Tuesday, May 31, 2022

May 30, 2022 Session

Well, I have had a few skate sessions so far this year. I think 3. Maybe 4. That isn't enough to be skating well, but we've been busy and it's all I've managed.

Last night I got out for a couple of hours. I was tired from three days of working hard on house projects, but I went anyway. It's always better to roll than to no roll. Upon reviewing the video footage I shot I think it was not as bad as it felt -- heh heh. I was worn out, which affected how I felt about the session, but truth is I skated alright considering the utter lack of practice. 

There are some tricks and combos and lines I've been working on for a while. Stuff I came up with last year, that I've not really had a chance to get good with. It's tempting to post some of them on social media, but I don't want anyone else stealing them. Really. When you post stuff, it gives people ideas. And it is of course understandable and standard practice to see a move you like and try to do it. That is how people learn. But I don't want people ripping of things I've come up with that I've never seen before. It's not like I'm coming up with super tech stuff.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

January 2022 - Winter still sucks

 Haven't posted because I've not been able to skate in a couple of months due to cold weather and rain.

Monday, November 29, 2021


 Well, it's that time of year again. Short days. I mean REALLY short. No skating after work. If it is cold or rains on the weekend, I don't skate. 

Oh well, story of my life. Luckily I don't really get worse from not skating. 

Hoping to get back on the board this coming weekend, but again, I think it may rain. 

Monday, November 15, 2021

Just thinking

 Well, I had a good weekend but didn't skate. Was out of town, and doing other stuff.

The weather for this coming weekend looks like it might be OK. Yes, I'm already looking for the weekend. It is dark when I get off work. I guess I need to find a nice, well-lit parking lot nearby to skate. 

As I think forward to the coming year I just wonder how things will be. Will travel to Europe be feasible? Will a relaxing vacation anywhere be feasible? This pandemic has been very up and down. We're heading into the winter months, which last year combined with the holidays to produce a fairly massive virus surge in January and February. Hell, I don't know. I'm triple-vaxxed, so I got that going for me. 

So essentially thinking about going to Paderborn again is part of my Very Important Fantasy Life. I really miss my friends from over on that side of the Atlantic. 

Obviously if I've not been able to skate I've been thinking about skating even more than normal. As I've written before, I think the pandemic had the effect of boiling the impurities out of my skating. I really understand who I am as a skateboarder now. I know, at 57 years, what I enjoy and what others like about my skating. If you think about those two things as separate sets,  my contest skating needs to come from the intersection of the Venn diagram of those domains. Those are the things that will stand out in a contest while being authentically me. 

So, here's another thing. I think the best looking skating is always relaxed skating. I think of the skating of Tommy Guerrero. So great. Great style, of course, but the style comes from relaxation.

So I'm going to really focus on that in all my skating.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Skating, or lack there of

Been a little hard to get out skating the last few weeks. Days are short. Weekends busy. But I'll get out and skate.

Monday, November 1, 2021


 So I've been back on the longboard of late.

I just needed a change, and man, it is going to take a few sessions to get used the a longboard again.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021


 During the early part of the pandemic my friend David Thornton and I started a longboarding podcast. It eventually became a more general skateboarding podcast, then we didn't do any episodes for about a years, and the last night we recorded a new one and changed it back to focus on longboarding again (though we do talk about other forms of skating).

You can find it here, or on Apple Podcasts, Sticher, or Google Podcasts, because fuck Amazon and fuck Spotify. It is called Frontside 360 Longboarding Podcast.


I need some longboarding back in my life. I have a number of freestyle footwork and flow tricks that I want to bring modified versions of to the longboard. I think it will flow.