5 THINGS SKATERS DO THAT “NORMAL” PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND

March 14, 2013/ James Lee/ ARTICLES/ Comments: 76

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1. “Test” tricks with our hands

You know when a spot catches your eye and you just HAVE to go up to it and start imagining all the trick possibilities? And then you hold up your hands and pretend like there’s a giant invisible fingerboard under them and start “acting out” the tricks you plan on doing? Yeah.. Somehow this is a no-brainer to us but to anyone else in functioning society, we really just look like legitimate psychos.

2. Wax stuff

Stop and think about it. Most people grow up and aspire to be teachers or doctors and contribute to a functioning and healthy society. While most pro skaters are grown ass men stuffing cheap candles in their pockets, rubbing wax on public slabs of cement when no one’s looking and grinding them down with a toy invented in the 60s. We really are assholes.

3. Publicly yell at inanimate objects

Most people get frustrated with stuff like printers or remote controls at home or in the office, but are always a little embarrassed about it. But for a skateboarder, it’s perfectly normal to talk to a crack in the sidewalk, kick a curb, or scream at the top of your lungs at a handrail in the middle of a busy pedestrian area.

4. Have strange little rituals

Skateboarders are a genuinely a neurotic bunch. Everything has to be perfect, just the way we like it, otherwise we can’t “perform.” We have to apply our own grip, turn our wheel graphics inward, put our nuts and bolts in a special order and sticker our boards “perfectly.”

5. Wear shoelace belts

Because it’s so common in skateboarding, it’s easy to forget that this isn’t something “normal” people do. They go and actually spend money on an accessory to keep their pants up, while we proudly trot around with some cheap shoelace that looks like a thong when bending over. It’s always funny when you bring back a girl for the first time and she goes to undo your belt. That’s when you have to pull up your shirt, smile, and proudly show her how you still wear your pants like a 12 year old boy.

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Comments

  1. Joel

    August 20, 2013 7:33 pm

    I think a skater’s complete inability to walk through a puddle has been forgotten here, please tell me I’m not the only one…

    • skate, fall, repeat

      September 9, 2013 11:59 pm

      I`ve never heard that one before, but I sure as hell wont skate through them, It`ll ruin my bearings……I like my bearings……

    • nate

      June 27, 2014 6:25 pm

      I do jump over puddles if I’m out walking with my board heading to a spot. The driest path is often the the best path.

  2. Zionist4life

    August 21, 2013 1:12 am

    Do you think by writing this makes you cool asshole? I don’t give a shit.

  3. Zionist4life

    August 21, 2013 1:14 am

    Long live Scooters!

    • skate, fall, repeat

      September 9, 2013 11:57 pm

      oh hell no!
      long live skateboards! :P

      And I think this was copied, I have read before…… I can`t seem to rember though hmm.

      Lastly, Why are people getting angry, I think this is quite comical.Allthough a sterotype I honestly dont think he hates skaters.
      Live by the Board!

  4. orezona

    October 8, 2013 11:12 pm

    Guilty as charged on the neurosis… I always have to put my right knee pad on first before the other one during a session. The shoelace belt also works great for air travel! Fuck you, TSA!