Why do I skateboard? It’s a question I always consider, yet, there may not be a definitive answer. However, I can certainly attempt to explain why I am stuck to skateboarding as firmly as that seized bearing is stuck on a rusty axle. As cliché as it sounds, I never really fit in with any of the people on the sports teams I played on. I had a go at soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and golf over the course of my childhood/adolescence. Since my run-in with all of those team sports, I have realized I simply do not like being confined to an itinerary of when we practice and when we play, not to mention the majority of the people I played with were total ass wipes. Speaking of grievances regarding team sports, I played on my fair share of baseball teams where the father of a player only ever put their son at first base, on the mound, or at home plate. I sincerely did love baseball, however the politics and nepotism of it ruined the game for me—no one likes a dad that’s an even larger douchebag than their arrogant son (I’ll never forget you, coach Williams! Ha ha!).
In skateboarding, there is no roster, no mandatory practice schedule, and most importantly, no nepotistic coaches who will scold you for blowing that play. For the most part, you skate when, where, and how you want, unless the 5-0 or the owner of that private property rains on your parade of course. Contrary to the team sports in which I participated, I have made copious amounts of genuine, tremendous friends via skateboarding. I sincerely do not know where I would be without all of the impeccable friends I’ve met through skateboarding who hail from all across the United States, and the world for that matter. Skateboarding is a channel in which I can express creativity, relieve stress, and clear my mind (cliché, yet true). Skateboarding is my justification to travel and explore, in addition to a gateway by which a monotonous, day-to-day lifestyle can be transformed into one which is significantly more fruitful. There’s no team sports which are capable of delivering a more exhilarating feeling than bumping shoulders with your homie whilst descending a hill at 50 mph, or coming out of that sketchy pass alive, or touching their hip as you draft them down the hill. The travels, friends, experiences, and excitement I get from skateboarding are the reasons I do it. Why do you skateboard?
-Malek AbouljoudRead More