It can sometimes be hard falling asleep at night knowing you have a full day of skating waiting for you in the morning. You are super stoked on the day ahead of you. When you wake up, you rush to the window to see if the roads are dry. The weather is perfect, the day is full of friends, everyone’s shredding, and good times are had. You get back home after a long sweaty day, grab a snack, chug some water, and hit up Facebook to see if your friend uploaded that gnarly raw run yet. Satisfied mentally and physically, you fall right to sleep that night.
But have you ever woken up and your head just isn’t in it? Have you ever been skating a session where your just not feeling it that day? Everything feels repetitive and you’re not having as much fun with it as you usually do. You aren’t experiencing the normal rush of enjoyment you have come to know and love. Well then, maybe you lost your stoke and skating isn’t doing it for you. If you have ever experienced these symptoms, you are not alone; you are in a skate funk.
Being in a funk is a crappy feeling but don’t worry because it has happened to all of us at some point or another. There are many things you can do to get out of your funk and get back to being high as f*ck on that stoked sensation you are more than familiar with.
7 Tips to Get Out of a Skate Funk
1. Watch skate edits
Go watch those classic edits that get you itching to play outside. Check out a variety of skaters from all over the world, each with their own unique and steezy riding styles could be all it takes to get you stoked again.
2. Skate with friends
Everyone has their own styles and different moves on lock. Mixing up whom you skate with can push your limits and make you try new things. You’re not asking for a skate lesson, but just watching your skilled friends around you throw huge slides shuvs might just be enough to help you figure it out for yourself.
3. Change Locations
Are you skating the same street every time? Maybe you’re getting bored of the same spot. Skating somewhere new can be exciting. Having a handful of spots to pick and choose from will keep things fresh. Take a drive around town and keep your eyes peeled. Other spots exist; you just haven’t found them yet. Try using FindHills to look for some fresh spots in your area and then use a wet and rainy day to go out and actually scope out the pavement, location, etc.
4. Change your set up
Maybe it’s time to get a new deck. You’ve had the same one for a while now and you want to try a double kick. Check out the BST’s on Facebook and you’ll find what you’re looking for. People are always buying, selling, and trading. Otherwise support your local skate shop before you go searching at an online store.
5. Mix up your riding style
If you normally stick to freeriding, take a day to switch it up and mess around with some flatland or downhill. Just like changing locations or trying a new set up, experimenting with different riding styles is a sure way to keep things fun and refreshing.
6. Attend an event
What better way to meet up with other skaters and session a brand new hill? Hitting up an event is a great experience, a lot of fun, and a great way to raise money for a cause. Don’t miss out!
7. Watch a tutorial
Learning something new is an awesome way to get you excited again. Check out YouTube videos explaining how to do all types of skateboarding moves; manuals, kickflips, early grabs, powerslides, and more. All that skate knowledge is just a few clicks away and can help give you a better understanding on how to learn something you’ve been trying to figure out on your own.