It has been about two weeks since I've posted on this blog. If I'm honest (and there is no reason not to be), I can tell you that, while my WRU run is coming together, it hasn't gone particularly well. At least it hadn't until yesterday. It has been incredibly rainy for the last two weeks and very hard to get good sessions in. While I am still able to skate on rainy days, I am forced to move under a park gazebo or into my garage where there isn't enough room to put many things together unless I just do tricks from tailstop.
Yesterday I gave up trying to add tricks to the run. Instead, I went out to skate and just did what felt right.
What I ended up with was footwork heavy minute of skating. This is exactly how I skate. Doing footwork is about 80 percent of my freestyle so it only makes sense that my run will be me skating like I always skate. It is a very simple run with very few flips so I don't know how it will go over with the judges, but it is how I truly skate and, despite it being in a contest, I skate for me. Skateboarding has always been about rolling on four wheels. I understand the concept of freestyle using every part of the board, but standing in rail has never been very interesting to me so I just don't do it (other than casper disasters and an occasional rail to casper).
As I've written about before, I am influenced by Daniel Gesmer's freestyle. He deliberately eschewed all flip tricks and made his skating about "gliding" on four wheels. He went in an very balletic/ice skating style to his skating. So, I have turned to doing some dance training while off the skateboard. It isn't that I want to skate like Gesmer. For my tastes he took it too far and all surf-style influence was taken out of his skating. However, it does make sense that to move more smoothly, like a dance, one should learn how to dance. Those movements while influence style even if I'm not actively trying to emulate the movement while skating.