It’s only once you start to get into skateboarding that you realise how much there is to learn.
As a beginner, I don’t even know what I don’t know.
But I do know the importance of progression. Of trying things that scare you. Things that you can’t do.
For that’s a long list that includes:
• Pumping around the bowl (I can’t stop myself from doing kick-turns, though I’ve got them down to two)
• Rock and rolls (I had them, then I fell and haven’t got back into them since)
• Rolling in on the half-pipe and doing a kick-turn (at the moment my size means I get too much speed up, even without pumping, and jump off instead of trying to turn).
But for every one of the things I can’t do, there are some signs of improvement, of progression.
Skateboarding-wise the last month was bit rubbish, with it looking like there I wouldn’t even go once. Mainly that’s because we went on holiday, so I can’t really complain.
Anyway, things picked back up in the last week, with a trip to Ashtead skatepark and successful manuals off both the smaller and the larger drops from the box.
Then hitting Epsom’s Long Grove skatepark at sunrise before work I managed to get some air to my ollies. It was, as the picture at the top of this post shows, a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, but it all counts.
Finally, my boys and I hit Long Grove for a couple of hours this morning, during which Son1 helped me work on pumping around the bowl. But what I was pleased about was getting the right speed and balance to go up the roll-in in the street section.
Little things, for sure, but rewarding ones nonetheless.