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This kid is going crazy. Switch blunt down Hollywood 12? WTF?
Justin Eldrige – Girl: Yeah Right!
Justin Eldridge Killing It
Justin Eldridge Pretty Sweet Full Length Part Re-Edit
Justin Eldridge & Chris Roberts – Chocolate Chip (The Hollywood 12 is at 1:05)
Way back I’d get Justin confused with Pete Eldridge (who is also a great skater). Justin is a fan of survival shows. He had a beach fort next to a sea cave, where him and his buddies would party and fish – apparently he’s not just a professional skateboarder, he’s also quite the outdoorsman.
IMPORTANT: HIS FISHING FORT WAS IN PALOS VERDES. DO NOT EAT THE FISH YOU CATCH OFF OF PALOS VERDES. THERE’S A BUNCH OF BARRELS OF DDT OFF THE COAST THERE AND ALL THE SEA-LIFE IS HELLA F*CT.
Don’t believe me? Read this: https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-coast-ddt-dumping-ground/
So, uh, yeah the story goes he was skating a box in front of his house, trying some tricks, slipped out weird and got a herniated disc. That’s fits with the ol’ skate lore – it’s when you’re doing something small, just effin around, is when you get some of the worst injuries. Roll your ankle doing heelflips on flat ground while on your phone, and there you go! You’re out for a few weeks.
Anyway, Justin couldn’t do any normal activity for six months. Took a full year to recover. Now, if I got you all worried about skating and hurting your back – here are a few tips:
- Stay hydrated. If your daily routine consists of beer and coffee, you’re probably really dehydrated. Your back and your discs like fluid.
- Stretch. I had a herniated disc at 26 or 27. Stretching is good for people at any age. It’s possible that being limber and flexible will help you avoid these kind of skateboarding-induced injuries.
- Know your zone. Like being in the zone when you’re skating. If you’re doing too many thing and you aren’t really present when you’re skateboarding, this could be when injuries happen. You kinda want to be focused – but not overthinking anything, just in your flow.
What’s crazy is his back injury made him hate skateboarding for a while. It was such a bad tweak that he didn’t want to EVER do the thing that caused his pain. Yep. Skateboarding is a really a Yin and Yang career choice. On one hand, you get to do the thing you love for a career but on the other, it can end at any second.
Memorable tricks: Nollie heelflip crooked grind in Yeah Right.