Noticing a conveniently placed sticker on a pedestrian crossing light. Smiling because it's an inside joke meant for people like me. Seconds after grabbing a pic, hearing the unmistakable sound of a rolling skateboard getting close fast. Hearing the pop and turning around to catch the last moments of a manny over this. Days later I'm still picturing and enjoying what the full details would have looked like. That's what skatelife is for me.
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While developing OG Skate I was pretty sure a strong community would develop (providing we could make the game we wanted to make). So it wasn't a surprise to me that after we released people started forming teams and filming/editing full feature skate videos.
However, when I stumbled upon LIKEbutterMag I was truly surprised. I did not expect the community would go so far as to have their own skate magazine. Amazing.
Dear Kickflip, I just wanted to let you know, you were the reason why I learned to skate.
If you skate, this image will no doubt get your mind turning. You're at very minimum going to consider it. And if it were at your feet, majority of us would most likely attempt it. Stupid? Absolutely. But when you see a board with wheels attached that instinct/impulse to want to ride it kicks in.
If you're curious, artist Arthur King has a few other ridiculous skateboard ideas/art, including a sub sandwich board!
If you can confidently push, turn, and stop, without being a hazard to yourself or pedestrians around you, then one would probably argue you know how to ride a skateboard.
But at what point does someone actually know how to Skate?
In my humble opinion; If you can ollie then you're officially there. By then, you've invested several tedious hours learning how to pop cleanly and get lift. You've undoubtably experienced the pain and embarrassment from a few spills before you grow a pair and learn what commitment is. And finally, when you land one, you've experienced the crazy rush of doing something that's truly difficult and awesome. This dude knows how to skate; Sheckler - Big ollie with the style.
Back in high school my skating buddy introduced me to THPS. I watched him play first. He got onto a rail and started flipping over and over on it to rack up crazy points.
When it was my turn, I learned the basics first; how to ollie, flip, manual, and grind. I loved watching the animations so I just kept on doing the "basics"; front side flip the taxi pyramid, then hit the rail with a switch back lip. The session continued on just like that; my buddy dropping gazillion point lines, and me skating more cleanly and deliberately with every go, but scoring dismally.
After about an hour of this he must have realized what was happening. I had no intention on trying to earn a high score. I wasn't playing the same game he was. He turned to me and said; "You're all about the style huh?"
If you think about it, Skateboarding has arguably more in common with B-Boying than almost any other sport (not including surfing and snowboarding of course).
I can't help but share a clip from last year's Red Bull BC One World Final. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of this international B-Boy competition, the biggest one-on-one contest in the world. For this landmark occasion they brought back 8 past champions, and 8 new challengers who have been killing it on the international circuit recently. There was some epic battles but Hong10, the home town boy from Seoul, and '06 champ, took home the belt. More info at www.redbullbcone.com.