Humans of UP
Humans of UP: Alex Douglas
Senior Alex Douglas only took up skateboarding last spring, after borrowing a friend’s board and then eventually purchasing his own. He was enamored with the sport at a young age, but was told it was too dangerous by his parents and now regrets not pursuing this passion sooner. As kids, Douglas and his younger brother, Daniel, fashioned makeshift decks out of cardboard and tried their best to shred like their video game idol, Tony Hawk.
Today, Douglas spends multiple hours each week trying, flying, and falling, all in the name of becoming the best skateboarder he can be. These photos highlight a day in the life of a personal friend, marketing major, art fanatic, yoga enthusiast and adrenaline junkie who, in his own words, would “rather skate than do most things.”
Click below to see what Douglas has to say about his favorite pastime.
“It’s like anything you do with your heart, anything that you do for the sake of doing: you just do it because you love to do it.”
“We would just go for beer runs on skateboards and I was borrowing my friend’s and then he wanted to come with us. We only had two boards so I decided to just go buy a board.”
“It doesn’t feel like a routine, it doesn’t feel like practice. It feels like something new every time.”
“Skateboarding is all mental, it gets real when you go down five feet of stairs. It literally feels like you’re flying.”
“The hardest thing? How much it hurts your body. It’s just tough. Its like working out, you get really sore afterwards. Not to mention learning means falling, a lot.”
“Being a skater people are automatically wary of you. They think you’re up to no good.”
“Skating is always a good time. Plus there’s always more that you can learn. And you look really cool, and badass, and do things in your environment that no one else can, or would, do.”
“I’d rather skate than do most things.”