A few days ago I ran into my old friend Adam at a bar. It had been a hot minute since I had seen him so it was really cool catching up. The two of us used to play basketball together back in the day, but we hadn’t really seen each other since. Funnily enough I am currently looking for an investment property for his mother as well, so fancy that running into him too.
I met his girlfriend and another friend of his at the bar and we all caught up. As the conversation progressed his friend and him showed me photos of them skateboarding as they had recently gotten back into it. They were riding on these sick backyard half pipes and I asked them where they got those? Adam responded that someone built them on this empty lot next to his house and that they had just been sitting there for a while.
No fucking way.
Talk about a teenage dream. If only those half pipes existed when I was in high school. That would have been the best. Adam then invited me to come through anytime and skate them, and so today I took him up on the offer.
Man oh man, it felt good.
I had not skateboarded on a half pipe in quite some time. At first I was a little nervous as I naturally did not want to fall, and it had been a while. But once I dropped in a few times I started to get the hang of it and my tricks came back. I was able to pull off 5-0 stalls, rock to fakie, fakie to rock, and most excitedly tail stalls.
I absolutely love going into tail stall.
Especially so because that trick took me a very long time to learn originally. The whole move freaked me out so much, I always thought I was going to eat shit. But once I committed to it and went for it, it honestly my opinion is one of the easier skateboard tricks. But I will say, full commitment is required.
If you half-ass it you have a golden recipe for falling and hurting yourself.
That is one lesson I have really taken away from my days in skateboarding. If you don’t seriously attempt a trick believing that you can actually land it, you are just asking to mess up. And worse, when you mess up a trick often you might land with only one foot on the board which is exactly how you slip and fall.
So my recommendation is when going for a trick, or really anything else in life, just go for it all the way. Don’t give it 50%. If you are giving 50% then you might as well save that 50% and just not go for it.
Go big or go home.