08 February 2014

Zak skating bowls and mini ramps

Zak's latest video...3 months after his 4th birthday, getting really confident with his bowl skating. So happy to see him have so much fun on his board. More news to follow soon!


25 January 2014

Happy New Year!!

Flashback...



I'm starting my first post for 2014 by wishing you all a Happy New Year and posting a video I found buried amidst hundreds and hundreds of video clips in my hard drive...

The funny thing I had totally forgotten I had introduced Zak to his dad's board so early on...I had no idea then that things would shape up the way they did...3 years on and I can't believe how fast time how has flown...and my little baby is now so independent and so confident...it's heartbreaking not to be able to stop time and make it slow down a bit so that we can make the most out of these incredible first few years of a child's life.

I'll post a new video soon...just collecting the last bits of footage of Zak starting to carve bowls around Sydney...he's improved dramatically since my last video...




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25 December 2013

Happy Christmas 2013

Tiny santa Zak 



Zak and I went to our local skatepark on Christmas' Eve to put this little video together and wish our family and friends across the world a very very merry Christmas. Missing our family and friends so much and wishing they were here with us...Much love, happiness and health to all xxxx 





05 December 2013

Vans Warped Tour cool down session

Meeting the pros...


During Zak's usual 3 hour skate session at Monster skatepark this Tuesday morning, we got chatting to his new hero, 13 year-old Lukey Russell, Australia's junior vert champion, who mentioned that some of the world pro skaters would be having a session in the Bondi bowl that same afternoon following their Vans Warp tour around the country. So we headed there in the early afternoon hoping to see the big guys, especially Pedro Barros, one of the best skaters around.

Lukey and Zak at the top of the vert.

As we got there, Zak had a great time skating around the likes of Steve Caballero, Omar Hassan and the ever so popular Pedro Barros from Brazil completely oblivious to how well known and respected they are, simply taking it all for granted. 

Zak and Pedro Barros

Totally oblivious to the "being famous" concept, Zak was happily telling Steve Caballero what to do... the few people around us were in hysterics when Zak poked Caballero on the shoulder and ordered him to "Get my skateboard"... (me frowning about the missing "magic" word) and then we finally heard a tiny..."pleeease!". 

He did have a lot of fun watching them in the big bowl but it wasn't too long before he wanted to be skating himself, so he ended up spending another 3 hours playing in the skatepark below the bowl having a wonderful afternoon practicing more and more drop ins, kick turns, and plenty of interesting tricks that end up with the boarding flipping high into the air with the very likely risk of hitting someone in the head. I love that he tries all these ambitious things, and I hate myself for not trying to stop him as one day, that board will land on someone's head. And it will hurt. And it would more likely be mine. 



Zak and Lukey watching the pros doing what they do best

Zak and Lukey watching Caballero

Zak and Kip (Dooty)









30 November 2013

The big blue bowl

Full circle

It never ceases to amaze me the fact that I'm now watching my little boy skate in the same big blue bowl in Bondi where I stood 5 years prior on my own, childless, having a blast at photographing the best bowl skaters in the world in their preparation for the Bondi Bowl-a-rama in 2009.

Here are some of my favourite shots from then...








Zak came to this world exactly 9 months later...(you do the maths!), so it means a lot to me to see him play in this big blue bowl like a little pro...almost as if this is exactly how it was meant to be...


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Thanks to Poppy, a beautiful young Bondi skater and her amazing 7 year-old sister Kip who took Zak under her wing, my boy got the courage to enter the big blue bowl and skate with them inside it. It was a great afternoon watching him form new friendships with other little shredders like him.

Kip and Zak in Bondi


Taking turns in the big blue bowl
Zak and Kip in Bondi


Zak turns 4

Not so tiny anymore...

We'll soon have to update the title of this blog as our "tiny" skateboarder is no longer tiny. He has just turned 4 on Halloween and he is the tallest and chunkiest 4 year old I know...but he still needs his afternoon sleeps and still cries his eyes out when cranky so still a baby in my eyes.

Photo courtesy of Maiko Simcox

Anyway, to celebrate him turning 4 I put his latest video together. Probably his best video so far. He has progressed enormously in the last month and has grown very ambitious of the moves he wants to achieve. We are proud of our little boy and wish him a beautiful year ahead with plenty of skating and new friendships!




Enjoy the video!

15 October 2013

Drop-ins from taller and taller ramps

Drop-ins from taller and taller ramps


Massive couple of weeks for my boy as he finally confidently drops in from all sorts of metal coping ramps getting braver and attempting taller and taller ramps every day. For the last 6 months Zak has been totally capable of dropping in from the tall ramps, however insisted on always holding my tiny little finger for support. 

To get him to face his fear of dropping in we've tried bribing him with all sorts of tempting things, ranging from chocolate to light sabers, but none of this bribing convinced little Zak of letting go of my hand. The stuff that really worked for him one day was the suggestion that he could watch the Spiderman movie if he finally dropped in without his mum's little finger for support. As he never watches tv, that was a real sweet deal for him, and that was it, a cheap easy bribe, that worked for him (and for us!), pushing him to face his fear and opening the door to huge progress.

Dropping in from bigger ramps has really changed the way he skates. He also seems so very happy to be on his board, getting more comfortable and chatty with the local skaters and pulling super silly faces as he gets something right (or wrong).

A huge thank you to his aunty Treen, who has come to visit from the UK and who took some awesome shots of his latest tricks in Revesby and Bondi Beach skateparks this week. Today we are celebrating his biggest drop in so far in Bondi Beach. 

See Treen's pictures below.


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Drop in Revesby Skatepark

Drop in Revesby Skatepark


Drop in Bondi Beach Skatepark

Drop in Bondi Beach Skatepark

Drop in Bondi Beach Skatepark

Climbing up his biggest ramp so far ready for drop in

Preparation for his highest drop in as of today...