When I was in my freshman year in high school, one of my fantasies was to be a skateboarding star. This is what Hollywood does to a kid. My brother and I watched Christian Slaters' "Gleaming the Cube" and became instant fans of Tony Hawk. Well my dream never materialized because there is hardly any place to do skate boarding in Cebu. I remembered playing with some of my high school classmates in the first year Villamor classroom of UP High. Egbert, Jowil, Jose, Paco, Ira, and even Eduardo tried boarding, while our girl classmates were cleaning the floors. This is the time before X-games and most of the avid skateboarders here were called "Thrashers".
My brother Album even bought and destroyed some boards. We tried to do ollies and kick flips. Eventually, I fell in love with softball. I forgot all about those Tony Hawk fantasies and set my sights on becoming Babe Ruth, hehehe. My following with this hobby or sport became limited to watching X-games on ESPN or playing in game consoles. It has been years since I last watched anything related to skateboards.
Fast forward 2011. While I was in Ayala Terraces last weekend, I saw a mini-skate park in the Terraces grounds. I went to check and saw Converse having a skateboarding event. They actually set a playground for the Cebuano skateboarders. Skill-wise, it is still miles away from Tony Hawk (even at his age now), but at least I saw that the boys were really having a good time. I saw some girls watching and taking pictures but it would have been fun to see a skater girl doing some grinds (a different kind of grind) and flips.
It so happened that I brought my camera, so I took some pictures. I did not bring the right lens so I had to crop some of the photos I took.
|Thanks to Converse for such unique event|