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Friday, March 25, 2011


I Skate Therefore I Am

I’m trying hard not to be stuck in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s but that period haunts me. The ghosts of the past are periodically coming to visit me, preventing me to fully live my 2011 life. Do I really want to close the door? I really feel like it was yesterday. I remember the sound of the grinding trucks, the smell of brand new urethane, and the free fallings on the half pipe. My old scars are hurting me. Even when my soul is crying for more, my body acknowledges it. Anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Let’s go for it. I have not stepped on a slalom board for 30 years, yet two days ago at work, a friend came with a magnificent bamboo set and asked me to test it. In the past I would have taken as treason skating a bamboo board instead of a 7 ply Canadian maple. Accept no substitutes mentality, you know. Let’s go skate for lunch he said. It did not take me long to get used to the board and after 2mn I was pumping around the whole block without ever pushing, like in the ol’ days when I would pump for ever on the Trocadero esplanade or on deserted parking lots while my father was watching me. During the “vert is dead” era, I was rising above my rest and dreaming about aerials, rock-n-rolls, drops and wake up in the morning with a sour taste in the mouth. Then Chris Eggers from sk8boarding4life contacted me and asked me who I am? Do I know who I am? This blog does not even have a “bio” section…

Then, there is this ethereal question that I was first asked around 77 in front of a TV crew: “Why do you skate?” Can you believe that even 34 years after I don’t know the answer?… Is there an answer anyway? The number of years gives me vertigo…

Who are you? Why do you skate? Is this really important? You are the product and the consequences of your actions. You are what you read. You are what you eat. And you become the board and the wheels size you are using. Are guys more macho because they are using bigger wheels? Show me your board, I’ll tell you who you are. If you have a double kick, are you a vert rider? Is using MFW makes you a vert aficionado? Why look for the foundation when what matters is the outcome? My life is only at stage 3 and I’m still flirting with the coping but I don’t know the answers to those questions … The only thing that I know is that I Skate, Therefore I Am…

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Friday, March 25, 2011 




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