By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Finding your own style in skating is essential for you not just to improve but also for identifying yourself as a skater. Sometimes you don’t like a pair of shoes and you will try some before deciding on the ones you would take, the same is true for skateboarding. You must find the style of skating that is the most fun for you.
Your Skateboard Style Will Improve With Time
You will not know what you like or don’t like if you are not willing to try it, maybe you´re a fan of skating in the streets or parks, maybe you like both. All that matters is that you are into it and enjoying it, that's when you improve day by day.
Although, there is a thin line between passion and obsession, in order to enhance your own style it is necessary to not skate with frustration. Of course here and there it will be difficult, but some things take more time to pull it out and keeping the same passion will let you to thrive.
It’s not You Against The World
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Your skills does not appear by magic, it’s necessary for you to watch videos of skaters you like and find inspiration in trying new things that interest you as a skater. Sure they’re maybe professionals but they didn’t get where they are overnight.
Watching different styles will help to realize what you really like and maybe discover some new stuff about skateboarding you don’t know. Skating with friends will allow you to have a better perception of the style you’re looking for, don’t be afraid to ask, the competitive attitude doesn’t work unless you’re in a contest.
Look Outside the Box
Don’t think the style has to be biased to one type of skateboarding, getting out of your comfort zone can show you all the alternatives you might be missing for sticking to one single thing. For example, skating in the street or the park could have similar styles, but the park can enhance some skills the streets won’t and vice versa. Don’t be afraid to try new things as long as you feel it goes with your skateboarding personality.
The focus on finding a style of your own starts with the fun you have and the goals you want to achieve as a skater. But the most important thing you must know is that it doesn’t matter what tricks you like or places you preffer, what really matters is the dedication, excitement and intensity you put in every time you are on top of the board.
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