Have you ever wondered if it is bad to skateboard on wet ground? As a new skateboarder, it’s okay to have tons of questions and in fact, you should have tons of questions. You just need to be aware of the right questions to ask also know when to check the right source. That increases the chances of you knowing if it is safe for you or not, and what to do to avoid getting caught out.
So in this article, I will be addressing the very important safety question: Is it bad to skateboard on wet ground? Is it dangerous, unsafe, or just downright tricky? To find a suitable answer to this question, I am leveraging on the experience I have skateboarding as well as the bit of research I have done to hopefully give you the answers you need.
There are a number of reasons why skateboarding on wet ground is not a great idea. All of them bordering on your own safety and the wellbeing and integrity of your skateboard. For instance, think about what happens to wood and iron when they get wet, especially on a regular basis.
The wood on your board (deck) gets really damaged and the board’s bearings rust.
Apart from the damage you get to your skateboard, there’s a high chance of injury to yourself as skateboarding in such conditions is unsafe for you, the rider, as well. So, bearing these in mind, if you have an option that will lead you to avoid skateboarding on wet ground, I’d advise you to take it.
Now let’s discuss in more detail the things you need to know if riding your skateboard on wet ground is inevitable. How to stay safe, and how to manage the situation if anything goes wrong in the process.
The Hazards Of trying to Skateboard On Wet Ground
Like I mentioned earlier, skateboarding when it is wet is not a great idea and should ideally be avoided as much as possible. There are a number of dangers that it is worth noting.
Distorted Skateboard Deck.
Wood and water are not a good mix. Your skateboard has a deck and that deck that is made of wood. Do the math.
Riding your skateboard when it’s raining or immediately after a rain shower and the ground is wet can be pretty detrimental to your skateboard. Now, I know there are situations where doing this is unavoidable. For instance, a surprise downpour of rain randomly catching you out. While the weather is out of our control, it is important to take immediate care for your skateboard right after.
Never leave your board dripping wet.
Employ whatever means to get the moisture off, whether with the use of a hand towel or a hairdryer.
Your Trucks And Bearings Will Rust.
This particular problem is not one that can be completely ignored because damage to your bearings and trucks will eventually endanger you – the rider.
When your trucks and bearings are wet, there’s a higher chance that it will lead rust.
It doesn’t take a lot to make them rust as well. Just a little splash of water frequently and that’s that. Bearings are not cheap to buy, so before you grab your skateboard and head out onto a wet surface – think about it. Think about how much it’ll cost you to replace the damaged part. Although, skateboard bearings have varied prices, these cheap ones with over 1,000 user reviews are great options to have just in case.
If your skateboard happens to come with expensive bearings, then you should wipe it down after using it on a wet surface. It is best for you to take your skateboard apart and have the bearings wiped with a paper towel, blowdried and lubricated properly before putting it all back together.
Dangers To The Skateboarder
There are videos out there of skateboarders who have performed awesome tricks in the rain or on wet ground. What you don’t see is how much of a challenge it was to see what record they could break despite the considerable risk to themselves.
While it is fun and cool to see the tricks being performed, it is also very risky to skateboard on wet ground or in the rain. When you are on a wet surface, the wheels on your skateboard lose its grip on the pavement. When this happens, it is easy to lose control of your skateboard, hydroplane, and have a bad fall, which most likely will result in a very serious injury.
How To Know When Your Board Is Waterlogged
While this article mainly focuses on skateboarding on wet ground, sometimes, it happens by accident. It’s easy to ride into a puddle by mistake and when that happens, there are ways to know when your board is waterlogged.
Skateboards that are waterlogged are a lot heavier than one that isn’t. To be precise, they are about three times as heavy so when you notice that your board is waterlogged, you should pick it up and figure out a way to attend to it.
If you notice your board is giving off a muffled sound and has less bounce, especially when you land a trick, then it most likely is waterlogged. A sure way to test this out is to stand on tail or nose if you board and let it fall on a tough surface. If it gives off the usual sound it does when you land a trick, then it is not waterlogged.
Your skateboard shows visual evidence of distortion. If your board seems like it has changed shape, looks twisted or warped, then it has been exposed to moisture. Warped boards aren’t only caused by wetness, but also prolonged exposure to humidity.
How To Dry Off Your Wet Skateboard.
There are a number of instances of how your skateboard could get wet. It might just be a case of you forgetting to take your board back into the house after a day of playing or riding in the park and it rains, for hours.
There’s also a chance that the damage to your skateboard will mean little can be done to save it, if at all. You can try leaving it out in the sun to dry, but there is little or no chance that it will actually be saved.
If, however, you got caught in the rain for a few minutes while out with your skateboard or you rode over a puddle for a few seconds, then this is what you have to do:
- Dismantle your board, removing all the hardware. Use a towel to dry off the board, hardware, grip tape, and the trucks as best as you can.
- Take out the wheels from the skateboard and dry the outside and inside of the bearings using a Q-tip. Use some skateboard lube on the wheels to lubricate the bearings while rotating the wheels. To avoid rusts, do this within a day of your skateboard getting wet.
- Put your board’s deck out in the sun with the grip tape faced up to dry it out. If it rains all the time, then air-dry it.
- To check if your board is dried and good to go, drop it and listen to what sound it makes. Check the weight as well. If it still feels heavy and makes a muffled sound, then your board needs to be replaced because it is waterlogged.
- If it sounds the way it should, you can go ahead and reassemble the parts.
So there you have it. Try as much as possible to avoid riding your skateboard on wet ground or in the rain, for your sake and the sake of your board.
As much as you can, try using any of the above methods to properly clean your skateboard to help avoid damage and rust.