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.
Session from Bob Loftin on Vimeo.
Just working on my flowy stuff. Will get back out tomorrow evening.
Rolling from Bob Loftin on Vimeo.
Day 3 back at the spot. Feeling strong. Body, mind, and soul healing.
Day 3 from Bob Loftin on Vimeo.
Here’s some practicing I did tonight, listening to the same song by the Breeders the whole time because it’s awesome. Still just getting my legs back. First section is my first run – loosening up.
Practice from Bob Loftin on Vimeo.