Skateboarding can be a fun, exciting sport, but it also requires some patience and skill. You have to start by getting everything you need from a skateboard shop. Next, you can try learning the tricks.
If you’re just starting out in skateboarding or want to learn new tricks, I’ve got some beginner tips for you!
Try the trick slowly at first
Skateboarding is a fun and challenging sport, but it can be dangerous. If you are not careful, the tricks you attempt may hurt you or someone else. To avoid getting hurt while skateboarding:
- Practice your new trick on a flat surface first. This will help keep your balance as well as give you more time to react should something go wrong during the attempt of your new trick.
- Try practicing in an area where other people aren’t walking around too much (this means no sidewalks). This will help lower the chance of running into anyone while trying out new tricks.
Wear safety gear
Always wear a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads (if you are prone to falls). Wearing wrist guards is optional but can help prevent wrist injuries or strains if you fall while skateboarding.
If you’re not sure what type of safety gear to buy, visit a skateboard shop or local sporting goods store and ask them for advice.
Learn how to stop safely
When you’re learning how to stop, it’s important that you learn how to do so safely. Don’t just jump off your board and land on your feet—that’s a surefire way of getting hurt. Instead, lean back and put one foot on the ground while your skateboard continues forward. Make sure that there is enough room for you to stop before taking this step, as well as make sure that a car or person isn’t coming your way. Once both feet are on the ground and in control of the skateboard again, bring it up to 90 degrees with your body so that everything is stable and safe.
If this sounds too difficult at first, practice by doing it in an empty parking lot or driveway before trying it on any streets where cars might be driving by or pedestrians walking around (again: don’t try this without practicing first!).
Don’t wear headphones when you skateboard
This may seem obvious, but it’s important to be aware of your surroundings when skating. You need to be able to hear what is going on around you in order to avoid getting hit by cars, trains, or other people. You also need to hear your own voice so that you can call out for help if necessary.
In addition to being able to hear cars and trains coming from behind you, you should also be able to hear them approaching on either side of you.
Tape up your board where your feet will go
This is a pretty simple step, but it’s especially important for beginners who want to avoid injury. Use athletic tape or duct tape (not electrical). If you’re new to skateboarding, don’t use electrical tape or duct tape that isn’t meant for the job—it won’t hold up very well and could lead to dangerous accidents. A good rule of thumb is that if an athlete uses it on their body, then it’s safe enough for skateboards too!
Tear off a piece of athletic or medical-grade adhesive bandage (such as 3M Micropore) and place it underneath the kicktail near where your foot will rest as you’re skating forward on the board with your front foot planted first before pushing yourself forward with both feet together at once.
Skateboarding is a great way to get outside and enjoy being active. If you’re new to skateboarding, we hope these tips will help you master the basics.