Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mission Report 24 August 2016

It's been over 12 hours and I can still feel the stoke.

On easily the most perfect day this year, I headed out of work and down to the skate park. Handloff-Barksdale Skate-spot is what I consider my home park. When I arrived there were a couple of kids skating already. Three skaters and the BMX kid I've ridden with a couple times now.

One dude, strong, clean cut  was busting 360 ollie flips like it was his job. He wanted to work the ledges. He was a nice kid. Sick. Another kid was tall, lean, and flowed around the park hitting each obstacle with a new trick. If I wasn't so stoked to skate, I could have just sat down and enjoyed watching him work. Amazing. He linked things together like I had only seen on videos. He was also really nice. He did a kick flip over a little bump, and rolled up and out of the quarter pipe. I clapped, and he smiled at me, "that was lucky, I can't believe I made that.." You could see the excitement on his face.  I was stoked to work in. While most of the time I skate by myself, there was no way that was gonna happen today.. it was after all the best day all year...

I was happy with how I skated. I took my time getting warmed up, and slowly worked into my lines and tricks. We all encouraged each other. Sometimes I just can't help letting out a "hell, yeah" or clap my hands when I someone is just ripping. I was stoked as I literally used every arrow in my quiver. Struggled on a few things, but as thing got going, I flowed right into them... I felt myself thinking, "that was lucky, I can't believe I made that..."  I was all smiles... It was cool to hear encouragement from the kids and an occasional tail slap on the coping... pour some gas on the stoke fire...

Two more cars of locals showed up, a couple of dudes closer to my age. I heard someone say, "the vert guys are here... I'm not gonna get to skate the ledge..." They dropped in and just took off... They skated so fast, and threw down with reckless abandon, but always in control. One of the guys had his young son with him carving around the park. Etched in my memory was the father carving full speed up on the vert around his young son just a little lower on the transition...

Another car showed up with another BMX kid and some scooter guys. Everyone was cool... The BMX kid didn't ride, but provided wall by wall commentary, which I found entertaining...

A couple of really young scooter kids started working in... when I say really young I mean like under 10 and little... it was getting a little crazy... A few of us had to bail on drop ins as a young one would unknowingly wander into exactly the wrong place. The tall lean kid looked over on me and said, "this is getting a little intense... almost not fun as there's too much going on... but not over that line yet " I nodded in agreement.  It was sensory overload,  but honestly I was feeding off the energy, and I enjoyed the rapid fire succession of riders and working in... I hadn't experienced anything like this in 20 years... It didn't matter that I was skating well, or even what I was doing...  I just found myself sitting there smiling ear to ear.... taking it all in.... Dropping in and moving...

that was kind of an amazing night...

over 12 hours later, and I'm still stoked...

Inspired at Handloff Skate-spot in Newark, DE


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