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  • MrFlay 12 Oct 2019 08:30:13 4,505 posts
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    Has anyone tried taking up skateboarding as an adult? I like the idea. It looks like a lot of fun except for the falling part.
  • fontgeeksogood 12 Oct 2019 08:38:02 9,960 posts
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    Grow up.

    I ride a BMX
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 12 Oct 2019 08:39:30 25,562 posts
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  • KD 12 Oct 2019 08:48:21 2,755 posts
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    Do you like your knees? If no then maybe its time to learn.
  • MrFlay 12 Oct 2019 08:48:23 4,505 posts
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    Hahahaha. 😐


    I know this place skews to 50+ but some of you must not be dead inside.
  • RGeefe 12 Oct 2019 09:10:04 1,081 posts
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    I've got a mate who skates in his 30s. It IS tempting. He seems pretty happy.
  • rice_sandwich 12 Oct 2019 09:26:34 6,452 posts
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    Do a kick flip!
  • mothercruncher 12 Oct 2019 09:32:58 17,828 posts
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    I was obsessed from about 12 to 20, then college got in the way. Recently started to visit the local skatepark with my daughter occasionally and have a roll about. Itís still amazing to carve through a bowl but, these days, I like my ankles too much to push it. Not a backward cap in sight you cunts.
  • JamboWayOh 12 Oct 2019 09:39:24 19,980 posts
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    I'm not sure I'd be skateboarding now, my friend's now husband broke both of his legs skateboarding for the first time at the age of 40.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 12 Oct 2019 09:54:05 20,038 posts
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    I skated from around age 8 into my early 20s. Was never great but could do flatland stuff and a few flips and grinds. My kid has got into it recently so Iíve been doing very basic stuff again just to show him how. The muscle memory is still there but thereís no way I could learn new tricks now. The 300 or so failed attempts to get it would literally break me.

    Skateboarding isnít like other sports where an hour or two a week is fun and healthy and you make steady progress. It really takes lots of practise. Skaters spend all day repeating the same trick and it can still be weeks/months/years before they nail it. The fun is the culture of hanging out in a group all day and goading each other on. Itís a lifestyle thing more than a sport.

    If you feel the urge rollerblades or a bmx or something would be fun and might scratch the same itch without the brutal learning curve. There is a really good reason why you rarely see older skaters beyond Shoreditch hipsters with longboards.
  • wuntyate 12 Oct 2019 10:17:29 14,926 posts
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    Yeah I decided to try and learn along with my son a couple of years ago. Quite enjoyed it and got good enough to kind of trundle about pavements with him but that's as far as I got. I found myself too hesitant to try anything more complex and then I began to feel like a bit of a twat so I stopped.
  • thelzdking 12 Oct 2019 10:18:25 10,107 posts
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    Used to. Would seriously injure myself now.
  • Dougs 12 Oct 2019 10:35:27 94,595 posts
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    @You-can-call-me-kal The practicing is something my son can't get his head around. He is desperate to be good at it but like most things, If he can't do it perfectly straight away,he gets stroppy and refuses to put the hours in.
  • RGeefe 12 Oct 2019 11:00:44 1,081 posts
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    As others said - very much a lifestyle thing. It definitely had its heyday around the early 00s when trick videos were just taking off and it combined with music.

    Now it doesn't really have anything to latch onto and got replaced by...I dunno...parkour?
  • You-can-call-me-kal 12 Oct 2019 11:13:23 20,038 posts
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    It think itís still pretty popular. Thereís a couple of skateparks near me and theyíre always busy. If anything parkour was the fad. Havenít seen much of that around in a while.
  • Jono62 12 Oct 2019 11:23:45 25,345 posts
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    https://media.giphy.com/media/3orieJI3IdkKWIsAGA/giphy.gif
  • mothercruncher 12 Oct 2019 13:01:01 17,828 posts
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    Itís wall to wall Scooter kids here.
  • askew 12 Oct 2019 13:33:29 21,552 posts
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    If I die before I wake
    At least in heaven I can skate
  • Stan546 12 Oct 2019 14:43:14 1,190 posts
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    I dream of getting back into it. But I'm fairly active and busy so don't really have the time to get into it.

    I do downhill MTB which scratches that itch.

    If you do try, good on you though.

    Skateparks are filled with scooters and kids, but Sunday mornings they're normally fairly quiet. Find the quiet periods at your local parks and the kids are less annoying
  • MrFlay 12 Oct 2019 20:52:23 4,505 posts
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    I'm going to try it anyway. The entry fee is extremely low and I don't care about how long it takes to learn tricks etc. It won't be boring. I want to get a kayak too but that's actually expensive. I cycle (road and trail) and do kickboxing but I want to try other things. The guy at the skate shop is in his sixties and he still does it.
  • elstoof 12 Oct 2019 21:57:13 25,863 posts
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    I take my eldest to the skate park, she loves watching some of the teenagers and having a bit of a go as well. Thereís a couple of kids who are there every weekend, really good, and one day one of their dads turned up with his lad, he was all in all the Thrasher kind of gear and high fiving the gang of 15 year olds, talking about going to some skate park with his boy earlier outside London and some massive shop with some legendary skaters they met. I figured he was an old hand, been skating since he was a boy himself - until he finally had a go, where I nearly pissed myself laughing. I can do better and Iím fucking useless
  • wuntyate 12 Oct 2019 22:54:10 14,926 posts
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    @MrFlay go for it man!
  • Deleted user 12 October 2019 23:16:36
    Anyone over the age of about 13 who owns a skateboard needs to have a word with themselves.

    I see actual grown men gliding around Leeds in them every day.

    Beardy, fat, lumberjack looking, checked shirt wearing hipster wankers about 35 years old.

    Probably on their way to a stand up to talk about company core values and how they're going to really smash q4 with a winning brand narrative campaign.

    Kalel basically.
  • elstoof 12 Oct 2019 23:23:19 25,863 posts
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    See also: presumably grown men who relentlessly pursue a one sided ďbeefĒ with a stranger on a forum
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    Brand loyalty in action
  • Deleted user 12 October 2019 23:28:01
    Sorry, advocacy
  • elstoof 12 Oct 2019 23:32:39 25,863 posts
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    Yeah. Except Iíve got no horse in this race mush
  • You-can-call-me-kal 13 Oct 2019 06:52:54 20,038 posts
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    To be fair heís somewhat got my number. While I donít dress like a hipster from ten years ago like they apparently do in Leeds, I do have some minor hipsterish tendencies. Although as above, my skating days are long behind me.

    I also still donít think Fabian Deplh is worth at least £50m, the source of this astonishingly pathetic beef.

    Edited by You-can-call-me-kal at 07:12:01 13-10-2019
  • elstoof 13 Oct 2019 08:20:09 25,863 posts
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    All those £5.50 bowls of cereal in shoreditch have really skewed your sense of value
  • You-can-call-me-kal 13 Oct 2019 08:29:42 20,038 posts
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    Deep fried avocado in rice crispy marmite coating is so unashamedly meta hipster it kinda deserves some respect imo.

    Genuinely want to try their fruity pebble fried chicken.
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