Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My long time friend Josh Blasko told me the other day that he wanted to write something for Seasons, so I told him to "gopher it". Here's what he had to say...

Skateboarding is something that I truly hold dear to my heart. To me it's poetry in motion, total connection to the mind, body and soul. It's nothing at all and everything all at once. Any person to ever set foot on board understands what I'm saying. It's a passion, a drug and a total committed relationship that lasts forever. Skating isn't the X-games and mega ramps to me, It's ollieing down 4 stairs for the first time, or doing a flat ground kickflip while your friends are yelling and screaming for you like you just 360 flipped the Gonz gap. I'm now 31 years old and the people I skated with when I was 14 are still my very best friends. It's weird how a piece of wood, some metal, and urethane can shape a persons life, but if you ask anyone who skates they'll explain it to you like it's their job. And it doesn't matter if Danny Way is telling you or Joe Blow rolling around in a school parking lot they'll both talk with a passion and spirit that few really understand. I've learned more from skating than I've ever learned from any book or any classroom could ever teach me. I can still drive around town and look at the spots and tell you who did what trick at what certain spot or who used to hang out at that spot at any given day. If you ask 100 people why they skate you'll get 100 different answers and every single answer will make perfect sense. When we were kids we would dream about California and getting sponsered. But deep down it was never really about that, it was getting stoked that your new deck was there when you got home from school, or seeing someone finally get the guts to drop in on the mini ramp. Skating is in my blood and in my soul and if you're reading this it's more than likely in yours. It's the universal language that we all understand yet never had to learn. Skating isn't Tony Hawk's new video game, it's Tony Magnusson, John Lucero, Lance Mountain, Cab, Jason Jesse, Christian Hosoi, Jason Lee, Gonz, John Cardiel, Huf, Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Eric Koston, Henry Sanchez, Sal Barbier, Rodney Mullen, Daewon, Ed Templeton, Danny Way and Guy Mariano. And even more importantly it's you and me. I truly hope you "get" what I'm trying to say here in this small essay. The person who runs this blog has been a friend of mine for as long as I can remember. And I want to personally thank him for changing my life all those years ago when he told me to "just roll around while I'm at work." Well I took his advice and stepped onto his Shiloh Greathouse and as you can see, the rest is history. If you'd like to further this conversation hit me up joshblasko@yahoo.com ...Keep Skating...

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