What Type of Skateboard Should You Get?

What Type of Skateboard Should You Get?

There are individuals who think that skateboards are just that; skateboards. They don’t see the specs, they don’t see the way one looks smaller than the other, and neither do they see that there are different lengths, width, nose, tail, etc to different skateboards. If you’re one of these people, hey, look again!

But look on the bright side, that’s why I’m here. We’ll see the variety of skateboards that are there. If you’re asking yourself what type of skateboard should you get, then you need not look any further because you will be well informed here.

There are a ton of different parts on a skateboard, but one thing you must know as an aspiring skateboarder is that the most important of these parts is the skateboard deck. The board deck is that flat board you rest all your weight on when skateboarding. That one part is the most obvious to differentiating which skateboard is which.

A shortboard for instance, as opposed to a longboard or cruiser, is ideal for street skateboarding[1]. It continues to be the best pick for doing tricks, as a pro or a beginner. There are certain things you must take into consideration before you settle for a board:

  • Picking the right deck
  • Choosing a board shape
  • Determining why you want to skateboard.

Now that you know these, let’s dive into what skateboards you should get and which fits your needs.

What Type Of Skateboard Should You Get?

We are not going to go so deep on all the different types of skateboards. We’re only going to handle the basics. As a beginner, there’s only so much that would interest you or influence your decision on what board you would like to get. Most beginners are either interested in longboards, cruisers or popsicle skateboards.

Like I mentioned earlier, one of the things you must consider before deciding to pick what skateboard would work for you, is to decide what you want to do. Do you want to just cruise around the block when the need kicks in, or do you want to perform some top-notch tricks? Conceivably, you want to ride downhill or cruise for a much longer period, or you want to focus majorly on doing tricks and becoming a badass skateboarder. When you’ve made up your mind on this, then you can make the right decision on choosing a skateboard.

 

 

Popsicle Skateboard

The popsicle skateboard is by far the most common skateboard in the market. One out of two skateboards sold is a popsicle skateboard. They are the skateboarders’ go-to for boards made for technical tricks. So if you’re interested in that, this board might just be what you need.

This board varies in size, so you have to consider what you weigh before deciding to pick one up.

Reasons to Buy

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you like doing flip tricks, you relish the street skateboard in style, riding in your local skatepark, then this is your one-stop destination. The popsicle board is what you need. The good news is, it’s not that expensive to purchase too, so you can always work with a reasonable budget.

  • It’s more affordable than a cruiser board or longboard
  • Easy to commute with
  • It’s the best if you’re into learning tricks

Reasons Not to Buy

Forget the excitement of performing stunts or doing tricks, are you willing to always replace parts of your board at short intervals? Because that is what is true about the popsicle skateboard. With all the stunting and tricks, your board is sure to wear out occasionally. Not just your board, your shoes will experience damages a lot too.

You must also know that the popsicle skateboard is hard to ride, unlike the longboard which is built for easy cruising. If you’re not the persistent type, you can easily get frustrated and choose to throw in the towel. I’ve seen it happen lots of times. If you’re compelled to succeed though, it’s worth it.

  • It’s harder to learn how to use or ride
  • It damages easily so parts need to be replaced repeatedly
  • It’s easy to get discouraged and might feel the need to give up and try something else
  • Wear and tear on your shoes which suggests necessary shoe replacement from time to time
  • Not adequate for long-distance commuting

Longboard

Longboards are really great for beginners. If you want to surf the streets, learn new but limited skills and experience the calm that comes with cruising on a board, then longboards are your sure bet.

Longboards are available in several shapes, purposes, and sizes and it has a variety of styles like freestyle, dancing, cruising, downhill riding, etc. Regardless of the different types of longboards, you don’t have to be confused on which to pick. You can just get one and move with it. Some boards are easier on beginners that others, but the truth of the matter is that any longboard can work for you, as long as you don’t yearn to do those complex riding styles.

Reasons to Buy

Because of their large board, longboards are pretty easy to ride. They provide comfort because you’re ultimately balanced while riding. There’s no fear of misstepping and maybe spraining your ankles.

Longboards can take you long distances, longer than small boards can take you. Also, generally, you don’t need to have accumulated lots of skills to be able to use a longboard. They last longer too and help you save money from having to purchase new shoes every once in a while. To make it clearer:

  • It’s easy to ride
  • It provides absolute comfort when riding
  • It is more durable than the popsicle skateboard
  • Though expensive at first, it is cheaper in the long run
  • They’re very easy to balance on

Reasons Not to Buy

Where there are advantages, there are sure to be some disadvantages, no matter how minute. And here, the longboard has a few. Excessive weight is not something anyone can easily overlook. The longboard is indeed comfortable and balanced but the price for that comfort is in its bulkiness. Also, a good longboard is expensive to purchase, unlike the popsicle skateboard which is cheaper.

  • Longboards are heavy and huge
  • As I would advise, quality is always best especially when it comes to your board. And a quality longboard is not cheap.

Cruisers

Graceful, portable, and fast, cruisers are longboards, but smaller and lighter. They’re the best skateboards for commuting in because of their speed and of course, they’re best for cruising(duh).

Mastering a cruiser is not a piece of cake though, especially if their boards are really small. But if you can get one with a wider board, you can learn the ropes in no time. Cruisers aren’t built for tricks either, though, you can do a limited number of tricks on it(not the crazy stuff please) but they are hard to pull off. So if tricks are your forte, get a popsicle skateboard.

Reasons to Buy

If you said nay to the longboard because you don’t feel like logging around some heavy board, and if you need speedy transportation, you should totally get the cruiser board. Here are some reasons to buy a cruiser:

  • Lightweight and really easy to carry around
  • Built for cruising but can also satisfy your need to try a few tricks here and there
  • It’s really fast, hence works great for commuting

Reasons Not to Buy

Yes, you can ride longer distances on a cruiser, but you’d have to push a lot. It’s not as free and effortless as the longboard. If you’re really into doing tricks and stunts, I’d rather you get the popsicle skateboard because cruisers can not really satisfy that need. Except you don’t mind replacing your board over and over and over again.

  • Not your go-to for technical tricks
  • Does not offer the comfort a longboard does
  • Though fast, it is stressful to ride long distances

 

 

What Type of Skateboard Is Best for Beginners?

If you’re a beginner and you hope to find a specific or detailed description of what particular board is best for you, I’m really sorry to break it to you, but you won’t find it. There are too many things to take into consideration, so many factors to analyze and a myriad of details you need to be sorted out before you can choose what works for you.

There are a lot of things that should influence your decision. Your environment, your funds, your preferences too.

You must first decide what you want before proceeding to the technical decisions. If you love effortless cruising, go with a longboard. If you have a knack for attempting dangerous stunts, the popsicle board will suit you.

It’s not that big a deal. Skateboarding is supposed to be fun. Have fun figuring out what you want.

Glossary

[1] Street League Skateboarding – Link

 

Can You Skateboard With A Torn ACL?

Skateboard with a torn ACL

Allan Hernandez is a skateboarder who suffers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament[1] (ACL) and has returned to his passion, skateboarding. His injury occurred during a skating trip with some friends. He was popping some Ollies which he was good at when suddenly he kicked out. As he fell, his knee bared the weight of the fall but he didn’t hear a pop sound so he simply went to rest. He got home to put an ice pack on it but over time his knee began to swell.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t immediately diagnosed with a torn ACL until almost three months later. However, he did go into physical therapy with the knowledge that his leg might never go back to how it used to be. He credits the strengthening of the muscles around his knee to therapy and regular workouts on the bike in the gym.

Allan’s story is one of perseverance and hard work. To shed some more light on if you can skateboard with a torn ACL, we’ll need to learn all there is to learn about ACL.

 

Let’s have a quick biology lesson. Your ACL binds your tibia to your femur. Your tibia is your shin bone while your femur is your thigh bone. Its biological function is to provide rotational stability to your knee when you run, land, or jump. If you notice, you can’t rotate your leg and walk straight at the same time.

A lot of people, athletes most especially, suffer from torn ACLs. Recent studies have shown that 1 in 3000 Americans suffer from torn ACLs and this lets you know that it is quite common not to mention the fact that it is a very common injury among skateboarders.

Torn ACLs occur when your knee gets twisted or there’s a forceful impact on it. Many times, people hear a pop. This is a dead giveaway for torn ACLs. When the ACL tears, your knee swells, and lack of immediate treatment could lead to it containing lots of fluid. This is quite painful and could render those suffering from it an absolute lack of mobility. They would not be able to run or practice the sports they love. Going to the hospital would require a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) check as ACL tears can’t be diagnosed using x-rays. Torn ACLs are best treated between a week and two weeks after they occur.

First-Aid Treatment for Torn ACLs

Immediately you hear the pop and feel pain in your knee simply remember the RICE treatment. It involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Ensure you rest and stop moving your knee, apply ice to your knee to reduce the swelling, wrap a bandage around your knee and lastly keep your knee elevated to prevent it from bearing any load.

Recommendations from Your Doctor

All treatments for a torn ligament must be recommended by your doctor and you should maybe seek second and third opinions from other doctors to know what actions to take.

Depending on the age of the skateboarder and severity of the tear, treatments may vary. These treatments could be surgical or non-surgical. In Allan’s case, he opted for non-surgical treatment. Non-surgical treatments usually include physical therapy, strengthening and conditioning, and ACL bracing. The period of recovery varies from person to person but an estimated period of seven to nine months is how long it takes for the knee to regain stability.

Surgical treatments in which your ACL could be reconstructed may be recommended if you do intend on continuing your sport. The swelling around the knee has to be reduced first. The ligament is reconstructed via a tissue graft. The tissue could be obtained from the patient’s body (autografts) or from a cadaver (allografts). After which a team of therapists and doctors will continually monitor the strength and stability of your knee. The rehabilitation period for ACL surgeries takes about eight weeks after which intense therapy occurs for about five months. Like the nonsurgical treatment, the rate of recovery varies from person to person.

How to Deal with the Fear of Returning to Skateboarding After an ACL Injury

The biggest fear for most skateboarders after tearing their ACL is having it tear once again. Not only are they scared of re-injury, they now fear falling, skating and many other things related to the accident. It is a crippling fear that drives some to give up the sport entirely. There is no one size fits all formula for overcoming this post-traumatic skating disorder as it is a deeply personal experience. The advice many skateboarders who have gotten back to their feet give is to see a physical therapist. Therapy helps you regain the strength and confidence you’ll need to resume skating.

How do Survivors Describe their First Time Skateboarding after Recovery from an ACL Tear?

For YouTuber Professor Shred who tried skating for the first time in five months after his ACL injury, he said he felt awesome. At first, he stretched and exercised by squatting with resistance bands and then skipping. Then he began skating. It was somewhat difficult popping but he did try a few tricks such as kickflip, heelflip, frontside flip, and 360 flips. They weren’t fluid but he said his knee didn’t feel the same. Also, he did feel a slight twinge of pain but he hopes to get better through constant exercising and practice.

The road to recovery from an ACL injury involves you giving your knee ample time to heal. Do not rush the process. Don’t go skateboarding after six weeks just because you have the itch to do so. Start small. Learn to walk before anything else. Eat healthily and take your dietary supplements like glucosamine, fish oil, and chondroitin which help your cartilage and joints.

Regularly keep up with your physical therapy which could involve low impact exercises like bikes, swimming, elliptical machines, and stretching. The fear of re-injury is very real. Read books and watch videos about those who’ve recovered and their journey. You’ll need to surround yourself with lots of love and positivity. Stay blessed.

Glossary

[1] ACL –Link

 

 

Can You Skateboard Without A Helmet?

skateboard without a helmet

I remember reading in the news about a nineteen-year-old boy who rode his skateboard without wearing a helmet. Apparently, he went ahead to skateboard without a helmet and had sustained a terrible injury. This accident left him in a semi-conscious state due to the severity of his head injury after getting involved in the skateboarding crash.

His brain began to swell and this led to the removal of some part of the left side of his skull. For a while after his surgical procedure, he could not speak even though he was awake and responsive.

Often enough skateboarders think a trick is a breeze and that they could land that jump in their sleep but there is a reason why accidents do happen. Accidents are not planned but this does not mean that the damage caused by them could not be minimized. Protective gear such as helmets should be worn at all times when skateboarding.

 

Can You Skateboard Without A Helmet?

If you are still wondering if you should wear a helmet, there is one major reason why you should do so and that is to improve your safety. Helmets are designed to protect athletes against concussions and head injuries by minimizing the impact of a collision in almost all sports with no exceptions to skateboarding. Accidents do happen. Some could have been prevented and others can’t. Failure to wear a helmet is a manmade accident in the making even if you do know how to fall properly.

According to statistics collated from the National Trauma Databank, skateboarding accidents within the following age groups; younger than 10 years, 10 – 16 years, and older than 16 years, about 24.1%, 32.6%, and 45.5% respectively suffered from traumatic brain injuries. Helmets were discovered to help prevent most head injuries. These statistics also show that age plays a primary factor in your probability of getting a head injury while skateboarding and those older than 16 are most likely to suffer. Also, head injuries caused the most deaths and disabilities.

To get a deeper understanding of what happens during head collisions while skateboarding, you need to have an idea about the anatomy of every human’s head. The brain sits within the skull and is mounted on the base of the skull. The spinal cord is connected to the underside of the brain. Surrounding the brain is the dura which is a very tough tissue. The cerebrospinal fluid lies between the brain and the dura and it protects the brain from mechanical shock. The scalp covers the skull to provide an extra layer of protection.

Direct contact and acceleration/deceleration during collisions are the major causes of brain injuries. During direct contact or collisions, the rider’s head could hit an object, and in response, the brain moves within the skull and collides with the skull. This could either result in a concussion or major injury. However, acceleration/deceleration injuries could lead to open or closed head injuries. Open injuries include skull fractures and penetrating injuries. Closed injuries result in swelling, bruising, and tearing of the brain tissues and blood vessels which cause concussions, contusions, and intracranial haemorrhages[1].

Unfortunately, even with these saddening stats, many skateboarders prefer not to wear helmets because they find it very uncomfortable. There have been some who even said it does not look cool but most often, people do not consider the consequences. Although many complain about sweating excessively when they wear helmets.

Functions of a Helmet

Helmets offer three functions:

  • They reduce the deceleration of the skull thereby reducing the force with which the brain hits the skull.
  • They ensure that all parts of the skull receive an equal impact.
  • They also prevent direct contact between the skull and any object.

Components of a Helmet

A skateboard helmet consists of four primary components, namely; the shell, the impact-absorbing liner, the comfort padding, and lastly, the chin strap.

  • The shell

The shell is usually hard and smooth. It basically distributes the impact of a collision over a widespread area. This mitigates or reduces the impact of the collision before it reaches the head. It also has an index of protection rating to prevent objects from penetrating through it.

  • The impact-absorbing liner

This is the soft layer made from Styrofoam that braces the head upon impact by absorbing the shock when the head tries moving after motion stops.

  • The comfort padding

This is also a soft layer, and it is next to the head. It keeps your head comfortable.

  • The chin strap

This helps with adjusting the helmet according to your head’s size. It also ensures that your helmet remains on in the event of a collision.

Factors To Consider When Buying A Helmet

Labels

These tell you the date of manufacture as well as if the helmet meets the required standard. When judging the helmet by its specification, it must meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) standard.

Helmet Size

You have to ensure that the helmet fits very well so it remains in place. To get the perfect fit, you will have to take into account the circumference of your head. Grab a measuring tape and measure the circumference of your head about an inch above your eyebrows. This ensures that whichever helmet you purchase does not end up being too large or small for your head.

Type

This is another factor to consider. Some helmets are multipurpose for most sports, while some are specifically designed for skateboarding. Each has different impact resistance, but the most important to note is to change your helmet once it has been damaged.

Coverage

When buying a helmet, you must make sure that it doesn’t sit too high or too low on your head. Take into account your hairstyle as a helmet that felt snug when you had long hair could become uncomfortable with short hair.

Vision

You must be able to have a perfect view of your surroundings when wearing a helmet.

Side Straps And Chin Straps

The side straps should be in front of your ears by a bit, and the chin straps must be centred snuggly underneath your chin. It must not be too tight. This is so the helmet does not pull your head downwards, neither should it be too loose that it dangles in any direction.

Do’s and Don’ts When Caring for Your Helmet

  • Do change your helmet once it has been seriously damaged.
  • Don’t keep your helmet in locations with extreme temperatures, i.e., too hot or too cold.
  • Don’t soak your helmet when cleaning it.
  • Don’t lean or sit on your helmet.
  • Don’t decorate helmets without reading the instruction label on it because it could affect the safety of your helmet.
  • Don’t use a cracked or broken helmet to skate.

Conclusion

Wearing a helmet is a very controversial topic. It is quite logical to always keep it on when skateboarding. It may be the only thing stopping you from a fatal accident or even death itself. Skateboarding is legit, a fun sport, and sadly enough, a lot of injuries do occur daily. However, always wearing the right protective gear could totally mitigate or reduce your chance of getting a fatal injury.

Glossary

[1] intracranial haemorrhages – Link

Can You Skateboard While Pregnant?

can you skateboard while pregnant

Can you skateboard while pregnant? When female skateboarders fall pregnant, many take a break from the sport for the entire duration of their pregnancy while some continue for a couple of weeks or months. Those who are visibly pregnant and decide to continue skating raise a lot of eyebrows as people have their own two cents to give about the safety of the mother and her growing baby.

If you think of women who skated while pregnant, Jessica Starkweather is the name that comes to mind. Remember the viral photograph of the nine-month pregnant lady who was skating[1]? That is her and when she was asked about it she said that she felt enough confidence in her skills and could not imagine not skating at all. Her action raised a lot of eyebrows and to date, people have a lot of negative things to say about it while to some hardcore skaters, she is a legend.

In this article, I will try to address all of your growing concerns and keep you informed of the benefits, disadvantages, and myths surrounding skateboarding while being pregnant. However, as a quick disclaimer, I am no doctor so it is best to consult with your obstetrician on which activities are best suited for you while being pregnant.

 

 

Reasons Why You Should Not Skateboard While Pregnant

To begin with, here are a couple of reasons why you should not skate while pregnant.

You Have A Higher Risk Of Falling On Your Stomach

Skateboarding is a fall prone activity. This makes it one of the exercises pregnant women should not embark on. It requires balance and this is a major reason why skating shoes were specifically designed for skaters because it helps them have a maximum feel of the board. Due to pregnancy hormones, the joints get loosened making you clumsy and susceptible to slips and slides.

Pregnancy also adds a couple of extra pounds and this is not distributed equally. Instead, it is focused on one area, your belly which keeps expanding as the day goes by. This throws off your centre of gravity. In the event of a fall, you would most likely land on your stomach which could result in premature labour, a fetal injury, and in the worst-case scenario, a miscarriage.

You Could Lose Your Baby

Skateboarding involves jumping which is a very rigorous activity. In the first trimester, skateboarding may not have much of an effect on you and your baby but further, along the line, it could lead to a miscarriage, bleeding, trigger contractions, preterm labour, and fracture ligaments and joints. It is also highly possible that the uterus pounds against the cervix and other pregnancy complications could arise.

You Could Affect The Growth Of Your Baby

Skateboarding is a very vigorous sport and studies have shown that participating in it while being pregnant could reduce the birth weight of your baby. However, the effect is not adverse at all.

 

Here is one myth surrounding skateboarding during pregnancy. Many people assume that the motions during skateboarding could bounce the fetus in your womb. This is not only impossible but absolutely ridiculous. Babies actually find this soothing. The only danger you are in when skating is being hurt. This does not mean that you are allowed to skateboard as skateboarding while pregnant is a very risky affair that does much more harm than good. However, if you do intend on skateboarding while pregnant, there are a few things you must know.

You Should Only Skateboard If You Are Highly Experienced and Confident You Can Handle It

If you have been a pro skateboarder long before you became pregnant, then you may be able to skateboard for the beginning months of your pregnancy. However, you must not forget that you may fall. As a pro, you would have an idea of what is acceptable and what is not.

Engage In Very Low-Risk Tricks

Low-risk tricks prevent the likeliness of you and your baby getting injured while practising your beloved sport. A few adjustments to your skateboarding style is a must. Also, you must make sure you skate in places with no obstacles whatsoever.

Always Wear Protective Gear

This is necessary regardless of you being pregnant or not. Your helmet has to be on, your knee and elbow pads, your wrist guards, and lastly your shatterproof glasses. Also, ensure that your board and helmet are in perfect condition.

You Should Consult Your Doctor Immediately These Symptoms Appear

The following symptoms could occur whether you’re a pro or a beginner: headaches, muscle weakness, dizziness, chest pains, bleeding or calf swelling. These serve as warning signs to desist from whichever activity you were doing.

If you do intend on quitting skateboarding, you should know that there are other exercises you could do instead. There are several low-risk exercises suited for pregnant women which helps them along the way. They include stationary bicycling, walking, swimming, modified Pilates, and modified yoga. Listed below are some benefits of exercising during your pregnancy.

You Stand a Lower Chance of Developing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is an intolerance to glucose that most pregnant women develop in the early stages of their pregnancy. Exercising trains large muscle groups which help normalize your blood sugar levels. This means that your insulin sensitivity and glucose utilization will be improved. Women who suffer from this condition tend to have severe injuries when giving birth.

Exercising Helps Reduce Back Pain in Pregnant Women

Exercise tends to strengthen the back, buttock, abdominal, thigh, and pelvic muscles which helps relieve back pain.

You May Reduce Your Risk of Giving Birth via Caesarian Section

Women who exercise during their pregnancy will most likely not suffer any complications during childbirth. This makes birth by caesarian delivery an unlikely option to consider.

It Ensures Healthy Weight Gain during Pregnancy

Adding weight while being pregnant is normal. A lot of women get finicky about this and while it is possible to become obese during pregnancy it is best to stay within the healthy limit. Discuss with your doctor about the optimal weight you should be at and how you could achieve it and maintain it at no risk to your baby.

You Will Have a Lower Risk of Developing Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a severe condition or complication some pregnant women suffer from. It involves blood pressure spikes and severe damages to body organs, usually the kidneys and the liver. Women who exercise often during pregnancy stand a lower chance of having this complication.

Conclusion

Skateboarding is much too risky if you are pregnant. Pregnancy has the highest amount of risk during the first and third trimesters and taking a harsh fall while skating further increases the level of risk. Put it on the back burner for a couple of months and try alternate exercises to improve yours and your baby’s health.

Glossary

[1] Link

Can You Skateboard With Any Shoes?

skateboard with any shoes

Skateboarding is an increasingly popular sport that is also regarded as an art form, means of entertainment, and a means of commute over short distances for some. Skating has millions of fans around the world and is an industry worth billions of dollars. Part of this industry caters to the needs of people who participate in the sport and the shoes they need for skateboarding. Over the years, many people have been asking questions about skateboarding.

A particular question got our attention, and it is: Can you skateboard with any shoes? The answer to this question is YES and NO. Yes, it is possible to skate in other shoes, however, not every shoe is suitable for skating (for example, you shouldn’t skate with high heels).

Skateboard shoes have even become a fashion fad over the years with Vans, a shoe company that was one of the first to start catering to the needs of skaters becoming one of the biggest shoe brands in the world. There are other skateboard shoe brands that have achieved global success like Supra and even Nike and Adidas have tried to get in on the skateboarding shoe business.

 

Skateboarding is similar to other sport in that it has its own recommended equipment and precautions to be followed to ensure the safety of those participating in the sport.

Required Safety Gear for Skateboarding

  • A helmet: A well-fitting helmet is important for prospective skateboarders to protect from potential head injuries from falls, which are a common occurrence while skating
  • Wrist guards: As the name implies, they guard the wrists against accidents and provide support to the wrists during falls to prevent sprains and other injuries.
  • Knee pads: Knee pads to protect the knees from scrapes and bruises while skateboarding.
  • Elbow pads: Wear elbow pads to protect the elbows from scrapes and bruises while skateboarding.
  • Closed-toe shoes: Wear these shoes to protect toes from accidental bumps or stubs while skating and to prevent injury. Also, ensure the soles aren’t slippery and have enough friction to give good control while skating and prevent accidents.
  • Googles or shatterproof glasses: To protect the eyes while skating.

Can You Skateboard With Any Shoes?

You can skate with any shoes but the shoes you choose to use are a huge factor that can affect your skating either positively or negatively. Skate shoes are specifically designed to help you skate better which is why they are on the list of recommended equipment for skating. Skateboarding shoes are designed with thick flat soles so whoever is skating can feel the board accurately beneath his feet, most skateboard shoes also have an oversized tongue to help protect your foot from possible injury while skating.

Differences between Skateboarding Shoes And Other Shoe Types

There are several ways in which skateboard shoes are superior to other shoe types when it comes to skateboarding. These differences are:

Purpose

The very first difference seems intuitive and is one of the major differences between skateboarding shoes and any other. Skateboarding shoes have been designed specifically with skateboarding in mind. All the designs that go into creating these shoes are made with consideration of the sport for which it is made.

It has increased durability, offers more protection, and gives you more control, which in turn makes you better and results in the sport being a more enjoyable experience all around. Skate shoes can be categorized into two different types the cup soles and the vulcanized soles.

  • Cup soles

Cup soles like the name implies are designed to cup your feet in a way that offers more protection than vulcanized soles. Cup soles generally feel harder than their vulcanized counterparts and protect your ankles and feet better while sacrificing board feel due to the thicker barrier between your feet and the board. Their thick soles make them better for jump tricks as they are sturdy enough to withstand the force generated while doing them but sacrifice board feels in order to do so.

  • Vulcanized soles

Vulcanized soles are made of individual components that are made separately and glued together to create a thinner sole, they provide the best when it comes to board feel and flexibility due to its pliable nature. Vulcanized soles are created by first heating the rubber part of the shoe to strengthen it and make it more elastic before it is attached to the top part of the shoe. The downside of vulcanized soles is that they do not provide a lot of heel support.

Whether you should use a skate shoe with a vulcanized sole or not depends on the type of skating you’ll be doing, if you are jumping from heights you might prefer cup soles. Vulcanized soles are better for skating in the streets and doing tricks on the ground. Vulcanized soled wear out quicker than their cup sole counterparts due to the rubber parts not being as durable.

 

You should pick a skateboard shoe depending on the type of skating you’ll be doing and how experienced you are at skateboarding. If you are new to skateboarding cup soles are recommended for their improved safety protection and support while vulcanized soles offer a better board feel which is of more importance to more experienced skateboarders.

Durability

Durability is one of the important features that differentiate skateboard shoes from other sneakers. Skateboard shoes are created with durability in mind because they have to handle a lot of wear and tear and stress due to the nature of the sport for which they are being used. Skateboarding is particularly popular for the flashy tricks skateboarders perform on their boards.

There are a lot of hours of trial and error while skateboarders try to master these tricks which places a lot of stress on the shoes while these practice sessions are ongoing. To make shoes durable enough to withstand their repeated use and wear and tear they are made from specially selected materials like action leather which is a cow leather layered with a coat of polyurethane[1].

Another fabric used is super suede which is a fabric made from synthetic microfiber that resists fraying due to its combination with polyurethane foam in a nonwoven structure. This material is extremely useful because it is resistant to scratches and abrasions. Skating shoes are also usually double or triple stitched and have reinforced plastic toe caps to make the front of the shoes resistant to stubs and protect the toes in case of falls or other accidents, skateboard shoes also usually sport lace protectors to prevent them from tangling up or getting shredded by the wheels of your skateboard.

Protection

The most important thing to take into consideration when engaging in any sport is safety. This is another area where skateboard shoes shine. Skate shoes are designed with the utmost consideration of the safety and protection of its wearers while skateboarding. These shoes are designed with reinforced toecaps on the interior to ensure the toes are protected in accidents.

These shoes also have wide tongues to aid stability and have thicker soles to absorb some of the force from jump tricks, high top skate shoes also provide support for the ankles and reduce the chance of getting a sprain while skating. The broader soles allow a larger surface area to make contact with the board resulting in increased traction which gives skaters more control over their boards.

Conclusion

Skate shoes are designed and built specifically to protect your feet and give you control while skating. Other shoe types cannot provide this same level of comfort and protection to your feet. Because of the thick soles other shoes have, you have little board feel which gives you less board control. You should only use any other kind of shoe when you’re an expert skater.

Glossary

[1] polyurethane – Link

Can You Skateboard With Running Shoes

can you skateboard with running shoes

Skateboarding is a euphoric sport. You cannot get over the adrenaline and dopamine rush you get when you master a new trick or the whipping of air around you. It all feels amazing. However, skateboarding is much similar to other sports as you need the right gear to perform well.

You will need a helmet (This is an absolute must. Never go riding without your helmet guys!!!), wrist guards (To protect your wrists in case you fall), knee and elbow pads (To protect your knees and elbows respectively), shatterproof glasses (To protect your vision of course) and of course, skateboard shoes (To prevent slipping and protect your feet). All these are important and you are definitely incomplete without them.

Can You Skateboard With Running Shoes?

For first time or rookie skateboarders, running shoes can be used but are not in any way recommended. The only reason these could be used is when you are learning the basics and will not be performing any complicated jumps and tricks. However, it is wise that you use skateboard shoes instead.

Disadvantages of Skateboarding With Running Shoes

The disadvantages of using running shoes for skating include:

  • Imbalance when skating

Running shoes are designed to be flexible and this means that they bend easily. They are ideal for running because stiff shoes bruise runners, thereby easily ruining their performance. Flexible shoes boost the responsiveness of runners. They tend to float and are much lighter on their feet. However, skateboarders have no need to be so. Hence, the reason why their shoes are much stiffer.

Skateboarders will need a great amount of force to control the speed of their skateboards, as well as create enough driving force when jumping over hurdles and sliding across grip tapes. Using running shoes for either of these activities could lead to you spraining your ankle as well as other forms of injury on your feet. This imbalance, as you can deduce, can be fatal.

  • They just aren’t durable

Running shoes are usually made from knit polyester or meshed nylon to increase flexibility. Therefore, they are not designed to handle the friction generated from coming to a stop, jumping over obstacles, and sliding while skateboarding. Excessive use leads to damage from the excessive wear and tear your running shoes are subjected to.

Skating shoes are made of a much sturdier material such as vulcanized rubber or super suede. Both of which are quite resistive to fraying. Their tolerance to the stress created by friction from skateboarding is quite high making it the more practical shoe to use. Using running shoes to skate could be quite expensive in the long run as more shoes will be damaged in comparison to if you had just used a skateboarding shoe for riding.

  • They are not safe enough

The soles of skate shoes are sturdy enough to withstand the rigorous sport that is skateboarding. These soles are also less thick than that of running shoes. Using shoes with thick soles to skate makes it incredibly difficult to handle a skateboard as it prevents you from having a maximum feel of the board.

Using running shoes with thicker soles could come at a very high price when performing jumps and tricks because when you do not feel the board well, you could take a miscalculated jump that could lead to a serious injury.

  • They make navigation slightly difficult

Running shoes[1] generally do not have wide soles in comparison to skate shoes. The implication of this is that it becomes harder to navigate or control your board as your feet will not cover a larger surface area of the board. Remember that it is important for you to have a maximum feel of the board. Therefore, covering a wider surface area on the deck of your board provides you with the balance and stability needed to control your board most effectively.

  • Their heels are difficult to manage

Running shoes typically have raised heels which aid runners’ fluidity in running. This feature, however, creates an imbalance when skating because you would not have an adequate grip on the board. Skate shoes have flat heels that allow skateboarders to have maximum grip and feel on the skateboard’s deck. If you were to use running shoes with raised heels emergency situations that require you to jump off the board, push and stop could lead to you straining or twisting your ankle.

Factors To Consider When Buying A Skateboarding Shoe

Now that you realize the disadvantages of using running shoes for skateboarding, you need to know what factors to consider when buying skateboarding shoes as a perfect skateboard shoe for someone else may not necessarily be the best fit for you.

The Type of Skate Shoe

Skate shoes come in three different types, namely; high-tops, mid-tops, and low-tops. Regardless of the brands making them all skate shoes fall within this category. The difference between all three is the height of the shoe’s shaft.

  • High tops: These have the highest shaft and they offer the most stability, warmth, protection, and padding. However, they are not the most breathable skate shoes for your feet.
  • Mid tops: The shafts of these aren’t as high as those of the high tops but they do offer a considerable amount of stability, warmth, protection, padding, and dampening. They are more breathable than high tops.
  • Low tops: These have the lowest shaft height and are very lightweight. Due to advances in insole technology, they offer great dampening and cushioning. However, they are not very much padded.

The Type of Shoe Soles

Your shoe soles determine the level of comfort of your shoe. They are of different types and serve different purposes. They include outsoles, insoles, midsoles, cup soles, vulcanized soles, and profile soles.

  • Outsoles: This is the outermost part of the soles. It is what you see at the bottom of the shoe. It determines the level of grip, abrasion resistance, flexibility, and stability of your shoe.
  • Insoles: These can be removed when they get worn out. They are designed to help with the breathability of skate shoes. They provide comfort when you skate and some are even antibacterial.
  • Midsoles: These lie between the outsole and insole. They aid in the dampening of skate shoes.
  • Vulcanized soles:  The beauty of vulcanized soles is that skate shoes that have them do not have to be broken in. You can use them right off the bat. They have less density in comparison to cup soles and are very flexible.
  • Cup soles:  Now, these have to be broken in but they have better stability and dampening qualities than vulcanized soles.
  • Profile soles: These offer maximum board feel/grip, cushioning, and flexibility. They are mainly suited for winter and wet seasons.

Your Feet Size

When searching for the ideal skate shoe you also have to consider the size of your feet. If you have wide feet, skate shoes with wide toe caps are your best bet. They reduce the pressure you feel on impact when you land. If you have narrow feet, you should definitely go for narrow skate shoes instead of the chunky variations. Lastly, if you have small feet, then the generic low tops are ideal for you.

In conclusion, you should skate with skate shoes, and keep your running shoes for running because your skate shoes protect your ankles, increase your skateboarding performance, offers optimal comfort, and are highly durable.

Glossary

[1] Running Shoes – Link

Can You Skateboard When It’s Windy?

skateboard when it's windy

Skateboarding[1] is a popular sport enjoyed around the world. It also serves as a means of transportation to many and doubles as an art form and source of entertainment. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert skater, you should always be careful while skating, so you don’t hurt yourself and others. As a beginner, you may find yourself asking a lot of questions about skateboarding mostly because you have little to no experience.

One of the questions you might have is: can you skateboard when it’s windy? The simple answer to this question is YES. This, however, depends on how fast the wind is blowing and how experienced you are as a skater. Most experts recommend putting off your skating for another day if the speed of the wing exceeds forty-five miles per hour. When speed begin to reach or exceed that limit, the difficulty and danger or risk of accident increases, and it is better to stay inside.

Can You Skateboard When It’s Windy?

Skateboarding can be done even when the wind is strong. But before you proceed to have your fun, there are a lot of factors to consider. These factors include;

  • The Strength Of The Wind

Wind above 40mph (ca. 64 km/h) is considered strong. Hence, is not the best weather condition for skating. At 60 mph (96.56 km/h), you cannot even go for a run without being buffeted by the wind. So skating in such weather isn’t a great idea if you don’t have a high level of experience.

If you have been skating for a long time, doing your thing in the wind this strong should be a fairly easy task for you. However, if you’re new to skateboarding, it is a bad idea for you to go out skating. A lot of things can go wrong, and people can get hurt.

  • The Direction Of The Wind

This is a very important factor to consider before running into the wind to skate. If the wind is very strong and is blowing towards you, you will lose momentum quickly. The wind will push you backwards, and slow down your speed. When the wind is blowing in your direction, it could cause you to accelerate so much that you’d be unable to control your board. When this happens, a lot of things can go wrong very fast and this would be bad.

  • Your Size/Weight

The size or weight of an individual is a very important factor in deciding whether to skate in the wind. Skateboarding at 40 mph (64.37 km/h) will not be the same for two individuals who weigh differently.

For example, if two men, with the same level of experience, but one weighing 65 kg while the other weighs 85 kg are both going against the wind, the man who weighs 85 kg will find it easier to skate against a wind that fast. Not because he is more experienced but because he weighs more than the other man. When the wind is involved, then size matters.

  • Experience

Before skateboarding in a strong wind, you must be experienced. An absolute beginner should not attempt to skate in the wind. Skating in the wind involves some level of skill and expertise and should only be done by individuals who have the required experience.

Pros and Cons of Skateboarding When It’s Windy

Pros

  • Added work out
  • It’s Fun
  • Added Experience

Cons

  • You can’t do air tricks
  • It is dangerous
  • It is tiring

Making a Wind Skateboard

If you still decide to skate in the wind, you can try skateboarding with a sail. You can create a wind skateboard by attaching a wind sail to your skateboard. To windsurf on your skateboard, you’ll need an open space and some practice to get the hang of it. You can either buy a wind sail or create one as a DIY project.

To create a DIY wind skateboard, you’ll need the following items:

  • A drill
  • A skateboard, preferably a long one
  • A truck kit
  • pneumatic tires
  • A complete windsurfing sail rig including the sail, boom, mast, mast extension, and mast base.
  • Grip tape

 

After assembling the following items your board is ready for land surfing.

Land windsurfing, also known as wind skateboarding, is dangerous if you aren’t careful as you can attain very high speeds and it is recommended that you take all precautions before attempting it

Required Safety Gear For Wind Skateboarding:

  • A helmet: A well-fitting helmet is important for prospective skateboarders to protect from potential head injuries from falls, which are a common occurrence while skating.
  • Wrist guards: As the name implies, they guard the wrists against accidents and provide support to the wrists during falls to prevent sprains and other injuries.
  • Knee pads: Knee pads to protect the knees from scrapes and bruises while skateboarding.
  • Elbow pads: Wear elbow pads to protect the elbows from scrapes and bruises while skateboarding.
  • Closed-toe shoes: Wear these shoes to protect toes from accidental bumps or stubs while skating and to prevent injury. Also, ensure the soles aren’t slippery and have enough friction to give good control while skating and prevent accidents.
  • Googles or shatterproof glasses: To protect the eyes while skating.

The ideal safe speeds for wind skateboarding depends on what surface or terrain you’re skating on as the danger of getting injured increases with the hardness of the terrain’s surface.

  • Asphalt/Concrete/Tarmac: The ideal speed for surfing on the asphalt, concrete, or tarmac is between 5 – 10 miles per hour because these surfaces are so hard that falls at walking speed are painful and dangerous, not to talk of a fall at high speed which can result in serious bruises and even broken bones.
  • Dirt/Hard sand: Dirt and hard sand isn’t as hard as asphalt and speeds ranging from 10 – 14 miles per hour are safe to land surf on
  • Grass: 17 – 20 miles per hour is an ideal range of speed for land surfing on grass as it is the least abrasive of all the terrains listed.

Make sure while land surfing you are conscious of the fundamental difference between wind skateboarding with a sail and plain skateboarding. You can attain much higher speed, which necessitates practising and mastering how to decelerate with the sail. You can slow down by either dragging your trailing foot and using it as a brake or rotating your sail to its natural position.

Other Ways To Enjoy Skateboarding When It’s Windy

  • Indoor Skateparks

Skateboarding at indoor skate parks is one of the best ways to enjoy skating if you don’t want to go out in the wind. Skateparks can help keep you in shape and improve your skateboarding skills while protecting you from the unpleasurable weather condition. However, not everyone lives close to an indoor skate park, so if going there is a challenge you can invite a couple of friends to go with and split the bill. Each skate park has its own rules and regulations, so if you’re going to a skate park, don’t forget to ask about the rules and regulations so that you don’t end up doing something they consider inappropriate.

  • Skating in a Garage or Basement

If you’re uninterested in skateboarding in the wind or going to an indoor skate park, you may consider skating in a garage or basement (either yours or a friend’s). Aside from strong winds, you may have other reasons for wanting to practise in the garage or basement. The garage or basement gives you enough privacy to hone your skateboarding skills and build your confidence. So, whether it’s the wind keeping you indoors or just lack of confidence, you can always practise in the garage (just don’t end up wrecking your parents’ car in the process).

  • Skating in Parking Garages

Parking garages are perfect for skateboarding, so if you live around one practising there is a good idea. You’ll have enough room to try out new things, skating is a fun sport and can be done anywhere.

  • Abandoned Buildings

The most important thing to note here is space. You can skate anywhere, as long as there’s enough space for you to do your thing. You can create a makeshift indoor skate park to help sharpen your skating skills. You can set it up with friends to make the skateboarding experience more memorable and fun. You could even make videos or take pictures. Always make sure to check the building for anything that may cause you to fall or hurt yourself and clear it up.

Conclusion

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert skateboarder, your major priority while skateboarding should be safety. Not just your safety, but the safety of others. If you don’t have the confidence to skateboard without causing harm to yourself, others and their properties then you certainly should try out other sports until the weather is calm enough for you to skate safely.

So to answer the question; can you skateboard when it’s windy?

YES, you can. However, if you don’t have the confidence or expertise to skate when it’s windy, you should opt for other sporting activities. Or use the opportunity to practice in enclosed spaces while attempting to get better.

Glossary

[1] Power of Skateboarding – Link

 

Jackbobo Electric Skateboard Review

Jackbobo review : Electric Skateboard Review

Since the advent of the electric skateboard, every manufacturer has battled over time to develop the best sort. Ranging from laser tagged wheels, advanced wireless controllers, longer noses and tails, laser-guided precision, bigger wheels to increase speed output, lighter weights to allow easier mobility etc.

You can almost find any variety of electric boards that will best serve your skillset, whether you want to ride for fun, you want to practice, or you’re even an expert.

Jackbobo Electric Skateboard with Remote Control 20KM/H Top Speed Dual...
  • 7-PLY MAPLE WOOD -- 7-ply rock hard maple deck with hadle design, it has better elasticity and toughness,...
  • GREAT RANGE AND SPEED -- It has two modes and speeds for beginners or advanced skaters. It also comes...
  • 250W BRUSHLESS HUB-MOTOR -- Compared with the belt drive motor, the brushless hub-motor is more reliable...

The Jackbobo E-Board is one of the most affordable skateboards you could find in the markets. It comes at a price so cheap it’s basically a giveaway for a skateboard with the specifications it has.

With an average weight of 5kg, you wouldn’t notice the weight difference if you walked around with it. The small weight makes it easier to move around without any hiccup.

Size

This special piece comes in two different sizes, the smaller 27.5″ 250watts lithium battery-powered board or the slightly bigger 35.4″ board that comes in three different colours; black, orange or red. The electric board comes with a range of 10km(about 6.2 miles) when fully charged which is reasonable for a low-cost buy. This simple powerful piece of tech can accelerate at a speed of 6.2mph and reach a top speed of 12.4mph.

A great feature of this electric board is the fact that it can function as both an electric board with juice, or as a normal skateboard without its juice, making it easier to use no matter where you decide to take it to. The deck design gives it a cool touch, with its 7- layer ply maple wood decking, increasing its elasticity and toughness.

Jackbobo Electric Skateboard with Remote Control 20KM/H Top Speed Dual...
  • 7-PLY MAPLE WOOD -- 7-ply rock hard maple deck with hadle design, it has better elasticity and toughness,...
  • GREAT RANGE AND SPEED -- It has two modes and speeds for beginners or advanced skaters. It also comes...
  • 250W BRUSHLESS HUB-MOTOR -- Compared with the belt drive motor, the brushless hub-motor is more reliable...

The board is sturdy as it can hold a weight of up to 220lbs(almost 100kg). It is fully equipped with two brake modes and two-speed modes specially adapted for beginners or even advanced skaters. So whatever skill level you are on, you sure can use his board as easily as you’d use any other. The Jackbobo electric skateboard is fitted with the reverse capability and that I can say is not easily found in the market and frankly, is a feature I find really attractive.

Its durable wheels absorb shock and provide a smooth ride. Take total control of your path and sync up the electronic skateboard with its wireless remote control made with functions to accelerate, decelerate, or engage the cruise control feature giving the rider the freedom to maintain any speed level without necessarily touching the throttle. Now, that’s bang!

Ready for this electric skateboard? Let’s have a look at its features

Jackbobo Electric Skateboard: Core Features

So far, I haven’t known any person who has found problems with the Jackbobo E-Board and for the few times I used it, I had so much love for it except it wasn’t more of my speed. But seeing the features yourself will probably help you make your decision. So here goes.

Quick Look At The Features

  • Max range of 10km
  • Top speed: 20km/h
  • 2-speed modes and 2 brake modes
  • 2200mAh Lithium battery
  • Battery charge time: 2 hours
  • Wireless remote control
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Length: 27.5”(smaller size) and 35.4”(bigger size)
  • Power: 250W
  • Wheel diameter: 2.9”

Price

I’ve seen a lot of boards that their prices hit the roof, but the Jackbobo is among those that probably won’t put a dent in your pocket. It is highly affordable so it’s actually a board almost anyone can get at a budget. The Jackbobo E-Board is pocket friendly which means you can conveniently add it to your skateboard stash.

Aesthetics

The Jackbobo E-Board was crafted to look exquisite and to withstand a lot of weight(220lbs precisely) and pressure. Its deck is made of 7-ply Maple wood with Hadley design. That’s not all; the board is really elastic and tough too. With its concave and kicktail, the rider is guaranteed an added control on the board which allows him to have more traction while riding.

Another feature that is great is how small the board is. It is small and lightweight which is a bonus. For a commuter, there are overcrowded places where your board cannot be ridden so the ideal thing to do is carry it. This task is a lot easier with lighter boards and the Jackbobo offers just that.

Max Range And Speed

I can’t say the Jackbobo E-Board has the best range or speed I’ve ever seen. It goes as fast as 20km/h and it’s maximum range is 10km which is not so great but is okay to work with.

What Comes In The Box?

  • 1 x Electric skateboard
  • 1 x  power adapter
  • 1 x wireless remote controller
  • 1 x USB charging cable
  • 1 x charging cable
  • 1 x user’s manual
Jackbobo Electric Skateboard with Remote Control 20KM/H Top Speed Dual...
  • 7-PLY MAPLE WOOD -- 7-ply rock hard maple deck with hadle design, it has better elasticity and toughness,...
  • GREAT RANGE AND SPEED -- It has two modes and speeds for beginners or advanced skaters. It also comes...
  • 250W BRUSHLESS HUB-MOTOR -- Compared with the belt drive motor, the brushless hub-motor is more reliable...

What We Like And What We Don’t

Pros

  • The board is sturdy, comes with a safety feeling
  • The size of the board makes it easy to manoeuvre with little or no effort
  • Durable wheels absorb shock easily and provide a seamless ride
  • The board is lightweight which makes it easy to carry around
  • The new reverse capability of the board makes it stand out from most E-Boards
  • The price of the board is pocket friendly (it’s cheap)

 

Cons

  • The 10km range of the board and the 20km/h top speed is not high enough, especially for speed junkies

 

Jackbobo Electric Review Summary

Overall, the Jackbobo Electric skateboard is what I would call average. It is really sturdy so you don’t have to worry about it coming apart under you(maybe except you are over 100kg).

It is definitely not the best E-Board money can buy, but for the price, it is sold at, the best cannot really be expected.

Although, I am especially surprised at how much the Jackbobo can do because I have seen and ridden terrible boards that sold for more. And I am especially impressed by its reverse capability because even some of the best boards do not have that.

Granted, it is not in the big shots league but on average, I think it is very cool for a starter board and I would give it a thumbs up. So, if you check the specs and you are cool with what the board can offer you, you sure can give it a try.

 

How Hard is it to Learn How to Skateboard? How to Start

How Hard is it to Learn How to Skateboard? How to Start

You ask how hard it is to learn how to skateboard? That’s easy.

Push. Skate. Slip. Repeat.

Skateboarding is fun. It’s a great exercise and expands your social circle. It’s a great sport altogether. But like any sport, it’s not so easy to master. There are some factors that will play into defining how good you can get at skateboarding. How much you’re willing to put in the effort, your persistence, your age, your fitness, and your guts into how quickly you can master skateboarding.

Like all professional sports, you have to start at the beginning. There’s no skipping steps, no cutting lines, and no dodging ropes. You have to learn the basics and build to the more technical styles. You can imagine tripping on your own board and still attempting to do a kickflip. You’ll just hurt yourself. So it’s paramount you take it slow.

 

How To Learn How To Skateboard

1. Take It Slow

A lot of people by default, are impatient. When they want something, they want it to happen now. You can’t possibly move from learning balance on your board to attempting to do an ollie. You won’t progress that way. Start from the beginning. Nurture your progress. Take it step by step.

The thrill of landing your first trick might want to push you into trying more technical stunts and when you fail at pulling them off, there’s a chance frustration will set in. Some skills will take you time to learn, and without properly understanding the basics, you can’t possibly pull them off.

You want to first learn what stance you’re partial to, goofy or regular. That’s step one. Then you want to proceed to learn balance. This is a step by step guide you should follow as a beginner.

  • Set up your board on a place where it won’t move. On the grass maybe
  • Become attuned to your board. Get a feel of it. Try tilting forward, backward and sideways to sense how your board reacts
  • Look for a safe spot or location where you can ride comfortably. A place without obstacles so you can avoid accidents.
  • Try your balancing again. And be sure to have gotten a hang of it before you proceed to ride
  • Use one foot to give your board a nudge. See how you feel being in motion. Once you see you’re in complete control, repeat pushing the board.

Practice frequently on riding your board. As much as possible even up to weeks. Then you can start checking out basic tricks you can practice doing. When you can master that, you can move on to the harder tricks.

 

2. Learn How To Fall

Do not assume it’s going to be smooth sailing all through. You’re going to “eat shit” at some point. There’s no escaping it. In fact, it’s one of the things you have to learn how to do. It seems funny, right? But it’s necessary. You don’t want to sustain bad injuries when you fall. It’s wise to prepare yourself for it and prevent any damages.

Essentially, you must try not to fall on your face. That’s obvious. What’s recommended is that you either slide or you roll, depending on whether you’re wearing knee pads or not. If you’re wearing knee pads, it’s better you slide and rolling when you’re not.

3. The Proper Equipment Makes a Difference

Quality over quantity, always. Nothing will frustrate you more than a failing skateboard when you’re trying so hard to make progress. A cheap board is going to prove harder to master than a quality one. Every component of a skateboard is important. If one fails, it affects the general performance.

Apart from losing zeal to learn, riding a cheap skateboard can be dangerous to you. You never know when your wheels will give way and you end up hurting yourself. Try as much as you can not to go below average.

If you have to wait a while to be able to save up to buy a good and quality skateboard, then take that time. Do not allow haste ruin skateboarding for you. Having quality equipment motivates proper learning.

 

4. Skate With Others

There’s a lot you can achieve when you work with other people compared to when you work alone. Granted, you can make progress on your own, but having people coach you will prove more useful. In that, they can teach you to avoid the mistakes they made, the tips that for t m, and even advise you when you have questions. You can learn twice as fast that way.

As long as you’re nice and eager to learn, people will be willing to help you out. Skateboarding in groups is a lot more fun too. And a bit of fun never hurts.

Another benefit of skateboarding in a company is the morale you get from watching others do what you can not do. You would want to try your best, give your all to do what they are doing. But wisdom must be applied here because watching other peoples’ progress might push you to attempt something you are not ready for. You can cause serious damage to your board or severely hurt yourself. So know when to draw the line.

5. Make And Watch Videos

A lot of people are virtual learners. They assimilate faster when they watch videos. It’s advisable(if you can manage) to video yourself practising so you can watch later. That way, you can see firsthand the errors you’ve been making and work towards fixing the problem.

If it’s something you can’t seem to figure out on your own, you can always upload the videos and ask for insight from those more experienced than you. And remember that it doesn’t have to be just videos of yourself. You can get tutorial videos off the internet and it just might help you ride or stunt better. Keep at it until you see the changes you want, remember consistency is key.

7. Ask For Advice on The Web

We live in a world where we can contact millions of people, even those we have never met, in just one click. The internet is your friend, remember that. If you’ve hit a wall, you can always look for forums where skateboarding is discussed and throw your question to the house. There are a lot of people who want to feel useful and who has the knowledge to give you the answers you need. Quora is one of the great places to seek advise on skateboarding.

You also do not have to make written inquiries. You can send in videos of your yourself and ask people to watch and enlighten you on what you’re doing wrong and how you can make the necessary corrections. Make sure your video is of high enough quality and it shows the parts of your body that needs to be viewed and corrected.

Do not hesitate to seek advice from other people who have scaled through the wall you’re trying to pass. You don’t have to figure things out al on your own. Use the web today.

8. Age And Overall Fitness

At the beginning of this post, I made mention of how beneficial it is to start learning skateboarding early enough. The younger you are, the easier it is to learn. I don’t mean young, as in 8 years of age. Nah. While that is fine, anything below 30years is fine.

Being fit enough helps a lot too. You can not compare the progress between a beginner who works out and keeps fit to one who finds it burdensome to pick up a remote control. You don’t have to be the Rock first or John Cena, just don’t be lazy. It doesn’t matter your shape or size you can pull anything off if you set you to do mind to it. And an upside to skateboarding is that it’s a great way to burn calories. It’s a form of exercise so you can have fun and keep fit all at once.

Summary

As with most things, learning how to skateboard requires patience and determination. Just try not to skip steps. Master the basics and progressively move to the more technical stuff. Learn your stance, learn to balance, learn to ride, and then learn to do the gnarly tricks.

Good equipment is proportional to stress-free learning. Try not to economize so much that you buy death on wheels. Invest in your skateboard, why, because quality is paramount.

There is a world is skateboarding. Actively participate in that world and see how much more progress you amass. Be proud of whatever progress you make and don’t go overboard on attempting new tricks.

How Long Does It Take to Learn an Ollie?

How Long Does It Take to Learn an Ollie?

There are a lot of skateboarding tricks and one of the most common is the ollie. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that as a new skateboarder, you are wondering how long it generally takes to learn an ollie. The amount of time it takes to learn how to ollie is different for different people. For some, it takes months, years even and for some others, it takes a couple of days. These set of people are those we call naturals.

Depending on how much time and effort you put into practising, on average, it takes some people about two months to learn an ollie while moving and two weeks to learn it while stationary. A sure way to learn fast is to make sure you know and master the basics first before moving to ollieing.

If you want to be good at performing skateboarding tricks, it is important you know how to do the ollie because a lot of other tricks are based on it. Comprehending how to get ollieing right is a challenge for most beginners but it is very doable and there are ways to speed up your progress too. We’ll discuss that in this article as well as the reason why ollieing might be hard for you and also the difference between popping an ollie stationary and while moving.

 

Ollieing While moving

Ollieing while in motion is a bit than doing so while stationary but it is best for mastering the trick. The reason a lot of people conclude that this method is harder is mostly born from their fear of falling off a moving board.

Doing tricks generally is always comes after you have learned how to ride. Learning how to ride means you have gone over or greatly mastered your fear of falling. If you know how to ride, doing an ollie is not difficult as people will have you believe. This is because falling is inevitable while learning skating skills and the best way to fall is to fall while in motion. That way you can control how you land so you don’t hurt your ankle or anything.

The truth is, learning an ollie while in motion takes more guts, but pulling it off means you’re making progress, not just with landing tricks but with your general riding skills. Just keep practising and watching others pull it off. You’ll get better.

Ollieing Stationary

I wouldn’t advise a beginner to practice doing an ollie stationary. Of course, you will be able to lift your board off the ground, but you won’t have that extra pizzazz you need to make a trick go from basic to awesome.

Like I mentioned previously if you attempt pulling off an ollie while stationary and you fall, you are sure to get badly injured. If you are on the move, the impact of the fall won’t rest on a single part of your body, the weight of the fall will be distributed when you roll or slide on your knee pads.

 

How Often Should You Practice an Ollie?

There’s no limit to how much you can practice. In my opinion, the more the better. The trick is just knowing when to chill and let your muscles relax and adjust to memorize the motions. If you feel the pressure of learning is becoming too much, it’s probably wise to focus on practising something else to allow your . and muscle assimilate the little it has learnt. Just don’t get frustrated enough to quit. It might seem difficult, but just keep practising.

Mastering an ollie

The two most important parts to pulling off an ollie are getting the accurate movements and having total confidence that you can pull it off.

First, you want to perfect your balance. It is important you use your core, legs, feet, shoulders, and arms to balance. Doing an ollie is just about popping your talk and sliding your front foot. Do this while you’re on a soft surface so in case you fall, you won’t hurt as bad as if you fell on concrete.

Before you proceed to kick your tail, first stand on your board and jump up and land on it. That movement will make your body get accustomed to the feeling of jumping and landing on your board. Once you feel comfy with doing that while stationary, you can proceed to do it while on the move. Here is some step by step guide to perfecting your ollie.

Stand On The Board And Bend Your Knees.

Stand on your board with your front foot in the middle and your back foot at the back edge. Slightly bend your knees in preparation to jump while keeping your shoulders level with your feet. Make sure you maintain your balance or else pulling off the trick would be near impossible.

Jump Into The Air Engaging Your Front Foot First.

Once you’re balanced, stay on the balls of your feet and crouch. Once you have crouched down, the next thing is to spring back up to take your weight off the board and allow it to lift off from the ground. When you jump up, try to put more weight on your front foot first and then doing the same to your back foot.

Kick Down On The Rear Of Your Board As You Jump.

As soon as you feel your weight lift off the board, push down on the back of the board with your back foot. Do this so that you only lift the board and not your body.

Slide Your Front Foot As Soon As You Start To Jump.

With the same technique you’ve been using, slide your foot towards the top end of your board, just as you get your board up and kick it back down. As you slide your foot along it, the front of your board should thrust up. At this point, you should be at the highest point of your jump and your foot should be hitting the top of your board.

Yank Your Knees Up Towards Your Chest.

The height your board can reach is directly proportional to the height of your feet, so you’ll need to pull your knees upwards as you jump. Your ollie can only be as high as you can lift your feet.

Levelling Your Board.

After you slide your foot to lift your board the next thing is to level out your board. Once the front of your board reaches its highest point, push your foot forward into your board. This will cause the front of the board to lower down and will raise up the back, elevating the whole board into the air and causing it to straighten up.

Sticking A Proper Landing.

Landing properly is the important finish. Landing wrongly could cause you to get hurt and might also damage your board so you got to get it right. In order to avoid snapping your board in half, you need to maintain balance on your board.

On your descent, extend your feet and start to straighten your legs moving them over the wheels of the board. This will provide you balance and enable you to bend your knees ever so slightly so you can absorb some of the shocks.

 

Is it Hard to Learn An Ollie?

At this point, this question should be personal to you. If you have learnt the basics of skateboarding, then landing the ollie is not really hard. Doing the ollie is not something you could possibly get on your first try so it will take some practice and lots of determination.

Your learning this trick fast depends on how much time and effort you put into practising how to get it right. Your first day trying might be tough, just keep at it.

Conclusion

There is something about general sports and that is every one progresses at their own pace. Do not beat yourself up if there’s some other guy at the skate park who started out the same time as you and is now popping tricks here and there. He just learns faster than you and that is not at all your fault. Especially if you work as hard as him. Just give it your best and soon, you’ll get there.

Don’t practice 1 hour a day and expect to progress as fast as the guy who practices 3 hours every day. It just doesn’t work that way. And if learning the ollie is a battle for you, it might do you good to try out some easier tricks first.

Good luck popping your first ollie!