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Another day at the skatepark… another step closer to that unassisted drop-in. Things have suddenly got real.

Today Will and Charlie encouraged me to literally step out and over my comfort zone. This new step tested me, probably more than at any point so far. Why? Because it involved a “no going back” commitment of the body and attitude, in the face of injury, into probably the toughest bit of the challenge to date.

To make my #52 goal of “Successfully skate a small half-pipe ramp” I must drop in unassisted. “Dropping in” means standing on the board, out over the ramp and committing yourself and the board down into the tubular ramp at speed. The skater uses the board and energy as momentum and this allows the skater to skate for longer.

So, how did I get on, simple yes? Is it hell!! This skill takes hours after hours of fearless repetition. There’s constant falldowns and relentless attempts, buts it’s a skill I must master if I am to succeed on this challenge. With the help of Will and Charlie I started off on a small ramp and worked on the transfer of energy to the front foot. We then stepped up a level quickly to the larger ramp and this is where I began to really hesitate and doubt myself. To stand out over a ramp and commit yourself downwards felt wildly un-natural. I fell hard twice; the falls shook me and I began to notice a distinct lack of confidence. With the help and “guiding hand” of Will I managed a few successful attempts and this completed my mini goal for the day. Just to nail a few attempts and understand the feeling of the board on the ramp gave me a nice sense of achievement to take home. It wouldn’t have been possible without the encouragement of Will and Charlie, those two are a force, without them I’d probably doubt myself too much to continue out over the edge time after time…

In the second of the interviews my skate coach Will Isbister answer questions about his life, his passion for skating and advice he has for anyone in the scene.. See below: