After the progress I made using my friend Li Chuan and Ben's freeline skate I decided to purchase my own. I had also recently agreed to going snowboarding with some friends for the first time and thought this might be good urban training. The inventor of these skates made them to replicate snowboarding and surfing.
Li Chuan and Ben's freeline skates are actually imitations called 'FeiFan Drift Skate.' It's less than half the price of freelines and at beginner level they hold up exactly the same as the real thing. Take note that the official Freeline skates are probably built better for when it comes to do doing more aggressive manoeuvres.
We purchased our Drift Skates from Deal Extreme. They're based in Hong Kong so it took about three weeks to arrive. Annoyingly when I got them they were not as pictured, instead the wheels were bright Barbie pink! They could have been any colour, but why pink?!! I took to the shoe polish and then rolled the wheels viscously in some dirt to disguise the girly-ness.
They don't look too bad now, I think I get more of a 'what the hell are those skates?!' look from people in the park as oppose to 'look at his girly skates!' (That's what I tell myself anyway)...
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