Area skateboarders find enjoyment on backyard ramp

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Wednesday July 15, 2009

When most people think of skateboarding, they think it's a sport for today's teenagers. But the sport isn't just for the young, but also the young at heart

If you build it, they will come. That line from the movie "Field of Dreams. This time though, it doesn't apply to baseball, it's all about Joel Mealing's skateboard ramp in his backyard.
"Well, there was really nowhere to skate at the time and I had a little bit of extra wood, lot of motivation, and just went for it." said Joel Mealing.

Now Mealing and friends get together just about every week, doing something that's not just popular with teenagers, but thirty and forty year olds as well. The big reason why, the ability to be creative.

"You get to have fun and it doesn't stop. It always grows. It always progresses." added Joe Tantillo

"You can do it anywhere. You can make it up. You can make up anything anytime, any place. You can pretty much skate on dirt if you want to but that's not as fun." said Mealing

While there are bigger and better ramps around the area to skate on, these guys have no problme with the one they use now. In fact, they prefer it.

"I'd love to see some more public stuff so yuo can see more kids doing it and it's moe in the public eye but backyard ramps are always fun. You get more personal with the people you're skating with, styles come out more and you just get to see more individuality." added Tantillo

So as these skateboarders continue to make up new moves and try new things, Mealing now just has one thing on his mind for his backyard creation.

"Once you start, you can't stop because you need more ramp. It's always 4 feet too narrow. You always go '4 more feet' when you fall off the side of the ramp. So we're just gonna keep going until we run out of everything." added Mealing

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