Can You 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