Lance Mountain Quote
There’s a quote by Lance Mountain floating around online. He says “Skateboarding doesn’t make you a skateboarder: not being able to stop skateboarding makes you a skateboarder.” Its really beautiful in its truth and simplicity. Having had a lot of friends come into and out of the game over the years, my thoughts have always been if you can quit skateboarding, no matter how talented you are, you were never meant to skate in the first place. I’ve read very similar thoughts in magazines or online and heard similar sentiments at crowded sweaty skate shops, cold empty city streets, and in bustling suburban skate parks.
Lance Mountain is a legend and the perfect example of a skater with longevity. At the age of 48, he retains a multitude of sponsors and fairly regularly has photos in magazines and releases video parts. Simply put he is a quintessential skateboarder. Not because of his incredible talent, amazing video parts, or experience in the industry; but because his love for skateboarding. Regardless of swollen knees, or aching feet, brittle bones, and sore tissue, he keeps pushing ahead. He has other interests too, but he doesn’t let them get in the way of his skateboarding. While many pros from his time (and many people you and I know) transitioned into becoming artists or musicians as they got older, Mountain juggles his skateboarding career alongside his interests in art and music, while being a husband and father (and maybe a grandfather in the not so distant future.) Despite all the responsibilities and physical limitations of being a middle age man, he defies the odds by remaining a skateboarder. That is what his quote is all about; not letting hindrances debilitate your love. To always be skating in spite of what society expects from you, or haggard, feeble limbs. Being a skateboarder means injuries, age, and responsibilities can’t stop you from doing what you do.