"...it was much more difficult than I expected."
I've always been a fan of Adam Howard. I'm not even ashamed to say it, at all. Not even a little. I'm sure I would be ashamed to say it to his face, or in front of him, but I'm not ashamed to say it on this blog. I think it has something to do with Adam's nature. I can actually recall vividly the first time I met, spoke to and skated with him. It was either in the beginning of 2009 or the end of 2008. Adam was skating solo, and was wearing those Lakai Carroll selects, the ones with all the early 90's screen grabs all over the side of them. I meekly asked if he had the DVD that came with them, and he replied that he did, and I could have it. I just had to go to Refuge one day and meet up with him. I never did. I was insanely shy at the time, and was terrified of being that weird dude. But that is a perfect summary of Adam Howard. He'll be nice to any random kid that isn't a total kook, and offer a DVD to the ones that are.
- Allen Dillard
Bump to bar Ollie --- photo: Broadway
I got into skating because of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. I thought it looked super easy, but when I got my first board from Cheapskates (a World Industries Wet Willy deck, mind you) I quickly found out that it was much more difficult than I expected.
I would skate to the school by my house and skate these ledges all day with a small group of middle/high school friends. The funny thing is, they all quit and I'm still doing it 13 years later. Skateboarding has introduced me to everything and everyone I know.
"I owe my skateboard everything..."
Crooked Grind --- photo : Broadway
"...I'll never be able to pay it back."
Through skateboarding, I've gained teaching opportunities, friendships, and even a girlfriend because of people I've met because of my skateboard. I may be 24 and approaching "adulthood," but I'll never stop skateboarding. In fact, I probably skateboard more than when I did as a 14 year old. I have a car, work a perfect 7am-3pm schedule, and currently don't have any classes to keep me from going skating wherever and whenever I want. I owe my skateboard everything, and sadly, I'll never be able to pay it back.
Backside Bluntslide --- photo : Cooper
Adam is sponsored by Refuge Skateshop, Wub Wheels, The Streets Skatepark, and has been getting shoes from DVS. He is currently filming for Cory Hagelstine's Recess, Ruff Ryders 3, both due out this winter, as well as Babanga, out never. Special thanks go to Jeremy Cooper and Justin Broadway, whose photos I stole from Flickr and Adams Facebook.