If I hark back, back to my high school days, there was nothing worse then taking a test. The anxiety would more often then not cause me to forget all of my tireless studying from the night before. Sitting there in that cramped plastic desk chair, with the desk itself that appeared to be constructed for someone half my size. It felt like some kind of sick joke, or a scene taken from a comedic movie. More over, as if the tortuous chairs weren't enough, there was the aspect of your classmates. As I would sit there feverishly sweating, fruitlessly attempting to will myself to remember what the answers to the questions were, I can recall hearing that sound, that dreaded sound. The sound of the front runner, the person who finished first. There was the shuffling of papers, the golden hand in, and then his or her little march of victory to the door. And as they made the walk, you could almost see the little smirk of freedom stretched across their face. The "I'm finished, I'm out, see ya suckers". For me, there was always envy, extreme envy. Envy for the fact that they were allowed to go outside and bask in their freedom, roam, go home, have lunch, adopt a kitten, kiss a baby, whatever it was that those "I finished early" kids did with their time. As you can plainly tell at this point, I wasn't a proper test taker, nor was I good with watching others succeed while I sunk into the mud of my own inability to answer the questions correctly (or timely). However, while this may seem like a stretch of a comparison, more often then not, I commonly see this same sort of situation arise in skateboarding. A lot less arduous, but still prominent, and still very much there.
- The A-Team. Packed and ready to roll.
With Ethan and Kyle off to Uruguay, we thought it would be relevant and helpful to impart some skate travelling wisdom on all you adventurous souls.
-Pack light. Bring only what you need.
-Some things you will definitely
In a country that established itself upon the principals of capitalism and material wealth, it's becoming ever so increasingly common that amidst the struggles of trying to provide for ourselves (and sometimes others) we often forget what specifically all that struggle and strife was originally intended for. That beyond climbing the arduous ladder of life, we routinely fail to remember that at the basis of it all, is the simple and basic principal of being happy. So if you have a moment or five, go forth and check out my most recent article (complete with some of my personal favorite skate photos) for my friends at SkateSlate magazine, touching off on the topics of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
More often then not, I'll get wrapped up in a conversation concerning the age old argument of style; where does it come from, who has it, and what does it look like? And while off-the-cuff, these may seem like easy questions to answer, dig a little deeper and you'll soon find yourself in quite the explanatory pickle. Well, rest easy children, in my recent post for SkateSlate magazine, we go back to skateboardings roots in an attempt to define and explain the concept of style, and all with a cheeky evolutionary like theme. So flip that office chair of yours to full recline, kick off your shoes, and brush up on your skateboarding know-how.
An update from Michael Brooke and Longboarding for Peace: Longboarding for Peace continues to expand. What started in Israel and the Palestinian territories has mushroomed to include Canada, Peru and the United States. We are soon to expand to Africa. With each passing day, more people are stepping up to the challenge of making a difference through longboarding. Thanks to the amazing support o
Portland, Oregon is one of the only US cities to allow skateboarding in the street (another rare example is Tacoma, WA, where skateboarding was legalized as a form of transportation last year). The PDX crew has created a website called Skate Friendly PDX to help educate their community on how to make the most of this rare privilege and maintain a h