Skateboarding is a thrill, lifestyle, and athletic activity. It has gained popularity over the past couple decades and many people have started riding a skateboard for the first time. These circumstances have presented the ubiquitous, all-so-common question, “How do I ride a skateboard?”
Part 1 – Getting Started
1.1.- Pick the Board Shape
—-You will need a skateboard that fits your body size and matched your skateboarding ambitions.
——-Most new skaters start with a regular skateboard. This is also called a “popsicle” shape. A popsicle board allows multiple uses for the board.
——-Some skateboarders opting for the hills and roads only will be more suited for a longboard.
——-Other novelty shapes may not be best suited for a beginner and could limit progression or board use.
1.2.- Find the Appropriate Equipment Size
———-Kids, ages 4-7, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) between 6.75″ and 7.25″
———-Kids, ages 8-13, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) between 7.25″ and 7.5″
———-Adults, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) 7.5″ or larger
- A beginner skateboard should cost between $60-$150. Buy a pre-assembled skateboard or ask the skateboard shop to set up board for you. As a beginner, the last thing you need is backwards trucks or bearing to stifle your learning progress.
- Don’t be fooled by the low prices of Walmart or Target skateboards. They will snap quickly and are hard to learn on. Go to a real skate shop.
- Try our skateboard size calculator
1.3.- Wear Appropriate Footwear
Safe skateboarding starts with proper shoes. Flat-soled shoes are imperative for board control and balance.
Never attempt to skate in sandals, clogs, boots, or footwear with a separate heel platform. Improper footwear could result in serious injury.
1.4.- Wear Safety Gear
Beginners must have a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards. There is no reason to negligently learn skateboarding without pads. Do not risk it.
A bicycle helmet is not a substitute. A skateboard helmet is more effective than a bicycle helmet because such a helmet has been specifically designed to handle skateboard crashes. Make sure the helmet fits your head properly. The under-chin strap should be fastened and the helmet should not wiggle.
Wrists must be protected. Wrist guards protect against some of the most common injuries for beginners.
1.5.- Find a Suitable Place to Learn
A level, concrete driveway or parking lot is a good place to start getting comfortable on the board. Make sure there isn’t anything in your way and be wary of cracks, loose stones, and potholes. Running over a little pebble can account for a whole lot of crashes, especially with hard wheels.
- Avoid getting roughed up on aged, cheese-grater pavement. If you can clearly see small gaps between the pavement rocks, it’s not a good surface for skateboarding. When choosing at ground surfaces, polished concrete will be the friendliest for learning. New or sealed asphalt is also suitable.
- Skateparks are great places to skate once you’ve got some experience. If you’re just trying to get the board to stay under you without falling down, parks might be a little intense. If there’s one in your area, go watch some skaters for tips, but stay on the sidelines.
1.5.- Get a Seasoned Skateboarder to Oversee You
The first day can be overwhelming. Despite watching every YouTube skateboard video, reading every “how to” article, and the perfect skateboard, learning skateboarding is always safer with expert guidance.
Call 800.403.2405 to Have an Expert from GoSkate.com Come Help You.