Mogul skating in Highvalley

Today summer was back. Even though I was there early it was hot and quite a few skaters.

I spent most of my time skating the bumps in all sorts of ways. It is a cool feeling.

Then “my” waterfall. Getting higher and higher up on the wall and I can make two rounds, sort of.

The ditch but no kickturns. Still limited by my foot.

Still contemplating if a little bit looser trucks would make life easier.

Another hot summer morning

HV1 Early-bird. Skate before the crowd arrives.

Ditch, bumps and turns. I changed one thing when I made my turn. Worked quite well.

This time it felt better. Maybe one day I will learn this elusive backward turn. I am a slow learner.

Carving in the ditch is much more fun with loser trucks though the end is not made for a not so capable goofy rider. More often then not I have to jump off.

Concrete

Sunny, solo day. Off to Highvalley. Almost empty. Happy days. 

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Been quite a while since I was in HV. I have to start halfway up in the ditch and take it very slow. But still it is fun in some way.
I don’t like pushing on flatland.  And I still am awfully bad at it. So since I am pretty alone in the park I practice this basic, basic stuff.
Then pushing in one of the pools. Much scarier in a concrete bowl than in a wooden one.  As I am very aware of. 
It is less training when you can’t pump properly.  I have changed my mind about what I like best. Now it is the mini wooden ramp!
Seems it is very trendy to start or restart skating in mature age. I am joining the crowd. 😀

Back in the Ditch

Summer in the city and the air is still . I am back in town for a couple of days. It is so hot that everyone else is out of town! Highvalley is almost empty so I try not to do what I used to, cruise the the ditch,  turn and not very much more! It is pretty depressing. I can’t do anything any more. Ditch, I used to get over the edge, now I am happy if I slowly  cruise from somewhere in the middle barely up on the banks. And the bumps…I don’t dare. But new quests.  Start agian with the easy stuff. Hopefully this time it will be a faster forward.

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Still going nowhere

Winter, indoors, yellow-belly…
The ramp is slippery. I am so scared of falling so I am still wearing out the bottom plywood. But maybe my skatebuddy (ca 8 years) was right when he commented on my wheels. They are slow. Very slow. But then again might be exactly the way they´re supposed to be…for me. I will never be able to pick up any speed and so falling is not so imminent.
But out of my two boards I want to ride the cruiser. Outdoors in the ditch…boards

 

Lonely hearts club band…

Back today. Wet, grey and totally empty park. Just me, my two skateboards and a lots of determination. I can do whatever I want so I try the bumps, the pool and of course carving down the ditch in slow motion.november1
Does not matter if the concrete is so moist since I am VERY cautious.
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I am lucky today. I slided down the ditch and managed to curve all the way up to the concrete joint with my upper wheels! What a feeling 🙂 And I pushed four times back and forth in the pool! And I find that especially hard. You have to be give yourself higher speed then I dare. Might take some time to conquer that. But overall success for me. It is fun and rewarding.

My aim is…

The weekend was just truly fantastic. No rain and sunny, even warm…for a november weekend. So I keep on trying to achieve my goal. And that is to carve down the ditch kind of fast and  up over the line on the concrete walls. ditch2
Skated twice this weekend and even though it was a little bit wet I managed not to hurt myself.
Today the weather was as expected above the 59° even if it still is warmer than usual. It was grey, dark, windy. So I hoped to see the park serene and empty. And it almost was. Just one more soul having nothing better to do on a Monday lunch.

I tried the ditch but it was too wet today. Had to wait for the other guy to leave so I could inherit his spot. I am still not able to go back and forth in the bottom trying to push my self up. So I want to be on my own. I can´t drop in and I am scared of falling. Not fun to practice like three turns in slow motion with an audience!  He left at last and I had fun doing my three turns slowly and with great care. It is some kind of pleasing feeling to do something that is hard to learn  and something your so unused to. Bit by bit you learn. Satisfying and rewarding.

Autumn skate

A clear autumn day is so nice. In this country there are not that many and they do not last long. By three thirty the sun is setting. And the sun never reaches the ditch so it is very seldom dry. And so it is wet today, as usual. It does not stop me from going cruising. Love it. Almost empty!

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