Skateboarding has always been considered as an activity for kids and teens by the general population. That notion still prevails for some people but it’s slowly fading away. First of all, because skateboarding has never been so exposed, it appeals to a much broader range of people now. Secondly, because all those young skaters, who helped get skateboarding where it’s at today, have gotten older but are still very much active, and visible, in the industry. To my sense, skateboarding has no age, especially when you see a 60 y/0 killing it.
Anyway skateboarding has changed countless lives and it’s good to be reminded of how unique this activity/lifestyle is. This beautiful video should resonate with all of you that cares about skateboarding. Keep on pushin’ y’all!
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Contacted by email, here is a few words from the man himself.
Can you present yourself in a few words?
Well my name is Ricki Bedenbaugh, I’m a skateboarder, I’ve been Pushin’ for 29 Years, I’m a filmmaker, I’ve been filming skateboarding for 23 years, a editor, a photographer, a artist, a husband, and greyhound dog lover.
What do you enjoy doing the most in your work?
I don’t even like to call it work, but what I enjoy doing the most is, having creative control over what I do, traveling the world with friends, and most of all filming and shooting photos.
Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.
What’s skateboarding to you? How has it affected your life?
Skateboarding is my life. There is nothing else that has been a part of my life as long as skateboarding has. My father gave me a Variflex Hi-Tail for Christmas in 1985, and because of this little wooden toy, I’ve traveled the world, been to places I never thought I would go, seen things I thought I would never see, met and became friends with my all of my childhood heroes, and most of all, learned life long lessons. This is why I made Keep On Pushin’ it’s my way of thanking skateboarding for all it has given me.
Skateboarding truly is the Fountain of Youth
How do you feel about skateboarding being so exposed nowadays? If you agree with that of course
It’s a double edged sword. I think it’s great that skateboarding gets so much coverage, but at the same time, there can be too much coverage.
I feel with the internet, everyone expects everything that instant. With so many videos… sorry web clips, being put out on a daily basis it’s a little too much.
I’m a firm believer of quality over quantity.
Would you consider skateboarding as becoming mainstream?
There are parts of skateboarding that are mainstream, obviously you have these huge contest like Street League, X Games, Dew Tour etc.. and I think that’s great because it brings money into skateboarding.
But skateboarding will always be this raw, dirty, grimey, eat shit, fuck off attitude to me. It’s why we all started, because you don’t need coaches, sponsors, some Xtreme Street Course to do it. You can walk out your front door, and the world is your skatepark… well until security, police, or some 72 year old nagging old hag kicks you out for skating a parking block, but that’s what makes skateboarding so much fun.
What’s your 2 cent on the appropriate age to skate? any thought on that matter and how people perceive skateboarding?
There’s no age limit to skateboarding, look at Colin Provost. He started when he was 3, and he’s 23 now. Same with Natas, he started at 3, and he’s 45.
Ryder, the little kid I ended my REDirect Project Keep On Pushin’ with, he’s 3 years old. It’s really rad to see someone start skateboarding, and know it’s the beginning of something that will last a lifetime.