THE SKATEBOARDING THREAD

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August 12, 2004
Skateboarding Offers a Challenging Workout
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 2:54 p.m. ET

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- While the tennis courts at Kennedy Park are bare on a hot afternoon, parents keep dropping off teenagers at the skate park, home to all the day's action.

A dozen boys sit on the ledge, cooling off while watching others take turns flying downhill on the concrete slope. Forget Little League: In some areas, skateboarding is now the sport of choice.

Clad in helmets and jeans, the teens have their choice of skating into a clover-shaped bowl -- resembling an oddly shaped empty swimming pool -- or over a series of obstacles not unlike the park benches or railings used in street skating.

``You can just, like, go out here and do your own thing,'' said Nick Marrone, 13, visiting from Poughquag, N.Y. ``It's whatever you want; you're just having fun.''

The sport once mainly practiced on backyard ramps and in Southern California skate parks has found universal appeal. One estimate is that there are 12 million skateboarders nationwide and more than 1,000 public skateparks on top of the multitude of private ones.

``It's a great rush,'' said 14-year-old Amelia Brodka, taking a short break from the vert ramp at the indoor RexPlex Skate Park in Elizabeth.

The sport is growing not only in the suburbs of big cities, but also in small communities like Searcy, Ark.

``There are more and more kids every single day getting involved and the stereotypes are really being lifted,'' said Alan Holloway, program coordinator for Searcy Parks and Recreation, which opened its municipal skate park in 2000 and expanded it in 2002 because of heavy use.

The core market seems to be in the 10- to 15-year-old group of ``energetic, crazy young kids who are fearless,'' and who now surpass the number of Little League baseball players, said Miki Vuckovich of the Tony Hawk Foundation, established by perhaps the sport's best-known athlete.

``A lot of kids are looking for alternatives now; they don't want to do team sports,'' said Mark Sperling, founder of Op Girls Learn to Ride, which teaches skateboarding and other action sports to females. ``Skateboarding is a way for them to express who they are and their creativity.''

It's also inexpensive -- just grab a secondhand skateboard and head to the streets. And while some skate competitively, others say they have fun without the pressures or politics of team sports.

``There's no coach yelling at you that you bobbled the play,'' said Chris Li, 16, of Livingston, N.J, who is lobbying his hometown to build a municipal park. ``It's not like you bobble one play, and you're benched for the rest of the season.''

The sport's popularity dates to the 1960s and has surged again in the last 10 years thanks in part to the X Games, the action sports competition broadcast on ESPN and ABC.

And its appeal these days is ever wider. Some parks have an ``Old Man's Night;'' and girls and women acccount for about 20 percent of skateboarders. There's even a California-based International Society of Skateboarding Moms.

``We just can't get this kind of buzz from scrapbooking,'' said founder Barb Odanaka, 41, of Laguna Beach, Calif. ``We can't get this on the tennis courts and we certainly can't get it from shopping at the mall. There's something about looking down a vertical wall of cement and basically hurling yourself down this wall on four wheels. That is a rush like nothing else.''

Avid skateboarders maintain their sport is no more dangerous than football or soccer.

Skateboarding-related accidents accounted for 113,180 emergency room injuries in 2002, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. That's about a third of the bicycle injuries suffered by kids under age 15, and about half the number of injuries from playground equipment.

Aspiring riders are usually drawn more to the adrenaline rush than the fitness benefits, but it does provide a great workout, experts say.

``It's cardiovascular; it's better than running,'' said Brendan Flattery, 28, who runs skateboarding programs at the RexPlex. ``You're constantly moving.''

Balance is key, and it also helps to have a sense of direction and agility. While learning to skateboard requires patience and perseverance, Vuckovich said the rewards are many.

``You're always progressing, you're always learning something new,'' he said. ``You see things and you want to replicate it. You want to be that guy. The closer you get there, the more the mystery is solved and the more excited you get. It's a great thing for kids to do.''

The trend also means teens are spending less time on video games.

``The more time that you can limit them from being squatted in front of the TV, and actually get them outside physically doing something, that's a good thing,'' said Searcy parks coordinator Holloway.

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On the Net:

The Tony Hawk Foundation: http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org

International Society of Skateboarding Moms:

http://www.skateboardmom.homestead.com/home.html

Op Girls Learn to Ride: http://www.girlslearntoride.com

NEXT - POST YOUR FAVORITE SKATEBOARDING RELATED STORIES, ANECDOTES, PICTURES, ETC.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

YAY!

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i've been skateboarding since the 4th grade. i skateboarded on sunday with ddb.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.mu.nl/exhibitions/past/21-kimsbedroom/images/Kim-Gordon+Mark-Gonzales.jpg

the gonz and the gordon

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was a HORRIBLE SKATEBOARDER.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the gonz is OOC!

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

WHY DID I GET RID OF MY ALFRED E NUMAN DECK

Red Panda Sanskrit (ex machina), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

In a preferred alternate universe, I get lots of air

gabbneb (gabbneb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

here's a great site for pix and vidz:

http://www.skateboardingis.com/archive.html

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

skateboarding is TEH BEST thing in the entire world.

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

WELCOME GABBNEB!

Dear Skate Dudes,

Why am I such a HORRIBLE SKATER?

Lopsidedly,

hstencil

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dude, if you don't start skating before age 10, you have no chance at being good

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

goddammit, my mom waited until 7TH GRADE to buy me a board like I wanted because she thought it was TOO DANGEROUS.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i have the book (and poster) from that art installation that ddb posted a pic of upthread. i see gonz in my hood sometimes, very chill (and short) guy. probably one of the top 5 SF skaters ever.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

PS WELCOME AGAIN gabbneb!

THIS IS THE THREAD WHERE WE WELCOME gabbneb AND BRO, i mean MONETIZING EYEBALLS!

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've seen gonz out here too. He is a tweaker, but in the best way!

A couple years ago, I was coming out of a friend's Work Christmas Party, it was around 9 o'clock around 27th and 5th which is pretty empty at night. I was a bit hammered and it was cold...from out of nowhere the gonz comes skating up the street...Nobody around except me and my "date"...I yell "Gonnnnnz!!" he raises his fist in a black power kind of way and gives me the NOD.

I was giddy after that.

I so wanted to push my date into a freezy puddle and go with the Gonz.


ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

top 5
1. gonz
2. neil blender
3. dan drehobl
4. lance mountain
5. mike carroll

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

GAY for GONZ

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

mike carroll? i might choose rick howard over carroll.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i am so gay for mark gonzales.

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

xpost.

cutty yer drunk! howard has a lot of character...but his game is gone

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

are we going for technical or character? i thought this was a character top 5.

cutty (mcutt), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it's a character/style top 5

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

NATAS

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

should I buy roger adultery's board?

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

what kind is it? and how much?

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I saw Natas at Max Fish a year or so ago.

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"A skateboard - with griptape, etc, used once or twice when Wifey wanted to learn. I stenciled the "Satan" fish on the botton, otherwise the bottom is plain. I tried it out and it's definitely decent. $25."

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah $25 is nothing...so long as he didint buy it the sports authority.

get u to the store and back!

ddb (ddb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

HI GABBNEB! CHEKC OUT YOUR THREAD.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i got a six inche metal rod goin up my left leg from tryin to 360 flip six stairs.....i didnt land it.

brock (brock), Friday, 13 August 2004 11:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My old board.
http://www.bakerpools.net/collection/krookedhosoi.JPG

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Friday, 13 August 2004 12:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
I do believe I will fit in shreddingly on this board.

Steve

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 12 January 2006 23:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

My skateboard is still under my bed. I stopped trying to use it after my RA was diagnosed. :(

adamrl (nordicskilla), Thursday, 12 January 2006 23:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Awwww my little brother's MySpace profile has two adorable pics of him skating. Of course there's also a shot of him POST-snowboard accident, looking more than a little the worse for wear.

(I don't think he'd appreciate my use of "adorable" there but he can deal.)

Laurel (Laurel), Thursday, 12 January 2006 23:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
BEARDO SKATE MADNESS

http://youtube.com/watch?v=gOu7udoqPZg

the one-footed shit that happens just short of halfway through is mindblowing. what a maniac.

vahid (vahid), Saturday, 8 April 2006 20:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i got a six inche metal rod goin up my left leg from tryin to 360 flip six stairs.....i didnt land it.

-- brock (iheartscabie...), August 13th, 2004 8:48 AM. (brock)

jesus

smokemon (eman), Saturday, 8 April 2006 21:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

xpost sick

sleep (sleep), Saturday, 8 April 2006 21:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hey that's Chris Haslam, from Vancouver! He's a really nice guy and doesn't party too hard, unlike a lot of the other dudes who move here and burn out. He'll be running shit for a long time.

Oh hey, I just got interviewed for a pretty big skateboard magazine about music stuff - I mostly just called out/shittalked everyone who owes me money/fucked me over in the last year.

LeCoq (LeCoq), Sunday, 9 April 2006 02:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

was it Big Brother? (not even sure if that's still around)

smokemon (eman), Sunday, 9 April 2006 04:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

MOST XPOSTS

SICK VIDEO

gbx (skowly), Sunday, 9 April 2006 06:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

smoke: nope it was c0l0r and yeah BB is gone

LeCoq (LeCoq), Sunday, 9 April 2006 09:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
A TOTAL BRO.

ddb (ddb), Friday, 19 May 2006 13:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Poughquag?

superultramega (superultramarinated), Friday, 19 May 2006 14:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

EMB RIP

ddb (ddb), Friday, 19 May 2006 14:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

GHETTO STYLE MOVING TRUCK - yesterday i threw my mattress on my skate and jogged it about two miles across town to my new apartment.

FLOWING STRAIGHT FROM THE SURVIVAL SCROLL (vahid), Friday, 19 May 2006 15:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it was fun

FLOWING STRAIGHT FROM THE SURVIVAL SCROLL (vahid), Friday, 19 May 2006 15:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Can't you get a shopping cart like a real person???1?1?!?!?

JW (ex machina), Friday, 19 May 2006 15:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

SHOOTING THE TUBE BRAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

ddb (ddb), Friday, 19 May 2006 15:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

nice blazers fausto!!

tightest nikes ever

FLOWING STRAIGHT FROM THE SURVIVAL SCROLL (vahid), Friday, 19 May 2006 19:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Just found this thread, and am posting now because I just watched the Lakai video and had an uncontrollable urge to say how blown away I am by it.

mehlt, Friday, 4 January 2008 00:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frYFF_GFZ_Y

am0n, Friday, 4 January 2008 00:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

eligible for parole in 2009 braaaaaaahhh

am0n, Friday, 4 January 2008 00:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was under the impression that was still in production (Imdb just informed it was released 3 and a half years ago?!?!?) I can imagine actually renting it and end up thinking it was awful.

2009 eh? jeez. I anticipate the Gator revival, although I doubt he went to a prison with any backyard pools.

mehlt, Friday, 4 January 2008 00:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

GUY MARIANO'S PART KILLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

ddb, Friday, 4 January 2008 20:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

GUY MARIANO'S PART KILLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Honestly. . . Best part of the video.
It's like: Video Days. . . Mouse. . . Fully Flared. By which I mean putting out parts over 16 years always at the top of the game. And while Gonz can dick around on a longboard around new york or a Gino can have a 6 trick part in a major video and people will call it the best part ever (not calling out Gonz and Gino, just the people that deify them when they're not putting out real parts), but like, with Guy's part, my jaw was wide open for the last half of it. It's bold claim, and may not have been skating back in '96, but I had the kind of reaction I imagine I would have seeing Mouse for the first time then.

mehlt, Friday, 4 January 2008 22:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

xpost - is that dennis wilson?

jaxon, Friday, 4 January 2008 23:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

hahaha at ". . .a Gino can have. . ." I meant to say just say "Gino" (for those who use the term 'guidos' to refer to a certain unsightly stereotypical character, at least here we say 'ginos')

mehlt, Saturday, 5 January 2008 03:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

FUN DDB FACT...I GREW UP WITH GINO AND HAD 360 FLIPS DIALED BEFORE HE DID.

ddb, Monday, 7 January 2008 19:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sorry, I require fact cards to come in the mail at the prescribed size so I can fit them into the carrying case.

Laurel, Monday, 7 January 2008 19:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

In a preferred alternate universe, I get lots of air
― gabbneb (gabbneb), Thursday, August 12, 2004 3:18 PM (4 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

roxymuzak, Sunday, 8 March 2009 08:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

I do believe I will fit in shreddingly on this board.
Steve

― Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Thursday, January 12, 2006 6:19 PM (3 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

roxymuzak, Sunday, 8 March 2009 08:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

I desperately need to see this: http://landscapeskateboards.com/

Anyone seen it?

mehlt, Sunday, 8 March 2009 16:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://sk8boarding.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/strangenoteshaslam2.jpg

OMG joaquin phoenix shredzzzz!!!

moonship journey to baja, Sunday, 8 March 2009 20:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

havent seen it mehlt

roxymuzak, Sunday, 8 March 2009 20:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

WANT

moonship journey to baja, Sunday, 8 March 2009 21:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Every deck has its own distinctive wood pattern. All of them are equally beautiful.

roxymuzak, Sunday, 8 March 2009 21:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

Every ilxer has its own distinctive wood pattern. All of them are equally beautiful.

moonship journey to baja, Sunday, 8 March 2009 21:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

OMG joaquin phoenix shredzzzz!!!

lol, i thought it was dj harvey

(jaxon) ( .) ( .) (jaxon), Sunday, 8 March 2009 21:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

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moonship journey to baja, Friday, 16 October 2009 02:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

eh fuck

just go here: http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=7048233

and ID the first song in the video for me, i'm too drunk to recall what it is / who it's by

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 16 October 2009 02:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

pretty hilarious nod to "Stairway To Heaven" to open the song btw

♪♫(●̲̲̅̅̅̅=̲̲̅̅̅̅●̲̅̅)♪♫ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 16 October 2009 02:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

oh shit, i have that album

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 16 October 2009 02:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Damn, how old is Sean Malto, it's hard to believe how kids these days just get more and more ridiculously talented.

EDB, Friday, 16 October 2009 14:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

̲̲̲̲̲
˚ ˚

this is my favorite Skate Boarder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4ko8-MnMdU

iiiijjjj, Friday, 16 October 2009 15:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

love that part

sleep, Friday, 16 October 2009 15:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7r2nxpgoIg

sleep, Friday, 23 October 2009 07:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

^so good

am0n, Friday, 23 October 2009 15:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

ha. i sent that to grady yesterday. it's totally dumb, but weirdly i watched the whole thing

jaxon, Thursday, 22 July 2010 18:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

wow this thread

skroink all over the place (jdchurchill), Thursday, 22 July 2010 21:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Anyone seen "This Time Tomorrow"? I watched it a few days ago, really excellent.

EDB, Saturday, 2 April 2011 03:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The last trick on this is really just silly. I mean, really.

EDB, Tuesday, 21 June 2011 03:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

i think i've been to that school

moonship journey to baja, Tuesday, 21 June 2011 03:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

After years of ignoring it because of its association with Vice, belatedly watching epicly later'd has been one of the greatest joys I've come to known in some time.

I've just watched the Koston and Kalis ones, but damn were they great. The stories and footage is just incredible.

formerly EDB (ed.b), Sunday, 10 February 2013 15:25 (five years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7WweCVi1Wc

am0n, Thursday, 5 December 2013 18:59 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
eight months pass...
three years pass...

a friend of mine wrote a really good article for King Skateboard about the skate industry's pathetic and cowardly deference to people like racist nazi-sympathizer Jason Jessee. Jessee complained and so they took down the article:

Jason Jessee reached out and asked us to allow him to address the issues brought up in this article with us in an interview.

We will be conducting it in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

the original text of the article is preserved on this forum post: http://www.slapmagazine.com/index.php?topic=99673.msg2807402#msg2807402

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Friday, 1 June 2018 16:05 (six months ago) Permalink

as a totally uninformed outsider to the skate world, when i read something like this

But I'm not sure many skateboarders realize just how small and insular the US skateboard industry really is. The slightest look behind the curtain reveals about 120 people, 150 max, cramped into a cozy pyramid; everyone knows everyone else. Nor might the average skater realize just how concentrated the power is at this pyramid's top. In 2012 I was surprised to receive an email from Dave Carnie, a writer I'll argue is second only to Stecyk in terms of importance to skateboarding. It seemed that Carnie had read my profile of Andrew Reynolds and wondered about doing something on Steve Berra. I'd have to be careful, he warned, because he'd have to give Berra final review of whatever I wrote. When I said, basically, hold on you're Dave Fucking Carnie, he explained how Berra had the power to yank advertising and thus was not someone to fuck with. He admitted that this was not very punk rock, but unfortunately he had to consider the reality of the situation.

my first thought is to say fuck the existing 120-150 people participating in this bullshit industry, tell everyone to assume those 150 people died and can't be communicated with anymore, and form a new community with cool people who aren't cowards. prooobably pretty hard to do that though.

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Friday, 1 June 2018 16:10 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

uh so jon4h hi11 is making this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9Rx6-GaSIE

F# A# (∞), Sunday, 29 July 2018 15:50 (four months ago) Permalink

who knows how much of kids he has ripped off

F# A# (∞), Sunday, 29 July 2018 15:56 (four months ago) Permalink


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