I was born in 1971.  Like most kids my age I rode a little board during the craze of 76-77.  I was a little too young and rural to get heavily into any skate scenes back then.

Still skating after all these years.

I’ve been properly skateboarding since 1985. I was walking down a city street when I saw a fully grown man with a blue mohican and  brightly coloured chequered shorts roll down the middle of the road at great speed. He then ollied the kerb up on to the pavement. I couldn’t quite believe what I’d just seen.  I wanted there and then to learn to do what I had just observed.  I picked up a generic board from Gridiron sports in Nottingham. It was about 10″ wide, had hardly any concave, and had bits of plastic attached all over it.  I skated nearly every day for the next 7 years.

All day session, late 1980s

The streets were our skatepark, the kerbs were our coping.  The skateparks of california seemed otherworldly and distant. – there was Southsea, and Romford, and some vert ramps, but our landlocked enclave in the midlands of the UK were barren for purpose-built skate architecture. We DIYed as much as we could, built fly-offs and found scaffold-poles to grind. We built mini-ramps.

30 years later my city has many beautiful skateparks, made with the kind of love, dedication and forethought that only a mature skateboarder can give it.   It’s a golden age of concrete bowls, lavish million-dollar skateparks and re-issue 80s Santa Cruz decks with slimeballs. Let’s skate again, like we did last summer!

1989, DIY fly off.

You don’t stop skating because you get old…

You get old because you stop skating. As we get older, out bodies are prone to deterioration, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule.  The proprioceptor neurons are responsible for telling the brain where all your limbs are in space, and are essential for a coordinated and finely balanced activity like skateboarding.   It’s generally accepted that we lose this function over time as we age, but then again most people have sat at a desk for decades, slowly curving their spines and losing the will to live.  Skateboarding will keep you fit, healthy and alive for much longer than fishing or watching box sets.   Use it or lose it!

A Site for the Older Skater in the 21st Century

I’d like this site to be a place where people can come together and share their experiences and love of skateboarding, past and present.  I hope to provide some interesting perspectives on skateboarding from many people involved in the culture, young and old.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Al Curtis
oldrollers.com

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