Category Archives: Pandemic Skating

Posts about skateboarding I posted during the pandemic

New wheels

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.

Anyway, I like taking pictures of my boards and posting them.

My NeverWas 5 Part

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.

Birthday Skate

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.

Pandemic Parking Lot

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.

Pandemic Parking Lot from Bob Loftin on Vimeo.