Summer is, by far, my favorite time of the year. I've always loved skating in the heat, and I love that it can rain for thirty minutes, but the concrete is dry less than two hours later and I can skate.
Now that the World Round Up Online Showdown is over the next project becomes getting my part ready for the next NeverWas Skateboarding video. For those of you don't know, Luchaskate used to be a blog, 'zine, podcast, publisher, and Facebook Group. Running all of these different arms of the Luchaskate world was basically a second job for me for several years. When I decided to retire the brand and just have the Luchaskate blog/website (which I retired for awhile), I handed the Facebook Group over to two of the primary members of the group that I admired. They changed to name of the group to NeverWas and made it a closed/private group. That group, over the last four years, has put out a video featuring group members each year. The videos get posted to Youtube and DVDs are made for purchase. Each year I produce a part for the video. I look at the parts as a way to show where my skating is at that particular time.
Last year I did a longboard freestyle part. The year before was a mix of longboards, skateboards with street and freestyle. The year before was mostly bank skating and slalom.
This year will be, of course, mostly freestyle, but I may set up some cones for a little change of pace at some point. I also may get some ditch skating in for the video. I haven't been to Springdale and Rogers to skate ditches in a bit. It is just so easy to get a freestyle session in without doing tons of traveling to a spot. I literally have freestyle spots near everywhere I go in my everyday non-skating life. I have two covered spots and about five other spots scattered around the area I live in so no matter where I'm going or where I've been, I know I can get some skate time in.
That is one of the great things about freestyle, and one of the things Kevin Harris touched on in a post he wrote in the Facebook World Round Up Group last week. He wrote how Stacy Peralta knew that he could send freestyle skaters anywhere in the world and they could do a demo because all they need to showcase their art was a flat, concrete patch and a skateboard. I will never forget seeing Rodney Mullen skate a demo in Little Rock, Arkansas when I was 13 years old. He skated a small square of mall floor surrounded by a crowd that cheered him on. He didn't need ramps, curbs, or any other type of obstacle. I'll never forget how amazing he was to watch. I don't think he fell one single time. His 360s, ollie grabs, and kickflips were amazing.