June Roundtable: Summer Games

June Roundtable: Summer Games

Happy… summer… I guess. Let’s talk about games that remind us of summer, that are best enjoyed in summer, and that give us those summer vibes we crave. (more…)

Exercising Mediocrity: Playing Skate 3 as Myself

Exercising Mediocrity: Playing Skate 3 as Myself

I can kickflip in real life. I can also ollie down a five-stair. What I can’t do is kickflip down a five-stair! Every time I’ve given it a go, it has always ended with some part of my body bloodied and/or scraped after an all-too-personal meeting with the pavement. Falling is a big part of skateboarding, and learning how to fall is one of the most important aspects of ensuring that your time with skateboarding is longer rather than shorter. Skateboarding is an exercise in pushing against gravity with concrete and metal. The concrete and metal always win, but sometimes a skater can work with them to cheat gravity and land a trick—an endeavor that can often feel like a war of attrition; small steps towards progress that are punctuated by often hard slams. Through accepting that one’s body can only take so much punishment and the humbling fact that most of us will never go pro, we must accept our boundaries. (more…)