I haven’t been writing on my blog a lot lately, but that’s because I have some home rebuilding to do. Instead of writing in the spare that I do get, I go out boarding.

Lately I have been out skateboarding more than snowboarding as I had the Thursday evening for snowboarding, but this is now committed to skateboard lessons. Even though I was skeptic about taking lessons at first, I did take the challenge head on and fully committed. Tricks, maneuvers and technique I thought was impossible to learn in such a short time, turned out to be learned in a jiff. The things I learned throughout the few weeks we’ve had the lessens are:

Quarter- / mini-ramp tricks:

  • Axle stall
  • 50-50 grind
  • 5-O’s
  • Rock ‘n Roll – back & front

All of these tricks were not in my repertoire yet and still need more practice, but knowing I can do them is a very comforting thought, which I never thought possible in such a short time.

On top of these Quarter / mini-ramp tricks, Wouter took the liberty of introducing the board-slide on a tube to me. Yet again skeptic, but eagerly optimistic with my snowboard background, I listened to the explanation, looked at the demo and almost nailed it first time. A few more tries and I was actually doing board-slides myself. Who would have thought…

Inspired by this welcome addition to the repertoire I pushed myself to try a trick I had been eager to learn myself: tail stall in the mini-ramp. After a full night of skating at Area 51, the mini-ramp was deserted and I took my chance to learn it. Check the video for the result, I know I know the style still is crappy, but it’s a huge step from not being able to go back and forth in the ramp more than once to this.

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If you have any tips let me know in the comments.

Besides all the new tricks I try and keep polishing the ones I already knew how to do, but take it to the next level. My ollies are getting better and better each time I go out boarding. Finally I got a sense for the proper timing and now it comes down to practicing more and more. It also costs a lot less effort and preparation time to setup for an ollie these days, which is a welcome feat.

Important note to self; always keep in mind how to properly impact a fall when it does take me off guard. As I found out the hard way last Friday when I slammed my head near the temple, by just doing a routine ollie of the wembley which I perform weekly. Result was a few moments of stars, blurry vision and a small headache the following 2 days.