The way I have wanted to ride my skateboard has always been evolving. I used to want to skate big stairs and handrails, then I wanted to be a technical wizard, and then I randomly became obsessed with oldschool tricks. Somewhere along the way I fell in love with the avant-garde skaters who utilize their surroundings in bizarre ways that ranged from gnarly to silly. After becoming infatuated with this sub-genre of skating, my mind was blown when I was lucky enough to assist Clay Shank (clayshank.com) with a project that became “Journey to Skate Boulder”. Skaters’ see architecture differently because of the possibilities on a board, but Clay opened my eyes to the possibilities of skating nature.
This new video was filmed in less than two hours and edited on the same day. My friend Pat Fisher (buildinggnarnia.com) was in town and I randomly decided we should go out on a popular nearby trail for a session. I first skated the trail on New Years Eve and ever since I have wanted more.
I also have to give credit to the cruiser board you see used in this video. I set it up over four years ago as a test-model for gear I would eventually sell in my soon to be opened shop. Somehow every piece of my wonderful cruiser board has lasted all these years throughout some serious use (and bearing cleaning). It is at the point where I wonder if I should retire the deck, but I feel like its life isn’t properly spent until I break it. I honestly cherish every single session I have with it now and wish for many more.
Enjoy this simple edit showing the day in the life of that weird guy that brings a skateboard on a dirt-trail hike. Yeah, I’m that guy, and I am stoked!
If you are a skater you understand the reality of “off-days” – when things just aren’t working no matter how hard you try. Sometimes these days pile up, and in 2015 my life decided to have an entire off-year. The first clips in this video are older and from the home I started skating at 15 years ago, but shockingly due to absurd circumstances my parents were forced to leave. Because of this and multiple problems including medical issues and surgery, certain areas of my life weren’t properly taken care of, including this website and skateboarding in general. But whenever I was able to get on my skateboard, it felt on even if I was off.
This “on/off” feeling in the last year produced some skateboarding clips I am actually happy with. I have always wanted to film, but a part of me has always been critical of how worthy my skateboarding is for the camera. I’m still not fully satisfied with the quality of my skateboarding, but lately I have been more and more comfortable with the way I feel and look on a skateboard. If things go the way I would like I will be updating this website more often and filming clips of myself and all the other awesome skaters in Prescott, but you know how things go, I might be feeling off.
When I started this website four years ago my goal was to explore the experience of skateboarding, especially from the average skaters perspective. Soon after I realized I should use the website as a repository for all the different skate-media that was generated from my small scene. Then over time several people who came from or visited Yavapai County moved away, and while they may not still be in our scene a connection was made and I realized that is the natural web created by the skateboard culture. There are no reasons to have limits on what regions I share here.
Now as I have been revamping So What is Skateboarding I realized I should encourage everyone to share any sort of content. Photos, videos, or if you would like to do an interview I would be thrilled to ask the questions. Maybe you don’t think you have anything to share, but simply getting an instagram downloading app and putting together all your good clips from the last year can yield a fun video part.
If professional skateboarders start becoming a part of this website that is wonderful, but the focus will always be about the average skater without any sponsors, because that is the true heart of skateboarding.