How to Choose a Skate Spot.

I'm not sure how many other skaters deal with this dilemma, but every time my friends and I go out to skate, we hardly ever know where we want to go. Dallas has a ton of skate spots and we've skated 1000's of them, but for some reason when it comes time to decide on a spot, we either drive around aimlessly or skate a handful of the same, boring spots.

This has been a problem for a long time. I've googled for spots. I've written spots down on shreds of paper and mixed them in a bag and then lost the bag. I've even used skate spot apps, but spot finder apps never work because chances are, unless it's the easiest process in the world to add a spot, I don't feel like opening an app, taking a picture, writing a description, geo locating it, etc. HOW DO I SOLVE THIS?

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Skateboarders aren't built to give up. I went back to the 'listing spots out onto shreds of paper' idea and turned it digital. I may not want to list a spot each time I go to it, but I am willing to type all the spots I can think of in one sitting. I just need to randomize it.

I went searching for an app that randomizes inputted data. Now, there is a free version called Randomizer List, but it doesn't have export features and I don't want to enter a 1000 things and then it accidentally gets erased. With this in mind, I got a 99 cent app called Randomize.

I'm sure my goal is apparent by now, but I began to enter all of the skate spots I could think of into the app in this format: City > Spot. 

The point of this article is to share this idea as a solution for the location of each skate sesh. You can download this app or one of the free ones and enter all of the skate spots you can think of. Then, before each sesh, you can tap randomize and the top 3, 5, or whatever amount of spots you're going to skate that day will populate.

Hope this helps some of you! I'm going to start a video series soon called, "Skate Spot Randomizer" or something similar to the Berrics when they threw a dart at a map and skated the spot. Maybe.

Bam Margera is Back!

I was so excited to see this video show up in my YouTube feed. Element has just posted a video of Bam Margera returning to skateboarding and he looks like he's having a blast. Bam was one of my favorite skaters back in the day and it's awesome to see him doing so well and still shredding at 37! Check out the short video below.

An Ode to Louie Barletta and Fun Skateboarding.

This week, Thrasher/Viceland put out a video entitled, "Skateboarding Legend Louie Barletta". Now I know they're just recycling clips from King of the Road to get views, but I wasn't bothered too much , because any clips (even if they've already used them) of Louie nowadays, is a gift from the skateboarding gods.

The first time I saw a part from Louie was in his Enjoi "Bag of Suck" part. Barletta was doing tricks I'd never even thought of. It was like the first time I saw Chris Haslam or Daewon Song skate - I was amazed. All I wanted to do was go do some fun/weird shit on some familiar skate spots around town. To me, that's what makes the best skate parts though. Those are the videos that immediately make me go, "I have to go try that!" 

After the part above, I was doing ollies to gaps to tail taps everywhere I went. A broken board wasn't the end of a sesh, it was a chance to make a funny video of trying to do some regular trick with a broken board. Some people just make skateboarding tricks look unattainable and that's great, but all of my favorite skaters make it look fun.

That's Daewon, Mullen, Haslam, Carlin, Brezinski, and of course Barletta. I have a bunch of other favorite skaters as well, but I like them for different reasons. These guys specifically make skateboarding so damn fun. 

Having written this article, now I'm incredibly pumped to go skate. I'll leave you with one more video and if I'm being completely honest, Subject to Change is actually the first place I saw Louie DO HIS THANG. Check it out below and then go skate! 

THE FEAR in Skateboarding.

Over the past 14+ years of pushing wood around different cities, I've noticed a trend within my own skating that I really hate. After talking to other skaters, I've found that most people have experienced the presence/return of it as well. I'm of course talking about what I and others call "The Fear" in skateboarding.

If you're unclear about what I'm referring to, it's the feeling you get when you roll up to a new or old spot and reach the edge of the obstacle. This could be the top of a gap, a stair set, a rail, or anything else that challenges your idea of what's possible for you.

As I've grown older and the amount of time I get to skate during the week dwindles randomly and grows back again, I see time and again THE FEAR surfacing. Where once I was able to roll up to a ten stair and throw myself down it with ease, I now find myself with this off and on feeling of trust/distrust in my own abilities.

It's something I imagine all skaters who grow older and gain responsibilities in life have to deal with. It really sucks though, because you still have the muscle memory there to do what you're trying to achieve, but your mind reverts back to THE FEAR and can sometimes cause you to get hurt from being unsure on a gap you used to fly down with no thought.

I'm not really sure what the point of this article is other than to state for you young skaters out there that, yes, the time will come when you no longer have the braveness (or ignorance?) you once had for flying down huge things. Additionally, I post this to tell all of you older skaters that, yes, it happens to all of us. THE FEAR is a very real thing and although it sucks, it's natural. The only prescription? Consistently always be skating huge things until your body disintegrates.  

Or, just turn into Neal Unger, which is also a pretty good choice and personally, my ultimate goal.