From a seven year-old's perspective, skateboarding actually looks pretty easy when you are watching other people do it. Initially, it appears to be just a few shoves with either foot and off you go! After getting on a board for the first time, right away you'll feel the difference and know there's more to skating than you thought. It's not an easy sport to master, no matter what age you are. It takes time to learn how to stand on a skateboard, but it takes even more time to learn tricks. Most beginners just see all the cool stuff that the experienced skateboarders do and they feel frustrated because they can not even do basic tricks. Just because you can not do a 360 on a half pipe ramp, does not mean you are a bad skater. All skaters have to start somewhere, and the sooner you learn the fundamentals, the faster you can start doing those crazy tricks.
First things first, you have to wear the right kind shoes. Skateboarding uses specific muscles in your feet, and you need to be able to move your feet in certain ways to control your board properly. In theory, you can wear any kind of shoe you want, but in practice, you'll need the proper foot gear in order for your shoes to last more than a couple of weeks. If you want to do more than skate in a straight line, then it's best to get shoes specifically designed for skating. A skateboarding shoe is flat on the inside of it and on the outer sole. They're purposely made with little or no arch support. You'll have more board control because more of the surface area of your shoe will be touching the board. Most skate shops will have these kinds of shoes in stock, as well as most shoe stores. And they're not over-priced compared to running shoes either.
Next, you'll need to learn how to control the direction of your skateboard. When you want to turn, just shift your weight to the right side and maintain your balance. Do not lean with all your weight in the front or back of the board. What you want to do is shift from flat-footed to the balls of your feet. Keep your body upright, and no swaying one way or the other, as you just might take a fall if you lean or sway too much. Find a vacant spot with a surface that's flat and even. You can get the feel for shifting weight with wide turns that are gentle, followed by sharper turning. Once you get that mastered, you can practice lifting the front of your board a little bit to allow you to turn more sharply.
Keep in mind to learn skating tricks one at a time and slowly. It's safer and more beneficial in the long run to make sure you have the basics down first. Avoid trying the big jumps or skating down staircases. Begin with smaller lifts and then change directions. Afterward, you can try jumping the board plus a direction change. Get these basic tricks down before you try things that are more dangerous, such as grinding on metal rails. Remember that with learning tricks, it's always best to start small and build up from there.
I hope this article has made you realize that there is more to skateboarding than simply riding a flat board on wheels for a few feet. Skateboards are a valid way to travel short distances and commuting to work, and they're really fun to ride. The key to becoming a really good skateboarder is to be open to learning, so take this advice to heart and you'll be a pro in no time.
Source by Cory Groh