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Risking It February 14, 2011

Filed under: extreme sports,injury,moms,mothers,skateboarding,Uncategorized,women — skateboardmoms @ 8:30 pm

by Patti

I knocked myself out the other day.  I was trying to drop in on a 13-foot vert ramp.  I have no memory of what happened, and there’s no video.  There’s only one picture of my unsuccessful drop, taken milliseconds after I put my front foot on the bolts.  It’s clear from the photo that things had already gone terribly wrong. 

Fortunately, it wasn’t serious.  I have a mild concussion and I tore a muscle in my shoulder.  I’m feeling better every day, and I’m already back on my skateboard.   

I’ve been lucky.  I’ve been skateboarding for almost five years now with only minor injuries.   Wearing my helmet and pads helps keep injuries to a minimum.  But injury is an unavoidable part of skateboarding.  Everyone pays the piper sooner or later.

For me, it’s a worthwhile risk because I love to learn.  It’s thrilling when a new skill finally reveals its secrets.  But learning is a trial-and-error process.  Nothing comes to me for free, and I have to experiment a lot.   That means I fall a lot.  It’s the price of understanding.

There are other reasons why I risk it.  Skateboarding forces me to examine my own beliefs about what I’m capable of.  I’m doing things today on a skateboard that I never thought I’d be able to do when I began.  I’ve learned that the limits of my ability are governed chiefly by my own fears.   When I can get past the fear, the possibilities seem endless.

I also enjoy challenging other people’s perceptions of what I’m capable of.  The skater dudes’ faces light up when they see me grind pool coping for the first time.  Their definition of “skater” has just expanded to include old ladies!  I hope the moms and dads watching from the sidelines rethink their own abilities when they see me trying something new.

And there’s this:  Injuries aren’t fun, but the process of coming back from an injury can be very rewarding.  That’s when you find out what you’re really made of.  It takes determination, patience, persistence and focus.  Those traits are useful in all areas of life.

Truth is, I do lots of risky things in a day.  If I wanted to be as cautious as possible, I’d stop driving.  Being in a car is, by all accounts, the most dangerous thing a person can do.  I’d also stop riding my bike, walking in snow and showering too. 

Who am I kidding?  I’d be bored (and smelly).  And I’d be ashamed of letting my fear get the best of me.

Skateboarding makes me happy, and I feel most alive when I’m doing it.  That’s reason enough to risk it.

Skatemom Patti, back on the horse after two weeks of recuperation.


Togetherness November 17, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — skateboardmoms @ 1:11 am

If you’ve read anything about women who skateboard, you’ll know that for each person skateboarding means a multitude of things.

For some it’s their meditation, or their chance to bond with friends, or an opportunity to push themselves or any combination of these and many other things. For me it really depends on the day as to what it is, but anytime I am at the park with my family it’s a good opportunity to bond with my children and share something we really love to do.

Being in a sport that really focuses on individualism, my kids and I certainly don’t skate hand in hand. My son is usually over at the big bowl dropping in the deep side trying to do something new and daring. My daughter is often zipping through the parts of the park she likes or challenging herself to go higher and higher in the vert ramp. I’m usually pushing myself to do just one new thing each time we are at the park even if it’s small. We do our own thing.

That being said we are there for one another to cheer on, sympathize through the falls and have a good laugh. There is nothing better than showing my children that I learned something new and having them cheer me on, and vice versa. Our time at the skate park is not just about what we do as individuals, but rather a time for us to share, bond and enjoy one another’s accomplishments.

As my children grow older and move into being teenagers, I can only hope that this time together is something we can share. Even when they want their distance the skatepark and the sport of skateboarding will allow for that. Skateboarding will always be what I need it to be personally whether that’s flow, challenge, or meditation. I can only hope it is also always a chance for me to spend time with my children.

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—Smoooochie in CO


Courage. November 5, 2007


 Skatemom Ji, rock to fakie, in California.

“Courage does not always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ”  — Mary Anne Radmacher


What will you do today? November 1, 2007


Skatemom Jean from Arizona, doing what she loves most in Mexico

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” — Eleanor Roosevelt


Our Heroes, Our Heroines. October 15, 2007

Filed under: advertising,extreme sports,mothers,skateboarding,Uncategorized,women — skateboardmoms @ 8:30 pm

Flip through a skate mag these days, and you rarely see them.  Check out a contest, and they’re barely there, if at all.  But women skaters have been rockin’ it for ages.  Here are some of our faves … our heroes, our heroines.


The original First Betty, Patti McGee, skatin’ with style and grace.


Peggy Turner, bustin’ out some serious gnar.


Vert champion Cindy Whitehead; she’s been skating since before you were born.


Slalom queen Judi Oyama, taking a break in the bowl.


HOT TIP: How to pump on a half-pipe. October 1, 2007

Filed under: extreme sports,moms,mothers,skateboarding,trick tips,Uncategorized,women — skateboardmoms @ 7:53 pm

Skatemom Patti pumping her miniramp in Virginia.

Skatemom Patti pumping on her miniramp in Virginia. 

Pumping on a half-pipe isn’t easy, and it’s even more difficult to explain. But we’re gonna try, because we’ve all been there, stuck on the ramp, unable to maintain momentum. It takes time and practice to perfect your pump, but you will get it eventually.

Here are some tips that have helped many of us. Everyone learns differently. It’s important to give them all a try!

1. Understand that pumping is a lot like swinging on a swing. If you miss a pump you’ll lose momentum.

2. There are two spots you can pump on each wall of a half pipe: at the bottom of the transition, and at the top. You have to pump both ways, not just going forward.

3. In general, keep your weight centered on your board between your bolts, and keep your body perpendicular to your board and the riding surface. Keep your knees fluid and bent.

4. When you hit the wall you’re unweighting to allow yourself to go as high as possible up the wall; when you start to come back down you’re putting as much weight as possible on the board to shove it forward down the wall.

5. When you weight down at the apex — right as you’re about to come back down — it often helps to reach down and try to touch the board with your hand. That’ll put you in the right crouched position. Stand up a bit again as you get to the flat.

6. Initiate your pump from your calves. Your legs should burn after only a few minutes of pumping.

7. Some people swing their arms back and forth to help with pumping. Others sort of thrust their hips ahead of them or up the ramp to help. It’s all what works for you.
Experiment and have fun!


Thought for the day. September 24, 2007

Filed under: extreme sports,moms,mothers,skateboarding,Uncategorized,women — skateboardmoms @ 4:04 pm

Skatemom Amy, air to 50/50, in California.

Skatemom Amy, air to 50/50, in California. 

“What are we doing here? Overcoming the fear of death, of course. Why are we in the air? We are practicing, you might say, what it is to be alive.” – Richard Bach, skydiver


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