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.
Billy is a classic Prescott skateboarder. He dealt with the rough spots before the skatepark was built. We ran with different crews so we didn’t cross paths often, but during the early days of the park we became acquainted. Even though we didn’t really know each other we always had good sessions together because we were around the same level, but more importantly we liked to have fun.
As time went on he got a skate-van and collected countless stories. He hung out and went on trips with good kids around his own age and adults that were often questionably sketchy. As I said, he is a classic Prescott skater. His skating is strong and surprising. He doesn’t skate often, but after twenty-plus years on the board he still has the ability to beat some of the best kids in the area at SKATE. People will never know all the tricks Billy has done, and somehow it is better that way for the man known as Chicken Hammer.
Several years ago I came up with a set of questions about skateboarding. These were Billy’s answers.
When Peter first moved to our scene I didn’t get to know him well because I rarely ran into him. Maybe it was that or maybe I just wasn’t seeing him because he was always in the bowls that I avoided or out on trips. Years later we became friends and he has become yet another skater that I am jealous of.
Peter knows his way around transitions, especially small ones. The ways I have seen him glide, bend, and slide through tricks has that perfect mixture of sketch and skill. It is a calm and quiet kind of ripping that is very similar to his general demeanor. Peter skates so nonchalantly I wondered if he tried harder if he could “make-it”. Then I laughed at that thought because the best part about his skating is that he doesn’t care and he is having fun, and it makes me want to have fun too.
Several years ago I came up with a set of questions about skateboarding. These were Peter’s answers.
When did you realize you were a skater?
-When I sold my blades.