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Beginner Skateboarders Alert – Do You Know These Hot Tips?

By Martha Robertson

You’re watching skateboarders and think, “That’s looks so easy, dude.” Seems the only thing you need to do is push-off with one foot, then you maintain your balance. Surfing looks pretty easy, as well. All you do is paddle-out, then stand-up when a wave rolls by. Skateboarding only looks easy from the stands where you watch. You’ll need to bring your skill and practice if you ever hope to do the tricks you’ve watched others do. Here’s just a few skateboarding tips that will help you become a better skater, faster.

You need to have the right stuff – equipment. At first, you may feel a little bit uncomfortable wearing shin guards, helmut, knee pads and elbow pads. After you start skating, not a lot of time will pass before you’re glad you’re wearing it. But you will discover your travel time will be less than your recovery time. Just like it was when you learned to ride that bike. Properly stopping your board will most likely give you more troubles than you want. In time, you may decide to lose some of the protective gear. But it’s still a great idea to keep the helmut on. It’s a good idea to take care of the head area in case something unexpected happens and you fall.

Don’t be concerned about skating slowly. You’ll see a lot of beginner skateboarders trying to do those cool tricks before they really have the proper skills. Most of the time this only causes discouragement, frustration, and injuries. Successfully skateboarding a couple blocks is not the same as being able to safely perform a trick. Hopping with the skateboard is not as easy as you may realize. Start skating slowly and try to be steady, then when you’re ready go for longer distances. Then learn how to start-off fast and stop yourself without falling. If you can skate long distances, smoothly, and can avoid hitting other people on the streets, then it’s cool to start thinking about trying some tricks.

Get to know the skaters language and terminology, and learn the different kinds of boards that are used. Not all boards are the same, and there are a lot of differences. Learn what the differences are and the reasons for them. It’s good to be able to understand the skaters vocabulary. Then you’ll be able to ask for help if you need it and be able to understand it.

There’s much more to skateboarding than simply riding on a flat board. You’ll see many people commuting to work on skateboards in cities, and they’re just fun to ride. The trick to becoming better at skateboarding is to open your mind to learning. It won’t fail you.

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