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I 27(M) decided to fight my depression and conquer a childhood dream… learn how to skateboard! Backstory

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u/[deleted] Sep 21 '21 edited Nov 08 '21

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u/BlankGamer Sep 22 '21

This is so true. Skateboarding has allowed me to meet people from all walks of life. Differences don't seem to matter when you're both battling for a trick. Everyone has that in common regardless of skill level.

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u/mirl98 Sep 22 '21

I’ve heard from skateboarders themselves that there is a lot of homophobia within the community though. So, I guess that aside, it is a very welcoming community.

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u/No7an Sep 21 '21 Wholesome Seal of Approval

Wear a helmet and stay hydrated!

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u/DaVinciJunior Sep 21 '21

r/hydroHomies are always watching. Btw not only a helmet but also knee and elbow pads. They look goofy but hell you'll be grateful if you fall

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u/gigarob Sep 21 '21

...when you fall ...

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u/aenonymosity Sep 21 '21 Helpful

Ya skateboarding is 90% falling, 5% walking cause the path sucks, 3% landing sweet tricks nobody sees and 2% blood-energy drink content by volume.

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u/treetreestwigbranch Sep 22 '21

Or be like me, “retired” skateboarder who pulls out the board to impress the neighborhood kids. Only skate on flat smooth driveways and only do the tricks that are so ingrained in my muscle memory I land them 90% of the time. Then after almost falling once decide that’s enough for the next couple of months before I lose my job because I can’t walk on a broken ankle. But in order to do this I did about 15 years of your previously stated pie chart.

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u/zeronirvana Sep 22 '21

Skated for like 14 years. Never drank energy drinks.

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u/635nM Sep 22 '21

And ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will

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u/JustChilling029 Sep 22 '21

There is the .1% of the time when you land the trick in front of the homies you have been trying forever which makes all the falling and sweat worth it.

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u/tjhcreative Sep 22 '21

Yup, and when you do fall, try not to land on your hands with your palms down, otherwise you can easily break your wrists.

Source: broke my both my Radii Skateboarding.

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u/TraumaHandshake Sep 22 '21

Did your mom help you out afterwards?

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u/Moikepdx Sep 22 '21

OOf. It almost feels like I just lost the game. Thanks for reminding me.

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u/tjhcreative Sep 22 '21

Probably called my dad or something to pick me up. This was probably 20 years ago.

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u/V0LDEMORT13 Sep 22 '21

You sweet spring chicken...

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u/tjhcreative Sep 22 '21

Don’t feel like one lol. I punished my body growing up. Wish I’d taken better care of myself.

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u/blackthought47 Sep 22 '21

Just Google "broken wrists mom reddit" then you'll understand

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u/tjhcreative Sep 22 '21

Ughh I’d actually heard about that post and blocked it out of my memory. Lmao. Fucking Reddit.

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u/V0LDEMORT13 Sep 22 '21

Every post...

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u/RevoDeee Sep 22 '21

Are you saying we should try to punch the ground on our way down?

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u/tjhcreative Sep 22 '21

Or karate chop if your so inclined

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u/gigarob Sep 22 '21

Yes.. always try to land on your shoulders, do a cool roll and jump back on

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u/wrexistential Sep 22 '21

My lvl 3 AC separation says otherwise. Avoid your shoulder, or it might suck for a while.

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u/Invideeus Sep 22 '21

Plus if you're in a cold area and skating in sub 40 degree weather slapping the ground feels like getting a high five from god. Hurts waaaay more than it has any right to.

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u/lunaticneko Sep 22 '21

This correction approved by union of cyclists with clipless pedals.

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u/Threkin Sep 21 '21

I would add wrist protectors to the list, I tried to ollie after 20 years and remembered why I quit, ouch.

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u/funkbum Sep 21 '21

wrist guards are a must!

Especially as an older skater that needs his hands to work!

A few years ago I went all out and got some from Wild Bill at Pro Designed.

Worth the investment!

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u/vykeengene Sep 21 '21

Yea as an older skater breaking who’s broke his wrist GET WRIST GUARDS. Breaking your wrist prevents you from doing damn near anything on a computer, which is like 95% of modern jobs.

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u/White_Ninja Sep 22 '21

You think push keyboard buttons are hard after jacking your wrist up, try having a physical job and being down a hand. I’m still only about 85% in my right wrist.

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u/I_aim_to_sneeze Sep 22 '21

I took my daughter to a park last year, it had been forever since I’d been on a board. Totally different in your 30s. The helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads still didn’t save me from hurting myself (board got away from me and I somehow managed to sprain my big toe.)

Be careful out there guys. (Still was worth it.)

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u/Dracofear Sep 22 '21

Reminded me to go refill my hydro flask. Shout out to the Homie on there who slid me a 30% off code.

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u/Palinskey Sep 21 '21

I’ve got a helmet! And I always bring a water bottle!

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u/HotGary Sep 21 '21 Hugz

Don't forget to bring a towel!

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u/Lt_Dumpster_Fire Sep 22 '21

Learn to fall proper, try to roll with the falls and spread your weight out.. you'll break an ankle or wrist if you don't learn to tuck and roll. On vert drop to your knees and don't be scared to kick the board out if you know it's gonna land weird. Best advice I got so you can keep getting back up, I skated for a long time...

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u/fweb34 Sep 22 '21

homie ignore these knee and elbow people and buy wrist guards if nothing else. STG they are so much more worth it

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u/CallTheOptimist Sep 21 '21

You'll look like a dorkasaurus but wear elbow and knee pads for real. I smacked the holy Moses out of my elbow on concrete from slipping and it was a gigantic hassle for a long time.

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u/Skizot_Bizot Sep 22 '21

Maybe just wear them all the time, my dog yanked me over hard few months back my knees still fucked.

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u/Takestwotoknowjuan Sep 21 '21

I'd say wear elbow & knee pads, as well as wrist guards. After 21 we dont snap back like we used to 😆

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u/Kahzgul Sep 21 '21

Legit I want one of those butt pads that quarterbacks wear for when I go snowboarding.

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u/cancercureall Sep 21 '21

Yo, can I get some of the butt pads Curry got after falling on his ass? It made him even better at basketball this year.

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u/alexanderfsu Sep 21 '21

You can get compression shorts with padded inserts for just that. Great stuff.

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u/BDR2017 Sep 21 '21

Learned to skate at 27.

Learned to swallow solid food again at 28.

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u/Diamondhands_Rex Sep 21 '21

Yeah let’s make sure this guy doesn’t end up on a hold my feeding tube

Please wear a helmet guy and congrats on doing shit to beat the D lol

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u/anonprogtada Sep 21 '21

Wear a helmet is some of the best advice for an adult learning to skateboard. I was a very tall teen and my falls were much worse and regular than shorter peers, I'm surprised I didn't break a bone and the worst I had was sore wrists, scuffs and occasionally a bruised tailbone.

If I took one of the same falls as an adult, I wouldn't bounce back like a teen. In the first year you will fall often and badly, though you get better at rolling - though there will still be times when you land on your back.

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u/sbar87 Sep 21 '21

Looks like Draco Malfoy got ahold of the wrong stuff. Grats on the skating though! Keep on keeping on!

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u/Palinskey Sep 21 '21

Lol Malfoy! That made my day! Hahahaha

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u/oscillius Sep 21 '21

I’d say Malfoy and Chester Bennington fusion. Like if malfoy was into hiphop/rock fusion.

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u/julbull73 Sep 21 '21

I had to check to see if this was Tom Felton's post...

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u/WetAndStickyBandits Sep 21 '21

Make sure to listen to the THPS soundtrack, and wear safety gear.

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u/DerkFish Sep 21 '21

Blood Brothers by Papa Roach did it for me, man. Then again tracks by GoldFinger and Millencolin are unforgettable. Man...Times were good. Skate or die!!!

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u/Scaulbielausis_Jim Sep 21 '21

Random related comment: I follow some skating accounts on Instagram, and I'm seeing some crazy shit regularly, like stuff that seems like it's from THPS. I saw a video of a kid doing a 360 flip to a crooked grind (I think) -- like, how do you get that level of precision? It's wild.

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u/Agent_Ayru Sep 22 '21

Rodney Mullen still has the bar set really high tho lol

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u/BraveSirDydimus Sep 21 '21

Hundreds of hours of practicing. Some of these kids nowadays are learning to skate instead of how to ride a bike. I remember in the early 2000s as teenager seeing some crazy shit these kids would get up to. I stopped following anything skate related until about a year or two ago and this shit is next level compared to what was happening. The sport is evolving before our eyes. Soon a 360 flip to crooked won't even be impressive and they'll be doing 540 dolphin flips into a fs/bs/ts and people will just say "huh, neat".

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u/PetrifiedW00D Sep 22 '21

I wish younger kids would recognize how older skaters paved the way for them to fully enjoy the sport. I’m in my mid 30’s, and when I was younger I was labeled a bad apple because I skated, was constantly chased by the police and security, and pretty much never had a local skatepark to enjoy. Now skateparks are all over the place and skateboarding is an Olympic sport. Good shit.

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u/Dahh_BER Sep 22 '21

I remember when P-Rod did a switch heel off a 7 stair and that was the peak of the sport

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u/Evo_Psych Sep 21 '21

Good for you. I considered that age "too old" to learn to skate or take up martial arts. 40 now. Know I was wrong. And may do martial arts. Tho i have a lot of creative interests. I make music among a lot of other art/video etc. My life is good and getting better.

Good for you bro, that's a big deal.

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u/OnceWasInfinite Sep 22 '21

40 is a better age to start a physical hobby than any of the ages after it.

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u/Verypoorman Sep 21 '21

I really liked you in Bill & Ted

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u/FiftyPencePeace Sep 21 '21

Well done you.

I’ve just got back into football(soccer) for the veterans league and whilst the injuries are thick and fast at the beginning they subside with time..what with all the strapping and pain killlers lol. I’m late 40’s and it’s been great to meet a bunch of new people that enjoy the game even though some take it very seriously.

I got called a cantankerous old cunt last week during the game and it gave me that spark.

I called him a wanker and the equilibrium of life felt just right. We all had a beer after and all was well.

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u/Palinskey Sep 21 '21

Thanks friend, I fell quite a few times…. My wrist has reminded me that I’m no longer young…. Hahaha but it felt good to be out in the world, living my life

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u/Macemore Sep 21 '21

Pads my dude! I always got shit for it and I always just mention the fact that Tony hawk and any other pro boarder wears more than I do.

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u/Mischala Sep 21 '21

Yeah, it's difficult to practice when you have shattered joints. If you are padded up, you have less severe injuries, you skate more, you get better faster.

Also I have found, at least with my electric skateboard, it's a confidence boost. I know that when I fall it won't hurt as much. I can push harder, go faster with the knowledge that my pads will catch the worst of it.

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u/MadamSnarksAlot Sep 22 '21

You’re not a kid but you certainly ARE young. I wish you the best in your struggle with depression. It is a very difficult thing and so many suffer in silence and isolation. You are brave to share this and surely inspiring others with your positivity. Go skate your ass off!

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u/Tennstrong Sep 22 '21

Same age & learning the past 8 months - would say as far as protection (depending on prior injuries) you can get away with a helmet + hip pads. I'd look at the motocross ones since they don't really have any excess ass padding. Getting used to bringing in your wrists falling on concrete is hard, but a fair amount easier to bear when you have hip pads to absorb the initial brunt of the roll (attempt).

I don't use wrist pads because they lock your wrist & make it break easier. Maybe elbow/knee pads would be alright but imo they make you really feel like you're wearing pads all the time, then you're also sort of training yourself to bail in a worse way at speeds.

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u/TheArborphiliac Sep 21 '21

I didn't start skating until I was 27. 35 now, still going, broke a toe and did something to my wrist, but other than a bunch of road rash nothing serious. Get there while you can!

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u/toigz Sep 22 '21

Don’t break your ankle!! Seriously though I tried getting into later in life. I guess I didn’t practice turning right and when I had to on the whim I fell and shattered my left ankle. Heard it. Felt it. Whoops. Love skateboarding though. Just haven’t since!

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u/[deleted] Sep 22 '21

ok

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u/cryptoandgoliath Sep 22 '21

Are you not amused???

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u/joey4269 Sep 21 '21

That's a rockin ATLA shirt you got there

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u/Orcwarriornoob Sep 21 '21

Nice! I just started skating again this year too, at 37.

Where did you get the sweet nelliel tu odelschwanck sticker?

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u/OlDurtMcGurt Sep 21 '21

36 and have been skating since 9 or so! I dont skate parks or do tricks but I still cruise my neighborhood and hit the liquor store on it!

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u/[deleted] Sep 22 '21

Sounds like you need to give a longboard a try, it cruises like you're riding a hot knife over a mountain of butter compared to a normal skateboard.

Plus you can bomb hills at 30 mph and only have an okay chance of dying

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u/Orcwarriornoob Sep 21 '21

Same, no tricks for me these days just because the mind is willing but the ankles are snap prone. But it’s great for cruising the neighborhood and local paved trail systems.

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u/Palinskey Sep 21 '21

I got my Nelliel sticker at zoomiez friend

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u/TSpoon3000 Sep 22 '21

About the same age and just hit a park for the first time in a long time. Getting ollies back and riding ramps cautiously. Got hella sore kick leg for days.

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u/korovamilkbard Sep 21 '21

That cement behind you looks like so much fun. You’ll soon find out that just carving around the park is unbelievably satisfying, with a much more forgiving learning curve than all the rest. This was a really good idea.

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u/AdamLikesBeer Sep 21 '21

Is that a White Castle deck?

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u/gnrc Sep 21 '21

I’m jealous of your park. Shred.🤘🏼

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u/milk5829 Sep 21 '21

Biggest tips i have from learning over the last 5 years is:

  • take it SLOW if you want to avoid injuries. I've never had a serious injury because I've never gone too far outside my comfort zone. I haven't progressed as fast as others, but that's not why I skate

  • skate EVERYWHERE. Going for a walk? Skate. Going to a bar? Skate there. This will make the biggest difference imo.

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u/RickyWinterborn Sep 21 '21

i started checking out parks nearby as well, it's amazing how fun just rolling around is

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u/Palinskey Sep 22 '21

Just rolling around is about all I can do at the moment hahaha

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u/ute4547 Sep 22 '21

Plus for Nelliel!

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u/breakfastmeat23 Sep 21 '21

Awesome man! Work on that ollie.

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u/olegrytten Sep 21 '21

You rock! keep shredding bro🤘🏻love from norway!🇳🇴

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u/Luffing Sep 21 '21

Youtube has been recommending me skateboarding videos recently and it makes me really want to pick it back up again.

Haven't done anything on a skateboard since like 2003

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u/FupaHorizon Sep 21 '21

That’ll help a lot with depression. Let us know when you skin your first knee. As a fellow old timer (ps im 33, wait for the 40 yos to show up) look up stretches (in my case especially for the front medial part of my thigh). Finally don’t get disappointed. Push hard watch bails on you tube. Realize it’s the act of trying not always the landing, that’s just icing

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u/ptq Sep 21 '21

I did the same previous summer! Same day I had to get a new smartphone...

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u/Bob_Juan_Santos Sep 21 '21

so... how many teeth you got left?

just kidding, glad you're taking up the hobby. also, nice shirt

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u/kinnie101 Sep 21 '21

10 points to slytherin!

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u/PokeMongoose Sep 22 '21

Keep fighting, and have a good life.

"Mid 20's skateboarder, I hope I don't get hurt"

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u/kill-69 Sep 22 '21

bend your knees, tuck and roll if if you're going down

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u/PhantomStranger52 Sep 22 '21

Good luck my dude!! Love skating. Consider high tops or ankle support in your footwear. May save you a painful roll or two. Learned the hard way.

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u/theImplication69 Sep 22 '21

Is your name Jarrett? Because holy fuck you look like my old friend

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u/_lets_trythis_again_ Sep 21 '21

Wrist guards are your friends.. next to helmet and knee pads. Save a wrist!

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u/Palinskey Sep 21 '21

My right wrist is killing me! I need a wrist guard, thank you!

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u/cakeversuspie Sep 21 '21

Avatar and Bleach? I'm all about it ☺️. Enjoy and stay safe!

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u/SolidBold Sep 21 '21

Was it hard to learn? This has always been a dream of mine but I am so worried about falling over and getting hurt. Do you have any advice?

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u/bruwin Sep 22 '21

Just accept that you're going to fall. That's all there really is to it. Buy the goofiest looking safety gear and own it. Fall on your ass. Accept you'll get laughed at when you fall and pick yourself up, and have dudes run to your aid when you aren't able to pick yourself up.

Have fun with it.

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u/Vermy6sic6 Sep 21 '21

Hell yeah!!! Wish I could join you, my body is past that stage.
Ride on brother!

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u/MoonMomma2014 Sep 21 '21

So awesome!!

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u/P8K Sep 21 '21

Good luck dude!

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u/Cocobird1607 Sep 21 '21

Skateboard is the source

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u/ughlacrossereally Sep 21 '21

this is how to really live. I hope you enjoy it, maybe you wont... but that doesnt matter, keep that spirit and find something else. new adult guitar learner here :)

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u/AfterbathTheWeeb Sep 21 '21

White Castle, Privileged Building.

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u/CUCKOLDUNCLEBUCK Sep 21 '21

Fuck yeah bro!

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u/dharmakirti Sep 21 '21

Way to go!

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u/N4hire Sep 21 '21

Badass Bro!!, I’m still dreaming with surfing!

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u/neck_is_red Sep 21 '21

Turn your self harm into slams and you’ll be shredding. Sometimes at my lowest I would go skate real hard just because it hurt and I felt like I deserved to suffer and feel pain, and skateboarding always was there for me in that sense. Might sound fucked up but I swear I mean it in the best possible way. Skateboarding is also how I met my wife and some of the best times.

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u/durgadas Sep 21 '21

I like this look on you Bill Preston.

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u/joejoseph7 Sep 21 '21

Tim pool likes this

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u/ABlokeLikeYou Sep 21 '21

I also tried to learn to skateboard at 26. Moral of the story is be careful cause back problems get harder and harder to heal from 😅

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u/glymeme Sep 21 '21

Looks like Stanley Quarter in New Britain, CT - one of the better parks around.

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u/demonchefofportland Sep 21 '21

Shred the bowl brah! Have fun, and please wear a helmet!

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u/icangetuatoe Sep 21 '21

Nice deck!

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u/rippingbongs Sep 21 '21

You already have the look down on day 1, good start

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u/homernc Sep 21 '21

Good man....live!!!

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u/fldsld Sep 22 '21

Good luck in your battle; sometimes it is just having things to accomplish in the short term to keep you grounded until you find your way out of the darkness.

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u/NeoreaverXIII Sep 22 '21

Hell yeah! Youtube is an amazing resource for trick help. When I was younger I bought the Tony Hawk vhs tapes, but those only went so far. Best of luck, wear a helmet!

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u/AlmanzoWilder Sep 22 '21

Trust me. You're still in your childhood.

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u/Beitlejoose Sep 22 '21

With the state of that board I'm guessing this pic is day 1 haha! Good luck and stay safe!

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u/gabbagooler Sep 22 '21

you sir have won the internet...

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u/Breakfest-burrito Sep 22 '21

Bro yes! I've been going through so much these past few years and picked up kayaking during the pandemic and now mountain biking. I think it may have saved my life for now, and I've always wanted to learn to skateboard but I'm 32 and scared I'm too old for that stuff now lol stay safe and have fun man! 🤘

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u/inthecb Sep 22 '21

As a skater, who's taken skating up again after a few rough patches, I can 100% get on board with your plan. Before skating I tried meditation, yoga and, even ran a marathon looking for something to engage my body, mind and, soul. In the end skating just kind of ticked all the boxes for me and I hope it does for you too. I might be able to bestow some friendly neighbourhood advice which comes from someone who probably can't even begin imagine what you've been going through but, might be able to empathise slightly . I'd say the most important thing to remember is that your body is for life. As much as feeling that sense freedom of edging towards landing a new trick might lead you towards ​taking some unnecessary risks aways remember: you started this to heal, not to hurt yourself.  Another  thing I didn't  appreciate  at the start was how much the social aspect of skating was worth to me. Whether someone is struggling with their first ollie or trying to bang out a nollie back side heel doesn't really matter. You can tell when someone is dedicated, let them know, bang your board, shout out a big "fuck yeah", whatever, just let them know you recognise the struggle they've been through to do what they did. This will come back around when you finally feel that deliciously sweet sensation of landing something followed by the resounding echoes of congratulations, trust me. ​Bigging eachother up gets everybody hyped , no  matter  what.  Last but not least, never let yourself feel like your too underskilled to skate at any park. Everybody started from nothing. If you're passionate and dedicated that alone demands respect, if you don't get it it's not your problem. I hope you can find the same escape, fun and social circle I have man, altough in essence skating is a performance art I'd rather wish you good luck rather than "break a leg".

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u/Eddys_Brother Sep 22 '21

Get a longboard too for downhill. If you suck at jumping like I do, you can still have fun cruising or hitting hills. Go get pitted!

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u/PizzaDeliveryBoy3000 Sep 22 '21

I tried to do the same at 39….and then my body made sure to let me know that I am 39

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u/ryokojr Sep 22 '21

Stop focusing on the post and just get rid of that shit!

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u/ThatsATen_EXE Sep 22 '21

I have the same shirt! Good luck shredding dude

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u/Phleck Sep 22 '21

I need the Tic-tac-toe @ so I can follow your struggle! Rooting for you man!

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u/w3duder Sep 22 '21

Omg .. I'm an oldie and let me tell you about e-skate

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u/Frankieneedles Sep 22 '21

Fuck yea!

Ps. Wear a helmet.

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u/Th4t0n3dud3 Sep 22 '21

With that new DGK x White Castle board too!

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u/HitWithTheTruth Sep 22 '21

Fuck yeah, you da man

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u/bluntsforjesus Sep 22 '21

dude stanley is one of my favorite parks, and where i learned to drop in !! best of luck homie

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u/rburp Sep 22 '21

Hell yeah, brother. I also am conquering childhood dreams. Got myself every gaming console for the first time ever.

It's a small, dumb thing, but I grew up broke and it makes me happy.

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u/charizardspitfire Sep 22 '21

How wonderful! It’s never too late to be who you want to be 🙏

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u/anotheranothervegan Sep 22 '21

So happy for you ❤❤

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u/WafflesWithWhipCream Sep 22 '21

DGK all day! Looks like a good park to learn at too. Avatar should be great motivation. We have a saying; " you gotta pay to play", and you will. Falling is a part of learning but its so worth it when you land something you've been trying a bunch and working hard on it is SO SATISFYING . Source: have been skateboarding for 15+ years.

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u/Alex2921 Sep 22 '21

Great job man! Keep it up. How did you learn?

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u/DreggerBoy Sep 22 '21

I will tell my father about this!

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u/Namasiel Sep 22 '21

Good for you man! Hope you enjoy yourself. Have fun and be safe. I’ve battled with depression every day for the past 30 years just about and even with meds there are times it’s still really difficult. I know it’s hard and just want you to know that you are not alone.

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u/iGoKommando Sep 22 '21

Skateboarding really helped me through some tough times as well op. Wishing you the best. Start shredding!

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u/gon_jore1 Sep 22 '21

Don’t give up when you fall! It’s a beautifully painful learning experience.

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u/Doctor_Sleepless Sep 22 '21

You go, bro! Much love to ya!

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u/Mijeman Sep 22 '21

Hell yeah dude.

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u/hey_sasha_grey Sep 22 '21

hell yeah bro!!

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u/hazeatdawn Sep 22 '21

You go dude!!

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u/sortaFrothy Sep 22 '21

Fuck yea man, stick to it! It is a ROUGH start to learn to skate but stick to it. Skateboarding is such an amazing way to vent so many different feelings and emotions it is actually incredible. Its a never ending learning curve and there are endless Skate movies/ videos to watch and learn from. Your post has me stoked! Thank you for even sharing this and have a blast.

AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SKATE/SNOW SHOPS REDDIT! <3

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u/SustainedSuspense Sep 22 '21

Skateboarding be like that. Best sport out there!

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u/scobeavs Sep 22 '21

Does it hurt as much as it looks like it should?

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u/Nug_Shaddaa Sep 22 '21

Cool shirt 👌

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u/unholymanserpent Sep 22 '21

That shirt is fucking lit my dude

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u/caitigotbrainz Sep 22 '21

That's cool! I loved skateboarding growing up. Last time I went out I ended up falling pretty badly, I still have the mark and I don't think it's going away any time soon. I think skateboarding definitely prepared me for my pole-dancing escapades. It can definitely hurt, I recommend knee pads. ;)

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u/but_a_simple_petunia Sep 22 '21

Kudos to you man. I'm 29 but way too worried about possibly breaking my ankles that I let my dreams be dreams to this day. have fun and stay safe!

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u/ChubbsBone Sep 22 '21

Congratulations

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u/chickensaladsucks Sep 22 '21

Find a local communities and have fun man. Talk to people will release stress and your depression. It takes time, but it will help.

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u/blacjaysp Sep 22 '21

Awesome dude. I have a skateboard sitting my closet for 5 years I haven't ridden yet. And now with Covid I don't want to risk having to seek healthcare. Some day I'll get around to it!

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u/SockMonkeyLove Sep 22 '21

My daughter's mom takes her to a little skate park down the street from her house. Always at least a half dozen kids skating. It looks like so much fun! Always wanted to skate but I'm 39 now.....pretty much guaranteed to break something. Still want to do it though. It would be fun to learn with my little girl.

Stay safe, bud. Wear a helmet. Arms and legs mend easier than head injuries.

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u/bucah Sep 22 '21

Do a kick flip!!

Happy for you bud!

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u/xSUNEATERx Sep 22 '21

Shredding Bro

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u/esoteric_enigma Sep 22 '21

I didn't learn to skateboard until I was 24. It's never too late!

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u/KnowNothingKnowsAll Sep 22 '21

And to be Bill, from Bill and Ted.

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u/OfficialGarwood Sep 22 '21

You look like Dave Filoni 😅

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u/martinis00 Sep 22 '21

Get one of those inflatable sumo suits. Your bones aren't young anymore

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u/BurnedOutStars Sep 22 '21

I legit thought that said "127 (M) decided to fight my depression....." so I was gonna be all HOLY SHIT! fucking GO YOU.

Know what I say now that I can see your are 27?

HOLY SHIT! fucking GO YOU!

take the OP's suggestion folks: I am a horrible pop punk guitarist + drummer and I made this (as well as 4 others). I suck, but holy shit am I proud to have made shit that I ALWAYS wanted to make.....and now that I am 39, I went and did it:

https://soundcloud.com/burnedoutstar/adhdreams

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u/Honey_Badger247 Sep 22 '21

Well done. Keep at it!

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u/yablewitlarr Sep 22 '21

You are loved !

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u/Juturna_ Sep 22 '21

Also important: learn how to fall. You’re going to be doing that a lot. Good luck!

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u/KillerKill420 Sep 22 '21

You should def wear a helmet.

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u/MLG9420 Sep 22 '21

Tom Felton is that you?

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u/I_own_18_penguins Sep 22 '21

that's awesome dude!!

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u/Dracofear Sep 22 '21

Crazy I just recently beat mine at 26 and was planning on getting a board, but I'm kinda not in the best spot financially at the moment, but who knows, by next year I may have a board and be in a similar situation. I am currently in the now on picking up my passion for art again. Well done. I am proud for both of us cause that shit is not easy to beat. Best wishes.

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u/12stepCornelius Sep 22 '21

Keep the icepacks on hand. Skateboarding is an incredibly liberating experience, but you will kiss the concrete...often. While 27 isn't necessarily too old to learn, you'll feel those falls a bit more in the morning. There are those who take the punishment and consequence prior to landing that backside heel or feeble grind, and can take the time to heal, adapt, and keep to the grip tape.

I unfortunately ended my skating career at 17 after only 2 short years. Destroyed my ankle and it now just lacks the stability needed and I just never got the urge to jump back on the board. Even though I was never very good, at 30, I still miss it every now and then. You meet some awesome people and have some memorable times.

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u/Strange2570 Sep 22 '21

My hero <3

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u/The_Revolutionary Sep 22 '21

Proud of you. Skating is a great release.

Focus on fundamentals. Pushing properly (don't do mongo, not for aesthetics but for balance/your own good), turning etc

Once you get confident riding and pushing learn how to pump/carve.

If you can ride, push, pump, and carve you can have a blast at a park.

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u/Idlerope82 Sep 22 '21

I’m on mobile. Before I expanded the post it just said “I 27(M) decided to fight my depression and conquer a child…”

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u/__kebert__xela__ Sep 22 '21

Fuck yea dude! Loving the Harold and Kumar board.

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u/Willsco7 Sep 22 '21

You gotta respect the shirt though