Jun 6, 2008

Jonesboro skater

There's this one kid who's skateboarded for 10 years.

He's kind of a myth: None of the seven skateboarders messing around in Jonesboro on Thursday afternoon have ever actually met him, this hero-skateboarder. One of them said he heard the guy got in trouble for jumping his skateboard off the roof of a restaurant over by the mall.

"Ten years!" said one of the skateboarders.

The seven ranged in age from 13 to 16, and they all had skateboards. The oldest of the group, 16-year-old Michael Gavin, has been skateboarding for about three years. The newest skater, the one who doesn't quite have the skater-style assembled, who has a board, but not the skater shoes or the hat, said he started about six months ago.

"Ten years?" said Mark Shacklock, a shirtless 15-year-old who was standing there, thinking about that kid who supposedly snuck up on top of a restaurant with his skateboard, jumped off and then got caught.

"Wouldn't that mean, like, he started when he was 4?"

The others laughed, like they weren't sure if Shacklock was trying to destroy the story, or make it even better.

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily