Bill Wennerholm

Bill Wennerholm is a seventy year old skater sponsored by Sector 9.  When I first heard of Bill I was surprised and maybe a little skeptical.  But then during Go Skateboarding day I got to see him skate in person.  I hope I can still roll in 50 years, and I think every skater can relate.  Bill shows that it is a reality.

A few years ago I came up with a set of questions about skateboarding.  These were Bill’s answers.

What isn’t like skating?
-Being dead in a casket.

You can also watch Bill skating in the beginning of this 2008 Go Skateboarding Day video presented by Calavera in Prescott, AZ

Name: Bill Wennerholm
Age: 70
Type of Job/Schooling: Psychotherapist
Years Skateboarding: 40+

What’s your first skateboarding memory?
-Making skate boards out of metal skates nailed to a board.

What’s your favorite skateboarding memory?
-Skating on these boards as a child.

Ever quit? Want to, or say you’ll quit?
-No.

Where did you start? Did that influence you?
-Childhood.

How would you describe the feeling of skateboarding?
-Freedom.

Why do you keep skating?
-In a way, to fight death.

Do you care about the history of skateboarding?
-Somewhat.

Do you care about the current skate media?
-Not much.  $$ driven.

What else is like skateboarding to you?
-Surfing.

What isn’t like skating?
-Being dead in a casket.

What was the first hard “trick” you worked for?
-360 on a board.

Why work so hard for a trick?
-Seemed impossible.

When did you realize you were a skater?
-I fell the first time.  Got back on the board – “Skater” since then.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a skateboard and why?
-Cruise – Carve.

Is there a trick you don’t think you’ll ever be able to do?
-Many.   No  . I’m a longboarder.

Is there any maneuver you would purposefully not do?
-Skate beyond my limits.

What’s the trick you can do every time that surprises you?
-I think just being able to continue to balance on a board at 70.

What’s your dream “tricks”?
-Wish I could push better.

What’s your favorite terrain and why?
-Slopes that run out.

What do you hate about skateboarding?
-I “hate” people who think they are somehow superior because they skate.

Best (worst) injury? Healing time?
-Tore knee bombing hill in Prescott Valley. One month.

How do you overcome fear?
-Repetition.

Do you remember the details of your first setup?
-Yes.

Did you start with friends or alone?
-Alone.

Was it hard or easy at first?
-Fairly easy.

Was there anyone or anything that especially inspired you to start or keep skating?
-The challenge I think.

Do your parents ever have a problem with skateboarding?
-NA

When did you realize you were a skater
-I fell the first time.  Got back on the board – “Skater” since then.

How do you feel about skateboarding now compared to when you started?
-Grateful for abillity & desire.

What is most important about skateboarding to you?
-Continuing.  Not giving up on the quest for continued ability.  To skate at 90.

Why do you keep skating?
-In a way, to fight death.

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