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Skateboarding

Skateboarding is simply an awesome sport. Whether you want to use it as transportation or just having fun, learning to ride can be very fun. It is very easy to start and learn as all you need is your board. After learning the basics there are a lot of different things you can go into, from jumping without ramps to doing different tricks and even riding on half pipes and obstacle courses.
Starting out is as easy as buying a board and riding around. The first thing you need is a starter board and you can get started immediately. Most boards come complete, but if you want you can put custom wheels and other accessories. There are two different types of skateboards you can buy, there are regular board for riding around and performing tricks or a longer board for cruising around longer distances or at higher speeds.

Below is a terrific introductory article where you can learn the basics and how to get started. You can help grow our learning community by contributing your knowledge to the article. Just click on the edit tab in the wiki article below.

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Good Luck and Have Fun!
Duncan Davis

 

Intro


What can make you feel more elated and joyful than zooming around on your skateboard? You’ve probably watched the world famous Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Ryan Sheckler, Paul Rodriguez and the like – and wanted to take up skateboarding as a hobby and perhaps even become good enough to enter competitions. Today, skateboarding is one of the most popular sports and there’s no specific age in which you must start learning.




The Origin Of Skateboarding


If you are wondering when the first ever skateboard was made, it was in the 1950s by Hobie Alter, when what was called ‘sidewalk surfing’ was popular in California. When there wasn’t any surfing to do, skateboarding was born. People used flat planks of wood, fixed them to roller skate trucks, and moved in a style similar to the skateboarding, as we know it now. It gradually grew to become the extreme sport it is today. The most wonderful thing about skateboarding is that it is constantly evolving – and it is hardly surprising that more and more people are getting interested in this invigorating sport.




Now, How Can YOU Get Started?


If you are new to skateboarding, it might seem tough at first – both in terms of where to look for help, how you can learn all those dexterous tricks the pros perform so easily, what attire and accessories to buy, etc. Here’s a look at what you might need:




First, buy a pair of skate shoes. Even though regular shoes can be comfortable, skate shoes are better as they are specially built to help you skate safely. Skate shoes have a flat large base so that you can get a good grip on the board and are built stronger. Next, you will require a helmet. You’ll find most of the skate parks insist on them for your safety. You can also go in for protective pads for your elbows and knees, and wrist braces. You can either buy or borrow a skateboard and you are ready to get started.




You will need to find a reputed coach who can teach you the right techniques in safe surroundings. Skate camps are a good idea, as they will not only teach you to skateboard but also the most popular tricks and tips through focused training. Most of these camps are well equipped with huge street courses. There are also mini-ramps, bowls and convenient places to practice on for the Newbies. Since this is a skill that comes with a lot of practice, you must remember that it could be a while before you master the skateboarding tricks.




It is very important to get used to riding your skateboard first so that you can push, stand, come to a halt and turn with ease. You must learn to put the right foot forward when you ride your skateboard and also learn to push in the right manner. It is only after you ride comfortably that you can move on to learning the tricks. Some popular tricks you will see are the Ollie, kick flips, backside 180s, front side 180s and heel flips. One thing is guaranteed – you will have a lot of fun in the process. Each person has his or her personal pace of learning, so don’t get too bothered about the amount of time it takes you to learn a particular trick – all that matters is for you to enjoy the process, because, with that comes your style. Get your stance on your skateboard right and the rest of it has to do with practice.




Choosing Your Skateboard


Depending on the kind of skateboarding you intend doing, you can buy the appropriate deck and accessories. You can choose to go street skateboarding, transitions skateboarding or all around skateboarding which is a mix of the earlier two - – but the main thing is to be comfortable with the board you buy.




You can buy your skateboard from your local store. The 7.75-inch deck is an average size that suits a majority of aspiring skateboarders for starters. In addition to this, you will require accessories like bearings, wheels, trucks and grip tape. You can go in for medium suspension as far as the trucks go since you need to decide whether you’ll be a street skater or a park skater. Get everything assembled by the store guy and you are ready to go on your very first skateboard. You can get used to the board by rolling around on a safe surface. Most people practice off the sidewalk by planting their feet on the board and then pushing off.




It’s the best way to learn to balance on your skateboard. If you are dedicated enough, you will soon find the most comfortable stance for you on the board. Don’t get disheartened by a few falls – just pick yourself up and keep at it. When you find it easy to roll around – you are ready to learn the tricks.




Skateboarding Tricks You Start Off With


Some tricks you learn in the beginning are the Ollie, the Nollie, the Kick flip, the heel flip and so on. An Ollie involves popping the board and moving your front foot toward the front of the board. When you move your foot to the back of the board, it’s a nollie. The kick flip involves spinning the board vertically towards you. When you spin it away from you, it’s a heel flip.