Skaters are Born -

July 22, 2009

On the last day of Surf Camp a few weeks ago, Jack wanted to buy a surfboard and bring it home.  I knew we were in trouble.

I figured that maybe learning how to skateboard would kinda be like surfing on wheels back home, so I was lucky to get them into a local Skateboard Camp that’s taught in a great Skate Park right on the beach. Jack was all over it.  Grant wasn’t so sure, but was willing to give it a try.  Turns out, they were both hooked day one.

It was a great camp – one of those Mommy times that you just have to take a deep breath and let go, knowing they’re geared up and protected as well as possible.  Well, all but their butts, which could have used a bit of padding every now and then!  But I knew it would be awesome for their balance and self confidence – and so my Skaters were Born!!

This camp was only one week long, and Jack had been on a skateboard on our driveway a few times, but Grant’s never been on one until now.  I was amazed at how far both came in such a short time.  Check them out!!

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Grant got the coolest skateboard ever.  Since he had never skateboarded before, we had to buy one for him.  There’s a very cool Skater store here – formerly a Baptist Church, now converted into the “Church of Skatan” – a little intimidating from the outside…

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But in actuality, it’s a great store with super helpful Skateboard dudes working there.  New boards get pretty pricey, so they suggested a used one – and we ended up with a cool one that’s been very well used and loved.  It was all broken in, and Grant could ride and turn easily on it – he had a blast and I had so much fun photographing them!  His smile always kills me -

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Grant always finds an alternative way to do things :)  Soon after these shots were taken, tons of kids started riding on their butts too!!

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A few days into the camp, the instructors brought tough-guy stencils and fun spray paint – so Grant made his even more unique than it already was!

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Here’s Jack cruising down a pretty steep ramp – another time I just had to take a deep breath and let go.   Hard to do sometimes-

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This portion of the Skate Park is really steep and scary – Grant again found an alternative way to have fun!

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Check out this move!  Way to go Jack!!

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Cole was looking pretty studly too in what he loves to call his “Rock and Roll” shirt and Church of Skatan cap!

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One of the Camp Instructors helped him look even more “rad” by positioning his fingers so he could sport the cool-dude look -

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It was such a blast for the boys that they’ll do one more Skate Camp next week, our last week here!!!  They’re surfing again this week, and I hope to get a few more shots to post shortly.  Next up, images from a day date with my #1 Guy – last weekend we went for a tour in Wine Country, stopping at several vineyards for tastings!!  Chris rented a red convertible 2010 Mustang – and we had the best date ever!!   Can’t wait to share!!!

:)  Kristin.

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