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Repossessed to skate – Session 27

Repossessed to skate is the name I’ve given my activity of learning and practising how to skate (again), specifically in the context of ongoing sessions at local skateparks. I’m relearning how to skate so I can show my kids how to skate.

Repossessed to skate is about having fun, learning new-old tricks that interest me and persevering.

Session description

Strong fakies and kick turns, but still below the coping. Once again I thought I was ready to drop-in, but chickened-out.

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Repossessed to skate – Session 26

Repossessed to skate is the name I’ve given my activity of learning and practising how to skate (again), specifically in the context of ongoing sessions at local skateparks. I’m relearning how to skate so I can show my kids how to skate.

Repossessed to skate is about having fun, learning new-old tricks that interest me and persevering.

Session description

Mini-ramp

Strong fakies and kick turns, but still below the coping. Thought I was ready to drop-in, but chickened-out.

Vert ramp

Fakies on the vert ramp were fun and extremely hard work compared to mini-ramp. Need to get higher on this one.

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The ramp.

 

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Fakies up to here.
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Grind rail wax – Production (Urinal blocks)

For some long-weekend fun, I decided to create some more my of own skate wax to apply to concrete curbs for super-smooth grinds, slappies, nose slides and board-slides. This time I melted down some partially used yellow scented candles and combined it with cooking oil at 1:2.5 and let it cool. The scented candles must have had a large amount of oil which made this batch soft and a little mushy, unlike the previous skate wax batch which used unscented plain candles and hardened nicely. Maybe this time the kerb will smell a little sweeter.

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Repossessed to skate – Session 25

Repossessed to skate is the name I’ve given my activity of learning and practising how to skate (again), specifically in the context of ongoing sessions at local skateparks. I’m relearning how to skate so I can show my kids how to skate.

Repossessed to skate is about having fun, learning new-old tricks that interest me and persevering.

Session description

Returned to the mini-ramp with a strong focus on grinding the coping. Puddles on the mini-ramp was all that remained of last night’s rain.  Mopped up some of the smaller puddles with old towels. Doing this made some small-time fakies on a small part of the ramp possible.

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Skin met smooth asphalt during a pre-mini ramp session skate.
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Repossessed to skate – Session 24

Repossessed to skate is the name I’ve given my activity of learning and practising how to skate (again), specifically in the context of ongoing sessions at local skateparks. I’m relearning how to skate so I can show my kids how to skate.

Repossessed to skate is about having fun, learning new-old tricks that interest me and persevering.

Session description

Returned to the mini-ramp with a strong focus on grinding the coping. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite reach it frontside or backside, maybe 20 cm short of the coping.  Need to keep on building momentum to reach the coping from powerful kickturns on the transition. In doing this I slammed heavily, banging the side of my left knee. Ouch. Will be sore for a few days.

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Repossessed to skate – Session 23 (Kerb abuse)

Repossessed to skate is the name I’ve given my activity of learning and practising how to skate (again), specifically in the context of ongoing sessions at local skateparks. I’m relearning how to skate so I can show my kids how to skate.

Repossessed to skate is about having fun, learning new-old tricks that interest me and persevering.

Session description

Morning

Once again I returned to mini-ramp in hope to repeat and improve on previous sessions. At this time of year in the Southern Hemisphere, sunrise is after 7:00 am. That’s the best time for me to repossessed, but also the time for me to do things other than skate. No real skating on the mini ramp today other than some minor fakies before it was time for me to go. Pity.

Afternoon

Due to the public holiday, I was able to head out for a skate in the late afternoon. My goal was to apply a large amount of the skateboard wax I produced the previous week to a particularly prominenent kerb in a car park of a nearby shopping centre and then practise board slides and nose slides. The board slides were smooth, short and didn’t always feature a clean exit. Next time, I’ll be ready for more speed. The nose slides were not so good. More practice required.

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The heavily waxed kerb with some deck graphic residue.

 

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Wear and tear from practise beginning to show.

 

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Repossessed to skate – Session 22

Repossessed to skate is the name I’ve given my activity of learning and practising how to skate (again), specifically in the context of ongoing sessions at local skateparks. I’m relearning how to skate so I can show my kids how to skate.

Repossessed to skate is about having fun, learning new-old tricks that interest me and persevering.

Session description

Returned to mini-ramp in hope to repeat and improve on previous sessions – still dreaming about grinding the coping. Ramp wet with moisture from night’s cold weather. Took it easy. Session a little underwhelming. Fakies and kickturns without real power and with much restraint. Spent a bit of time waxing the grind boxes, rails , spine and slab of the bowl – a gift to the locals.

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Repossessed to skate – Session 21 – WASHOUT

Repossessed to skate is the name I’ve given my activity of learning and practising how to skate (again), specifically in the context of ongoing sessions at local skateparks. I’m relearning how to skate so I can show my kids how to skate.

Repossessed to skate is about having fun, learning new-old tricks that interest me and persevering.

Session description

Too much rain made it impossible to skate today. A washout.

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