I guess I tend to get into things for a little while and when I hit a point where I can't do something I want to, I get impatient and quit. Well I got my first skateboard when I was like 9, went to skate camp, but I really couldn't do much other than a mini ollie and drop-ins so I quit. Probably 2 years after that I decided I'd like to give it another shot. (I loved watching X Games and I was beginning to watch skate vids that inspired me) I skated for more and did it with my twin brother some and learned a few new things, but still ended up stopping for a while. When I was about 13 I started riding my old board and realized I hadn't lost any of my ability that I had before and I started improving so I got a pretty nice setup. (My first good deck and trucks) I learned to ollie well, bought a grind rail, dialed F/S and B/S 180s, pop shuv-its, bonelesses, and B/S boardslides. I tried so hard to learn kickflips, but I had no one to teach me and I never was able to really go to the park because it sucked and my parents worked a lot. So kickflips turned out to be the death of my skateboarding career because I could flip it 100% of the time, but never landed both feet. I saw BMX and knew a little about it, but a very limited amount. I decided I would try to learn some beginner stuff on my Mongoose Wal-Mart bike with front and back brakes and reflectors and etc. (haha) I saw Matt Wilhelm's basic flatland stuff so I decided to try to learn from his videos. (I took off the reflectors and gave it a shitty all black paint job without taking the bike apart xD) I don't know why, but I never thought at that time to learn hops or anything, I guess I was only used to seeing BMX Vert and Park from X Games and didn't even know about street or getting air without a ramp. (BTW this is probably shortly after I turned 14) So I did some basic flatland stuff, and I was having fun, but I didn't know what to do next. One day I was just manualing, and I fell straight flat on my back, which knocked the wind out of me and cut up my back. It didn't hurt that bad, but it was kinda weird because it sorta freaked me out that such a simple trick could actually hurt me, I guess I felt like I had no real control over the bike. So I stopped riding after that accident, which may have been a good thing because during my time off I was in the gym a lot getting stronger which helped me control my bike better. I also kept watching BMX videos and found YouTube videos of beginner kids bunnyhopping and stuff. I decided that I was stronger and bigger in general than before and that I might be able to do some small hops. I ended up taking one brake off, kept building and building my bunnyhops, and took the other off. At around this time I started learning more about bikes and that mine was a total piece of shit. I was really interested in bikes though, and the fact that I could work on them well made me feel manly lol. I learned one footers, footjams, 180s, and some other basic stuff. Right before I started trying to learn 3s (last quarter of 2011-2012 school year) I started searching for a new bike on Craigslist. After 2 months, I found a 2008 Eastern Traildigger for $100. The kid lied and said it was an 09 Eastern Element, so I guess I got screwed but I don't regret buying it because there are so few bikes for sale near me. The reason I didn't want to spend much for a nice complete was because I thought it might be like skateboarding and I might just quit it. After buying some parts and riding when I could in summer, I progressed and made my 180s much cleaner and started improving my style. So, finally here I am now. I am still trying to learn flat 3s and barspins, and I'm getting really close on 360s. (I play basketball so I was unable to ride much of that season and my bike was messed up for about a month and a half so I couldn't ride) I turn 16 in 28 days and when I can drive I want to start going to the park more often and I REALLY REALLY want to start riding street. This Xmas I think I'm going to ask for a nice complete because BMX feels like something I will stick with much more so than skating. I really love riding even though I get frustrated at times. So yeah. The shit I'll do to avoid finishing homework... ALSO TLDR: SKATING LED TO RIDING BLAH BLAH BLAH Hopefully you guys read this so I don't feel like I wasted all this time.