How often I dream about what it would be like to be in the pioneering days of skateboarding, back in the 70's with Alva, Jay Boy, and Stacy riding a tangible dream that literally had no limitations or regulation. The pure bliss their imaginations must have experienced while getting to push and take skateboarding in any direction that they could possible conspire. It was all considered skateboarding as long as you were on a skateboard, a concept forgotten by some in todays scene. This was the era of purity as it would seem for a variety of reason's but the one that strikes me as obviously absent from todays scene is true mentality of "Skate Everything" our forefathers exhibited. Skaters of todays era have began to label them selves as either this type of skateboarder or that type choosing to draw these diversionary lines on grounds such as board length, set up preferences, or location of riding. Such a large gap, some may say division, in the middle ground has ultimately has left a hollow and some what empty core to skateboarding. Luckily this void has begun to be filled by those who have reconciled all types of skateboarding as just that: skateboarding. These individuals have taken aspects of riding all types of boards on all different types of terrain and have added them to their repertoire and by doing so are pioneering and paving the path to skatings future right underneath main stream skateboarding's own nose. By passing the route that may have lead them to a more traditional professional career with more lime light involved, these exceptions to the norm chose to skate for a reason that mirrors those legends aforementioned. These men, women, boys, and girls are the true "core" of skateboarding right now because they are doing what they do for no other reason than the sheer justification that it feels good and is an enjoyable way to shralp the entire landscape around them.
When one becomes fully obsessed with this art form of skateboarding, they begin to ponder ways upon which different terrain they can experience the unexplainable sensation of riding a skateboard upon. There are many avenues to which one may draw inspiration for the approach they will take as an individual as it pertains to skateboarding, many of which root back to mainstream skateboarding in one way or another. This is not an attempt to bash main stream skateboarding, but rather suggest that there is so much more to our art that so many are missing out on. I want to encourage an adventurous spirit amongst the skateboarder of todays time, one that will have them asking how they can conquer any slab of ridable 'crete and turn it into a personal play ground. Skateboarding does not stop in between skate parks or skate spots but rather is connected by a never ending skate spot in the form of hilly roads, drive ways, ditches, and various other Babylonian built structures. It is time for skaters to revert back, devolve so to speak and begin to fathom all the facets that are possible on a skateboard, not just those most broadcasted. Being the ultimate in creativity and self expression, skateboarding as an art form offers its user a tool in which true freedom is accessible to those who choose it. I promise you will only love skateboarding more after tasting all the many sweet treats she has to offer and you will find that this open minded attitude translates into your day to day life as well.
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I am a skater who lives in Baltimore, MD. I am looking to spread the love of skateboarding through both visual and written means.