Archive for October, 2008
Today I once again had good fortune to skate with Gary Holl, Christian Opperman, and others of the Bay Area sk8kings.com crew at Rengstorff Park, in Mountain View, California. And like usual, Gary managed to get some nice pictures of me. Please ignore the Forrest Gump haircut. Gary is just a great guy, and he rips. I watched him whip out 30 - 40 360s a number of times. Fellow freestyler Wally let me use his 360 board, with some very hard urethane spinning wheels. I’m in the process, after 32 years of skating, of learning proper 360s technique — in other words frontside spins. It has never felt natural to me. I never get more than 1.5 or 2 going frontside. On Wally’s board, I got up to 4, which amazingly is a big accomplishment for me. So I doubled my record, and let me tell you frontside 360s are the way to go. No tail scraping, no lost energy, just power. I will keep practicing. Lots of fun.