By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
When you decide it is time to start with skateboarding a lot of questions may start popping up in your mind. How do I start? Where do I go? What is skating really? Well, it's not as hard as you think, besides, every skater starts from scratch anyway. Maybe you are so excited that you just wanna grab that board and jump from the first ramp you find, this enthusiasm is of course appreciated but boldness must be accompanied by fundamentals.
Starting With Skateboarding From Scratch
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All basic moves and tricks can be trained on every decent surface near your home, so don’t worry if there are no skatepark close by. As long as you have a surface to start practicing on you can do wathever your imagination can possibly come up with. One of the first tricks you should try to master is an ollie, this is a fundamental skill used to jump onto and over obstacles. It will let you continue to improve and start trying some new tricks.
All of this doesn’t need to be learned in a skatepark either. This can all be summarized in one word, improvisation. For some people stairs and sidewalks are just another place to walk but for skaters these places are golden opportunities just waiting for it!
There are Tons of Places Everywhere to Skate
It is true that if you want to do some skateboarding in a skatepark it is better to already having practiced a little untill you got some skills, but at some point you are going to want new challanges and take some more risk. The same tricks you learned in the street may also be done in a skatepark, start with them and then crossfade over to more complex tricks that's only suitable to do in skateparks.
Some stuff skateparks can offer that streets can’t are surfaces made specifically for skating such as bowls, half and quarter pipes, etc. This doesn’t mean the street has no use any more once you start mastering the skatepark, both of them bring you different possibilities and allows you to skate freely at your own pace and style.
If you asks us, skateboarding must be done anywhere and at any time. In the streets, in the skateparks, in your house... It doesn't matter where, just skate!
What's your favorite type of skateboarding spot? Let us know in the comments below!
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