It’s a Sunday in the spring, and you’re in the middle of a Sunday afternoon skate.
You’ve got your gear packed, and your shoes are all on the ground.
You’re waiting for the bus.
You know that it’s going to be a busy weekend.
You want to feel comfortable.
You just want to skate, right?
And when you get on the bus, it’s just a different world, and it’s different people, and there’s no place to be.
So you’ve got to be careful.
There are people around you, and they’re trying to tell you to go back, and I don’t want to go, because I’m not going back.
So I go back and I get on my skateboard.
I get off and I just try to skate.
The next thing I know, I’m in a park.
And it’s like, Oh my god, this is crazy.
So here I am in New York.
I was in the streets, in the park.
I can’t believe it.
And then I started to skate and I saw a man walking, and he was like, You know, this guy is the best.
He’s going up to the girls, he’s giving them pointers, and the girls are like, What are you doing?
He says, I skate, you’re just like, Whoa, dude.
So he tells me to come up to him, and then I start talking to him.
And I start telling him that I can skate, and his mom comes out of the house and starts walking by, and she says, You guys are so cool, and her kids are all around me, and my son is in the front row, and when I’m like, He’s here, he knows who I am.
And he says, Mom, I can tell that you’re a real skater.
So when I get to the skatepark, it is like, Yeah, I see what you did there.
It’s like a whole new world.
You are skating with some real skaters.
It just makes me feel better.
But then the bus comes and it is just a complete and utter nightmare.
I’m sitting in the back, watching the kids, and one of the girls says, Hey, can I skate?
I’m looking at her, and we go back to the park and we skate for a while.
Then we get off the bus and she comes back.
And she says to me, What did you do?
And I said, Well, I didn’t skate.
She says, Well you know, you were so good.
And my son was in front of me, looking at me, when she came up, and suddenly she’s just like I saw you.
And her face was like like, Come on.
I was like oh, wow.
So it was a good experience, and a good time.
Then the bus leaves and we’re back in the neighborhood, and by then I’m pretty good.
It was cool, but the next day, I had a skateboard, and this girl came up to me and she was like What did I do?
I was sitting there, I was a kid, and now I’m going back to school, and all these kids were like, How’d you skate?
And my friend was like I was doing it, but I didn- I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
And so I just went back to my skate park and I started skating again.
I had so much confidence, I thought that I was good enough to be in the NHL.
So then one day I was walking to school and there was this kid walking by me.
And the kid is like What do you do, how did you skate like this?
And he was saying, I got this thing that’s made me better.
And this kid was like Yeah, it works.
And we went to school.
And on the way home, I stopped, and everybody was like Why did you stop?
And you know I didn, and that’s when I started talking to them.
I said to them, Look, it was just this thing I had.
And they were like What?
Why did that guy tell you that?
And it just blew my mind.
So that’s how I got into skateboarding, and skateboarding became the sport that I wanted to be, and why I started out in the first place.
So if you want to start skateboarding and you want something new to skate in, there’s a lot of stuff to do in New Jersey.
And there’s plenty of great skate shops to choose from, and great skate parks to skate at.
It doesn’t matter if you’re from New Jersey or if you’ve lived in New England for the last couple of years, skateboarding is a great way to get into skateboarding.