Keep on rollin’

Skate­board­ing sen­sa­tion Far­ris rah­man spoke about his dreams and pas­sion dur­ing his re­cent trip to malaysia.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE - By VIVI­ENNE WONG allther­age@thes­

Treat ev­ery set­back as a come­back. Ev­ery time you fall, get back up and con­tinue on.” That’s what 19-year-old Sin­ga­porean skate­boarder, Far­ris Rah­man al­ways tells him­self af­ter he falls off his skate­board or fails to com­plete a rou­tine.

Far­ris is the first skate­boarder from Sin­ga­pore to be signed to Red Bull and has trav­elled the world, rep­re­sent­ing his na­tion in skate­board­ing com­pe­ti­tions such as the 2011 X Games Asia in Shang­hai and the 2012 Maloof Money Cup in South Africa.

“When I found out that the (Maloof Money Cup) was in South Africa, I was shocked. It was re­ally an eye-open­ing trip to see that there’s an ac­tual skat­ing scene there and see­ing how good the peo­ple from other con­ti­nents are, it makes you feel like you have to buck up,” said Far­ris, who started skate- board­ing at the age of four af­ter watch­ing his brother in ac­tion and de­cided to give it a go.

Ac­cord­ing to Far­ris, the at­mos­phere and ex­pe­ri­ence is what sets the skate­board­ing scene back home apart from the in­ter­na­tional arena.

“For lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions, you go up against your friends and you know what they are ca­pa­ble of so it doesn’t re­ally push you. But when you com­pete on an in­ter­na­tional level, you don’t know what to ex­pect so you have to re­ally fo­cus and give a 100 per­cent or 110 per­cent, if pos­si­ble.”

Af­ter ded­i­cat­ing al­most all his life to this ex­treme sport, Far­ris ex­plained that he views skate­board­ing as a form of ex­er­cise and self-ex­pres­sion. So he feels that it’s re­ally un­for­tu­nate that peo­ple have a mis­con­cep­tion that skate­board­ing “is a very ‘re­bel­lious’ sport and a waste of time.”

“When I first started, I know my par­ents were like, ‘are you sure this is what you want to do?’ and I was like, ‘yeah!’ and my dad said, ‘if you re­ally love the sport then why not? It’s bet­ter than do­ing some­thing un­pro­duc­tive’.

“So I’m re­ally lucky to have my par­ents’ sup­port be­cause I know it can be quite dif­fi­cult to get par­ents to un­der­stand th­ese days,” said Far­ris, whose goal is to turn pro­fes­sional by 25 and be one of the top play­ers in the world.

Even af­ter ac­com­plish­ing so much and com­ing this far, he wishes to go even fur­ther in his ca­reer. How­ever, if things don’t go as he wishes, Far­ris has a back up plan.

“I’m study­ing so at least I have some pa­pers be­cause in this day and age, it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to sur­vive with­out one.

“I al­ways try to bal­ance it out and not to miss class,” said Far­ris, who is cur­rently a Diploma in Out­door And Ad­ven­ture Learn­ing stu­dent at Repub­lic Polytech­nic in Sin­ga­pore.

Far­ris, who was re­cently in Malaysia, said that he hopes for more pro­fes­sional skate­board­ers from the US to come here and help the lo­cal kids learn the ba­sic moves as well as some de­cent tricks.

“Kids th­ese days try to learn (the moves) from skate videos, which might look easy but when you ac­tu­ally try them, (are pretty) tough. It was hard for me. So be­ing able to let the kids skate with pros would be great.”

Far­ris was here to help build a skate park in Tasik Ta­man Jaya, Pe­tal­ing Jaya and had re­vealed that it was a childhood dream ful­filled.

“To be able to do it now, know­ing that what I’m do­ing here will im­pact other skaters, I want to do the best for them,” he said.

Far­ris has plenty to smile about as he achieves his childhood dream of build­ing a skate park that’s lo­cated in Tasik Ta­man Jaya, Pe­tal­ing Jaya.

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