Courtesy of Eli Awbrey
“Boof Squad” skates Atlanta
March 11, 2016
“Our daily ritual is waking up, eating, skating, skating, skating, skating, sleep,” Junior Eli Awbrey said about his group of friends that skateboard together.
The self proclaimed group Boof Squad has “members that go to Grady, North Atlanta and members that don’t go anywhere at all,” Awbrey said.
“We have members all over the country. The main squad is in Atlanta, and now Houston, Texas.”
Boof Squad has many members who are unofficial, but “If they’re in it, they know they’re in it,” he said.
To get together they simply set up a time and place to meet, and skateboard.
“We’ll just text one another and meet up somewhere and follow through with our rituals,” Awbrey said.
He described the connection that Boof Squad has as fun because “no matter what we’ve done that day or how boring the day has been, we always have skateboarding to look forward to.”
“A day without skating and a day without Boof Squad is a bad day,” he said.
Oliver Cobb and his brother Ethan Cobb are also members of Boof Squad from Decatur.
The brothers have been skating since they were young, and have always pushed each other to be better.
“Everyone is about the same level so we motivate each other to improve,” Oliver said.
They skate outside most of the time, but sometimes a basketball gym is opened for them to skate in.
“This lady opens the gym for us to skate and we bring some stuff, but also use a basketball hoop laid down to skate on.” he said.
It was at an open gym session that he landed a trick called a big flip, shown here.
Oliver said the process of learning most tricks is just combining simpler tricks, but some important building blocks of skating are tough.
“Learning a kick flip is hard because everyone does it their own way and to learn it, you just have to do a lot of trial and error until you find what works best for you,” he said.