If you're just starting out on a skateboard, here are a few tips to keep in mind while you're learning.
Back in the 1950s, surfers in California thought it would be great if they could take their surfing to the streets. The concept seemed pretty simple to them, and after the first boards were made, the sport of skateboarding was born. The first boards were basically just wooden boxes or boards that had roller skate wheels attached to them; but over the years, skateboarding evolved and boards evolved.
Today, skateboarding is one of the most popular past times among adolescent males (and some females), particularly in Australia where it allows you to enjoy the benefits of exercise, speed and the weather!
Whether you are hitting the streets or your local skate park, if you’re just starting out, you need to follow a few good tips.
- Before you decide to buy a board, test out some of your mates’ boards first. Try it on the carpet first so that it has more traction and the chances of falling are less.
- Check how you stand (whatever side is more comfortable) and the size of the board you want. Then hit the pavement.
- If you are having fun, you know it’s time to go shopping. Just be aware there are a number of board types available, different sizes, speeds (based on how tight the wheels are), and so on. You don’t want a board that is too small, and you want a board to suit its purpose; for example, cruisers have good maneuverability, while older style boards are great for ramps; and longboards are good for cruising.
- For safety’s sake, you also need to buy yourself some knee and shoulder pads, gloves and a helmet. You might think it looks a bit silly, but you’ll thank us when you fall off and save your knees and hands from any major asphalt scrapes.
- When you feel confident enough on your board, why not test your skills and try out some tricks. You can get some great grind boxes, quarter pipe ramps and half pipe ramps for your own backyard that will have you imagining you’re competing against the likes of Tony Hawk.
The most important thing - skateboarding is a lot of fun so enjoy yourself!
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