"That whole middle ground is definitely missing, the twenty-something skaters," said Ross resident David Schaeffer
, 31."It's either us or the little guys."
A breezy Saturday morning found Schaeffer standing atop the sprawling San Rafael skate park, surveying the activity from a picnic bench area."I wish I were good enough to ride even half of it," he
said."I come here and just get schooled by 6-year-olds." Schaeffer
skateboarded as a kid but stopped in high school."I started snowboarding when I was 14 and got completely addicted and thought it was silly to slam onto concrete when I could fall on the snow," he
said.Earlier this year, Schaeffer discovered a skate park only minutes from his office in the East Bay (he is product manager of Outerwear at North Face) and with a co-worker decided to hit it up as a lunchtime tension reliever.
Now, skating parks has become a weekly activity."I'm not leaning on any skateboarding skills because I really don't have any," he
said."I'm leaning on snowboarding skills."
, skateboarding is nothing short of petrifying."It's concrete, not snow - there are consequences," he
"I'm learning so much from kids who aren't even 10 years old," Schaeffer
"You can go down and roll over the bumps and then ollie off the lip," Tribble told Schaeffer
a little later, as they waited their turn.
"I can't ollie," Schaeffer
"Is that an old-school board?"
"Yes it is," Schaeffer
"Awesome!Can I try it?"
"Yes you can."
"Hosoi used to bust fat airs on that board," Schaeffer
muttered as Dallara kick-turned around, commenting on the board's smoothness.