In this post, I’m going to share with you what I have learnt about longboard skateboard riding in a weekend!
A few weeks ago, my stepson announced that for his 16th birthday, he would like to get a longboard skateboard.
Now, for those that don’t know what a longboard skateboard is, here is the definition provided by Wikipedia.
“A longboard is a type of sports equipment similar to, but not the same as, a skateboard. It is often longer than a skateboard and has a wide variety of shapes. Longboards are commonly used for cruising and downhill racing, known as longboarding, rather than skateboarding.”
Sounds like fun doesn’t it!
Needless to say, that the rest of the family had a go on the longboards and saw the potential for some serious fun. Within a week, everyone in the household had called in their birthday presents early. Now all four of us are proud owners of our very own longboard skateboards.
The Moment That Changed Everything
So in my mid-forties, I decided to take up longboard riding! WTF, am I thinking!
In my infinite wisdom, I decided to call Coach on my way home from work and said that I would meet him down in the local car park under the cloak of darkness to get a few pointers and give this a go. We met, I stood on the board and it almost went out from underneath me. It was at this point, I realised, that…perhaps I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.
Needless to say, I’m no quitter! I stood on it again, this time holding on to my partner for dear life, I kinda edged forward. For the next 20 minutes, Coach held on to me, whilst, my confidence grew. I decided to ‘give’ it a little more. Just as I did, Coach said to me, “watch out for the palm seed pods”, that were littered on the ground right in front of me. No sooner, had he said it, than I ran over one. Well, let me correct that, the board stopped and I jettisoned off the front and on to my back, somewhat resembling a turtle upside down. I lay there laughing hysterically for the next few minutes before I got up, dusted myself off and jumped back on the board. Strangely enough, I was somewhat hooked.
Fast forward to the weekend and I decided that I wasn’t too much of an embarrassment to be seen in the light of day and again headed back down to the local car park. This time, I was all over it. Push….skate….glide, repeat. I had this nailed!
It was at this point that clearly my cockiness, of what should have been my yesteryear, kicked in and I decided to go for a few turns. Part way through a turn, I realised I wasn’t going to complete the transition before heading into a bollard surrounded by a patch of grass and I decided to bail out.
I stepped off with my back leg, but for whatever reason, my front leg didn’t get the message and I ended up in some odd looking split. One foot on the asphalt and the other on the board before I buckled and my knee twisted into some weird position before kissing the ground and removing the first few layers of my epidermis. This time I didn’t laugh. I didn’t cry, but I certainly lay on the ground clutching at my left knee for what seemed like an eternity.
Coach came running over to assist in the best way he could. As I sat there stunned, brushing the small pebbles from my new graze, I said, “What the fuck are we doing! We aren’t 20 anymore.”
My day was done and we started to walk/hobble home. The afternoon was spent undertaking the R.I.C.E method. (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
So, what did I learn?
- That I should have taken this up in my youth!
- That it is harder than it looks!
- That I’m soooo not fit!
- That accidents are going to happen, so be prepared for bumps, grazes, bruises and anything else that unfortunately may come your way! Oh and that these days, I take longer to heal!
- On the upside, I learnt that it is actually quiet fun and it makes for a great way to spend time with your partner or kids, if you have them (providing that they are not too embarrassed to be seen out in public wif ya)!
So what’s the craziest thing you have done in your forties? Did you bounce back?
Feeling crazy? Perhaps, like me, you refuse to let the ageing process get in the way of living life to the max. and want to get into long-boarding for yourself. If so, check out this article…..how to choose a longboard.
Update: I’ve not done any structural damage, thank goodness, but I have given myself a nice Grade 1 Knee Sprain, which will see me potentially out of action for some 4-6 weeks, depending on how quickly I heal.