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10-26-2010, 07:44 PM
Where's The Fun?

Why do I skate? A question that seems to have no simple answer for this generation of skateboarders.

Within the past couple of years, the fun in skateboarding is vaguely seen anywhere you look. Whether it be in a Youtube montage, a professional skate video, a movie, or those dumb MTV shows.

Nowadays it seems people just demand more and more tricks from pros, or themselves. Sure it's always cool to see progression, and see what can be physically done on a skateboard. Everyone knows it feels good to learn a new trick, and become an overall better skater. What's your reasoning behind it all though? Money? Respect? Sponsorship? Bragging rights?

If it's anything but fun then you might as well put your board away in the closet never to let it see light of day again. If you're not having fun doing something, then why do it? It seems stupid to spend hours on something that you're not enjoying. Who would do that? I know I wouldn't.

Ever since I picked up my first skateboard on Christmas morning in 2002, all I could think of it was it represented. Fun. In a literal sense, of course I saw a piece of wood with wheels attached to it, but that's not all. I saw hours and hours of fun that can come from it. I never saw it becoming a way to make money, something to show off, or anything else. Now here 8 years later, I still see it as nothing but loads of fun.

With the rising popularity skateboarding has received these past few years, it's become more corrupt than ever. Tv reality shows, tons of money prize contests, movies giving off the completely wrong perception of what skateboarding is really about, and don't get me started on The Berrics...

All these may be giving to the industry, and helping grow the skateboard culture, but it's not what skateboarding was based on. Back in the 60's, and 70's when the Z Boys were shredding, no one in their wildest imagination would have thought there was going to be reality tv shows about melodramatic skaters. What is this, who can be the biggest drama queen? Come on. Sooo lame!!

As for personal experience, and just observation, I'm ashamed to say the people around here seem to be losing their perspective on why they started skateboarding in the first place. Whether it's on Facebook, or at the skatepark, all I can hear is "I need to land this, it'll be sick!", or "I'm going to land this, try this, then definitely go for this all before the day's over". Does anyone think that's what they did when they first started? Didn't think so...

The kid pictured above is someone I unfortunately know. Ever since I first met him, I couldn't begin to describe how blinded he is by what skateboarding is really about. There's been a handful of times where he talks about when the next contest is going to happen, and how he's going to strategize, etc. Like really?

Sure it feels awesome to win a contest, but just from hearing him, it seems that's all he cares about. I've never had fun skating with him. He never just relaxes and enjoys what he's doing. He takes it all so seriously. The saddest thing about him though is I don't even think he realizes why he started skateboarding. He's gotten so full of himself that he just skates for the trophies. It's almost as if he uses his skateboard as a tool to earn respect from others. Except no one is going to like being around someone who only cares about winning. I know I wouldn't...

With all this said and done, I just want to remind those who may be questioning why they skate that it's for fun. It always was. It always will be. For me, you could take away all the skate multi media, and I would still love it just as much as I do now. All I know that is if I ever for some God forsaken reason have a kid, and they happen to love skateboarding, that they don't lose the true meaning of skateboarding and become one of these kids...


10-26-2010, 08:33 PM
I picked up my first skateboard because I saw others doing these amazing things, and enjoying it. I figured I'd give it a try, here I am a couple months later skating every day and enjoying the hell out of it.

10-26-2010, 08:36 PM
I was basically like every generic kid who starts skating: To get famous. I actually saw the EST video and THPS, and I wanted to be one of those dudes. But, as time went on, I met people. Just true, down to earth people. These dudes skated because they loved it, they could care less if it was for f-cking fame or fortune. It took me a long ass time to find my reason for it. I do it to have fun, to build memories. And I don't plan on leaving anytime soon.

10-26-2010, 08:51 PM
Starting skating because of the Tony Hawk games.

10-26-2010, 09:23 PM
I've been on the same skill level in skateboarding as I was in 7th grade.

That being said, I just purely love skating. I agree, it's nothing but fun and games. Even the progression is fun too. I have fun falling and hurting myself, and I have more fun nailing a new trick.

10-27-2010, 04:47 AM
Nice man, good read for first thing in the morning at work.

i got my first skateboard for christmas when i was 6, my brother taught me to ride it, kept telling me how to push but i thought that was silly so i just cruised down hills, got a propper board at around 10 and have never looked back. im %99 i will be skating in one way or another for as long as i can walk.

and sure i get that "need" to land a trick most weeks (not every sesh but like 1 in 4) but thats because the feeling that i get when i land a trick that ive been working for for an hour or so, is just amazing... it can stay with me all day.

honestly, i would like to never be sponsored, i know people that have loved skating, got sponsored and started hating it because they were bieng forcd to land certain tricks rather than doing what they want.

Sam K
10-27-2010, 06:52 AM
This should go for everything in life. Great article.

10-27-2010, 08:08 AM
even though im not the best skater i still have fun
no matter itd be when im sucking or doing good im having fun.

10-27-2010, 08:57 AM
Well. Somebodys been doing a good job filling their creative team quota huh? Great stuff. I've been skating for somewhere around 6 or 7 years and my love for it has only gone higher. Although every now and then I go through times where it becomes less appealing, it has always come back, and it comes back even stronger than it was before. I could care less about getting anywhere in life with skateboarding. I've never been very good at all, and I probably never will be. But either way the feeling of progressing even a tiny bit feels amazing. Even though I'm not all that good at it, I know more about skateboarding than I do about almost anything else and I dont think I'll ever stop.ok im done now, good read!

10-27-2010, 09:03 AM
Im an anti-social person when I skate, so I never really get pressured. I just go wherever at night and goof around until I can sleep.

As I get older my outlets for relaxing or having fun decrease, its pretty much the only 'fun' I allow myself anymore.

The Beard
10-27-2010, 09:59 AM
i started because the kids i wanted to hang out with skated. so i started skating, then skating with those dudes, then with anyone

10-27-2010, 12:39 PM
I started skating cause one of my best friends started. I tried it out and i have a great time. That was when I was like 7 years old. Now i'm 15, i'm still not the best at skating. It doesn't really bother me either. I still have a blast just skating, whether its just crusing or trying to land a new trick. Skateboarding just has so much freedom. I love it.

10-27-2010, 12:56 PM
I love skating because the amount of creativity you can add to it, an amount that depends on what you want to do or your ability. My passion from skating comes from the point to arriving at a new spot to the second I land something that I never though about doing before. It's that freedom that is implied when your in that moment of freedom.

The reason skating has become vaguely interesting/fun lately is not because whats going on it's your personal outlook on what's going on. I personally don't pay attention to whose on what team or who came out with a new pro model, etc. I have my brands and what I comfortable with and I just skate. My friend brings a camera to the sesh one day and films, so be it.

10-27-2010, 01:36 PM
The ones who are in it solely for trophies and sponsorships will quit if it doesn't happen for them. The ones who are in it for fun will keep skateboarding as long as it is fun.

I went through a phase where I wanted to be sponsored and thought I could be pro and all that...it passed when I realized I simply wasn't that good. I also had a time when skateboarding stopped being as fun for me.

In the end, the fun came back and won out. Now it's all about fun, and fun never goes out of style.

10-28-2010, 04:21 PM
The ones who are in it solely for trophies and sponsorships will quit if it doesn't happen for them. The ones who are in it for fun will keep skateboarding as long as it is fun.

I went through a phase where I wanted to be sponsored and thought I could be pro and all that...it passed when I realized I simply wasn't that good. I also had a time when skateboarding stopped being as fun for me.

In the end, the fun came back and won out. Now it's all about fun, and fun never goes out of style.

Spot on. This is exactly how I feel about skating.

Sure, I may seem like a kook, but I don't really care. I'm having fun, regardless of whether or not I'm tearing up rails and ledges.

10-28-2010, 07:49 PM
you're all a bunch of posers go pro or go home!

but seriously this was a good article, it should help a lot of new skaters keep that mindset that makes skating so fun when you're starting out.

10-29-2010, 01:23 AM
I myself started skateboarding 8yrs ago. I was intrigued by it... mesmorized... taken by the sound of the wheels hitting the ground. The first time I became interested in skating was when my old best mate (when I was 8) was playing on her brothers skateboard. It looked fun and she wouldn't let me have a turn. In the year 2002 I got my first skateboard for christmas! I loved it and skated hard every day to and from school and after school. I had so much fun with it. My best mate at the time was into BMX but would skate with me and challenge me. I was better then him until I broke my arm. He gloated for ages that he could kickflip and that I couldn't... until I got better =) lol

When time passed I kept on skating not just for the fun but the distraction. It was my way of taking out my feelings... my happiness... my anger... my frustrations... me being different from others and out of place. Skating was freedom...skating is freedom. It kept me on track and helped me focus on the positive. To be who I am and if I fall down trying something new... then get back up and try again. Give yourself a new goal... work hard towards it and when you finally land it... you have such an amazing feeling inside you that nobody could take away from you. It saved me in a way and kept my head straight... because of it I don't drink or smoke =)

Now years down the track I still skate but more so for the fun for I got through the hard times and my board is my best mate. =)

11-03-2010, 05:57 PM
i feel you. while i have a huge amount of respect for those who are trying to make a name out there for skateboarding, those same people also tend to make it about something else then just fun. look at rob dyrdek. im a fan of this guy so don't get me wrong.. and he does a lot of good for the community by making sure kids have a place to skate.

but he also makes competitions that turns skating into a "who is most consistent or lands the best tricks" matter. the fun seems to go away. skateboarding, while vastly more known, is also becoming a little too much commercialized. why do i say too much? because i feel skateboarding is something you should do because its fun, not because its the next big cool thing or because its on every channel on the tv now.

i personally started skating because i saw the rodney vs song round 2 video. rodney's part blew me away. before that, i saw skateboarding as something "cool" and something to do to gain some street cred. but when i saw that video, i saw it as man making a piece of wood do something it wasn't made for. it was like art. just think about it, while seemingly pointless, when one kickflips, what they're really doing is making the board fly up under you and flip over with just your feet! to me that's art and i wanted to make art.

granted, i can't make art, but i have fun riding. using a board with wheels for me is just prehistorically fun. we live in a age of technology so theres just something about the simplicity of this "thing" or "toy" and the ability to manipulate it for fun that makes it, well, fun.

its kind of like when you give a kid an awesome gift and he ends up playing with the box. skateboards seem like such a stupid idea.. but in the end the possibilities are endless. that's what makes it fun IMO.