It’s that time of year again. The temperature has dropped, the roads have iced, and while you were waiting for them to melt, they got salted (DAMN YOU INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT!) As any skater can tell you, the winter can be the hardest time of year for a die hard. The cold inhibits skating and makes falling all the worse, and if you do get a day when it’s bearable out, chances are your roads are shot.
We thought we’d sit down and talk about one or two or a few ways to pass the time in the winter, and to learn to coexist with ALL the seasons. Winter is cold, but it doesn’t have to be miserable!
Will Royce shows that a little snow can’t stop him – Photo Credit: Rob Rodrigues
The easiest solution is to do what it takes to ignore the weather. Sounds stupid simple? That’s because it is. The benefits: you can skate, now go skate. Also, the slight added sketchiness that a little adverse terrain adds can make a skate session or spot all the more fun! The negatives: you can only bundle so much before you start losing mobility and skating can get dangerous, plus falling on freezing pavement will always hurt, no matter how many sweaters you’re wearing.
Sam Ettore layers a parka over his leathers for a fantastic late fall look – Photo Credit: Sean Riley
Not only can you bundle up for the outside frost, there’s always the option of staying indoors. Now I’m not suggesting vegetating in front of the TV for 5 months like some video game playing bear. Buuuuuut, a parking garage has a roof! And is therefor inside, and more than likely safe from the elements. Head down to your nearest mall or other large, multi-level car park (we recommend in the evening when most of the cars and concerned security guards have left). Just keep in mind to be respectful if you are asked to leave, but until then, shred on! Winter can’t hold us down!
Many people attest that the origins of skateboarding lie in surfers who wanted to carve waves when the waves just weren’t there. So to keep up in the off-season (off-days?) they put wheels on wood and would carve the streets. Another solution to the winter blues is to take a page from those bro’s book and find an off-season hobby or sport. It can get expensive but for those who have the means, if you’re a skater who hasn’t stepped foot on a snowboard, you need to change that. Hitting the slopes on a board or on ski’s can be a fantastic way to get that speed thrill that so many downhill skaters crave!
Bustin shipping and paint crew getting down on the snow
The point is that Winter doesn’t have to be the death of your social life every year. Winter gives us the opportunity to try new things, to get in touch with other friends and family, and to pursue our other hobbies. I touched base with Khaleeq of Khaleeq Photography (you’ve seen his photo’s in Skate Slate, Concrete Wave, as well as all over our Facebook and Instagram!) about his experience skating and shooting in the winter. Here’s his two cents…
“The best part about shooting during winter is when you’ve finished shooting and are in a warm place. Despite the cold, winter is one of prettiest times to shoot. The snow can either help a photo look gnarly and harsh or graceful and soft. Personally, soft and graceful for sure. Hardest part about shooting in the winter is standing in the freezing cold, toes numb, fingers unmovable, and face frozen. But if all works out, you get that perfect shot that makes it all worth it. Winter gives the skater a unique opportunity to play with their surroundings. Sliding through snow always looks sick! Compared to summer where all there is is just the road and maybe a few leafs. Not every one is use to seeing a sick snow photo, so shoot”
And last but not least, if you just can’t get past the bitter cold, feel free to settle in, talk to your family (I’m sure they’ve missed you out on the hill!) and maybe see a movie! I hear Ben Stiller has a new flic this winter?
Is that a Boombox…?
Thanks for tuning in!