Skateboarding: It's Not Just for Kids Anymore

Members of an older generation still hit the skateparks.

A group of Texas family men in their 40s and 50s have formed a loose association of older skateboarders who defy the sport's young image.

Some in the group have been skating since they were children in the 1960s and '70s, while others gave it up only to take it up later on, The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday.

Greg Stubbs, 40, said he got his first skateboard as a child and never gave it up. Now, he and his friends often duck police cars and hop fences in their quest to find empty swimming pools or other places that facilitate great skating.

However, the Morning News said, the older skaters also have their own businesses, with families and mortgages.

"We're just adrenaline junkies," said Al Coker, a 51-year-old executive from Highland Park. "When you're on a skateboard, you're not thinking about a client, about bread and milk, about that tax check. You're just in the moment. It's all about that thrill."

The skaters know they won't be able to skate forever, and they mentor younger skaters to keep their legacy alive, the newspaper said.


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