Middle aged British moms get fit and stay cool by forming skateboard clubs – inspired by Olympic hero Sky Brown.
Dozens of athletic parents, all between the ages of 40 and 50, have joined a growing movement of older boarders taking to the ramps in light of the 13-year-old star’s recent success.
One group, which started with just five Cornish moms, has already inspired dozens more to try the sport.
As newbies, moms said they could barely stand, but several have now perfected turns, ramps and other tricks in weekly sessions.
And after familiarizing themselves with the board and the ramps, they said they had no plans to stop anytime soon.
The original group included Lisa Woodruff, 50, Hayle’s marketing manager, Sam Sanger, 49, St Ives vet, Phoebe Sampson, 44, project manager, Carly Summers, 45, company director, and Katie Mallam, 49, a pediatric consultant, all from St Agnes.
Ms Woodruff, a single mother of two young children, said she had the courage to ask if she could take classes while watching her own children skate after the summer.
She added, “During the summer some of the skate coaches did a kids workshop at the skate park where I booked my kids.
“All the moms and dads were there chatting and we were saying how so fun it looked, but it was so scary, and I thought it wouldn’t be good if we could ask some to these guys teaching us how to do it.
“There were three or four of us who really wanted to learn so at the end of the session I went up and asked Zain and I just said we were excited and asked if he would give us lessons. .
“I asked him jokingly how he felt about teaching old ladies”
Zain Ishmael, one of the instructors at Mount Hawke Skate Park near St Agnes, told parents he was more than happy to help and soon the group had the whole park to themselves on Monday.
They have continued ever since, although it was not always easy.
Lisa added: “We just told him we didn’t know anything because he didn’t know what to expect.
“For Zain to come over and literally hold our hand as we ride, as we lose balance, to go from that to what we’re doing now, making turns and falling into the bowl.
“Never in a million years did I think we would do this.
There has been a ‘resurgence’ in the sport recently, with Skateboard GB reporting that, in part due to blockages, there has been an increase of about 25% in the number of people visiting skate parks over the past two years. years.
But Lisa said it still wasn’t for the faint of heart.
She added, “You have to go there knowing that you will fall a lot, but we all keep motivating each other. We even raise shares so that we can’t deflate each week.”
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