Ok, I was wavering a little bit but I’ve got a goal in place for August. The plan is to make at least 500 heelflip attempts.
I was thinking of something like “land a heelflip before the end of August,” but I could feel the fear of failure in that goal. Putting the pressure on to land one is what takes the fun out of the process for me.
This morning I was up early, and as I laid in bed I was thinking about what I wanted to do for my session today. Ride the bowl? Practice 50-50 stalls? Practice heelflips?
I decided to practice heelflips, but my goal was to just go down to the basketball court and take it easy… Attempt at least 20, like I did in the garage yesterday.
Not land 20. Attempt 20.
This mentality didn’t make room for my ego to put pressure on me. And wouldn’t ya know, I got the closest I’ve ever been to landing one!
So as I approached #20, this happened:
Holy shit!!! Pretty much sums up how that felt. That motivated me to do 20 more. Still close, but no cigar. But after that near-make, any hesitation I had about focusing my goal on heelflips washed away.
I’ve only been hesitating because I’m afraid it’ll be hard and I won’t land one. Well, uh, it is hard. And it always will be. If I keep practicing though, heelflips won’t become less hard… but I’ll get better at them, maybe even land one.
So goal = set: attempt 500 heelflips before the end of the month. That’s less than 20 a day. Totally doable, and it should leave plenty of time for fun on the surfskate or in the bowl.
August Heelflip Attempts: 60