Skateboarder Attitude: How We Almost Grow Up, But Not Quite
Sometimes I'm forced to post on the Park site about things I'm not into. It used to be the most difficult thing ever, but now my attitude has relaxed a bit. That made me think of these stages of skateboarder attitude...
I'm sure most of you are not my age or 25+ years into skating like I am,
so let me break down the lifetime stages of skateboarder attitude for you.
- Stage One: You discover skateboarding. Everything's cool to you. You love
everything and everyone from 1080's to Fuel TV to mainstream music.
- Stage Two: You've been skating a couple years and you discover the wack things.
Fuel TV, wack. 1080's, kooky. "Sell out" and possibly even "poser" become part of
your regular vocabulary, more so when using internet messageboards.
The foundations for your passionate musical views are being laid.
- Stage Three: You're skating five to 10 years at this point and have strong opinions
about everything from skateboard brands to trick selection, and especially music.
Anything not skateboarding
or biting off skateboarding such as snowboarding or surfing or wakeboarding, is
Who cares who came first, if it's not skateboarding, it's the worst.
- Stage Four: You may be in your mid to late 20's at this point and your attitude from
earlier stages has mellowed. Maybe you found snowboarding and shrug your shoulders and
say, "It's alright, I guess." Maybe you figure blunt nosegrabs aren't so bad after all
since your kid loves them. You will always think Fuel TV cagefighting is wack, though.
- Stage Five: You're just happy to still be rolling.
Job, mortgage, spouse, kids, maybe a mid-life crisis
motorcycle, a cruiser board, and too much transition skating are all your world.
You warm up to those skateboarding side shows like wakeboarding and surfing.
You can see yourself having a beer and some laughs at that sort of shindig.
- Stage Six: You're like skateboarding's cat lady. You love skateboarding too much, and
as a virtual grandparent, it's the only way you have to relive your Stage Two life.
You spit too much skateboard history at the kids, wax poetic about how awesome it was back
in the day, and laugh at current trends with your dad jeans on and
Fuel TV in the background. At least you're generally happy. Maybe skateboarding did
in fact "save your life." What if your Stage Two was nothing but smoking pot and hanging
with lame girlfriends? Thanks again, skateboarding.
What stage are you at? I think I'm a mixure of all stages.
However, I will see you having a beer at the Red Bull Wake Open. Woo!