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Meet this month’s featured rider, New Zealander Brian Lomas!
12 at heart, 49 on the outside
Auckland, New Zealand
I’ve done a few different things but right now…I’m a Learning and Development Advisor for Datacom (an IT company).
Q: How did you find out about Evolve?
A: In January 2017 I was looking at different ways to change and improve my work commute. I wanted to stop using my car, make better use of public transport and solve the last mile transportation problem. Amongst a bunch of other electric powered stuff that I looked into, I discovered electric skateboards.
As an ex-skateboarder these caught my interest and the more I looked, the more videos I watched of people riding them, the more I wanted to try them out. I looked into what brands were around, spent a bunch of time reading reviews, comparing specifications and generally trying to weed out the good from the bad and finally arrived at Evolve’s doorstep.
But…before making a $2k+ purchase decision that would fundamentally change my commute and need the family’s seal of approval, I had to ride a board to be sure. As luck would have it Jeff and Nick visited New Zealand in late February and whilst here organised a demo at Albert Park in Auckland. So, I took my kids with me to find out if the boards were really as awesome as I thought.
Shortly after this the Carbon GT was made available on the New Zealand Evolve website… I got capex signoff, my board arrived and I started riding. I quickly discovered that although I had primarily planned to use the board for my work commute, the reality was that I quickly started riding it whenever I could especially because I could change the wheels to suit the ride, location, terrain etc. Why walk to the bottle store to get supplies when you can ride right?!?!
Q: What is your favourite Evolve product?
A: That is a tough question. My Carbon GT is awesome because it makes commuting a dream, looks incredible and has the power, range and versatility that I want. That said, I really like the idea of owning a flexible board that is more responsive when carving, sliding, etc. and for this I think either the One which I have tried or the new GTX, which I would love to try, would do the trick.
Q: What do you primarily use the board for?
A: Commuting to and from work. It sounds dull but it is such a cool way to start and end each working day!
Q: Where is your favourite place and ride and why?
A: I love riding along the Auckland waterfront. Being beside the sea means you get an amazing view as well as an awesome ride. I also meet people along the way who ask questions about the board. It is a great opportunity to introduce them to the goodness that is Evolve!
Q: Are you a part of any riders groups?
A: I’m pretty sure I was the first member of The Official Auckland Evolve Riders Group (on Facebook anyway!). It is a great group and we have a steadily growing community of riders that have turned up for group rides (and a beverage or two).
It is a slight exaggeration (but not by much!) that since discovering eboards, Evolve and the endless wave…I haven’t been able to stop smiling and riding. My family hassle me a fair bit about my new obsession and even surprised me by creating an Evolve branded cake for my 49th birthday a couple of weeks back. I’ve managed to get both my kids and wife on my Carbon GT and the long term plan is to get all of them riding. I might need to get another board or two though ;-)
Check out our most recent editions of Evolve Weekly, featuring exclusive footage from World Cup 2017.
- Our low-profile and light-weight helmets are now in black. Sizing is adjustable and is controlled by a dial at the back of the helmet.
- Evolve elbow and knee pads are available now!
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