Rock and Roll at Janwaar Castle
The last couple of months have been really eventful for us at Janwaar Castle. We’ve seen a lot of media attention with the likes of The Mint Lounge and the Sunday Guardian in print media to 101 India and Discovery Channel coming down and making video documentaries.
In November of 2016, we hosted our first skateboarding challenge that saw teams from across India come and participate. We had an international jury for the challenge who came with their friends who were also skateboarders and the rest you can just imagine 🙂
Two weeks after that we had Street League Skateboarding World Champion and the face of Nike Skateboarding – Nyjah Huston visit with his entourage and fellow skaters from Element skateboards.
Over the span of these few months the kids have had immense exposure and ample of time to practice these new tricks that they were suddenly seeing being performed in front of their eyes. They would sit on the sides for a few minutes observing closely the style and techniques displayed by our guests. They would then pick up their boards and immediately start replicating. This is the first time I have seen the kids pull off multiple tricks – all with ease. Their learning curves have never been higher.
- By the end of of 2016, Ankush (8 years old) learnt how to rock and roll on the four feet quarter pipe with ease
- Deepa (13), who never skated with shoes before November now has her tail stalls on point
- Arun (14) who also started skating in shoes since November for the first time now jumps two stacked skateboards with ease
- Shihvraj (15), fondly and popularly known as Dr. Kuchkuch at the skatepark is always seen doing kickflips with his new shoes
- Sepi (14) has made jumping out of quarter bend with almost two feet of air with ease
It was really great to see how the kids appreciated this healthy competition and tried to learn as much as possible. They made friends with all the other skaters and connected on a deep personal level with everyone, and this was only possible through skateboarding. It is not at all hard to see how self motivated they are. Ever since the competition, if you see the trucks of the children’s boards, you’ll see how much they love to 50-50 grind every bit of coping in the park. Wearing out trucks, chipped boards and ripped shoes – all signs of perseverance and progress.
I’m really excited to see this progression over the next few weeks and months to come. You can already see some of them practice 360 inverts and frontside and fakie disasters like it was a walk in the park.
Looking at all this you realise that there is no better way of reminding yourself that nothing is impossible 🙂