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11 year old Nanaka showing off her impressive skateboarding skills. [SLYT]
posted by quin (32 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
The board is with her, she with the board.
posted by clavdivs at 10:24 AM on February 19, 2012


Did anyone else find the music incredibly creepy?
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:25 AM on February 19, 2012 [26 favorites]


I never explicitly claimed to be a better skateboarder than an 11 year old Japanese girl, but it was nice to have that in my back pocket for when I'm feeling a bit down, u know?
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:26 AM on February 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


Cool video. But the music has to go. It's creepy and condescending.
posted by hot_monster at 10:34 AM on February 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


You know that moment when you realize that someone less than half your age is already doing better kickflips than you ever will? Fuck.
posted by Blasdelb at 10:43 AM on February 19, 2012


I'm just glad she's not on her bike any more.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 10:51 AM on February 19, 2012 [8 favorites]


Awesome.

I find the internet is much improved by always having the sound off on my laptop. I turn it on if there's something I explicitly want to listen to.
posted by rtha at 10:52 AM on February 19, 2012


I like how they identified her as a "girl skater", but I think they should have used the formal term, "skatetrix".
posted by found missing at 10:52 AM on February 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of seeing an eight or nine year old kid drop in on some sketchy transition down at my local spot. I mentioned to the guy next to me that I was afraid to try what that little kid just did.
posted by orme at 10:56 AM on February 19, 2012


On the "afraid to try what that little kid just did", I'm in my 40s. a few years ago I was at the local skate park on inlines. After a drop into a big bowl I realized I was off my game that day, so was just practicing simple turns at the top of the bumps, fouled one up and went down hard enough to see stars. The later emergency room visit revealed an ACJ separation.

Anyway, I'm in that "oh shit something doesn't hurt as much as it should" shock, on the side, taking off my skates, and this 9 year old next to me asks what's up. I mumble something about how I fell, how I'm off my game today, and bla bla bla excuse.

He tells me to suck it up, shake it off, and get back out there.

Kids these days. Make me believe the future is gonna be awesome.
posted by straw at 11:13 AM on February 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


...but it was nice to have that in my back pocket for when I'm feeling a bit down, u know?

Dude, you still are a better skater than an 11-year old Japanese girl. Just not this girl.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 11:26 AM on February 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


FYI: the music is from Jason Schwartzmann who is normally a really cool guy..
posted by costanza at 11:26 AM on February 19, 2012


I was impressed by her skills, but also impressed with the camera work.

That was a really poor choice in music though
posted by YAMWAK at 12:04 PM on February 19, 2012


I’m surprised so many people click on a youtube video without making sure the sound is turned off first. I learned that lesson years ago. I just assumed there was nu-metal blasting, I had to go back and check after seeing the comments.
posted by bongo_x at 12:50 PM on February 19, 2012


FYI: the music is from Jason Schwartzmann who is normally a really cool guy..

The song by itself isn't creepy. What's creepy is applying it to an 11 year old.
posted by scalefree at 12:57 PM on February 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


Public service announcement: if you ever find yourself uploading videos to youtube that that look like this or which have motion that looks mushy with blended frames or has jerky movement, it means you didn't properly deinterlace the clip. With proper software settings you should never see any of that.
posted by Rhomboid at 1:04 PM on February 19, 2012


I don't know why anyone automatically apply the lyrics of background music to what's being shown in the video, this is an mellow pop song about love. Almost anything out there you could pick would be just as "bad" if not worse if you imagined it was being sung directly to or about an 11 year old.
posted by hermitosis at 1:11 PM on February 19, 2012


Nanaka is girl skater in Japan.

Why the fuck can't she just be a skater?
posted by New England Cultist at 2:21 PM on February 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


This would be mind blowing if she weren't Japanese, but instead I'm not very surprised.

On a side note: Theoretically light nimble kids should be better at skating than older heavier humans anyway.
posted by Liquidwolf at 2:22 PM on February 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Why the fuck can't she just be a skater?

I think it's a translation artifact. I've seen/heard the "girl (noun)" construction before in other contexts.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:33 PM on February 19, 2012


I like the couple tiny moments in the midst of this superhuman display when you see her actually move like an 11 year-old girl -- e.g., at 0:18. Incongruous.
posted by eugenen at 2:54 PM on February 19, 2012


She seems good, but I don't know enough about young skaters to know for sure... is that good for an 11-year-old?

On the "afraid to try what that little kid just did", I'm in my 40s

I see the kids around my house riding those two-wheeled boards with caster wheels (Waveboards) and wonder how the hell it's possible... then my brother brought a couple over and started riding one around. Since my brother isn't allowed to be better than I am at anything, I tried it out, and it's actually pretty easy (after you get moving)... the board pivots in the middle, so if you're about to fall you can correct.

I was sore the next day, and I must have looked like an idiot riding that thing around in my 42nd year, but damn, it was fun. I'm not tempting fate, though... I want to buy one, but I know I'd eventually break myself.
posted by Huck500 at 3:01 PM on February 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


if you're 11 and you break your arm: yay! you don't have to do much in school for 2 months!

if you're 30 and break your arm: f-me, how am i going to work like this? i need to pay the bills...
posted by cupcake1337 at 3:24 PM on February 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is impressive until you realize that Japanese concrete is soft like pillows and also they have less gravity there.

(How I know I'm old: the whole time I was all "put on your elbow pads, missy, or we are NOT stopping for ice cream on the way home!")
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:54 PM on February 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


Totally kicking myself for not teaching my daughter to skateboard when she was 12
posted by photoslob at 4:11 PM on February 19, 2012


I like that she skates goofy-foot just like me! So I have that in common with her. That's about it though. She skates better than I ever did in 1977...
posted by Ron Thanagar at 4:49 PM on February 19, 2012


Why the fuck can't she just be a skater?

Yeah, Cool Papa Bell's pretty much right. It's less common to say 'kid' or 'child' in Japanese than to say 'little girl' or 'little boy'. So if it helps annoy you less, if it was a boy, they'd have said skater boy.
(not to diminish what you were getting at)
posted by chickencoop at 5:45 PM on February 19, 2012


Skate gay!
posted by munchingzombie at 6:24 PM on February 19, 2012


So if it helps annoy you less, if it was a boy, they'd have said skater boy

Um, I believe Avril calls it Sk8r Boi.

posted by Metro Gnome at 9:21 PM on February 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Great video, I also found the choice of music very odd.
posted by arnicae at 9:53 AM on February 20, 2012


Bravo. She's really good. I remember my first attempt. I gave it a few days and I was done.
posted by jwmollman at 3:29 PM on February 20, 2012


Suh-weet! High five!
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