Letter of Recommendation: Early Spring and Late Fall Skating
Letters of Recommendation is a new series of articles about people, places, and things we’re stoked on. This installment was written and photographed by Max Dubler.
Most of us think of summer as peak skate season, which makes perfect sense: the young’uns are out of school, the pavement is warm and slides nicely, the winter salt and sand are washed away, and the skateboard industry lives in SoCal’s perpetual summer.
Every skater who has suffered through a New England winter knows that riding in the cold, like skating in the rain, kind of sucks and should only be done when you’re truly fiending for a rip.
Personally, I prefer skating in early spring and late fall. It’s the perfect time of year.
It’s cooler, so you can wear long pants and a sweatshirt or light jacket, which comes in handy for airbraking and preventing road rash. Being in leathers isn’t miserable.
Wheels grip better on cool pavement.
The leaves are off the trees in deciduous forests, dramatically improving visibility and making it easier to spot corners. Bare trees cast beautiful shadows across the road, articulating the banking and helping to show speed in footage.
While I love going to events and seeing everyone over the summer, I have the most fun on late-season skate trips with the boys.