Is skateboarding hard, it may be hard for some people and vice versa. It depends on your fitness level, how often you practice, your guts, and how you started. I have witnessed many beginners make the mistake of trying to pull off a hard trick without mastering the basics of the sport.
It is vital to start with the basics of any sport. Imagine attempting kickflips when you can’t comfortably stand on the board for a short time. That will result in some severe injuries.
There are many ways to make skateboarding easy. However, knowing where to start and what board to get can confuse a beginner. This is why we have compiled a few tips to make it easier for you.
Tips to Make Skateboarding Easy
Find A Good Skateboard
The type of skateboard you ride can determine if you can master the art of skating. This is because skateboards come in different sizes, and using the wrong one can make learning skateboarding more difficult. The two most common skateboards are the classic boards and the longboards.
The classic boards are used to perform tricks, skate at the park, and do street skating. They have curved noses, tails, and concave surface that affects how the decks respond to tricks. The width lies between 7 to 9 while the length is about 30-32. These boards are perfect for grinding ledges, performing ollies, and other tricks.
On the other hand, the longboards are very flat and almost twice as long as a classic board, making them more stable for beginners.
The downside of this board is that you can’t use them to do tricks. Because it is heavier and the acceleration is slower than the classic skateboards due to its length and size. However, it is easier to maintain momentum once it has reached its maximum speed. They are suitable for riding down the hills or cruising around.
It is important to have the right skateboard while learning skateboarding. So if you’re considering buying a skateboard, visit any nearby skate shop. They will help you select and assemble the right body parts (trunks, bearings, and wheels).
Get the Right Shoe
According to statistics, shoes are the most important aspect of skating. They play a significant role in providing balance and comfort while skateboarding. Avoid going for regular sneakers when buying shoes for skateboarding. Go for shoes designed specifically for the sport because they offer better protection. Don’t forget to buy from popular brands like Nike, Etnies, Vans, and others. These brands provide skate shoes made from durable materials and offer a great board feel.
Put on Thicker Socks
Avoid letting your skateboard crash against your ankles. Put on some thick socks that will reach your shins. To cover the ankle, you can also roll them over. It’s straightforward advice that will reduce unnecessary problems.
Wear Protective Gears
It is inevitable to fall while skateboarding, especially if you are starting. Even professional skaters wear protective gear like knee pads, helmets, wrist guards, and elbow pads. These tools will boost your confidence while helping you avoid unwanted injuries.
Choose a comfortable place to practice
Some may have rough surfaces under their boards, others may have obstacles in the way, and still, others might have small ramps with little room for error. Unless you want to break something or hurt yourself badly, we recommend finding somewhere with open spaces, plenty of room to maneuver around objects, and more accessible slopes if possible. That way, when the time comes to practice and learns new skills, everything’s in your favor.
Ex: The Basement, Garage, and Stores with large parking lots
Note: Avoid places with a lot of traffic, not allowed.
Learn the Basics
Don’t make it tough on yourself by attempting complex stuff. Skipping the basics will only make it difficult to advance in the future. We all know it can be exciting to land a challenging trick, but you will move slower if you don’t master the basics.
Learning how to ride, balance and carve is essential because they are the foundation of the sport. And without a solid foundation, you will be stuck as a beginner. Keep in mind that some tricks take time, and you need to put in a lot of effort before you can comfortably land a trick. However, here are the first two skills you need to learn as a beginner.
The first thing to learn is how to push yourself comfortably on the board. There is no special training for this. You must push off the ground with one of your feet and step onto the board when it starts moving. The faster you push, the quicker you will go.
To gain more momentum, consider bending your knees and pushing with your foot rather than relying on the wheels. Practice this often until you become excellent at balancing the board with your body weight. If the skateboard starts to go in the wrong direction, bend your knee either inwards or outwards, depending on which direction you want to go. This should help you return to the right path.
Carving is one of the easiest skills to master in skateboarding. It is about moving your weight forward and backward to generate more speed and flow while skating. You can learn carving by following the steps below.
- Form a semicircle with cones. You must start by doing this exercise facing your cones.
- Start moving and skate along the outside of the curve.
- Then move your weight slightly to follow the curve’s path as closely as possible by pushing down on your toes.
- Repeat this exercise when you are comfortable, but this time with your back to the cones.
- Now steer yourself by pushing down on your heels.
After perfecting these basics, you can go ahead with the alternating frontside and backside carving, performing the same exercises at once. You can do this by placing about eight cones a few meters apart from each, then try to push down on your toes and heels as you approach from opposite directions.
Slowly increase the level
It is time to practice tricks when you have mastered how to push and crave. The first trick to learn is the ollie because it is the foundation of skateboarding tricks. Almost all other tricks are built on it.
The first thing to learn when it comes to ollie is foot placement because you have to ensure your foot is in the right spot.
Before you try this trick, you should feel comfortable riding the board because after you get the foot placement down, you will need to have a balance over the back truck before using the tail to make contact with the ground. So, the next step is bending the tail to the ground. As you bend the tail to the ground, you will need to jump up to get your board into the air. You have to combine all these stuff at the same time for the ollie to work.
The ollie is based on timing. So, when your tail touches the ground, you must jump up and adjust your foot up to the nose of the board because that’s the only way to put your board back in a horizontal position again. This will take a lot of time to learn, but you will get there with practice.
Try to Shove It
Step it up by trying a “shove it” after you have perfected the ollie. A shove is when you make your skateboard spin 180 degrees under you without turning your body. To get the proper foot placement when practicing this trick, put your front foot right behind the front bolts at a slight angle with your heel hanging off the skateboard just a little bit.
The front foot is essential to counterbalance your back foot keeping the board level on the ground. Place your back foot on the front edge of the tail with your toes hanging off a little bit. People refer to this area on the board’s tail as the pocket.
The next step is using your back foot to scoop the skateboard and shove it straight behind you while jumping with your front foot. Then get your front out of the way by lifting it straight up. Try to get the board to rotate with your back foot by scooping it. Once you get the board to turn, you will have to land back on it.
The landing process might be challenging, and there is a good chance you will likely put your feet on the ground when you try this trick. That is fine; continue to practice by jumping in the air and landing back on the board. It will help to aim and catch the board with your front foot on the bolts, then bring your back foot down onto the board.
If you are still having trouble landing or getting the scoop, spend some time just scooping the board without even standing on it. This will help you know what is happening under your feet when you are trying the trick.
Try to scoop the board to make it land close to where it came off the ground. If it lands slightly in front of you, you are doing it right. Once you get the board to coop and land without flying away, try catching your board with your back foot. If you can do this the right way a couple of times, it will help you out.
When you don’t skate regularly, you will quickly forget the movements
Regular and regular practice is the only way to make you better
How often you skate depends on the goals you want to achieve. The bigger the goal, the more often you should skate.
Skateboarding is not hard if you start with the basics. Learn how to ride before attempting more technical stuff because it will speed up your progress. Don’t be pressured to try tricks that are not suitable for a beginner. Even professional skaters were once like you. So, focus on the basics, and you will master everything within a short period.
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