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A downhill skateboarder in his own words
By Jason Anders
Pushing yourself to the ragged edge outside of comfort to find utter serenity is the way some people live and love in life. It’s the daring danger zones that bring peace, comfort, and courage to the free spirit, renewing the zest for living outside of the boundaries.
It takes these qualities for extreme sports such as downhill skateboarding—and the thrill and adrenaline you receive from it! Parker Schmidt is a downhill skateboarder with a drive to set himself apart even from those who live outside of the boundaries. This is a profile and feature of this athlete in his own words as he describes what makes him driven to succeed in the sport and the satisfaction it gives to him.
“I’m Parker Schmidt, an 18-year-old Professional Downhill Skateboarder from Boise, Idaho. This 2018 season will be my second year competing on the world stage, as well as my 4th year partaking in downhill skateboarding.
“I try my best to set myself apart from the rest by taking a different approach to the sport. Only the top 10% of racers are those who continuously train every day, whether that’s on board or weight training, along with maintaining a clean diet and lifestyle can be difficult for everyone to do. I do my best to provide information to those who are wanting to begin a healthy and fitness based lifestyle by posting informative blogs or posts either on my website or social media.
“Downhill skating is an escape for me. While blasting down a hill at upwards of 60mph, it’s a moment of bliss. When the moment comes to slowing down and drifting in order to make a corner, I drop my hand and push my board out from under me, going sideways in order to drop 10mph to keep my line through the corner, it feels like you’re weightless. I’ve never experienced this sensation anywhere else, surfing or snowboarding may come close. But nothing can resemble the sensation of the grip and slip from wheels at high speeds.
“When it comes to racing, I’m going into the 2018 season with the mindset of racing myself. Nobody else on the course matters, they’re not the reasons for my faults, only I am. I’m there to beat … my previous records, and if that ends up with me being on the top of the podium, then I consider that some bonus points. I am my only strength and weakness.”