Friday, November 07, 2008
New skatepark open in Fukushima!
Dusted off the cobwebs from my old blades for a nostalgic skate last tuesday. Fukushima has just had a new all concrete skatepark built at Jurokunuma park about 20mins drive from my place. This is the first decent park Fukushima has seen so even though I dont skate anymore its great to see it built so the kids have somewhere to hone their skills.
As I dont own any protection gear anymore I was'nt quite game to try going hard at it like I used to back in the days but still magaged to get some decent air over the fun box, 180's, 360's and the like. My grind skills have gone to shite pretty much and I wasnt even game to try backsliding (grinding on only the back skate) (which used to be my speciality)any rails. Was also tempted to kick out a backflip in the bowl but just couldnt bring myself to do it.
Being a weekday I wasnt expecting to see many people there but I was surprised to see about 20 or so skaters aged between about 10~30. 90% skateboarers, 9% BMX and a whopping 1% rollerblading! Which was me LOL. It was a plesant surprise to see everybody sharing the park with zero attitute toward each other like can always be seen in skateparks in other countries (well Australia at least). Not sure what its like these days but when I used to go skating with the mates there was always at least one skateboarder who had to act a fool and put others not skateboarding down. But happy to report there was none of that going on here. Infact it was quite the opposite. Not suprisingly I was super unfit compared to when I used to skate and was shocked to see how much effort was needed to keep skating for long periods. Anyway I managed to get away without any injuries and had a bunch of fun bring back memories of my skating days.
An Australian photographer living on beautiful Okinawa island. I specialize in wedding photography, and shoot literally hundreds of weddings each year with my company Watabe Wedding. But I love to shoot a wide variety of subjects and also love teaching photography. I'm quite a gadget geek love to get the latest tech toys. When I'm not shooting weddings you'll find me practicing my craft in other ways, photographing my kids, Okinawa's amazing seascapes or listening to various photography podcasts.