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Upgrading the World's Smallest Skateboarding Manual Pad - Driveway Skateboard Obstacles

The World's Smallest Manual Pad Upgraded.
The World's Smallest Manual Pad Upgraded.

Having successfully manualed on the world's smallest skateboarding manual pad numerous times I felt it was time for an upgrade.

If this is your first time here, the world's smallest manual pad is basically a small sheet of half inch thick marine ply board roughly one and a half feet by three feet laid flat. It may not actually be the world's smallest manual pad in terms of the height but it's definitely a beginner level skate obstacle.

To upgrade it I had some lengths of two by four pinewood beams, that could give my manual pad some perfectly respectable height, without being beyond your average beginner skater who's just learned how to ollie onto a curb.

I broke out my jigsaw, drill, and other tools. Scrounged together pretty much all the big nails and screws I had and time lapsed the build. Watch the video below.

I didn't really get to skate my new, improved manual pad that day but promised I would in my very next video. Unfortunately skating my new obstacle didn't go anything like how I imagined - which was ollieing onto it would be no problem at all, and I'd be learning manual variations from here on in.

It went more like... well... watch the video below.

There is a definite mental block I have for ollieing onto anything with a significant edge on it. Even though, as I mention in the video, I've demonstrated that ollieing onto something the same height as my improved manny pad is something I can easily do.

It was a disappointing outcome for me and has been a bit of a setback to my skating in general. I've yet to ollie onto my new manny pad (as I'm writing this) largely because I haven't skated it since the above video.

It's like I built another reminder of something else I can't do. Which I know is a 'glass half empty' way of looking at it. I will get back to it again though. Since I know I can do it I need to see it as a challenge and push through my hesitation.

Hopefully you'll see that video soon.

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