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      13.10.2002 23:47
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      I thought that I'd write on this outdoor sport, as it has made a huge comeback. I can imagine some of you are going, yeah right,we know, there's these kids boarding up and down outside our house all the beedin time. I can only say that if the council pulled their fingers out and provided more skateparks for these(our) kids, then believe me, the kids would prefer to be on the parks practising their tricks. After all, we all provide enough money to the council, via council tax and they do get lottery funds as well. I won't get on my soap-box and go on about the councils, as I'm here to tell you about Skateboarding. My son,is 22 and has been into skateboarding since he was little and I have numerous photo's of him in mid air doing tricks on his skateboard. There are lots of tricks to be learned and this takes a lot of practise. There are kick-flips, nose-grinds, 180's, 360's, side grinds, front grinds, hollies, japan's and numerous other tricks. These tricks can be done over objects like railings and edges of street-curbs, hence the kids on the street being a nuisance to people. At the skateparks, there are special ramps and rails built so that the kids can practise. These parks are also used for competitions, where the boarders can enter at different age groups and win certificates or cups. The parks also accomodate for BMX riders and in-line skaters. We, as a family, have been to watch some of the competitions which my son has taken part in and judged at. I have really enjoyed them, as it's great to see kids of all ages getting together, as this is not a fierce competetive sport. I have watched as the boarders cheered and banged their boards on the floor as a sign of encouragement when someone has just landed a complicated trick. Or heard the shouts of encouragement for the once's who have just bailed, to have another go. There see
      ms to be a general comradeship amongst the boarders. This year we went to Nass 2002 This is an adventure sports show held at the Royal Bath & West showground at Shepton Mallet, Somerset. There is of course Skateboarding arena's for the competitions and a public skatepark, built by skaters for skaters. We had an excellent weekend, the tickets were available at the tourist information centre at Shepton mallet 23.50 for adults and 15.00 for kids under 14, this was for the weekend camping. There was also BMX, in-line skating, Mountain Bike Trials, Snowboarding, Moto Cross, Wakeboarding,Mountain Boarding, A fun fair, Market and Stalls, Bungee Jumping, Skratch convention, Dance tent, live bands on stage and lots more. It was a great weekend for us all. You can go to www.national-adventuresports.com for information on Nass 2003 if this is of interest to you. I already have my ticket :) Skateboarding can be done on the cheap. Pick up one from a bootsale, or you can really get into having a great board and wheels. A board will cost anything from 15 to 80 pounds depending on style and make. The wheels come in different sizes and colours, these too can set you back anything fron 5 to 45 pounds. Then there are different trucks (these attach to the board and you fit the wheels to them) these again can vary from 7 to 30 pounds depending on taste. A good site for these is www.routeone.co.uk Then there are the clothes, well, here again you can wear anything or really get into the street fashion it depends on you. Nothing looks out of place when skateboarding so you don,t have to break the bank, but if your off to a special event then there's lots of clothing companies to choose from. WWW.TSACLOTHING.COM is one of my favorites, as they do some really natty womans clothes. Then there are of course the foot wear, here I could go on for a while, but name's like Duffs, Vans, Circa and DC s
      hoes are probably well enough known to most of us anyway. I suppose that is all, just have fun and don,t be to hard on those kids on the street, maybe take time to have a watch and see what tricks they can do. After all they may be famous like Tony Hawk one day.

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        30.03.2002 18:05
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        Skateboarding is no doubt getting a lot bigger than it used to be. I started about 3 years ago and got all the basic tricks quite fast. Nollie,ollie,180 and so on. There was no pressure I just used to go out with my friend and skateboard. It was really fun. I still do i now and have got a lot better and can grind and do kickflips,180 flips and some other stuff. But things have changed a bit. My old skateboard friend left and I quit for a little bit because i had no one to do it with. Then all my current friends started getting boards and stuff. But its not how it used to be because they are so paranoid about the tricks. Every day they say AHhh! I've gotta go a 180 and the more they try the harder it gets and the more paranoid they get. Chill out! you know? I'm just saying for one second can it not be about the moves and the tricks, not about the clothes and the attitude? Can't it just be about the riding like the old days then you gradually learn the tricks? But it doesnt matter all that much because I still get to go out and have fun with them and basicly cruise round the streets. Not trying to ollie over eveything i see but just ride with my friends and listen to music. Keep it real and concentrate on what it is - the skateboarding. Not the clothes and the bad boy attititude. Thanks.

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          15.11.2001 01:47
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          OK im a skateboarder from merry old England and have been skating for about 7 and a half months. One Saturday night I was out skating around a train station near my house with my friends Tom and Will. There was a rail going down the set of four stairs we were skating. I had ollied the stairs a few times and was trying to build up the courage to try a board slide. I vaguely remember the fall, and I only know the whole story through hearing it from my friends that were there. As I ollied, my front foot slid off the nose and I straddled the rail. Luckily I hadn't committed fully to the board slide so I was spared the discomfort of a "rack". However, by this point my board had somehow swung under the rail taking my back foot with it. I don't know what I was doing with my hands but they certainly didn't help me break the fall. My thigh hit the crossbar scoring a nice purplely greeny bruise and my head hit the ground first. The rest of me followed and I landed in a confused heap at the base of the rail. I got up with a two-inch bump sticking out of my temple, a gravel filled whole in the place of half of an eyebrow. From there things get kind of blurry. From what Tom and Will tell me, I was all of a sudden very concerned that it was getting late. I was supposed to sleep at Will's house that night, but for some reason I thought I hadn't yet gotten permission from my mom. I kept repeating questions like, "What time is it?" and "Who's house are we staying at?" I think it was my first experience with a concussion, and I'm sure I've had a few since. The funny thing about hitting your head is that you don't remember much... With close head-cracking calls like this, I've definitely learned the value of a helmet. My white helmet has since saved me from more than a few hits to the dome. I never happened to go back to that same rail. But I did get the courage up to keep try
          ing. Just a few weeks later, I made the board slide at a different four set near my house. Please always wear a helmet, street, vert or mini or you might end up in a hospital ward or even worse the graveyard.

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            19.08.2001 15:00
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            I’ve been skateboarding for about 2 years now and I defiantly don’t think it’s a sport, it’s a lifestyle. I guess skateboarding started around the 60s, as they weren’t in shops, skateboards were made of a plank of wood and two of your sister’s skates. Normally described as the old school skateboarding era, the early skateboarders didn’t know how to use the Ollie incorporated into their tricks. The Ollie is the foundation of new school skateboarding and is a must-learn for today’s skateboarders. To do an Ollie you must slam down the tail of the skateboard and jump sliding the front foot up the board to level it. This when done after much practice will give you up to a metre air (and that’s very very hard to do that high). As said before the old school skateboarders where stuck with improvisation to get air. Even after 30-40 years the trick they were doing then were you much harder than today’s tricks, well in my opinion anyway. I have seen old school videos and I was simply amazed to see the tricks they were doing, for instance going forward really fast on the board flipping it over on its side and sliding across the floor surface. Skateboarding became very popular with surfers, mainly because when the tide was out surfing was a good as null but now the surfers could hit the streets and practice balance and tricks. Soon after ramps and halfpipes came into play and skateboarders used them. A halfpipe is a large wooden object shaped as half of a pipe, and skateboarders would drop in on it and be able to get air. Today Skateboarding is broken up between street skaters and halfpipe skaters. When people mention vert ramps they mean a halfpipe but the height is greater and there is actually a vertical drop on it. The vert on a vert ramp is only up to 2 feet with 10 to 15 feet curving so don’t think that a vert ramp is a double wall. At the top of any ramp there should be
            coping, which is a thin metal pipe attached to the top of each side of the ramp. You use coping for grinding and doing other technical tricks on. In street skateboarding there is such a verity of objects and things on the street that are skateboardable. Street skateboard is normally a lot more dangerous than ramp skating as, you know when you get in a fight and get kicked in the nuts well, imagine smacking your balls on a metal pole at high speed from a hight. Yes the results are not pretty but I still like street skateboarding as there is so much to do and learn. Have you ever walk past a bunch of curbs and noticed a black smear all the way down them, well that is a result of waxing a curb and grinding it. Skateboarders put wax on a curb to fill holes in it and make it more slippery for grinds. When waxing curbs you will find the curb will start white or the color of the wax but then after have been skated on, fiction builds up between the skateboards trucks and the curb, resulting will a black colored curb. Skateboarding is much more commercial than it ever was and sometimes older skateboarders complain about it but I think there should be a higher value of skateboard sales. The skateboard companies there are the easier skateboarders will find it to get a board which will add more skateboarders to the lifestyle, which will make skateboarding more noticed and then cites and towns will have to provide skateboarders with skateparks. Some of the street skateboard pros include Chad muska, Eric koston, Tom penny, Alan clake and Rodney mullen. Some of the vert ramp pros include Tony hawk, Bob burnquist, Busky Lasek, Steve cabellero and Andy macdonald. It conclusion Skateboarding is an amazing thing and everyone should try it. Thank you

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              14.08.2001 04:07
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              Have you ever noticed that skateboarding causes you as much pain as it gives you the thrill of pulling off a really good trick, i mean sometimes you can be skateing along a street and then suddenley a big group of townies will appear from nowhere and start beating you up just becuase you skateboard, or if you've just been trying to jump down that stair set that you've been trying for months and then you do it and then suddenly, CRACK and you've snapped something in you ankle or leg, its happened to me before and it might have happened to you, this will happen alot of the time when you skateboard so you should try to skate within your possibilities, not try to run before you can walk(kickflip beforee you can ollie some might say) and definetely skateboard with your freinds, thats basically what it is, a social activitie, something to do while chilling with your friends, not to be upset over becuase you can't land that heelflip striat away and chill while listening to your favourite Blink 182 songs or Limp Biskit or whoever you like.

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                12.08.2001 22:28
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                First of all I have been street skating for 6 months now and take my advice if you want to skate then your going to have to get over falling off your board and injuring yourself because that is all apart of learning to skate. If you are just starting out to learn to skate then the first trick you MUST learn is to ollie, you will find if try any flip trick with learning to ollie then you will find it so hard to do because ollieyin is the main trick you MUST learn. You will have a lot of trouble trying to do the ollie when you first start skating believe me i know, i had to go through that stage, but when you can't do it don't give up, just keep trying at it beacuse it will take you a few months to get it perfect. Once you have learned to ollie then you can start to try the flip tricks such as kickflips, heelflips, pop shove it and so on. I can finally do alot of flip tricks but it took some time to learnand land perfectly.

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                  08.08.2001 23:02
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                  I have been street skating for 11 months now and I have to say it is amazing. You get the greatest adreniline rush when you go to ollie or kick flip a big set of stairs. Sure there isn't a life or death risk like bungee jumping, but there sure as hell is a injury risk, but thats what gives you the rush. For anyone starting street skating I strongly advise it. Personally I would advise you to get a cheaper set up from Argos or Index to learn the trade on, before spending a good £100 and over on a good setup. Skateboarding can be very expensive so before you start be prepared to shell-out a lot of money into the sport as you get more into it. The first trick you will need to learn is the 'Ollie' it is basically a jump on the skateboard, taking the skateboard with you. How to do an Ollie- (in Regular stance, reverse for goofy) Put your right foot on the tail-end of the board and you left in the middle nearer the back set of bolts than the front. Crouch very low (lower the crouch the bigger the ollie) then 'pop' the tail with your right foot and scrap the side of your left along the grip-tape up the board.This motion should propell you upwards and forwards. Tip- For begginers attempt an Ollie first on carpet or grass, as it will be less painful and also the board will not roll away. e-mail me for any more tips or just to chat Ljcsufc@aol.com

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                    29.06.2001 04:35
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                    How many of you skater people, like to just get out your cd player, get some friends and just find somewhere to chill and skate. Basically just to have some fun, but pulling of some amazing tricks and grinds every now and then. That is what street skating is all about in my view. Just chillin, having fun and being with friends and pulling off some insane stunts. That is all I ever do. I get my cd player, a LOT of punk cd's and going down to my local Aldi's after it closes, and chill with my friends grinding the curbs and rails down the steps. The only problem with skating is the comments from passers by for not being 'normal', whatever normal is. That and being thrown out of the car park by a gang of 30 boys and men, cos they want to play football where we are. It is a shame that we can't be left to skate the car park in peace, without being hounded or arrested by the police. It is ruining the fun of boarding all together. We can't go anywhere APART from the car park without our boards being taken off us. THAT is a shame.

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                      25.04.2001 21:58
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                      I have only been skating for about 6 months now but it quickly became my life and I couldn't think of a better way to spend my time. The past weak has been hell for me because I folded my ankle kickflipping a 6 stairset and have been unable to skate but thats the disadvantage of skateboarding. But when I am fit to skate the rush you get when pulling off new and old tricks is phenonemol and there is no other feeling like it,Its the sense of achievement that keeps me happy. Skateboarding is very expensive though as a good complete skateboard(board,trucks,wheels,bearings)will set you back around £120.If your just starting though there are some cheap begginer boards for around £30-£40. If you have a skateboard you can skate almost anywhere but the best places to skate are designated skate parks which will useually include things such as halfpipes,flatbanks,funboxes and grinding rails.Even if there's not a skatepark in your area it's easy enough to make your own wooden ramps and if you wax up curbs and ledges they can be good for grinding on. The best profesional street skater of all time is Rodney Mullen who skates for 'A-Team' skateboards,Destructo trucks and Darkstar wheels. He's been pro. for 16 years now and invented moves such as the kickflip,kickflip underflip,impossible and casper 360 flip.If you want to see him pulling off some amazing tricks I suggest you watch the video'Rodney Mullen Vs Daewon Song'because its brilliant. So any of you who haven't started skateboarding yet get out there get a board and give it a go,you won't regret it.

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                        06.03.2001 00:57
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                        South Bank "South Bank" is situated, on the south bank of the river Thames in London. The structure itself is part of a massive arts complex called "The South Bank Centre". The main skateboarding area is a disused car park. It is a great place to skate and has been the home of British Skateboarding for many years. It is comprised of a large bowl with handrails at the top and a flight of stairs; a big long ramp with steeper, shorter ones beside it; a long grind wall; a huge open space with a great concrete surface. However, there is more : very near the main "South Bank" where u will be attracted due to the vast numbers of skaters there, there is a large bank called "Mellowbanks". This bank totally rocks. It is pretty shallow allowing for basic tricks on the bank itslef, it also boasts two sets of stairs "cut" into it for grinding, gap ollieing and more! Nearby the bank is a set of great grinding ledges and more stairs. Basically the whole place rips!! If you can be bothered, you can skate about 2 minutes down the road (skate inland and follow the signs for Waterloo Station), there is a brilliant place, which happens to be the main HQ for Shell Petroleum or something... anyway, it has a large open space with loads of walls of differing heights for grinding and doing stuph off. There is also another place nearby with a couple of stairs and some planters. You can use all sorts of public transport to get to the South Bank. It is near Waterloo Station which is a pretty damn big station! It is also across the river (via a footbridge) from Embankment tube (Circle and District Line). You can take the great 68 bus from Herne Hill (my house!!) straight to Waterloo Bridge. There are various other ways of getting there, but those are the main ones. If you are visiting London and are having troubel finding South bank, email me and I'll give u some detailed directions- (danmacphee1@aol.com) ~ Things to beware at
                        South Bank - Tramps; they have vicious dogs who hate sk8ers! my advice is to go on a sunday its very easy to get to london by public transport and just explore the city for good sk8 places by Daniel macphee

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                          09.11.2000 17:28

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                          Street skating has given me the best feelings ive ever had in my entire life, the feeling of just pulling off some sick tricks is excellent! Im always at my happiest when skating. The pure adrenaline rush, the excitment of the hrd concrete that could kill you, everything about street skating is perfect and without it I dont think id be as happy as i am! The only problem is when you don't know anyone else that skates and you have no-one to psych you up to do mental tricks!

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                          29.10.2000 02:29
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                          These days you cannot go to the green-grocers without a skater cruising straight over your feet . It is a fluctuating craze , one minute its in the other its out . Many kids follow the crowd wanting to do tricks that the others cannot do . The others see games such as Tony Hawk skateboarding and attempt the 100ft airs he gets . When I started skating I found it fun just to whiz up and down the road . No tricks , no fancy stuff just moving . Then when I started to see guys doing tricks I decided I was going to be one of them . Guys will do anything to be cool even if it means lying out of your skull ! The first board I bought was a World Industries board . This was a really heavy board . You couldn't get off of the ground and my confidence plummeted . This sort of event causes depression in kids . As they see the others flying around they are stuck firmly to the ground . This however is the skateshops best time . Like every good engineer a skater will blame it on his or her tools . The board is now a piece of junk in their eyes , however much it cost . Then they want a new and better board . Then before you know it your pocket is bone-dry and you have too much stuff . This is how the shops make their money . They see the upcoming skaters and recommend a board that does not really suit them . I'm sure there are many legitimate skateshops around but as yet I have not been in one . Then the skater needs a new setup and the cash-register keeps on ringing . Also have you ever been into a skateshop that is not really small and cramped ? No , this is because you get the impression that there is many waiting for the assistants help . The pressure put on the potential buyer is huge since once they have used up his time you feel as if you have to buy . I know skating is the in thing now but before you go off and get yourself or your children a board use my tips . 1)Start off with the lightest board you can afford . Th
                          is means you can start doing simple tricks . 2)Try not to buy a complete set-up too often . Make your own often comes out cheaper and more quality . 3)Never go in a skateshop when there are queues to get in . You will end up getting an unwanted item , believe me . If after this you still think skating is for you it probably is . It is an extremely enjoyable yet expensive sport . Just make sure you don't get pulled along by the crowd . You don't have to skate if you don't want to .

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                            23.10.2000 05:01
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                            Street skating has given me the best feelings ive ever had in my entire life, the feeling of just pulling off some sick tricks is excellent! Im always at my happiest when skating. The pure adrenaline rush, the excitment of the hrd concrete that could kill you, everything about street skating is perfect and without it I dont think id be as happy as i am! The only problem is when you don't know anyone else that skates and you have no-one to psych you up to do mental tricks! If any skaters out there read this then please email me at vicci@skateboarder.co.uk cos im desperately trying to find some skaters in the uk(due to lack of them in my area)

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                              06.10.2000 21:40

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                              SK8 boarding on the street is the SK8ing experience you can get. Apart from the adrenalin of ollieing hydrants, curbs and bins you can also grind any hand rails or posts. Jumping steps is the bomb! The thoughts going through your head as you are flying through the air with the floor rushing up to meet you. The hardest trick i ever pulled off was a double hardflip of a 6 foot set of stairs. If you've done any other cool tricks email me at quality@skateboarder.co.uk

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