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Deliberate practise with feedback

You have to have feedback as quickly as possible. 10,000 hours with a teacher, with constant feedback, is critical.


What better feedback than skateboarding? You skate, you make a mistake, you fall, you bleed. Repeat.

If you don’t get better, you break bones and have to stop. If you learn from your mistakes with the help of teachers, you stop bleeding.

Deliberate Practice with Feedback.
Deliberate Practice with Feedback.

Learning a nose thing with Barnyard – Day 2

Learning a nose thing with Barnyard. In progress. #Day2 #skateboarding #knoxskatepark #learningspaces #learningthroughplay

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Clean and reset

Reset #diyskatespot #diyskate #diy

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Scattered remains #diyskate #diyskatespot #diy

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My ledge survived four weeks in the suburban wilderness before it was demolished

Two weeks earlier…

My ledge

I built a ledge to create my own skate spot. A spot that’s far away from the broken beer bottles, empty pizza boxes, assorted rubbish, blood, weirdos, police tape and everything else that gets in the way of skating the local council skate parks.

I’m not sure how long my ledge will last, but I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I can.

My #diyskate ledge at The Ditch. #diyspot

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My #diyskate ledge at The Ditch (Detail). #diyspot

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Learn more about my ledge and how I put it together by exploring Building my DIY masonry block ledge at The Ditch.

Barnyard

Barnyard with Bullett 66s. Big, beefy and beautiful. ???

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Building my DIY masonry block ledge at The Ditch

I’ve been inspired by The Build Project and the Cinder Block Ledge by DIY Skate to build a ledge in the stormwater-run-off-turned-bike track (a place I call The Ditch) of a nearby suburb. This blog post documents the process of building my DIY ledge at The Ditch – from inception to implementation.

The ditch

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Identifying a location

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This bank was going to be the location for my ledge, building on some concreting put-down by others. I changed my mind after discovering the concrete would somehow need to be made level and smooth for the best foundation. This would require a lot more work and tools that I don’t have. EAsier to choose a new location and start fresh. Besides, I can always build on this section later.
Determining best ledge length, based on cost, available space and materials.
Determining best ledge length, based on cost, available space and materials.

Preparing the area

Excavation on left bank.
Excavation for flat bricks on opposite bank. The flat bricks provide a solid foundation for the masonry blocks (in the absence of a concrete foundation).
Excavation in detail.
Excavation in detail. The amount of soil removed from the edge of the bank needs to accommodate the length and height of the flat brick, and the width of the masonry ledge.

Gathering materials

Four blocks with caps. Not to low in height and not too high in cost (considering the likelihood of the ledge being demolished).
Four blocks with caps. Not to low in height and not too high in cost (considering the likelihood of the ledge being demolished).
Width of ledge 1570 mm.
Length of ledge 1570 mm.
Two masonry blocks with cap.
Experimenting with materials – Two masonry blocks (390 x 190 x 190 mm) with cap (390 x 190 x 40 mm).
Three masonry blocks with cap.
Experimenting with materials – Three masonry blocks with cap.
Using cardboard masonry block proxies to determine how many flat bricks would be needed as foundation for the ledge.
Using cardboard masonry block proxies to determine how many flat bricks would be needed as foundation for the ledge.
Measuring width.
Measuring width of flat brick.
Measuring length.
Measuring length of flat brick.
Measuring height.
Measuring height of flat brick.

The build

Materials on location ready for the build.
Materials on location ready for the build.
Laying out foundation.
Laying out foundation.
Liquid nailing the foundation.
Liquid nailing the foundation.
Liquid nailing the foundation (Detail).
Liquid nailing the foundation (Detail).
Completed ledge.
Completed ledge.
Completed ledge (Detail).
Completed ledge (Detail).
Overview of The Ditch.
Overview of The Ditch.

My #diyskate ledge at The Ditch.

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My #diyskate ledge at The Ditch.

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An obstruction becomes an enhancement

Wall ride finger-flip thing by Mike Vallelly from his Real Street video. Yes, this trick rethinks the  way walls can be incorporated into skateboarding.
A boosted-wall-ride-180 grab-type-thing by Mike Vallelly from his Real Street video. Yes, this trick rethinks the way walls can be incorporated into skateboarding.

Repossessed to skate – Session 50

Bowl. Complete with glass from broken bottles, cardboard cover from a goon bag and loads of cigarette butts.

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Flyer for Shred and Sled. Looks like fun.

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Reposssesed to skate – Session 46

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Mutant rock

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Repossessed to skate – Session 40

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

Once again the ramp was in poor condition due to overnight rain. The ramp required extensive squeegee and towel work to clear water from the flat area of the ramp. Slippery surface. Cautious fakies. Another drop-in-dilemma. Rain was imminent.