Tuesday, August 11, 2015


My good friend, Igor Rogowski, snapped this photo on a trip to Barcelona while I was teaching 
there. We skated, explored and conquered the city during our short trip. Ernest Hemingway once 
said, "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat 
up the hills and coast down them." As much respect as I have for Mr. Hemingway, I would like to 
say that riding a skateboard is the best way to get to learn the contours of a city. It's a form of urban 
exploration that is unrivaled by foot or bicycle. A skateboarder exploring the contours of a new city 
is akin to an explorer exploring uncharted unknown territory. A skateboarder is fascinated by the 
texture of a road or sidewalk, he anticipates the slight discrepancies and adapts his biomechanics to 
continue his pursuit onward. 

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