5/30/14

Best of NYC: Skatepark For Beginners


Since the weather has warmed up, my boys have been obsessed with skateboarding. They would live at  the Tribeca Skatepark if they could. They are such cool dudes. Me on the other hand? I'm worried I taint the place with my purse and ponytail and water bottles and goofy smile because I can't hide how excited I am to be at a skatepark. In NYC. Omg. If my 16-year-old could see me now. She would be envious.

To avoid ruining it for everyone, I hide in the alcove that blocks the view of most of the park. It's shaded, which is good. Then there's the pipes and the loud West Side High Way and a fence and maybe another parent hiding from his kids too. Not so good. We looks like idiots as we talk about what else? Our kids.

My goal is stay out of the way and let the boys learn on their own and through observation. Nothing worse than a soccer mom like me coming along and nerding it up by taking videos and tons pictures and giving advice on something I know nothing about. Nothing worse at all.


 This video is a perfect example of being boring at the moment, but give it ten years. I'll wish is was 10 minutes long. Also: Check out what the other skaters are wearing, especially that kid with the green stripe sweatpants. It's as if fashion doesn't play a role in skateboarding anymore. This makes me totally outrageous. What is the world coming to? ;)
I took this picture a few months ago. Too bad about the filter. 
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13 comments:

  1. I am a huge advocate for kids learning how to skateboard - it teaches body control, encourages friendship, and can help in the bravery department (which most kids don't need, it seems). Often as the lone female, I enjoyed skateboarding throughout my childhood growing up on the coast of NC. Even now, these old bones will ollie off the curb just to remind the kids that I'm not a total nerd. I'm glad you're letting your boys go at it their own way- they will learn a lot from the older kids around them.
    May I gently suggest getting their helmets fitted so they cover the forehead? Proper helmet fit, replacing helmets that have sustained impact and keeping helmets on kids moving faster than they can run (as a rule of thumb) can be the difference between a bump on the head and a concussion.

    http://icsw.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/doom.EasyStepsWeb.zzy/doom.index.doom.htm

    It might be that their helmets are properly fit and I'm being a dingbat - please disregard my comment if that is the case. Happy shredding!

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