubleshooting Manufacturing technician in the Coin Op (arcade) Division starting in '74. Steve Jobs was there as a tech in the Engineering Dept at the time. Didn't know who he was at the time so I'm not sure if we crossed paths. He might have come in to train us manufacturing techs on the digital circuitry for Breakout when it was released from Engineering in 1976.
Very interesting
Saga was a Titan in 90s too, I remember
 

mxmx

Professional
Played a lot of foosball back in the 1970s when I was working at Atari. I had a co-worker (and roommate for a while) who had a truly outstanding 4" pull shot. At times it was so incredibly fast that you often couldn't see it but you could definitely hear it as the ball made a resounding loud, sharp sound as it hit the back of the goal.


As a natural lefty, I felt that I was at a bit of a disadvantage since my my most aggressive shots were hit with my back men (left hand) rather then with my right hand. Foosball seems to be a bit biased for right-handers.
If thats you in the video, youre good...very good. I'm not on your level. I can play push and pull shots and trap the ball with any player. My strengths are my reflexes, first touch and counter attacking strategy. As I do not keep one hand on the goalie I normally block with my defenders (two men are better than one..and they can cover the goal anyways). I only use my goalie when its absolutely needed. Normally I attack so much that I play in tge front the whole time. Good defenders or attackers will beat me on the counter.

A lefty are great goalies and defenders...like my one friend when we play doubles. Unfortunately the game is a dying art in my country and I struggle to find strong competition. Havent played in at least a year or two.

Wish I could play someone on your level.
 

mxmx

Professional
That they did. I was working swing shift there as a troubleshooting Manufacturing technician in the Coin Op (arcade) Division starting in '74. Steve Jobs was there as a tech in the Engineering Dept at the time. Didn't know who he was at the time so I'm not sure if we crossed paths. He might have come in to train us manufacturing techs on the digital circuitry for Breakout when it was released from Engineering in 1976.
I actually still own a atari system with some games...those were the days
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
If thats you in the video, youre good...very good. I'm not on your level. I can play push and pull shots and trap the ball with any player. My strengths are my reflexes, first touch and counter attacking strategy. As I do not keep one hand on the goalie I normally block with my defenders (two men are better than one..and they can cover the goal anyways). I only use my goalie when its absolutely needed. Normally I attack so much that I play in tge front the whole time. Good defenders or attackers will beat me on the counter.

A lefty are great goalies and defenders...like my one friend when we play doubles. Unfortunately the game is a dying art in my country and I struggle to find strong competition. Havent played in at least a year or two.

Wish I could play someone on your level.
No, my level was not quite that high. However, my Atari co-worker/roommate was that good --perhaps even better than the guy in the video.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I remember Atari made some great gaming systems and video games back in the old days
Kind of a great pioneering company
Same here! The Falcon 030 (our last Atari device in a long series) is in a cupboard :) Atari was a great company, always trying to bring something new. @SystemicAnomaly is some sort of hero to me :D
Jobs and Wozniak were my heroes. Jobs was hired by Atari in '74 to work doing technician and engineering design work even tho' he didn't even have a 2 year tech degree (he had gone to college for less than 2 years). Woz had done some design work for Atari while he was working at HP. Both Steves were working nights (and playing games) at Atari in Los Gatos in 75/76 while I was there (also working swing shift).

No doubt that I probably ran into Woz and, possibly, Jobs when Indy 800 came out in 1975. This was an 8-player arcade (race-car) game that many of us played in the lunch room (along with some other arcade games) during breaks and after work. Sometimes we'd get off work at 1am and play foosball and Indy 800 until 4:00 in the morning. Or we would play for a while after work and then follow the night-time Atari janitors over to their next job at a health club down the road. They let us in the club to play racquetball and use the weights, jacuzzi and sauna until 4am. Those were the days.

Some interesting background on the Atari/Apple connection:
http://bio.informatics.iupui.edu/beyond/include/atari_apple_connection.htm
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
Not that its a real sport...but I'm quite good at foosball...very few people beat me. But I know in the US its quite a popular game
I'll be your huckleberry... :D

I've been playing a looonnngg time, had my own table for a loooonnnggg time, as did another friend at his apartment. I'm up for a game anytime... but not with the wimpy 3 goalie table. Give me the one man stand alone gaolie and I will bounce lasers off the sides into your goal with my boy. (My left hand "roll" shot - rapidly sliding the inside of my left forefiner down the grip and catching the handle with the web between the finger and thumb with the goalie man rod is faster than my right wrist regular snap.

I love foosball!
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
Played a lot of foosball back in the 1970s when I was working at Atari. I had a co-worker (and roommate for a while) who had a truly outstanding 4" pull shot. At times it was so incredibly fast that you often couldn't see it but you could definitely hear it as the ball made a resounding loud, sharp sound as it hit the back of the goal.


As a natural lefty, I felt that I was at a bit of a disadvantage since my my most aggressive shots were hit with my back men (left hand) rather then with my right hand. Foosball seems to be a bit biased for right-handers.
3 man goalie tables are an ABOMINATION!
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
3 man goalie tables are an ABOMINATION!
Never really played much on a 3-man goalle table. OTOH the ball would often get stuck (dead) in one of the corners on a 1-man goalie table. Isn't that the primary reason for the man tables? Can the extra goalies actually do much defending of the goal?
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
Never really played much on a 3-man goalle table. OTOH the ball would often get stuck (dead) in one of the corners on a 1-man goalie table. Isn't that the primary reason for the man tables? Can the extra goalies actually do much defending of the goal?
Nor I on the 3 man goal. I think the reason was it is somehow easier for the defender?? I dunno, I did pretty well defending and scoring with the 1 man... it's all I know. I think if I played a 3 man goal, I'd naturally try to not even focus on the outside men... just concentrate on the middle man... but if you used all 3 you could also employ shots you would normally do with your front men.... dribble back and forth between them and shoot....
 

mxmx

Professional
I'll be your huckleberry... :D

I've been playing a looonnngg time, had my own table for a loooonnnggg time, as did another friend at his apartment. I'm up for a game anytime... but not with the wimpy 3 goalie table. Give me the one man stand alone gaolie and I will bounce lasers off the sides into your goal with my boy. (My left hand "roll" shot - rapidly sliding the inside of my left forefiner down the grip and catching the handle with the web between the finger and thumb with the goalie man rod is faster than my right wrist regular snap.

I love foosball!
You'll be my what? I know Tom Saywer but not the expression...

Sounds like we may have the same technique which is very rare. With my right hand I grip the handle with my thumb and fingers (not full hand and wrist). This gives great first touch and feel. You need to be very strong in ur fingers to shoot this way...
I hate american hurricane tables with the thin feet and 3 goalies. The wider feet are better at passing and they have more power as the angle of connection is forward and not downward

Tables similar to this are the best imo:
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/z/wUoAAOSwDuJWu1uW/$_20.JPG?set_id=8800005007
 
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DUROC

Professional
You'll be my what? I know Tom Saywer but not the expression...
"I'll be your huckleberry" was and is well known quote from the movie TOMBSTONE - it's used by Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday. You can find it on tshirts and its quoted quite a bit from fans of the movie and Holliday's character.

Back in the 19th century Hunckleberry was used as a term of endearment and to replace darling or sweetheart........in the flick Holliday uses it in his showdown with Johhny Ringo
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
You'll be my what? I know Tom Saywer but not the expression...

Sounds like we may have the same technique which is very rare. With my right hand I grip the handle with my thumb and fingers (not full hand and wrist). This gives great first touch and feel. You need to be very strong in ur fingers to shoot this way...
I hate american hurricane tables with the thin feet and 3 goalies. The wider feet are better at passing and they have more power as the angle of connection is forward and not downward

Tables similar to this are the best imo:
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDgwMA==/z/wUoAAOSwDuJWu1uW/$_20.JPG?set_id=8800005007



I should've never gotten rid of my table.
 

mxmx

Professional
"I'll be your huckleberry" was and is well known quote from the movie TOMBSTONE - it's used by Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday. You can find it on tshirts and its quoted quite a bit from fans of the movie and Holliday's character.

Back in the 19th century Hunckleberry was used as a term of endearment and to replace darling or sweetheart........in the flick Holliday uses it in his showdown with Johhny Ringo
Thanks man :)
 

mxmx

Professional


I should've never gotten rid of my table.
My table looks like that. Its not the same quality as proper tabkes...but still great fun...one can learn a lot on these tables

Maybe i should move to the US:
New york
Comics
Foosball clubs
Better tennis
Reeses chocolate
I'd like to watch more basketball

My problem with foosball is that no one likes to play or even knows about it. I cannot find tables at arcades anymore nor at small stores where people used to play each other. Its much like no one to play PES against...I guess I live too far from all of my friends.
 
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Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
My table looks like that. Its not the same quality as proper tabkes...but still great fun...one can learn a lot on these tables

Maybe i should move to the US:
New york
Comics
Foosball clubs
Better tennis
Reeses chocolate
I'd like to watch more basketball

My problem with foosball is that no one likes to play or even knows about it. I cannot find tables at arcades anymore nor at small stores where people used to play each other. Its much like no one to play PES against...I guess I live too far from all of my friends.
Yeah, that's why I sold mine... families, work, friends who play move further away.... errgh. All the bars in the area had foosball and pool tables... now, many don't even have pool tables anymore. Times, they are a changin'.
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
haha... wow, I just realized this image is reversed! Either it is reversed, or the handles are on the wrong sides of the rods, because the red goalie and two man... the handles should be on this side of the table... and subsequently, all the other handles should be on the other side too!

Maybe it is a British table, cuz don't they drive on the wrong side of the road and speak funny english too?




I should've never gotten rid of my table.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
To me, doing any sport less than 3 times a week doesn't count as "doing it or playing that sport".
Going snowboarding 3 days a year doesn't mean I'm a snowboarder.
Riding my road or mountain bike once a week doesn't make me a bike rider.
Surfing 7 days a year might mean I'm a kook, but I'm certainly no surfer.
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
Hmm, hadn't considered the difference between "mythical" and "mythological". Not certain which word is better in this case so I changed the adjective in my post to "fabled".
Hmm. Hadn't considered the difference either... but I play like THE GODS OF THUNDER (no, not KISS), at least in my own mind... so both work for me!
 

DUROC

Professional
Windsurfing....what kind of gear do you have and where do you windsurf at?
I worked at windsurfing shops for 24 years, so have tons of old gear, which is just as good as new gear. Tried kiteboarding for one year, placed 28th overall in the Bridge to Bridge race in San Francisco which included Formula boards, Aussie 18's, Moths, and 8 other kitesurfer's.
Now just windsurf, have slalom, freeride, wave, and bump n jump boards and 30 sails at the house, 6 in the van.

I currently have a starboard super fish and my kids and wife all have Bic setups.........also try to keep the number of boards/sails to a minimum we all also surf but due to work we have to be in places where it's very flat or inland so windsurfing is it.
With 5 of us at times we would have between the surf and windsurf boards what looked like a surf shop in the garage
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
That Superfish is really cool, saw it last year at 101 Sports in San Rafael. And I like Kawasaki Green, being on Mean Green Support for 2 years back in the '80s.
In 1984, while working at Wise Surfboards, I ordered a 7'7" x 23" wide swallow tail twin fin wave riding windsurf board from Robin Prodanovich of Local Motion Sailboards. Used it at Waddell, Ocean Beach, and Half Moon Bay for that year.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Oh, I'm no family man, but my g/f has a Starboard Formula 162, a JPMagicRide118, a Starboard Futura 111, and a Thommen Free 97.
 

mxmx

Professional
Yeah, that's why I sold mine... families, work, friends who play move further away.... errgh. All the bars in the area had foosball and pool tables... now, many don't even have pool tables anymore. Times, they are a changin'.
Reminds me of that movie Color of Money with Cruise...many pool halls having closed. I miss playing pool in a pool hall also...my two fav pool places closed down. Fortunately I can play pool against family who has a table or at my tennis club. I'd want a room with a foosball table, pool table, dart board, jukebox, pinball machine and something like galaga.
 

Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
Football (soccer), tennis, table tennis, running and kayaking are the sports, I do (to varying degrees depending on season and time)
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
Reminds me of that movie Color of Money with Cruise...many pool halls having closed. I miss playing pool in a pool hall also...my two fav pool places closed down. Fortunately I can play pool against family who has a table or at my tennis club. I'd want a room with a foosball table, pool table, dart board, jukebox, pinball machine and something like galaga.

Haha... I hear ya... I'm still just a big kid... or an immature adult I guess... but I don't need 6 synched video screens with theatre seating.... or even a small movie theatre... give me, like you said, give me the space for a pool table, foosball table, ping pong, poker table, old school Asteroids game and a few more stand up consoles. Throw in a bathroom off the game room, a couple big screens on the walls, a small fridge... that's all I need. And some old neon beer signs. And a nice view of a lake. And a deck. With a built in barb-que. That's all.


And this hat.

That's all I need.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Haha... I hear ya... I'm still just a big kid... or an immature adult I guess... but I don't need 6 synched video screens with theatre seating.... or even a small movie theatre... give me, like you said, give me the space for a pool table, foosball table, ping pong, poker table, old school Asteroids game and a few more stand up consoles. Throw in a bathroom off the game room, a couple big screens on the walls, a small fridge... that's all I need. And some old neon beer signs. And a nice view of a lake. And a deck. With a built in barb-que. That's all.


And this hat.

That's all I need.
Add a full-size Missile Command arcade game and I'm there. Hat is optional for me.
 

Dominic

Semi-Pro
Was a gym boy...220lbs and bench pressing 330lbs..
Got back into playing tennis about 4 years ago...

Now 190lbs, and complaining about the weight of my RF97...:)
 
BJJ and Muay Thai. BJJ has literally saved my life before and the workout I get from martial arts is FANTASTIC. Tennis will always be my first love though
 

WhiskeyEE

Legend
Pickleball and badminton. Both (singles) good for quick feet and faster reflexes, and I can play left handed, which gives my right elbow more time to heal before spring tennis.

Used to play basketball, but can't jump anymore so just shoot around now. Same with volleyball, no hops.
These old senile seniors over here spray painted lines for pickleball on top of the tennis court. They also used the same colour (white) as the lines for tennis. Looks like such a dumb game.
 
Cricket and table tennis.

I can also play as a decent goalkeeper in Football but I don't enjoy it but I really enjoy Cricket and table tennis.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
I currently have a starboard super fish and my kids and wife all have Bic setups.........also try to keep the number of boards/sails to a minimum we all also surf but due to work we have to be in places where it's very flat or inland so windsurfing is it.
With 5 of us at times we would have between the surf and windsurf boards what looked like a surf shop in the garage
I haven't played tennis in 2 weeks.
Got a new '16 Tabou Speedster 100 x 65, a '10 Tabou 3s 86, and a Starboard '10 Quad 76, so windsurfing has been on priority. That Quad is intriquing. Today, winds 14-22mph at Berkeley, it was smooth, planed early, comfortable, OK turny, controllably comfortable in crossed chop, and did some nice hops. The rear set of 11's might need some upsizing, but it did carve upwind solidly, and spun out going straight.
 
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