Skateboard for Beginner Adults – 20 Must Read Tips

Skateboard for Beginner Adults

It is normal to feel a bit confused when trying to pick out your first skateboard for beginner adults. There is a lot to consider when faced with the different sizes, trucks, wheels, and even weight range that a skateboard can have.

As a beginner, you shouldn’t just opt for something that looks good but looks for a skateboard that is stable, rolls smoothly and requires next to no maintenance.

You don’t need to get an expensive truck if you cannot afford it, choosing a basic truck and bushings will work just as well. Wheels and boards – a typical deck of 8”- 9” inches, is suitable when choosing a skateboard for beginner adults. Wheels also do not need to be too soft as a hard landing will be the least of your worries when learning to skateboard.

To recap, the basics you need to focus on when deciding on your first skateboard are;

  • Be smart and don’t spend too much on the first skateboard
  • Choose basic accessories to go with it – grip tape, trucks and bushings
  • Don’t worry about how hard or soft the wheels are, what you should focus on is your first attempt.

Now, let’s take a more in-depth look at the 20 tips to choosing a suitable skateboard for beginner adults that would serve you well and last you a long time.

Skateboard for Beginner Adults tips

Skateboard Tip #1: Skateboard Balance

If there’s one thing you need to get right when it comes to skateboarding, it is balance. Many skateboarders have their personal preference when it comes to the width of their board and they can even tell the difference if they were to use a new board with a different width.

A skateboard with an 8.5-inch width is suitable for a beginner, and then with time, you could switch to a narrower deck (8” inches). Usually, you will find it hard to perform flips and pops with a wider board; in the end, you must be sure that the size of your trucks and deck tally.

It’s all about finding your balance.

I can feel the difference between a somewhat wider skateboard deck and a narrower one like 8 Inch. I just feel more confident, but one can argue that this is a personal preference. And when you begin, start with the basics rather than jumping into ollies, it will go a long way to help and prevent fear – see the previous post on how to overcome your fear of skateboarding.


Skateboard Tip #2: Pick the Right Width

This is important, and as stated earlier, picking a wider board has its downside, though you will need it to learn stability as a novice. If you must use a narrower board to learn skateboarding, then go for something in between like 8.25” inches deck. With this, you may not start performing kickflips immediately, but what’s the rush if it prevents you from injuries.

If you are happy to risk it, you can start with an 8” board. It is worth bearing in mind that you there’s a chance you will initially find it unstable, but with enough practice, everything will get easier.


Skateboard Tip #3: Start with a mellow or medium concave

If you don’t know a concave shape is, it is the curved shape along the y-axis of the deck. Great tricks are aided by the concave – they make your deck flip faster, but they can be less stable.

As a beginner skateboarder, it is best you begin with a medium (mellow) shape concave.

Never go for a steep concave until you have mastered 89% of skateboarding (this type of hollow is very responsive but less stable).

The concave is the curved shape across a decks y-axis. More concave makes your deck flip faster but makes your ride less stable. Go with a medium shaped concave, also called mellow concave.


Skateboard Tip #4: Pick the Right Wheels

As a beginner, start with medium-hard wheels instead of softer ones. Such wheels will let you ride smoothly. Thus, you get to practice and perfect pushing and skate switching. For street-skating, go for wheels with a durometer of 96a and 99a; if you prefer to cruise, then 78a and 87a is a good fit.

As you progress, you can then switch to using harder wheels when you feel you have the control. The sizes also matter, as both bigger and smaller wheels will give you a high velocity, but tricks will be limited, unlike small but hard wheels that are suitable for technical ricks.


Skateboard Tip #5: a little about trucks

The only thing that matters about trucks is the width; the wheels should stick out- that should be your cue when picking out one. The width of your truck ought to match your board. Using a medium or low truck would help you balance properly, unlike using a high truck, which are suitable for steering but not great skateboard choice beginners.

Just stick with lower trucks and as you progress, the tricks and flips will become easier.

To avoid wheel bite, make sure your wheels are not too big to the extent that they are touching the deck. The chart below will throw more light on this.


Brands    Their SizeAxle Width (inches) Deck Width (inches)
Independent215109.75 upward
Independent1698.98.75 – 9.75
Independent1498.58.25 – 8.75
Independent13987.75 – 8.25
Thunder1498.58.25 – 8.4
Thunder14787.9 – 8.2


Skateboard Tip #6: Skateboard Deck Length is not a big deal

The length of the deck you pick doesn’t matter. Go for the regular size, and everything should be fine. The smaller sizes are for kids unless you want to do a full split.

If you need anything longer, then you should go for a longboard; in fact, if you are not tall, the length should be the least of your worries.

skateboard for beginners

Skateboard Tip #7: Know your Bearings

If you are going to spend money on your bearings then you should stay away from the cheap Chinese knockoffs on the internet. Go for the Bones Reds bearings – a decent bearing system that lasts a lot longer if you are able to avoid water, mud, and dirt.

You should also consider adding spacers between your bearing; they are hollow and pipe-shaped, yet small in size. Their duty is to prevent damage to your bearings as you fix the nut to the truck axle.

When setting up your skateboard, place a bearing on the wheel, then add the spacer before placing the other bearing. Spacers are cheap, although they have no negative impact on your skate performance, but you should try to get them.


Skateboard Tip #8: Use standard bushings

Don’t what skateboards you choose to give you a headache because most skateboards come with bushings, which are fine for you as a beginner.

If high steering power is important to you, then softer bushings are recommended. If your aim is to keep the trucks tighter, then harder bushings are what you want.

If you find that your bushings feel too loose, then try tightening the nuts on your truck axle.


Skateboard Tip #9: Is Cruising Your Thing?

You might want to start cruising when you ride; it will help you learn to balance before going into tricks. If you are looking to learn tricks first, then it will only waste your time and scare you in the event of any mishap happening.

Learning the basics will teach you to balance, and if cruising grants you that, you should go for it. To learn how to properly cruise, get a board of 8.5” to 8.25” inches with soft medium wheels of about 96A and a sixty millimetres wheels; these specs will you skateboard without issue.

Anything above that wheel size will need higher trucks or riser pads. If you want to stick to just cruising then go for softer wheels, they will do the job fine.


Skateboard Tip #10: What Riser Pads to Choose

Riser pads help provide additional dampening when riding in the street – think of them as like a car suspension. Riser pads are cheap and are usually placed between the deck and the truck’s baseplate.

If you have large wheels, riser pads will help prevent wheel bite. Riser pads also help reduce the pressure cracks caused by the impact of the truck’s baseplate.


Skate tip #11: Get some Grip Tape

Even with just the standard grip tape, you will be just fine. It is like a sandpaper material atop your deck; it prevents you from slipping off your board. There are a lot of cool prints nowadays, so have fun shopping, but never go cheap knockoffs- they would last long.


Skateboard Tip #12: Picking the Right Brand

Every skateboard brand is just as good as they are bad, but as long as you pick a pro skateboard board, you will do just fine. Be sure that the deck is made of maple wood with at least 7-ply layers. It is worth noting that many brands get their decks from the same manufacturers and just rebrand them.

Skateboarders are often quick to judge boards when sometimes they are simply the ones that are at fault, and this is because they skipped the basics and lack adequate control over their board.


Skateboard Tip #13: Protective Gear is a Must

It goes without saying that you can still get injured while wearing protective gear, but what is 100% impact compared to 40%. Most skateboarders tend to develop the habit of skipping protective gear just as they skip the basics; this is dangerous.

Some say they hardly fall; please don’t take such chances, protect yourself.


Skateboard Tip #14; Blank Deck or Graphic Deck?

Blank decks are cheaper than decks with graphics on them. As a skateboarder, however, it is pretty much an obligation to buy graphics to support the industry in developing more genius technology.

Those funds also go towards funding contests and inviting pro skateboarders to invitationals.

So unless you are specifically into plain blank patterns or not able to afford graphics, then just go with the graphic deck option.

Skateboard Tip #15: Spend less on your First Skateboard

As this is your first skateboard, you don’t need all the expensive equipment and skateboard accessories like ceramic bearings, hollow trucks, top-notch wheels, and expensive decks.

A complete skateboard setup can easily get expensive, so wait until you become a better skateboarder – then you can begin changing parts as you go along.


Skateboard Tip #16: You do not Need a Penny board

It will benefit you a whole lot more if you avoid the plastic Penny boards, especially if you are looking to get one to practice with. These boards are not great for performing tricks; they are manufactured to be too small and just too narrow!

What you’ll end up with is a frustrating trail of woe throughout your use. So unless you plan on riding one for work reasons, it should be your last choice for skateboarding.

A Penny board is more suitable for beginner kids rather than beginner adults.


Skateboard Tip #17: Your shoe size doesn’t matter

Don’t let anyone fool you; shoe size does not matter. It is all down to personal preference, a skateboarder with large feet can use a small board if he feels comfortable with it and vice versa.

As long as you can maintain your centre of gravity, you would have no problem riding a board of your choice (do this by assuming a crouch position).

Only tall skateboarders should worry about how wide or long their skateboard deck is.


Skateboard Tip #18: Getting a Complete Setup

If deciding on what setup will work best for you will stress you out or you really don’t know how to go about it, then you can get a complete skateboard setup. And if you want to enjoy the experience of setting it up yourself, youtube videos can also help if you don’t know what to do.

One bonus to buying a complete skateboard is that you can identify what parts you would like to change in the future while having the opportunity to test them first.


Skateboard Tip #19: Buying your Skateboard

Avoid getting your board and skate equipment from superstores like Tesco, ASDA (in the UK) or Walmart, Target (in the US). You may see a cool-looking skateboard in one of these stores but chances are they are made with inferior materials, low-quality wood, fake plastic, and all. They can snap upon one ollie, both proper and improper landing.

It is best you avoid such skateboards; it will only discourage your skateboarding spirit, create fear, or help you waste money (if you go ahead to buy).


Skateboard Tip #20: Don’t be Timid when learning

When you finally get all you need, there is no need to feel timid about taking your first ride, you might be cautious but don’t be too scared, it will only develop fear in you.

You can begin skating in an area with lesser crowds or in skate parks (do this early in the morning as they are usually empty at this time) and gradually proceed to busy areas when you gain more confidence.

Skateboarders won’t tease you; rather, they will gladly help, so there is really nothing to worry about in general.

Skateboards for Beginner Adults

Final Thoughts

These tips will guide you through the early journey of your skateboarding life, try not to wear skinny jeans as you need the freedom to skate most especially perform tricks. Look to get yourself some decent skateboard shoes with socks because your feet will definitely get sweaty and soggy.

Don’t forget to wear your protective gear.

Lastly, you can skate with a friend or two, it will help you catch up/ learn faster, and if you can afford it, you attend skateboarding classes if you like. If you can’t, see more of our post and watch videos online. Have a fun-skating day!


Boosted: Stealth Electric Skateboard Review, 6 Reasons Why You Should Choose It

A lot of manufacturers claim to be the best at designing and producing E-Boards, but only a few actually deliver. The Boosted Stealth electric skateboard is one of the few that has turned the tide of the game with its range of top of the line electric skateboards.

The Stealth Electric Skateboard is Boosted company’s most expensive and fastest model yet. The Stealth Electric board comes with similar design and components as other boards previously designed by Boosted. The difference is its new and improved range of 14 miles, as well as its run speed of 24 mph which is impressive when compared with other electric skateboards.

So do you think this e-skateboard deserves all the props it gets? Let’s find out.

Overview of the Boosted Stealth Electric Skateboard

The Stealth Electric board is almost everything a skateboarder could imagine a skateboard to be. It is a step-up from Boosted’s previous designs with added features that promise users a great experience.

Boosted’s previous models have always been favourable to new riders in terms of accessibility and ease and that did not change with the Stealth. The craftsmanship of the board is absolutely fantastic and the speed, range, and acceleration are top of the line.

The Stealth is undeniably among the best that Boosted has produced so far, with how fast and powerful it is. The Stealth is so much power packed that I’d suggest you get a sound helmet before you decide to ride it.

The Package

In the past, Boosted has used trucks, wheels, and decks that were manufactured by other respected skateboard companies but that changed not long ago as Boosted now produces these parts by themselves. This switch thankfully did not reduce the quality of these parts(my opinion).

With its lightweight poplar score, the board is still springy and very much comfortable. And an added advantage is the board’s wide spacing of the trucks helps the rider take full advantage of the springy deck’s shock-absorbing nature.

Stealth Electric Board Review

The Boosted Stealth E-board is probably one of the most amazing skateboards I have come across, what with all it’s awesome features.

The fact is, it is hard to experience the Stealth and not fall in love. Of course, I am not saying it’s 100% perfect, but it comes close.

Here’s a list of features you should expect the Stealth to come packed with.

The Features

  • Regenerative breaks
  • 14-mile range
  • Top speed: up to 24 mph
  • 25% hill gradient
  • Bluetooth enabled remote control
  • Ride modes: 5 ride modes, which includes the new hyper mode
  • 2,100 watts of power
  • Super flexible composite deck
  • Dimensions of 11.3 widths, 38.0 lengths, and 5.7 height
  • Boosted Stratus 85mm wheels
  • Weight: 17Ibs

Boosted Stealth


The Boosted Stealth skateboard is built to take you up to 14 miles range on a single charge. So you can easily charge up your battery, which generally takes about 1 hour 45 minutes and go wherever you need to go without worrying so much about your battery dying on you.

Speed And Regenerative Brakes

Not only does the Stealth have lightning-fast speed, but you get to be the master of how fast you go. With this E-Board, you can clock a speed up to 24 mph effortlessly.

You can explore up to 5 different ride modes starting from the beginner mode to Hyper mode (which is crazy awesome). With this, you have a choice to decide at what speed you want to ride at and when. This makes the board both beginner and expert friendly. And if you’re a Daredevil, it’ll work for you too.

The Stealth electric skateboard also comes with regenerative electric braking which greatly compliments its 5-speed modes. For a board, these powerful, powerful brakes are needed and Boosted came through with their electric brakes.

And the fact that it is regenerative means you can always put back a little charge into your battery every time you pump the brakes.


At 17 pounds (18kg), the Stealth skateboard is an average weight for electric skateboards. Although if you carry it for long enough, the weight can begin to tell on you. But that’s totally understandable because a board that features and offers as much as the Stealth does, is bound to weigh slightly more than normal.

This doesn’t have to be a problem for you though, as long as you plan ahead and actually use the skateboard instead of carrying it.


The Stealth comes at a pretty expensive price. So, for all it can be described or classified as, cheap is not among them. But if you crave the very best features you can get in the market, you’re surely not going to find them for cheaps. Boosted’s Stealth guarantees you get what you pay for and more.


Equipped with 2,100 watts of power, the Stealth electric skateboard can basically get you through most terrains. You can tackle any hill due to how much power the board packs, climbing them easily and descending confidently without breaking a sweat.


The Boosted Stratus 85mm Wheels provides the rider optimal acceleration and enough shock absorption which makes bumps feel and look insignificant. Built with metal pulley, the wheels are more efficient, quiet and long-lasting.

What We Like And What We Don't



  • Good and sustainable battery life
  • Regenerative electric brakes which put a little charge back into your battery when brakes are applied.
  • It can cruise through bumpy and hilly terrains without work on your part
  • 5 different speed modes which make it suitable for beginners, experts, and adrenaline junkies
  • It comes with a powerful battery that guarantees a range of 14 miles.

Boosted Stealth

Final Thoughts on the Boosted Stealth Electric Skateboard

For me, the Stealth Electric Board is one of the many wonders of electric skateboards. A lot of its features appeals to me and provides a great riding experience.

Its design is superb and although it is expensive, it’s a board worth getting.

My thought on this? If you can afford the Boosted Stealth Electric skateboard, then go for it. You’ll find you made a pretty good decision.

Am I Too Old To Start Skateboarding?

Am I Too Old To Start Skateboarding

It’s not at all uncommon for many people to quit energetic, cutting edge activities such as skateboarding by the time they are hitting their thirties. Even more rare are 30-60 year-old beginners for outdoor activities like skateboarding.

So if you are wondering what is the best age to start skateboarding and if you are too old to start skateboarding? Just remember that when you look past the scary-looking kids at the park or the incredulous looks from people passing by, learning to skateboard is possible whether you’re in your thirties, forties, fifties, or sixties.

Unless you’re a professional athlete or aerobic enthusiast with regular workouts, naturally the human body is unlikely to handle all the bumps and bruises that come with skateboarding if you’re more than two decades old.

Does this mean that there is a particular age when one is considered too old to skate? Absolutely not!

Mastering a new skill takes time. Your first tries are sure to be awkward or frustrating, but once you get a grip on the basics, expect to have some fun even as you practice. Consistency is key. Two days is not exactly enough for a beginner, but it would suffice. As an aged beginner, you would need to create ample time to practice your new skill. You most certainly can’t learn tricks if you have not got the hang of the basics.

Do not take risks or put yourself under pressure. Your body is not the same thing as those young people you see on the street, grinding the sidewalk or killing it on the rails at the skate park. Ending up in the hospital in your first month of learning to skateboard is crushing. Always wear protective gear.

This article is for two categories of beginners – those without and with minimal knowledge of skateboarding. For me, the break I took from skateboarding lasted eight years. Taking it up again, I did not feel as skilled as I was then, but accomplishing any task is hugely rewarding.

Trust me, there were a couple of injuries and bruises before I realised I needed to take it easy, and you should too.


Skateboarding takes time

As encouraging as your coach or those online videos may be, skateboarding requires time. And a lot of it. This includes the basics and tricks. Generally, younger folks learn skateboarding faster. Someone in your age range will pick up faster with three days of dedicated practice.


Be in good physical shape

Physical fitness as an aged person taking up skateboarding cannot be overemphasized. In this case, the risks of permanent damage are higher. Your bone density at age 30 and above means recovery from a sprain or fracture will take longer.

Now is the time to pick up that workout routine or renew your gym membership. Invest heavily in protective gear, especially for parts of the body that are susceptible to injuries such as the head, elbow, ankles, and knees.


Skateboarding in your twenties

Your early, mid, or late twenties is not a bad time to take up skateboarding. This period is actually the prime of your youth, so hit the stores and board up!

Skateboarding in your thirties and forties

Be more careful if you fall in this age range. Take the necessary precautions and be less aggressive with your practice.

Skateboarding in your fifties

Longboards and electric boards are ideal recommendations if you’re in your fifties. The only skateboarder of this age started when he was younger, so gear up and stay safe as you practice.


10 Tips For The Older Beginner Skateboarder

The following tips will help you rock it as an aged beginner

  • Invest in wide boards with great trucks

Widths should be between 8.5 to 8.25 inches if you’re buying a wide board. This is to save you the initial hassle of finding balance.

Also, look up my recommendations for aged beginners and guide on how to assemble DIY style.

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  • Invest in the right gear

This includes proper skating shoes and protection kit. On your priority list are helmets, knee and elbow pads, wrist guard, padded shorts, and butt pads.


  • Practice on grass or carpet

This is perfect for finding balance. The friction will prevent your board from rolling away while you’re not on it.


  • Take lessons and film yourself

When you do this, you can watch yourself for something you’re not doing right. Taking lessons also ingrain the basics into you.


  • Visit skateparks early in the morning

While you can as much at your home, skate parks allow for more freedom and diversity in brushing up your skill. Early hours mean you have the skatepark to yourself.


  • Always inspect your gear

This is important if you’re an aged beginner. Have tools to loosen or tighten your trucks and always carry a disposable phone for accidents if they occur.


  • Warm-up your muscle often

Honestly, you will start to feel the difference age causes after your thirties. It’s the same with any other aerobic activity. Warm-ups are vital to your practice, and you will feel less sore afterwards.


  • Get over your embarrassment

The remarks and odd looks from people should be expected. In a small amount of time, you would become pretty good.


  • Be supportive to fellow skateboarders

Everyone needs support at different points in the learning process. Respect the culture.


  • Try transition skateboarding

This should only be after you are comfortable on a skateboard. This means more of mini ramps and quarter pipes. Begin with quarter pipes, kick turns, and fakies.


Final Thoughts on being Too Old To Start Skateboarding

Don’t expect to start executing tricks immediately after you master the basics. This may take years, so enjoy the pleasure of just skateboarding. For older beginners, skateboarding with loved ones is great for bonding; you can do this with your son or siblings.

It’s all about the fun, so take up your passion now!



Is Skateboarding Beneficial And Safe For Kids?

Is Skateboarding Beneficial And Safe For Kids? - Best Skateboards

Skateboarding is very famous among teenagers, kids, and adults as well. It is one of the most popular recreational sport out there and a lot of persons are really digging it. A lot of children are into skateboarding and a lot more are interested in learning. But it is important to know that for your kid, there are precautions you must take to make sure they are safe when they go out to ride.

So is skateboarding safe for kids? It is important to remember that skateboarding can lead to accidents and injuries if some measures are not taken to prevent them, and as a parent, that is more or less your duty. And considering the many benefits your kid can get from skateboarding, I think it is a worthy sport to get your kid involved in.

So if your kid is interested in learning how to skateboard and you are concerned, stick with me for the rest of the article to find out if you should let them and how to keep them safe if they do go out there.

What Age Is Safe For Kids To Start Skateboarding?

Generally, the answer to this question is dependent on you and your kid. When kids are interested in something, they are interested in learning how to do it. So if your kid wants to skateboard even at 2 years of age, they will definitely get the hang of it howbeit slowly.

Know that if your kid shows interest in skateboarding and they haven’t tried skating yet, then it is on you. Chances are that you’re not sure of letting then get on board. Just have it in mind that with skateboarding, it is ‘the earlier the better‘. The earlier your kid starts learning and practising, the better they’ll get at it as they grow up.

Proper Safety Gear

Before your kids go out to skate, it is important you inspect their board and their gears to make sure they are safe and intact. Remember, your kid is just a kid, and may not be as thorough as you the parent or guardian, so it’s important ‘you’ do the inspecting.

Make sure to check that their wheels are in place, the bearings are the way it should be and their deck is perfectly safe. When this is done, make sure they are wearing all the recommended safety gear to ensure their safety out in the skateboard park.

There are a number of items your kid will need to skateboard safely, which must be provided and worn before riding.

  • A good helmet is the most important of all safety. With the severity of issues, one can sustain from head injuries, it shows how important your kid needs a helmet. So get them a helmet that fits perfectly, designed specifically for skateboarding. Never let your child go skateboarding without wearing a helmet.
  • Wrist guards protect the wrist from sprains, scratches, and bruises during a fall. So, you get the gist. In some cases, you can get a package which includes a helmet and other accessories.
  • Elbow pads and knee pads also protect your kid during falls to prevent serious injuries that may land them in an emergency room.
  • You can also choose to provide them with some safety googles to shield and protect their eyes.


Safe Places To Ride a Skateboard for Kids.

Skateboarding is a lot of fun and some of its beauty is in the daredevil acts some skateboarders give. While that is all fun, it is not for your kid. There are places you should never allow your kid to ride their boards because of the danger it presents to your kid.

Make sure you inspect whatever ground you want your kid to ride on. Be certain they are void of cracks, tree branches and leaves. Those are hazardous to riders and worse still for children skateboarders.

Have these in mind when deciding where your kid should ride.

  1. The street is a danger zone for kids to skateboard in. So make sure they never ride in the street until you’re very sure of their competence on the skateboard.
  2. Skateboarding in bad weather conditions can cause all kinds of accidents and be especially dangerous for kids. Riding in the rain, snow or icy ground is a bad idea. So whenever the weather is bad, keep your kid indoors.
  3. Skate parks are often the safest places for kids to ride their skateboard. But when you take them there, make sure to obey all the rules and keep a watchful eye out before entering busy areas.
  4. Only let them skateboard in places where there isn’t much crowd so they can have enough space to ride without colliding with other riders.
  5. Keep your kid away from all traffic.

Riding Safely.

Like adults, kids will fall while learning how to skateboard. It is a part of the process. So the best way to avoid injuries is to teach the best ways to fall without hurting themselves.

One of the key priorities for you as a parent should be to get your child a good skateboarding helmet that comes with a few extras. This should be one of the first things your kid should learn to safely use while practising skateboarding.

Here are some ideas on how to teach them how to be safe while riding.

  • Let them practice falling on soft surfaces.
  • teach them to land on the fleshy areas of their body instead of on their joints
  • Teach them the basic tricks before progressing to the more technical stuff.


Benefits Of Skateboarding For Kids.

Skateboarding provides a lot of benefits for your kid. Aside from the great sport that skateboarding is, it provides a load of advantageous and numerous health benefits for everyone who engages in it.

So here are some benefits your kid gets from skateboarding.

  1. Teaches Patience, Practice and Consequence.

Kids are known to have pretty short attention spans except they are truly interested in whatever they are engaged in. If your kid loves skateboarding, it is a great way to teach them the lessons of patience, practice and consequence.

Skateboarding borders on taking calculated risks and doing so in a controlled environment. Your kid gets to learn how fast things can go bad if they don’t learn how to control their skateboards and navigate it properly. And this, they can only achieve with dedicated and constant practice.

  1. They Make New Friends.

The skateboarding community is a pretty welcoming place where everyone is united because of their love for the sport. It is easy for your kid to expand their social circle and bond with other kids over something they all love.

  1. Gives Them Room to Workout.

Skateboarding is a great way to keep fit. It requires the engagement of one’s entire body; excluding the legs and feet. Your kid employs a lot of physical movement when learning to skateboard especially when learning the more technical stuff – like the tricks they can pull off.

  1. A Great Way to Relieve Stress.

Believe it or not, children go though stress too. It might not be at the same magnitude as adults, but they get worked up too. And skateboarding is a great way to relax and let loose. It helps them get their minds off things since you need a level of concentration and focus to learn skateboarding.

  1. It Teaches Them Perseverance And Physical Endurance.

In skateboarding, a vital lesson that is taught is how to get back up when you’re knocked off your feet. This is a great and important lesson to teach your kids and skateboarding is a great way to do so. It teaches your kid how to dust off and try again no matter how many times they are knocked to the ground.

  1. It Is Fun

How can you describe skateboarding without mentioning how much fun it is? Kids are suckers for fun and skateboarding is just another healthy way to let them have it.

So there you have it. Teaching your kids how to skateboard isn’t the worst thing on earth. In fact, far from it. It might be one of the best things you let your kids do.

Skateboarding has a lot to offer your kid and if you do things right, they can learn the sport without getting hurt.

Slick Revolution Review: Urban 80 Electric Skateboard.

Urban 80 Electric Skateboard.

Skateboarding has evolved so much over the years and I don’t just mean the skateboarding techniques. Skateboards have gone from wooden boards to incredibly put together remote-controlled boards for an easy commute.

I can’t say I’m not happy about this development because not only has it made skateboarding superfly, it has also made moving around super easy.

There are companies out there that have taken skateboarding design and creation to a new level and who has produced top-notch skateboards.

The focus of this article review, however, is the Slick Revolution’s Urban 80 Electric Skateboard.

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The Urban 80 Electric Skateboard- Overview

Urban 80 was designed for the typical commuter in an urban environment. With its 80cm length, it is really easy to carry around in crowded places, convenient enough to take on a bus or train without hassles.

Unlike the original Flex-E-board, the Urban 80 comes in a smaller package fully packed with more range and power. This makes it a much more portable alternative.

Urban 80 is pretty pricey so it might not be the first choice for someone who doesn’t have a lot of money to spend. The board is a load of technological goodness that has features that will appeal to both skateboard enthusiasts and noobs alike. It comes with an advanced controller fully equipped with 3 different speed modes, an LCD screen and 3 braking strengths which makes the board easily and comfortably controlled by the rider.

If you have to move through smooth roads, going from your home to the office or to school, or you have to shred really tough and hard ground, the Urban 80 has got you covered. It is designed so spectacularly that you get to choose your wheel size depending on how much wheel strength you would need. There’s the 83mm Slick wheels, the 110mm Rough Stuff Wheels, and finally, the 120mm Foam Core Foamies.

The board comes with really strong brakes which does a lot in most emergency situations where you need to make a sudden stop. If you’re new with E-skates, you might find the brakes as too strong or too forceful. But that’s okay because there is a way to rectify that feeling. You mostly just need to get used to strong breaks and know how to regulate your weight when you are about to hit the brakes. Surely it is better to have strong breaks than tired ones.

The Urban 80 Review: Key Features.

We’ve singled out some kickass features of the Urban 80 E-skates, now let’s check out some of the things that makes this board cool.

Features At A Glance

  • 2400 watts of power.
  • 3-speed modes.
  • 3 braking modes.
  • Wheel choice: 88mm Slick wheels, 110mm rough stuff wheels, and 120mm foamies.
  • Top speed: 22mph | 35km/h(83mm Slick Wheels). 25mph | 40km/h(110mm Rough Stuff Wheels).
  • Range miles and kilometres: 15miles and 24 kilometres.
  • Advanced wireless controller.
  • Regenerative brakes.
  • USB output.
  • Weight: 6.5kg/ 14.3 pounds.
  • Climbing gradient: 20%/ 11.3°




The Urban 80 is designed to go a good 24 kilometres or 15 miles on average. Depending on the wheel size, the board can do a speed of 22mph and 35km/h, and 22mph and 40km/h. The top speed that can be reached by the 83mm Slick wheels is 22mph | 35km/h while that of the 110mm Rough Stuff Wheels does 25mph | 40km/h.

Which, if you ask me, is a good range overall.

With its 3 speed modes, a rider can easily and conveniently choose what riding experience he wants. You can either choose to practice, have fun, or activate the expert mode. Whatever works for you and makes you feel safe. It’s your choice.

Also, backing up its 3-speed modes is its 3 braking modes. With a feature such as this, you can feel free and confident to explore and ride as fast and wild as you choose to know you can immediately pull to a stop if the need arises.


Weighing approximately 6.5kg or 14.3 pounds, the Urban 80 is extremely portable which is a much sort after feature for a commuter skateboard. Despite the small size of the board, it has been tested to perfection and can hold the weight of a rider of about 120kg without causing damage.


Urban 80 was produced with the customers pocket in mind. For the value it offers, the board is worth the cost. So the board surely gives you value for your money.


Irrespective of how harsh your surrounding terrain is, hilly, bumpy, rough, or hard, the Urban 80 has got you covered. You don’t have to be worried about wrecking your board over bad roads as the Urban 80 comes a sturdy suspension and is equipped with 2400 watts of power.


Holding up this awesome amount of power are hardcore wheels that are designed to hold against imperfect conditions. With the newly introduce 78A wheels, the rider is sure to enjoy a much more comfortable and smoother ride with added grip.

83mm Slick Wheels

The 83mm slick wheels are the smallest of Urban 80 wheels which are designed for hard grounds and smoother tarmac. It accelerates better but gives a slightly slower top speed.

110mm Rough Stuff Wheels

This wheel gives you a smooth ride over bumpy roads. It is so well designed that you won’t even have to worry about riding into bumps because well, it can handle it.

120mm Foamies Wheel.

If you want to cruise over bumps without the slightest feelings of vibrations or discomfort, this is the wheel to go for. It is the Slick Revolution’s latest addition and it focuses on offering more comfort than the other wheels.

What We Like And What We Don’t


  • Allows choice of wheels to ensure the comfortability of the rider.
  • Speed modes and break modes make the skateboard suitable for skateboarders of any skill set.
  • Regenerative brakes which allow for reuse of stored energy gotten when brakes are applied.
  • It can be used in rough and bumpy terrains without causing damage to the board.
  • Has a reasonable speed range.



  • Does not come with batteries.
  • Price is a bit steep for newbie skateboarders
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What’s In The Box?

The Urban 80 Electric Skateboard, when purchased comes with the following items:

  • 1 Urban 80 Electric Skateboard
  • 1 Advanced Wireless Controller
  • 1 Micro USB Cable
  • 1 E-board Charging Cable
  • 1 E-board Skate Tool
  • 1 Instruction Manual
  • 1 Set of 83mm Slick Wheels or 1 Set of 110mm Rough Stuff Wheels or 1 Set 120 Foamies


Final Thought

Having used the Urban 80 Electric Skateboard for a short while, I do think it delivers – on quality looks and balance.

It is very well made and the design works for anyone who enjoys skateboarding, both professionals and newbies alike. I love how its operation does not involve technicalities which makes it easy to operate and control.

If you are in the market for a skateboard, I’ll recommend this one.

The Weight Limit for Skateboard Riding – How Much Weight can a Skateboard Hold

The Weight Limit for Skateboard Riding - How Much Weight can a Skateboard Hold

Weight Limit for Skateboards

One of the most common questions asked by adult beginners to skateboarding is what the weight limit for skateboard riding is? In all honesty, there is no real weight limit for skateboarding. A lot depends on the board you choose – high-quality skateboards can withstand being under your weight for long periods of time.

If you think about it, there are a number of professional skateboarders that may be considered heavyweights, and skateboarders like Stu Graham and the big Ben Schroeder (Big Ben’s skateboarding career ended in 2011 when he collided with a car and broke his tibia). While there are others, who weigh less than 195 lbs – Steve Caballero weighs about 134 lbs (height; 5’3”).

When the professional skateboarder, Danny Way, won the Guinness world record for the longest ramp jump of about seventy-nine feet; he weighed 180 lbs.

Good skateboarding brands often set their weight limit to 250lbs as they are highly durable options. You can also get a sturdy maple skateboard deck that is designed to hold a weight of 220lbs. The risk with this is that there’s a chance of it snapping if landed incorrectly.

Injury when a Skateboard Snaps

Landing incorrectly, especially for larger-bodied skateboarders, may not only cause the board to snap but also can cause severe injuries like ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, bone spurs, fractures, plantar fasciitis, and other foot injuries. A large person, rolling his/her ankle during a kickflip, is likely to fall and get badly injured.

Injuries rate can be reduced by wearing the right protective gear, but it cannot be completely avoided.

People with larger mass should be the ones asking what the weight limit to skateboarding is?

As a heavy skateboarder, the impact of your weight to skateboarding is both a blessing and a curse, the former being that you get an impressive momentum going downhill and the latter any slight mistake that energy could and will cause significant damage/injury.

This doesn’t mean lightweight skateboarders do not accelerate fast enough, they cannot generate the amount of momentum a heavyweight skateboarder would, when going down ramps.



If you are a heavyweight skateboarder, you will be taking too many risks doing technical tricks you are not accustomed to. Even if you may have seen videos of 300 – 330lbs skateboarders doing tricks, there is still a significant amount of risk.

The only way to avoid such injuries is correct foot placement and knee bending, and any slight mistake could make things turn ugly. A large-bodied skateboarder should avoid jumping high distances or onto rails.  If the board snaps, the trucks will give way and the resulting injury could be long term.

It does go without saying that even the lightweight skateboarders snap their skateboards now and again, but heavyweight skateboards should limit the number of tricks they attempt.

The fact remains that irrespective of whether light or heavyweight, as a skateboarder, you have to learn to distribute your weight correctly, especially when landing.


Knowing Your Skateboard Deck

How to apply your weight

Case study: The Derek Lam Skateboard (Click to See on Amazon)

Construction: 7-ply Canadian maple, a deck length of 31 inches and a deck width of 8 inches.

One of the most important things to consider as a novice or heavyweight skateboarder is the deck width; this is because it is the centre that provides stability and support.

The typical width usually ranges from seven to eight inches (this excludes micro boards). However, most heavyweight skateboarders tend to go for broader options – which also has its downsides – as tricks become a whole lot harder to do.

Skate note: Almost all skateboards are thirty-two inches long, but the length of boards is something tall skateboarders put into consideration.

Below is a weight chart showing the various deck options available in based on the size, weight, and age.

Micro size

Deck Width: 6.5”-6.75”


Average Weight:45lbs



Mini size

Age: 8 years

Height: 3’5”-4”4”

Deck width: 7”

Average weight: 59-62lbs


Small size

Age: 9-12

Height: 4’5”-5’2”

Deck width: 7.3”

Average weight: 63-89lbs



Age: 13 and above

Height: 5’3”-5’6”

Deck width: 7.5”-7.6”

Average weight: 102-152lbs


Full size

Age: for adults

Height: from 5’7” upwards

Deck width: 7.7”-10”

Average weight: 195lbs

Skate Note: skateboards are more concave in shape than longboards and flat boards that tend to look longer in length because the latter is more suited for longer transportation and the former for technical tricks.

The Weight Limit for Skateboard Riding - How Much Weight can a Skateboard Hold


Deck Construction

This plays a major role in the strength of your board. Commonly used materials include bamboo, carbon fibre, laminated maple wood, and plastic, all the listed has both their good side as well as their shortcomings (bad sides).

This post will further elaborate on each material for better understanding as to which will better withstand

  • The laminated maple Wood is the most used, including the youth and beginner model. It is between 7-9ply, and a well-crafted one can withstand a weight of 220lbs. Some notable brands use this material, some of which include: Birdhouse, Element, Powell-Peralta (the flight deck is manufactured with a thin layer of carbon fibre, making it very sturdy), Plan B, and Zero. Also, some fairly good brands still make use of the laminated maple wood; examples are Playwheels, a 28-inches by 7.5-inches skateboard, and the Kryptonics recruit, a 31-inches by 7.5-inches skateboard with a limit of 110lbs. It is important to note that not all skateboard manufacturers place a weight limit on their board.
  • The carbon fibre is what the strongest skateboard decks are made from. They are featherweight and are known to splinter upon snapping. Most of all, the strongest deck in the market has carbon fibre in its make. Some which include the Revdeck by Revolution Enterprise, the Lithe Slate 2 Deck (made of both carbon fibre, light woods, and maple woods). The latter of these skateboards do not splinter because of the added materials.
  • Other brands can produce their boards from fibreglass, birch wood and even coated with the famous epoxy resin, an example is the Lib-Tech skateboards, having a coated core made of poppy wood.
  • The vinyl plastic, these are used for plastic boards that are majorly used for transportation and not tricks. They are used for both longboards/cruisers and skateboards; these boards are pretty strong. The penny skateboard is an excellent example of these categories.


How Trucks Affect Weight

Heavy skateboarders should also pay attention to the trucks on their skateboard. How durable your trucks are matters a lot because when you land, your weight is all on the trucks.

The sturdiest trucks are often made using 356.0 T6 aluminium and can bear a weight of about 250lbs.

Skate Note – For any skateboarders over 250lbs, it is a risk doing complex tricks. One sensible option is to pick out harder bushings; more on bushings can be found in our previous post, check it out!


Final Thoughts

If you read through this post, then by now you will know that there is no official weight limit for skateboard riding. However, there is a limit to the number of tricks you can perform while heavyweight.

Even tricks as basic as kickflips or ollies will be all the more difficult, if you are over 220lbs, you stand a risk of getting injured. s an alternative, you could simply opt to use longboards instead. They are often used for commuting but there are electric boards available that can withstand the weight of a 250 – 330 lbs rider.

How Skateboarding Became Popular

How Skateboarding Became Popular

Skateboarding has been around for quite some time now but have you ever wondered how skateboarding became popular? Well, let’s try to answer that question. Skateboarding is more than just cruising around. Skateboarding is reaching heights never dreamed of and is finding its place among traditional sports like baseball and football. Skateboarding is a lifestyle.

Skateboarding is love.

Parents aren’t so resistant to the idea of their children preferring to skate versus trying out for shortstop on the HS Baseball team. It is fascinating that in such a short time Skateboarding has gained such ground. Over the past 60 years, skateboarding went through a kind of evolution.

Let’s dive a little deeper into the history that’s shaped skateboarding today.

The Beginning Of Skateboarding

By the early 1950s, surfing can be traced as the source of skateboarding. Surfers in California got the bright idea to surf concrete and invent skateboarding. The origin of the first skateboard has never been proven as it seems to have been the spontaneous invention of multiple people.

Wooden boards with roller skate wheels slapped on the bottom where the makings of the original boards these pioneers took to the streets. You can imagine the looks on the faces of people seeing this for the first time. As you might imagine, a lot of people got hurt in skateboarding’s early years.

During this time, skateboarding was seen as something to do for fun after surfing.

Some surfers had the idea to transfer the feeling of riding waves onto the streets to defy times of days with a gentle swell. Not without any reason, these dudes were called ‘asphalt surfers‘. At two spots in the world, a kind of skateboard was developed for the first time in the early 1950s: California and Hawaii.

They used shorter surfboards and wheels made out of metal without some bearings. In the late 1950s, skateboarding had the first peak. During the post-war period, the U.S. economy boomed and this also affected the toy industry. During that time, the toy industry became aware of the board with wheels.

In 1959, Roller Derby released the first official skateboard with some new technical developments. Thereby, the handling characteristics have been improved. For this reason, skateboarders were able to develop new tricks and manoeuvres.


Skateboarding Becomes More Popular

Between the years 1959 and 1965, skateboarding became more and more popular in the United States. Particularly affected were the states on the east and west coasts. Due to industrial development, the skateboard’s status changed from toy to sports equipment.

By 1963 skateboarding was all the rage. The popularity of the sport was at its peak. Companies such as Jack’s, Hobie, and Makaha started having real competitions consisting of Downhill Slalom and Freestyle where skaters like Torger Johnson, Woody Woodward, and Danny Berer paved the way for future skaters.

In 1962, the surf shop ‘Val-Surf‘ in Hollywood sold the first self-produced skateboards. These boards featured a typical surfboard shape and roller skate trucks and were sold as complete boards. In the same year, the company Patterson Forbes developed the first industrially produced complete boards with more developed trucks.

In 1963, the publisher of the ‘Surf Guide Magazine’ Larry Stevenson released the first advertisement for skateboards in his magazine. Also, the clothing industry specialized more and more on skateboarding. One of the most famous skateboarding shoe brand named Vans was established in 1966.

From this day on, Vans supported skateboarders from all over the world. Especially shoe companies like Vans, Etnies, Converse, and DC Shoes developed and manufactured skateboarding related footwear and streetwear.

Another landmark event in 1963 was the first skate contest in Hermosa Beach, California. Skateboarding was not just cruising anymore. Skateboarders showed their skills in different disciplines like slalom or freestyle and companies started to assemble a team to sponsor the riders.

As the popularity of skateboarding began to expand, the first skateboarding magazine ‘The Quarterly Skateboarder‘ was published in 1964.

Skateboarding – The First Crash

Then in 1965 for some reason, skateboarding seemed to simply die. Considered to be a fad that came and went, skateboarding seemed to fade overnight. Most people assumed that skateboarding was a fad that had died out, like the hula hoop. Skateboard companies folded, and some people who wanted to stay true to the sport had to make their own skateboards again from scratch.

They had created homemade boards and fine-tune their craft. One of the reasons suspected for skateboarding losing some of its ground was the fact that the sport was very dangerous. The clay wheels they used were everything but safe and lead to many injuries.

Skateboarders who continued the sport were using clay wheels for their boards, which was extremely dangerous and hard to control.

But then in 1972, Frank Nasworthy invented urethane skateboard wheels, which are similar to what most skateboarders use today. His company was called Cadillac Wheels, and the invention sparked a new interest in skateboarding among surfers and other young people.

Skateboarding – 70s Evolution

In the spring of 1975, skateboarding took an evolutionary boost toward the sport that we see today. In Del Mar, California, a slalom and freestyle contest was held at the Ocean Festival. That day, the Zephyr team showed the world what skateboarding could be.

They rode their boards like no one had in the public eye, low and smooth, and skateboarding was taken from being a hobby to something serious and exciting The Zephyr team had many members, but the most famous are Tony Alva, Jay Adams, and Stacy Peralta.

Then in 1978, Alan Gelfand (nicknamed “Ollie”) invented a manoeuvre that gave skateboarding another revolutionary jump.

He would slam his back foot down on the tail of his board and jump, thereby popping himself and the board into the air. Rodney Mullen was one of the first riders who transferred the Ollie for different manoeuvres onto the streets and spread a new style of skateboarding.

Next to other fun sports activities like BMX or inline skating, street skateboarding developed more and more and became very popular.


Skateboarding – The Second Crash

At the end of the 1970s skateboarding took another hit. It faced its second crash in popularity. Public skate parks had been built, but with skateboarding being such a dangerous activity, insurance rates got out of control. This, combined with fewer people coming to skate parks, forced many to close.

But skateboarders kept at it. Through the ’80s skateboarders started to built their own ramps at home and to skate whatever else they could find. Skateboarding began to be more of an underground movement, with skaters continuing to ride, but they made the whole world into their skate park.

During the ’80s, smaller skateboard companies owned by skateboarders started cropping up. This enabled each company to be creative and do whatever it wanted, and new styles and shapes of boards were tried.

Skateboarding Evolution Till Date

Skateboarding continues to grow as the anti-establishment subculture that we all know it as. Skateboarders had become hell-bent on progressing their passion for the sport so they started building their own ramps in their backyards. It’s no secret that this became a problem for local construction companies when they started to notice their lumber was disappearing.

During this time many new board shapes took form allowing for skaters to overcome obstacles otherwise impossible. Another invention in the 1980s played a major roll in skateboarding history. The intention of VHS. Stacey Peralta and George Powell’s Bones Brigade team starts recording skateboarding videos that will reach kids all over the world.

The team included Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta, and Kevin Staab. This is the team responsible for The Bones Brigade Video Show.

At the end of the 1980s skateboarding took yet another dive in popularity when vert skateboarding became far less popular than street skateboarding. In the early 90s skateboarding starts to rise again as it found some common ground and harmony with the emerging punk music.

Then in 1995 ESPN holds the first-ever X-Games. The event was a huge success and brought skateboarding into the mainstream light sparking interest in many more young kids. Because of brands like Chocolate, Girl Skateboards or Flip Skateboards, the skateboarding hardware was developed more and more and skateboarders could buy high-quality skateboards in every bigger city.

More indicators are the big and worldwide known events of ‘Street League‘. ‘Street League Skateboarding’ is a contest series for international pro skaters. Here, you only see the best street skateboarder you can think of like Nyjah Huston, Eric Koston, Paul Rodriguez, Andrew Reynolds, Ryan Sheckler or Torey Pudwill. Due to the cash prizes of 200,000 US Dollars or more for the winner and 10.000 visitors at the “Street League” stops, skateboarding became more of a professional sport.

Skateboarding – The 2000s

Since 2000, attention in the media and products like skateboarding video games, children’s skateboards and commercialization have all pulled skateboarding more and more into the mainstream. With more money being put into skateboarding, there are more skate parks, better skateboards, and more skateboarding companies to keep innovating and inventing new things.

Tons of companies emerge to sponsor different events and skateboarding has become more and more acceptable in society. The notion of skateboarders being criminals has dwindled. The X-Games continues to become more and more popular with skateboarding at the helm.

In Germany, street skateboarding is the most popular discipline at contests just like in the USA. The European and German skate scene is independent, has its own industry, pros, and a national contest series. This is evidence of how big the role of skateboarding is in our society.

One of the big factors today that makes skateboarding so huge is the fact that pros make real money. Wining events can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Kids are realising that you don’t have to become a doctor or lawyer to make a buck. Skateboarding has become a job for a lot of people. Because of the increasing networking inside the skate scene, skateboarding will grow and bring more innovations in the future.

Skateboarding has also played a big role in fashion earning its place among the masses. Companies like Diamond Supply Co, Hurley, Vans, and RVCA all making millions off the skateboarding lifestyle.

Skateboarding is no longer merely the realm of misfits and guys who wear needlessly oversized pants. Skateboarding has now permeated society, leaving a surprisingly large footprint on global pop culture. Some of the popular culture we can find skateboarding include;


As skateboarding became more accepted by the mainstream, the music became more inclusive, expanding to the commercially friendly sounds of bands such as Blink 182 and The Offspring throughout the 80s and 90s. With the line between skate punk and pop now thoroughly blurred, the sounds of Good Charlotte and even Avril Lavigne ensure skateboarding’s musical influence continues whether the originators of skate punk would enjoy this comparison or not.


From the functionality-based early days of tight shorts, T-shirts and tube socks in the late 70s and 80s, skate fashion has evolved into a massively commercial enterprise. As skateboarding’s popularity increased and skateboard videos became more widely viewed, opportunities arose for companies to appeal to the lucrative youth market, leading to clothing sponsorships for well-known skaters and events such as the Vans sponsored Warped Tour music festival.

Movies And TV Shows

From Bart Simpson and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to serious documentaries such as Dogtown and Z-Boys (and its biopic counterpart, Lords of Dogtown), skateboarding has long been a common subject in movies and TV. The infamous Jackass crew also largely emerged from the skateboarding scene, with their anti-authoritarian sentiment and ‘anything goes’ attitude proving appealing to mainstream audiences regardless of their interest level in skateboarding.


Skateboarding’s usage in videogames similarly extends far beyond an appeal to skateboarding enthusiasts. Tony Hawk’s game series remains one of the most successful in videogame history despite the majority of players unlikely to have ever picked up an actual board.

One benefit of skateboarding is that it is a very individual activity. There is no right or wrong way to skate. Skateboarding still hasn’t stopped evolving, and skaters are coming up with new tricks all the time.

Skateboards are also continuing to evolve as companies try to make them lighter and stronger or improve their performance. If this is what happened in the last 60 years I can’t help but wonder what skateboarding has in store in the next 60 years.

Does Skateboarding Help You Snowboard?

Does Skateboarding Help You Snowboard

Skateboarding is a great off-snow board sport and a lot of the skills you learn in skateboarding will help in your snowboarding as well, particularly in the freestyle area.

So if you’re wondering, does skateboarding help you snowboard? The answer is yes! Roughly about half of the pro snowboarders were at some point skateboarders as well. From what studies have revealed, it’s quite common for a lot of snowboarders to be skateboarders as well.

Skateboarding helps you to learn snowboarding fast, you might not even need to join a class. Learning to ride a snowboard is a bit more difficult, but learning the tricks will be a lot easier.

Snowboarding is a very active sport and getting to grips with the technique can often take some time. As an avid snowboarder, you might find that you’ve already got the technique nailed, but when you need to take some time off during the warmer weather, coming back to the slopes in winter, you may feel a little rusty.

Skateboarding and snowboarding have a few things in common, the biggest difference is that your feet are strapped to a snowboard and you’re taking it up against snow instead of concrete.

Carving, doing tricks and riding work a bit different though.

So many people use skateboarding to help them transition to snowboarding or practice on it when they can’t snowboard. So, does skateboarding help snowboarding?

Keep reading and find out.

Skateboarding Versus Snowboarding; Comparisons

There are so many similarities between skateboards and snowboards that people use them for cross-training in the summer. As you skateboard down the street or your nearest hill, you’ll feel like you are right there on the slopes and you can practice your technique.

Many of the tricks from skateboarding transferred over to snowboarding. Once you get used to a snowboard it much easier to learn these tricks if you know how to skateboard. The only other thing that comes to mind is that you stand sideways on both a skateboard and a longboard.

Here are some comparisons between both;

  • Stance and Balance

One of the things that make skateboarding and snowboarding so closely related is the stance – which many often refer to as ‘surf stance’. It is basically, standing sideways on your board when facing travel direction.

Both have goofy (right foot in front) and regular stance (left foot in front). There is this also something called board feel. If you know how to ride a skateboard, a snowboard takes less time to get used to. The steering has some similarities, mainly how you distribute your weight on your back and front. Making a turn is different though. Both sports require bending the knees a little to maintain balance.

Even though a snowboard is typically longer than a longboard, your stance on both types is similar in width, about shoulder width. Your feet are closer to the tips on a longboard than on a snowboard.

Where things may differ is that you may not have as much of a ‘duck stance’ on a skateboard than on a snowboard. Your feet are generally more parallel on a skateboard.

Another key difference is that on a snowboard, your feet are strapped through the bindings, whereas they are free moving on a longboard. As a result, balancing is a bit different, since you can lean forward or backwards a lot on a snowboard without losing your board, something you can’t do on a skateboard.

The weight of your boots and bindings on a snowboard also affect your balancing differently compared to a skateboard.

  • Riding Skill

Your natural balance is similar when riding a skateboard or a snowboard. However, when riding a skateboard you have the 4 wheels rolling on the ground, whereas on a snowboard you ride mostly on the edge of the board – you typically don’t ride on the flat except in more advanced scenarios. Edge riding is a key difference with skateboarding.

The body motion for carving, on the other hand, is very similar on a skateboard and a snowboard – e.g. using your head, shoulders, and upper body to initiate turns. On both, you shift your body weight to lean onto an edge for turning. On a skateboard, leaning makes your wheels turn, whereas, on a snowboard, it makes your board edge into the turn.

Stopping on a skateboard is often done through foot braking or bailing and outrunning, which you can’t do on a snowboard since your feet are strapped to the board. Stopping on a snowboard, however, is very similar to power sliding on a skateboard, making your board skid across the slope by shifting your weight off and pushing out.

Sliding on a longboard also bears a huge resemblance to making beginner turns on a snowboard which typically involves constant sliding on the ski run.

  • Turning and Curving

On a skateboard, you just lean in the direction you want to go while applying a bit of pressure to your heels and toes. When you want to turn a snowboard, you use your whole body to make turns. When it comes to the learning curve, most people agree skateboarding is harder to learn than snowboarding.

Stepping on a skateboard on pavement will make it roll immediately, with the possibility of the board shooting out under you.

On a snowboard, you’re bound to the board and initially parallel to the slope so you’re pretty safe at first. If you fall off a skateboard, you risk hitting the concrete and hence you can get hurt pretty badly even a very low speed. On a snowboard, you’ll fall in the snow – even if there’s ice, it’s typically not as bad as concrete.

  • Cost and Accessibility

Snowboarding is a lot more expensive compared to skateboarding.

Not only the equipment like a board, boots and clothing, also your lift tickets can be expensive. On top of that, a trip can become even more expensive consuming booze and paying for accommodation.

You can practice skateboarding anywhere, in flat areas and parking lots for flatland tricks, on bike lanes for cruising, on nearby hills for free riding, or in city streets and skate parks for street, transition, and pool skating. You can practice tricks such as Ollies and kickflips anywhere without having to spend a dime, and access many city skate parks for a very small fee.

In contrast, most people will need to go through some effort and make time to travel to a ski resort to go snowboarding.

  • Hazards

As mentioned earlier, skateboarding has a greater risk of hurting yourself even when riding slowly by hitting the pavement with your body or head. That is why it is important to wear a very good skateboarding helmet before attempting to skateboard.

Snowboarding is not as bad since you’re riding on snow most of the time and you can slide when you fall. Little falls hurt a lot more when skateboarding due to impact and road rash.

Practising skateboard tricks can also result in constant bruises on knees (unless you wear kneepads), shins, and ankles.

Snowboarding can also result in serious injuries from falling downhill at high speed. The mountain environment can also be very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, particularly on more advanced slopes.

All in all, skateboarding is probably riskier than snowboarding at a beginner level.

  • Skill Transfer

One thing is for sure, your balancing skills from one sport will no doubt help you pick up the other much faster.

Unlike “normal” non-boarder newbies, skateboarders who start snowboarding are typically able to link turns and ride down a slope on the first day. As I mentioned, carving turns down a hill on a skateboard is very similar to doing so on a snowboard – a skateboarder mainly need to get used to riding the edge and pivoting on the front foot.

The reverse is not always true: being a snowboarder doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to find your balance on a skateboard right away as riding on wheels often takes more practice.

A lot of skills transfer from skating to snowboarding.

Unfortunately, the actual basic riding of a snowboard is quite different. However, if you are a longboarder and love doing slides, you will pick it up quick because beginner turns are one constant slide from the top to the bottom.

As a snowboarding instructor, it can be hard to teach new snowboarders the balance and stance that is needed to become proficient at snowboarding. It’s a good idea to suggest that new snowboarders try out skateboarding first to get to grips with the movement. The skateboarding to snowboarding transition is relatively easy as they are so similar and it’ll mean that any new snowboarders will be able to get straight onto the slopes and enjoy some of the winter snow.

With the longboard, you use the same stance as you would with a snowboard, and they are around the same size, making it easier to teach snowboarders if they’ve given skateboarding a go in the first place.

Some say skateboarding is easier, others say snowboarding is easier. Both are right because there are a few aspects that are easier to learn when snowboarding and the other way around.

In my opinion, however, riding a skateboard is easier to learn, like pushing and just cruising around.

Once you get how balancing works, you only have to move your weight around and slightly press your feet when steering. Riding a snowboard is a bit more difficult than riding a skateboard. You easily make too much speed and don’t know how to stop. When starting you often get your snowboard’s edge stuck resulting in a slam. Even though snow is a bit softer than concrete, it still hurts.

Skateboarding tricks, on the other hand, are much harder. There’s a mental part that makes it more difficult, you need to commit to a trick to land it.

Why Skateboard Tricks Fail

Fear is often a cause of why tricks fail. A boardslide, for example, is way more difficult on a skateboard because you need much more control. A boardslide on a snowboard is easier because you just need to make a small jump, have a larger sliding area, and your feet are attached to your snowboard. Same goes for jumps, much easier when snowboarding – plus landing in snow beats landing on a hard concrete surface.

So it’s a bit of both. You’ll learn to ride a skateboard faster but the tricks are harder. Riding a snowboard is harder but the tricks are easier for the average person. Skateboarders and snowboarders agree that skateboarding is more painful when things go south. And of course, you would rather land on snow than hitting concrete.

If you’re thinking of picking up skateboarding outside of the snowboarding season, go for it!

It’s probably easier to learn how to skateboard if you already know how to snowboard. Your feet are closer together and you can jump off. When it comes to the more technical stuff you probably have a harder time learning. An ollie on a skateboard is quite different as doing an ollie on a snowboard. Board slides should be easier though, you already know how a board reacts when you slide, still you need to be able to ollie a bit.

Just like snowboarding, learning to skateboard means getting the basics down before you go to the technical stuff. Start slow and don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing.

So, for the question – does skateboarding help you snowboard? The answer is YES!!! Skateboarding can improve snowboarding;

  • Helping you balance on a moving board while in a surf stance
  • Teaching you how to carve into turns and how to slide to shed speed
  • Helping you master freestyle tricks common to both sport.

Skateboarding and snowboarding are complementary sports, and many riders cross-train for one by practising the other. Skateboarding can easily and inexpensively be practised outside of the snowboarding season.

Skateboarding lets you stay in shape and hone your balancing, carving, downhill, and freestyle skills from Spring to Fall. Conversely, snowboarding, if you have the time and budget for it, can keep you riding when it’s too cold and icy out there to skate.

Snowboarding is a great sport, and there is no feeling like being on those slopes. It’s important to remember, however, that skateboarding is quite similar to snowboarding and it can be the perfect solution for those who cannot snowboard throughout the whole year.

Is It Bad To Skateboard On Wet Ground?

Is It Bad To Skateboard On Wet Ground?

Have you ever wondered if it is bad to skateboard on wet ground? As a new skateboarder, it’s okay to have tons of questions and in fact, you should have tons of questions. You just need to be aware of the right questions to ask also know when to check the right source. That increases the chances of you knowing if it is safe for you or not, and what to do to avoid getting caught out.

So in this article, I will be addressing the very important safety question: Is it bad to skateboard on wet ground? Is it dangerous, unsafe, or just downright tricky? To find a suitable answer to this question, I am leveraging on the experience I have skateboarding as well as the bit of research I have done to hopefully give you the answers you need.

There are a number of reasons why skateboarding on wet ground is not a great idea. All of them bordering on your own safety and the wellbeing and integrity of your skateboard. For instance, think about what happens to wood and iron when they get wet, especially on a regular basis.

The wood on your board (deck) gets really damaged and the board’s bearings rust.

Apart from the damage you get to your skateboard, there’s a high chance of injury to yourself as skateboarding in such conditions is unsafe for you, the rider, as well. So, bearing these in mind, if you have an option that will lead you to avoid skateboarding on wet ground, I’d advise you to take it.

Now let’s discuss in more detail the things you need to know if riding your skateboard on wet ground is inevitable. How to stay safe, and how to manage the situation if anything goes wrong in the process.

The Hazards Of trying to Skateboard On Wet Ground

Like I mentioned earlier, skateboarding when it is wet is not a great idea and should ideally be avoided as much as possible. There are a number of dangers that it is worth noting.

  1. Distorted Skateboard Deck.

Wood and water are not a good mix. Your skateboard has a deck and that deck that is made of wood. Do the math.

Riding your skateboard when it’s raining or immediately after a rain shower and the ground is wet can be pretty detrimental to your skateboard. Now, I know there are situations where doing this is unavoidable. For instance, a surprise downpour of rain randomly catching you out. While the weather is out of our control, it is important to take immediate care for your skateboard right after.

Never leave your board dripping wet.

Employ whatever means to get the moisture off, whether with the use of a hand towel or a hairdryer.

  1. Your Trucks And Bearings Will Rust.

This particular problem is not one that can be completely ignored because damage to your bearings and trucks will eventually endanger you – the rider.

When your trucks and bearings are wet, there’s a higher chance that it will lead rust.

It doesn’t take a lot to make them rust as well. Just a little splash of water frequently and that’s that. Bearings are not cheap to buy, so before you grab your skateboard and head out onto a wet surface – think about it. Think about how much it’ll cost you to replace the damaged part. Although, skateboard bearings have varied prices, these cheap ones with over 1,000 user reviews are great options to have just in case.

If your skateboard happens to come with expensive bearings, then you should wipe it down after using it on a wet surface. It is best for you to take your skateboard apart and have the bearings wiped with a paper towel, blowdried and lubricated properly before putting it all back together.

Dangers To The Skateboarder

There are videos out there of skateboarders who have performed awesome tricks in the rain or on wet ground. What you don’t see is how much of a challenge it was to see what record they could break despite the considerable risk to themselves.

While it is fun and cool to see the tricks being performed, it is also very risky to skateboard on wet ground or in the rain. When you are on a wet surface, the wheels on your skateboard lose its grip on the pavement. When this happens, it is easy to lose control of your skateboard, hydroplane, and have a bad fall, which most likely will result in a very serious injury.

How To Know When Your Board Is Waterlogged

While this article mainly focuses on skateboarding on wet ground, sometimes, it happens by accident. It’s easy to ride into a puddle by mistake and when that happens, there are ways to know when your board is waterlogged.

The Weight

Skateboards that are waterlogged are a lot heavier than one that isn’t. To be precise, they are about three times as heavy so when you notice that your board is waterlogged, you should pick it up and figure out a way to attend to it.

The Sound

If you notice your board is giving off a muffled sound and has less bounce, especially when you land a trick, then it most likely is waterlogged. A sure way to test this out is to stand on tail or nose if you board and let it fall on a tough surface. If it gives off the usual sound it does when you land a trick, then it is not waterlogged.

Your skateboard shows visual evidence of distortion. If your board seems like it has changed shape, looks twisted or warped, then it has been exposed to moisture. Warped boards aren’t only caused by wetness, but also prolonged exposure to humidity.

How To Dry Off Your Wet Skateboard.

There are a number of instances of how your skateboard could get wet. It might just be a case of you forgetting to take your board back into the house after a day of playing or riding in the park and it rains, for hours.

There’s also a chance that the damage to your skateboard will mean little can be done to save it, if at all. You can try leaving it out in the sun to dry, but there is little or no chance that it will actually be saved.



If, however, you got caught in the rain for a few minutes while out with your skateboard or you rode over a puddle for a few seconds, then this is what you have to do:

  • Dismantle your board, removing all the hardware. Use a towel to dry off the board, hardware, grip tape, and the trucks as best as you can.
  • Take out the wheels from the skateboard and dry the outside and inside of the bearings using a Q-tip. Use some skateboard lube on the wheels to lubricate the bearings while rotating the wheels. To avoid rusts, do this within a day of your skateboard getting wet.
  • Put your board’s deck out in the sun with the grip tape faced up to dry it out. If it rains all the time, then air-dry it.
  • To check if your board is dried and good to go, drop it and listen to what sound it makes. Check the weight as well. If it still feels heavy and makes a muffled sound, then your board needs to be replaced because it is waterlogged.
  • If it sounds the way it should, you can go ahead and reassemble the parts.

So there you have it. Try as much as possible to avoid riding your skateboard on wet ground or in the rain, for your sake and the sake of your board.

As much as you can, try using any of the above methods to properly clean your skateboard to help avoid damage and rust.

How To Progress Faster In Skateboarding

A variety of options can flash through your mind when thinking about skateboarding. You will be forgiven for asking yourself if it’s a surfboard with four wheels attached to it. While waves help guide a surfboard, the rider’s feet help propel the skateboard. A skateboard can take an individual a short distance on a road and can even be used to perform stunts.

So if you’re wondering how to progress faster in skateboarding, then this post will explain everything you need to know. But first, let’s look at skateboards and what they consist of. A closer look at the skateboard shows that it consists of three parts: The truck, the deck, the wheels. What an individual stands upon when riding is called the deck. It’s best described as 32 inches long, 8 inches wide and less than one and the half-inch thick. The truck which is made of metal holds the deck to the wheels. The wheel’s inches which are about one and a half in diameter are made of polyurethane.

On its own, this cannot be used to describe what skateboarding is. An array of skateboarders have helped define and influence the growth of skateboarding.

Types of Skateboarding

  • The Street: The skateboard rider tries to overcome challenges on paved surfaces such as streets
  • The Ramp: This type incorporates ramps such as half-pipes or mini-ramps that are typically less than 6 feet high
  • The Vert.: The Skateboarder rides on a vertical ramp mostly 10 feet in height that is a larger version of a half-pipe.

Riding Styles

  • The Regular: The skateboarder’s left foot is in front while standing.
  • The Goofy: The skateboarder’s right food is in front while standing.
  • The Mongo: The skateboarder pushes the deck with the front foot.

Skateboarding Safety Tips

Always ensure you wear a helmet before getting on the deck for a ride. All skateboarders should wear a helmet. Also, knee pads, wrist guards, and elbow pads tend to be a good idea for everyone, especially people who are new to skateboarding. Mouthguards are also good protection against chipped or broken teeth.

On average, 85,000 people are treated in the hospital emergency rooms for skateboard related injuries. Over the years, skateboarders have also been killed by head injuries and collisions with cars.

The Reason We Aren’t Learning As Fast As We Could

There are a number of different reasons why people can get bored with skateboarding while learning. The main reason is the ‘stuck in a particular spot syndrome‘ – in other words, the inability to progress. In the process of trying to nail an Ollie, some skateboarders can get stuck. They also fall off the deck countless times. This could be particularly frustrating for the learner which could lead to giving up, heads dropping amongst others.

Besides getting stuck and falling off skateboard decks, another reason people stop is that they lack the basic idea of the required moves to progress. A lot of people learn by watching YouTube videos and witness how stunts are being performed by skateboarders but get frustrated with their inability to do the same.

A skateboarder tells a story of his journey from practising to becoming great at skateboarding. In his words, “Practice sessions never crossed my mind when I initially started skating. Practising tricks was a waste of time I said to myself. I was only interested in skating with friends in whatever way I wanted; a factor that contributed to my slow progress in learning”.

It took him 6 months to learn to kickflip and he skateboarded almost every day with a session lasting about thirty minutes. He tried scores of kickflips every session. Over the six months period, he had attempted a total of about one thousand six hundred and eighty kickflips.

Being conversant with the techniques acquired in the practice sessions, it would take twenty-five minutes to attempt 1680 kickflips which would have been learned in only thirteen days

The combination of the practice sessions with visualisation, goal setting, and success questions dramatically reduces the lengthy time in learning. They are indeed powerful techniques and if diligently followed, one can learn a new trick in a session or two at most.

Preparing Your Practice Sessions

Preparing properly for practice sessions can be achieved by watching numerous skateboarding trick videos to have a clear picture of what you want to achieve. You can also read up on the different kinds or types of trick trips available.

Pre Practicing Technique I: Stretching

Stretching is a key factor in this technique. This is because it increases flexibility, balance, circulation and reduces and most importantly the dangers of getting injured.

There is a high tendency that you skateboard better in the summer than the winter. This owes partly to your muscles being a lot looser in the summer, which is due to warmth in temperature which results in better muscle efficiency.

The focus would be on dynamic stretching. This is different from static stretching which involves maintaining a position till you get to the farthest. Dynamic involves the movement of parts of the body. Unlike static stretching, which involves holding a position and reaching to the farthest point, dynamic stretching involves moving parts of your body and carefully increasing reach and speed of movement.

Knee runs, butt kickers, hops, skips, lunges leg kicks and, slides amongst others are some of the dynamic stretching exercises you can practice.

Pre Practicing Technique II: Visualisation

When you have stretched your body for between five to eight minutes, the second aspect of preparation can take off which is visualisation. This involves sitting in a comfortable position and seeing yourself nailing the trick.

Before attempting any trick, it is good practice to visualise for about three to five minutes. Station yourself in a particular spot and imagine in your head the board meeting your feet, landing and rolling away.

You might think it isn’t worth your while but I can assure you it is well worth it when you perform the three-sixty flip after hours of consistent practice.

Just so you know that the mental aspect of a skateboard is equally important as the physical aspect.

Practice the trick you have learned over and over again while keeping your focus intact. Also, keep asking yourself success questions as you progress. You should also remember not to get dehydrated.

Overcoming Frustration

Every person learning how to skate can get frustrated one way or the other. Don’t be fooled; even an amateur who became a professional was once frustrated. It could come in the form of a fall from the deck, an ankle injury, slow progress to perfection. It is a phase that will come and go – it all depends on how you deal with it.

On the road to skateboarding perfection, frustration is that route you must ply whether you like it or not. The response to frustration could vary from slamming their skateboards to breaking it entirely.

Not handling the frustration properly can mar the entire process and hold you back from being as successful as you should be.

Dealing with Frustration

One of the best ways to deal with frustration is to not pay attention to that whatever it is that frustrates you. With skateboarding, you should look away from things that would frustrate you because the more you think about it, the more you can end up getting wrong.


Secrets of How To Progress Faster In Skateboarding

Whatever it is – amateur or pro skateboarding – it is safe to say it is 80% mental and 20% physical.

The Attitude of Great Skateboarders

The mindset you have is fundamental to doing well at skateboarding. This is because without the right mindset anyone would experience difficulties learning. The effort of trying to come up with a new trick would become enormous and in general, confidence would be lacking.

Possessing the right attitude is essential becoming successful at skateboarding. Having the right attitude will give you confidence in your ability and allow you to consistently improve.

Anything Is Possible

Belief is also important. You need to believe in yourself that whatever challenges or obstacles that come your way you will overcome them. The potential of being a great skateboarder has to be nurtured with self-belief. Irrespective of the potential, if self-belief, is lacking, then the greatness in you cannot come alive. Whatever you choose to believe in, is what you become.

There Is No Competition

There is no competition. You are only in competition with yourself to always try to improve from where you left off. Imitating someone you see online could be fatal as it would only limit you and your ability to get better.

The quote below is a testament to buttress the fact that you are not in competition with anyone but yourself to get better by the day. You need to carve out a niche for yourself and be unique in your way. Let dedication and selflessness speak for you and put you at the pinnacle of what you do.

No one can be like you. They can only look like you. It is only you that can do what you can do best. So try to develop yourself by learning a trick or two each session and watch yourself become a case for perfection. There is real fun in skateboarding. Embrace it.

Skating with better people increases the chances that you will progress a lot quicker. You get to learn more tricks from them, master the ones you already know to perfection through them and learn a lot of new stuff together. If you learn with people better than you are complacency would set in and there would be a level of regression. However, leaving your comfort zone to advanced territory tends to be a stepping stone to fast progress.

Set Goals and set deadlines

Setting goals can be a huge step in your journey to progress faster in skateboarding. Just like any game player trying to learn a new skill, you just need to dedicate yourself to the task ahead.

Each accomplishment made, helps to justify the amount of time you dedicate towards learning to become a better skateboarder. By writing down your goals on a piece of paper, a jotter or by creating a to-do list you are able to monitor how well you’re doing and how many tricks you have mastered. So if you ever get to the point where learning becomes more difficult, going back to what you have written will help you strengthen your resolve.

Setting deadlines also helps to control the amount of time you spend learning and practising your skateboarding tricks.

When you put a time frame in place, chances are that you’ll notice that it doesn’t take as much time to learn a trick as earlier thought. All that is usually needed is an extra push, the kind of push you get from setting deadlines.

I believe that these few tips would go a long way to settling nerves to help you along in the learning process and remember, learning never ends.


Skateboarding has become very easy to learn and in the shortest amount of time possible. However, it is important to note that the mind must be engaged vigorously. With a positive mindset, you will progress faster than expected. This is because if you believe it you can do it. Make sure you focus only on things that will improve your skills and see your mistakes as a learning process