THE 815: Video and Guest Blog Post by Bryan Nambo from Curbsharks of Rockford, Ill.
Being a skateboarder in a larger city, we have all at one point or another been at the park and seen a familiar face or heard a name of a fellow skater, but have never really had the chance to skate with them or get to know them. Stories such as “Oh, did you hear [insert name of gnarly local] did the [insert gnarly local spot] gap?!”, or “Yeah, that kid is pretty young, but he shreds so hard, he’s going to be so good if he keeps going”. Well, my goal with The 815 series is to film with as many locals from the Rockford area in order to highlight skaters who put in the work yet never seek out the recognition,(both groms and OGs alike), show the variety of both new and old local spots, and to give a story to go along with those familiar (and/or unfamiliar) faces. The point is to create a sense of unity within our local scene by combining footage and creating shared parts by skaters who would not normally session together. There are so many people I see skate on a regular basis who deserve recognition for the work they put in, and ever more skaters who deserve recognition for the passion and fun they have skateboarding. I hope to shed a little light on these individuals and highlight the diverse styles within our city.
Whether it is simply cruising downtown at night, learning how to ollie up a sidewalk for the first time, or throwing tricks down a set for the hundredth time, we all have the same fire that drives our almost-maddening passion to progress, have fun, and express ourselves as we see fit. We all know the feeling of slamming our bodies into the ground and getting back up again, where a normal person would have given up after the first time. We are all driven by a sense purpose to push ourselves every day and live in that moment of freedom we feel while skateboarding.
As hard as it may be to believe, everyone skates with purpose. Each and every time you step onto your board, it’s up to you to find out what that purpose is with every push you take.