Proud to be a D.O.B.

Spring and summer are my favorite times of the year. The reason is after a long hard winter, I finally get to skate.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Spring and summer are my favorite times of the year. The reason is after a long hard winter, I finally get to skate.

For my son, David and I, skateboarding is a bonding time. Rolling around on the ramps and doing tricks is awesome and healthy. I get to watch my son doing something that I love and he really loves, too.

I am not alone in this. There are quite a few D.O.B. -- Dads on Boards -- in Sandusky. It is nice to see how everyone supports each other.

The spring and summer time is a great time to skate by the bay.

You have a couple of choices where to skate. When the park behind the city building is packed, my son and I cruise over to Lions Park.

They have a half-pipe and a smaller box to skate. The great thing is that most of the time we are alone ... free to do as we please, just skating.

The best part of skateboarding with my son is that I can see him grow socially, mentally and physically. When you have skaters like me approaching 30, as well as skaters who are 7 years old like my son, you see and hear great stories and mishaps. We meet new friends every time we go and everybody is welcome.

I get to monitor and watch his performance grow from trick to trick. The smile that crosses his face is the greatest thing you could imagine.

To here him say "that trick was sick dad" hits the heart. Speaking of the heart, skating is a great way to keep physically active in the spring and summer. My son and I stretch before we skate so we do not injure ourselves.The cardio workout, plus the calories being burned, keeps us in prime skating form. My son is building muscle and he doesn't even realize it. The stronger more confident he becomes, the better skater he will become.

Spring and summer man I wish that it would stay all year. To skate all year with no breaks has got to be cool. My son and I skating and growing, him into a man and me into a father, I guess we might have to start snowboarding next winter. Until then, I hope to see you at the park.