Lords of the boards

A local skateboarder won't let injuries prevent him from completing his part in an upcoming skateboard video he is producing with friends.

Last weekend, Derek Padilla was riding down a steep ramp-like drainage ditch in Albuquerque. When he reached the bottom where the ditch flattened out he took a spill that resulted in a concussion and torn rotator cuff.

"Skateboarding is like an addiction," said Padilla, who will be a senior at Clovis High School next year. "Once you start, you can't stop no matter how hurt you get or how much pain you go through. There's no feeling like the feeling you get when you land a trick. I'll still be able to film. I just have to take a break for a while and give my body a rest before I actually start going big and jumping down stair sets again."

Courtesy photo: Kyle Carson

Derek Padilla does a backside 180 kickflip, a technical trick where the board leaves his feet and spins two different ways before he reconnects with his board

Padilla was in a skateboard video produced by his friends and released on May 17, but his video part was cut short. Although the film took nine months to complete, Padilla said he moved to Lubbock for five months during that time so only a handful of his tricks made it into the film.

This film was filled with skateboard tricks performed by Padilla, Kyle Carson, James Baca, Isaac Martinez and Henry Pollock. The 16-minute video was premiered at Avalanche Skate Shop. Padilla said they made the film because they wanted to show the people of Clovis what they could do on a skateboard.

Kyle Carson, who is the best skateboarder in Clovis, according to Padilla, was a large reason the skateboard film was possible. Since he was the only person in the film with a vehicle, he drove his friends to Albuquerque, Lubbock, and Muleshoe to film. He said he also edited most of the film and spent a lot of time behind the camera. He said Martinez did a lot of film work too, and everybody contributed to the project.

Carson, who recently graduated from CHS and plans on moving to New York later this summer, said that making the film wasn't easy. He said filming the video was not like having a mellow day at the skatepark. He said they had to push themselves to get great tricks on film. He said he spent three hours and broke one skateboard in an attempting to land a fakie hardflip down a set of stairs, which is the last trick in his video part and also the trick he is most proud of.

Last week these skateboarders decided to make another film with a deadline of June 15 and it was while skateboarding for this film that Padilla sustained his injuries.

"With my next part I feel more pressure to do better things and give it 110 percent," Padilla said. He said he wants to have a much longer part in the film too.

"This is frustrating because of the short time we have to film. I've been filming for the last six days and my body is done," Carson said, "but it's easier because we're better than we used to be."

"We're all trying to step our game up for this one," Padilla said.

Carson said in their first video they talked about the tricks they did and posted photos to Instagram, but the content in the next video will be kept a secret until it is released.

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