I may sound like a grumpy old woman, but I'm putting it out there – getting a boost from coffee, turning up at a park and ramming your headphones halfway into your brain for the entirety of the session sucks. Don't get me wrong; skateboarding is a creative outlet, an art form which it takes a particular eye to comprehend and as such is the perfect match to music and coffee.
Soothe the savage beast? Yeah, it fuels it. I'm hardly ever without tunes when pushing down streets or bombing hills on solo missions.
BUT, and this is just as valid, skateboarding is also a form of a social occasion. It brings together disparate characters and connects them through an overriding passion for the four-wheeled whizzplank. I've met a lot of people and had some of the funniest conversations of my life on the deck of a miniramp with a cup of coffee as the sun goes down.
However blasting your chosen aural hype while you block out the outside world is hardly conducive to conversation. Maybe it's just me or perhaps as I'm thinking ‘antisocial' they're thinking ‘why is this creepy weirdo staring and mumbling at me?' If not, though, perhaps it is part of something wider…
Having to ask someone something so many times before they drop in without answering and I notice their headphones sticking out of their ears hasn't lessened in its ability to irritate.
Could it just be that the consequent rise in skateboarding numbers is dissipating a sense of ‘scene' and creating more of a past time no different from squash or a game of Monopoly, unconnected to community and culture?
OK now I definitely sound like an old girl, but luckily my personal experiences still refute this idea. Most parks I go too, I still meet either groupies, old friends, or kids eager to talk about and finely analyze the subject they love.
Luckily, I think I have an answer to this problem – a jug of coffee (preferrably Nescafe Cappuccino) and boomboxes. You know those jams where the random, often slightly pissed local is shanghaied into DJ duties and it hypes the session 100x more than it already was? With the right mix of people on any given day this can be a proper session starter, especially when multiple homies have input.
Even just one person can up the ante on the shred, more than once I've been at the park when someone's turned up with a sound system blasting hip hop and it's improved matters tenfold.
Dust off those old CD's or grab some boombastic speakers for an MP3 player and get the tunes blasting, then get chatting to your fellow skaters about anything with a cup of Nescafe Cappuccino.
"They're frothy. They're fabulous and now come in low-fat alternatives too. When you want an indulgent treat - coffee shop creaminess in your kitchen, choose something from the NESCAFE Specialty range."
It's the most indulgent coffee I've ever had! It's best served with choco sprinkles, cinnamon or nutmeg! It's the perfect formula for a relaxing conversation and to get your peers involved and rejoin your ramshackle society, you won't look back!