By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
When you start skateboarding, the first thing you learn is to push and move the board forward! This seems pretty basic and simple but there are a few things to keep in mind. I bet it has happened to all of us at some point when we start and it could even happen after you have been skating for years if you are not paying attention!
A small rock, twig, hole or a crack in the floor could really hurt you if you don’t know how to avoid them! But don’t worry my dude or dudette, We got this SHIT® covered and we will get that solved for you!
By now should already be able to ride comfortably on your board and have a pretty good notion of a regular skateboarding stance.
The reason why a tiny obstacle on the road could stop you and even cause you to completely fall flat on your face is the fact that street skateboarding wheels are designed to be really hard and ideally the sport is practiced on flat smooth ground like marble (which is skateboarding heaven). But we are aware that not all ground is suitable for skateboarding especially if you don’t have the right set of wheels.
If you are getting into street skateboarding you probably have or should get 54 to 59 mm wheels and they should also be hard enough for you to be able to perform tricks, this is the main reason why a small obstacle could completely stop your board, they are small and made of a really hard material.
If you just plan on using the board as a transportation vehicle, we recommend you get a cruiser board or at least a set of bigger rubber wheels, they are designed for rough surfaces, they’re bigger and wider than regular street skateboarding wheels and these features will help you avoid almost any obstacle like small rocks or twigs!
Keep in mind that if you get this kind of wheels you most likely will have to get a new set of trucks also to avoid any “wheel bites” which is when your wheels collide to the bottom of your deck while turning which could also get pretty ugly!
There are a few ways to do this, so let’s get to it!
This is mostly helpful to avoid cracks and is done by lifting the nose of your board. Once you are certain that the front wheels are about to fall into a crack and you want to do this, put some weight on your back foot, being the one that supports your body this will allow the front wheels to overcome the crack!
The Quick Lifts or “Tic Tacs”
This is a bit more advanced and is basically the same motion as the one above but is most helpful to avoid rocks, twigs, and holes.
You raise the nose of the board and with your body make the turn in the direction opposite to the obstacle! Once you are sure the obstacle is not in the path of the wheels, you put the nose back on the ground and continue your direction, this is also a tactile used to gain or maintain speed.
If you see an obstacle coming your way don’t be a fool and just use the pressure and weight of your body to turn in another direction!
This is for bigger obstacles like curves or bigger twigs and holes you are certain you won’t be able just to ride over it, you can just Ollie the obstacles your way and continue on your chill road, this really should not be on this list since if you can Ollie over a curve you probably already know all of the ones above, but just in case!
There you have it my dudes and dudettes! Just a few tips that could come as very useful and one last thing! Always keep an eye out when you are skating in the streets!
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