11 September 2014
Today some skater kids practiced jumps and flips at the slope on the Spreewaldplatz. They did it with the the listlessness of someone who knows that this activity is not quite as hip and cool as it used to be in the 90s. They seemed quite capable though.
In my experience, whenever you come across skater practicing jumps and tricks in public places, most of the time they seem hopelessly clumsy and incapable of doing the stuff they wanna do. So I asked myself, where do they go, once they’ve mastered those aerials, skids and grinds, you only ever see people practicing in the very early stages of their skateboarding career. A strange thing really cause, you assume that as long as you can’t really pull it off you would practice in private and only once you’ve managed to perform these stunts properly you dare to do them in public places. With skaters it seems the other way round. Once they perfect their art, they seem to go somewhere private were no-one can admire their incredible skills.