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« Reply #540 on: April 13, 2014, 04:20:57 PM »
I feel like as I get older I enjoy skating alone less and less, but as I get older there are less and less people to skate with. I don't mind a solo skatepark sesh, but skating street alone kinda sucks. I feel like the center of attention for everyone not skating, and I hate that. Like today I tried to roll around solo and was bummed on all the civilians enjoying the weather. I used to be able to skate flat in the park and feel like no one noticed me. Now there are 45 other people w/in a stones throw throwing balls at eachother, and I'm just there, making all the noise, working on a fliptrick  :-\

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« Reply #541 on: April 13, 2014, 09:17:57 PM »
I used to skate this shitty park a bunch and the local dudes adopted me more or less....once they invited me to go street skating and it was actually pretty fun.....I bought them all ice cream cones.

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« Reply #542 on: April 13, 2014, 09:23:21 PM »
I feel like as I get older I enjoy skating alone less and less, but as I get older there are less and less people to skate with. I don't mind a solo skatepark sesh, but skating street alone kinda sucks. I feel like the center of attention for everyone not skating, and I hate that. Like today I tried to roll around solo and was bummed on all the civilians enjoying the weather. I used to be able to skate flat in the park and feel like no one noticed me. Now there are 45 other people w/in a stones throw throwing balls at eachother, and I'm just there, making all the noise, working on a fliptrick  :-\

Left after about 7 minutes.
i don't like it either and i think i usedta throw shit fits when i was younger but now i just try to wait it out if people are paying too much attention. i like it when i land something but not if i'm conscious of them ahead of time. you can really make someone's day w/ unexpected radness. they don't know what they saw but it'll stick w/ them and get bigger and crazier when they tell their friends. i'm fortunate enough to have a buddy or 2 most of the time.

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« Reply #543 on: April 15, 2014, 01:09:16 AM »
I love solo cross-town missions.... went on a 3 hour cruise through Paris this week and it was so fun.
I actually miss living in Paris just because of that smooth-ass pavement everywhere.
also I filmed a lot of that cruise, no tricks, just focusing on the city...the architecture looks awesome just rolling around and swerving through pedestrians!

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« Reply #544 on: April 15, 2014, 09:10:25 AM »
Went on a solo cruise/minimal trick sesh on Saturday, it was the first real nice day here on the East coast in my area. Made a mix and enjoyed the day being my own best friend in the warm sun. Best way to see the city while capturing that feeling of youth. Still new to the area, and everyone here is a fraction of my age. There is a crew of older dudes who all skate and have known each other their whole lives, tried to be part of that at first but it fizzled out. Turned 39 on Sunday and woke up with a kinked neck, not sure if it was due to skating or bad sleeping. Honest question: are there any 40 somethings on this board that still cruise in the streets and if so, how long do you guys think you have left?

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« Reply #545 on: April 15, 2014, 10:29:16 AM »
40...rarely skate real street....but regularly session parks.....no idea how much longer.....I hope for another five...but I get that it could all end this afternoon....I'd be bummed but it's way more than I expected out of life.....

I know some dudes in their 50s and they still skate.  Barring major injury....I hope to do it for awhile but I'm in tune with nothing lasting forever.....and while I know dudes in their 50s....also know one dude who died...and another who was near crippled...

Something that keeps coming up in this thread is not having people to skate with.....obviously it's different as a full blown adult but....I've had this problem in the late 80s when skating fell off the map....in the 90s when everyone got all cool.....into the 2000s when everyone just started skating parks....

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« Reply #546 on: April 15, 2014, 11:17:54 AM »
Thing is, I feel fairly healthy, run or go to gym all week, only skate once/twice a week when it's nice, usually has to be 65 or higher with no wind, I'm a OCD pussy. It's all just low impact shit, cruising, shuvits ,no complies, manuals, skating curbs, occasional flip trick etc..feels great and still enjoy it after two plus decades, in doses of course. But all honesty, nothing in my life has impacted me as much. Reality is how much longer could I do it or feel OK doing it. I'm a pretty unconventional person, meaning, I don't want to have kids, have to work 40 plus hours at a job I don't love, have a house, nice car, you know, the typical western civilization bs. I've been contemplating moving somewhere where the money I have could go further, live simply, work odd jobs and keep doing what I'm doing, meaning living this carefree skatenerd lifestyle til' I'm deep in my 40's. I may end up being in a third world country skating with kids half my age but there are worst things...am I crazy?

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« Reply #547 on: April 15, 2014, 11:37:33 AM »
Went on a solo cruise/minimal trick sesh on Saturday, it was the first real nice day here on the East coast in my area. Made a mix and enjoyed the day being my own best friend in the warm sun. Best way to see the city while capturing that feeling of youth. Still new to the area, and everyone here is a fraction of my age. There is a crew of older dudes who all skate and have known each other their whole lives, tried to be part of that at first but it fizzled out. Turned 39 on Sunday and woke up with a kinked neck, not sure if it was due to skating or bad sleeping. Honest question: are there any 40 somethings on this board that still cruise in the streets and if so, how long do you guys think you have left?
I'm closer to 40 than 30 and prefer the streets to park still. Parks just frustrate me with kids, scooters, bikes and the local wanna be thugs hanging around. The streets have their own distractions but that's part of the experience. I get bummed when the one guy I regularly skate with wants to go to the parks even on a Sunday and usually strong arm him into a street session. Unlike a lot of older guys that prefer tranny as they get older I lost a lot of confidence skating it after a series of slams and hospital trips but I've been getting back into the mini since moving really close to one. I try to keep that strictly to weekdays or the last spot of the weekend.

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« Reply #548 on: April 15, 2014, 11:41:32 AM »
Went on a solo cruise/minimal trick sesh on Saturday, it was the first real nice day here on the East coast in my area. Made a mix and enjoyed the day being my own best friend in the warm sun. Best way to see the city while capturing that feeling of youth. Still new to the area, and everyone here is a fraction of my age. There is a crew of older dudes who all skate and have known each other their whole lives, tried to be part of that at first but it fizzled out. Turned 39 on Sunday and woke up with a kinked neck, not sure if it was due to skating or bad sleeping. Honest question: are there any 40 somethings on this board that still cruise in the streets and if so, how long do you guys think you have left?
I'm closer to 40 than 30 and prefer the streets to park still. Parks just frustrate me with kids, scooters, bikes and the local wanna be thugs hanging around. The streets have their own distractions but that's part of the experience. I get bummed when the one guy I regularly skate with wants to go to the parks even on a Sunday and usually strong arm him into a street session. Unlike a lot of older guys that prefer tranny as they get older I lost a lot of confidence skating it after a series of slams and hospital trips but I've been getting back into the mini since moving really close to one. I try to keep that strictly to weekdays or the last spot of the weekend.
that sounds like me. i even hate when my buddy wants to skate tennis courts w/ prefab obstacles but i never learned to skate tranny so i'm relegated to the streets for better or worse. once i get old i'll stop eating fruit and learn how to slappy grind a mini ramp.

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« Reply #549 on: April 15, 2014, 02:01:19 PM »
In the late 90's through the 2000's I loved checking out all the cool parks springing up everywhere but a quarterpipe is a quarterpipe is a quarterpipe. It gets stale. I have more fun at Derby than any other park. I go to parks frequently but I usually have more fun skating curbs and small street stuff.

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« Reply #550 on: April 15, 2014, 07:08:23 PM »
"it is of adolesents that Life makes its old men"
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« Reply #551 on: April 15, 2014, 09:54:19 PM »
 i know some of you "old dudes"  are the organized types meddling with city skate park design, and lobbying for concrete bowls.  A big FUCK YOU to you guys man .   NOBODY skates these pieces of shit except bikers and you're old ass (weekends only)   fuck outta here man!!  again, go to a park mid week and count how many SKATEBOARDERS are in the bowl section.
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« Reply #552 on: April 15, 2014, 10:45:22 PM »
There's definitely some truth in that. Compare how many kids skating at once at a plaza vs. a bowl.....

A skatepark design thread isn't a bad idea...


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« Reply #553 on: April 16, 2014, 12:55:28 AM »
not true for my Euro ass....  I see plenty of teen rippers in the local bowls and pools. Which wasn't the case 10 years ago.
a good park's gotta have something for everyone anyway. That being said, if I was 15 right now, I'd head for the streets and not a confined playground.

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« Reply #554 on: April 16, 2014, 07:20:30 AM »
38 here. I nearly always roll solo although there is usually someone I know at the local parks. I've been rather tranny/park centric for the past decade but recently I've been trying to get some street back. My ledge and flat skills are rather embarrassing but honestly I've gotten a little bored of hanging out with old dudes doing frontside scratchers and stinkbugs. The problem with the more street like parks is that the age spread between me and the next oldest person is usually 18+ years.

The main reason I don't skate real streets so much is time constraints and the hassle of getting kicked out. I'd be happy if I had a spot with a manny pad, 3-stair, and ledge that wasn't a bust.

Just got over an injury, which thankfully doesn't happen that often but is something I can afford less and less these days because of day to day responsibilities. Guess that's in the back of my mind now.


Around here we still don't have a big, well rounded park. The old guys just want vert even if all they plan to do are the aforementioned frontside scratchers and the younger guys probably would be happy with just ledges and rails. I like a mix of bigger walls for speed, smaller hips to float, pryramids and euros that need to be ollied, small rails, a few easy QPs, a few super tight QPs, etc.

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« Reply #555 on: April 16, 2014, 11:46:21 AM »
i know some of you "old dudes"  are the organized types meddling with city skate park design, and lobbying for concrete bowls.  A big FUCK YOU to you guys man .   NOBODY skates these pieces of shit except bikers and you're old ass (weekends only)   fuck outta here man!!  again, go to a park mid week and count how many SKATEBOARDERS are in the bowl section.

not sure what bumbfuck egypt town you live in but around here everyone skates everything (all ages).   older guys definitely skate transition more, but younger guys do too.  if it weren't for dudes getting involved with the city (most of whom are older) a lot of these parks you skate wouldn't even get built.  so suck on some shriveled old dude testicles and keep quiet
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« Reply #556 on: April 16, 2014, 12:41:34 PM »
Went on a solo cruise/minimal trick sesh on Saturday, it was the first real nice day here on the East coast in my area. Made a mix and enjoyed the day being my own best friend in the warm sun. Best way to see the city while capturing that feeling of youth. Still new to the area, and everyone here is a fraction of my age. There is a crew of older dudes who all skate and have known each other their whole lives, tried to be part of that at first but it fizzled out. Turned 39 on Sunday and woke up with a kinked neck, not sure if it was due to skating or bad sleeping. Honest question: are there any 40 somethings on this board that still cruise in the streets and if so, how long do you guys think you have left?
I'm closer to 40 than 30 and prefer the streets to park still. Parks just frustrate me with kids, scooters, bikes and the local wanna be thugs hanging around. The streets have their own distractions but that's part of the experience. I get bummed when the one guy I regularly skate with wants to go to the parks even on a Sunday and usually strong arm him into a street session. Unlike a lot of older guys that prefer tranny as they get older I lost a lot of confidence skating it after a series of slams and hospital trips but I've been getting back into the mini since moving really close to one. I try to keep that strictly to weekdays or the last spot of the weekend.
that sounds like me. i even hate when my buddy wants to skate tennis courts w/ prefab obstacles but i never learned to skate tranny so i'm relegated to the streets for better or worse. once i get old i'll stop eating fruit and learn how to slappy grind a mini ramp.

I'm with you all on the street tip. 37 here. So maybe my opinion will change in a few years. I've been telling myself for years that once my body can't take street skating anymore; I will set up a bigger board and learn to skate Washington St and other tranny spots. Then after that; the plan was to learn to surf. I've lived in San Diego for 18 years now; and gone surfing 3 times. Well, that big board has been sitting in my closet for at least 5 years now. And the time I spent helping build Washington St still outweighs the time I've skated there. Thankfully; my crew is of the same mindset and its pretty much only street skating for us.

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« Reply #557 on: April 16, 2014, 03:05:40 PM »
Went on a solo cruise/minimal trick sesh on Saturday, it was the first real nice day here on the East coast in my area. Made a mix and enjoyed the day being my own best friend in the warm sun. Best way to see the city while capturing that feeling of youth. Still new to the area, and everyone here is a fraction of my age. There is a crew of older dudes who all skate and have known each other their whole lives, tried to be part of that at first but it fizzled out. Turned 39 on Sunday and woke up with a kinked neck, not sure if it was due to skating or bad sleeping. Honest question: are there any 40 somethings on this board that still cruise in the streets and if so, how long do you guys think you have left?
I'm closer to 40 than 30 and prefer the streets to park still. Parks just frustrate me with kids, scooters, bikes and the local wanna be thugs hanging around. The streets have their own distractions but that's part of the experience. I get bummed when the one guy I regularly skate with wants to go to the parks even on a Sunday and usually strong arm him into a street session. Unlike a lot of older guys that prefer tranny as they get older I lost a lot of confidence skating it after a series of slams and hospital trips but I've been getting back into the mini since moving really close to one. I try to keep that strictly to weekdays or the last spot of the weekend.
that sounds like me. i even hate when my buddy wants to skate tennis courts w/ prefab obstacles but i never learned to skate tranny so i'm relegated to the streets for better or worse. once i get old i'll stop eating fruit and learn how to slappy grind a mini ramp.

I'm with you all on the street tip. 37 here. So maybe my opinion will change in a few years. I've been telling myself for years that once my body can't take street skating anymore; I will set up a bigger board and learn to skate Washington St and other tranny spots. Then after that; the plan was to learn to surf. I've lived in San Diego for 18 years now; and gone surfing 3 times. Well, that big board has been sitting in my closet for at least 5 years now. And the time I spent helping build Washington St still outweighs the time I've skated there. Thankfully; my crew is of the same mindset and its pretty much only street skating for us.

Since we're on this street skating subject, for me at least, I've said it before, skate trick ratio vs. cruising/chilling is 35% vs 65%. I just like being in a city, on the streets, hanging out, vibing, enjoying a nice day preferably with a buddy or two. There's no better way to literally hang out in the streets than with a skateboard. Feel like doing a trick, you do one, if not you just enjoy the sights and sounds, get a snack/beverage and it's a good day. You don't get that at parks, you're usually around the worst people with subpar scenery and your literally forced to do tricks in most cases. I guess that's why I feel like I can do this for another good 10 years? It's not like I'm not going to enjoy hanging outside on a nice day anytime soon, mine as well carve and do some shuvits while I'm out there. I guess, at the end of the day, we're all taking are own path. I'm sure if the majority could have their way, we should've all stopped riding skateboards a long time ago.
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« Reply #559 on: April 16, 2014, 03:32:45 PM »
i know some of you "old dudes"  are the organized types meddling with city skate park design, and lobbying for concrete bowls.  A big FUCK YOU to you guys man .   NOBODY skates these pieces of shit except bikers and you're old ass (weekends only)   fuck outta here man!!  again, go to a park mid week and count how many SKATEBOARDERS are in the bowl section.

Grant Taylor, Raven Tershay, Kevin Kowalski etc.. all grew skating bowls and rip everything, just because you are to scared to learn how to skate anything then a 6" high ledge don't poo poo on those of us who like to skate everything!!

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« Reply #560 on: April 16, 2014, 05:52:47 PM »
those dudes you mention are RAD , vert is prolly radder than street and gonz's favorite skater is shugo,  BUT,  representation by population is whats up for tax dollars fellas, quit fuking us with these sneaky  vert bowls or i'll blow one up
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« Reply #561 on: April 16, 2014, 06:01:46 PM »
wouldnt really do that
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« Reply #562 on: April 16, 2014, 06:19:59 PM »
I just want to point out that out of the "new" guys... Grant Taylor and Raven Tershy are amazing. Grant reminds me so much of Cardiel, its pretty awesome. Besides that, I just turned 38 three weeks ago and I swear I have a permanent heel bruise since 2010, it's retarded and makes all my sessions shorter than I'd prefer. AND 99% of my skater buddies....no longer skate, so I skate alone, a LOT. it's weird!
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« Reply #563 on: April 16, 2014, 06:38:13 PM »
I personally enjoy skating with the younger cats. Most of the guys I skate with are younger now days anyway, cause I am the old guy. I have always enjoyed watching skateboarding and was always impressed watching my friends do new shit, so to see the kids now days do what they do, gets me hyped to try shit! I landed my first kick flip on vert last summer and that is something I never even thought possible so many years ago. I still have issues with flat ground ones but doing them on a ramp just feels more fulfilling to me after flipping my board for over 20 years.

 

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« Reply #564 on: April 17, 2014, 01:32:36 PM »
Sorry for the giant pic. A box I built last weekend. Slight incline 8)


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« Reply #565 on: April 17, 2014, 05:13:01 PM »
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« Reply #566 on: April 23, 2014, 04:47:42 AM »
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Are there any 40 somethings on this board that still cruise in the streets and if so, how long do you guys think you have left?

I'm a 41-year-old who mostly skates street & mostly solo. I'm in a new city (Boston), so most days I just push out the door & spend a few hours wandering aimlessly. Sometimes it's just cruising around, enjoying the weather & the women & the rhythm of the city, sometimes I roll by a park & skate a little there, sometimes I meet up with other skaters at spots along the way.

I've had so many good sessions with bros over the years, but I'm totally content with solo skating these days. I tap into my deepest love for skating when it's just me & my board & the city - same way it was when I was 15. I imagine I can skate this way for another 10-15 years at least, but that's the thing about skating - you never know when the career-ending injury is going to happen. You just gotta live for now.



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« Reply #567 on: April 23, 2014, 05:00:56 AM »
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Are there any 40 somethings on this board that still cruise in the streets and if so, how long do you guys think you have left?

I'm a 41-year-old who mostly skates street & mostly solo. I'm in a new city (Boston), so most days I just push out the door & spend a few hours wandering aimlessly. Sometimes it's just cruising around, enjoying the weather & the women & the rhythm of the city, sometimes I roll by a park & skate a little there, sometimes I meet up with other skaters at spots along the way.

I've had so many good sessions with bros over the years, but I'm totally content with solo skating these days. I tap into my deepest love for skating when it's just me & my board & the city - same way it was when I was 15. I imagine I can skate this way for another 10-15 years at least, but that's the thing about skating - you never know when the career-ending injury is going to happen. You just gotta live for now.



hey getty, i'm 45 minutes and another world away in wormtown but if you wanna meet up and skate my spots and nibble at my satchel, hit me up. i haven't skated boston in like a decade but i remember it fondly. we used to have gas stations named getty [w/ a pegasus logo i think] but they might be all gone now. i'm 37, my downstairs neighbor is 35 and we're out part of the day, every day. bruh man's in his early 30s and sometimes we've got a few other old farts.

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« Reply #568 on: April 23, 2014, 05:01:36 AM »
don't poo poo on those of us who like to skate everything!!

Skating curbs, ledges, manual pads, flatground, stairs etc = Not skating everything.. Gay.

Only skating transition, maybe the occasional bank = Skating everything.

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« Reply #569 on: April 23, 2014, 06:43:26 AM »
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Are there any 40 somethings on this board that still cruise in the streets and if so, how long do you guys think you have left?

I'm a 41-year-old who mostly skates street & mostly solo. I'm in a new city (Boston), so most days I just push out the door & spend a few hours wandering aimlessly. Sometimes it's just cruising around, enjoying the weather & the women & the rhythm of the city, sometimes I roll by a park & skate a little there, sometimes I meet up with other skaters at spots along the way.

I've had so many good sessions with bros over the years, but I'm totally content with solo skating these days. I tap into my deepest love for skating when it's just me & my board & the city - same way it was when I was 15. I imagine I can skate this way for another 10-15 years at least, but that's the thing about skating - you never know when the career-ending injury is going to happen. You just gotta live for now.




Nice Getty...I dig your attitude, same feelings basically. I think if you keep things pretty low to the ground and mellow, you can skate for while in your 40's, at least that's what I would think.