So I made an upbeat post about winter and how people will always find a way to prevail in these harsh times and skate, but this winter has been the mother of all winters. Since I started skating in 2003, I swear there’s not been a winter as wet, cold and simply annoying as this winter. I’ve not skated an outdoor park for about a month due to the weather, so I sit here and pray that the weather somehow gets better, because as much as I may complain about the parks in Coventry, they do exist and I do enjoy using them. The joy of having a local skatepark is that you can just pop out of your house for an hour and just have a quick skate. It’s convenient, hassle-free and doesn’t eat away at your wallet, petrol tank and free time by demanding that you have to drive an hour to get there and then pay to get in. The perks of my local are currently unavailable to me, and it’s all down to a simple little thing like rain and ice. I thought once the snow had cleared we’d have a few dry days, but every night we’re subjected to frost and cold weather that shudders your very being.

Now I don’t exactly want this whole post to be a complete “downer”, as generally I’m quite an upbeat, optimistic kind of guy. I had an awesome Christmas and managed to buy myself some new trucks for my board, as well as some new skate shoes that I’ll most likely be needing soon. Maybe it’s watching Thrasher videos repeatedly or playing Skate 2 on my new HD tv that’s made me so bitter about not actually skateboarding. I mean I like to get out of the house and get fresh air – I love skateboarding and when I’m stuck watching it via a TV it just feels like I’m missing out (even moreso on a HD TV!). I guess that’s why I’ve always thought Christmas was a time to realise what you have in your life that you take for granted and remember how much that stuff means to you. Primarily, just like everyone else, that thing I take for granted is family, including my lovely girlfriend and her family. But the other thing I took for granted when I had all of that free time from uni was skateboarding. It’s been a huge part of my life for years now and in all honesty I wouldn’t trade all of the fun I’ve had and the places I’ve travelled for anything. It’s made me the person I am today, which is why when I can’t skate I just feel like I’m missing a limb.

I guess this is a word of warning to you young whippersnappers out there (What am I chatting about? I’m only 24!), before you have the pressures of full time work, car insurance, as well as other things that I’m sure I’ll become stressed about in years to come, take advantage of that itch to skate and the best days of summer where bowl sessions seemed endless and treks around the street spots of Coventry seemed to feel like a trip across the Sahara. In the same way that I ended my last “Winter” blog, you really, really, really need to work hard and skate whenever you can, wherever you can. Don’t be a snob like me and turn your nose up at a street sesh! In these conditions skateboarding is skateboarding and you have to make do with what you can. This winter may be one of the most miserable and depressing winters we’ve ever seen, but it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop completely!

I’d better learn some street tricks, I’m probably going to be needing them.