I think I’ve always been a lazy freestyle skateboarder. I think I’ve always just done the tricks that come easy to me, which is fine, but honestly I think I’ve lacked the persistence to really work on a hard trick until I make it. I don’t like to fail, and learning new tricks in skateboarding involves lots of failure.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on some new tricks. It doesn’t matter what they are. They’re just new to me, and they are of the “hard” variety. Board flipping and spinning, etc. I’m having some success. Haven’t landed the new stuff yet, but it is an order of magnitude harder than my normal tricks. I’m coming close. I recorded some attempts last night, and man, some of ’em are right there! I actually feel like I’m going to get them.
This one below, which I’ve shared all over and will share here again because I’m happy about it, is not complex, but it’s hard. This 2-foot nose spin has eluded me for years. Again, I think I just wasn’t persistent enough. A couple of nights ago I made a small change to my foot placement, and it started to fall into place. This is only 2 spins, but I’m getting it consistantly, and it feels good and solid. I think I can get this up to 4 or 5 given a couple weeks practice.