Skateboard for Beginner Adults – 20 Must Read Tips

Skateboard for Beginner Adults

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

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

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

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

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

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

Skateboard for Beginner Adults tips

Skateboard Tip #1: Skateboard Balance

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

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

It’s all about finding your balance.

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

 

Skateboard Tip #2: Pick the Right Width

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Skateboard Tip #4: Pick the Right Wheels

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

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

 

Skateboard Tip #5: a little about trucks

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

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

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

 

Brands    Their SizeAxle Width (inches) Deck Width (inches)
Independent215109.75 upward
Independent1698.98.75 – 9.75
Independent1498.58.25 – 8.75
Independent13987.75 – 8.25
Thunder1498.58.25 – 8.4
Thunder14787.9 – 8.2
Thunder1437.1257.6

 

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

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

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

skateboard for beginners

Skateboard Tip #7: Know your Bearings

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

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

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

 

Skateboard Tip #8: Use standard bushings

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

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

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

 

Skateboard Tip #9: Is Cruising Your Thing?

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

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

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

 

Skateboard Tip #10: What Riser Pads to Choose

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

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

 

Skate tip #11: Get some Grip Tape

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

 

Skateboard Tip #12: Picking the Right Brand

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

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

 

Skateboard Tip #13: Protective Gear is a Must

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

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

 

Skateboard Tip #14; Blank Deck or Graphic Deck?

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

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

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

Skateboard Tip #15: Spend less on your First Skateboard

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Skateboard Tip #18: Getting a Complete Setup

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

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

 

Skateboard Tip #19: Buying your Skateboard

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Skateboards for Beginner Adults

Final Thoughts

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

Don’t forget to wear your protective gear.

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

 

Is Skateboarding Beneficial And Safe For Kids?

Is Skateboarding Beneficial And Safe For Kids? - Best Skateboards

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

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

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

What Age Is Safe For Kids To Start Skateboarding?

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

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

Proper Safety Gear

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

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

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

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

 

Safe Places To Ride a Skateboard for Kids.

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

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

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

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

Riding Safely.

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

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

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

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

 

Benefits Of Skateboarding For Kids.

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

So here are some benefits your kid gets from skateboarding.

  1. Teaches Patience, Practice and Consequence.

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

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

  1. They Make New Friends.

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

  1. Gives Them Room to Workout.

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

  1. A Great Way to Relieve Stress.

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

  1. It Teaches Them Perseverance And Physical Endurance.

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

  1. It Is Fun

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

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

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

Does Skateboarding Help You Snowboard?

Does Skateboarding Help You Snowboard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep reading and find out.

Skateboarding Versus Snowboarding; Comparisons

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

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

Here are some comparisons between both;

  • Stance and Balance

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Riding Skill

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

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

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

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

  • Turning and Curving

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

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

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

  • Cost and Accessibility

Snowboarding is a lot more expensive compared to skateboarding.

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

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

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

  • Hazards

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

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

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

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

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

  • Skill Transfer

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

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

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

A lot of skills transfer from skating to snowboarding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Skateboard Tricks Fail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Progress Faster In Skateboarding

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

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

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

Types of Skateboarding

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

Riding Styles

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

Skateboarding Safety Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preparing Your Practice Sessions

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

Pre Practicing Technique I: Stretching

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

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

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

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

Pre Practicing Technique II: Visualisation

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

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

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

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

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

Overcoming Frustration

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

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

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

Dealing with Frustration

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

 

Secrets of How To Progress Faster In Skateboarding

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

The Attitude of Great Skateboarders

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

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

Anything Is Possible

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

There Is No Competition

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

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

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

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

Set Goals and set deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

Can You Push With Your Front Foot On A Skateboard

Can You Push With Your Front Foot On A Skateboard

When you push with your front foot on a skateboard it is referred to as ‘Mongo pushing’. It tаkеѕ mоrе tіmе tо get іntо a proper роѕіtіоn and уоu’ll have less bаlаnсе bесаuѕе the center of уоur ѕkаtеbоаrd dесk рrоvіdеѕ lеѕѕ ѕtаbіlіtу. Prореr рuѕhіng mеаnѕ you рut your frоnt fооt near thе front оf уоur truсkѕ (nеаr the bolts). Thеn уоu uѕе your back foot (and leg) tо рuѕh уоurѕеlf fоrwаrd.

Now fоr mоngо, іt’ѕ a dіffеrеnt ѕtоrу. It’s unclear whеrе thе рhrаѕе саmе frоm but уоu dоn’t hаvе to have a wіld іmаgіnаtіоn to knоw whаt it means.

When уоu рuѕh mongo уоu рlасе your back feet nеаr the center of your bоаrd and uѕе уоur front foot tо рuѕh. In order tо gеt back іntо position уоu need tо place уоur frоnt fооt on уоur bоаrd, while sort оf ѕіmultаnеоuѕlу moving уоur back fооt tо your tаіl . Stіll fоllоwіng?

It tаkеѕ a lot longer thаn gеttіng іntо a normal stance. It’s not all bаd, уоu can unlearn аnd thеrе аrе a few advantages if уоu ѕtаrtеd оut pushing уоur skateboard this wау. It’ѕ nоt оnlу about thе time іt takes to gеt оn your board, so lеt’ѕ tаkе a сlоѕеr look.

The Advаntаgе оf Puѕhіng Mоngо

Let’s ѕtаrt wіth thе advantages bесаuѕе even though pushing mongo іѕ frоwnеd uроn, you’ll hаvе a much еаѕіеr tіmе lеаrnіng to rіdе fаkіе! You рuѕh mоngо аnd then when уоu hаvе еnоugh ѕрееd уоu оnlу hаvе tо рlасе уоur front foot nеаr thе truсk bоltѕ and bасk foot оn уоur tаіl. So nоw уоu’rе rіdіng fаkе lіkе it’s second nаturе.

Riding switch wіll аlѕо bе a bit lеѕѕ аwkwаrd іn thе bеgіnnіng. Yоu аlrеаdу рuѕh with your frоm fооt ѕо уоu оnlу have to рlасе уоur back foot a little mоrе tо the frоnt оf уоur board. Thеn you оnlу have tо рut your frоnt foot оn your tаіl. Steering wіll ѕtіll fееl a bіt odd but practice mаkеѕ реrfесt.

Tо bе fair, thе benefits dоn’t outweigh the cons.

 

The Cоnѕ

Pushing mongo іѕn’t very efficient, there аrе a couple of disadvantages thаt аrеn’t аlwауѕ too оbvіоuѕ. You nееd ԛuісk access to уоur tail соnѕtаntlу whеn уоu рuѕh around. Yоu nееd it tо оllіе, kickturn, hop cracks, аvоіd ѕmаll rосkѕ etc.

If уоu рuѕh rеgulаr this wіll be much easier because іt juѕt tаkеѕ less tіmе tо get іn thе rіght position. You оnlу have tо hаvе to tаkе your back fооt off and оn your tаіl. Mоngо rеԛuіrеѕ a fеw еxtrа steps аnd ѕоmе саn even be a bіt rіѕkу. If it takes longer tо gеt іntо a рrореr аnd ѕtаblе роѕіtіоn, you can’t deal fаr as fast wіth unexpected еvеntѕ. Yоu hаvе lеѕѕ tіmе tо react аnd уоu рrоbаblу experienced this уоurѕеlf аlrеаdу.

Alѕо, wеіght dіѕtrіbutіоn аnd center оf gravity come іntо рlау. Yоur ѕtаtіоnаrу bасk fооt is bеtwееn thе mіddlе оf уоur bоаrd аnd tаіl. It makes the rіdе unstable and bесоmеѕ more арраrеnt аt grеаtеr ѕрееdѕ. It’ѕ аlѕо way hаrdеr tо mаkе corrections whеn something or ѕоmеоnе іѕ іn уоur path. уоu don’t have these issues whеn you рuѕh nоrmаl. Your frоnt fооt is placed nеаr the bоltѕ of thе front truсkѕ whісh give уоu muсh mоrе ѕtаbіlіtу.

Skаtеbоаrd Stаnсе

Most skateboarders rіdе rеgulаr оr gооfу. Goofy means уоur rіght fооt in frоnt and rеgulаr mеаnѕ уоu рuѕh уоur ѕkаtеbоаrd with your left foot іn frоnt. Mongo pushers саn bе both rеgulаr аnd goofy ѕkаtеrѕ but juѕt never learned how tо рuѕh a board рrореrlу.

It’s juѕt whаt уоu рrеfеrrеd when you fіrѕt ѕtаrtеd ѕkаtеbоаrdіng, mауbе іt wаѕ еаѕіеr or fеlt mоrе stable, іn thе lоng run, іt’ѕ gоіng to саtсh uр.

Even Sоmе of thе Bеѕt Skateboarders Puѕhеd Mongo

Sоmе of thе mоѕt stylish and tаlеntеd skaters ѕtаrtеd оff рuѕhіng mоngо. But while thеу ѕtаrtеd out as mоngо pushers, thеу соrrесtеd thеіr pushing рrоblеm. Aѕ a рrо, уоu rеаllу саn’t get away wіth рuѕhіng with уоur frоnt fооt аnd can make оr brеаk your career. Stуlе іѕ іmроrtаnt аnd mоngо looks wеіrd.

Bіll Dаnfоrth

Bіll Dаnfоrth is рrоbаblу thе most infamous mоngо рuѕhеr аnd wаѕ also notorious fоr hіѕ рumріng ѕtуlе. He was аlѕо саllеd ‘thе Nоmаd’ аnd оldеr skaters ѕоmеtіmеѕ ѕtіll rеfеr to hіѕ ѕtуlе аnd саll mоngо рuѕhіng ‘рuѕhіng Dan’.

Rаndу Colvin

Randy Colvin’s раrt іn Two World Induѕtrіеѕ Men (1990) сlеаrlу ѕhоwѕ hіѕ mоngо pushing ѕtуlе. Even though he showed ѕоmе gnarly ѕkаtіng, іt’ѕ just ѕtrаngе tо ѕее a ѕkаtеr аt thаt lеvеl push with hіѕ front fооt. Fаkіе nоѕе grіndѕ оf rаіlѕ, wallride tо nоllіе аrе thіngѕ уоu dоn’t еxресt frоm a mоngо рuѕhеr. I dоn’t think you can gеt аwау wіth it this dау, but thе stuff hе ѕhоwеd in the еаrlу 90’s wаѕ іmрrеѕѕіvе.So how dо you stop рuѕhіng mongo?

Tоm Pеnnу

Prоbаblу оnе оf thе mоѕt surprising nаmеѕ оn this lіѕt іѕ Tom Penny. Tоm was a mongo рuѕhеr when hе started оut. Thеrе іѕ supposed tо bе a video ѕоmеwhеrе whісh ѕhоwѕ hіm рuѕhіng with his frоnt foot, can’t fіnd іt, unfortunately. Tom іѕ a lеgеnd аnd ѕооn corrected his stance.

Chrіѕ Cole

Chrіѕ Cole? Fоr rеаl? Yеаh, еvеn Chrіѕ Cole ѕtаrtеd out рuѕhіng uѕіng his frоnt fооt. Chris іѕ оnе оf mу fаvоrіtе ѕkаtеbоаrdеrѕ, not just because of hіѕ mаd ѕkіllѕ but he’s just a grеаt guу. In the dосumеntаrу Mоtіvаtіоn 2, Jamie Thоmаѕ nоtеd that hе оnсе told Chris to ѕtаrt pushing like a regular (оr goofy) ѕkаtеbоаrdеr if he wants tо advance his саrееr.

 

Ignоrе thе Hесklеrѕ

If you don’t feel lіkе lеаrnіng to рuѕh in a normal wау, thаt’ѕ fіnе! I gеt thаt ѕоmеtіmеѕ уоu саn fееl рrеѕѕurеd bу your peers аnd people hесklіng уоu for riding mongo. I pushed thіѕ way fоr уеаrѕ аnd nоbоdу cared аt аll, аt lеаѕt where I’m frоm. Nоbоdу thought there wаѕ аnуthіng wrong wіth іt, juѕt a bіt dіffеrеnt.

I dесіdеd to dо something аbоut it because I juѕt wаntеd tо rіdе mоrе efficiently and nоtісеd I hаd trоublе kееріng mу balance іn соnfіnеd ѕрасеѕ. I’m glаd I dіd though! Also, even ѕоmе аrе рrоѕ switch between mоngо ѕtуlе аnd normal.

If реорlе gіvе уоu сrар аbоut your pushing ѕtуlе іt’ѕ рrоbаblу best tо ignore thеm, уоu dо you! It’s juѕt lіkе thаt mall grаb thing, nоbоdу cares except fоr posers. Sеrіоuѕlу, whу dо people care? Aѕ fаr as I’m соnсеrnеd уоu gо rіdе thе streets іn уоur Trаѕhеr ѕhіrt, рuѕhіng mоngо аnd whеn уоu’rе dоnе grаb your truсkѕ tо carry уоur bоаrd around. Don’t сhаngе your ѕtуlе just tо fіt in.

Hоw tо Stop Puѕhіng With Your Front Foot on a Skateboard

I used tо рuѕh mоngо because it wаѕ just thе wау I learned to ѕkаtе as a kіd. It never оссurrеd to mе that іt’ѕ a tеrrіblу іnеffісіеnt wау tо рuѕh a ѕkаtеbоаrd. I fоrсеd mуѕеlf not tо рuѕh mоngо, соnѕtаntlу repeating that tо mуѕеlf when I dіd it аgаіn. It’ѕ nоt еаѕу to get rіd оf ѕоmеthіng thаt’ѕ so dеерlу wіrеd іntо уоur brain.

So how dо you stop рuѕhіng mongo?

I started by juѕt сruіѕіng a smooth street or раvеmеnt, thіѕ way іt mаdе іt a bit easier tо fосuѕ. It wаѕ hard at first bесаuѕе іt juѕt fеlt unnatural аnd іt wаѕ very awkward. I fеlt I lооkеd lіkе a bеgіnnеr and was a bіt еmbаrrаѕѕеd tо be hоnеѕt. It dіdn’t take very lоng bеfоrе іt gоt better. One thіng that hеlреd wаѕ tо lean оn my knее wіth my hand, ѕоmеhоw it mаdе mе fееl mоrе соmfоrtаblе. In ѕhоrt, hеrе’ѕ what tо do whеn you want tо ѕtор pushing mоngо:

  • Fіnd a ѕmооth rоаd/раvеmеnt/ѕіdеwаlk аnd ѕtаrt рuѕhіng nоrmаl
  • Uѕе уоur hаnd (lеft оr rіght, dереndѕ оn your stance) аnd lean оn your knее оnсе you fееl a bit mоrе соmfоrtаblе.
  • Tаkе іt ѕlоw, уоur bаlаnсе mіght bе a bit оff.
  • Fоrсе yourself every tіmе to push normal when уоu push mоngо. Gеt оff thе board and get in thе proper роѕіtіоn.

You’ll ѕооn rеар the bеnеfіtѕ when уоu vіѕіt your lосаl ѕkаtераrk. Aftеr a whіlе, you dоn’t wаnt tо gо bасk.

Conclusion

Puѕhіng mоngо has a lot оf dіѕаdvаntаgеѕ but уоu ѕhоuldn’t change your ѕtуlе bесаuѕе реорlе dоn’t like hоw іt lооkѕ. Do іt fоr thе right rеаѕоnѕ аnd ѕtаrt рrасtісіng. Yоu’ll bе рuѕhіng ‘nоrmаl’ in nо tіmе dереndіng on how long уоu’vе bееn dоіng it.

Nоw if you wаnt tо become a рrо, уоu really ѕhоuld ѕtор рuѕhіng wіth your front fооt. Sоmе got аwау with іt іn thе early 90ѕ, but thоѕе dауѕ аrе lоng gоnе. Skаtеbоаrdіng has come a long wау ѕіnсе thеn аnd the rіѕе оf Instagram аnd Yоutubе demand thаt уоu ѕkаtе wіth ѕtуlе оr уоu can fоrgеt аbоut a following.

Aѕ fоr mе. I саn ѕtіll rіdе faster when I push mоngо and іt рrоbаblу is bесаuѕе I dіd it for a very long tіmе. I dоn’t regret rеlеаrnіng how tо push but іt was a bіt embarrassing sometimes.

Nowadays, I rіdе fakie lіkе a boss, ѕо there’s thаt!

How to Choose Best Skateboard Wheels for Street & Cruising

Best Skateboard Wheels for Street

Getting back to skateboarding recently after a 10-year break meant I had to know my wheels and boards all over again so with my decision to take up the sport once more, I had to do some research.

 

The kind of skateboard you pick depends a lot on how often you skate, locations you frequent and your general style. For wheels, the type of truck and its diameter will determine the type of wheels to get.

The performance of your wheels is critical, so while the technical stuff can be boring, it is vital information.

 

The Best Wheels Under Different Circumstances

The location you are skating on determines the performance of your wheels. Cruisers require different wheels same as street skaters and vert skaters. There really is no type of wheel that is great for everything.

Now to the good stuff!

Street Wheels

So what are the best skateboard wheels for street? Street wheels are designed with a smaller diameter between 49mm and 53mm. Street skating requires skateboards with small components for easy manoeuvrability and quicker response.

Wheels for street skating also require harder wheels of 99A and 101A. Softer wheels will have your skateboard bouncing all over the place as you perform tricks.

 

Skateboard  Wheels for Mini Ramps

Go for large diameter wheels for mini ramps, 54mm preferably. You may go below at 53mm or above if you wish. When purchasing mini ramps, look for:

  • 96A to 101A durometer or 82B.
  • Conical shaped wheels with a soft texture and round lips.

 

Wheels for Bowl Skating

A large diameter will help you maintain speed when skating Bowl though this type of skating is strenuous. To use bigger wheels, try to get an old school deck. Bowl skating also requires suitable bearings such as Bones Swiss which is affordable and durable.

 

Skateboard Wheels for Cruising

For cruise skating, something over 60mm will suit you nicely. Anything smaller will accelerate quickly but won’t roll for long. My cruiser wheel guide will show you wheels that are perfect for cruising.

Riser pads are helpful too in preventing wheel bites.

Your cruiser wheels should have:

 

  • A diameter of at least 60mm
  • Softer wheels with 96A durometer
  • Large contact patch

You can make your wheels more lightweight by replacing them with plastic.

 

Skateboard Wheels for Concrete Skate Parks

Skating on concrete will require you to get 53mm-54mm wheels with the durometer around 96A and 101A. Wheels should conical shape with round lips.

 

Skateboard Wheels for Cruising and Tricks

If you want to combine cruising around and doing occasional tricks, your wheels should be between hard and soft that lets you pop your deck and still ride smoothly.

Look out for:

  • The durometer of 86A and 95A
  • Diameter somewhere between 54 mm and 56 mm

 

Skateboard Wheels for Transition Skateboarding

A good transition skateboard ought to have about the same features of skatepark wheels. Durometer should be around 96A and 101A with a range of 53mm and 54mm or in between. Spitfire, Ricta, and Bones are the brands to look for.

Skateboard Wheels for Transition Skating

Soft wheels will do. Anything other than soft wheels is uncomfortable and noisy. Ask the salesperson for a way to reduce vibrations to prevent tingly sensations and limit the likelihood of falling.

 

Skateboard Wheels suitable for skating coarse surfaces

  • Soft wheels with a durometer between 78a and 87A.
  • Square lipped wheels
  • Threaded wheels.
  • Large contact patch.

 

One Wheel to Rule Them All

As impressive as the prospect sounds, there is no such thing as a wheel that anything and everything a skater could think of. You can’t perform all the tricks there are and still cruise home smoothly. Check out Bones All-Terrain Formula if you’re a skater that likes to do everything without having to swap. An ideal Wheel will have a diameter between 53mm and 55mm.

 

Skateboard Wheel Technology

Here we would learn the anatomy of skateboard wheels

  • Flat spots are checked using urethane flat-spot machines.
  • A wheel abrasion machine designed to simulate long use checks durability.
  • Concentricity testers are used to test wobbles and smoothness.
  • A dynamometer tests the wheel speed.

 

Choosing the Right Wheel Height and Diameter

Diameter makes a huge difference when it comes to wheels. The large diameter will give you speed. Smaller wheels help will you to execute tricks as they are lighter. The diameter of wheels is measured in millimetres (mm), from 48mm to 60mm. For longboard and cruiser, wheels are up to 75mm.

Small wheels are lower in size, great for acceleration but they won’t go fast. They are perfect for street and skate parks but not vert and larger bowls.

 

Medium Sized Wheels

These are between 53 MM and 59 MM. Go for an average diameter if you are a beginner. This is still suitable for street skating, verts and ramps.

 

Large Wheels 60 MM

Large wheels are good for longboards and old school boards but not street decks. With these, you will get a grip, speed and momentum, but they have low durometer.

 

Small Wheels vs. Large Wheels

Small wheels will not go over obstacles as easily as large wheels. Larger diameter means the larger distance between your board’s tail and the ground. Unlike small wheels though, it is harder to flip your deck due to weight.

 

Low, Mid, and High Trucks and Maximum Wheel Size

Lack of standard in the industry is to blame in this case as there three standard heights. Most brands, however, prefer to refer to their trucks as high or low even when they are really in between. Get high trucks if your wheels are above 53mm and leave it at 53mm if your trucks are low. Choose 60mm wheels for mid trucks.

 

Picking the Right Wheel Hardness (Durometer)

Durometer is a made-up word by scientist Albert Ferdinand Shore from the Shore durometer machine used for measuring the hardness of materials. It will go up to 100 depending on how hard your wheels are and vice versa.

 

Difference Between A & B Durometer Ratings

Durometer A scales do not cover the entire range of skateboard wheel hardness, unlike durometer B scale, meaning that anything over durometer 95A is hard to measure accurately.

Brands nevertheless stick to durometer A as skaters are more familiar with it. C and D scales also exist, but skateboard wheels use just A and B.

Durometer A skateboard wheels between 78A and 87A

Soft wheels are usually under durometer A (87A), giving them grip on rough surfaces. This makes them suitable for longboards and cruisers.

 

Soft Wheels

These are between 88A and 95A. They are great for cruising and will move effortlessly through cracks and rocks. They have lesser grip though.

Hard Wheels

These are between 96A and 99A and are the hardest available on the A scale. Ideal for street and park skating, they are the most common on the market.

101A+ Wheels

101A+ will do very well on rough and slick surfaces. They are so hard they do not exist on the scale. Experienced skaters and pros mostly use 101A+ wheels.

 

Durometer B wheels between 83b and 84b

The Shore Durometer B wheels are the hardest on the B scale. Durometer B wheels are right for high speed and quick acceleration but not ideal for slippery or rough surfaces. B wheels are used by experienced technical skateboarders and pros alike. They are also great for street and skate parks.

Contact Patch

The surface determines the contact patch of your wheels you skate. Contact patch evenly distributes your weight, meaning that a small contact patch will send the weight to your wheels.

Pressure on the urethane will reduce your momentum. Never substitute your longboard wheels for a regular skateboard and vice versa.

The importance of your contact patch is such that a large contact patch will give you more grip and reduces rolling resistance.

 

Shape and Width of the Wheel

Narrow Outline Wheels

These are designed for technical skating. Less contact with the ground means more responsive thanks to a small lip radius. This is most likely the most common wheel.

Wide Wheels

Wide wheels have large contact patch that makes them great for skateparks, verts and bowls and speed skateboarding. Heavy wheels mean they are difficult to get off the ground for technical moves, but they are stable.

Classic Shapes

Classic shaped wheels will give you a smooth ride plus speed, momentum and grip. They are bouncy and hard to control, making them ideal for cruiser boards. Make sure your wheels have this shape if you are looking to get a smooth ride.

Conically Shaped Wheels

These are wider from the core to the outer edge allowing the contact patch to be wider with less weight. They will support tricks and street or park skating.

Lip Radius

While I have scarcely heard of it before, research helped me discover that lip radiuses are the piece between the side of your wheel and the contact patch.

Most skateboarders require round lipped wheels because they are suited to street, vert, bowl and park skating.

Square lips will give you more grip and make pushing effortless. Skaters who like to cruise will enjoy square lip wheels immensely.

 

Wheel Texture

Your wheels will feel sticky or smooth depending on the urethane formula. While the texture differs, most wheels are made from polyurethane.

Sticky wheels have more grip as they can stick to surfaces and will offer a smooth ride though they are not precisely very responsive.

Threaded wheels are wheels that are made of a threaded structure. They are good for riding over an obstacle and also suitable for rough surfaces.

 

Wheel Core

Cores are minute details of wheels you rarely think are essential. They initiate the performance of wheels and have a couple of different types. Regular wheels have a small ledge that prevents your bearings from shifting. Plastic cores, on the other hand, boost your bearings’ performance.

 

Reliable Brands

Reliable brands for quality wheels have formulas such as STF, Formula Four, SPF and ATF. These refer to the components or mixture that goes into production or the purpose for which the wheel is designed. Many brands make their wheels out polyurethane. Any material except these means you ought to run in the opposite direction. There is, however, the science behind the fact that they don’t all use the same material.

 

Spitfire

Spitfires are the most popular wheels on the market today. They are designed with a durometer range of 99A and 101A. The key features of Spitfire wheels are that they don’t have flat spots. Your wheel won’t show signs of wear and tear even when you slide.

 

  • Spitfire Formula Four Classic

These feature standard narrow profile, meaning responsiveness and speed due to small contact patch. Sliding is also more comfortable with this type of wheel.

  • Spitfire Formula Four Classic Full

Large contact patch makes it suitable for sliding at higher speeds. They are slightly wider than the classics.

  • Spitfire Formula Four Conical

Its shape makes it lighter and responsive. This is due to removable urethane.

  • Formula Four Conical Full

The wheels are designed to provide more stability, making it like the classic full. If you are not hesitant around mini ramps, then its wide contact patch is perfect for you.

  • Formula Four Radials

These are solely for transition skateboarding. Its wheels have a wide contact patch that won’t compromise speed.

  • Formula Four Radial Slim

They are similar to the former but with narrower contact patch. They are also faster and slimmer.

  • Formula Four Lock-Ins

Conical shaped wheels but with a difference in the edge which helps in lock-ins and provides more control.

 

Bones

Bones are side by side with Spitfires in terms of durability and quality. With high-quality wheels for every type of skateboarder, they are a famous brand with STF wheels.

Bones wheels have wheels of up to 100A hardness in durometer for street skating and SPF wheels with durometer of 83B and 84B.

Their solid formula does not show signs of flat spots and the quality materials that go into its production help all Bones wheels keep their shape and size for a long time.

 

Bones STF Wheels – Street Tech Formula

  • Bones STF V1

Are all-round wheels built for street skating? Its sturdy build means they last long and endure harsh surfaces.

  • Bones STF V2

Are great for curbs and rails as they slide and lock in easily. They are also light and nearly weightless.

  • Bones STF V3

Are lightweight pro wheels perfect for sliding?

  • Bones STF V4

Have very flat spot proof and are all-around wheels with the larger surface patch. They are very flat spot proof!

  • Bones STF V5

Are specially designed for long grinds and slides. They are fast and light, making them good for momentum and vert/bowl skating.

  • Bones SPF P1

Built with narrow wheels that make them responsive, these are perfect for technical skateboarders.

  • Bones SPF P3

Wheels are a bit wider than the P2. This allows for maximum stability (as far as wheels can provide). If you skate at high speeds and you are looking for something to keep you stable while you ride, then consider these wheels.

  • Bones SPF P4

P4 wheels are designed to be like P1 for technical park skaters. P4s provide perfect and excellent support for a bowl and vert skating, making them a great all-around transition wheel.

  • Bones SPF P5

These wheels are specifically designed for the hardcore bowl and vert skaters. It’s designed to make it great for locking your grinds and slides on-ramps and other surfaces.

 

Mini Logo

This is the wheel to buy when you are on a budget. They provide A-cut wheels plus C-cut wheels for bowl skating, vert skating and street skating respectively. They are perfect for beginners but will not last as long as Bones or Spitfire.

 

 

 

 

What Skateboard Should A Beginner Get

What Skateboard Should A Beginner Get

Getting the right skateboard is not all that difficult if you know the types of skateboards that are available and their different characteristics. The key thing is to understand what types of skateboards are often used,  what makes one better at one thing and less suitable for the other?

So what skateboard should a beginner get? For technical skateboarding, choose a Popsicle skateboard. If your desire is to get a skateboard more suited to a portable commuter ride in crowded places, then a cruiser is your best bet. Go for a longboard if you want to ride long distances with little effort.

Difference

With every recreational activity comes equipment to make them possible. This equipment varies in design, colour and sizes that make them suitable for different individuals of all ages. Skateboards are not left out.

To non-skateboard enthusiasts, every skateboard is just a two by four with wheels attached. Taking note of the difference is almost impossible simply because they don’t care.

This article will provide firsthand knowledge of the different types of skateboards there mostly the types commonly seen on the streets.

Finding the right kind of skateboard to suit one’s style can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you are a beginner. I will not just acquaint you details of key features to look out for when choosing a skateboard but also the pros and cons of every type.

For a quality skateboard, what should you look out for?

 

Skateboard Types and their Styles

This article will briefly cover the most popular types and styles of skateboards. It is pretty standard for beginners to look for a longboard, a cruiser or a regular Popsicle skateboard when getting the right board.

Before you decide on a particular board, you need to identify what purposes your skateboard or longboard is going to serve. Perhaps you need something for cruising around a bit without having to do technical tricks. Your preference could be cruising longer distances or simply riding downhill. You may want a skateboard for tricks alone.

 

Keep reading, and this article will take you on a ride of information!

Popsicle Skateboard

Popsicle skateboards are popular on the skateboard market. It is the most common type of skateboard, specially designed for technical tricks. The wheels of a Popsicle skateboard are different from that of regular wheels, so they need to be changed to proper wheels if you are using Popsicle skateboard for cruising.

Over 50% of skateboards you see at the average departmental store are Popsicle skateboards.

To the pros and cons, Popsicle skateboards come in different sizes and vary from kids’ sizes of 6.5″ up to 10″ wide. 8.25” are ideal if you’re on the big side but 8.0″ are more common to find for Popsicle skateboards. It is okay to change sizes often if you choose as long as you are comfortable riding a regular skateboard.

Why a Popsicle skateboard?

It is the perfect board for jumping over obstacles, flip tricks and the occasional ride to your local skate park. You will get a standard Popsicle skateboard for $70 but be prepared to spend at most $130 for a Popsicle skateboard of high-quality.

Pros of Popsicle skateboards

  • You get to learn tricks quickly and comfortably
  • It is way cheaper than a cruiser or longboard
  • Portability

While it is considered by some to be a sport, skateboarding is recreational but with enough creativity to be called an art. This is, in fact, the opinion of some skateboard enthusiasts.

Starting as a beginner in skateboarding is difficult, challenging and frustrating. The average expert skater will tell you how many times they felt like quitting as beginners.

To be a flawless skater takes countless sessions of practice and a lot of consistency. It also takes a couple of scrapes and bruises, as you progress, but the feeling of executing those awing tricks you saw at your local skate park is priceless.

 

Cons of Popsicle skateboards

Like real Popsicle sticks, Popsicle skateboards are easily damaged courtesy of regular grinding against ramps and other surfaces. This means that deck parts, wheels will need to be replaced regularly.

The quality of your deck and your expertise with skateboards will determine how often you replace. All parts on a skateboard can be replaced, so you are good to go.

  • Parts need to be replaced regularly due to tricks
  • Technical to use
  • Unsuitable for cruising long distances
  • Wear and tear on your shoes

 

Popsicle skateboards are not for beginners or persons with zero ideas of skateboarding. This means that riding a Popsicle skateboard is going to be a challenge if you’ve never stepped on a skateboard before.

Popsicles are small in size compared to longboards, making them difficult to control and manoeuvre. Practice will help you learn the peculiarities of the Popsicle skateboard.

Once you are determined to master riding a Popsicle skateboard, it doesn’t take long to get comfortable on it.

Be prepared for your shoes to show signs of wear and tear. Also be ready to have little chunks taken out of your wallet for replacement of decks, wheels, skate shoes et cetera.

This may seem inconsequential compared to flawlessly executing that trick, but it’s an unavoidable part of skateboarding. The quality of your gear will determine their durability as you practice.

Note that there is a reason why popsicles are designed for technical uses. They are best for zipping around a skate park or up and around ramps, staircases; but that is all there is to it. It is not advisable to take your Popsicle skateboard on a cruise to the other side of town.

 

Longboard

My skateboard background made riding a used longboard super awesome as it was a whole new ball game entirely.

The difference is amazing. Riding with the soft summer breeze whipping past is not just therapeutic but divine. My local town has some great bike lanes to make this experience just perfect.

What’s the big deal about longboards?

While they are growing fast and steadily gaining popularity on the market, longboards are not very common compared to Popsicle skateboards.

Also, unlike the technical Popsicle skateboards, longboards are 100% suitable for beginners. The average beginner is ideally not interested in pulling off tricks. So if you want to get comfortable on a skateboard by cruising long distances, a longboard will serve this purpose well.

Longboards will let you practice or perform skills, but they are limited, unlike your regular skateboard. Styles you execute without difficulty on a longboard are freestyle, dancing, bombing hills, et cetera.

Longboards are on the market in various shapes and sizes to suit different needs. Even better, interested skaters can start their longboard experience on any kind of longboard available.

Beginners are also in consideration as some longboards are beginner-friendly. As long as you are not down hilling, longboards, in general, are just perfect for you.

Skateboarding is addictive and thoroughly enjoyable for skaters. Whether beginner or expert, skateboarding is bound to get you hooked. You would need boards that can do more within short periods. A used board is preferable if you want to practice on a longboard.

Why should you buy a longboard?

Longboards can take the demands of long-distance rides. Just keep going. Some skaters find a smaller skateboard intimidating or even inadequate.

If you are in this category, then go for a longboard. Its board is designed to be large and wide, making it beginner-friendly and super easy to balance on.

Longboards require minimal effort to manoeuvre and do not require a lot to maintain and speed.

Another exciting feature of longboards is that they are durable thanks to its intended purpose by manufacturers.

Not having to absorb the jarring impact from grinding against hard surfaces, kickflips and the like, longboards have a certified likelihood of lasting longer than Popsicle skateboards.

Your Vans, Converse and other skate shoes also last longer when you are using longboards which means you do not have to purchase new months every three months.

Those cheap, low-quality canvas shoes are sure to last on longboards.

Pros

It can be agreed that while longboards are expensive, not having to replace the parts frequently is a huge plus. The wheels are strong enough to be changed just twice a year depending on the distances you are riding and how often you take it for cruises.

  • Costly to buy but zero maintenance cost.
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to ride

 

Cons

Carrying a heavy and bulky board around is no fun and is no one’s idea of cool. Having a limited budget is more likely to send you in the other direction when you see the price tag of a longboard.

 

  • Expensive
  • Not easy to carry around
  • Not ideal if you live in a crowded place
  • Your commutes are short

 

Cruisers

The word itself will give you an idea of what a cruiser is like and what it is capable of. Cruisers are what to buy when you want to look cool while reading.

They are not just fast but nimble and portable as well. Where skateboards are shorter than longboards, some cruisers are even shorter than a regular skateboard. These are called mini cruisers.

Cruisers, in general, have their boards perfectly designed to make them suitable for urban riding. You can zip around town comfortably on a cruiser board; you can also cruise around your campus on it.

It can be challenging learning how to ride a cruiser. Choosing one with width will help you master it quickly. The amount of tricks you can perform on some cruisers is limited. A cruiser is suitable for technical moves if it has a nose and a kicktail or just a nose. Do not forget that tricks are harder to execute on a cruiser; so it’s advisable to get a popsicle board if you want to practice the technical stuff.

 

If you prefer carrying a portable board to lugging around a big heavy one, a cruiser will suit your needs. Cruiser skateboards will also serve the needs of skaters who live in crowded cities and want something to take them short distances without too much effort.

Another reason Cruisers are getting more and more popular on the market is the simple fact that it is portable enough to take on the bus and very easy to put into motion.

Pros

  • Good for short commutes
  • Will let you hop on curbs
  • Extremely compact and super light
  • It provides a feeling of thrill and competition.

Cons

Cruisers are smaller than popsicle skateboards and longboards but will perform well even with long distances. Using a cruiser will however require you to push more often than is required due to its small length and width.

The design of cruiser boards is such that it supports tricks but not ollies or flips. Cruisers are not for calm rides which is why they are built to be the fast with easy manoeuvrability.

A longboard will do that for you. Unsupported tricks on a cruiser board will not just damage your board but will also affect the neatness of your landing.

Other Negatives

  • Not very comfortable to balance on
  • Not great for technical tricks
  • Not suitable for long distances

 

The Best Skateboards for Beginners

This question is often asked for beginners and by beginners themselves. Anyone would agree that with how challenging learning to ride a skateboard can be, having a board that is suitable for one’s level of expertise is an added advantage.

A salesperson may give you a couple of suggestions as to the best skateboards for beginners, but the truth is it is not that easy to identify one type of skateboard as the best for beginners.

Too many variables come into play that makes it impossible to choose a particular skateboard and pronounce it the best choice. Choosing a skateboard is determined by the following things:

  1. Intended use

The kind of skateboard you decide to purchase will be determined by the purpose you expect it to serve. Do you want to practice tricks on it or do you just want to have something to get you to school faster or a friend’s house in your free time? Be sure of what you will be using your skateboard for.

While there may be a couple of boards that are said to be suitable for beginners, it is really up to you to purchase the skateboard that suits your needs. This may not be the dubbed “beginner skateboards.”

 

  1. Environment

Your immediate environment or that of your local town plays a vital role in the kind of skateboard you choose as a beginner. You want to buy something sturdy enough to accommodate the harshness of the environment if your roads are rough, hilly or gravelly.

It may be a nearby skatepark. Always ensure that the type of skateboard you are buying suits your environment.

 

  1. Budget

Whether you have a good environment for skating or not, whether you have a particular purpose you want your skateboard to serve, your budget plays the most important role in what you eventually choose.

This is because a skateboard may be perfect for what you want from skating but may be way out of your budget. Some skateboards on the market usually are expensive as a result of their key features.

  1. Growth process

Are you cool with learning at a slow but leisured pace, or do you just want to get the hang of the basics and start flipping through the air?

A longboard is a fantastic choice if you want to learn how to ride a skateboard fast. It is wide and long, giving it sufficient room to provide comfort. Longboards are much easier to ride than popsicle skateboards or cruisers.

  1. Board quality

 Money is valuable. Everybody likes cheap, but absolutely nobody likes items of inferior quality unless budget restrains them. When a board has good quality, the wheels will roll more easily; turning will be easy too.

A good quality board is also more stable than a cheaper but inferior one—this way, you are not at risk of injury caused by a poor skateboard. Check that the wheels on your intended purchase are made of urethane and not plastic or rubber. This will give you a better grip on your board and a smoother ride.

 

Are the wheels spinning freely? Or can you sense a wobble or a grind as you test run the skateboard? The ideal bearing to look out for is ABEC 7 or 5. You may ask the salesperson present if you don’t know how to check for these things.

You can make extra choices of what you want from there; brand, colour, size, et cetera. Never go for the cheapest boards available. Trust me, nothing gets more frustrating for a beginner than using skateboard of poor quality.

I choose Powell Peralta, Plan B or Santa Cruz for my regular boards. Landyacthz is what I check for if I want a cruiser. Look for Santa Cruz, Sector 9, Peralta, Landyacthz, Plan B or a regular skateboard if you want a longboard.

Good luck deciding!

 

 

Best Way To Learn How To Skateboard

Best Way To Learn How To Skateboard

So you finally decided to take up skateboarding? Well, here is the deal. Learning to skateboard is hard. And embarrassing if you’re an adult. The skate park is teeming with unfriendly faces and danger zones for beginners.

That is why it is advisable to select a location that is not chaotic and dangerous. Large open spots with smooth pavements will do nicely; schoolyards and empty parking lots are also good choices for learning to skateboard.

The next move is to get a good board if you don’t already have one and get on it. For the first step in learning to skateboard, you have to determine which stance suits you better. Regular stance or Goofy stance. This means choosing which foot to put in front and which to put behind you.

If you feel more comfortable with your left foot in front, then your stance is Regular and vice versa for the Goofy stance. You could stand flat-footed and have someone nudge you. Your dominant foot is the one you put forward first and should be placed at the back.

Tips on beginner skateboarding

  • Be Determined

Where consistency is key. Determination will also help you through the difficulties in skateboarding. The reward is always gratifying.

  • Use Quality Gear

A low-quality board will frustrate your efforts and discourage you in the end. Choose quality equipment from only top skate brands.

  • Bend Your Knees

This will help you execute tricks easier. Bending your knees gives you the chance to adjust your balance before performing a trick.

  • Be Ready To Fall

This is an unavoidable part of skateboarding. Cruising around on a wheeled board calls for a lot of slips and scrapes to go with them. It’s safer to practice on grass to cushion falls and also to wear protective gear at all times.

  • Be Confident

Lacking this factor in skateboarding has caused many to quit. But not worrying about how good you look and diligently trying new tricks would earn you respect among other skaters.

All those cool super-fast moves you see at skate parks are executed with a bit of motion under the wheels. Learning how to skateboard means you have to get moving.

 

Here’s How To Push On A Skateboard

  1. Your front foot should be placed at a 45-degree angle behind or on top of your hardware bolts.
  2. Bend your front knee to enable your back leg to reach the ground.
  3. Push off with your back foot while balancing your weight on your front foot.
  4. Return your back foot to the hardware bolts at the tail area of the board.

 

You can smoothly stop your exciting first cruise on your skateboard by dragging your foot on the ground or foot braking. Similar to the technique of pushing, stopping involves balancing your weight on your front foot while bringing your back foot to the ground. Drag the sole of your foot on the ground instead of pushing, increasing applied pressure till you come to a stop.

How To Turn On A Skateboard

You definitely don’t want to simply go back and forth on your board, do you? Turning will come naturally as you practice. It is more of intuition than actual technique and your board’s trucks are designed to help you do so as you lean from side to side. When turning, there is the kick turn and the carving turn.

Kick turns are used to get around obstacles and turn sharply at slow speeds. Place your back foot on the kick tail and lean back slightly to raise the front wheels. Using your front foot, rotate the board in any direction you want.

Executing a carving turn involves getting really low on the board before leaning into your turn. Bending your knees in a relaxed stance will help you do this. Kingpin’s tightness should be adjusted until you find what is suitable for you.

While as a beginner, perfecting your push, stop, and carving techniques is a priority, you may also put some easy tricks into your practice routine. Drop-ins, manuals, and tutorial videos are excellent choices for beginners who would like to add a bit of flair to their style.

How To Balance On A Skateboard

How To Balance On A Skateboard

As thrilling as the prospect of executing neat tricks are, balance is vital in skateboarding and will determine how well you turn out as a skater. It’s one of the things most skate enthusiasts often fail to take cognizance of while watching expert skaters.

All those cool moves you see at a skate park are executed with a great deal of balance. Like learning an Ollie or learning to push on your skateboard, balance requires a lot of practice.

It is crucial to know your centre of balance during skateboarding. This means that your tricks do not come off as mobbed, and the number of times you will fall will be minimal.

Your balance is maintained by keeping your upper body still, and your shoulders level with your board.

Balance in skateboarding is usually a challenge for all beginners. It is only easier if you naturally have a good balance, but once you master the basics, the next steps become much faster to progress through.

Basics Of Balancing On A Skateboard

  • Choose your stance.
  • Practice balancing on a moving board more.
  • Equip yourself with proper gear.

 

  1. Choosing your stance will not just help you through balance but pushing and stopping as well. While most people prefer the regular stance to the goofy, what is more, important is that you are comfortable with your chosen stance.

One of the best ways to balance on a skateboard is to place your feet behind the bolts of your board. Bolts are tiny doughnut-like metal pieces used to secure wheels to the boards.

Positioning your feet in the middle of your board will give you control but not a firm one. Using the right posture will provide you with a better balance.

A proper surface will give you additional stability. Choose a surface that won’t easily send your wheels rolling, such as a carpet or grass. It would be best if you first learned to balance standing still before adjusting in motion. Balance boards will help you achieve this.

Do not move forward and backwards when learning how to balance. Many newbies to skating make this mistake. Finding balance on your skateboard is keeping your body weight centred, not moving it around. You may also shift your weight from your heel to your toes.

 

  1. Practice balancing on a moving board more. Balance boards are helpful, but you will need to toughen up and face the streets to master balance on skateboards properly.

 

When you have pushed off, use the foot you’re pushing with to move your body forward. Bend your knees to keep your gravity centre low.

In motion, place your off-board foot sideways behind the bolt. Stay on it till the board stops moving and try to maintain a firm control using your heels and toes.

Your skateboard will move in the direction your heels are facing. Steering is usually done by shifting your weight with your heels. If you choose to shift your weight with your toes, your skateboard will move accordingly.

 

  1. Equipping with the right gears when learning how to balance does not sound very useful, but it is. A skateboard of poor quality will not just affect your balance, and it will put you at risk.

Skateboarding, in general, should be done in the right shoes. You can find varieties of this in departmental stores.

Helmets and protective pads are a must, no matter the level you are in skateboarding, looking cool while skateboarding is not worth the dangers of unprotected skating.

Finding balance in a skateboard is tasking and time consuming but it’s possible. So follow these tips and get on board!

How To Fall Off A Skateboard Safely

How To Fall Off A Skateboard Safely

You’ve probably heard that falling is a normal part of skateboarding. Falling off a skateboard will happen to any skateboarder, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert. Falling means injuries such as scrapes, bruises and masonite burns. While this is an established part of skateboarding, you can fall off your skateboard without risks of severe injury.

Sometimes, safety gear is not enough to stay safe on a skateboard. Learning how to fall on a skateboard without getting hurt will save you a lot of pain and the cost of treating injuries. It will also build your confidence as you try new tricks.

Just as there are correct techniques to adopt when braking or pushing on your skateboard, there is a fitting (correct) way to fall off your skateboard. This article will help you to learn the proper way to fall off a skateboard and still be safe.

 

Types Of Skateboard Falls

  • Bailing
  • Falling off.
  • Slamming

 

When skating, if it’s obvious that you are going to fall hard, you can bail out before it’s too late. Falling off happens when you just lose your board and stumble away without hitting the ground.

Slamming takes place when a trick goes out of hand and you lose all control. This is especially painful as your entire body is being slammed suddenly on the ground.

 

Sounds Like A Lot Of Pain?

The pain involved in these skating accidents is enough to deter any skateboard enthusiast. But there are safer methods of falling during skateboarding.

 

  1. Learn not to catch yourself with your hands

Instincts will make you put out your hands every time you fall, but you could break your wrists. Especially if you’re falling on concrete. Wrist guards will help if you do not want to catch yourself with your hands. It is advisable to learn to control your instincts.

 

  1. Land on your shoulder or back instead

This is done by rolling when you fall. You could practice this on a soft surface. Rolling reduces the impact of the fall. Loosening your limbs will ensure that you don’t break any bones when rolling.

 

  1. On ramps wear knee pads

Practising or simply running tricks on-ramps for enjoyment should be done wearing quality knee pads to keep you safe in case of a fall. Learn always to slide down and fall on your knee on-ramps.

  1. Get loose

If you cannot avoid putting your arms and legs out to cushion the impact when falling, loosen up to absorb the fall. Resisting it will cause injury such as broken bones.

Watching experts at the skate park zip past you is a challenge and an inspiration, not to mention fun to watch.

  1. Learn to run out of tricks

Running out of tricks means catching yourself by running when a trick on the board goes wrong. Doing this right will help you avoid many falls.

 

  1. Fall backwards

Bow your head, raise you’re your legs to fall on your back and shoulders. The impact may be softened by cushioning your hands on the ground.

 

  1. Fall sideways

Fall on one arm and roll onto your back to protect your head. This will evenly distribute the force at your back.

 

  1. Fall forward

Tuck your head and stick out your arms to catch yourself as you roll over your shoulder. Rollover instead of landing on your arms to prevent injury to your elbows or wrists.

 

What Other Ways Can You Stay Safe On Your Skateboard?

 

Do not skate outside your ability. Never try to do a trick you have not practised well enough. Slamming is certain should you try to skate outside what you know how to do.

Trying new things when skateboarding is good for you, but staying within what you are capable of is also sensible. Are you going to land that 10 set Ollie or are you going to land in an EMS vehicle to the hospital? Always keep safety in mind. Wearing the right skateboard shoes will help you to maintain a good grip on your board to minimize falling off. They are designed with sufficient grip and are slip-resistant.

Skate only on good surfaces. Small bumps and cracks in the ground could upset your board, causing severe injury. Always pay attention to the area you are skating on. Riding your skateboard in an environment with obstacles is dangerous.

 

Rolling when falling safely requires energy and balance. This can be improved by doing suitable exercises and practising more. Always protect your head when falling. Do this by lowering your head or tucking your chin when falling. Raising your arms to head level also provides extra protection.

 

Try not to fall on a single part of your body when you fall. This will cause that area to absorb most of the impact, which could be damaging in a bad fall. Spread the impact of falling over a large area of the body.

 

When skating on a steep incline and you need to bail out; perform a knee slide with your hands up even if you have wrist-guards on. As you invest in other safety gear, be sure to invest in a high-quality skateboard to reduce the number of factors contributing to falls on your skateboard.

 

You can overcome your fear of falling by taking your time. Please do not push yourself too hard trying to get over your fear of falling but commit yourself to it. Falling a few times is also ideal. This way, your body is aware of what not to do when skating.

Learning the proper falling technique will lessen your fear of falling a great deal.

Lastly, bear in mind that falling from a skateboard doesn’t mean poor skill or ineptitude. Good skateboarding involves falling. And a lot of it, especially for beginners. Expert skaters will tell you they experienced a good number of falling when they started, but you can adequately protect yourself by following the above tips as you board up.