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I used to want to be somebody in the world of skateboarding. Then one day I was listening to some of the typical mindless conversation your group of average skaters participates in: "Oh, that guy sucks in real life ... That dude has totally funky style ... Isn't that the same hubba Eddie nollie nosed? ... Muska is so lame ... That kind of skating is weak ... So-and-so already did that on a bigger rail." I listened for several more minutes as these quiescent little teens delivered their snobby judgements on other skaters and types of skating with finality. Talk about disgusting. Talk about revealing. These sentiments reveal the fact that skateboarding as a haven for the free-thinking intellectual has long since passed, giving way to a lame middle school playground mentality. Listening to these annoying kids got me thinking. And now I implore that you, too, must do some thinking here. Do you actually want to be somebody in the world of skateboarding today? Every single trick that you do has a motive. What are those motives? Impressing the camera? Or others? Dropping the ever-coveted "hammer?" And why is that? What's the point of doing it? It doesn't matter who you are, because everybody from Joe Poser to Muska will have people saying crop about them. Do you really want to break yourself and work so hard only to become the object of judgement by a room full of kids who can't do half the tricks you can, and whom contribute next to nothing to the body of skateboarding? If you seek anything other than fun, fulfillment, progression and new spots with friends--you are diluted. You have become an impure person. Early this morning (7:30 am) I skated with a guy named Neil at the local skatepark. Neil inspired me more than any pro, magazine interview or video part ever has in my life. The reason why is because he was playing on his skateboard. We seem to have forgotten that skateboarding is play, AKA fun. Neil was completely free from the pressure to conform. He could care less about what kids today call "busting out." As for all of the 12-stair video rat race, he was a non-contender; therefore, his skating was so pure and unadultered. Animalistic would describe it perfectly. All animals play. Displaying his own homegrown moves while wearing regular clothes and a helmet, Neil completely violated every unwritten law of coolness that skateboarders impose upon themselves and each other; yet, paradoxically, by doing so he was truly being a cool person, in my view. Cruising along the park with a SMILE on his face, he was an individual, something most skaters used to be and something that skaters of today pretend to be. It's not in the bought fashion, kids! He did moves, not tricks, and they were selected for no other reason than that he felt them. He cruised fakie manuals keep-on-trucking style for days. He caught some airs out of the quarter pipes. He ollied off the bumps and tried flipping his board. He manhandled loud powerslides and took a few slams. He caveman 50-50'd the park handrail that is over 10-feet long. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, Neil was older than my dad was; my dad just turned 60. While conversing later with Neil, I realized that he didn't follow skateboarding much. Upon futher reflection I realized why. Skateboarding should follow him:

Rudy Barzorda

Ventura, CA

There is nobody older than 60 who can ollie. Period T-ed
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Title Annotation:Mail Drop
Author:Barzorda, Rudy
Publication:Thrasher
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Feb 1, 2004
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