It’s time to sharpen your beginner skateboarding knowledge! I have been skateboarding for over 20 years and and I have been teaching beginners for over 15 years. I have come up with a list of what a beginner skateboarding student needs in order to get started.
Beginner Skateboarding Gear
In order to learn quickly and correctly you need to start with the right gear. You can go to your local skateboard shop or Walmart or Target to get the gear. But what should you be looking for? How do you know that you’re not getting ripped off? Well here’s a list that may help you:
- Complete Skateboard: A complete skateboard is a skateboard that comes fully built. You don’t have to buy anything extra for the board, it’s ready to ride. On average I advise not to spend more then $120.00 on a beginner skateboard. If the beginner skateboarding student is a young child and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on this new hobby then check out Walmart and Target, they have the Tony Hawk brand and that is a good start.
- Pads: Elbowpads and kneepads are a must for beginner skateboarding student. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen a beginner get discouraged after their first big wipe-out. For a good deal check out Viking Skateboard Pads. They are not the best on the market, but I recommend those for a beginner. Make sure that if the beginner skateboarding student is a small child that you take him/her along because they come in different sizes.
- Helmet: A skateboard helmet is more important then pads. Most skateparks now-a-days will not even let you in the park if you don’t have a helmet. Notice how all of the skaters in the X-games wear helmets, yeah, it’s not always the coolest look, but it’s better then brain damage. A beginner learning how to skateboard can check out Viking skateboarding helmets. They’re not to expensive. If you’re worried about not looking cool check out Bern Skateboarding Helmets. They make some really cool looking helmets.
- Shoes: Skateboard shoes should be flat and with lots of grip. A beginner skateboarding student can check out Etnies and DC, Emerica and Vans. They all have economical skateboarding shoes. You can skate in regular tennis shoes, but It’s not recommended because if you get use to skating in tennis shoes and then go out and buy skateboard shoes it might cause you to get hurt.
How to Skateboard?
Learn flat ground! You need to get the basics down first. So you’ll need to scope out an area with a lot of space and flat ground. Don’t go to a skateboard park and expect to learn. Usually skateboard parks are crowded and they don’t all have enough flat ground for a beginner skateboarding student.
Here’s a list of some places that may work for you:
- Local Park
- Local Library
- Empty parking lot
- Empty basketball court
- Empty tennis courts
- Local School Ground
- Cul-de-sac with low traffic
If you’re going to go to a public place or private property make sure that skateboarding isn’t banned there. Don’t get in trouble.
What to learn?
This is the fun part. It’s not to hard to get up and get going. But make sure that you’re going to do it correctly. It’s hard to undo bad habits. I have a whole course outlined for a beginner skateboarding student. If you would like this course and more how-to skateboard information about skateboarding fill out the form below and you’ll get it in your email right away.
Source by Ron Darien