Sleep ‘n’ Skate

I can’t think of anything better than getting a fair amount of sleep on your day off and follow that up with a fun session. I have worked almost the entire previous week, and yesterday (Monday), I didn’t set up an alarm and just let my body wake up when it felt like it. So I happened to sleep until 2pm. At 4.30pm I went to our local skatepark, which is still under construction. I couldn’t spend much time skating because I had to leave at 6pm because of a podcast recording (hint).

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My goal for this session was to get some tricks back that I liked to do. I warmed up with transition tricks and 50-50s on a little ledge. Additionally, I felt the urge to push my mental boundaries a little. Feeling warmed up, I started to take on the first trick I wanted to get today, the 50-50 Nollie Shove-It out. I got the hang of it very quickly since I did this trick a lot back then. This trick feels so good. There’s something about jumping off of your board while grinding and letting it do its thing, and landing back on it.

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The next maneuver I wanted to do was the Slappy Noseslide Nollie Shove-It out. I wish I could’ve gone a bit faster and slide longer, but the run-up doesn’t allow for more. The biggest struggle I’ve had with landing this trick was the ground. It really shows in the video. The thing I like the most about this trick is the same as with the previous one. Leaving your board and landing back on it.

My third and final trick I wanted to do again was the 50-50 180 out. I was never a fan of this trick, but once the park is finished, and I can get a decent amount of speed, I feel like this trick will be great for some solid lines, and I can follow up this maneuver with something Fakie.

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Like I said earlier, I wanted to challenge my mentality today. What better way to do this than with my favorite trick, the Boneless? I looked around for obstacles to jump off and figured that doing it over the little quarter pipe on the funbox is what I wanted. For some reason, drops aren’t a big problem for me to Boneless but also having to clear a distance can be challenging. I bailed out of the first few attempts to get a feel for the length and drop impact. My Footprint Insoles worked great, absorbing said impact. It was scary to try and commit for the first time, but I could commit to the landing again and again once I did it. Eventually, I rolled off with a clean one. I wish I would’ve given it a little more of a ninja kick. Well, this obstacle won’t run away, so I can always try it again.

Even though this session was relatively short, I still got many tricks in and felt great leaving the spot. As some of you may know, I am a massive fan of Polaroid photography. Before I left, the sun was at a perfect place to shoot a great picture of Jörg standing on one of the ramps. This is one of the best photos I took in a while.

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