Hi what is your name and how old are you? My name is Patrick Chamberlain and I’m 64.
How does it feel to do something as cool as skateboarding? I always suspected it would be fun. Skateboards weren’t around when I was a kid in the 60s. I’d never been on one until January this year (2022)
How do your friends and family think about it? Most people laugh. I’m sure some think I’m crazy but the same people cycle into central London.
Have you had any injuries since you started? And if so has it deterred you from skateboarding in anyway? I rolled my ankle 3 months ago and no it never crossed my mind to be deterred. I was annoyed and back trying to skate after a couple of weeks, although it did limit what I could do for a bit.
How has skating changed you as a person? I don’t think it has changed me, it feels more like it’s let me be myself.
What do you think about skateboarding being in the olympics now? I selfishly worry it will spoil it, because I just want to have fun and not take it too seriously. I do think it is a good thing for skateboarding though.
What’s your opinion on the girls skate scene now? I don’t know how to answer that.
Where do you see yourself in the skate scene in 10 years time? I don’t know about scenes but I’ll be very happy if I’m still skating .. and surfing too.
What advice would you give anyone just starting out, either young or old, to help them keep skating? If it looks like fun, try it! If you enjoy it, keep doing it!
Do you think a skate school is a good way of learning? And coaching is needed in skateboarding now? I would never have got so far so quickly without coaching and encouragement in such a friendly environment. That’s thanks to Tic Tac Silver Surfer sessions.
Any final words you would like everyone to know about how you feel about skateboarding? Thanks I should have started sooner, but now I have, I don’t want to stop.