My second World Round Up Online Showdown run is recorded. The music has been added. The video has been uploaded and officially been shared with the WRU team to be seen by the judges. I have to say, it is not my best piece of skating. It isn't even my best piece of freestyle skating.
I recorded it with no real plan. It is truly freestyling freestyle. I hopped on the board and did whichever tricks came to mind. The whole planning a run thing just wasn't working for me this year. Last year I was finding the time to skate a lot more and I felt much less stress about the whole thing. This year, for whatever reason, I felt stressed. I had just broken my Mike Rogers deck and was trying to record riding a completely different deck, a much smaller Kevin Harris Decomposed. Combining a nearly 1 inch shorter wheelbase with recording was stressing me out!!!!
I got on a popsicle and got the thing done. Hit record and do what comes natural for a minute. In the end I think I did one casper trick, one fingerflip, a healthy dose of footwork, a g-turn (of course), and a bunch of step off tricks that freestyle purists will hate. All in all, it is a decent sampling of how I skate other than throwing some longboard dance stuff into the mix. I'm glad it is over. I think it may be my last attempt at a WRU online contest. Of course, a year from now (if they do it again), I may have a completely different opinion.
In other news, your boy is now riding for The Groove Skate Shop, my local in Bentonville. I'm stoked to be a member of the team and I will rep them with pride. I've been in my fair share of skateshops over the years from Cal Skate in Portland to Cheapskates in Memphis and The Groove is at the top of the list of welcoming shops to go to. They cater to all kinds of wheeled sports (including quads and inline) which I think is very smart. Northwest Arkansas has a very small skate scene. By diversifying they will be able to serve more people.
I will be the freestyle skate element to the team, but I'm looking at dodging some cones in the name of Groove too (they just don't know that yet). The coolest part of the whole thing is that it will give me an opportunity to show different forms of skating to a wide variety of people. Don't get me wrong, getting flowed some product (i.e. skid plates in particular) is going to be amazing, but I've gotten flow before (thanks Outlaw, Triple 8 etc...). Getting flow is amazing, but the element of teaching future generations is what I'm stoked on. There are only so many good years left in these legs so it is time to teach the future all the different things skateboarding can be to them.