- Sep 7, 2008
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I built my boy a half pipe years ago and now he is bugging me to build him another one. I said no. LolCool clips. I have skated more with my kids this last week than I have in 10 years. Feels good. Made a little skate park at the house. I guess that’s the silver lining for me with this.
Over 77,000 memberships to the pipeline skatepark were sold. Truly was an epicenter of development in skating, very fortunate to have grown up right in the middle of that whole thing. Badlands scene is still alive and thriving, multiple generations of skaters at this point and a very cool story that needs to be told. I’ve been pushing on several fronts for our local skate scene for the last few years. We got the city to modify the master plan for our local park to include 20,000 sq.ft. Of skatepark expansion. I have no money to build it yet, but I’ve got the land and cities blessing. It will all fall into place.Very cool! Think I still have my pipeline membership somewhere Brings back memories for sure.
My grandparents moved to north county from the Bay Area in the mid 80’s, I’d make my folks take me to the ranch to skate when we would visit them. North county had a rad scene, lots of ramps everywhere. I agree with you 100% that skating had a major influence on my path in life, at this stage my big trick is called not eating shit LOL. However I find myself in a position to promote and share this activity with the next generation and that’s what I’m doing.Del mar ranch kid here. I truly believe skating put me on the correct path in life. I did take some crazy turn along the way though
You don’t stop skating because you get old, you stop skating because you get fat. I wear helmet, knee/elbow pads and some badass wrist guards. Dropped 40lbs and that made a huge difference, still not light on my feet, but getting the touch back slowly. Fuck that getting old and fat bullshit, the good life ain’t so good after all as it turns out. One thing I have realized is that concrete is just as hard as it ever was, I ate shit when I had the extra weight on and landed like a sack of concrete, buncha kids came over to me and we’re all like “ hey mister are you okay” as I was laying on the concrete wonderI got why I was doing this to myselfAbout 4 years ago I broke my elbow in havasu skating with my sons. I hung up the board. Ha. It wasn't the lack of skill, it was the added weight when I fell. Ha. By the way I waiting for the doc here in encinitas when we got home
I would bust out my old board and try it but I would be afraid no one would be around to pick me up off the ground
Falling seems to hurt A LOT more when you’re older.You don’t stop skating because you get old, you stop skating because you get fat. I wear helmet, knee/elbow pads and some badass wrist guards. Dropped 40lbs and that made a huge difference, still not light on my feet, but getting the touch back slowly. Fuck that getting old and fat bullshit, the good life ain’t so good after all as it turns out. One thing I have realized is that concrete is just as hard as it ever was, I ate shit when I had the extra weight on and landed like a sack of concrete, buncha kids came over to me and we’re all like “ hey mister are you okay” as I was laying on the concrete wonderI got why I was doing this to myself
It took 6 months of rolling around and then things started to change, my mind was still on point but my body was not in sync yet. When I did my fat boy slam, it was me thinking everything was good and my body not being able to do what my mind was telling it. I know some pretty fat dudes who rip, they have just always skated and kept the mind and body in sync. My muscle memory and mental process is from when I was much lighter, I’ve found that dropping body fat has helped things sync back up.Falling seems to hurt A LOT more when you’re older.
About 5 years ago I was riding my board with the kids ( I hadn’t risen it in years). Decided to jump of the curb. When I landed, the board stopped and I didn’t. I got up after a minute of laying thinking the same thing. Lumbered back to house and cleaned the little road rash on my knee.
Smart move wearing the helmet and pads. Responsibilities don’t take a break cause you did.
It’s not gonna ride itself, just take it easy and roll around for a while, like a few weeks. Sweet board BTW, I’ve been messing around with building some decks. Starting with a mid 70’s style oak board, the idea is to explore using this old equipment in search of lost and forgotten fun lines that it will induce. My buddy is bring a press over to the shop and we’re gonna start laying up some decks. Will be cutting some molds on CNC router and playing around with some unique wood species I have been hoarding I have a template for these oak boards and can run them pretty quick if there is a demand. It’s bigger than a Penny board and exact dimensions as OG vert deck I copied.
VW freaks for sure, that ghia was badass!!Worked with both Alan and Ed Economy back in our high school days. These guys moved on eventually managing the old Paramount Skate Park in the late 70's early 80's. I still see Ed occasionally he's a fixture at the Fairplex selling VW parts...