Woke up before 6 this morning to hit the Maloof skatepark in DC. The park was built for a skateboard competition called the Maloof Money Cup, and one of the cool things about this particular contest is that they build new parks and leave them for the city!
I haven’t had a good opportunity to skate the park, so when my good friend Kojo hit me up for a sunrise sesh (in the hopes it wouldn’t be crowded), I was definitely hyped to go, but not so sure I’d be able to wake up at 5:30am.
We made it out to the skatepark a little 7am…only to find that the fences surrounding the park, which are usually open, were closed and locked. WTF. We asked one of the (presumed) guards dressed in camo when the park would be opened, and he gave some gruff response that someone was coming to open the gates. However, after waiting across the street for a while, it seemed apparent that there wasn’t any intention of anyone opening the gates for us to skate, so we decided to hit up the Shaw skatepark while I still had time before heading to work (booo Saturday shifts).
The Shaw skatepark, right off of U Street, was better than I thought! Although the setup doesn’t flow very well, the concrete is way smoother than expected and almost slick at times, and the boxes there were definitely fun enough to spend the entire session on. Too bad it was too early for anyone like Darren Harper or Cole South to be skating…
One of the best feelings I had there was when my phone started vibrating; I realized that my alarm to wake up was going off, and I felt quite productive having already gotten into the meat of good session before the time I usually force myself out of bed. It makes me really want to try and get up early to fit in a skate session before work. After all, skateboarding is just one of those things where if you don’t do it consistently day in and day out, you will lose it (for me anyways).
Now I’m sitting in my office, admittedly slacking a bit and writing this blog, and even though I’m tired from the early morning and sore from skating, the skate rat in me is wanting to go out and skate again in this BEAUTIFUL weather…and maybe listening to my inner skate rat isn’t so bad.