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Andy

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So, I finally overcame a 30+ year fear yesterday. Now, all things will get easier in the bowl skating world for me.

I have been mongo pushing my self silly to get going in the bowls because I had fears of dropping in again. Like going back to 1977 and starting over mentally again looking at the transition from above thinking it was a 200' drop or something.

I came across a skater in Odessa that mentioned a mini ramp closer to me than Odessa. So, yesterday, I met him there and had a good few hours of trying new things.

Previously, meaning a couple of months ago, the wife had me on video at another park, woosing out on dropping in from a waist high area 3 different times. So, I backtracked that day,,,,,, I went down to a 1 foot high area and started there, then moved up to a 2 foot high area, but never could talk myself into just going for it at the waist high area. So for a couple of months I've just blown it off and said "When it happens and the time feels right, I'll go for it again".

Yesterday on the mini ramp, I just went for it. Next trip to the bigger bowl I will go for it there. Big hurdle jumped.

Then yesterday I also pulled off some cess slides, then went over to the 1 foot kicker ramp and pulled some fakie rocks and rock n rolls. Starting back on the smaller ramps to get the balance back has been a good thing. Took me about 4-6 times on the fakie rocks and rock n rolls to get those, and only did the splits twice!

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Overcoming fear?  Check! 
Making progress?  Check! 

Two good things!  [thumb][thumb]

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well done Andy [thumb]

don't forget to balance progress with enjoying the here and the now [wink]


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Overcoming fear?  Check! 
Making progress?  Check! 

Two good things!  [thumb][thumb]


Yes, more than you know. Slow but sure. Just don't want to get stagnant with it.
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well done Andy [thumb]

don't forget to balance progress with enjoying the here and the now [wink]



Yes, I still love just carving around the bowl, as well as sitting out and watching the young bucks killing it too.
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Right on!  Congrats!
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Right on!  Congrats!


Thank you Sir! A skater friend is meeting me and going to the park in Odessa on Monday to try dropping in the bowl there. We will see.
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Testing the waters to see if this short video will embed.



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Nope, direct link.
https://i.imgur.com/yyfvgjn.mp4
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Cool Andy rad to see you progressing after so long off the board! Feels good doesn't it? Seeing stuff like that just feeds my stoke to keep skating and progressing! When I was young, never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd still be skating at 53. Thanks man keep rollin! Wish we lived closer, would be great to skate with ya.
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Cool Andy rad to see you progressing after so long off the board! Feels good doesn't it? Seeing stuff like that just feeds my stoke to keep skating and progressing! When I was young, never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd still be skating at 53. Thanks man keep rollin! Wish we lived closer, would be great to skate with ya.


Thanks Scuba, and positively yes, it does feel good. I never dreamed that I would start up again either. Especially at this age.

Yes, a skate session would be great. Not impossible though.

I found a 29 year old dude that will skate a time or two a month, and I started back up skating these first few months ago with the 25 year old son of a work acquaintance whom I worked on their hot rod some. I will not skate alone any more, period. Stupid stuff can just happen.

My inner drive to get it back is strong. Just alot more cautious now.
I wasn't a great skater, but I had a few tricks, and didn't give up. Going after those first.
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Nice one Andy. Dropping in is such a mind fuck. I’m bit out of practice at the moment it really should be OK I’ve done it a lot in the past but it always messes with my head. Don’t like anything over 5-6 ft, I need to skate more and get the drops going again.
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Nice Andy! [thumb]
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Nice one Andy. Dropping in is such a mind fuck. I’m bit out of practice at the moment it really should be OK I’ve done it a lot in the past but it always messes with my head. Don’t like anything over 5-6 ft, I need to skate more and get the drops going again.


Thank you Tony, it really has been mental more than physical. I could say just go for it, but as I am experiencing, each has their own limitations as always.

We had a 13-16 foot bowl at our local park back when. Nobody really measured it for depth and it was called both. The transition had a kink about a foot from the top and about 3 feet from the bottom. It always freaked me out, but, dropped into that regularly back then.

For me, there was always a slight speed wobble at that bottom kink, and I still ride trucks a tad looser than alot of folks. Looked sketchy to see people wobble when going that fast for sure.

The Midland park has a deeper bowl along those lines I'd like to try and work my way up to eventually. No hurry though. It's at least 10' deep. I may have to take a 25' tape measure with me to satisfy my curiosity.
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Nice Andy! [thumb]


Thank you Mike.
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