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Our oldest son was very "into" skateboarding.  He would spend hours at the local skate park practicing heal flips, kick flips, dropping in to the half pipe, ollies, nosegrinds, 50-50 grinds, and a slew of other stuff that mean absolutely nothing to me.  One thing I do know is that all that stuff is extremely hard on a skateboard!  I stopped counting how many boards we went through.  Of course, that raised the question: "What to do with all of the old skateboards?"  Well, one can make only so many skateboard shelves.

We decided that we would make something that could be enjoyed by everyone, and would be a great way of introducing our young kids to water skiing and snow skiing. 

Introducing "Grass skiing."
 
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Step 1: Gather your materials

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For this project, you will need the following materials.
  1. One pair of old shoes.  They should be large enough that most any kid could stick their feet into them. 
  2. Two worn and useless skateboard decks.
  3. Three lengths of board approximately 12 inches x 2.5 inches.
  4. About 30 feet of rope. 
  5. Two pieces of 1/2 inch PVC pipe, each 14 inches long.
  6. Six nuts and bolts, along with about a dozen wood screws.
BigNateMI made it!4 months ago

I took some inspiration from this 'ible, and built a "lawnboard". It's a one-piece chunk of plywood. It has a chicken feed bag wrapped underneath it and stapled on the top. I wrapped some plastic liberated from 2-liter bottles around the front edge to keep it from digging into the ground.I placed a 2x4 across the front, then laid the pull rope over it and screwed a 1x2 down over that. I attached the handle rope directly to the board to conserve rope. It's ridiculous, and the kids are having a blast. See my littlest surfer boy below.

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mikeasaurus2 years ago
This is the kind of dad I want to be.
awesome! :)
HollyMann2 years ago
Wow this is something my brother would do! But your way is safer. My brother hooked his adult cousin (age 27) up to the back of his lawn mower with a rope in a tupper ware storage container. It was pretty funny - lots of sparks and tipping and crashing - and pretty dangerous! This one looks better! Love it!
Muniosi2 years ago
LOL, when I saw the title I thought it said grass skirts. I thought, now how does that work? So I clicked on it. LOL!
jxross (author)  Muniosi2 years ago
Hmm, let me think about that for a while. Maybe you just came up with my next Instructable.
Muniosi jxross2 years ago
Haha, good luck with that one.
bajablue2 years ago
This is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry I couldn't rate this, but I WAS able to vote. ;-)
narf72 years ago
That looks like so much fun! What a good way to use old worn out skateboards? I am with you on the cage thing for kids...My girls are well adjusted members of society...they do stay in their house and only come out for groceries and confine themselves to the bathroom on a regular basis for comforts sake but apart from that they are exemplary members of society! :o) Methinks that if Mr jxross and his family can put instructables here for all to see that I could do the same... (how to renovate your house WITH a shoestring.... a recipe for world peas... gardening for the bone idle...yes...I think there is a market out there for my amazing ideas...) cheers jxross (any relation to Jim Ross of WWW fame?) on your most entertaining instructables. This one smacks of normality?! So long and thanks for all the fish...
greggspen2 years ago
Adopt me please.
jxross (author)  greggspen2 years ago
You may want to rethink that.  I put my kids in cages when they misbehave.  Or when I'm tired...or mad...or when I need a good laugh...or they forget to thank me for giving them life...or when my wife and I need a little alone time... Come to think of it, there really isn't a bad time to put them in the cage.   See here.