Pulling out all the tricks

ASU skaters share their passion and look to grow their community

By Mbulelo Maqungo
On September 19, 2020

Photo by: Ian Saint 
Design by: Ngoc Tieu My Ta

 

The rumbling chorus of dozens of skateboard wheels could be heard across the campus mall Sept 17 as ASU’s newest club gathered for another nightly meeting.

 Angelo Skate is a fledgling student organization of ASU skateboarders, longboarders and other enthusiasts who came together to be active with like-minded people.

In the beginning of September, the Angelo Skate Club officially started their nightly ride with five members. As the club has continued to meet regularly, they have gained a total of 35 active members.

“I didn’t even have a board until three weeks ago,” club member Ashley Dusek said. “Honestly, it hasn’t been one person who created the club, it’s been just all of us inviting whoever we can.”

Dusek and her brother Brandon Dusek both are members of the club.

“When we see other people riding around campus and we notice their board, we just ask them, ‘Yo you wanna join a skate club?”’ Ashley Dusek shared.

Brice Linde, a sophomore, was one of the first individuals responsible for the idea of Angelo Skate and the development of their club’s Instagram account.

 “A group of us, I think three or so, rode all around town one day and had a blast, so we thought ‘You know what? We should just start a club.”’ Linde said.

Linde is a founding member of ASU’s Kappa Theta chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi but enjoys the less-structured environment Angelo Skate provides.

“I can already tell there is something special about this,” Linde said. “This is not as strict as other student organizations, it’s mainly about hanging out and having fun first and foremost. Once it's official and everything, there are obviously going to be more rules and guidelines to follow, but I don’t believe that will change the main point of this.” Linde said.

Linde, Dusek, and the entire Angelo Skate club have been brainstorming ideas and programs to make riding boards more accessible for students interested in joining.

“As of right now, some of us have multiple boards that we’re more than willing to lend to people who don’t have one, but we have thought about collecting a small amount of team dues so that we could use those funds to buy a starter board for someone who might not be able to get one on their own.” Linde said.

Ashley and Brandon Dusek both told the Ram Page that they believe riding is a lot more fun at ASU with other people rather than being alone.

“Most students who ride boards are usually only riding alone to and from class, so why not do that with friends?” Brandon Dusek said.

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