By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Learning to skate like the ones at the TOP should be your first priority. However, in this process might want to soak up all the culture and style that revolves around this discipline. Here we give you some useful tips so that you can become the true skateboarder you have always wanted to be.
VISIT THE SKATEPARKS
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There are many skate parks in the world, with different types of obstacles and ramps. Hang out there if your desire is to act like a true skateboarder! You can practice your own skateboarding techniques and watch people with more experience skate. This is a good way to learn.
SOCIAL MEDIA SKATEBOARDERS!
When you meet at the skate park or hang out with your skateboarder friends, the topic of professional skateboarders is very likely to come up. Follow professional skateboarders so you can contribute to the conversation, but also so you can learn some new tricks. Watching the X-Games is a great way to start following pro skaters.
Make friends who are skateboarders. While you are at the skate park, start a conversation with other skateboarders. Tell them you're just getting started and want to get some advice. It is a good way to improve your skateboarding skills and make friends with cool people.
Get yourself some t-shirts, hoodies, beanies, caps, kicks from some of the iconic skateboarding brands out there. These are the things that a skateboarder usually have in their closet. However, if you don't have them yet, don't worry. Skateboarding is a type of exercise, so just always try to be comfortable. First and foremost it is all about having fun so look at the advice in this article more like information about what skaters do instead of us telling you what you do. Wear clothes that keep you cool and let you move. Most skaters wear jeans and cotton T-shirts. You can also add a long-sleeved T-shirt under a short-sleeved T-shirt, in case the weather gets cold.
WHAT TO LISTEN TO AT THE SKATE PARK
Skateboarding has traditionally been associated with punk or rock music since a few years ago, hip-hop and street culture have embraced the sport (or vica versa). Today, skateboarding has grown to encompass a fusion of cultures, including punk, hard rock, street, and anti-police culture. As a result, there is a wide variety of musical styles enjoyed by skateboarders from all over the world.
It is important to clarify that today, like any other culture, skateboarding has become global and therefore has opened up to different styles and trends. It doesn’t matter which band or artist of the moment you like, or what fashion trends you follow. Skateboarding and SHIT® will always be happy to make you part of this gang.
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