You ask how hard it is to learn how to skateboard? That’s easy.
Push. Skate. Slip. Repeat.
Skateboarding is fun. It’s a great exercise and expands your social circle. It’s a great sport altogether. But like any sport, it’s not so easy to master. There are some factors that will play into defining how good you can get at skateboarding. How much you’re willing to put in the effort, your persistence, your age, your fitness, and your guts into how quickly you can master skateboarding.
Like all professional sports, you have to start at the beginning. There’s no skipping steps, no cutting lines, and no dodging ropes. You have to learn the basics and build to the more technical styles. You can imagine tripping on your own board and still attempting to do a kickflip. You’ll just hurt yourself. So it’s paramount you take it slow.
How To Learn How To Skateboard
1. Take It Slow
A lot of people by default, are impatient. When they want something, they want it to happen now. You can’t possibly move from learning balance on your board to attempting to do an ollie. You won’t progress that way. Start from the beginning. Nurture your progress. Take it step by step.
The thrill of landing your first trick might want to push you into trying more technical stunts and when you fail at pulling them off, there’s a chance frustration will set in. Some skills will take you time to learn, and without properly understanding the basics, you can’t possibly pull them off.
You want to first learn what stance you’re partial to, goofy or regular. That’s step one. Then you want to proceed to learn balance. This is a step by step guide you should follow as a beginner.
- Set up your board on a place where it won’t move. On the grass maybe
- Become attuned to your board. Get a feel of it. Try tilting forward, backward and sideways to sense how your board reacts
- Look for a safe spot or location where you can ride comfortably. A place without obstacles so you can avoid accidents.
- Try your balancing again. And be sure to have gotten a hang of it before you proceed to ride
- Use one foot to give your board a nudge. See how you feel being in motion. Once you see you’re in complete control, repeat pushing the board.
Practice frequently on riding your board. As much as possible even up to weeks. Then you can start checking out basic tricks you can practice doing. When you can master that, you can move on to the harder tricks.
2. Learn How To Fall
Do not assume it’s going to be smooth sailing all through. You’re going to “eat shit” at some point. There’s no escaping it. In fact, it’s one of the things you have to learn how to do. It seems funny, right? But it’s necessary. You don’t want to sustain bad injuries when you fall. It’s wise to prepare yourself for it and prevent any damages.
Essentially, you must try not to fall on your face. That’s obvious. What’s recommended is that you either slide or you roll, depending on whether you’re wearing knee pads or not. If you’re wearing knee pads, it’s better you slide and rolling when you’re not.
3. The Proper Equipment Makes a Difference
Quality over quantity, always. Nothing will frustrate you more than a failing skateboard when you’re trying so hard to make progress. A cheap board is going to prove harder to master than a quality one. Every component of a skateboard is important. If one fails, it affects the general performance.
Apart from losing zeal to learn, riding a cheap skateboard can be dangerous to you. You never know when your wheels will give way and you end up hurting yourself. Try as much as you can not to go below average.
If you have to wait a while to be able to save up to buy a good and quality skateboard, then take that time. Do not allow haste ruin skateboarding for you. Having quality equipment motivates proper learning.
4. Skate With Others
There’s a lot you can achieve when you work with other people compared to when you work alone. Granted, you can make progress on your own, but having people coach you will prove more useful. In that, they can teach you to avoid the mistakes they made, the tips that for t m, and even advise you when you have questions. You can learn twice as fast that way.
As long as you’re nice and eager to learn, people will be willing to help you out. Skateboarding in groups is a lot more fun too. And a bit of fun never hurts.
Another benefit of skateboarding in a company is the morale you get from watching others do what you can not do. You would want to try your best, give your all to do what they are doing. But wisdom must be applied here because watching other peoples’ progress might push you to attempt something you are not ready for. You can cause serious damage to your board or severely hurt yourself. So know when to draw the line.
5. Make And Watch Videos
A lot of people are virtual learners. They assimilate faster when they watch videos. It’s advisable(if you can manage) to video yourself practising so you can watch later. That way, you can see firsthand the errors you’ve been making and work towards fixing the problem.
If it’s something you can’t seem to figure out on your own, you can always upload the videos and ask for insight from those more experienced than you. And remember that it doesn’t have to be just videos of yourself. You can get tutorial videos off the internet and it just might help you ride or stunt better. Keep at it until you see the changes you want, remember consistency is key.
7. Ask For Advice on The Web
We live in a world where we can contact millions of people, even those we have never met, in just one click. The internet is your friend, remember that. If you’ve hit a wall, you can always look for forums where skateboarding is discussed and throw your question to the house. There are a lot of people who want to feel useful and who has the knowledge to give you the answers you need. Quora is one of the great places to seek advise on skateboarding.
You also do not have to make written inquiries. You can send in videos of your yourself and ask people to watch and enlighten you on what you’re doing wrong and how you can make the necessary corrections. Make sure your video is of high enough quality and it shows the parts of your body that needs to be viewed and corrected.
Do not hesitate to seek advice from other people who have scaled through the wall you’re trying to pass. You don’t have to figure things out al on your own. Use the web today.
8. Age And Overall Fitness
At the beginning of this post, I made mention of how beneficial it is to start learning skateboarding early enough. The younger you are, the easier it is to learn. I don’t mean young, as in 8 years of age. Nah. While that is fine, anything below 30years is fine.
Being fit enough helps a lot too. You can not compare the progress between a beginner who works out and keeps fit to one who finds it burdensome to pick up a remote control. You don’t have to be the Rock first or John Cena, just don’t be lazy. It doesn’t matter your shape or size you can pull anything off if you set you to do mind to it. And an upside to skateboarding is that it’s a great way to burn calories. It’s a form of exercise so you can have fun and keep fit all at once.
As with most things, learning how to skateboard requires patience and determination. Just try not to skip steps. Master the basics and progressively move to the more technical stuff. Learn your stance, learn to balance, learn to ride, and then learn to do the gnarly tricks.
Good equipment is proportional to stress-free learning. Try not to economize so much that you buy death on wheels. Invest in your skateboard, why, because quality is paramount.
There is a world is skateboarding. Actively participate in that world and see how much more progress you amass. Be proud of whatever progress you make and don’t go overboard on attempting new tricks.