Sk8r Boi wears ” L ” PL8s

The Youth group bought me a Skateboard for my 34th Birthday and although I’m perhaps a bit of a late starter, it’s great fun. (The group allowed me to use my board but firmly drew the line at me wearing a Bandana!)l-plate.jpg
Three years on, I’ve got the hang of it as a means of transport and have been known to use it to truck into Oxford (from the office). However the whole tricks thing evades me completely and I remain unable to pull off even an Ollie.
Bloggable bit is this though: Was at the skateboard ramps at the weekend and getting an impromptu masterclass from some of the local teens. If you’ve not tried the ramps you’re going to have to take my word for the fact it is REALLY difficult. As you travel up the ramp your weight is kicked backwards and unless you are progressively and dramatically moving your weight forward you and the board part company and it hurts A LOT! Awesome to watch the guys doing some high level practical physics to stay in control of the board. I now know what not to do but am incapable of doing what I need to do (I have the bruises to prove it). As for then going back down the ramp the other way round, unbelievable! Skaters may get a bad press but boy do they do some amazing stuff.
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I love working in the sphere of youth work and the practice of informal education. Using what you don’t know as a starting point is enormously liberating, great fun and an eye opener, if a little bruising in this instance.

2 Replies to “Sk8r Boi wears ” L ” PL8s”

  1. I managed a standing ollie in Taize last year and was immensely proud… but I haven’t been able to do it since…. must have been a beginner’s fluke!

  2. I’m so glad the board is being given life to the full! Didn’t think you’d be able to use it much in your new(ish) job, so am v chuffed that that is not necessarily the case! Have just posted a new blog – about time too! Apologies for the slackness in updating.

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