If you’ve seen the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys — about the rise of skateboard culture in 1970s California — you know how physically demanding and treacherous skating can be. Which makes Neal Unger all the more impressive.
Unger is an avid skater, as you can see from this German video, shot at a Munich skatepark. And at age 57, he’s just a beginner.
“I cannot do all the basic tricks — I can do maybe 10 to 20 per cent of the basic skateboarding tricks,” says Unger, who uses skating as a form of meditation and self-discovery. “It's so fun and I can apply what I learn about the mind and the creative process and then take that to other areas of my life — my friendships and my family, changing my bad habits.”
Based in Thermal, California, Unger — whose nickname is The Dude — briefly attended a Calgary high school in the ‘70s, but is So-Cal through and through. His philosophy, that the human body should remain strong and youthful into old age, is the guiding principle behind his eBook Dude Logic, which includes chapter headings like "Probable Nature of the Universe and "The Dude’s Definitions."
Unger rides for Next Up Foundation, a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of kids and teens through skateboarding and action sports.
You can check out his YouTube page, where Unger regularly posts new videos. Here’s one of his latest from Coachella — the skatepark not the festival: