Riding my new setup: Santa Cruz Tom Knox Discord 9.98″ Deck, OJ Team Rider 61mm, Indy 169. It’s silent, super-fast and a little scary.
I’ve started experimenting with streaming my skateboarding sessions via my Repossessed to Skate channel on Twitch – a streaming platform for game oriented content. Why do this? I was curious how the platform worked, explore streaming as a ‘thing’ (particularly as a streamer with no viewers) and find out how particular communities form and interact with each other and curate and narrate (usually gaming related) content. It was also fun learning how to set up OBS, connect additional services like Twitter, YouTube, Nightbot and Google Maps.
So far, I’ve streamed about eight times, but being a non-turbo user means my broadcasts are saved for 14 days before being deleted. There’s an option to archive on YouTube, which I’ve done.
I’ve noticed the slight disconnect of skating and the narration of it and how it impacts the joy of skating. Perhaps streaming is the antithesis of skateboarding. That is, skateboarding as an activity predicated on being completely focused and immersed in the moment at the exclusion of everything else.
I got to skate for about one hour, yesterday. In full daylight, and everything. I worked on the slappy-inspired crooked grind, where I slightly lift the front truck and then place it on the edge of the small ledge. The goal is to grind the front truck while the rear of the board flails up in the air. Got some grind action on the front truck, but couldn’t land any of my attempts. It’s taking a long time to land this trick, but I feel like I’m getting much closer to landing it than ever before. Felt much better afterwards.
I’m just trying to work the ledges out, bit by bit.
My submission for January’s Stomp ‘N’ Stack. I’m missing a few from the trick list, but stoked that I was able to submit my measly edit all the same. Looking forward to the next trick list.
JANUARY TRICK LIST:
Your team needs to film at least 3 tricks from CATEGORY A), at least 3 tricks from CATEGORY B), at least 1 trick from CATEGORY C) and your team must also complete the CATEGORY D) ‘Must Have’ challenge.
CATEGORY A) FLIP TRICKS (pick at least 3)
Frontside shuvit, backside shuvit, frontside 180, backside 180, acid drop, ollie down something, kickflip, heelflip, nolllie flip, switch flip, nollie heel flip, 360 flip/tre flip, backside flip, frontside flip, 360 ollie, half cab, big spin any way, nollie bigspin any way, fakie bigspin anyway, half cab heel flip
CATEGORY B) GRINDS (pick at least 3)
Frontside 50, backside 50, frontside 5-0, backside 5-0, frontside nose slide, backside nose slide, frontside nose grind, backside nose grind, frontside board slide, backside board slide, frontside lip slide, backside lip slide, crooked grind, frontside nose grind, frontside crooked grind, backside nose grind, frontside tail slide, backside tail slide
CATEGORY C) GETTING TECH (pick at least 1)
Hippie jump, flip in or flip out of a grind, shuv in or shuv out of a grind, 360 ollie, no comply any way, boneless, 180 into or out of a grind
CATEGORY D) MUST HAVE CHALLENGE
‘HUMAN CHALLENGE’ Add a human to any trick. That means, ollie over a human, use a 2nd human to flip your board for you, get two humans riding at once anything goes – let’s see what you’ve got!
There’s something about boardslides…
Recommencing kerb abuse and switch rituals with sloth. You’re welcome.
It’s rough and raw. It’s not a skate park. It makes you work hard, for everything. I love it. It’s my new favourite place. I have this kerb all to myself (at night).
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