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« on: June 05, 2010, 04:40:21 PM »

so a mainstream paper did another article on skateboarding and skateparks... the big difference? this one actually seems to make sense.

Quote from: John Kinmonth

If you think Seattle rush-hour traffic is bad, try the Lower Woodland skatepark on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Threading the needle on the street course makes Luke Skywalker's Death Star attack look like mini golf. Little kids on Razor scooters, grown men on skateboards, teenagers on iPods and parents on lattes all converge at a patch of concrete roughly the size of a couple tennis courts. It's beautiful and chaotic — that is, until you see a 5-year-old take a hit that would make the NFL highlight reel.

Despite some negative stigmas floating around about skateparks, most skateboarders are extremely supportive of one another — including beginners. It's not out of the ordinary to see the entire park cheer for someone who learns to drop into the bowl for the first time.

Supportive or not, there are still matters of skate etiquette, not widely published, that are crucial to the safety and flow of the skatepark. While your standard city parks employee might have a different take on the subject, these are the real guidelines that every parent or kid should memorize before setting foot or board in the concrete wonderland:

No free day care

Despite the whole "Lord of the Flies" vibe going on at the skatepark, do not give into temptation and leave your child unsupervised. It seems like a no-brainer, but this happens more than you'd think. On the far side of the spectrum, skate coaching your child is equally frowned upon (see next rule).

Don't coach

As a doting parent, it's tempting to bring a Little League mentality to skateboarding, but don't — just don't. Telling your kid to work on his or her kickflip kind of defeats the purpose of this unstructured, creative activity. This list notwithstanding, there really are no rules of the sport — and rarely winners or losers — so start acting like it.

Don't snake

Snaking occurs when you drop in on another skateboarder while they are in the middle of their run. It is the single largest cause of collisions. If you accidentally snake someone, get out of their way as soon as possible and apologize. Nobody likes a snake, period. Wait your turn.

No marathon runs

This is especially common among the littlest kids. With endless stamina and infectious enthusiasm for his new Razor scooter, "little Timmy" can spend an eternity in the bowl, rolling back and forth. While endearing at first, keep your runs short and sweet and leave some for the rest of us.


Laugh

Skateboarding is silly. Nothing is worse than watching someone throw a temper tantrum because they didn't land a trick. Although rolled ankles and swollen elbows are par for the course in skateboarding, the ego is often the most bruised body part of all. Instead of throwing your board, try laughing the next time you blow it. I know we all will.

Get up

If you fall and aren't seriously hurt, get up immediately. Not only do you run the risk of being hit by an errant board, you're also about to get an ambulance call from a concerned good Samaritan.

Know your place

Looking for a nice spot to sit in the skatepark? That concrete bench seems perfect, right? Wrong. Look 30 feet past it and you'll see a kid with hungry eyes bearing down on you. Within the confines of the skatepark, it's a pretty safe bet that any ledge, bench or ramp will be skated, no matter how improbable it seems. Instead, sit just outside the skatepark or, if you must, look where other skateboarders are sitting to get an idea of a safe spot. Standing on the edge of the bowl or half-pipe is also a big no-no. You never know when or where that guy or girl riding will attempt a trick above the lip right into your shins. If this happens, see above ("Get up").

Give fair warning

If you lose control of your board, scooter, Frisbee or whatever else, yell "board" to give any unsuspecting skateboarders in the vicinity warning of your careening projectile. Now is not the time to be shy. Scream it out.

Timing is everything

Heavy afternoon sessions at the skatepark can be intimidating, especially if your child is just learning. Try mornings before 10 a.m. for a chance to roll around and get used to the park without the pressures of a full crowd. On a similar note, while one park is notoriously crowded, another can sit empty on the same day. Try Crossroads Skatepark in Bellevue for a quiet session at a perfect bowl.

Bike battles

First off, remember that bikes aren't technically allowed in Seattle skateparks. Second, know that collisions are only magnified when a 30-pound piece of twisted metal is involved. That being said, if you still choose to bring your bike into the skatepark, here are a few helpful hints to safely coexist with skateboarders and avoid banishment:

• No metal pegs — attached to bike axles for riding rails — in the bowl or on ledges. Nothing damages the coping (edge) of a bowl or draws the ire of skateboarders faster than you clunking your pegs or pedals all over the place.

• No muddy tires. Just got finished riding dirt jumps? Cool. Now wash your tires before coming into the park. Dirt and little pebbles are treacherous to skateboard wheels.

• Look before you leap. Sure, it's fun to launch five feet out of the bowl, but avoid doing it right into a crowd of innocent bystanders. Some bikers are extremely conscious of this, but others are just tragic accidents waiting to happen.

See you at the skatepark this summer — rush hour or not. I'll be the one icing my knees.

 if only all wal*mart skateboards and scooters came with a copy of this article....
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010, 04:59:10 PM »

That was a good read and I assume the reporter is a park regular?
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2010, 07:27:11 PM »

nice article. pretty much par for any where. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2010, 09:46:26 PM »

Who wrote that bailgun?
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2010, 09:57:34 PM »

Yeah, this guy gets major props from me.  NO MARATHON GLORY GOD DAMN RUNS!  And everything else, too.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2010, 03:03:38 PM »

I read this in the paper a few days ago, and am pleased that someone did this for people who think skateparks are free daycare.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2010, 06:02:41 PM »

I’ve wanted to write something like that for my local paper, I hope it gets picked up on AP and other papers run this
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2010, 09:38:05 PM »

I would love to see this in every local newspaper whenever a town gets a skatepark.

Some bicycle dudes are super cool and have their pegs and shit and even police other biker kids.
And man, those kids on rip sticks that snake everyone and play tag. I get so nervous whenever there is even a kid just around.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2010, 10:55:46 PM »

this is great, it really baffles me when a younger kid who looks like he knows whats up cuts me off and doesnt say sorry. for instance like yesterday i was clearly cut off by a younger kid but to stop us from colliding i fell off my board, slipped and broke my ankle. 10 days before my first visit to new york. damn
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2010, 11:24:13 PM »

everyone in new york needs to read this article......there is absolutly no etiquette at the chelsea park
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2010, 09:21:01 AM »

everyone in new york needs to read this article......there is absolutly no etiquette at the chelsea park

Hey, I was yelling 'dropping' yesterday morning every time I was snaking the little kids who weren't paying attention.  That middle bowl complex is pretty big though so you really just have to watch who is in it, and what people are skating before you drop.  Being from the northwest originally, and having been through several new park openings in some of the places I've lived out there, I expect we'll be seeing a lot of bad etiquette all summer, especially at prime skate hours.  I'm trying to restrict my sessions to early morning or in the blazing heat, and if you're there, I'll be watching out for you.
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2010, 12:00:44 PM »

 Angry yea and how about them asses that like to take up residence on the pyramid?  I'm trying to not be so ghetto nowadays, so I didn't say anything.  but i'm quite sure someone is gonna come along and accidently lose control of their board...and who knows what will happen then.  THE SUMMITS AND THE PYRAMIDS ARE NOT FOR YOUR PERSONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT A BUNCH OF BULLSHIT!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2010, 01:53:26 PM »

Fuck yeah, great article. I wanna print it out and post it on the mini ramp at my local park and highlight the no marathon runs. Fucking little 6 or 7 year old assholes rolling back and forth for 5 minutes while their douche parents watch thinking how precious their little fuckfaces are. Get some common fucking sense.
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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2010, 02:56:23 PM »

I think I'm gonna print of a shitload of them. And if there is a little kid running marathons or getting in the way. I'll go to my car and hand the parents the article after highlighting the no free daycare part. Watch your fucking kids!
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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2010, 03:55:35 PM »

I saw a situation a few years ago. A skater does something to fakie on a steep bank and comes in hauling ass. He nails a kid about 6-8 years old. Knocks him out, he's bleeding from his ears and nose. The dad was texting on his phone while the kid was snaking everyone. The dad punches the skater, gives him a black eye. I would want to beat someone too if I saw my kid bleeding and knocked out with some guy standing over him. But I wouldn't have been that irresponsible, I take my kid to the skatepark early in the moring when it's dead. Anyways, ambulance and cops show up. Kid goes to the hospital and dad goes to jail. All the local skaters explain to the cop that the dad wasn't doing shit, just letting his kid play in traffic...
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