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26 June 2003
Aren't you too old to skate?
by Carl Arnfield

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Carl, 36, having a shed load of fun at The Grind in Preston

opening speech markIn May 2001, Tim Walker and I started skateboarding again after Tim had said in hospital, that if ever got out of there he would like to skate again, thankfully he did, and here we are to tell the tale.

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I won't go into the boring details of how we all met, but thanks to the wonderful world of the internet many things are possible and have happened, with e mails sent and received and a date was set for 6 of us to all meet at a skatepark in Stockport.

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The boys are back in town!

On 21st Nov 2002 a group of middle age shredders arrived at the Bones Skatepark to skate the only wooden peanut bowl in the UK with some very odd looks from the locals and the owners!

Stevie Martin (Milton Keynes), Kev Butler (Kendal), Tim Walker (Bradford), Jon Lubbuck (Manchester), Andrew Huggins (Milton Keynes), Carl Arnfield (Chorley) all meet for the first time after months of emails and swapping skateboard pictures and stories, it felt great to have a (what seemed at the time) large group of skaters our own age to skate with….we had no idea what we had started....

From that point on we had an inkling that there must be more people like us spread around the country. The question was - how on earth do we find them?

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Middle age skateboarding - it's not for babies

In Feb 2003 we decided that we needed a website to promote our little group of scabby kneed men so middle-age-shred.com (Tim Walker's idea from his sick bed) was to become our banner and a logo nicknamed "no babies" was used.

We got the site logged with search engines and asked other skate related web sites to kindly link back to us and a little web counter to count the hits.

Now in June 2003 and rapidly heading towards 9000 hits with almost 100 middle-age shredders featured on the site, I guess you can say it has been a success, and that's just the beginning.....closing quote graphic

Next Week: Carl gives us the lowdown on the Gnarly Dude CD and gig.

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