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First time back in the park

PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:40 pm
by special k
So i just went down to Revolution skate park for the Sunday eve sesh, thought id be ok back on the ramps and bowls, but man, its a lot harder than i remember! Hardly got to skate at all as it was a BMX sesh and much busier than i was expecting. Quite a few rad skaters there shredding the ramps so felt totally self conscious to go and fall off in front of them so just watched from the galleries like a bit of an old pleb in full protective gear not skating lol, perhaps not the best reintroduction to skating :? . Had a bit of a go in the mini bowl before it got taken over by bikes and scooters and i seem to totally suck now, although managed to get a couple of really sketchy kick turns in.

Seems like a really good set up they have down there, but im a bit bummed out i didnt get to practice skating properly and at my own lack of self confidence, so gonna try and get back down there on a much quiter night hopefully this week and give it another go.

Re: First time back in the park

PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:01 pm
by Noidear
It is difficult to begin with but keep persevering and it will pay off. Search out quieter times to go and just keep working on the basics and before you know it you won't be worrying about how you look. Most people don't seem to care about what you can or and do anyhow just so long as you're skating. Don't be downhearted and good luck.


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Re: First time back in the park

PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:08 pm
by undertime
Couldn't agree more. Go when it's quiet, go as often as you can and build up the time you spend on board. You'll feel better with each trip.

Also, try and meet up with some folk on here if possible. Skating with someone of a similar age will make you far less self conscious. It certainly does for me anyway.

Good luck and try not to worry about what anyone else thinks. At the end of the day they've probably got a lot of respect for you anyway... You're a skater, you understand, and they'll understand you.

Enjoy.

Re: First time back in the park

PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:17 pm
by special k
Yeah thanks guys, i was thinking that it would probably be a lot more fun with some skate buddies. Instead of putting me off its just made me wanna get down there to prove to myself that i can do it and have a proper decent skate next time. Plus I spent nearly hundred quid last week on a nice new deck and trucks set up so i cant let all that hard earned go to waste! :wink:

Shall try and hook up with some MAS'rs and been told the fri/sat eve sesh's are usually older guys n girls so ill head down there then too. :D

Re: First time back in the park

PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:15 am
by Red Beard
I agree 100% with the other guys, when I first got back on a board in summer 2014 I'd actually turn the car round and drive away from my local park if there were other people there! Then I remembered that most skaters are sound and don't care how good you are as long as you're skating. I've gone from being embarrassed to skate in front of people to not really being bothered now, and from being happy having the park to myself to really enjoying having people to skate with, get advice and encouragement from and have a laugh with.


Keep on keepin on bro, it'll come together and you'll be in your element soon enough.

Re: First time back in the park

PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:13 am
by Andrew_Culture
I think a lot of us can identify with this. Just a few days ago I bailed out of going to my local because it was teeming with teenage skaters. Which is daft because it's the first time I've ever seen more than one other skater there at all! If it was just the skaters I wouldn't have minded, but it was the bunch of bored looking girlfriend sat staring at the concrete that out me off, not sure why.

Like a lot of folk I skate the parks early mornings. It does get lonely though.

Re: First time back in the park

PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:47 am
by mjlally
Red Beard wrote:I agree 100% with the other guys, when I first got back on a board in summer 2014 I'd actually turn the car round and drive away from my local park if there were other people there! Then I remembered that most skaters are sound and don't care how good you are as long as you're skating. I've gone from being embarrassed to skate in front of people to not really being bothered now, and from being happy having the park to myself to really enjoying having people to skate with, get advice and encouragement from and have a laugh with.


Keep on keepin on bro, it'll come together and you'll be in your element soon enough.


My second trip to the skatepark this time round (Feb 2015) I chickened out because there were a handful of kids/teens using it and sitting around. Once I had a few early morning sessions by myself I got over it. Just do it, pad up, don't worry about other people and get on your board as often as you can. I find that generally, younger skaters are friendly and like that you are skating at an advanced age!