Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Cooler days ahead

I went out this last weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, and skated a bit, but it was during the day with the full sun beating down on me and still over 90 F, so I didn't stay out very long. Looking forward to cooler days. Hoody weather is my favorite.

I read the other day that our public library is getting major renovations, so I'm hoping that does not include the area outside where my freestyle practice spot is. But spots come and go, and I'm prepared for the worst. That's the life of a skateboarder. As a public librarian (in a different city), I know that our public library is the most visited municipal facility, and it has been there since I was a small child, making it about 50 years old. It's an iconic building, but needs a lot of work done. 

So we'll see what they do. There is no need to change the area outside where I skate, but some people just can't leave well enough alone. And if they even resurface anything chances are they will fuck it up.

Which is why the ability to enjoy skating in a simple parking lot is so great. It would be a bummer to lose that spot though, as it is very special. Peaceful. 

I've been hanging a bit on a Discord channel full of people new to freestyle skateboarding. In many cases they are new to skateboarding in general. I think it would be hard to actually enter skateboarding as a freestyler. The sad truth is that starting off as a freestyler, I don't think people really learn to actually ride their boards. As a result, you get a lot of people who can do some tricks, but barely roll down the street. They lack the fundamental skills and comfort level you get from just growing up skating around your neighborhood. It would be very hard to learn, for example, Walk the Dog, if you can't even kickturn both ways with control and confidence. Or even tic tac without looking like you are struggling for your life. 

It is easy to learn "about" tricks and all sorts of stuff now, but I think it was better back when I started and you learned the very basics really well because it was all you knew about. 

I try to be open-minded, but there is one thing I am absolutely sure of and totally inflexible...

Skateboarding is about actually riding the skateboard. Ultimately, if you can't do anything but ride it well, that is enough. Everything else radiates from that core skill, so if you lack that skill, you are not going to have some real challenges ahead of you. 

I am trying to be encouraging in all respects and really encourage them to ride their board. They are all good people. Everyone has to be new sometime. Riding that board is just the best. 

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