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Skywalker

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I wasn’t sure which forum to best post this in so I hope this is the best spot for this.

As some folks may know, I’m not new around here but am just now getting back into skating at 46 years of age after being away from it for over thirty years.  A local skate park just opened near me in Delaware and that project is what got my interest back into skateboarding.  My goal over the next few months is to get my legs back under me again and eventually work my way into skating bowls since that is what I always wanted to do as a kid.  


As many folks here know (and demonstrate all of the time), skateboarding may be a largely younger sport as a whole but middle-aged skaters are not that rare at all.  What has surprised me is the reaction that I’ve gotten from some twenty-something-year-old coworkers when they found out that I am getting back into the sport.  The double-takes and chuckles have been surprising because at no time did I ever consider myself too old to skate.  I always saw myself as an old school skater when they simply saw me as, well....an old skater.


“I understand that at 45, I can’t act like a 25 year old anymore.  But I also can’t live my life like I’m 65 either!”  That was the quote that I used several months ago while talking to one person when I hatched an idea to not only prove that a middle-aged guy could skate without killing himself, but that I would also blog about it and post pics and videos to serve as an inspiration to others.  I was surprised when my friend smiled at me and said, “Do it!  That would be awesome for others to see.” 

Hence the “Old School Skater” project of mine was hatched to document my (mis)adventures as I see if I am truly capable of being an old school skater or simply an old guy trying to skate.  I welcome everyone here to check out my blog site, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr pages below to see how if I can pull this off without causing any injury to myself.  The blog site has several pages that also summarize what this project is about, log the skateparks that I visit in my quest, and also some background on our own Wes Humpston, Bulldog Skates, and what gear I am using.

Website:     http://www.oldschoolskater.net

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/oldschoolskater46

YouTube:   http://www.youtube.com/oldschoolskater46

Twitter:        http://www.twitter.com/skateoldschool

Flickr:          http://www.flickr.com/photos/old_school_skater


In order to get more people to notice these sites, I would be extremely appreciative if anyone here would be willing to “like”, “follow”, or “subscribe” to these pages - especially the Facebook page and YouTube channels.  Since you guys here are very much my peers and understand where I am coming from, having a lot of followers from the BDS site would mean a lot to me.  I also welcome any feedback that anyone has to share and I hope you guys will help me out with this project.  Thanks!


Bob

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DONE!


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Thank you very much!
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I'm in!!!
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Awesome, thanks!  I didn't make it out to the park this past weekend but hope to this weekend.  I've been there 3 times now and haven't fallen too much so I should be trying to get some stuff on video to put up on the site.  I seem to have gotten my balance and speed somewhat back and want to try to do a little more, but I need to get pads before I get too cazy with anything vertical.

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Thanks!
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Iskateboarding may be a largely younger sport as a whole but middle-aged skaters are not that rare at all.  What has surprised me is the reaction that I’ve gotten from some twenty-something-year-old coworkers when they found out that I am getting back into the sport.  The double-takes and chuckles have been surprising because at no time did I ever consider myself too old to skate.  I always saw myself as an old school skater when they simply saw me as, well....an old skater.

 

yeah... i can totally relate... i greatly dislike the mentality that allows fat, balding, middle-aged men to join a softball league... go out on the weekend and tear a PCL trying to slide into 1st base... come monday they're the freakin' "HERO" around the water cooler, right?... but me... i'm heavier than i used to be... i have WAY less hair than i used to... AND... i'm 48... i get the comments... snickers... "looks"... all that... not just from my co workers, but from people i know outside that realm... but here's what... i also have a wife that's cool with the fact that i skate... i have "SKATER" friends... and i go skate as much as a fat, balding, middle-aged man can... so you go bob... shun the naysayers and go skate... i don't do fakebook or tweeter or any other social network, but  i have a feeling we'll be skating together soon!


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I'm tellin' ya, though... almost everytime I go skate, I meet yet another 40 something out there giving it hell.  I think right now there is a growing population of older skaters.  Looking forward to some vids.


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Iskateboarding may be a largely younger sport as a whole but middle-aged skaters are not that rare at all.  What has surprised me is the reaction that I’ve gotten from some twenty-something-year-old coworkers when they found out that I am getting back into the sport.  The double-takes and chuckles have been surprising because at no time did I ever consider myself too old to skate.  I always saw myself as an old school skater when they simply saw me as, well....an old skater.

 

yeah... i can totally relate... i greatly dislike the mentality that allows fat, balding, middle-aged men to join a softball league... go out on the weekend and tear a PCL trying to slide into 1st base... come monday they're the freakin' "HERO" around the water cooler, right?... but me... i'm heavier than i used to be... i have WAY less hair than i used to... AND... i'm 48... i get the comments... snickers... "looks"... all that... not just from my co workers, but from people i know outside that realm... but here's what... i also have a wife that's cool with the fact that i skate... i have "SKATER" friends... and i go skate as much as a fat, balding, middle-aged man can... so you go bob... shun the naysayers and go skate... i don't do fakebook or tweeter or any other social network, but  i have a feeling we'll be skating together soon!




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Thanks for the support.  The younger riders at the park have been pretty cool with me and actually seem to enjoy seeing a middle-aged guy getting back into skating.  This past weekend I even saw a guy out there that appeared to be at least in his upper fifties if not older, so it was nice not being the oldest guy there for once.

The first video of me skating is up on the blog site and the Facebook page, so please check it out and let me know what anyone thinks.  Since I've only been out a few times, it's nothing hardcore of course but it's all about taking baby steps, working your way up slowly, and making safety the priority.
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There is definitely a regular crew of older folks who frequent the local spots, and they have been most welcoming to this old feller.  Of course, I am out of commission for a few months now, and I miss all my new/old friends. 

Skywalker (and everyone else here) I am a 'Facebook dummy' and can barely navigate the place.  But I clicked 'like' on your page, and my FB is here:
https://www.facebook.com/breakfast.time.5
in case anyone is interested in seeing my mug...

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Bob, I hear you on the skateboarding-over-40 reactions from non-skaters! A good number of people have said "Do you mean snow boarding?" For some reason they think snowboarding is more acceptable for someone my age than skateboarding! But I know people who've gotten injured way more times snowboarding than they did skateboarding.

Here in California there are also a lot of former skaters who are stoked when they hear about over-40 skaters.

Skate for fun and you win!


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In the UK, almost every skatepark has 40 plus guys skating these days

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Thanks for the support everyone.  Things have been going well at the park so far, and the other skaters have all been cool and very welcoming of me and what I'm doing.  I'm only able to skate once a week due to work commitments, but I do hope to be getting new material posted soon.  If you haven't already checked out my pages, please do and please feel free to share any thoughts.  I know many in the BDS community have a first hand appreciation for what I am trying to accomplish at my age.  Thanks!
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