Does Being Creative and Riding a Skateboard Make Total Sense?
On the weekend you can find me and Tiger, our 3-year-old daughter learning to skate at the East Coast Skate Park here in Singapore. The trouble is I’m middle-aged and slow, and Tiger prefers to ride her bike.
But fuck that, let’s explore Creativity and Skating.
Warming up on my Carver (It feels faster on the board) And yes, I need to bend my knees more!
But First Which Skateboard Works For Me?
Through trial and error, chatting with fellow skaters and trying a ton of boards, I settled upon riding a Carver Surf Skate (my board is 2019 | 30.75″ Booster Surfskate Complete). Growing up in London I never learned or had an opportunity to surf. Most skaters probably think the surf skate is an unusual choice for a new skater 😉 However, the elegant way you ride a surf skate appeals. Using your shoulders to gain momentum down through your body to the board, it’s a super work out.
Watch this space as I’m setting a goal of ‘dropping in’ to the 8ft bowl, carving and riding out by the end of 2019.
Carver Skateboards Story + Creativity
Watching the Carver story in the film Movement 21 Years Of Carver, it’s incredible to see what the Carver team achieved through passion, experimentation and just working hard and having a go. This approach is my life long mantra for creativity.
Skating and creativity have a super high failure rate, maybe you try a trick 50 times before you hit that sweet unison of body, feet and board. As Creatives, we shoot a bunch of frames, revise a design over and over, and here we are faced with failure. For sure and without a doubt, we shoot 100 times more bad images than good. We knock out whack design after whack design. But this is what we do; we navigate failure to get to the killer shot, the decisive moment, the MAGIC!
Enjoy the Carver story and if inspired grab yourself a board over at Carver.
Rodney Mullen ‘Pop An Ollie + Innovate.’
Watching this super dope Ted Talk by ‘the godfather of street skating‘ Rodney Mullen, I learned further the solid relationship Creativity and Skating share. Rodney talks about innovating through failure using trial and error. Almost over-night Rodney lost his income, status and purpose as the skating world abandoned flat park riding to embrace street skating. Rodney had to create new tricks and ways of skating; he had to innovate, think creatively and rebuild his career.
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