So for those following my blog you will know that I attempted to learn how to skateboard. In retrospect I would have picked something easier to quantify. Skateboarding is really fun but it is quite hard to show what you have learned and when you do learn new things it is often very slow. I only ever learned three tricks; the ollie, the shuv-it and the pop shuv-it. My goal of learning to kickflip was never even close to attainable. I did however learn how to drop into a half pipe which was not something I had intended to pursue in my first blog post. Another reason why I would not pick skateboarding for an assignment like this is because falling down seriously hurts. It was easy to find myself seriously discouraged and if I would have gotten injured I would have been unable to complete the assignment. I was really lucky with the weather, it allowed me to keep trying to learn how to ride the half pipe instead of confining me to flat land tricks in my garage.
I figured that I could not do an entire learning project about learning to skateboard without making an ultra cliche video using the song “Kick, Push” by Lupe Fiasco. I saved the best for last in that sense. Unfortunately the video quality is fairly low due to the fact that I could not really tell what I was filming with my make shift tripod. I tried to stay close to the camera because I thought that would allow you to see me better but apparently the opposite was true. Luckily I just managed to land the pop shuv-it before my mom pulled into the garage. You can check out the steps I took to learn the pop shuv-it here and read a blog post I wrote about shuv-its here. Enjoy!
I didn’t do a fantastic job of keeping my learning project up to date. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t out there skating it’s just that I didn’t post frequently enough. I compiled a little video that shows what I was doing over the first five weeks of my learning project. Check it out: https://youtu.be/R3Q9QPK29J8 One quick note about his photograph; footwear is everything! As you can see I’m wearing runners in this picture, that did not last long they started to get ripped quickly so I switched to skate shoes which were 100 times better.
So I went back to the half pipe in White City a few weeks ago and tried to drop in. Again I was unsuccessful. I think that if it hadn’t snowed and I could try again then I would be able to drop in. I wouldn’t say that I learned anything new from this. When I watched the videos of myself trying to drop in I did discover that the main issue I am facing when dropping into the full size halfpipe was that I was afraid of falling, ironically enough that is exactly what made me fall every single time. I need to learn to commit to the drop in. Without further ado here is the video: https://youtu.be/QH8nIIHmQTY
So I was volunteering last Tuesday in white city and I got lost on my way to the school. This turned out to be very fortunate for my learning project because I stumbled upon a half pipe. I made a mental note of where it was and when I was finished volunteering I went and tried it out. Turns out that riding a half pipe is very very hard. I could not figure out how to drop into the halfpipe and I fell a lot. It turned out to be a very painful afternoon and my tailbone did not thank me at all. On Thursday (tomorrow) I will be going back to White City and despite what my bruises are telling me I’m going to give the halfpipe another shot but this time I did a little research. I watched a video here curtsey of Braile Skateboarding and learned a few steps and ultimately that confidence is key (something I did not have the first time around). I also learned that I should try skating around the bottom of the ramp before I try and drop in and that I should wear a helmet next time. I will update tomorrow after I give it a shot.
So the weather hasn’t been amazing lately and I remember hearing from a friend that skates that practising on carpet or grass is a good way to learn so I thought this was a perfect chance to bring my skateboard into the basement. I also found a video on how to practice a shuv-it indoors. Unfortunately the girl in the video removed her wheels but I did not have the tools to do this. Now after I practiced my ollie and shuv-it inside I would not recommend it. A few reasons why are: I hit my head on the roof several times while ollie-ing and a couple times when I fell doing a Shuv-it my board got away from me and crashed into the walls which my mom certainly did not appreciate. The one positive thing I can say about practising on carpet is that when you do fall it hurts a lot less than concreat which makes it easier to try new tricks
So one thing I learned this week is that there is a difference between the shuv-it and the POP shuv-it. I’ve spent about 10 hours this week working on perfecting my shuv-it but I can’t seem to get it down quite right yet. It seems that I can only ever land one foot on the board. I found a really cool video series by the Ride Channel that is helping me improve my tricks. The video I found on how to shuv-it is especially helpful.
I also found a video made by the same people that will help me work on my ollies. Ollies are the basis of all tricks that I will learn in the future so it is imperative that I improve my skills.