By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Welcome to the skate world! For some people this moment happens at a very early age and for others it comes a little bit later. It doesn’t matter if you’re a toddler, in college or retired: It is great that you want to skate and in todays SHIT® we will give you 5 great recommendations to start skateboarding.
Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)
Getting Your First Skateboard
The first thing that you need to understand is that skateboards are composed by many parts. Sure, you can get one that is ready to ride, but if you have the chance to customize your own from the beginning this could give you a little push since it will be customized for your size, weight and style. The main parts of skateboards are: griptape, deck, riser pads, trucks, bearings and wheels.
By saying this we don’t mean that you necessarily need to spend a lot of money on your first skateboard, although by customizing it you will be able to control it more easily as well as getting to know more about skateboarding while you are in that process.
Define Your Stance: Regular or Goofy
This might seem a little obvious, but it isn’t that easy when you are just getting started. Take your time to find it out, usually this is related to your dominant foot, but not always. Some experiments that you could try to know if you are a Regular or a Goofy skater are: running and then sliding, dropping and kicking a soccer ball or standing at the bottom of a staircase. The idea is to find out how you can feel more balanced and which is your pushing leg.
Be Prepared to Fall… Many Times
Yes guys, we have said this many times, but skateboarding is about falling and getting back up. It’s going to happen, so deal with it. Sure, take care of yourself, you need to start with the basics and follow up the recommendations of coaches and more experienced skateboarders, but still you will fall sometimes. Get back on the skateboard and continue practicing. You will achieve greatness with time, patience and hard work. Trust in yourself.
Go to Skateparks And Don’t Be Afraid of It
We know that going into a skatepark for the first time is terrifying especially if that park is frequented by more experienced skaters but take note: Those skaters were once noobs like you, everybody was once a novice. So, go there practice your tricks and maybe you can get to know new friends. Just be carefully of where you skate, take a good view of the spots that other people are already using so you can practice without intruding on other skaters.
Don’t Ask Everything: Develop Your Creativity
This one is kind of tricky. Sure dude, it is a very good idea to ask for advice when you don’t know how to do something, this applies to skateboarding and almost everything in life yet there is a point where it’s significant for you to develop your creativity. This will force you to go beyond your limitations and will push you to generate your personal style, which is also very important. Skateboarding is not an exact science, it is more like an art and in that sense it’s terrific that you are able to have your own approach.
Read also: How a Skateboard is Made