04:00:03 pm on November 18, 2009 | • |
Austyn Gillette: Backside Tailslide
A curb cut, a hill, a bench, a bank, flat ground, a rusty old flat rail, the stairs leading to your local high school, the hand rail at the senior citizens’ center, a fire hydrant, a dirty old ditch. One of the most amazing things about skateboarding is its ability to turn the world into your own playground. Nothing else is necessary, simply the imagination and the willingness to go out and make it happen. That imagination and freedom are the driving force behind riding a skateboard. It allows us to move forward and yet keeps us young. Talk to the oldest skateboarders out there and you’ll find that inside them still is the lingering soul of the young kid that first picked up a board. I don’t ever plan on growing up, because growing up in a conventional sense means that I can’t express myself to the full extent and be truly free. I’d have to sit at an uncomfortable dinner party, wearing my 3-piece suit and talking about the different routes I take to work and how I hate traffic. I plan on keeping my child-like awe and observe the world through a different set of eyes, a world that isn’t just walkways, stairs, and water drains. I’m going to see opportunities to create something that few people will ever see and/or care about, but it will spread a smile across my face and give me a feeling that can’t be described. At only 18, Austyn is still extremely young, but I’m sure that his obvious long future in skateboarding will keep his view of the world fresh. This back-tail was immediately followed by an insanely fast hill bomb. Personally, riding into that thing would scare the living shit out of me and I guarantee 99% of the world would feel the same way, however, when Austyn did it there was an expression across his face that emanated pure enjoyment. Not to mention he did it in his well known relaxed style, kid seriously looked like he could be sippin a latte and reading the paper on the way down.