Hey, this is Eric Muss-Barnes and you know ever since I started skateboarding,
all I ever really wanted to skate was pools! I remember when I was probably about 7-8 years old. seeing footage on television
of people skating pools and I was completly blown away by it.
It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I remember watching it just thinking how desperately i wanted to learn how to do that sort of thing
myself. Now back when kids were hopping fences so that
they could skate backyard swimming pools that looked something
like this i was growing up in Ohio, and unfortunately we didn’t have
round pools in Ohio in fact most of the pools in Ohio looked more like this. Or worse yet they looks like this. Obviously not something that you can skate. So, when i finally got the opportunity to skate real swimming pools i was really really intimidated. I coudn’t get over how huge how huge some of these pools actually were. I mean look at the size of this thing. It’s about an 11foot deep-end. It’s about an 6foot shallow-end. and this deep end must be twenty five feet across. This thing is huge! Of course, something like this is really intimidating
to learn how to skate. And I knew that there are a lot of things that I have to learn in order to ride this thing. One day, I decided i was finally ready,
I was gonna begin dedicating my time in skatepark to poolriding. So I started coming to the skatepark three or four days a week instead of once or twice
and I skate two to four hours at the time and I spent 95% of my time sessioning the pool. Cause I knew it’s gonna take months of dedication and discipline
and I needed a lot of patience to get good. I mean I had tons to learn. So before I felt worthy of calling myself a poolskater
there were six things that I knew I wanted to learn. First thing, is “Drop-In”. Next, backsind tile in the deep. Frontside tile in the shallow frontside tile in the deep backside tile in the shallow and of course to go the “launch out”! relatively smoothly. As far as I am concerned, if I could not do those six things i wasn’t worthy of calling myself a poolskater. In the end took me about three months of skating
for about eight to twelve hours a week to learn those six skills. Now as you can see here, I already knew how to skate a bowl.
pretty well. but the timing of skating an 11foot pool is entirely diffrent than
than a 5foot bowl. So I decided to document my progress and actually shoot video of my entire learning process of pool skating. Now as you can see this footage was shot on the 5th of july and this is actually very first drop-in that i got in this pool on video and the very first drop-in that I ever did on vert and in this pool was actually three days prior
to this which was thursday july second. I had actually been skating the pool for i’d say maybe three weeks or so before I learned how to drop- in and thing was it was just so exhausting team climb into the pool and try how to learn how to pump back-and-forth
without having that extra movement that you need of dropping in. So i finally said okay that’s it,
I have to learn the “drop-in” so i can get more speed. I remember that 2nd of july that thursday afternoon, i’ve gotten out of work a little bit early
for the holiday and I was standing there on the edge of the pool.
Looking into this thing and I thought I now have three more days off work if i can do this, if I can pull this off right now I am gonna be in such a good mood.
I am gonna be so happy for the rest of the weekend. And so I had my iPod I was listening to carmel dancing yes I was actually listening to that song. I don’t know I was in a great mood.
I was really happy and it was all sunny and beautifull. And I said, this is it.
I can do this! I am going to pull it off. And my very first try … I bailed. and did kind of a knee slideout. it was completely fine didn’t get hurt at all. So I stood right back up got back on the board dropped in the second time.
Pulled it off! As you can see from watching this footage
everytime I set the board on the coping and get ready to drop in it would take me for ever to actually do it. Its mainly really because I was so darn scared
even though I knew how to drop in. I would just need my foot position to be absolute
perfect and i have to really take my time and get ready and as you can see my cards are really really
low, I am still many feet below the coping. in the deep end. and if you know it’s just because again I
had so much to learn I didn’t really know the timing quite yet sometimes I think I can kickturn a little bit higher
but my carves back then when it was still pretty low and I’m still just working on things just trying to figure out how to get that rhythm going. The day before I shot this footage actually got my very first kickturns to tile in the shallow end. You can actually hear the grind on the tile. when you watch these clips. oops, looks like I missed the tile that time. But you know this angle gives you a better idea of
what the shallow end of the pool looks like. And i will tell you climbing out of this pool
sure gets exhausting. I mean sure you do it once or twice no big deal with do it twenty times
in a row and wow! Now in this last clip not only get frontside tile the shallow
but this is my first backside tile in the deep end.