Category Archives: skateboarding

Skateboarding, jockism, sports parents, and chuds

So the latest hubbub in skateboarding is this…

A female skater of very little ability has complained publicly (on Instagram and Twitter, of course, because that’s how we do things these days) that she got 2nd Place in a contest that was won by a trans woman.

Because I clearly enjoy hurting my own psyche, I delved into this happening.

Here’s a few things.

  • She’s not very good. I mean, seriously, she’s just not a good skater at all. It is no crime AT ALL to be not a very good skater and still skate. In fact, it is just fine. However, this young woman really has no business winning any contest at all, regardless who she is competing against.
  • This is not a topic I particularly care about. I find the “save girls sports” people are usually jock parents. They never say “Save libraries and our kids freedom to read what they want”, because they aren’t really “readers.”
  • Having now said I don’t really care about this topic (I think it is overblown and really not a problem), why you may ask do I write about it here? Because I want these people out of skateboarding.  Out. O-U-T.
  • For example…this knobhead. “legitimate competitive future”?  See, this is what happens when sport-parents get involved in skateboarding, rather than simply getting their kid a board and turning them loose.  Yes, I deleted his name, because I’m not a dick, even though this chud probably needs to be shamed.

The culture of skateboarding doesn’t look kindly on whiners. In skateboarding, you try things, you fall, you get hurt, you get back up and try it again, without crying about it. Girls, boys, men, and women, and people of whatever persuasion you rock, that is how it’s done.

End of poorly organized rant.

 

 

A loss

This is my friend Eli. She died on November 2.

I met Eli at the Paderborn freestyle contest in 2015. She, I, Yoyo, and a few others were in the Masters division. Eli was a long time skater. She competed at the Oceanside contest in the 1970s. How amazing it must have been for her to travel from Belgium to California as a teenager to skate in that contest.

I always enjoyed seeing her at Paderborn, as did everyone else. She was a beam of light.

She will be missed very much.