BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT - PART 11
1. When and why did you decide to throw in the towel on being sponsored, or did someone throw it in for you?
2. Do you miss it at all? How is post-skating / real life treating you?
3. How much are you skating these days? Any chance of a comeback?
The reality is though, however good you are, there is always some little bastard coming up that is better than you, has a better image or simply played the game better and sucked up to/sucked off the right team manager... Regardless of how long your time in the sun is, most people don't ever get there, so sponsored skaters are put on a pedestal for all the kids to look up to. Some thrive on this, others crumble under the pressure and some just start to fucking hate the thing they once loved. We hit up some skaters that were a staple fixture in the skate world not so long ago to see exactly where they disappeared to and what they are up to now. We have had such an overwhelming response that we've had to split this article into a few parts or it'd end up being longer than the bible.
I miss it, but I was never too far from it. I went on to help start Plan B Skateboards where I was Art Director. We had a ramp in the warehouse that I'd skate too. Later, I went on to be Art Director for DC Shoes. So I was always around skating. Now I work in the RC Car industry and it definitely has an overlap, like video games. I run in to old friends now and again and hit up a mellow park once in a great while. Just can't take the slams like I used to. Takes too long to get back up. I think you need to put yourself in harm's way in order to progress and be competitive, it's hard to constantly push that hard.
Ha ha. No chance of a comeback. Shit, the things the guys are doing now are just mindblowing. Mad respect. I'll still skate, but purely for fun.
Of course, but life goes on and its time to move on.
Still skating when I can, it's in the DNA. As for a comeback, not so much. Just content with being able to do it for fun like it was when I started.
I don't need to go back or come back from anywhere or anything. We should all find the centre where we are at one with the universe, and learn the meaning of life - that god loves us all equally.
I skate and always will. Down hill bomb to work at 6am is always good. Weekend nights. When I die my insides will carve and skate the convection cycles, that roil (a rolling boil) in the inner earth, and then I'll pop back out as a volcano.
Skateboarding was the first love of my life and will always be in my heart. I love it and always will until the day I die. I miss skating everyday, but don't really miss having it as a job. I was blessed with the opportunity and had a great time doing it, but I always knew it couldn't last forever.
I wish I could skate everyday, but sadly I can't because of other obligations. Honestly, I haven't skated in a while. The crazy thing is that I dream about skating almost every night. Never even thought about a comeback.
Of course. How could I not? The skating part I've reestablished. Not the vert stuff, but some street, longboarding and just cruising. The relationships are still good and I've really enjoyed reconnecting. It's like time stood still and we pick up where we left off.
Just having fun on street, some banks, and occasional stealth visit to park. As for a comeback... Probably not, but the door is open.
Miss what? I am very fortunate and am still very involved and get to have a life through skateboarding today. I have a board out again on (Finesse Brand) and 'real life' is great, because of skateboarding.
THANK YOU SKATEBOARDING!
No comeback, I'm here to stay! 3 knee surgeries in a year and a half and one being a partial knee replacement, and I'm still going. I run a skate academy working with kids called "Neal Mims Skate Academy" (NMSA) www.nealmimsskateacademy.com, so I'm skating more now than I did when I had a pro career at the top of my game, because I'm always around it. I get to share my experience with the youth and that's what it's all about. I am truly blessed with a second chance and life is amazing! Thanks for thinking of me.
Yes I miss some aspects of it but hey bro. Traveling was and is priceless. Life is as good as an always good hard flip - which have always been a little hard. So you wake up and try it again. Never give up and make it the best.
I still skate every other day if not to get to from A to B just to push and feel that amazing sensation of freedom. As well been skating this mini ramp back here in Florida with the good old boys.