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.

My 10 Favorite Dallas Local Skate Parts

Dallas and North Texas in general, are full of heavy shredders. Over the years, I've seen so many parts put out that I loved, so today, I thought I'd pay homage to those skaters. Here are my 7 favorite skate parts to come out of the Dallas area. 

Drake Flores

I honestly don't know Drake very well, though the few times I've said 'hi' to him, he's been a really cool dude and he obviously shreds. When I went to the D.R.E.A.M. premiere, this was the first part I had ever seen from him and right out of the gate, he does a trick I can't even imagine doing in my lifetime. Such a sick part. Check it out below!

Ke'Chaud Johnson

You may have seen Ke'Chaud at any number of the skate competitions on TV now, but he used to just shred the DFW area, before he moved to California. Over the years, I've gotten to know Ke'Chaud and there are a lot of little nuances about him that you wouldn't guess.

He's a really interesting dude and probably one of the best, most consistent skaters I've ever seen in real life. There is no rail too long for him to grind and every time he puts out a part, you know it's going to be some next level stuff. Dude is a beast. If you read this, Ke'Chaud, let's jam out to some KPOP soon. 

Darby McVay and Kenny Hampton

I grew up skating around Darby and have been lucky enough to have stayed in touch with him over the years. It's awesome to see him still ripping. I've skated with Kenny Hampton on and off a few times over the years and he's always been a cool ass dude to be around. I recently found they posted this video from around Dallas and the now un-skateable slab spot in downtown. It became an instant favorite. Check it out!

Sean Saltamachia

Sean ended up moving to California, as did most of the D.R.E.A.M. crew, but I used to skate with him a lot at Allen skatepark before he left. He's another Dallas shredder and one of the most technical skaters I've ever skated with. Check out his amazing part in the D.R.E.A.M. video below.

Erik Ostos

I remember going to the Fast Forward premiere back in the early 2000's. It was my first skate video premiere and the first time I saw footage from other skaters in the North Texas area. I was blown away by this whole video.

One of the parts that stuck out the most however, was Erik Ostos's part. As fate would have it, over a decade later, my friend Cole and I were skating the skatepark in Roanoke, Texas and we ran into him there. He was such a nice dude and it was great to tell him how much that video and his part impacted my life.

Cody Jacobson

What can I say about Cody? Cody is dope. He's an awesome skater and all around great dude. I grew up skating with Cody on a small skateshop team in Wylie, Texas. Shortly after, him and I got sponsored by a deck company from up north called Crucial Skateboards.

Since then, Cody has moved to California and has continued to shred. Before he left, he put out a part through Rythm Skate Shop. You can see how amazing of a skater he was even two years ago below.

Dyemond Daniel

I first met Dyemond while working at Fast Forward (RIP) in Collin Creek Mall. His video was the first time I'd ever seen anyone skate the elevator ledge in East Plano (1:05 in the video). If anyone's ever been there, you know that ledge is extremely steep and hard to skate. On top of killing spots, he was a really cool dude to talk with. Since then, I randomly see him from time to time at Allen skatepark. Hope you're doing well, man!

David Sauceda

David is one of those dudes that has always been amazing at skateboarding. Even back in 2003/04 when I met him, he was doing things I'm too scared to try now after 14 years of skating. One trick that sticks out was a kickflip back lip on the bigger quarter pipe at Rowlett skatepark. Absolutely insane.

I'm pumped to say that I still get to skate with him now. The part below was one of his newer parts from the Texalona video. Check it out below!

Michael Tang

Michael and I grew up in the same neighborhood in Garland, Texas. I was always envious of how good he was. Any spot he showed up to he shredded. I didn't really talk to him much until a little later in life and have since lost contact with him. I still see him from time to time on Instagram and YouTube killing spots.

When the video below came out, I was so excited to see spots my close friends and I skated all the time and couldn't believe what tricks he was doing on them. This video still holds up today and pumps me up to skate. Check it out below!

Chase Duckworth

In a story I've proudly told time and time again, Chase was the reason I chose skateboarding over rollerblading back in 2003. Both of us skated the Rowlett skatepark all the time and I would show up with both rollerblades and a skateboard. He stopped me and said, "You should chose one and focus on that one" and of course nudged me towards skateboarding. He would stop his skate sesh just to give me pointers on how to kickflip when I asked.

Chase was one of the nicest dudes I had ever met and sadly he passed recently. I wish I would have gotten to tell him how much of an impact he had on my life. Skateboarding made me into the person I am today, so unknowingly, he changed the course of my life. I grew up watching him skate in person and on the internet. I remember seeing the tre flip below and thinking it was absolutely insane, because that's one of the biggest 9 stairs I've ever skated. Rest in peace, man. We all skate for you now!

Dallas Skate Spots and Counting

Recently, I've been trying to go through all of the skate spots in the DFW area and film a minute or two of footage. My friends and I are only on episode 9 so far, but the point is to create a YouTube playlist and page here on Koonagi to showcase different spots. This will take awhile obviously, but I'm sharing the locations in the video descriptions so skaters here can skate them too.

You can follow us in three different places:

YouTube

DFW Skate Spots page

DFW Skate Spots

Finding skate spots around the Dallas Fort Worth, Texas area to shred and spread!

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