SkateboardersHQ launched in the late summer of 2018, nowadays we have multiple writers who love nothing more than to shred parks, mini ramps, street, and bowls.
About Ruben Vee
First of all, thank you for visiting my site and clicking the about link. This site was launched at the end of July 2018 and somehow it took off. I just wanted to write about skateboarding from my perspective, my experience, and keep it real.
In short; I’m a nearing my 40’s, confused if I should call myself a millennial or Gen Xer, work as a (part-time) lead designer in the tech industry and I graduated as an art student (media and technology).
I’m blessed with a lovely family and survived a burn-out…I think. Oh, I’m Dutch (The Netherlands, Europe) so my Engrish may sometimes seem a bit off.
Still Here? Alright, Time to Confess
I started this site to share the one thing that eases my mind, skateboarding! My brain stops thinking about all the what if’s when I drop in (except what if I hurt myself). Skateboarding is a way of life, some say it’s an art, others say it’s for kids. All I know is that I feel great and full of energy when I come back from a good session.
Another reason I’m so passionate about this website is the utter trash and bad guides that come up on Google. I try to provide honest unbiased content and write the best possible answers to frequently asked questions. It’s a mix of personal experience, opinion, and proper research.
How I Ended up Skateboarding
I’ve been skateboarding for a while now, I started skateboarding in 1989, just sitting on a skateboard with one knee on the board and pushing with your other foot. My cheap toy skateboard couldn’t handle ollies and I had no clue how to even do that stuff. I think my first ‘real’ skateboard even had fake Schmitt Sticks and these weird copers. There was just no one around to show me how, but I loved my board despite its limitations.
Fast forward to 1995. I started inline skating but after watching the local skateboarders, and finally understanding how to ollie, I was quickly convinced to buy a real skateboard. I did both for a few years but dedicated myself to skateboarding eventually.
In 1996 we got permission from our local government to build our own mini ramp/vert made out of wood, it was amazing. Biggest mini/vert combo in my country at that time.
We maintained it ourselves as best as we could with our limited budgets. The local government subsidized the ramp but didn’t pay for maintenance. It was great and made so many friends which I still see and hold dear to this day. Plans changed and it was decided that the vert had to move (hence destroyed) to make room for something else.
The local officials promised we would get a new place and a new mini ramp vert. Nothing ever happened. The ramp/vert was demolished and it took 10 years before they actually gave us a new skate park. 10 freaking years! We all grew up, skateboarding died over here because there was just no one to inspire a new generation.
I moved out of my local town, went to art school, and my new town had no facilities for skateboarders. No skate parks, horrible streets, and I just cruised once every while. I could ignore skating for a few years. Once a skateboarder, always a skateboarder. It haunted me in my sleep and it wouldn’t stop.
Getting Back into Skateboarding
Fast forward to 2015. My wife and I decided to move back to our roots. The houses were cheaper, the town is small and safe, perfect for our son, so we did it. Funny thing is that when I moved back, the local government finally decided to bring back the ‘skatepark’.
I love to skate mini ramp and my local ramp is the best mini ramp ever. It’s close to my home so I decided to pick up where I left. It’s full of scooter kids, and I rarely see a skateboarder there. Only when my friends visit we relive the old days and I love the feeling that nothing really ever changed.
Our bellies aren’t tight anymore, less hair, and we’re just kids with lots of responsibilities I guess, but we will always be those skater kids people frowned upon.
Hey Hey!! Thanks for dropping by! I guess you want to know a bit about me since you clicked the “About” link.
I love all aspects of skateboarding. There is no better feeling than flowing through a skate park, having a curb session with a Homie, or cruising down the street. That “tick-tick tick-tick” sound of a skateboard rolling over sidewalk cracks alone gets my adrenaline up. Nothing gets me as pumped, or as energized as skateboarding.
I am on the good side of 40 years old and have a beautiful daughter. So I wear full padding and only skate in big puffy, ridiculously coloured shoes. I am also Canadian. Now I bet you will read all my articles with a Canadian accent. 😉
Awesome!! You Are Still Reading. Here Is My Confession:
I love learning about and reading about all aspects of skateboarding. Learning about how tricks are done, learning about different components and equipment, learning about the Professionals, learning about the culture and all things skateboarding related. That is what brought me to skateboardershq.com.
I found that Ruben had the most honest, unbiased, and real articles of any other blog I went to. He had answers to everything I was looking for on one site. I contacted Ruben to write for skateboardershq.com. He seems to like my stuff, so here we are!
I am here to share researched data, and provide my perspectives and experiences across all aspects of skateboarding. From technical writing about different gear and skateboard components to skateboarding’s art and culture. We try to bring you a good mix of articles with accurate information and real life examples.
How I Started Skateboarding
Somehow in the mid-late 1980’s I found out about skateboarding and I thought it was about the coolest looking thing a person could do. I don’t know how I found skateboarding, but I wanted to do it. I saved my allowance and bought a $20 skateboard with plastic trucks. We lived out in the country with dirt roads, so the only place to skate was in the garage, or when I got to take my board into town.
I had no idea what I was doing but I learned to push and to do 360 pivots (my record was 3 360’s) and simple freestyle tricks. My little town had no skate shop and sold no skate magazines or videos. I learned to do boneless, bomb drops, and riding off curbs from Hollywood films like “Thrashin'” and “Skateboard – The Movie”.
I broke several of those cheap plastic truck skateboards until one day I finally bought a set up with metal trucks. The bomb drops and curbs got higher for me. I loved skating, but still had no idea what tricks could be done, or how to ollie. I used to ride up curbs by going fast, pushing down the tail and sliding the rails up the curb and the back truck would hit and bounce up the curb sometimes. Most times, it would hang up and I crashed. But, that didn’t phase me.
In 1995 my family moved to a new town. This town had almost no pavement, and I saw no skaters. I would skate parking lots but got kicked out after about 10 min. I purchased Santa Cruise Complete my friend brought back from California and learned ollies in my garage.
My neighbour started skating so we would briefly hit up the few spots in town until we got kicked out. We spent evenings reading Transworld and trying to figure out tricks in our garages. But it was such a hassle to skate anywhere that I pretty much gave up and focused on riding BMX Street because you don’t need nice pavement. Though I rode BMX for decades, I never lost my passion for skating and would hop on a board any chance I could.
How I Got Back Into Skating
This brings us to 2017. I moved to a town with a skatepark! I decided to finally give skating a solid chance at 37 years old. I dust off the old 7.75″ setup and hit the park. Having never really skated a park, it was a rush! What a magnificent feeling rolling around that park was. Down the banks, up the banks, kick turns low on the quarter pipes, etc. I could barely do really basic maneuvers, but I was hooked.
I would skate 3-5 times a week. I would spend every session rolling as fast as I could around the park to build comfort on my deck. I would also try to learn a new trick every session. Usually, it was something really easy like getting on the board from a rail stand or a nose stall on the low box.
A couple of years later, I am still getting out as much as I can and skating as much different terrain as I can. I have been getting out of the park and into the streets more. At my age, I am not going to attempt to jump down a 7 set, but a 2 set… Sure. Skating curbs is really fun. I also built a mini ramp and love skating that. I keep trying to progress every session.
That is the real appeal to me with skateboarding. With skateboarding, I can set a reachable goal and see the results. As long as I can keep progressing, I am going to keep skating. It seems to be in my blood.