Tony Hawk and Ryan Sheckler are old news. Their played out careers and “classic” style is so out of the running for coolest skaters. It is time for new talent to overwhelm the skater community. It is time for the Nyjah Hustons of the world to come out of the shadows and display their talent […]
Tony Hawk and Ryan Sheckler are old news. Their played out careers and “classic” style is so out of the running for coolest skaters. It is time for new talent to overwhelm the skater community. It is time for the Nyjah Hustons of the world to come out of the shadows and display their talent so they can show new and old skaters what the new classic looks like.
Here at CB, we have our own community of sidewalk surfers. Though it may be small, the population is growing due to new interests in the sport. For some, it’s more than just a hobby to take up on the weekends. For others, it even means downloading a $6 game on their iPad to keep them busy during important classes like Human Anatomy and Civics. For those of you who don’t know who I am clearly hinting at, it is the one and only Dominick Poletti (’19).
He started skating around his sophomore year of high school due to a rising interest between him and his buddy,
“Me and my broski Stephen saw this skate video and we had the bright idea to buy a skateboard and the rest is history.”
To Mr.Poletti, skating is not just a hobby that he just kind of cares about. You can catch him and his “broski” Stephen Sedleniek (’19), also an avid skater, completely out of dress code in the hallways wearing their notorious FTC hoodies, beat up Vans, and earbuds hanging down their sweatshirt.
Though Stephen and Dom got into skating together, they had different reasons for why they got into the sport.
“I started because it looked fun and I wanted to to have something to do when I got bored,” Stephen says, “I got into it because of snowboarding and watching skate videos”.
The duo skates at the same parks, so if you’re ever at McClatchy Park, Southside Park, or anywhere in Downtown Sacramento, there is no doubt you’ll see them and their skater swag.
Not every skater has the same style though. One in particular prefers little hoop earrings and a dark monochromatic vibe. Yes, I am talking about the iconic sophomore Lamar Jones (’21). Mr. Jones is a little more comfortable with the skater life since he has been skating for four years.
“I started because my brother got a skateboard which he never used, so I stole it and started learning how,” he says.
Lamar did not choose the skater life; the skater life chose him. He found it within himself to produce a natural talent for the sport, and though his skating has not been consistent for the past four years, he’s grown every single time his feet touched the board.
Their favorite skate brands are what really determine their sidewalk surfing swagger. After asking the three skater boys their favorite brands, they said FTC. Poletti also enjoys the more commonly known brands like Vans and Adidas. Lamar likes the hardcore skate brands like Primitive and Krooked. Stephen, like Lamar, enjoys the raw skate brands that really show what he’s all about, such as Baker and PLA Skateboarding.
Though every skater has different style, they all have a similar love for the little things in the skater world, like all the coolest skate videos. These videos show viewers the lives and styles of skateboarding groups everywhere and give amateur skaters an idea of what they want their style to be.
“My favorite videos are probably Baker 3, Pretty Sweet, Illegal Civilization 2, and Bronze 56 It’s Time” says Poletti.
“My favorite skate video is Aaron Jaws 25 Stair,” Lamar says.
“Favorite skate vid is probably photosynthesis by Alien Workshop, or Roll Up by GX1000,” Stephen says.
The skater world is growing by the day. Everyone wants their style, their persona, and their confidence. The greatest part about the sport of skateboarding is not having to have previous experience in it. Anyone of any race, gender, or athletic ability can buy a board and hop on the wave of skateboarding.