skateboard writing

Boil The Ocean blog with a SOTY prompted article on making an effort

couldn’t see a thread for skate articles, so ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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He does write well.
A little flowery but also some good details.

It’s all in French and doesn’t exist anymore but Freestyler Mag had some of the wittiest and self-mocking penmanship I ever read. It was like Big Brother should have been.

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I’m hoping you, Farran, Builda and Anon get involved with this thread

post a writ!

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I wrote this a a couple of years ago and never published it. Figured I’d get it live and free up some space in the draft drawer.

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Will read this later Max.
Btw I finished your novel the other day and thoroughly enjoyed it. Big up you for having the wherewithal to get it out there.

Ive got Jono Coote’s to read next - just started and that seems good too.

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In the spirit of this thread, here’s the online version of an article I wrote for Free a while back. Deadline was harsh and I wrote it really quickly whilst doing my teacher training so it’s far from brilliant but people seemed to like it.
The Rave video is great too, so it’s an opportunity to catch that as well.

[/cmoac]

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EDIT - in response to @andy_smoke ‘s Boil the Ocean post.

That was interesting and well-written, if a little deliberately verbose.
He’s funny on Slap too.

The conflicted attitude towards ‘trying’ in skateboarding (at a pro level) used to be way more pronounced I think. It’s deffo tied into the romanticised idea of the ‘artist driven by natural talent’ vs ‘the practised athlete’.
The former makes for a much more interesting narrative about skateboarding despite being as contrived as the latter.

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Come on, if you’re not checking an online thesaurus for every second word to find something longer, clumsier and more confusing, are you even doing it right?

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It’s a style.
From personal experience, I used to get well flowery with my writing because I’d learnt somewhere that using words like ‘good’, ‘big’, ‘fast’… (Common descriptive words) was bad writing. At the same time, the author should not repeat himself or use the same word twice. A very typical example is when you have people talking (he said / she said).
So I became super aware of repetitions and common words.
I’ve gradually grown out of that method because it can make the point or focus of the sentence get lost.
Again, for BTO it’s s style he uses. If I’m patient, I’ll read it. Otherwise fuck that…
Maybe my simpler stance comes from reading Stephen King’s On Writing whether the author explains how writing had to be succinct and to the point.

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I really enjoy BtO’s stuff. I love a bit of verbosity, I think if it was typeset better it would be easier to read (I tend to read on my laptop). Who is he on SLAP?

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That’s a massive, massive hurdle for sure.

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Watson

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Nah, Watson did You Will Soon. Which was brilliant. Canadian dude.

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That’s the blog that got me back up to speed with skateboarding after a few years in the wilderness. I don’t thing Boil the Ocean is on SLAP. There’s no one that articulate!

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Ah yeah - got mixed up there.
I think I thought BtO was something to do with Feedback Ted (might’ve invented that though) if so, he definitely posts on Slap.

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BtO is an old slap poster that hasn’t posted for ages. For some reason he’s quite hush hush about identity spoiling.

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I used to have that blog saved in my bookmarks and would check it every day. Always hilarious and interesting.

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I think YWS and Skim the Fat were the best, from the golden age of skateboard bloggery.

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pretty sure I nagged @Scienceversuslife to scan this for me






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