It looks very much like surfing will be admitted to the 2020 Tokyo Games. And, as night follows day, it would seem skateboarding is also moving in that direction as well. There are some who welcome this move. Others, not so much.
A petition to NOT have skateboarding in the Games has garnered over 6,000 signatures.
Whatever your take on the Olympics, one thing is for certain, the political games rival the actual games themselves.
Over at www.insidethegames.biz, you’ll find an article that quotes Ricci Bitti who seems to pretty miffed. Mr Bitti, speaking at an event called out the ISF and the WSF (both skate organizations are lobbying to represent skateboarding at the Olympics).
I am still trying to get my head around this particular statement: “Some organisation has good skaters, some organisation has good organisation.”
Let the games begin!
So there’s a story about a mother who took her daughter to the skatepark in Cambridge, Ontario (about an hour or so west of Toronto). The daughter was at first a little bit intimidated by the skaters they spotted there. Here is her Facebook excerpt:
She only had two or three runs in before you approached her and said ‘Hey, excuse me …’ I immediately prepared to deliver my ‘She’s allowed to use this park just as much as you guys’ speech when I heard you say, ‘Your feet are wrong. Can I help you?’ You proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance and steer, and she listened to you – a feat not attained by most adults.
You held her hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay away from the rails so that she wouldn’t get hurt.
I want you to know that I am proud that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. She left the skate park with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you.
The internet has gone bonkers for this story. It’s right up there with man bites dog.
It’s been quite a bit of time since I posted something on this site. I am still very much posting things on Facebook, Instagram etc. but the truth is that I have been remiss in doing a lot with this site.
It’s not that I don’t wish to. It’s just that as a one person operation, you can’t be a slave to two masters (one being print, the other digital).
Still, plans are in the works. It may take me longer to get my head around things, but after 20+ years of being on the web I am beginning to realize that niche print still has a formidable place in this world. Especially if that printed publication is free. And CW, is free.
If you can’t pick up a hard copy, visit www.issuu.com/concretewave.