I am an OK rider but don’t know a lot of tricks and my parents don’t let me ride far from the house so I can’t go to the park or the jumps without my parents with me. What can I do to get better, because I never will like this?
ANS- Justin, what you need is a longer leash, but since we don’t know your reputation, your neighborhood or your gang affiliation, we will just have to assume that your parents are acting with your best interests in mind. So our gift to you is letting you in on a little secret, your street is the perfect place to develop your skills and personalize your riding. You can work on tech flatland moves and then blend them into your park riding when you get the chance to ride there under the watchful eye of your parents. Do you have curbs? Try tricks up and down them, you would be surprised how fast you can do some tricks. When guys can do whips up and down curbs, its tough to say you have learned all there is to learn. With your tricks on lock you can tack them to the trails and trick even the smallest set, and lock into your tricks even longer over the big sets. Make the most of what you’ve got, ride a little bit of everything and you will have more fun in the long run. If you still have your doubts, look up some video clips of Troy Merkle or Cory Jarman. Watch them shred a parking stop for ten minutes and it will open up a whole new world of riding for you. Just for the record, flatlanders might find some irony in your name in relation to this letter.