Journey Indiana

S3 E19 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 319

Coming to you from the Wabash County Historical Museum...learn the ins and outs of one of Indiana's fastest growing sports - pickleball; get on the water with Indiana's only competitive water ski show team - the Lake City Skiers; meet the members of the world champion Indy Thunder beep baseball team; and meet a Muncie man who's turned his passion for skateboarding into a thriving business.

AIRED: April 06, 2021 | 0:26:46
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TRANSCRIPT

>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR

JOURNEY INDIANA IS PROVIDED BY:

>> COMING UP, LEARN THE INS AND

OUTS OF ONE OF INDIANA'S FASTEST

GROWING SPORTS, PICKLE BALL.

>> GET ON THE WATER WITH

INDIANA'S ONLY COMPETITIVE WATER

SKI SHOW TEAM.

THE LAKE CITY SKIERS.

>> MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE WORLD

CHAMPION INDY THUNDER BASEBALL

TEAM.

AND MEET A MAN FROM MUNCIE WHO

HAS TURNED HIS PASSION FOR

SKATEBOARDING INTO A THRIVING

BUSINESS.

THAT'S ALL ON THIS EPISODE OF

"JOURNEY INDIANA."

>> WELCOME TO "JOURNEY INDIANA."

I'M BRANDON WENTZ.

>> AND I'M ASHLEY CHILLA.

SO BRANDON, ON OUR LAST EPISODE,

WE FEATURED SOME OF OUR FAVORITE

BASKETBALL STORIES.

>> THAT'S RIGHT AND INDIANA IS

MORE THAN JUST BASKETBALL.

SO WE THOUGHT ON THIS EPISODE,

WE WOULD FEATURE SOME OF OUR

FAVORITE SPORTS STORIES, NO

HOOPS ALLOWED.

FIRST WE GO TO INDIANAPOLIS TO

MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE PICKLE

BALL CLUB.

WE HAVE THE STORY.

>> I EXPLAIN IT ALL THE TIME.

EVERYBODY IS ASKING, WHAT IS

PICKLEBALL?

>> PICKLE BALL IS THE BEST SPORT

EVER!

>> PICKLE BALL IS AN AMAZING

SPORT THAT IS A CROSS BETWEEN

TENNIS, BADMINTON, PINGPONG.

>> PEOPLE ARE LIKE STOP TALKING

ABOUT PICKLE BALL BECAUSE I TALK

ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME.

ONCE SOMEBODY PLAYS, THERE'S NOT

VERY OFTEN THAT THEY WON'T BE

BACK OUT OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

YOU PLAY IT ON EITHER TENNIS

SURFACE OR GYM FLOOR, CONCRETE

SOMETIMES.

A THIRD OF THE SIZE OF A TENNIS

COURT.

THE BALL IS LIKE A WHIFFLE BALL

AND THE PADDLE IS A COUPLE SIZES

BIGGER THAN A PINGPONG BALL WITH

A HONEYCOMB CORE INSIDE.

ONE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES FROM

TENNIS, YOU ACTUALLY SERVE

UNDERHAND AND REALLY FROM, THAT

YOU ARE JUST KEEPING IT IN PLAY.

CAN'T GET IN UNLESS THE BALL

BOUNCES IN, THERE BUT THEN YOU

GOT TO GET RIGHT BACK OUT.

REMEMBERING HOW TO KEEP TRACK.

SCORE IS PROBABLY THE HARDEST

OUT OF ALL OF IT.

MOST PEOPLE LIGHTNING START OUT

AND THEY JUST BANG THE BALL.

THEY JUST WANT TO HIT IT HARD

AND THEN THE BETTER THAT THEY

GET, THEN THEY GET CLOSER TO THE

KITCHEN LINE, AND IT WILL BE

MORE STRATEGIC AND THEY WILL GET

IT BACK AND FORTH AND WAIT FOR

SOMEBODY ELSE TO MAKE A MISTAKE

BEFORE THEY ATTACK.

PLACING THE BALL IS JUST AS

IMPORTANT AS BEING ABLE TO HIT

IT HARD.

IT'S A BIG GAME OF PINGPONG FOR

ME.

ANYBN PLAY.

>> FASCINATING GAME.

SLOWER.

ALLOWS FOR JUST ABOUT EVERY

GENRE TO PLAY, EVERY AGE LEVEL,

EVERY GENDER.

>> YOU WILL SEE GUYS STARTING

WITH 10 YEARS OLD, UP TO LATE

80s TO BE HONEST WITH YOU

PLAYING ON THE SAME COURTS THAT

I AM AND USUALLY BEATING ME.

>> GREAT SPORT TO KIND OF GET

EXERCISE, BUT ALSO NOT TOO

DIFFICULT TO PICK UP AND LEARN.

>> PICKLE BALL GOT ITS NAME BY

THE FAMILY THAT INVENTED IT.

THEIR DOG'S NAME WAS PICKLES.

THEY WERE BORED ON A RAINY DAY,%

THEY PLAYED BADMINTON AND THEY

LOST THEIR BIRDIE.

THEY WENT DOWN TO THE WOODSHOP

AND MADE SOME PADDLES AND

LOWERED THE NET.

AND THAT'S HOW PICKLE BALL GOT

STARTED.

>> FOUR YEARS AGO, MY SISTER

COMES TO ME AND SAYS, DAN, WHAT

ARE WE GOING TO GET DAD TORE

CHRISTMAS?

I WAS LIKE I HAVE NO IDEA.

SHE COMES BACK, I GOT HIM

SOMETHING.

MY DAD OPENS UP A GIFT, AND IT'S

A PICKLE BALL SET.

AFTER, THAT I WAS HOOKED.

>> I PLAYED VOLLEYBALL.

I NEVER GOT INTO LEAGUES AFTER

COLLEGE OR ANYTHING.

I MISSED THE COMPETITIVE

ATMOSPHERE.

AND THEN WHEN MY MOM GOT ME INTO

PICKLE BALL, I MET A TON OF

FRIENDS THAT I WOULD HAVE NEVER

MET BEFORE.

>> I WENT OUT TO THE Y ONE

SATURDAY MORNING AND I WAS

HOOKED.

PLAYING PICKLE BALK I CAN PLAY,

YOU KNOW, EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK,

AND NOT BE TIRED.

IT'S NOT AS MUCH RUNNING AS

TENNIS, BUT YOU CAN GET JUST AS

MUCH WORKOUT.

PICKLE BALL, IT'S A LOT MORE

CLOSE ACTION, AND IT'S REALLY

NOT HARD ON YOUR JOINTS.

IT'S A GOOD EXERCISE.

>> YOU BURN SOME CALORIES OUT

HERE.

IT'S PERFECT FOR ME.

>> PICKLE BALL IS THE FASTEST

GROWING SPORT IN AMERICA.

OVER 5 MILLION PEOPLE PLAY AND

THERE ARE COURTS POPPING UP

EVERYWHERE.

>> FOR ME INS THE CAMARADERIE,

THE FRIENDSHIPS.

I MET SO MANY PEOPLE THROUGHOUT

THE PICKLE BALL COMMUNITY THAT I

ENJOY HANGING OUT WITH AND

HAVING DRINKS WITH.

>> I LOVE THE COMPETITIVENESS

AND IT'S A GREAT EXERCISE.

>> THE PICKLE BALL CLUB STARRED

A YEAR AND A -- STARTED A YEAR

AND A HALF AGO.

WE WANTED TO GIVE PLACESLACES TO PLAY

TO START LEAGUES TO HAVE

TOURNAMENTS AROUND HERE SO WE

DIDN'T HAVE TO TRAVEL.

SO RIGHT NOW, WE'RE CLOSE TO 200

PEOPLE AND JUST A YEAR AND A

HALF.

>> WE'RE GETTING MORE AND MORE

PLAYERS LOCALLY, AS WELL AS MORE

TOURNAMENTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE

AND SURROUNDING STATES.

>> EVENTUALLY WE WOULD LIKE TO

HAVE A DEDICATED INDOOR VENUE

FOR PICKLE BALL.

>> WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SCHOOLS

COME IN AND LEARN PICKLE BALL

AND GROW THE SPORT OF PICKLE

BALL, NOT ONLY IN THE

INDIANAPOLIS AREA, BUT

SURROUNDING AREAS, SO THAT WE

CAN HAVE THE BEST PLACE IN THE

MIDWEST AND THE CLUB'S GOAL IS

TO HAVE A FACILITY THAT HAS 40

INDOOR COURTS SO WE CAN HOST A

NATIONAL TOURNAMENT AND THEN

HAVE 20 OUTDOOR COURTS.

ANYBODY THAT'S INTERESTED COME

OUT AND PLAY WITHIN TEN MINUTES,

YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THE BASICS

OF PICKLE BALL.

IF YOU ARE A SOCIAL PERSON,

IT'S -- IT'S A SPORT FOR YOU.

IF YOU ARE COMPETITIVE, IT'S A

SPORT FOR YOU.

AND IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER

YOUR AGE, YOUR SKILL LEVEL.

OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE A

PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO COME AND

PLAY.

>> YOU KNOW WHEN THEY SAY PICKLE

BALL IS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES,

THEY ARE NOT JOKING.

I HAVE A MOTHER, A FATHER, A

BROTHER AND A NEPHEW WOULD HAVE

FIRST PLACE TROPHIES IN PICKLE

BALL TOURNAMENTS ALL AROUND THE

UNITED STATES.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE, MAYBE EVEN

FIND A NEARBY GAME, AT

INDYPICKLEBALLCLUB.COM.

ASHLEY?

>> THANKS, BRANDON.

UP NEXT, WE ARE HEADED TO HIDDEN

LAKE IN WARSAW TO MEET THE

MEMBERS OF THE ONLY COMPETITIVE

WATER SKI SHOW TEAM IN INDIANA.

JASON PEAR HAS THE STORY OF THE

LAKE CITY SKIERS.

>> WE INITIALLY STARTED THE TEAM

IN 1989.

OUR ACTUAL FIRST SEASON OF SHOW

SKIING AS A TEAM WASN'T UNTIL

1990.

WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT HERE

IN WARSAW, RIGHT HERE AT HIDDEN

LAKE.

THERE USED TO BE A LOT OF SHOW

TEAMS IN THE STATE OF INDIANA,

ESPECIALLY IN THE ANGOLA AREA.

ALMOST EVERY LAKE HAD A SHOW SKI

TEAM OF SOME SORT.

LAKE WEBSTER OVER HERE HAS A

SHOW SKI TEAM.

THEY HAVE BEEN AROUND SINCE THE

1940BUT NOBODY COMPETITIVE.

THAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE.

WELL, WE HAVE AN OVERALL

MEMBERSHIP OF ABOUT 150 MEMBERS

NOW.

AND WE STARTED OUT WITH ABOUT 25

MEMBERS BACK IN 1989.

SO THE TEAM HAS GROWN A GOOD

BIT.

WE HAVE SKIERS FROM VALPARAISO,

WE HAVE SKIERS FROM FORT WAYNE.

WE HAVE A LOT OF SKIERS FROM THE

OUTER LYING COMMUNITIES, AND AS

LONG AS THEY CAN, YOU KNOW, MAKE

IT TO THE SHOWS AND MAKE IT TO

PRACTICES, THEY ARE IN.

>> IT'S REALLY CALMING.

I KNOW THAT SEEMS

COUNTERINTUITIVE WITH ALL THE

NOISE THAT GOES ON AND LIKE ALL

THE ENGINES BEING SUPER LOUD,

BUT IT'S REALLY NICE TO BE ABLE

TO CONCENTRATE ON ONE SPECIFIC

SKILL SET, AND THE FRIENDS AND

TEAMMATES HERE ARE JUST SAWSOME.

>> WE GET TO DO THIS AS A

FAMILY.

I HAVE FOUR KIDS AND MY WIFE IS

ON THE TEAM AS WELL.

AND SO WE ALL GET IN THE CAR.

WE COME TO THE SHOW SITE

TOGETHER.

MY KIDS SKI.

I'M ON STAGE AS AN ANNOUNCER.

MY WIFE IS WORKING BEHIND THE

SCENES AND WE DO THIS AS A

FAMILY.

>> THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT

DISCIPLINES IN SHOW SKIING.

YOU WILL SEE BAREFOOTING.

YOU WILL SEE JUMPING.

YOU WILL SEE PYRAMIDS BUILT.

YOU WILL SEE SWIVEL SKIS.

YOU WILL SEE TRICK SKIS AND SHOE

SKIS AND JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING.

>> THERE'S SOMETHING REALLY

AMAZING WHEN YOU PUT ON A SHOW

LIKE THIS IN FRONT OF A CROWD

THAT HAS NEVER SEEN SKIING LIKE

THIS ON THE WATER AND THEY SEE A

FOUR-TIER PYRAMID COMING

THROUGH.

THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW THIS WAS

BUILT OR HOW THAT HAPPENED AND

SO IT'S FUN TO BE ABLE TO

EXPLAIN THAT TO PEOPLE BUT IT'S

ALSO REALLY FUN TO SEE THEM

EXPERIENCE IT FOR THE VERY FIRST

TIME.

SOMEONE TURNING AROUND ON A

SWIVEL SKI LIKE WAKELAND

SPINNING 360 DEGREES OR SOMEBODY

GOING UPSIDE DOWN.

>> AND, OF COURSE THE GIRLS

BALLET LINE IS A VERY BIG ACT

WITH THE CROWD.

SHOWS ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC

AND, YOU KNOW, THANKS TO, AGAIN,

OUR SPONSORS AND THE COMMUNITY,

WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP THAT UP.

WE DO TAKE A SHORT INTERMISSION

DURING THE SHOWS AND IF PEOPLE

WANT TO DONATE AT THAT TIME, YOU

KNOW, WE WELCOME THAT.

ANYBODY CAN COME OUT AND WATCH A

SHOW.

IT'S GREAT FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT.

>> IT TAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE TO

PUT THIS ON THE WATER.

YOU HAVE THE BOAT DRIVERSEN ATHE

SOUND PERSONNEL.

AND I DO THE TOW BOAT

COORDINATING FOR THE SHOW.

WE HAVE COSTUME PEOPLE.

WE HAVE CONCESSION STAND PEOPLE.

SO IT TAKES A LOT OF BACKGROUND

SUPPORT.

AS A COMPETITIVE TEAM, WE

NORMALLY SKI IN THREE

TOURNAMENTS A YEAR.

AND NATIONALS IS THE BIG ONE FOR

THE YEAR.

WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH THAT WE

HOSTED IT HERE LAST YEAR.

WE HAD ABOUT 13,000 PEOPLE,

SPECTATORS.

THE TOP 14 TEAMS IN THE NATION.

>> BASICALLY ANYONE OF ANY AGE

CAN BE A PART OF THE SPORT AND

JOIN IT AND THERE'S -- I MEAN WE

HAVE SKIERS THAT ARE 4 YEARS OLD

TO 72 YEARS OLD AND SO THERE'S

VERY FEW OTHER SPORTS LIKE THAT

IN THE WORLD WHERE IT DOESN'T

MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE, IF YOU

ARE IN COLLEGE OR HIGH SCHOOL OR

ON AND YOUR DAD CAN DRIVE A BOAT

AND YOU CAN SKI.

THAT'S ONE THE THINGS I LOVE

MOST ABOUT IT.

>> IT'S CENTERED AROUND

SOMETHING THAT I LOVE.

SO IT'S NOT JUST ME COMING OUT

AND HANGING OUT WITH PEOPLE ALL

THE TIME.

IT'S ME PERFECTING WHAT I CAN

WITH PEOPLE THAT I REALLY LOVE.

>> I AM SO ENAMORED WITH

COMPETITIVE WATER SKIING AND THE

FACT THAT THIS IS A FAMILY

SPORT.

MY SON IS ALMOST A YEAR OLD AND

I FEEL LIKE HE WOULD BE PERFECT

FOR THE TOP OF THE HUMAN

PYRAMID!

YOU CAN GET MORE INFO, INCLUDING

2021 SHOW TIMES AT

LAKECITYSKIERS.ORG.

UP NEXT, WE GO BACK TO THE

CIRCLE CITY TO HEAR ABOUT BEEP

BASEBALL.

JACOB LINDOWER HAS THE STORY.

[ CHEERS ]

BEEP BALL HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE

1975.

THE FIRST WORLD SERIES WAS IN

1976.

IT WAS FOUNDED IN MINNEAPOLIS

St. PAUL MINNEAPOLIS, CHARLIE

FAIRBANKS AND JOHN ROSS, THOSE

TWO GUYS HAD A VISION ABOUT BEEP

BASEBALL FOR THE BLIND AND THE

VISUALLY IMMARED WITH THE BALL

WITH MECHANISMS IN THEM WITH

SOME OLD TELEPHONE PARTS AND

EVERYTHING SO THE BALL MADE A

NICE BEEP AND THEN THEY TALKED

ABOUT THE BASES MAKING A NICE

BUZZ.

[ BUZZING ]

>> THE GAME WAS PLAYED WITH

BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

ATHLETES, YOUTH AND ADULTS AND

THERE'S SIX PLAYERS AT BAT, AND

THERE'S SIX FIELDERS BUT THERE'S

ALSO A DESIGNATED FIELDER AND A

DESIGNATED HITTER.

THERE'S ONLY TWO BASES, FIRST

AND THIRD.

THE BASES STAND 100 FEET FROM

HOME PLATE, 10 FEET OFF THE FAIR

LINE AND THE BASES ARE RANDOM.

THERE'S A BASE OPERATOR THAT

DETERMINES WHAT BASE THE BATTER

RUNS TO.

IT'S LIKE A RACE.

IF THE BATTER GETS TO THE

BEEPING RANDOM BASE BEFORE THE

FIELDER TRACKS THE BALL, HE

SCORES A RUN FOR HIS TEAM.

IF THE FIELDERS TRACK THE BALL

AND HOLD IT UP OFF THE GROUND,

THE WATER IS OUT.

-- THE BATTER IS OUT.

>> THE THUNDER WAS BORN IN

JANUARY OF 2000, WHEN WE DECIDED

TO JOIN THE NATIONAL BEEP

BASEBALL ASSOCIATION IN 2001,

AND WE HAVEN'T MISSED A WORLD

SERIES SINCE 2004.

OUR FORTUNES TURNED ONCE WE

DECIDED TO GO REALLY YOUNG AND

SPORTS FATHER TIME CATCHES UP

WITH YOU.

SO W

SO WE NEED TO GET YOUNGER AND

MORE ATHLETIC.

WE WERE THE YOUNGEST TEAM TO

START A WORLD SERIES

CHAMPIONSHIP.

IT'S AWESOME WHEN INDIANAPOLIS

HASN'T WON A WORLD SERIES.

I WAS AS A PLAYER AND NOW AS A

COACH AND MANAGER AND OWNER AS

THE TEAM.

>> THUNDER ROLL!

COME ON, LET'S!

>> THUNDER, HIT.

LET'S HUNDREDER, HIT.

>> WE'RE GOING TO BUT THE BALL

RIGHT ON THE BAG.

LET'S ROLL, THUNDER, ROLL.

>> I THINK, YOU KNOW, THE

SOCIALIZATION, THE FAMILY,

LEADERSHIP AND JUST BEING ON A

TEAM, YOU KNOW, BEING AROUND

POSITIVE PEOPLE, HAVING THAT

POSITIVE ATTITUDE, AND I THINK

THAT CARRIES THEM A LONG WAY IN

THEIR LIFE, AND THEIR SCHOOLING

AND THEIR JOBS OR WHAT HAVE YOU.

>> A LOT OF THE RUNNING SPORTS

FOR THESE GUYS, THERE'S A

GUIDEWIRE.

IT'S NOT LIKE TRACK WHERE YOU

RUN AROUND AND YOU SEE THE LINES

AND YOU ARE GOOD TO GO.

THEY DON'T REALLY HAVE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO RUN ALL OUT.

YOU DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO

JUST CUT LOOSE AND RUN AS FAST

AS YOU CAN WHICH YOU GET THAT IN

BEEP BASEBALL.

>> I WAS ALWAYS IN TROUBLE.

WHEN MY COUSINS WERE IN THE

STREETS, THEN I CAME TO BEEP

BALL AND FOUND SOMETHING I LIKE.

THIS IS MY FIFTH YEAR OF PLAYING

BEEP BALL AND IT'S JUST -- I

LOVE IT SO MUCH I DON'T THINK I

WANT TO STOP.

I GREW UP WITH THESE GUYS,

EVERYBODY THAT I PLAY WITH,

EVERYBODY THAT IS ON THE TEAM,

THEY WERE HERE SINCE I WAS 14.

I CAN'T SAY THEY AE TEAMMATES.

THEY'RE LIKE ANOTHER FAMILY.

>> THEY ARE MY BROTHERS.

WE HANG OUT.

WE PLAY BASKETBALL, AND WE PLAY

BEEP BALL OUTSIDE OF PRACTICE.

I MEAN, IT'S A FAMILY,

ESPECIALLY THREE CHAMPIONSHIPS

LATER, YOU KNOW, I FEEL LIKE

THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS THAT

WE ARE SO GOOD BECAUSE THE BOND

IS JUST SO THERE.

WE HAVE A VERY YOUNG TEAM.

IT'S A LOT EASIER, I GUESS FOR

US TO HAVE FUN TOGETHER AND DO A

LOT OF ACTIVITIES TOGETHER.

I'M JUST HOPING I CAN STAY WITH

THE TEAM AS LONG AS I CAN.

UNTIL I CAN'T PLAY NO MORE,

BECAUSE THIS IS MY SPORT NOW.

THIS IS ALL I DO SPORTS-WISE.

>> FOR THE LEAGUE OVERALL, I

HOPE IT GETS TO THE PARALYMPICS

AT SOME POINT BECAUSE IT

DEFINITELY NEEDS TO BE THERE.

WE CAN SHOW OFF WHAT WE DO AND

WE CAN TEACH PEOPLE WHO DON'T

KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE SPORT.

I DEFINITELY THINK IT SHOULD BE

RECOGNIZED AS A GREAT SPORT

BECAUSE IT'S VERY ENTERTAINING.

IT'S VERY DIFFERENT AND IT'S

VERY COMPETITIVE.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE GAME OF

BEEP BALL TO BE ON OLYMPICS OR

ON TV.

AND SHOWCASE THE SKILLS OF BLIND

AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED BASEBALL

PLAYERS.

THE GOAL IS TO TRY TO GET IT TO

THE NEXT LEVEL IN THE NEXT FIVE

TO TEN YEARS.

WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE OUR WORLD

SERIES BE ON TV.

>> MY GOAL, MY FUTURE FOR OUR

TEAM IS THAT ALL OF THESE

INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE ON OUR TEAM

HAVE SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITIONS

INTO BEING A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER

TO SOCIETY, WHETHER THAT'S

THROUGH WORKING, HIGHER

>> BRANDON.

>> THANKS, ASHLEY.

>> FINALLY HEADS LET TO MUNCIE

TO MEET THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND

LIFE SKATEBOARDS.

PRODUCER SADDAM ABAS HAS THE

STORY.

>> WHILE I WAS USING DRUGS

HEAVILY, I STOPPED SKATEBOARDING

AND I STOPPED DOING A LOT OF

THINGS THAT I CARED ABOUT, BUT

THEN ONCE MY WIFE AND I GOT

CLEAN NOR DRUGS, THEN ALL THE

OLD -- FROM DRUGS THEN ALL THE

OLD PASSIONS CAME BACK.

I WANTED TO HAVE A SKATE SHOP

WHEN I WAS A KID.

MY DAD HELPED ME TO OPEN THE

SKATE SHOP.

AND THE REASON I CHOSE THAT NAME

IS BECAUSE I FELT LIKE I WAS

GIVEN BACK A GIFT OF LIFE AND

THAT THE SHOP AND THE

SKATEBOARDING AND ALL OF THESE

THINGS AND MY FAMILY WERE KIND

OF LIFE GIVEN BACK TO ME THAT I

DOESN'T NECESSARILY DESERVE AND

I SHOULDN'T HAVE HAD.

BUT IT FELT GOOD.

THERE'S OTHER REASONS BUT I

CAN'T ARTICULATE IT THAT WAY.

THAT'S THE GIST OF IT, LIFE

SKATEBOARDS.

>> SO I GOT INTO

SKATEBOARDING -- NOW THIS IS WHY

I GOT INTO SKATEBOARDING.

IS THAT WHAT THIS ONE IS?

AS A KID, I NEVER GOT INTO

ORGANIZED SPORTS?

MAYBE I DIDN'T LIKE THE RULES.

MAYBE I WAS A REBEL.

I DON'T KNOW.

I KIND OF LIKED DOING MY OWN

THING.

I HAVE BEEN SELF-EMPLOYED PRETTY

MUCH MY WHOLE LIFE.

I STARTED SKATEBOARDING LIKE IN

THE MID-'80s.

MY OLDER BROTHER AND SISTER HAD

DEPARTMENT STORE TOY

SKATEBOARDS.

I USED TO SIT ON IT, RIDE DOWN

THE NEIGHBOR'S DRIVEWAY.

WE USED TO PLAY OUTSIDE ALL DAY

BACK THEN IN THE FAE '80s.

I REMEMBER THE FEELING OF

FREEDOM, JUST RIDING ON A

SKATEBOARD, THE FREEDOM OF

SELF-EXPRESSION.

STATE BOARDING FELT FREE TO ME.

THERE WERE NO RULES.

THERE WAS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY

TO DO IT.

YOU COULD ADAPT IT TO ANYTHING.

THERE IS NOTHING ELSE QUITE LIKE

IT.

SO I KIND OF FELL IN LOVE WITH

THAT FEELING AND JUST GOT MORE

AND MORE INTO IT AND THEN I MET

OTHER PEOPLE THAT DID IT AND I

STILL HAVE FRIENDSHIPS 20, 30

YEARS BUILT AROUND

SKATEBOARDING.

SO IT'S BEEN A HUGE PART OF MY

LIFE.

AND I FORGOT THE REST OF THE

QUESTION.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THE PROCESS OF MAKING A

SKATEBOARD.

[ MACHINERY SOUNDS ]

>> I STARTED MAKING SKATEBOARDS

IN LATE 2012.

A FRIEND OF MINE HAD A MOLD THAT

HE BOUGHT ON CRAIGSLIST.

HE'S LIKE, HERE, TRY THIS.

I THINK IT SAT IN MY SHOP FOR

QUITE A WHILE, AND ONE DAY I WAS

JUST LIKE, OH, I WILL TRY THAT.I ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE A

SKATEBOARD.

I DIDN'T REALLY THINK IT WOULD

GO ANYWHERE.

BUT I TRIED IT, AND WHAT CAME

OUT WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY AWESOME.

I HAD BEEN DOING WOOD WORKING

FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

SO I KIND OF KNOW MY WAY AROUND

WOOD AND TOOLS AND COULD KIND OF

FIGURE IT OUT.

BASICALLY, YOU START WITH SEVEN

PLIES OF 1/16th-INCH MAPLE

VENEER.

I HAND ROLL THE GLUE, LIKE JUST

WITH A PAINT ROLLER.

HAND ROLL ALL THE GLUE ON TO

EACH VENEER, STACK THEM

TOGETHER, PUT IT IN THE MOLD,

WHICH IS IN A HYDRAULIC PRESS,

SO I CRANK DOWN THE JACKS REALLY

TIGHT.

ONCE IT'S IN THERE.

I LET IT CURE FOR FOUR HOURS

MINIMUM, BUT A LOT OF TIMES IT

ENDS UP BEING IN THERE

OVERNIGHT.

ONCE I TAKE IT OUT, I LET ALL OF

MY BOARDS CURE FOR FOUR DAYS

MINIMUM BEFORE I DRILL WHICH I

DO ALL THE DRILLING ON THE DRILL

PRESS FOR THE TRUCK MOUNTING

HOLDS.

FROM THAT POINT, I PUT THAT

UNCUT BLANK ON TO ONE OF THE

TEMPLATES OF THE SHAPES THAT I

CREATED.

AND I CUT THOSE OUT WITH A

ROUTER, A PIN ROUDER ROUTER AND A

ROUTER TABLE AND THEN I EDGE

SAND TO GET THE EDGES A LITTLE

BIT CLEANER AND THEN I ROUT JUST

WITH THE PALM ROUTER TO GET THE

ROUNDOVER ON THE EDGES ALL THE

WAY AROUND.

AND THEN FROM THAT POINT, I MOVE

ON TO DIFFERENT STAGES OF

SANDING.

ONCE I'M HAPPY WITH THAT, IT'S

READY FOR GRAPHICS, BASALLY

AND THEN I APPLY THE GRAPHICS

WITH ONE OF THE BLOCK IT'S LIKE

LINE CUTTING.

THAT'S HOW WE APPLY, ROLL INK,

AND APPLY THEM TO THE BOTTOM OF

THE BOARDS.

AND THEN THE LAST STAGE IS A

CLEAR COAT AND A SPRAY BOOT.

-- IN THE

SPRAY BOOTH.

SO YOU ARE ROLLING, RIGHT?

>> YEAH.

>> OKAY.

SKATEBOARDERS LOOK AT THE WORLD

THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS.

WHEN YOU ARERE DRIVING AROUND, YOU

SEE A PARKING CURB, YOU SEE A

PARKING LOT, YOU SEE A BANKED

ANYTHING, YOU SEE -- EVERYTHING

LOOKS LIKE A SKATE SPOT TO YOU.

SO YOU JUST KIND OF LOOK AT

THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND YOU SEE

HOW YOU MIGHT ADAPT TO THAT.

I THINK A LOT OF SKATEBOARDERS

USED TO LOOK AT OTHER THINGS IN

LIFE THROUGH THE SAME LENS.

MAYBE IT'S A CERTAIN PERSONALITY

THAT IS DRAWN TO SKATEBOARDING,

I'M NOT REALLY SURE, BUT JUST

KIND OF THINKING OF THINGS YOUR

OWN UNIQUE WAY.

I KEEP LOOKING AT THE CAMERA.

I'M SORRY.

>> YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT LIFE

SKATEBOARDS AT

FACEBOOK.COM/HANDCRAFTLIFE.

AND AS ALWAYS, WE WOULD LIKE TO

ENCOURAGE YOU TO STAY CONNECTED

WITH US.

>> JUST HEAD OVER TO

JOURNEYINDIANA.ORG.

THERE YOU CAN SEE FULL EPISODES,

CONNECT WITH US ON FACEBOOK,

YOUTUBE AND INSTAGRAM AND

SUGGEST STORIES FROM YOUR NECK

OF THE WOODS.

>> WE ALSO HAVE A MAP FEATURE

THAT ALLOWS TO YOU SEE WHERE WE

HAVE BEEN AND PLAN YOUR OWN

INDIANA ADVENTURES BEFORE.

WE SAY GOOD-BYE, LET'S HEAD BACK

T MY HOME TOWN AND TAKE A LOOK

AT THE LAKE CITY SKIERS.

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