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Kookology666

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Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« on: October 24, 2020, 05:12:32 PM »
Hey guys! So Iíve been on slap for a while but created this throwaway account because some people know who I am IRL and whatnot on my Ďmainí account.

I live in a country with a decent skate scene but itís not a big country. Anyway, earlier this year a new homie from another country who had his own brand took me on board and it felt very organic and fun so I had no issues with that. Filming was fun and I didnít really feel any pressure that much.

Just a couple of weeks ago, though, some local guy who is starting a board company approached me and asked me to ride for them. On one hand itís like yeah free boards but on the other hand I honestly donít feel like I deserve it. I donít think Iím a terrible skater but Iím definitely not great, I canít even back 5050 ledges every try. There are a couple other guys on the team already and theyíre good as fuck and Iím just sitting there like what am I even doing here..

Itís giving me major impostor syndrome and while Iím flattered I am also confused as to why the hell they would ask me. I mean yeah when I was a kid of course I dreamed about being sponsored or whatever but as I got older (in my mid 20s now) I just didnít give a shit anymore. I guess maybe they approached me because Iím super friendly to everyone and as a result kinda know pretty much everyone in the local scene.

But yeah was just wondering if anyone has any advice or any anecdotes to share that maybe is somehow related to this post. Iím probably thinking too much and the board company will fizz away like many other local brands did. Iím a bit stoked but also donít want to get my hopes up at all. Thanks for reading friends


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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2020, 11:26:06 AM »
Take the free product and have as much fun as you can. It doesn't seem like you're taking advantage so just ride it out as long as you can.

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2020, 02:43:27 AM »
This person wishes to make marital relations with you.  Proceed with caution, but proceed.

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2020, 03:14:26 AM »
Sounds like you're a cool person to them and they want to hook you up. Don't stress. Enjoy the free product.

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2020, 05:25:03 AM »
This person wishes to make marital relations with you.  Proceed with caution, but proceed.
Proceed indeed.

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2020, 07:59:33 AM »
Better send us some of that free product for QC. I only ride the freshest BBS decks, Formula 4 Radial Slims and newly forged Thunder Titanium, but for you I will make an exception.
Did any of you guys ever notice that if you took off the end "er" from his name, moved the "b" to after the "i" and then added an "l" to the "b" that you just moved, you'd spell "Bible"?

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2020, 09:33:31 AM »
Thanks guys! Iím just gonna wing it and see what happens. I was probably thinking too much about how I might have to change myself to fit their/my idea of what a Ďsponsoredí skateboarder is like but Iím just gonna skate like I normally do for fun and take the free boards for as long as theyíll give it to me, haha.

All good if they kick me off because Iím still gonna skate anyways! Was thinking of starting my own company lately but not sure Iím ready for that yet...

Anyway cheers to you all for reading all that and giving sound advice. Appreciate that, hope your next session(s) are awesome!

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2020, 09:47:30 AM »
Dude thatís fucking bad ass!

Hope everything works out and you get enough product to last you for years.
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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2020, 10:29:27 AM »
Dude thatís fucking bad ass!

Hope everything works out and you get enough product to last you for years.

Haha! Thanks man, it's just a one board per month thing, but yeah... I'm just gonna go with it and stop overthinking!

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2020, 03:54:50 PM »
No problem in having a BRO model, not a pro model.

Might sound weird but if you think of it more like that, there is less stress and performance anxiety.

Bro model = more fun

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2020, 10:13:33 AM »
Skateboarding isn't all about skill.

Take the free product, be appreciative, and enjoy.


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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2020, 07:00:56 AM »
Take the product but don't be greedy/annoying about it.  I had kind of the same deal with a local shop.  I was pretty good at the time, but just friendly with the shop guys.  I just got a pretty sizable discount and occasionally free stuff.  Usually on stuff already on sale/didn't sell/shop gear, etc.  Not like I was getting the big hook up on the latest BBS decks, Dunks, etc.   

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2020, 05:15:52 PM »
There was a hype beast type shop in my city that sold nikes and supreme and stuff but also had shop boards and gave me free clothes, grip and boards. I do not deserve anything free for my ability on a board but I took what I got at the time because someone was willing to hook me up. It clearly didn't work cause the only people they gave stuff to was me and my friend and they went out of business within a year of opening.

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2020, 12:09:43 AM »
The shop I frequented growing up gave me and my homies t-shirts 1 time and we were all pretty stoked. Growing up I used to think that they should give us a discount for spending so much of our money there. Then I got older, ran my own business and realized that paying for rental, storage, staff wages, taxes, utilities and marketing costs suck and the margins on the business are thin.

If a shop wants to help the local scene or skaters with products, power to them. Don't be a dick and start selling product you get for free to make some quick cash, at least give it away to a kid who needs it or sell it at a nominal price.
Did any of you guys ever notice that if you took off the end "er" from his name, moved the "b" to after the "i" and then added an "l" to the "b" that you just moved, you'd spell "Bible"?

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2020, 11:02:49 AM »
Don't be a dick and start selling product you get for free to make some quick cash, at least give it away to a kid who needs it or sell it at a nominal price.

lol, won't be naming names but I know quite a few pros who sell their old boards which I always thought was ridiculous, I always gave mine away, the only time I sold a set-up to a kid must have been fifteen years ago and I only made him pay ten bucks out of principle because the board had two brand new Venture trucks on it worth like forty bucks.

Also I'd pathetically like to use this post to give thanks to whoever it was who sold me two Rasa Libre shirts and the Essence of Freedom DVD out of their trunk for a mere ten bucks at Third and Army back in 2011. In fact, originally I only got the DVD and then the person came back and gave me the shirts for free. Best investment ever, that video actually changed my life on several levels and I still wear one of the shirts to this day even though it's ripped (the other one was a fucking amazing long sleeve I think someone stole from me, I actually miss it).

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2020, 07:18:02 AM »
As Jamal Smith once said:

ďJust a reminder that I skate for the same team as Lucas Puig and I canít kickflip.Ē
You know I thought these forums were a for skating not discussing fetishes

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2020, 11:58:34 AM »
Maybe you got style or make tricks look smooth idk. Fuck it take the product.

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2020, 06:25:29 AM »
Yup Iím the most sucky skater on the team, everyone else is on a higher level than me.
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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2020, 10:44:34 AM »
The Bakerboys distro has been giving Neckfat boards all these years and he's repugnant ..

Enjoy the come-up! Treat your friends well!

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2020, 10:55:48 AM »
Take the free product and have as much fun as you can. It doesn't seem like you're taking advantage so just ride it out as long as you can.

+ skate with better dudes on the team which will push you to get better...obviously the guy asking you to ride for them sees something in you, or wants to get in you...

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2020, 09:05:11 PM »
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Take the free product and have as much fun as you can. It doesn't seem like you're taking advantage so just ride it out as long as you can.
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+ skate with better dudes on the team which will push you to get better...obviously the guy asking you to ride for them sees something in you, or wants to get in you...

Can't stress this enough, just 1 session with a different crew can change your perspective on skateboarding and get you trying tricks you never thought were within your grasp.

Don't worry, you'll grow into being a sponsored rider, imposter syndrome is common for everyone, regardless of industry or country.
Did any of you guys ever notice that if you took off the end "er" from his name, moved the "b" to after the "i" and then added an "l" to the "b" that you just moved, you'd spell "Bible"?

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2020, 09:43:44 PM »
Just on the selling product thing imagine being on nike, supreme or palace
I reckon you could make more a month just reselling the gear haha
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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #22 on: November 05, 2020, 09:56:22 PM »
It's not uncommon to hookup someone who has potential. It is good for both parties. They provide you gear so that you can always skate and get better and in return they have good skateboarders promoting their product.

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2020, 11:06:39 AM »
You'll probably get better just hanging out with the rest of the guys, to be honest.

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2020, 01:36:00 PM »
Skateboarding isn't all about skill.

Take the free product, be appreciative, and enjoy.

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Skateboarding isn't all about skill.

Take the free product, be appreciative, and enjoy.

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2020, 11:38:02 AM »
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Skateboarding isn't all about skill.

Take the free product, be appreciative, and enjoy.
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dont know if thats what he meant by free product

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Re: Kinda suck at skating but getting hooked up?
« Reply #26 on: November 21, 2020, 01:14:46 AM »
Cheers everyone for all your sound advice! Much love.

So it seems like I'm going to be a 'model' in the ad for when the boards finally release. Haha, going to be so weird. Also they only have 8.25 for the first batch of boards which is going to suck because anything below 8.38 is too small for me. But it's a small company and the dude said he would make bigger boards (which would sell easier anyway nowadays...) the next batch so let's see how it goes.

Almost feels like I'm selling out or something but I guess I'm strapped in for the ride for now. :D