It’s been a little over one year since I’ve made the decision to resume skateboarding after a 7 year hiatus, and it’s certainly one of the better decisions I’ve ever made.
I never really cared for sports (and still don’t), but thanks to the Tony Hawk games I discovered courtesy of my older brother, I was very fortunate to have learned about skateboarding. Sure I was always aware of it, but being able to delve into the culture thanks to games like THUG and interpret things in my 8 year-old head was what really gave me the motivation to pursue it. I would go on to skate until I was 13, only to then quit in frustration as I simply wasn’t as good as I wanted to be. I was starting high school at the time and wanted to focus on that, which in retrospect is pretty amusing. During one summer at work at the age of 21, I randomly thought to myself: “Hey, why don’t I use my next paycheque to a buy a new skateboard?” So that’s exactly what I did.
As luck would have it, the day I bought this board I somehow managed to hurt my ankle without really even doing anything to it, which left me unable to skate for about a month and a half. Pretty shitty start but whatever. Anyways, after all was said and done I was able to start exploring skating again the way I wanted to. At the time I was working afternoon shifts, so I’d hit up a local skatepark near my house every morning before work, then ride there when I was finished.
One thing I decided right quick was that I don’t really give two shits how good I am (or am not) anymore, I just want to skate. Adulthood opens your eyes a lot in that respect, which I really appreciate. I do find myself getting sore pretty easily and tired a lot faster, but that’s to be expected. But hell if there are professionals in their late 40s/50s that can still do it, then surely I shouldn’t have any problems.
As far as actual progression is concerned, I’ve always sort of been all over the place. Getting some decent ollies down took a good while, and I’ll be honest I’m still unable to do kickflips, but I don’t really practice them either. I’ve got varials and am super close to having 360 flips down. I spent a lot of time doing shove-variations and some more wacky tricks, if you will. I’ve always been that way though, and that’s the beauty of skateboarding—you can start wherever the hell you want.
I’m 22 now and can’t be more happy that I’ve started skating again. Being able to throw some music on and carry my board around with me is a solid way to unwind, and just a positive feeling overall. It’s all in the name of fun, and this time I’m for damn sure not letting it go anytime soon. Can’t wait to see where I’m at in another year!