I put some fresh wheels on my Mode 8.25″ deck today. Will try to actually ride tomorrow and the next few days. These are my favorite wheels for a board this size. Light, fast, snappy. Amazing how much longer a deck lasts when you use tail skids on it.
OK, we did the video premier the other night, and here’s my part.
I’ve come to really enjoy participating in the this yearly project with the NeverWas Skateboarding Facebook group. It’s a video of normal skaters. Not pros. Just skaters like me and probably you. Some of them can barely skate, but they get out there, and that’s what matters. That’s what it’s about. All good people, and I’d rather see any of them skate than any pro currently out there.
Honestly, after four previous parts I had trouble thinking of new stuff to do, but that was a good challenge for me. It stretched my ability to be creative. I intentionally made a part with no flip tricks, no obstacles, and just a couple of very tiny shove-its. This is all footwork, pivots, and spinning. Sometimes intentionally limited yourself to certain elements brings out a lot of new potential, and that’s what it’s done for me. Lots of ideas for next year, already.
Crazy thing about skateboarding for a long time. I guess I started proper when I was 11. So that’s 46 years of being a skateboarder. I’m not doing a lot of bombastic stuff, but I still think I’m getting better. When I watch videos these videos from the last five years, I’m better than I was 15 years ago. A lot better actually, and the improvement is in the subtle aspects, which gives me a lot of satisfaction and makes me appreciate skateboarding even more.
Today was my birthday. Well, it was 57 years ago. I guess today is the day we celebrate my birthday. Anyway, I had a good day. Only three more years until the next scheduled colonoscopy, so I got that going for me.
As always I taped a few clips. I am still in my Pandemic Style mode. Parking lot with lots of little chunks of crap in it from recent work? Check. Gorgeous Texas sky with church steeple of the church were I got married in the background? Check. Sound of freeway? Check.
I have been listening to the Police a lot lately. Got album 1 on LP a couple of weeks ago with free MP3 download. I have album 3 on LP already, from 1982? Still sounds great. Waiting on album 2 in the mail. I had 1 and 2 on shitty cassette tape when I was in highschool. Those first 3 are genius. Not a massive fan of their work after that, though were were some great songs so I’ll probably procure those as well. The music in these videos, amazingly, is from my big red blue tooth speaker. It is pretty incredible.
Anyway, here are some shots of me rolling around.
Well, I’ve not gotten a lot of skating in the last couple of weeks. Just too hot. It was only about 91 F this afternoon, so I went out about 5pm to the old parking lot.
Anyhoo, it was just a bunch of relaxing rolling around, not really worrying about learning anything or doing anything in particular.
My ex-brother-in-law works in “finance”. One line of business of his company involves buying or getting a controlling interest in companies that do lots of interesting things. Those companies might need capital or whatever. For example, they bought a boot company. A company that made cowboy boots. Really nice boots. I mean, these people LOVED boots. Boots is what they live for. Now, do you think McHuge Investco really cares about boots? If you said “sure, they probably LOVE boots” you should probably stop using crack.
And this is what happens when you add money scumbags, marketing scumbags, and scumbags-in-general to something like skateboarding. The abortion that was the Olympic street skating event is what results.
I love skateboarding, but that’s not skateboarding.
That’s what I thought when I just watched some clips of the “street” skateboarding event from the 2021 Summer Olympics.
I have never seen skateboarding as boring, soulless, and lacking in flow. If this is all skateboarding is, I would throw all my stuff away immediately.
It’s that time of the year. Non-horrible weather, nice long days. I’m skating as much as I can.
Been riding an 8.25″ street board with some freestyle adaptations, like a skid under the nose and the rectangle cut out of the grip tape in the middle, for footwork. For the stuff I’m doing right now it’s pretty good. I wouldn’t recommend it for classic freestyle with lots of board flips and whatnot, and I wouldn’t recommend it for footwork for a shorter skater because of the relatively long wheelbase, but for me and what I’m doing these days it feels good.
The second shot in this video is a little sequence I’m working on. Next thing is going to be cranking some speed out of the frontside 360 that changes the direction of the flow. Was thinking about it today, and realized that a simple change in posture will probably do the trick.
I know it seems kind of like “the old guy is just doing this easy shit because he doesn’t want to learn hard tricks anymore”, but that is not the case. This is what makes me happy now.
Back at my freestyle practice spot for the first time in about a year. It’s a bit more prone to pedestrian traffic, seeing as how that building next to me it the public library. I’ve not wanted to be there breathing the air of every parent and urchin that happens by, but now got my shots. Combing the shots, with loud music not necessarily friend to children, and I feel fairly safe there now.
It was nice to be back. I’m out of condition, but over the next couple of months lots of practice will correct that abysmal situation. I’m out of practice, but again, the solution is practice.
Anyway, here is the dancing elephant. Sorry Mike — I was not listening to the music you wanted. I have to have stuff that’s the right tempo and mood when I do this. I’m not driving a pickup down a dirt road at 100mph.
When it’s cold and shitty outside I like to sit and look at my boards. A guy on a FB group (you know who you are!) had people post pics of their most ridden boards, if they have more than one. It was a fun post, and an excuse for me to stare at my boards.
So here is the current lineup of boards I actually ride, from left to right.
Mode Pool board, 9 x 32.5, 14.75 wb. Indy 159s and currently 58mm Speedlab Slappy Hour wheels. 1/4″ riser. This has been my main street and ditch board for a while. I normally use 54mm Bones STF, but wanted to try some larger diameter wheels and see how much smoother and faster they would be. I do like these wheels a lot, but the board does feel much clunkier.
Mode Postcard double kick symmetrical freestyle board, Indy 109s, Mode Sunburst freestyle wheels. no risers. Gray (hard) Venom eliminator bottom bushing on the side I use as the back of the board, pink Venom Eliminator (slightly softer) in the front. Except for dabbling with some Mode single kick decks a couple of years ago, this has been my main freestyle shape since about 2014. I’ve used quite a few. It is long for a FS board with a 13.75″ wheelbase. 29.5 x 7.4. Great board. Great setup.
Mode 8.25 Connor Burke model pops. The standard Mode pops, with Connor’s old graphic. Indy 149s, currently with the softer 99a Bones STF 54mm wide cut wheels. I like these wheels a lot. Fantastic for the surfaces I skate. I love the harder ones too. Just depends one what I’m doing. I use this board for ditch skating and street/freestyle. With 1/4″ of risers, it rides high. I do that to minimize tail drag when I’m spinning 360s. A little grip under the nose for doing caspers.