Old school carver comes full circle on three-wheel wonder.
Growing up in Long Beach, CA, in the 1950s was like being in the pole position for all the fun carving sports of a generation: skateboards, scooters and skim boards. Water sports, such as surfing, body surfing, boogie boarding, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, along with skiing, snowboarding, et al.
All great sports with one thing in common: while carving, your speed is “checked.” Every time you turn, you slow down.
My introduction to the Trikke family of carving vehicles was through trying out their Trikke Skki at Mountain High, a local ski resort where I work as a certified ski instructor and run my own on-slope videography business, Snow Sports Videos.
I insist on using quality equipment and avoid gimmicky contraptions. Any skepticism I may have harbored before actually trying the Trikke Skki quickly evaporated on my first run down the mountain. It was an absolute blast and provided an exciting new way of descending the slopes.
Then came the body powered Trikke. That same carving sensation that has kept me returning to the slopes for decades was easily replicated during my first test flight on a Trikke T8Air. Now, every time I carve into a turn, I accelerate! I have yet to find a fitness machine or gymnasium regimen that comes close to the Trikke through that process of linking countless, fun, thrusting turns, ad infinitum.
Simply put: carving on a Trikke has now become the perfect compliment to my active, winter-sports-oriented lifestyle. I am a freshly minted sexagenarian who has worked at staying in shape. My reward for all that Trikke carving I do: my core is in better shape now than it’s ever been. The love handles I had at 58 have melted off and now, at 60, my obliques rock. The only thing I’ve changed is adding a daily dose of carving to my diet!
Becoming a Certified Trikke Trainer has permitted me to expand on the personal pleasure I derive from solo carving and has allowed me to share the fun, fitness and social aspects that trikking embodies with scores of others.
Group rides are truly great social events that you don’t want to miss, with folks you definitely want to meet. I invite you to get involved, get in shape, get in the groove and get your Carve On! And oh, did I mention they were fun?
You can reach Jim Goodrich at AVTrikke in the Antelope Valley in Southern California.