One step at a time

Skateboarding skateboard ollie beginner practice

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.

Epsom Long Grove skate park sunrise

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.


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