By Chloe Rusconi Posted December 17, 2008
Up the ramp and into the air, the board leaves your feet, does a 360º turn, reconnects with your feet just as you land on the ground, you have just landed the backside kickflip. Does this sound familiar to you? If you ask a basketball player or a cheerleader they would probably think that you were going crazy, but to a skateboarder, it is a difficult trick but everyday term.
“The adrenaline rush when you land a trick makes skateboarding fun,” said junior Daniel Lockaby.
Sophomore Cameron White said, “It’s different than other sports, you can always change it up.”
Intrigue is a common reason that many start to skateboard, it’s wondering what it’s like to land the 360 flip or the shuv it that propels them to head to the skate park. Some people just want to have some excitement in their lives; they get bored with the same old routine.
With the skateboard “look,” the Fallen clothes and Element shoes, the heavy metal music like Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu, it’s easy to stereotype skateboarders.
Lockaby thinks people see skaters as, “the skater punks that do drugs and wear tight pants.”
White doesn’t care if people stereotype him because he said skateboarding is his thing, and other people have their things. Unlike White, who cares immensely about school and his grades, Lockaby has is different: school comes second and skateboarding comes first. He would rather be skating than sitting at a desk.
Although their priorities differ, the two can agree on one thing: skateboarders like to hang out with skateboarders just like cheerleaders tend to hang out with cheerleaders’, saying that, Lockaby and White both agree that they have a diverse group of friends, not only skaters. Regardless of whom they hang out with or what they wear, they just want to have fun and skate, whether it being the most important thing in their life or just a hobby.