My son is nearly 15. He has been riding (real) skateboards since he was about two and a half – and I won’t embarrass him by reminding him (too much) of his earlier enthusiasm involving a skateboard-shaped cardboard cutout which he kind of surfed around the living room. Lets just say that skating can truly be considered one of the great loves of his life.
For the last few years he’s been making films of himself and his friends skating. At first I was the camera operator; spending what seemed like hours standing/crouching/lying in carparks, roadsides, skateparks, etc filming take after take until the trick was landed.
Now that he and his friends are better (and more adventurous) skaters, so the films have become intrinsically much more exciting to watch. And naturally, his film-making skills have improved too, so that even though I don’t really “get” skateboarding, I can enjoy his movies.
I hope you do too.