Sports & Recreation

Skateboards. Friends. Life.

It's amazing how hobbies can take on a life of their own. To be something that literally turns into a lifestyle. 

The subculture that comes along with skateboarding fits all sorts of walks of life. 

It is the one sport that promotes getting together, teaming up, and being supportive on top of most other things. Life lasting friendships are made learning your peers, checking out their tricks and skills. It is encouraged to throw down the positive talk, and be yourself. 

In a world that is obsessed with trying to be someone else, saying "be yourself" is huge. Life changing even. 

The lifestyle that comes along with the sport is hardcore. Bruises, broken bones, scrapes, concussions, you name it. Mind over matter is the name of the game, as skateboarders take their lives in their own hands with tricks and turns. 

There is something empowering about being a member. They aren't exclusive, and accept all kinds, but it's one thing to be a skater, and it's another thing to "get it" 

This week we learned what it was to have skating be their thing. These guys live a life they are proud of. If they could live, breathe and eat it, they would. 

It's so inspiring to see people who make one thing theirs. It's almost sacred, and they sure have fun doing it. 

If we learn anything from this week, besides that being a bunch of rowdy drunk boys is a fun time, it would be to never lose that passion. Not to be afraid of where you are and what you're doing, and most of all be yourself. Be happy, love your dreams and live life. 

(Gianni Corniola - credit for cover art)

A man with many hats doesn’t like his haircut

You know those people who have so many things going on at once, that you can’t even fathom how they do it, or better yet how they do it with a sane mind? Being a musician, a falconer, and a DDP Yoga Instructor certainly makes you cock your head a bit when trying to figure out how all those things are connected. Not to mention, being married and having a full-time job as a respiratory therapist. These are all things that we learned about while listening to this week’s guest, Jonathan Munnier, the man of many hats. Having many hobbies, passions, and dreams doesn’t make you lost, sure you can feel scattered at times, but you are also super fulfilled. That constant feeling of busy, or wanting to do several different things at once is one that some people like, and thrive on. Personally, I get overwhelmed at the thought of having several activities in a short amount of time.

Being a falconer isn’t something you hear every day. You may not even be entirely sure what it is. It’s a sport, one that not everyone is cut out for, and surely not one that just anyone picks up. It is also impossible to not get attached to your bird.

I mean, look at those faces. (Majestic AF)

When it comes to labels, this guy doesn’t have one. That’s what makes him so interesting. Although he does wear many hats, he seems to like his haircut.

  

 

Arm Wrestling, Sylvester Stallone, and You

Competitive arm wrestling is a real thing. If you are anything like me, your knowledge of the sport begins and ends with ‘Over the Top’ starring Sly Stallone. (Props to Nathan for throwing that reference out there)
Arm wrestling is a pretty serious sport. If you type it into YouTube, you can watch how intense this gets. I was afraid at first, I didn’t want to see someone snapping their arm like a twig. It gets serious. Like any sport does. 
These dudes are impressive. Not only physically, but their mentality. Picture, it. Sitting across from a guy who is just as strong as you, in the same weight class. You end up being around the same level and sit there. Staring. You are stuck in this lock with him for what could be minutes, feeling like hours. Do you think of winning? How about puppies? Maybe that amazing beer you had the night before. Whatever the secret is, you can never tell by the face of the competitor. 

There is so much to learn. There are weight classes, and weigh ins like traditional wrestling. There is competitions and titles, and a pro league. Going pro is the ultimate dream, but one that even Ben is hesitant of. 
I loved hearing Ben’s story. This super buffed out dude who is as nice as can be, doing this sport that I had no idea existed. He is a normal guy. Gives us normal people hope that we can do cool shit too. Have I mentioned it is a co-ed sport? There are some badass ladies who told the title of champion as well. Equal opportunity sporting. 
I found the World Arm-wrestling Leagues website incredibly eye opening, and helpful. 
Find more info at walunderground.com. You can buy merchandise and even tickets for the events. I won’t twist your arm though.