Skate or Die!
| Grow your inner thesis
Wow, today I got back on a skateboard for the first time in a very long time. I don't mean just to cruise the halls at school or do an occasional alley session at my house. I mean in a bowl, at a park, body at risk. There's something about subversive sports that has attracted me since playing table tennis against myself with half the playing field tilted vertical. I'm inner competitive. Whether it's skating, snowboarding, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and especially surfing... sport is such a bad label. These endeavors are a lifestyle--better yet, a community. 'X'Games. X for Extreme. Games for the non-sport of it. Open-source, if you will, and much bigger than the word team. With the proper community spirit, each learned technique is shared with the whole, and over time, new boudaries are folded into the group repetoir, i.e. Felix with a dynamic bag of tricks. Though, it's not enough just to have a bag of tricks. Your moves. Worse yet, your move. There's a thing called "style" that is a bond between you and your predecessors.
For a time, you copy.
For a time, you innovate.
For a time, you are copied.
Not unlike architecture, style consists of non-spoken mannerisms that link techniques to a larger body of inquiry. Aerials, for instance. Launching yourself into the air and separating yourself from Earth by as much as 10-20 feet or more. Thesis is very similar to learning to do your first aerial, and at SCI-Arc, this means doing it in a way that is a bit counter culture. Non-Sport. Challenging the norm at every session. Challenging your norm at every session. Challenging our norm. Sessions. Transitions. Folding... into a Community.
+ DIY | San Pedro Skatepark Association
+ X Games 12 | Los Angeles (Aug 3-6)
+ A critique on the spectacleSite 01
| Shed the protectionSite 02
| Locate a trajectorySite 03
| Define existing boundariesProgram
| Connect to the subversiveSessions
| Master your predecessorsTransitions
| Script a new scenarioFolding
| Share the new testCommunity 01
| Become the new lineCommunity 02
| Open Source DIY