Skating

How’s that for a descriptive post title?

Besides the pandemic, it has been a horrible summer for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the oppressive Texas summer heat. I have less and less inclination to go out into it, but last week I did venture out about 7pm when the temp was only in the lower 90s. This week we are well above 102 in the afternoon, and I am thus staying inside. When it gets over 95, not only is it not fun at all but is well into the danger zone.

I’ve honestly not been on my longboards lately. I’ve been doing a lot of street skating, which for me is really more like freestyle, just on a bigger board.

BUT – truth is my longboarding isn’t that different from my other skating. The main difference is I do a lot more endovers and nose stuff on a shorter board. I feel like the years of longboarding have very much affected my approach to all skating. Most freestylers skate in straight lines. In fact if you look at modern street skating, it is very linear. Even skatepark design is very linear. Try going to skatepark and carving around, and watch the other 99% of people there get annoyed because they can’t figure out where you are going.

Anyway, longboarding to me is all about carving and turning. Skateboarding in-general has always been that way for me, but longboard riding for the last 20 years has very much made me aware of this tendency and given me greater appreciation of it.

So here are a few Instagram clips I’ve taken over the summer, just to prove that I have been skating. Draw your own conclusions!

 

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Double filter. Rolling around. @modeskateboards pool board not in a pool.

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Variations on a theme. Working on smooth carving Walk Arounds.

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Various unimpressive lines in a parking lot. @modeskateboards pool board feels good!

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More farting around on a street board. @cockfightskateboards @boneswheels @neverwas_skateboarding @acetrucks

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  1. It may be my elder age or just getting hotter this year. Either way I understand the words here. Yes endovers on a longskateboard look like a train wreck. But man dog walks are pure joy on a long skate. At least to me. Good to see you are getting rides in during this ugly hot summer.

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