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  • - Am I too old for this?

  • I'm Quita and I'm 30 years old

  • learning how to skateboard.

  • Skateboarding is something that

  • I've always wanted to learn how to do.

  • It's always been on my bucket list since I was a child.

  • I couldn't really learn because I lived in a very rural area

  • with not very many concrete roads to practice on.

  • Not only that, there just

  • wasn't a lot of representation for black and brown girls.

  • So that kind of discouraged me as well.

  • But I figured, you know what?

  • F it.

  • You only live once.

  • It's time to learn.

  • Cause I want to learn how to do the Ollie.

  • An Ollie is done by using your back foot

  • to snap the tail of the board to the ground

  • so that the board goes almost vertically in the air.

  • Right as the tail hits the ground,

  • you're sliding your front foot

  • against the board to level it out.

  • I have made myself a list of three things that I need to be

  • able to do to make me feel like I have mastered the Ollie.

  • Number one, all four wheels have to leave the ground.

  • Number two, I have to be able to do this on concrete

  • without my skater trainers.

  • Number three, to be able to do the Ollie while moving.

  • And the cherry on top would be

  • to jump over something very unintimidating.

  • I studied a few videos that made me feel

  • confident enough to go outside and try it.

  • I tried as hard as I could for two days,

  • but something just wasn't clicking.

  • Then this complete stranger came up to us

  • and started showing off.

  • This is when I knew I needed to phone a friend.

  • So I reached out to Latosha Stone.

  • You are the first black woman to own a skateboarding brand.

  • How do you feel about that?

  • - [Latosha] Feels weird.

  • Like I didn't really think about being the first,

  • until my past couple of months here.

  • And like people really pointed that out.

  • It's a great thing.

  • It feels awesome.

  • - I have been watching Betty.

  • When I was looking you up it was saying

  • that your boards were featured in an episode or two.

  • - It was like in the beginning.

  • A couple of episodes that came out,

  • I was just watching every single deck.

  • Like was that one mine?

  • Trying to spot it.

  • - I'm definitely interested in getting one of your boards.

  • But my thing is I don't want to mess it up.

  • - I hear that from so many people.

  • They're like, "It's so pretty, I don't want to ride it".

  • Just message me which one you want,

  • and I'll just send you one.

  • - Oh! Thank you.

  • I wasn't expecting that.

  • - I do have completes coming out, in two months.

  • And I have this really cute collab coming up

  • with Black Girls Anime.

  • - That's exciting.

  • Okay, so I'm trying to learn the Ollie for this video.

  • Do you think that's too ambitious?

  • - No.

  • Ollie is the base of every trick you're going to learn.

  • So that's definitely one thing that

  • you should work on getting down first.

  • - I'll send you the video of me doing this Ollie

  • and maybe you can critique me on what I'm doing wrong.

  • - You know what, my friend Latisha is in LA.

  • Maybe you can meet up with her

  • and she can show you how to do it better.

  • Oh, that'd be so much easier.

  • - Yeah, that'd be perfect.

  • - You got this.

  • - Thank you.

  • I took Latosha's advice and I reached out to Latisha

  • and she got back to me.

  • - My name is Latisha Nicole.

  • I've been skating for about 10 years.

  • You can start off by showing me what you have

  • and then we can go from there.

  • Super good.

  • It's awesome.

  • You started off with your back foot

  • a little off of the tail.

  • I personally think that you'll get a better pop

  • if you put your foot more on the tail.

  • And your goal should be that when you pop,

  • you want to try and land on your bolts.

  • - There's just so much to think about all at once.

  • - [Latisha] Yeah.

  • Perfect.

  • In your head, say the steps.

  • It's all about like muscle memory.

  • You already know that as soon as you step on

  • you bend your knees.

  • So don't say that.

  • You're working right now on remembering to pop,

  • then say pop and then jump on the bolts.

  • Then your body will get used to doing those,

  • and you won't have to say the mechanics.

  • You'll just automatically kind of start doing it.

  • - Pop, slide, jump on the bolts?

  • - Yeah.

  • Use your toes.

  • Your board's not coming with you.

  • So that's what you're gonna do is

  • you're going to use your tippy-toes.

  • - Oh!

  • I don't know why it's messing me up now.

  • Why?

  • - Main thing is really getting

  • that tail to touch the ground.

  • - I'm okay.

  • - [Latisha] Cool, that was perfect.

  • - Okay, I think we might've unlocked something.

  • (laughs)

  • - Right now you're kind of just doing this,

  • but what about that finesse?

  • Put that finesse in it with your ankle.

  • Nice.

  • - That was scarier, but it felt right.

  • - [Latisha] Yeah.

  • Perfect!

  • - All of a sudden I'm scared.

  • Like now that the board is actually doing (beep),

  • now my mind is like.

  • - [Latisha] Wiggle it out.

  • Perfect.

  • So good.

  • Good.

  • - Oh my god!

  • Why is my board flipping all of a sudden?

  • (upbeat music)

  • I think I need to do something else for awhile.

  • - [Latisha] Yeah.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - [Quita] I just want to take a few minutes

  • to actually chat with you

  • and learn more about your experience in skateboarding.

  • - I wasn't really allowed to skate until

  • I was out of the house and all that.

  • So I was like 17 years old, bought my own skateboard

  • and started doing what I wanted to do.

  • There wasn't like very many women in skateboarding at all,

  • much less women of color.

  • I've always been like super attracted to skateboarding.

  • I thought it looks like magic to me.

  • How can you make something that's under your feet

  • move without touching it?

  • - [Quita] Yeah!

  • - It's magic.

  • - All right, I guess we've had enough of a break, right?

  • I feel revived.

  • Now it's time to cross off number two on my list.

  • But first I'm going to put these skater trainers on

  • because I'm scared and I'm going to slowly remove them

  • as I get used to working on the concrete.

  • Oh, dope.

  • Wooo!

  • Feeling kind of brave.

  • Medic on standby.

  • - Oh, that was good!

  • - That really moved.

  • Yo, that was pretty good.

  • - [Latisha] Take one off.

  • - Take one off.

  • - Take the last one off.

  • - Oh word.

  • I'm not even going to think that anything changed, you know.

  • Except that - I just rolled.

  • Whoa, I'm rolling before I'm even ready.

  • I got scared.

  • - [Latisha] You got it.

  • I think we did a lot today.

  • - [Latisha] Yeah.

  • You've come far.

  • You've come a long way.

  • - Oh man, I don't think I would've got this

  • with just the internet and videos.

  • So thank you.

  • - [Latisha] Probably not.

  • - I'm 30 doing this,

  • so I feel like I'm starting real late in the game.

  • - I'm 33.

  • I don't feel like there's ever like an age that's too late.

  • - There's ladies that start and they're like 50.

  • They have cancer and this is their thing

  • that they're going to put all their energy into

  • that takes their mind off of

  • all their stress and their problems.

  • - You skate clinics where people from the community

  • can come and learn how to skate.

  • And I was one lady that was like 57 that showed up.

  • She learned how to roll and go down the ramp and stuff.

  • Yo, this is dope.

  • - Skating has no age.

  • You can skate forever.

  • - My dad literally asked me

  • if I was having a midlife crisis.

  • So today's my first day outside practicing

  • since my lesson went Tish and I'm gonna go for it.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Ow.

  • I really wanted to get the Ollie nice and locked in.

  • So I kept practicing and practicing

  • until I felt like I can jump over something.

  • Something nice and small and not intimidating.

  • (upbeat music)

  • I didn't hit it?

  • I went all the way over?

  • - [Spectator] Yes.

  • - What!

  • (laughs)

  • When I was younger, not seeing people who look like me

  • do this was a big factor in me not being interested anymore.

  • It is really cool to be part of a community of women

  • who skate and who uplift each other.

  • It's so pretty.

  • Thank you, Latosha.

  • This is awesome.

  • This is where it's gonna go.

  • It's kind of perfect actually.

  • (upbeat music)

- Am I too old for this?

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