I have driven past this stepped ledge thousands of times. Located in a light-industrial area of a nearby suburb, the ledge can be seen nestled amongst factories that never seem to close. That’s always made it difficult to find a time to attempt skate the ledge. I hadn’t noticed the addition of the barriers until today. From the road they look like a makeshift DIY thing cobbled together by the small group of skaters I had occasionally seen when I was driving by in my car. Up close, the barriers tell a different story. They seem to be strategically placed to act as deterrent to skaters, not placed by skaters as an enhancement to the ledge. A new obstacle that results in a new way of thinking.
No one likes rails that rattle. Sunday surgery on sloth. A photo posted by Repurposed Ruin (@repurposed_ruin) on
Arrived early enough at skate park to bump into council employee who cleans checks the area every morning at 6.00 am. We chatted about the park and the importance of these types of facilities for the community. It’s great to connect with people directly involved in the operational aspects of the facilities you enjoy. Thanks.👍
My sloth A photo posted by Repurposed Ruin (@repurposed_ruin) on
Time to go A photo posted by Repurposed Ruin (@repurposed_ruin) on
“What is the strange profound attraction that this rectangular piece of concrete holds for them? Do we now observe the rights of passage of a newly emerging civilisation?” – Dr Eugene D Mander (Public Domain, 1988)
“Skateboarding is not a hobby. And it is not a sport. Skateboarding is a way of learning how to redefine the world around you. For most people, when they saw a swimming pool, they thought, ‘Let’s take a swim.’ But I thought, ‘Let’s ride it.’ When they saw the curb or a street, they would think about driving on it. I would think about the texture. I slowly developed the ability to look at the world through totally different means.” – Ian MacKaye
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.
Strong fakies and kick turns, but still below the coping. Thought I was ready to drop-in, but chickened-out.
Fakies on the vert ramp were fun and extremely hard work compared to mini-ramp. Need to get higher on this one.
The Silhouette Story. Chapter 3 – Some birds on some wires, originally uploaded by Rowan Peter.
The Silhouette Story started from a response to a blog post. Then came Chapter 1 – My hand which was closely followed by Chapter 2 -The sun and the street light. Now Chapter 3 – Some birds on some wires is complete.