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5 Things I've Learned From Skateboarding: Kevin Morris

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1. People are interesting. Skateboarding allows people to be themselves without having to fit a certain niche. I’ve made friends with people from all walks of life because of it. Skateboarding is something that accepts the freaks and the geeks of the world and it’s so rad to see what people can do on a useless wooden toy no matter where they come from. It taught me acceptance of the human person; color doesn’t matter, gender doesn’t matter and, to an extent, beliefs don’t matter (we’re all animals, don’t be an asshole).

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2. I am a masochist…. Skateboarders eat shit tryingsomething that means pretty much nothing until they are beaten and exhausted. For some reason, it’s still worth it.

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3. You don’t have to be good at something to love it. Although not being good at skateboarding involves a lot of time on the ground, the smallest accomplishments can make it all worth it. Having the ability to learn something new after 10+ years of doing something is amazing. Even if it doesn’t seem like shit to someone else, it can be the best feeling in the world. It’s all about figuring out what you can do with the hunk of junk body you were dealt with; don’t sweat what other people think.

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4.It’s a good idea to take care of myself. As a skateboarder in my 20s, I’ve had back problems and knee problems that I wouldn’t have imagined happening when I was 16. Life has its ups and downs, but skateboarding is always there to come back to when the pain starts to go away. It’s a good reminder to give a care for the time being because I’verealized it might not be something that lasts forever. Guess I could always try toOg de Souza my way around when the time comes.

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5. It gave me a reason to see the world. It’s broadened my horizons and showed me that there is more out there than what’s in my backyard. There is a lot to be said about adventure and I learned the world is worth seeing. Just because we live in a world heavily populated by the human race, doesn’t mean that we’re not exploring the possibilities of every crack in the sidewalk or every incline in the parking lots. Adventure is alive and well, even if we’re not the first to canoe down the Mississippi River or scale the top of Mount Everest. It can be as easy as grabbing your board and picking a direction.

5 Things I've Learned From Skateboarding: Michael Sieben

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1. Back when graphics were still screen printed as opposed to being applied via heat transfers, a buddy showed me that you could spray OFF! insect repellant on your board and wipe the graphics off. So I started removing my graphics and replacing them with my own dorky drawings. There's undoubtedly some significance here in regards to my chosen career path.

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2. One of my favorite skateboarders when I was younger was Matt Hensley. For years I dressed like him and copied his hairstyle (buzz cut). I looked super dorky with such short hair because I have big ears. Nevertheless, time and time again I clicked on the clippers and went for it. What I learned from this is that you don't have to look or dress like your heroes to appreciate them. It's actually cooler if you don't.

 

3. This goes for life in general, but I've learned that there are way more people who talk about doing things than there are people that actually follow through and do things, whether that be making a video, starting a company, making a zine, etc. Try to find the people who actually see things through and hang out with them.

 

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4. I learned that it's better to not bomb a hill after drinking a 40oz of Olde English "800" malt liquor. It only took seven stitches above my left eyebrow to learn that.

 

5. I've also learned that you don't have to be good at something to love it. I've been skating for 28 years and I'm still barely mediocre at it. Nevertheless, it makes me so happy to roll around, even if I'm just doing kickturns and scratch grinders.

5 Things I've Learned From Skateboarding: Robert Southall

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1. Skateboarding has taught me that life will change up on you. It's like an old road that goes on and on forever, it's impossible for that road to stay  smooth , you will hit rocky spots and holes. But in order to be bomb that road to the end you have to be able to adapt to all terrain.

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2. It's taught me how to be open, not judgemental. Accept all sorts of people. You never know how much you really have in common with that stranger next to you.

Bobby's alter ego "Dirty Chris" 

Bobby's alter ego "Dirty Chris" 

3. How to take the worst fall and not give up. Never accept failure, and if in that moment I don't succeed there is always another day your goal can be accomplished.

4. Patience , everything in life doesn't come easy. Some times you have to wait for that big moment.

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5. Skateboarders are the realest. The people I've met the past 10 or more years of my life have become my family. We all share that instant bond that a average person would never, and probably ever, understand.  I love skateboarding. 1st love until death.

Bobby and the crew out in Arkansas

Bobby and the crew out in Arkansas

Check out this edit of Bobby and the whole Arkansas gang ripping.