Really kind of a huge day out there on the Morning Wood Bowl. Me, Jay-Z and Linkin' and some Mastodon, a couple of Quinn's plastic animals for good luck and some stretching, visualizing, and watching Ben Krehn to get stoked. They all added up to cleanly rolling away from the fist blunt of my life. And then a few more, and then just that sound of my mind blowing open. I did one of these yesterday - and it was creepy and sketchy and just tentative and barely made. Today, I did afew, and I got that 'pop'. You see, this trick - for those of you who know it - or have tried it - really feels impossible to me. Roll up backwards, stall on the nose of the board, pop off the nose to get your whells over the coping and then nose manual back into the ramp. Just picture - on a bike - riding up a wall backwards - stalling on your front tire right on the edge - and then getting your weight so far over your front tire that you roll back in - ONLY on your front tire, gently placing your back wheel down after it clears the coping. Hmmmmmmm. Only here - there are no pedals of handlebars - just feet. And a 30 inch board with 4 wheels that are SO unstable and shoot out quicker than anything you can imagine. The slams off these tricks are epic - as your weight is so far on the nose of the board that when you slam - you just go to flat. Straight to flat. Bam. I am going to over analyze this - because it is a trick I have literally OBSESSED about for like 6 years. Part of me had given up on ever learning it in this lifetime. It was one of those tricks....like Smith Grinds, and BS pivots and other iconic tricks - that drew me back into skating 7 years ago. I wanted to be able to do those things. I didn't care if I was old (in the world of skating - I am basically twice as old as anyone - and skaters who are 20 always tell me they are getting too old to skate); I didn't care who thought it was cool ,or stupid, or lame, or even ireesponsible (see multiple surgeries, metal in the arm and people telling me to stop 3 years ago after a really bad injury). Nope. I don't have abowl in the yard to impress anyone other than myself. I don't spend hours out there skating switch for any reason other than I think teaching my body to do new things is about the coolest thing in the world - almost as cool as teaching your MIND to do new things. They are all tied together. Skateboarding is the scariest thing I do - and it's become kind of a forge for what I think is valuable and worthwhile. I have felt like my skating has been stale lately - but I blamed it on hyped up enthusiasm for other things - like snowbaording and bikes and staying fit and trails and exploring. I knew that staying in 'skating shape' which to me means skating about 4x a week - is critical. I don't want to get too far from feeling great and comfortable on a board. Too hard to get it back. So, I have been skating, and enjoying it, and on the Florida trip over Xmas I felt great on my board. I was pulling some stuff I felt like I had no business pulling. So, I wax on (wax off). But, damn. This feels good. It is a HUGE payback for all the time and energy and BODY AND MIND training that I do. Might even be a factor of losing almost 10 pounds over the last few weeks, stretching more, drinking alot less and really just taking care of myself. The dividends - are endless. Timeless. Sequence for the haters - or just for me - as I AM FRICKING STOKED!!!!!!