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alleykat
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« on: June 21, 2011, 05:08:28 AM »

First off my son would probably shit if he knew I was posting anything.  My son is 14 and skateboarding for about two years now.  I support him 100% the only problem is I don't know if he is any good or what I can do to help him move forward.  Besides buying him boards and driving him to the skate park which now has closed down, what can I do to help.

I wanted to post a few short videos from when he first started 2 yrs. ago and some of recent and give me some honest opinions and critiques on what would make him better.  Thanks!

2009 Footage:

http://youtu.be/5e5Ca9VOS9A
http://youtu.be/muJJqOsHsag
http://youtu.be/zSCYhdl9Aes
http://youtu.be/YIoJxCoSd_I

2011 Footage:

He is in the jeans in this video
http://youtu.be/XTh5cS7OMpM

http://youtu.be/OCS_BCfgQQo

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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 08:06:10 AM »

Want an honest critique?  You shouldn't be worried about whether he is any good or helping him move forward or get better.  Skateboarding isn't a career path, its about having fun.  Worry about him having fun.  That is how he will get better.  Build him a mini-ramp and a fun box, buy him boards and shoes, take him and his buddies to the park and on trips occasionally and you will be a rad dad.
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011, 08:42:37 AM »

^^best advice you can get
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2011, 09:20:11 AM »

Want an honest critique?  You shouldn't be worried about whether he is any good or helping him move forward or get better.  Skateboarding isn't a career path, its about having fun.  Worry about him having fun.  That is how he will get better.  Build him a mini-ramp and a fun box, buy him boards and shoes, take him and his buddies to the park and on trips occasionally and you will be a rad dad.

quoted for truth.
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2011, 09:44:57 AM »

Thank you for that.  Thats pretty much how things are right now.  He is doing his thing from the time he wakes up until he goes to bed.  We don't have much in our town for the kids that do skate.  We try to get everyone together and bring snacks and crap for them.  I suggested buying a funbox for him.  Your very right this is something he enjoys and I don't want to take that from him.  I just want to support and encourage anyway I can.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2011, 02:14:18 PM »

don't worry about it.... as long as he's got a board and some friends, he'll be fine..... but you might want to tell him that playing skate standing still is fucking weaksauce.
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2011, 05:32:03 PM »

Great advise has been given. Most of us on here have been skating for decades just for the love of it with our only reward being broken bodies. It's such a long shot to actually make a living out of skateboarding. There are a ton of excellent skateboarders, but a good chunk of the time its the people with outstanding personalities that get noticed the most.

Encourage other creative outlets outside of skateboarding.  Art, music, and skateboarding are all so closely correlated. 

Welcome aboard! We're never shy of an opinion or advise... right or wrong.  Wink

And a message board observation...... girls with cute avatars always seem to get skipped on our usual hazing.  Shocked lol
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2011, 09:55:00 PM »

  I suggested buying a funbox for him. 

don't buy that crap.  spend the time bonding with him by building something.  it's really easy and builds skills. thrasher even sells a ramp plans book  Tongue
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