Man, I wish I had learned to skateboard when I was a little kid. Or snowboard. Or anything else daring! Learning to snowboard at the age of 30 was tough. Mostly mentally, since I knew I could get hurt and then be out of work! Learning a sport when you are still a kid is the way to go. Your body bounces back faster and there is not much fear!
I’ve tried to learn to skate several times in my life, but none were serious attempts. Usually, it was when I was with my brother or another group of guys. I’d borrow their board for about 5 minutes and that was about it. So much pressure when there are a ton of guys standing around watching! Not surprisingly, I never picked it up and I’ve always been bummed about it. Now that I snowboard, I really want to make a concerted effort to learn though. I made Aaron from Krudco Skateshop promise to have “Girls Learn to Ride” clinics if I help him get the Roc City Skate Park built!
So here we have Samantha! She is a RAD little spunky girl and totally rocked the ramps at the Webster Skate Park. When we arrived, she immediately went over to where the 19 year old boys were skating and wanted to ride with them. Wow, no fear! We talked her into moving out of their way and she practiced going up and down the biggest ramp in the park. She was getting really good at it and picking up a lot of speed by the time we left! It was amusing to watch her skate because she looked like a surfer until she got the hang of it. She would push on her skateboard, nearly sitting and then when she had enough speed, she would hop up! After a while, she stopped doing that, but it was interesting to watch the natural process of learning.
Don’t tell Jerry, but these are going to be Father’s Day gifts for him of his oldest girl shredding the skate park. He is a long time skater and has been teaching Sammy how to ride. What an awesome father/daughter experience! Hopefully over the years I can get some images of them skating together….