Where to Stand on a Skateboard – 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

Where to Stand on a Skateboard 

Skateboarding is a perfect example of an extreme sport that can be done with enough balance, dexterity, and control. As an extreme sport, it requires good balance, dexterity, and control. skateboarding is an art and also a form of transportation used worldwide.

Learning where to stand on a skateboard is one of the basic skills of skateboarding that you need to master before shredding the streets, ramps, and rails. Watching professional and expert skateboarders is not the way to learn because they often perform complex moves that look very impossible and are often very dangerous for a beginner. 

Understanding the unique design of a skateboard and learning how to stand firm is very important. Once you have done this, balancing on your skateboard will become a lot easier. You can now begin to develop technically impressive skills and be on your way to becoming a pro. 

If you already have a skateboard to use, perfect. If you don’t, then you should consider getting this highly rated beginner skateboard or this special edition longboard (links to Amazon).

Finding a Comfortable Stance

As a beginner who is learning where to stand on a skateboard, it is important you choose the best stance that is most comfortable for you. However, what stance you choose will often depend on the individual and their general body anatomy, whether they are more dominant on their left or right side.

Where to Stand on a Skateboard - 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

Decide if you would be easier riding goofy or regular

The two stances often used when people first learn where to stand on a skateboard is the goofy and regular stance. In a goofy stance, the left foot is situated at the back while the right foot is situated at the front of the board whereas, in a regular stance, the right foot is situated at the back while the left foot is situated at the front of the skateboard.  

You should try both stances, and choose the one that is more comfortable for you by considering whether you are left or right side dominant. Most left-handed skaters ride in a goofy stance while right-handed skaters ride in the regular stance.

If after you have tried both stances and you are not certain which stance is best for you, then imagine yourself riding a skateboard which is approaching a rail or ramp and you are about to perform a complex trick. The foot you imagined putting forward is likely to be your natural stance. 

Stand with a little space between your feet

You can start this on a flat surface, and at this point, do not bother about the skateboard. Assume a natural stance by placing your feet under your shoulders. Your body weight will be equally distributed over your legs in this position, which will give you maximum control and balance over the board.

 

Where to Stand on a Skateboard - 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

 

You can practice by shifting your weight between each leg back and forth while keeping your head and body aligned. This movement will help you gain stability on the board. 

Bend your knees to sink your weight.

Slightly bend your knees and lower your butt a little. This posture will lower the center of gravity to your hips rather than when you are standing erect where the center of gravity is higher up your body (at the level of L4 vertebral). 

The result of this lower center of gravity will bring about more stability when riding on the unstable skateboard. 

You must loosen up as it makes it easy to make corrections. Besides, you don’t need to sink or crouch too deep, the purpose of this bending is simply to create a solid and wide base of support. 

Face the direction you will be moving

Focus your head in the direction you would be moving, as if your skateboard is in motion.

A regular stance skateboarder will be looking over his left shoulder whereas a goofy skater will look over his right shoulder while riding.

With this head position, you will comfortably focus to spot any obstacle ahead, your peripheral vision will capture the position your feet and you will be ready to perform a suitable trick to overcome that obstacle.

Also, when trying to maintain stability, you have a natural tendency to look at your feet. However, note that your body moves to the direction of your head. Therefore, it is pertinent to look some feet ahead of the board, and stay focused.

Staying Balanced when Standing on a Skateboard

Where to Stand on a Skateboard - 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

Carefully step on the skateboard 

Staying balanced on the board requires a good base of support and solid footing. Gently step on the skateboard by placing one foot on the board and ensure the footing is solid. Then, cautiously and quickly raise the other foot off the ground and place it by the side of your first foot on the board. There should be a little space between your feet which is important for stability. Once you have successfully gotten on the board, you are done with the hardest part. 

  • Now that you are up and moving, ride at a steady pace and do not go too slow or too fast. Moving too fast could cause the skateboard to unintentionally shift and if you move too slow, you could lose stability on one leg. As a result, be sure to step up with a simple 1 – 2 model, with the pace you would use to climb up a stair. 
  • Also, note that there is a high chance you are going to fall once or twice as a beginner, but do not be discouraged by this. This is because after falling, you will become more confident, which will improve your commitment. 

Position your feet over the trucks

When you are getting used to knowing where to stand on a skateboard, an important rule of thumb to focus on is staying centered over the trucks.

Position your feet over the skateboard trucks

 

The long metal shafts are the trucks, they lie beneath the skateboard and attaches the wheels to the platform you stand on. Position your feet just over the bolts that hold the truck in place and make sure your feet do not come too close in a narrow stance or too spread apart, as this will affect your balance. 

When you are in a shoulder-width stance, the space between the trucks is almost the same as your feet, which is very convenient. 

Steady your body weight on the balls of your feet

Slightly lean your weight forward till you are steady on the balls of your foot just behind the toes. When skateboarding, shifting and repositioning is important for balance and performing different complex tricks. It is much easier to slide, lift and pivot your feet when you are steady on the broad part of your feet (ball of the foot). 

This will help you while riding to absorb shock through the muscles of your lower leg.

It feels awkward to stand flat-footed on board because it makes you less agile. But when you are on the broad part of your foot, you can make quick and active movements in response to the movement of the skateboard. Also, allowing your heels to come off or tiptoeing on the board will affect your balance. The foot should be steady and stay in contact with the platform of the board. 

Make some adjustments

Maintain your stability, while focusing on where to stand on your skateboard, by using delicate hips, knees, ankles and feet movements. Pump, lean, tilt your legs and assume any other necessary positions to stay upright on the skateboard. You can steady yourself by waving your hands if it helps.

It is important to have the board under control by making small adjustments, especially when in motion to minimize the risk of falling. The more you practice, the easier it gets.

  • Maintaining stability on a skateboard is like standing on the deck of a boat – swaying, pitching and rocking – it forces you to remain steady on your feet.
  • Be sure not to sway too backward or forward, you might tip the board over or fall. 
  • You are likely to lose your stability if your body and feet are fixed in one place. Therefore, it is pertinent to make adjustments to the movement and direction of the skateboard. 

Getting a Feel for the Board 

Begin on a less smooth and soft surface

Place the board on a thick carpet or a patch of grass to ensure it does not roll while you are trying to stand on it.

Where to Stand on a Skateboard - 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

Learning how to stand on a skateboard is better done on a soft surface because it will prevent the board from rolling from under you, which may cause you to fall. Before you start skating on asphalt, achieve good board stability in a stationary place. 

  • It is more comfortable climbing on and off a board that is resting on grass or carpet before attempting to skate on a harder surface. 
  • In addition to soft surface locking the board in place, if you fall by any chance, you are unlikely to sustain an injury. 

Carefully put your weight over the wheels

When stepping on the board, place your foot one after the other in a controlled, quick and smooth manner. Be careful not to rock the skateboard too far in one direction. This is simply because that same movement is responsible for propelling the board and if you are not careful you could lose your COG (center of gravity) and send both the board and yourself flying.

  • Always ensure you are not leaning too far in either direction when stepping up. 

Make use of the grip tape for traction

 

Where to Stand on a Skateboard - 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

 

Make use of skateboard grip tape which is a form of adhesive surface similar to sandpaper. It is designed to increase the friction between the skater’s feet and the board’s platform. This friction will give you more control over the board and it will help you progress at a faster rate.

  •  You can make use of grippy shoes if you don’t have the grip tape. 

Be sure of what you want to do when moving your feet. 

Avoid the Nose and Tail of the Board when learning Where To Stand on a skateboard

There is an upturned edge on either end of many kinds of skateboard called either the ‘Nose‘ or the ‘Tail‘. For now, avoid this end because placing much weight on the tail or nose will raise one set of wheels, and this can lead to an accident if you are a beginner. 

  • Make sure your feet are steady over the trucks bolt. This is a great way to prevent them from moving toward either end. 
  • The tail and nose come into play in complex tricks such as pop movements, which require manipulation of the board’s angle

How To Build A Mini Ramp: 4 Feet High

How To Build A Mini Ramp: 4 Feet High

If you are thinking of how to build a mini ramp, then the tools required will include the following – a hammer, impact drill, an electric jigsaw for cutting transitions. A saw to cut 2x4s because mini ramps are made with a lot of 2x4s, tape rule, a decent assortment of drill bits, level; the ramp has to be on the same level. You will also need a chalk line used to see where you place your 2x4s under the plywood when you have started building, as well as a heavy-duty pencil.

The mini ramp will be in two sections, the 8-feet wide and 4-feet wide section which can then be combined later. You must measure the length of the 2x4s with the transitions.

To get the transitions perfect, you take one of the 2×4 and place it on the plywood. For this ramp, we would make a 7-foot transition. So, put the 2×4 on the plywood and screw it together in the middle of the 2×4 precisely at 7 feet. Then you drill a hole at the other edge of the 2×4 and fit a pencil in it, so it touches the plywood. Then mark out the height of the plywood from the 2×4 lying on it with a pencil.

The 2×4 will pivot at that point. Once it’s done, you drag the 2×4 edge fitted with a pen, so it marks a perfect tranny on the plywood. After this, you saw out the marked part of the plywood to get your transition. Flip the other side of the plywood and place the cut-out transition on the other side. Trace and then use your saw to cut it out to get the second transition.

Marking Out

The next step in building the ramp is marking out a line on the transitions. You mark a line every 8 inches on the transitions where you will insert the 2x4s. Start from the bottom of the transition. Make sure the 2×4 is in a level position with the transitions on all sides.

Screw the 2x4s to the transitions; you would want to use at least three screws on each side. Start with the front and back, so the rest of the 2x4s fit in well. Now, the reason we make marks on the transition is, so we don’t measure each time we want to fix it in a 2×4. The line will guide us on where to set the 2x4s with the transition. I recommend using two 2x4s for each line, so there’s extra support for the ramp.

Since we are building a 12 feet wide ramp, remember I said it would be in two sections, 8 feet wide and 4 feet wide. Together makes it 12 feet. So, two 2x4s on each line would hold it up.

The next part is building the flat bottom. You’ll be using a ratchet, just like the one in the image below, to hold your ramp in place. I found this extra strong ratchet (on Amazon) if you are looking for a ratchet that does what it says on the tin.

You take four 2x4s from a rectangle so that you would have four sides. The flat bottom depends on how you want it. But a lot of flat bottoms give you enough time to set up. Let’s say, for example, you want to make 8 feet flat bottom; you start with the rectangle as earlier stated. The length should be 4 feet wide, while the breadth should 7.75 feet long. On the middle section, the 2x4s will be 45 inches, so they are different sized 2x4s than the outside. Make the inside 2x4s be 8 inches apart.

Coping

The next phase is coping. Coping is the essential part of a mini ramp; Make sure your coping is 2 inches at least in diameter. This reason is that 2 inches is the right size for your trucks to lock into for skateboarding tricks on mini ramps. We are making a 12 feet mini ramp, so the coping should be 12 feet long too. The length of the coping depends on the length of the mini ramp you want to build.

After fixing the coping, the next step is the deck. The deck is something you will stand on. It could be 2 feet or 4 feet depending on the standing space you want in your ramp. It’s smaller than the flat bottom because it has to fit right into the templates. Make it 94.5 inches so it fits between the template and can butt up right against the coping. The deck will be 4 feet away from the coping.

Sheeting

With this, the skeleton is ready for sheeting. At this stage, where you connect the transitions to the flat bottom, it must be all levels. So, you push them all up together, and you screw the part of the transitions that touch the flat bottom together, both sides. Screwing at least four different parts would hold it firm. After joining the transitions with the flat bottom, there would be a line where they joined that is perfect for your plywood to match.

Use 2 inches screws for sheeting, that is when you are covering the skeleton with the plywood. Each sheet should have at least four screws on each rim going across. When you put your transition first layer up to the flat bottom layer, stand on it, walk from the bottom up, so it doesn’t get warped in the middle.

Start screwing from the first 2×4, second, and so on so that it bends with the wood rather than starting on the top and going down. Screw by every foot on the plywood. Then fix the deck to the edge of the transition. Avoid any angle and make sure it’s flush with your transition and screw together. Also, put 2x4s at each corner of the deck and screw, so they support it well. For the coping, make a small hole using a drill and use a screw of 3/8 inches, so the screw head doesn’t go through.

Make eight holes in the coping, drilling every 3 feet. Drill 4 screws to hold the coping to the transitions. The other four holes are countersinks so that the screw heads go through the coping. You should use a ½ inch sheet of plywood for the first and second layers.

Then a Masonite for your third layer if it’s indoors or plywood if it’s outdoors.

It’s good to have three layers, so you don’t break through when skateboarding and hurt yourself. If you follow all the instructions here, you should be able to make yourself a durable good mini ramp.

 

16 Tips to Overcome Fear of Skateboarding

Overcome Fear of Skateboarding

It’s typical for every newbie or novice to chicken-out at their first attempt and skateboarding is no different. Most times, even when we fully kit out with the full protective gear, the fear of the first attempt still lingers. If you have friends to cheer you for every fall, you take that is a plus on your skate ass, but if you don’t or rather prefer to learn the hard way, then this post is for you.

The first step of overcoming your fear of skateboarding is to tell yourself you are willing to learn and you are ready to practice. This you can call level zero; level zero is the attempting and practice phase. This stage, you may start to feel like you “gat it,” but in reality, you ain’t “gat nothin’.”  If you attempt a technical trick or anything beyond your skill and level of practice, you will hurt yourself!

As mentioned earlier, the fear you feel is completely normal, but what is not “normal” is holding onto the fear.

You have to be ready to;

  1. Master basic skateboarding technique
  2. Practice frequently
  3. Learn to ignore or overcome your fear
  4. Accept falling as part of becoming a better skateboarder
  5. Build your confidence but do not become overconfident
  6. Start with simple tricks
  7. Practice, practice, practice…

Fear will limit your ability to become a better skateboarder, so you must commit fully and ask yourself this question – am I ready to overcome my skateboarding fear?

To help you overcome your fear of skateboarding, below is a list of some tried and tested tips that have helped me and many skateboarding friends to become better over the years

 

Skate tip #1 – Master the Basics

Many skateboarders seem to think the startups don’t matter. They begin trying out and practising different tricks like kickflips, ollies, and other technical skateboard moves. This is the major reason why most skateboarders pick and get used to the wrong posture, which becomes a problem in the future as there are not properly acquainted with their boards. By the time they get used to just tricks, they would lack the basic knowledge to fall safely.

 

Skate tip #2 – Start trying out Tricks Slowly

Tricks are complex no matter how easy they look; one wrong move could make everything go sour. Tricks are a mixture of moves, turns all taking place in different phases. Before you go rotating your deck, practice landing on your two feet, and if you find a trick too hard to learn, you do not need to waste time; there are so many tricks to learn and you could come back to it later.

 

16 Tips to Overcome Fear of Skateboarding

 

Sometimes you may need to be a master at trick A and B before you could even attempt trick C and D. The key here is to give your brain some time to process and master each process and then every other thing will fall in place.

 

Skate tip #3 – Get motivation from music

With the help of your favourite music, beating your fear will be a lot easier. Although it can be distracting when you are about to perform a trick, try not to listen to music at high volume if skateboarding in areas where there is vehicular traffic.

Skate Note- depressing music doesn’t help – a bit of upbeat opera just might do the trick though!

 

Skate tip #4 – Have faith in Yourself

Anything humanly achievable is possible, you just need to convince yourself that you can do it. The main thing is to tell yourself, “I am ready, I can do it” (please don’t do this if you haven’t mastered the basics of skateboarding). You need to accept that you may fall on the first try, and with a little more practice, you are bound to do better. There will be times when fear or nervousness become overwhelming, you might have to trust your instinct and just go for it.

This is because you might not actually be ready – some tricks can be really complex- and if you don’t deliver the right phase of each trick properly, it could lead to a bad ending. So take baby steps and do not completely ignore your fear when trying each trick.

One thing you should avoid is peer pressure, while there’s always a chance that your friends will be able to do certain things you can’t do – you will get better with time! If you succeed in using your fear as a tool method, then a little encouragement from friends will not go amiss.

Skate Note- try railing on stairs to dwindle your fear.

 

Skate tip #5 – Start landing on soft ground

Some tricks are better to be practised near or on grassy areas, in case of a fall. It helps you prepare for the impact of falling on concrete or coal tar ground.

 

Skate tip #6 – Fall Properly

Overcoming your fear becomes easier when you learn what makes you fall and how you should land from a fall. Practice your falls on soft ground (grass). Always wear your protective gear and learn how to land with your arms and other ways to fall with minimal injuries.

Weirdly, pain can help you to improve your skateboarding – so unless you seriously hurt yourself, you don’t need to stop when you take a tumble!

Skate Note- if you are not wearing your protective gear, practice how to roll when you fall with your hand in a defence position in front of you.

  • Never fall with your hands behind you.
  • Even after practising how to fall, always wear your protective gear.

 

Skate tip #7 – Land with one foot at a time

Some skateboarders are scared of placing both feet on their deck, if you are in this category, start with one foot.

Land on one foot before landing on the other (land on your front foot, then your rear foot, if this suits you better).

Skate tip #8 – Let your brain process every trick

When skateboarding, skateboarders who perform really well are those who can focus only on the moment. So, as much as possible, you need to concentrate and see every trick in your mind. All your concentration needs to be on your breathing and body posture; relax your muscles, prepare your mind, and go for it.

Skate note – most times it is better to skateboard with relaxed muscles and healthy body. If your muscles are sore, skateboarding could be a dangerous activity.

Skate tip #9 – Don’t Beat Yourself up

Don’t take it to the extreme and beat yourself up mentally, if your fear is holding you back. There is no need to be mad at yourself or use substances to boost your confidence or influence your skateboarding performance.

Allow your frustration to yield motivation. With time you would get to and exceed where you want to be.

 

Skate tip #10 – Don’t skip the protective Gear

Most skateboarders often overlook wearing the correct skateboarding protective gear, especially once past the beginner phase. So many people complain about being uncomfortable when wearing protective gear or some are just lazy to grab their gear before going out.

The point is that protective gear is a necessary evil, like it or not – ensuring kids wear the right skateboard protective gear is extremely important. They help protect you from body contact on a hard surface (it is better to have a 50% impact on concrete than 100%).

Skate Note – Do not take unimaginable risks because you are wearing protective gear, you could still land yourself in an emergency room.

Skate tip #11 – Master one trick at a time

You do not need to hurry when learning to master a skateboarding trick. Practice makes perfect! Be a master at one trick before moving to another; if you fail at a new trick, practice the old one, then go back to the new trick. Aim to become better at it by practising the different phases to avoid building a mental block/fear.

Skate tip #12 – Accept failure

The chances of you nailing a trick at the first attempt are often about 10% mark.  You should look at skating as you view life, you fall ten times, stand up and try again. One trick to improve yourself is to stop overthinking every skateboarding trick. Once you start thinking about falling, you significantly increase the chances of it happening.Learn to skateboard in public

Skate tip #13 – Focus on yourself and not others

Constantly watching others will eventually lead to fear of being overwhelmed. You may have a friend or know someone who is killing every trick and learning at “flash velocity”. It’s fine!

Yes, it should motivate you, but not to the point where you perform tricks you are not ready for – if things go wrong, you might end up making things worse. Learn each move at your own pace, not others; with the right practice, you would become perfect.

 

Skate tip #14 – Learn to skateboard in public

The fear of skateboarding in public is something mainly experienced by beginners. The feeling that everyone can tell you are a newbie.

The thing to remember is that even if they do make fun of you, it will only be for a short while because with enough practice, you’ll also become a master. You can begin practising in less crowded areas until when you are ready to face the public.

 

Skate tip #15 – Practice with a Friend

There are many skateboarders out there who are willing to teach/ help you through the process. Try to join a skateboarding group (these are some in London area) to get tips on tricks.

Joining groups like this will help motivate you and improve your performance. You will meet a lot of people with talent, passion, and zeal. If you don’t like big crowds, then try hooking up with a friend or two that are also into skateboarding. Practising with them will do a lot of good to you, even if you are all newbies – it really doesn’t matter.

 

Skate tip #16 – Videos help

There are so many skateboarding videos online now that the hard part will be separating what works from all the waffle. Watching YouTube videos will help prepare your mind for each phase of the trick you want to deliver.

While videos will not help prepare your muscles, it is an easy way for you to learn stance, feet position, balancing and how to get in the zone.

 

Final Thoughts on How to Overcome Fear of Skateboarding

One of the main things I have tried showing you in this article is that skateboarding welcomes falling and overcoming fear. And for you to succeed, you have to learn to overcome your fear of skateboarding and learn to fall, correctly.

Many people do not skateboard anymore because they tried to do tricks that ended up hurting them, tricks they weren’t ready for. Some skateboarders skipped the basics, while others fail due to being overconfident and do it without protective gear.

The key is learning to trust yourself and practice, practice, practice..

How to Maintain Your Skateboard

How to Maintain Your Skateboard

Unless you can afford it, getting a new clean skateboard each time your old skateboard gets rusty or needs fixing, is not feasible. While youtube skateboarders with lots of views can do that, for the rest of us mere mortals – maintaining your skateboard is important.

Deciding on how to maintain your skateboard is the same whether you’re an expert skateboarder, intermediate, or beginner. If, for example, the trucks of your skateboard are stiff, it will be hard to control. If they are loose, on the other hand, finding balance will be difficult – with both scenarios resulting in possible falls.

Maintaining your skateboard allows you to perform better and helps prevent any casualties while you are riding.

No part of a longboard or skateboard is irreplaceable or beyond repair when you have the right tools. Knowing how to maintain a skateboard – just as much as you can use it – helps to extend the durability of your board and trucks and preserve their quality.

This post will teach you how to identify signs of wear in your skateboard, clean, and maintain all its different parts. Some basic common sense things you can do on a regular basis include;

  • Keeping your skateboard in a dry location
  • Leaving your skateboard to dry when used in the rain
  • Regularly checking your skateboard bearings for damage
  • Removing and sanding down any chips or splinters
  • Inspecting the grip tape for rips or damage
  • Have spare parts to hand to swap out if required

Maintaining your skateboard will usually require using proper tools, but there are a few in your regular toolbox that can come in handy such as an open-ended spanner and an Allen key.

 

How to Maintain Your Skateboard

Most skateboard parts are universal

Bearings are built to be universal and will fit any wheel in the market. You can also easily replace any wheel of up to 58mm. Get some riser pads if you do not want your wheels touching the board as you carve. This is only for wheels of 60mm.

Trucks and skateboard decks should complement each other almost to the last millimetre. Too narrow or too wide will surely give you a sense of imbalance as you practice.

When maintaining your skateboard, your hardware is the nuts and bolts used to attach trucks. If you use shock pads, your hardware should be 1⅛ inch long. For those not using riser pads, use hardware of ⅛ inches and 1¼ for shock pads.

 

How to Maintain Skateboard Bearings

You should clean your bearings as regularly as you use them. If your bearings are showing the following signs, then it’s time to get out your skateboard maintenance kit:

  • Sandy noise when you spin them around.
  • Squeaky noises.
  • Difficulty in pushing
  • Wheels stop spinning within 4 seconds when you manually spin them.
  • Wheels slow down quickly.
  • It spins abnormally.

 

To take out the bearings from a skateboard, unscrew the axle nut and use a cheap rated skateboard tool to remove the bearings. Just using the truck axle can damage to your board’s axle thread and is not worth the risk.

All you then need to do is follow these steps to clean your bearings:

  • Soak your bearings for 15mins in nail polish remover.
  • Shake the cup or container to remove dust or sand. Just an easy swirl should do.
  • Repeat this for an hour at most.
  • Silicone lubes are handy to have. Apply and spin the bearings a few times in between your fingers.

You may find that putting your bearings back will be the hardest task but the lubricant should make it easier. Simply place them on your truck and apply pressure.

 

How to Maintain Your Skateboard Trucks

Trucks are the one part of a whole board that does not require much maintenance, but like other parts, trucks go through damage. The good news is that all its parts are easily replaceable.How to Maintain Your Skateboard Trucks

Here is how you clean your trucks:

  • Take off wheels and unscrew the hardware on top of your deck.
  • Take off the kingpin nut.
  • Ensure to remove sand and dust as you clean your trucks.
  • If your nuts and washers look bad, replace them.

Other tips to help you keep your board in shape is to examine your bushings and axle regularly for cracks and damages. Replace parts such as damaged nuts or deformed washers.

 

Bushings

Good skateboard bushings are not expensive to buy. It is common for users to overlook their importance, but bushings are what help in smooth turns and carvings, so take note. Replace them when they begin to show signs of wear & tear, cracks, crumbling, and crushing.

Get softer bushings if you like your trucks loose and hard bushings if you like them tight.

 

Maintaining Skateboard Wheels

Just wheels? No. Give the same attention to your wheels as you give other components of your skateboard. Dirty wheels can be maintained by taking out the bearings and cleaning the core thoroughly.

If you notice that your rear wheels are faster compared to the front, swapping is possible:

  • Rear left to front right.
  • From the left front to the right rear.
  • Rear right to front left.

This method will evenly utilise all wheels.

 

Maintaining Skateboard decks

The condition of your deck is important. You’re at risk of injury if your deck suddenly splits while riding. Falling, slipping, bashing your deck is part of skateboarding.

Maintaining Skateboard decks

Glue chips back when you notice them or replace the deck entirely. Go for an inexpensive blank deck if you can’t afford a new one.

Clean your deck as often as is needed but with minimum water to prevent your deck from absorbing water.

 

Maintaining your Grip Tape

It is worth noting that your skateboard deck will get dirty often. This should not be a problem, but you can give it a wipe if you like your deck clean. Use a brush to remove any dirt or smear. It won’t be spotless, but it won’t look grubby either.

Grip tape absorbs water and starts to peel off. Never use water when cleaning your grip tape.

Simply replace your grip tape if you think it is beyond repair.

 

Hardware

They are small-sized and seemingly insignificant but your hardware will determine the performance of your skateboard. They can get rusty or break without warning, so replacing them or giving them some attention when you maintain your board will be to your benefit.

Skateboard hardware does not cost much. When you buy, ensure they are the right size.

Final Thoughts on How to Maintain Your Skateboard

Lastly, keep in mind that skateboards will get dirty or trashed no matter how well you maintain them. That’s what they were made for. This means that you are going to be replacing parts as often as necessary. Inspect your trucks and deck for damages and clean bearings to maximize performance. Do not ignore cracks or signs of wear. Do not leave your skateboard out in the rain or the sun.

Keep your skateboard in a cool, dry place or hang on the wall to keep it, people, from stepping or tripping on it

 

 

 

 

How Much Does a Pro Skateboard Cost

How Much Does a Pro Skateboard Cost

Sometimes what holds a person back from making a purchase is not having a clear idea of how much it costs. It is even worse when you do not have the cash to hand but plan on saving towards it. Imagine writing planning to get a pro skateboard without knowing how it will cost or at least having a close estimate.

So how much does a pro skateboard cost? There are different pro skateboard brands available and they all come at a range of different prices. So, whether you’ve been skateboarding for a long time or you’re a beginner in the game, or you want to gift yourself or a loved one with a pro skateboard, here is a list of popular pro skateboard brands, their specifications and costs.

In its simplest form, pro skateboards are skateboards that have the name of a pro skateboarder branded across its deck. They come in different sizes, and specifications, and are produced by different companies.

Price of Pro Skateboards

As you would expect, there are no fixed prices for pro skateboards as prices change all the time. The price of different skateboard brands all varies based on their length, construction, trucks and overall design.

It is not enough to know how much a pro skateboard costs, what you get for the price is also a factor. Knowledge of the deck manufacturers, the product description and features are also important in determining if the product is worth the price or not.

Below is a list of different brands of pro skateboards an indication of their average pricing points. Please note that this is not product ranking but a look at some of the best skateboards available to buy, highlighting their main features and key advantages.

 

M Merkapa 31” Pro Complete Skateboard: Manufactured by M Merkapa

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The Merkapa Pro complete skateboard is a complete skateboard that requires no assembly as it comes fully assembled. To help you remain balanced when riding your skateboard, this Merkapa skateboard comes with a slip-resistant top deck.

M Merkapa 31” Pro Complete Skateboard: Manufactured by M Merkapa

It can be used by both adults and kids – irrespective of how experienced they are. The skateboard is extremely tough so can withstand bumps and uneven roads.

The Merkapa Pro complete skateboard comes with a high impact deck that is very good to be used by pro skateboarders and beginner skateboarders alike.

Other Product Features:

  • It is made with 100% hard rock 7-ply Canadian maple, double kick board concave
  • Has full length non-slip black grip tape, back thermal transfer printing.
  • It has 95A PU cast small wheels, high-Speed ABEC-9 bearings, plus 5’’ aluminium alloy trucks and SHR 95A conventional bushings.
  • Its maximum weight load is 198 Ib (normal sliding for 300 Ib)
  • It comes with a skate tool.

KPC Pro Skateboard Complete: It is manufactured by Krown.

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The KPC Pro Skateboard is a complete skateboard that ready to use straight out the manufacturer packaging.  It comes with 52mm Krown wheels ideal when used on rough bumpy surfaces as its super shock absorption reduces the impact on your joints.

 

KPC Pro Skateboard Complete

 

The KPC Pro Skateboard has a maximum load ability of 82kgs, ideal for teenagers and young kids. It is a classic mini cruiser deck with ABEC-7 bearing.

The skateboard also has fine abrasion resistance and a great grip to help you keep your balance when riding. It can be used on the road, in parks and skateboard ramps.

Other Product Features:

  • Canadian Maple Construction
  • 7.75-Inch Deck
  • White 52mm Wheels
  • Black Aluminum Trucks
  • Black Grip tape

 

Eseewin Skateboard Decks

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This is a 31 inches complete pro skateboard. It has an ABEC 9 bearing and is manufactured using 7 piles of flexible and durable quality maple.

Eseewin Skateboard Decks

This Eseewin skateboard deck comes with an overall mild concave. It also has medium-sized wheel wells which create ideal foot pockets for manuals and stalls.

It also comes finished with short and steep kick tails helping you to maximise heights when attempting an ollie. If you already own a beginner skateboard, then this deck is an ideal upgrade to provide lightweight performance to your daily sessions.

 

Other Product Features:

  • Bearing capacity: 200 kg / 440 lb
  • Size: Deck: 80 cm x 20.5 cm / 31″ x 8″
  • Wheel: 55 mm x 40 mm
  • Height: 10 cm / 3.9″
  • Wheelbase: 40 cm / 15.7″

 

Osprey Complete Skateboard, Double Kick Trick Board

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This Osprey Complete Skateboard doesn’t just look good, it feels good as well. Made with a seven-ply Canadian maple board, this skateboard is built to withstand different changes in weather and can be used on a variety of surfaces.

 

Osprey Complete Skateboard, Double Kick Trick Board

 

The Osprey double kick trick skateboards come in a number of clean and colourful designs. Unlike many skateboards that come bare, this is ready grip taped, with wheels, trucks, bushings and bearings. So from the moment of purchase, you can head straight out to use it without any additional DIY needed.

The skateboard also comes with hard wheels completing the look, helping to give a smooth and easy glide over wooden floors and concrete surfaces.

Other Product Features:

  • Material: It is made with 8-layer maple wood, PU wheels, Alloy Truck, ABEC-9 bearings.
  • Wheel Size: The wheel is 2.1’’ x 1.26’’.
  • Net Weight: 5.3 lbs.
  • Max Supported Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Deck Size: 31’’ (length),   8’’ (Weight), 2.2 (height)

 

 

YF Youfu 31 Inch Complete Pro Skateboard: It is manufactured by Youfu.

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As with most of the skateboards shown here, this skateboard is durable and safe for people of all ages. It is made using 7-ply maple wood and comes with full cover grip tape across the top of the deck. 

 

YF Youfu 31 Inch Complete Pro Skateboard

 

It is a skateboard that has with super shock absorption, great grip and fine abrasion resistance. Using it is more comfortable than the basic skateboards you would typically get as your first beginner skateboard.

Also in the package is a T skate tool, Allen key, and cross screwdriver – all tools necessary making any adjustments required. It is ideal for skateboarders of any level as the skateboard also has ABEC-9 high speed bearing, anti-shock 95A PU wheels and super soft PU bushings.

Other Product Features:

  • 7-ply maple wood.
  • 5-inch magnalium truck
  • Weight: 398 lbs, 180kg
  • ABEC-9 high-speed bearing
  • Anti-shock 95A PU high-speed bearing.
  • Durable kick tail concave
  • Dimension: 31 inches x 8 inches x 4 inches.

 

What to Consider Before Buying a Pro Skateboard:

Getting a good pro skateboard can sometimes be very tricky and a number of things should be put into consideration. Apart from the cost of a pro skateboard, you have to consider the other features that the board has. Check that the description of the skateboard that you plan on buying is suitable to the surfaces you plan on skating on.

Check the trucks, decks, and the wheels.

Decide on if you plan on buying a complete pro skateboard or a custom made one. There are complete pro skateboards that need no assembling and can be used straight out the box. You can also buy different parts required for your skateboard and assemble them yourself.

Find out about the brand you want. Knowledge of how good a company is will guide you in choosing what brand to buy.

Consider the product descriptions to know what will work best for your body size. See if the board width is also appropriate for your height.

 

Parts of a skateboard to consider when buying a skateboard

  • Deck: This the part the skateboarder stands. It is made of plies of laminated wood.
  • Wheel: This part allows the board to roll. It houses the bearings.
  • Grip Tape: It provides grip for the leg, and it’s applied to the top of the deck.
  • Trucks: This is what makes the board turn.
  • Hardcore: These nuts and bolts hold the truck on the deck.
  • Bearings: They are fixed inside the sides of the wheels. They make the wheels spin freely.

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Final Thoughts

When it comes to skateboards and buying a pro skateboard, there is a lot to consider before making a purchase. One thing that is very important to consider is what specs you are looking out for and the features of the skateboard as it relates to the price.

You should also consider what the main features are and make a decision after weighing up all the options properly in order to avoid getting carried away by how the skateboard looks.

Once you have found what you want, it is just a case of saving up so you can get skating as soon as possible.

What is a Pro Skateboarder?

What is a Pro Skateboarder?

Asking what is a pro skateboarder is a question that is often asked as there are many skateboarders out there but only a few are actual pro skateboarders. Going pro in skateboarding is a smooth ride to making a living from the sport. To be referred to as a pro skateboarder is not something that comes easily.

Skateboarders usually need to work hard to be promoted to a pro rank.

Let us take a look at what pro means, particularly in skateboarding, who decides who a pro is and how to identify a pro skateboarder.

What is Pro in Skateboarding?

Becoming a pro skateboarder is when you cross the line from skateboarding for fun (an amateur) and to skateboarding for money (a professional). It means being able to earn a living from skateboarding. Pro skateboarders live off of skateboarding.

They travel around for competitions and have sponsors who invest in them and expect a return on investment in them. This way, they get money from competitions and sponsors. Pro skateboarders are paid to skateboard and receive monetary benefits from their sponsors.

A pro skateboarder is one that has made it past it being a hobby. They receive lots of free items like skateboards, shoes, helmet and other accessories from sponsors.

What is a Pro Skateboarder

 

A skateboarder can be very good, join in competitions and still be called an amateur.

The number of years spent practising and visiting skateboard meetups is not also a factor in being recognised as a pro skateboarder. A skateboarder can spend a number of years in a team and still not be confirmed a pro, but a skateboarder on the same team can spend a fewer number of years and become a pro shortly after.

Being recognised as a pro skateboarder is a whole different ball game. It really doesn’t matter if a skateboarder is a member of a popular team, joins a team in competitions, has been in the game for long, skateboards beautifully – he/she may still not break into the rank of pro skaters.

A skateboarder cannot be called a pro in the game simply because people feel he is a good skater. So, how then do skateboarders become pro in skateboarding?

 

How Do You Know A Skateboarder Has Gone Pro?

The skateboard brand company will often decide who is pro or not. A company can decide to make the skateboarder a pro when they decide that the skateboarder is good enough, and his decks will sell. This is confirmed by giving the skateboarder a pro deck.

A pro deck is one that has the name of the skateboarder embedded in it. In other words, when a company sees that a skateboarder is good, they give him a pro deck. When such decks are sold, a certain portion of the money goes to the skateboarder.

How money from such sales is shared between the sponsor and the skateboarder is usually spelt out in the terms of the contract and can easily be measured.

 

 

Such a decision comes when the sponsor values the skateboarder and feels he deserves to be paid more and can generate income for him in return. Therefore, while the pro is making more money by being a pro, his sponsors are also benefiting from him.

It is important to note that pro in skateboarding has gone beyond just having a pro deck. Sponsors from other industries such as clothing, shoe companies and the likes print name of pro skateboarder that they sponsor on their brands.

A pro skateboarder does not have to be restricted to just having the one sponsor. A pro skateboarder can have contracts with different sponsors.

The good thing is you do not need to be on a team to be recognised as a pro skateboarder. Some prefer to skateboard alone while others prefer to be in a group.

Some Reasons Sponsors Make a Skateboarder a Pro

If a skateboarder has been with a company for a long time without being confirmed a pro, another company can offer to promote him to a pro rank as bait to lure him to their company.

Companies that want better skateboarder on their team, use such incentives to win the hearts of their favourite skateboarders.

When companies enter an agreement with a skateboarder, it is often agreed that, if the skateboarder spends a number of years with them, he will be made a pro.

If the company values the skateboarder to pay him more, then the company will make the skater a pro.

When a skateboarder is good with particular tricks in skateboarding and is consistent with making good videos, a sponsor can see the value in promoting the skateboarder to a pro rank.

Sponsors lookout for those that are good at doing great tricks and stand behind them.

A skateboarder’s good relationship with team members and fans can attract sponsors to make him a pro. Sponsors lookout for skateboarders that will promote them anywhere and be good ambassadors of the company.

In recent times, the social media presence a skateboarder has can attract sponsors to him. This shifts from just having a pro deck to other areas. One of the things sponsors look out for in a skateboarder is the fan base and online interaction.

A skateboarder that has successfully attracted millions of fans on social media is a big asset to sponsors. The reason is that social media has become a major hub of building brands. Once a skateboarder has engaged supporters on his social media handles, sponsors begin to scout for him.

Nowadays, a skateboarder does not have to wait for a sponsor to find him. He can write to companies that he wants to be their brand ambassador. If the company is ok with him, then they enter in an agreement and set the ball running.

 

How do Pros In Skateboarding Make Their Money?

The amount of money pro skateboarders earn is not fixed. It often depends on the agreement between the sponsor and the pro skateboarder.

There are various ways pro skateboarders can make money from being skateboarding. It is left to the skateboarder to explore the countless opportunities available. Most of the earnings here are quoted in US dollars as there are more examples to use.

  • Sponsorships: Pro skateboarders can earn a monthly salary. This is called a retainer fee. Companies sponsoring them pay them a monthly allowance. They also give them freebies, sponsor them to competitions, and cover all-expense-paid trips to events.
  • Deck Sponsor: The majority of pro skateboarders have pro decks. Companies pay them a huge ransom for this. Pro skateboarders can earn on average between 1000 – 3000 dollars per month.
  • Wheel Sponsors: These companies pay pro skateboarders about 2000 dollars and above.
  • Trucks: Truck sponsors pay less. Pro skateboarders earn about 250 dollars from these sponsors.
  • Shoe Sponsors: Shoe sponsors pay more as there’s a higher chance of their brands being seen. They pay so much that pro skateboarders can rely on their earnings from a shoe campaign and make a living from it.
  • Royalties: Pro skateboarders receive royalties when items that have their names on them are sold. The amount is based on an agreement between the company and the skateboarders. Some have pro shoes, pro board, pro wheel, etc. Sponsors can then print the name of the skateboarder on a product. When any those products then get sold, the pro skateboarder also gets paid.
  • Photo Incentives: When a pro skateboarder has a photo appears in a magazine and the sponsor’s logo is shown as well, the sponsor will also pay for it.
  • Contests: Pro skateboarders win cash prizes in competitions when they emerge a winner.
  • Ads: Pro skateboarders get paid when they advertise the company’s products and services or wear branded items in ad campaigns.

Evolution of Pro Skating

Pro skateboarding is not what it used to be years ago. Things have changed. The skateboarding evolution can be broken down into different eras.

Different eras witnessed different changes and below are the eras in more detail;

First Era (the 1960s)

This era was not about having a pro deck. Sponsors also made skateboarders go pro by giving them magazine coverage. Pro skateboarders were able to get a better payday check from a magazine publication.

In the 1960s when skating was not very popular, companies inscribed only the names of popular surfers like Duke Kahanamoku on boards. This is because people knew their names very well. The more popular a skateboarder was the more the chance of having his name on a skateboard.

In 1977, skateboard company owners began inscribing their names on their decks.

However, pro skateboarding took another turn with the emergence of skateboard magazines. This kicked off when a magazine photographer took a shot of Tom ‘Wally’ Inouye. It happened that Wally was skating close to where the photographer was shooting someone else for Tom Sims team. Upon noticing Wally while skateboarding, they asked him to put on Sims jersey and took a photo of him on a skateboard.

That photo started the pro journey. From then on, companies will ask skateboarders to put on their products, take pictures and pay them.

Later on, the pros did not stop at being in magazines. They also joined in skateboard production. Pro skateboarders advised producers on how to make good decks. This is because they understood what a good board should feel and look like. They became advisers in the industry.

Pro skateboarders were also requested to scout for young talents for sponsorship.

Second Era (the 1980s)

In this era, skateboarders got pro contracts by winning competitions. Pro skateboarders made their money winning in competitions. Pros that thrived were the ones that took part in competitions. This phase of the job description reinforced magazine coverage. Magazines covered pros that performed new tricks in competitions. Pro skateboarders that did participate in competitions soon lost relevance.

Companies paid skateboarders to win contests. Most skateboarding activities were competitions.

Winning competitions, skateboard sales, and making demos became the major source of income for pros.

Skateboarding was not very popular in this era, and there was not so much money in the industry. Pro skateboarders could not solely rely on deck sponsors. They did lots of demos, and competitions for sponsors to make more money.

The era also gave birth to video making for professional skateboarders.

In 1984, Stacy Peralta made the first skateboard video and the success of his video paved way for other pros to start making their own videos. This is how skateboard videos got popular and video making was added to a pros job description.

Some amateur skateboarders got signed as pros because of their performance in videos. Videos helped bump up the popularity of a skateboarder and increased their board sales.

Pro skills shifted from being a good contest skateboarder or a demo skateboarder to a video skateboarder. Whoever was able to tell a story and made impressive films became more dominant. Those that relied only on pro models found it difficult to survive in this era.

 

Third Era (the 1990s)

In the 1990s skateboarding contests faded out. Shooting unique and extraordinary progressive videos was the order of the day. Magazines stopped photo shooting skateboarders and printed photos from videos instead. Only progressive videos were considered professional skateboarding.

Those that did fantastic moves in live videos or tricks in progressive videos were the popular ones in this era. Some popular pro skateboarders in this era were Ed Templeton and Mike Valley.

Fourth Era (the 2000s)

Pros got sponsorships from brands who just wanted to be associated with the skateboarding lifestyle. Energy drinks, clothing, and other companies came onto the scene.

A pro skateboarder could get money by simply advertising for the brand in any form. Even if it was just showing the public that they consume the item. Some pros didn’t have board sponsors but had sponsors from other industries.

Sponsors then determined what a pro skateboarder could do for them. Some sponsors asked pros to wear their branded shirts, caps or hold up their drinks in public view whether in videos, photos or live events.

Fifth Era (the 2010s till date)

In this era, sponsorship comes from endorsement. Social media also plays a major part too. Pro skateboarders use their social media presence to promote brands. Sponsors look at a skateboarder’s social media presence before making him a pro. They do not look at their skateboarding ability but how strong his social media presence is.

These sponsors come from different industries and judge a skateboarder not by his skating skills, but by how popular the social media presence is.

With all that said, the core role of promoting the game itself is important and this is not something all sponsors understand. After all, it is the ability to skateboard that attracts huge fans on social media and beyond.

 

How Do Skater Trainers Work?

How Do Skater Trainers Work?

In the world of skateboarding, skater trainers are a relatively new trend and lots of beginner skateboarders constantly wonder if they truly work. There are also a lot of questions to be answered, with some people saying they work amazingly well, while others categorically say they don’t work and are just a marketing scheme.

The focal point for a beginner to skateboarding is how to ride without falling off and learning how to do tricks. Are tricks meant to be done when in motion or when stationary?

And whatever the options are chosen, are skater trainers a must-have and how do skater trainers work? The truth is skater trainers do work for beginners who are frightened of falling off a skateboard. Skater trainers will help them feel comfortable and can sometimes eliminate their fear of seeing their boards go off with a mind of their own. Trainers generally do not really help you learn tricks faster, if anything, they kind of slow your progress.

The trick to mastering skateboarding is to have absolute confidence and a desire to understand your skateboard and how you can be in sync with it. Trainers can work for some people and be a total waste of time for others.

 

How Do Skater Trainers Work

The Moving vs Stationary Debate

The real question is not just a case of whether skater trainers work or not and if you should use them, it’s more important to consider whether the tricks you want to learn can be learnt while moving or when stationary. Studying both sides of the arguments closely will help you come to your own conclusions as to why some skaters trainers do work and why some argue that it’s just a money-making strategy.

You see, like every other exciting activity, skateboarding beginners are often too keen to advance too fast. There are processes to everything and step by step guide on how to progress in every sport. Skipping steps will not really benefit you, on the contrary, it will impede your progress in the long run. You must first understand how to be in sync with your skateboard before you can attempt to learn ‘basic‘ tricks.

Pros and Cons

As is with every debate, no sides are actually completely wrong, an idea just works better for certain people more than it works for others. In the same vein, learning tricks while moving on a skateboard works for some people, while learning from a stationary position works for others.

Of course, there is a difference between landing a trick while moving and achieving it while stationary.

Whatever method you choose to use, it will work for you as long as you have pegged down the basics of skateboard riding. When you practice a trick from a stationary position, you have a better feel for the trick and it’ll help your muscles remember how you did it.

A major reason skateboarders go with learning while stationary is that performing a trick while in motion is more difficult and kind of scary. Of course, they cannot be blamed, because lots of tricks are always scary the first time (I still find certain tricks difficult after multiple attempts), but it’s actually not as bad you many would think.

It is actually okay to fall down once in a while.

Also, while we’re here, you should know that falling while doing a trick stationary causes more damage than doing it while moving. You’re more likely to hurt your shoulders and ankle because you are in less control of the situation. The impact is also a bit more on the joints in your body.

If you fall off your skateboard while moving, however, it’s easier to roll when you fall because you have already gained momentum.

 

Reasons to Buy Skater Trainers

The number one reason why people use skater trainers is probably more psychological than physical, in that it helps them feel more confident on a skateboard. Getting on a skateboard for the first time is a bit daunting for most beginners and having skater trainers that remain fixed on the boards will turn the fear down a notch.

Skater trainers are also designed to stop your skateboard from sliding out from underneath you. Once you have them in place, you can work through the motions without being worried about falling and hurting yourself. My advice is if you choose to get a pair of skater trainers, ensure you only use them to get a hang of your board.

Do not use them to learn tricks, that’s not such a good idea.

However, if you truly believe skater trainers will accelerate your learning curve then you should totally go for it. You should know though, that there are cheaper options if your reason for getting trainers is your fear of your board slipping from beneath your feet while practising your balance. You can train on a patch of grass or carpet, something that will cushion your landing if you do fall down.

Reasons to Not Buy Skater Trainers

In my opinion, skater trainers are a waste of money. You can buy yourself a set of Spitfire or Bones wheels for the same amount you would get trainers. They are more fun and the truth is that I think with better wheels, you will progress faster.

If your wanting to get skater trainers is because of your inability to control your wheels, then you could just tighten the nuts on your wheels so they stop spinning. Locking your wheels on a piece of carpet, or rubber mat does the same thing. You can also tape a drying towel and on some socks on your wheels.

Anyhow, the choice is yours to make. If you really want skater trainers, then go get one. Or you could choose to use any one of the other tips I mentioned.

Conclusion

Skater trainers have their perks. While they’re great to some extent, you should never use them to learn tricks. I can suggest that beginners get them but not rely on them. Especially if you are scared of stepping on a skateboard for the first time. They can help you get accustomed to using your board and will stop your board from moving when you don’t expect it to. You can totally use trainers for that.

However, the minute you have gotten comfortable with the board and you have mastered your fears, get rid of the trainers. Skater trainers are okay to use until you get comfortable riding your board. They won’t help you in the long run.

On that note, instead of getting a pair of skater trainers, you can consider buying better skateboard parts that will help you a lot more in the long term. What is more important is that you get as comfortable as possible riding a skateboard. Whatever what you go about doing it, does not matter, what matters is that you are actually doing it.

 

Best Longboards For Dog Pulling: Everything About Great Skatejoring

best Longboards For Dog Pulling

Do you know how awesome dog pulling can be? Well, if you haven’t tried it, you should. All that awesomeness could go wrong however if you don’t get the right equipment or longboard during the initial buying phase.

This post will help you identify the best longboards for dog pulling as well as what to look out for when buying one.

 

The Following Are Features Of A Good Longboard For Dog Pulling

Dog pulling on a longboard is also referred to as Skatejoring. When doing it, your fate is somehow dependent on the tow rope or leash you are hanging on to, your dog, as well as the state of the equipment you are using. Sharp turns, bumps, cracks, cross-pathing with other animals, rough stretches, your dog’s behaviour are just a few external events that can influence your journey.

When Skatejoring or dog pulling, it is important to remember that you have little control over your ride, so knowing and understanding the specific characteristics your longboard should possess, will come in handy.

Skate Note – the term skatejoring means dog pulling, joring is a Swedish word for pulling.

Four Top Choices For Dog Pulling Or Skatejoring

Below are four best longboards and cruisers for an awesome Skatejoring:

  1. Loaded Boards Poke
  2. Globe Big Blazer Complete Longboard
  3. Arbor Dropcruiser Complete Longboard
  4. Landyachtz Dropcarve Complete Longboard

All from the above are great longboards for dog pulling, but your choice should depend on your experience, your dog’s behaviour, your riding style and the areas you ride in. Lastly, the duration of your ride should also be considered.

So, what should these longboards possess…

Best Longboards for Dog Pulling on Smoother Surfaces and over Longer Distances

If your planned ride is between three to five miles long, on a smooth surface i.e. long stretches of a straight road – you should get a longboard that is stable at high speeds with reduced turning or steering ability. A longboard like this will help you to maintain your course, no matter the outrageous turns or directions your dog might take.

The Arbor Dropcruiser and the Landyachtz DropCarve are widely renowned for being two high-quality double-drop longboards. They are both are similar in shape and size, having the same size of 38″ and 37″ respectively. The Landyachtz  DropCarve is slightly more versatile as it also comes in 40″.

As they are both double drop longboards (with a dropped platform and drop-through truck), they provide ultimate stability due to a very low deck (so low to the ground), which causes the centre of gravity to go even lower at high speeds.

 

The Arbor Dropcruiser

It has a larger wheelbase of 29.25″, which means establishing more stability at velocity; also, the DropCarve is equipped with large kicks that is great for making swift dodging turns while being dog pulled. The Arbor Dropruiser is built from the sturdy Canadian maple. This longboard also comes with larger wheels of about 70mm, which makes it a better shock absorber.

Arbor Dropcruiser longboard

Also, the Landyachtz DropCarve has a wheelbase 23.9″ and a wheel of 63mm; it is also of lightweight and more flexible being that it is built from the fibreglass and bamboo. The bamboo that is made from also means that it is more expensive than the Arbor Dropcruiser.

It is also a lot more flexible than your typical longboard, this helps increase the comfort levels when Skatejoring over bumps, cracks, and rough stretches.

Skate Note – this particular longboard is easy to carry around.

Both the Arbor DropCruiser and the Landyachtz DropCarve are without a doubt high quality and stable to use. They are also both durable, with responsive RKP trucks, and as such picking between the two is a huge dilemma in itself. Skateboarders who love small jumps and quick turns while Skatejoring, will prefer the Landyachtz DropCarve as their longboard of choice.

 

Best Longboards for Dog Pulling on Rough Surfaces and in Smaller Spaces

If for instance say you live in an area that has narrow paths, uneven surfaces, many narrow turns and probably bad pavements – your choice for one of the best longboards for dog pulling will be a city cruiser. There are so many quality city cruisers, one of which is the mini-cruiser. It looks very similar to a typical street skateboard and it provides speed and comfort when riding on bumpy, uneven road surfaces.

For Skatejoring through narrow/tight paths or sidewalks and curvy alley, I have always found a mini-cruiser is the best for the job. Although if you use anything smaller than a mini-cruiser, chances are you’ll find it a lot trickier for dog pulling.

How do you know the right size?

A longboard that is a size below or exactly 28.5” is too small for dog pulling (the Landyachyz Dinghy falls under this ‘too small‘ category, even if they are fast, they are just not suitable for dog pulling.

Recommendation: I personally recommend you check out the Globe Big Blazer, a mini-cruiser that comes with a suitable size of 32″. Its wheelbase is also pretty long at 17.5″, accompanied by 62mm wheels and 6″ trucks.

Globe Big Blazer

Skate Note– the Globe Big Blazer wheels are quite large relative to the decks. The deck is flat as its nose and a slight concave to allow you to adjust position and stance upon your dog’s pulling, but still, they run comfortably without wheelbite.

One benefit to the Big Blazer is that its wheels do not stick out from either side of the deck, which prevents you from running over or you’re your dog.

The Globe Big Blazer can become unstable at high speeds. It is handy to note this as you may feel some wobbles if your dog runs too quickly. A lot of this is because the steering is quite loose, so it’s more responsive to sharp, swift turns or sudden change in the direction made by your dog.

So it’s important that you practice at being good using a board like this and skateboarding in general.

At times when your dog stops to do dog stuff like sniffing around, You are able to fit in a number of tricks as well – kick turns, crack hopping and ollies – until your dogs start pulling again.

Alternative Dog Pulling Longboard Choice for High-Speed Surfaces

The Loaded Poke is a premium alternative longboard for Skatejoring, precisely urban dog pulling over high-speed surfaces.

Loaded Poke longboard

The advanced construction in the design is easily seen in its 34” length and wheelbase of 20.75” which makes ultra-stable at high velocity. The Loaded Poke shares similar characteristics with the Big Blazer, and while it is slightly more expensive, its features are worth every extra penny that you spend on it.

Some of these features include;

  • being lightweight
  • stable at high speed
  • high-tech equipped, concave and wheel flares to secure your feet and balance
  • superb kick tails for curb hops and swift turns.

And yes, while it does have a topmount design, the rocker on its deck means that you’ll always be much lower to the ground. It easily doubles up as an ideal commuting choice for days when you leave the dog at home and need to get to work. You should definitely check out the Loaded Poke before deciding on which longboard to go for.

Picking the right Dog Lead and Dog Harness for Skatejoring

As stated in the beginning, to complete the full circle, you don’t just need the right skateboard and experience (practice) but also the right equipment.

There are harnessing systems specifically designed for dog pulling. This is because there’s a chance that using a regular dog collar or lead could damage your dog’s windpipe.

So what should you use…?

Well, there are systems design for this kind of activities which includes:

  • A harness
  • A towline
  • A hip belt (for the skateboarder)

Recommendation: The Ruffwear brand designs some of the best Skatejoring equipment available. Some of its key features include its broad-angle action and quick release ability. It is a high-end dog harness option, but you do get what you pay for with the Ruffwear brand.

If you are after a lower-priced affordable option then this separate dog harness is a good alternative.

Other recommendations when purchasing your Skatejoring equipment include the following;

Certified Helmet: Pro-Tec Classic, Triple 8 Gotham or Punisher Pro series

Knee and Elbow Pads: Pro-Tec street pack

Wrist Guards: 187 Killer Pads or Pro-Tec Street Wrist Guards

Slide Gloves: Loaded Freeride Longboard Slide gloves or Goatskin Race Slide Gloves

Padded Shorts: Marucci Youth Elite Padded Slider Shorts with Cup or the Triple 8 Roller Derby Bumsavers

 

Tips for Skatejoring or Longboard Dog Pulling

  1. Ensure you have your longboard helmet and pad on, whenever you ate Skatejoring / dog pulling.
  2. Try not to roll over your dog with your longboard.
  3. Teach your dog how to act in crowded areas i.e. teach to heel and walk.
  4. Try not to put your hands in the leash’s end loop, just in case of a fall. You might need to catch yourself with your arm, which will be indisposed if it’s within the leash’s loop.
  5. Teach your dog how to stay steady when turning; you both could practice this together.
  6. To prevent injuries on your dog’s back and paws, try to keep up with his pace.
  7. To assume control of your dog pulling or Skatejoring, teach/train your dog to stop or slow down at your command.
  8. Never ride in front of your dog as his next direction might be unknown, this can pull you off your longboard.
  9. All distance covered should be according to your dog’s capability, do not exceed or overstress your dog.

Skatejoring or dog pulling – whichever you like to call it – is an awesome activity for you and your dog, but things could go wrong if you don’t pick the right longboard, area or practice and train your dog.

Lastly, make sure that you get the correct gear for your dog and for yourself to help reduce the chances of you suffering serious injury!

 

Skateboarding Techniques for Beginners 

Skateboarding Techniques for Beginners 

Skateboarding has been a favourite sport for many young people and adults and is growing in popularity as the knowledge of the sport spreads. For the purpose of clarification, skateboarding is the act of riding a skateboard. It is a popular recreational activity but has also been used as a means of commuting by many people.

So what are some skateboarding techniques for beginners? If you are new to skateboarding or just a skateboarding enthusiast, there are a number of things you should know. There are a number of skateboarding techniques, and safety measures you need to practice to get started on this sport.

Surveys have shown that interest in skateboarding is growing rapidly as younger males (and females) below 18 years are gravitating towards this sport.

Let us start with the basics

  • Get a Skateboard and Gear Up

One of the key skateboarding techniques for beginners and the first step when learning to skateboard is to purchase the right gear. This mainly means getting yourself a skateboard and buying the appropriate protective gear. Due to the risk factor associated with skateboarding, you would need to kit up properly with skateboarding shoes, helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist brace that will protect you in the event of a fall.

When choosing a skateboard, you need to get a board that is thick, has a heavy deck and has less curvature. The reason you need this kind of skateboard is to keep you from falling off when you start skateboarding. As you progress in skateboarding, you can begin to explore different skateboards with unique shapes and curvature to suit your preference.

Longboards are a great option for a starter; it is easy to hop on, manoeuvre and move easily from place to place. You can also pop into a skateboard shop close to you and ask for advice from sellers or people with experience; they will definitely point you in the right direction.

 

  • Find a good practice location 

The best place to learn skateboarding is in a neighbourhood or community park. But if you don’t have that, you can find alternative locations with flat and smooth surfaces. Make sure there are as few obstacles as possible because you are still practising so you need things to be as easy as possible.

You also need to avoid wet and slippery places because you need your board to stay dry to function properly.

If you cannot seem to find somewhere to skate, perhaps you should ask around for skateboarders in your area and find out where they skate. You can visit skateboarding clubs around you if you have those, or go online and search for skateboarders close to you. One of these options should work for you.

It is also very important to get a teacher or friend to skate with you in the beginning because you need someone to support you, and help you in case emergencies occur.

When looking for someone to skate with you, make sure they are patient and can go at your pace. You don’t need persons who will push you too fast and lead to mistakes or accidents.

Don’t be in a hurry to join a group of skateboarders who are already experienced because you would find it nearly impossible to cope with them. Stick to one person who won’t mind making out time to teach you all you need to know.

  • Choose a Stance 

skateboarding techniques for beginners   A stance refers to choosing what foot to forward first, and what foot to push with when you start riding.

There are two stances you can use when you start learning to push; they include the goofy stance and the regular stance.

For the regular stance, you will put your left foot in front and push with your right foot. For a goofy stance, you will put your right foot forward and push with your left foot.

  • Learn How to Push on a Skateboard 

After getting a comfortable stance, the next thing to learn is how to push on a skateboard.

To push, the first thing you need to do is to balance your front foot. Once you are able to achieve that balance, you can push with ease.

When you start learning to push, start by pushing on a flat and even surface, then move to a shallow edge as you progress. It is better to start on an even surface because you might fall on your first attempts, so you should be safe.

One trick you can use is to maintain your balance and push while you are walking. If you are confident, you can also push forcefully and then ride until the skateboard stops. If you want to go further, you can push again once the skateboard starts losing speed and continue as many times as possible.

  • Practice Positioning 

After learning to push, you need to shift into a riding position as soon as you start moving.

To do this, you need to place your pushing foot on the board alongside your front foot that had been on it. To achieve this position, shift your riding foot to the side, and then place your pushing foot at the tail of the board to rest lightly.

Your ideal position should be upright, with your back straight and your knees slightly bent. Your forward foot should stay on the front of the truck screws or just behind it, your back foot should be near the tail of your board or slightly on it. This will make it easier for you to make a turn.

It is usually not easy for a beginner to achieve this stance; that is why you have to practice continuously in a safe place so that you won’t get injured if you lose footing.

 

  • Learn to Turn

To turn correctly after getting into the riding position, shift the weight forward or backward from your ankle depending on whether you want to turn left or right. If your trucks are tight, you would need to use a little more pressure than you would need if your trucks are light.

There are two common turns you should practice as a new skateboarder; carving turns and kick turns.

Carving turn is quite natural and easy to achieve; it is the basic turn we have described above and simply requires you to direct your weight to one side, while your trucks help you redirect.

To make a carving turn, ensure that you bend your knees before leaning towards your direction. Make sure you relax your body and your joints to achieve a fluid motion.skateboarding techniques for beginners

Also, take note of how tight or lose your trucks are; while tighter trucks are important for stability, they make turning a bit difficult, especially for a learner. Looser trucks will help you turn easier, but you need to have gotten a hang of your stability to use loose trucks.

Kick turns also help you avoid obstacles, change directions or make sharp turns while moving at slow speed.

To make a kick turn, place your back foot on the tail of the skateboard and then lean back so you lift up the front of the board from the ground. While the front is off the ground, you can change the direction of the board by moving your body.

Point your head, shoulders, and hip towards the direction you want to go, and the board will turn in the direction you are pointing towards.

 

 

  • Learn How To Stop

After learning to move, the next thing is to learn how to stop safely; especially when you are moving at high speed.

The easiest way to stop is to first slow down if you are going fast; after slowing down then you either tail stop or stop by putting your foot on the pavement to slow down as you move.

To tail stop, you need to shift as much weight as possible to your back foot standing on the tail of the skateboard and use the tail to bring the board to a halt.

To protect the tail of your board, you can get a protective cover for the tail from a skateboard shop.

  • Learn How to Fall

Perhaps one of the most important things for you to learn as a beginner is how to fall. The reason for this lies in the fact that you are going to fall a number of times while practising. The best skateboarders still fall sometimes, so it is not something to rule out. This is also the reason you need helmets and other protective gear to make sure you don’t get hurt.

Back to falling… it might interest you to know that you need a few tricks when falling off a skateboard so you are as safe as possible.

First thing is to fall in a way that you don’t hurt your wrists or ankles either from falling wrongly or trying to brace yourself with your hands. It is instinctive to try breaking a fall by spreading out your hand, but that act is very dangerous as you might end up breaking your arms badly as a result of the impact; especially if you are moving at high speed.

You need to learn how to bring your arms in towards your body when falling instead of reaching out. You also need to tuck your chin in when falling so you don’t break your jaw in the process.

The quickest way to achieve this is to stay calm whenever you are about to fall. It is not the easiest thing, but it is very important to you as a skateboarder as panic will only make things worse for you.

You also need to practice rolling when you fall so that you land on the softer and less delicate parts of your body.

Start practising as soon as possible on soft surfaces or areas filled with grass; that way you don’t get injured while learning how to not get injured.

The earlier you are able to control your falls and land safely, the better for your skateboarding career.

  • Learn How to Drop-In

This skill will come in handy when you have properly mastered all the other tricks we have considered above. This technique is quite scary for learners, but once you get a hang of it, it gets pretty easy.

Once you get into the skate spark, you would definitely need to do a drop into the ramps, and you need to do it right.

To drop in properly, place the tail of your skateboard at the top of the ramp so your wheels are hanging off the edge. Pin the skateboard down with your back foot and keep your weight there.

Then, place your front foot on the skateboard near the front bolt, but make sure your weight is still on your back foot.

Lean your body forward towards the ramp and angle your body towards the slope. Press the front wheels down in a swift motion as you go down.

Continue leaning forward until you reach the end of the ramp.

To maintain balance when dropping in, you should crouch lower on the board and keep your ankles as still as possible. You can also use your arms to maintain balance.

 

skateboarding techniques for beginners

 

Some other tricks to practice

As you get comfortable mastering the basic skills, you can consider learning a few other skateboarding tricks for beginners.

  • Shove-it
  • Kick-flip
  • Ollie
  • Grinding

 

  • Watch Skateboarding Videos 

One sure way of picking up skateboarding techniques for beginners is by watching tutorial videos online; it will also help you make more sense of everything you are reading right now. As you move on, you can also pick up more advanced skills from these videos.

Watching videos is not an alternative to face to face learning; they are both important so you can do the two side by side.

When searching for videos make sure you watch the ones that are easy to understand and catch up to.

There are a number of renowned skateboarding videos on YouTube and other channels that are very important to beginners; let me give you a quick list.

 

Conclusion 

The secret to learning skateboarding techniques for beginners includes building up on your confidence, keeping an open mind and constant practice. Trust me, it can be quite difficult when starting out. But if you want to do this, you need a whole lot of patience, passion, and gut.

If you have all of those, then you are well on your way to learning all the important skateboarding techniques you should know.

 

 

How Much Is Grip Tape For Skateboards?

How Much Is Grip Tape For Skateboards

So, you’ve just got a new board, your very first skateboard no less and now you’re wondering about grip tape for skateboards. Well first, I should tell you, welcome to the world of skateboarding. Now, did your board come pre-gripped or not, maybe you just don’t know, or you aren’t quite sure. So let me put it in words that you might find a lot simpler, “can you stay on your skateboard?”

If you can easily stay on your new skateboard, then it’s most likely pre-gripped, if not, then you’re at a loss. Okay, it’s not really a loss, you are just missing a part, a really important part. What you are missing is the grip tape, and without it, staying on your board won’t be easy.

You see, for a skateboard, one of the most important and essential parts is the grip tape, and here’s why.

I know most of us are already aware of how important using it is to use grip tape for skateboards. The normal thing most people do is to just get one at the point of getting your new skateboard. However, for the few who are not aware, let me explain to you, why you need grip tape for your skateboard and how much grip tape for skateboards would typically cost.

First of all, let’s look at what you need grip tape for and what the ideal size to buy is. It is important to at least know what they look like, right? Skateboard grip tapes are grainy or sandpaper-like sheets with an underside that is extremely sticky, in which you adhere the sticky underside to the deck surface of your skateboard.

Using Grip Tape for Skateboards?

The main function of skateboard grip tape is to provide the traction or grip necessary for you to keep your foot on the board when riding, especially if you are keen to learn or do tricks. Hence, regardless of what style of skateboards you are ride, it is essential you adhere a grip tape to your board, well, if you want to stay on.

Also, apart from providing traction, grip tapes provide the extra bonus of brightening your skateboard and showcasing your personal style. This is because, while most grip tapes come in plain black colour, there are a lot of them which come clear or with different designs of your choice.

You can also get a die-cut grip tape, which will display the colour and design of your skateboard deck underneath it. In all, getting a grip tape is the final step of the completion process to get your board street-ready.

Now, when it comes to buying grip tape, it is mostly a straight forward process. However, there are some minor details that often affect the price of it. For one, the price of a grip tape differs due to the size of it, as well as the company producing it and the design. The most important part, however, is the grip tape size.

When it comes to grip tape size, the first thing to know is that the standard grip tape size is 9” x 33”, which is standard for most skateboards. But if you’re using an old school skateboard, you might need to check out your board’s dimensions and get a larger size, maybe a longboard size which is usually sold at 12” x 4”.

Now, a standard grip tape on Amazon can range from between £5 and £15. However, there are also some cheaper brands which can be found for less than that. Also, there’s some high-quality grip tape that comes in bundles, which you can use for as many as 20 boards, these come in rolls like this Jessup Skateboard Griptape Roll.

So there’s basically a price range for everyone’s pocket, you just have to know what you want, in terms of size, colour and if you want something that expresses your personality. Before looking at any more grip tape, let’s help the beginners to skateboarding understand how to apply grip tape to your new skateboard.

How to Apply Grip Tape

So here’s how to apply grip tape to your skateboard.

The first thing you do is to peel the bottom sheet off the grip tape, right before you carefully place the grip tape, with the sticky underside facing down on the surface deck of your skateboard. After you’ve done that, you should get either a box cutter, a pair of sharp scissors or razor blades to cut the grip tape into the perfect fit for your skateboard.

Also, for the best results, that is, near-perfect grip or traction, you should try adhering the grip tape up to the edges of your skateboard surface deck.

How to Remove Grip Tape

Grip Tape Reviews

So the next bit to talk about, which is the reviews, is for again, the beginners. For every seasoned skateboarder, we know that although there are a lot of brands for grip tape, there are three brands which have stood out over the years. Those three are Jessup, Grizzly and Mob, and they are top tier brands when it comes to grip tape.

Now, when it comes to grip tape in general, there isn’t much fuss, so you don’t need to overthink anything, all you need is to get a good grip tape. And a good grip tape is one that is very reliable and is most likely to outlast the board itself. Over the years, these three brands have shown that they are exactly what we need, as they are all reliable and perfectly fine.

However, they are obviously not all built the same, so let’s focus on three different areas – application, durability and pricing.

Application: When we talk about the application, we are really considering the quality of the grip tape adhesive and if it messes up the otherwise easy process of applying the grip tape. Now, in this area, all three are just peachy perfect. When it comes to the grip tape adhesive, it is always of top quality and it definitely makes applying it to your board as easy as can be.

Durability: Here, our main focus is the durability of the grip, that is, how reliable the grip is and for how long it can last. In this area, once again, all three brands are top-notch and lack any real difference you can fault. The durability is solid and long-lasting, so if this is a deciding factor for you like it is for me, you can have your pick from any.

Pricing: Now, as all things that have to do with the demand and supply of a product, there’s always a difference when it comes to the prices of said product. This, as you’d expect, applies here and it is basically the major difference between the three top grip tape brands. In light of this, the price range between all three isn’t significantly far apart, while Mob and Grizzly are in average price ranges, Jessup is a bit more affordable. Hence, Jessup grip tape has the edge here, I guess.

In summary, now you should know what size grip tapes for skateboards should work for you, what type of colour design you get to bring out your personality and the basic features of the grip tapes available. So, if you are a beginner to the world of skateboarding, I truly hope this article helps – so you don’t find grip tapes as daunting as some might make it out to be.

Also, if you are a bit undecided on which grip tape to buy, just know that you don’t need to stress or overthink it, just go for one of the suggestions on this page or a grip tape that best meets your needs.

Again, just focus on what’s important when you’re new to skateboarding. Getting good grip tape will help make sure you stay on your board and have your skateboard street-ready.