By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
When we are just starting in the skateboard world, there's a lot of things we struggle with and some of them are even easier to solve than you think. Here are some great advice to help you along the way!.
1. Save Leftover Griptape Cuts
When you put the griptape on a new deck all the leftover cuts should be saved, because later when you have the griptape already cut, they might be useful to review and perfectly glue on to the edges. Also great for polishing imperfections. Preventing the tips from coming off and lifting.
2. Microwave Your Skate Shoes
When we buy new sneakers, they are usually somewhat hard and uncomfortable at first, a strategy to help soften them is to put them in the microwave for 5 to 10 minutes and right when you take them out wear them. It is important to emphasize that in order to do this, the sneakers must NOT have any metallic component.
3. Always Carry Skate Wax
Always carry wax with you, you never know where you will find a good spot but perhaps it needs to be waxed in order to slide in the best way.
4. Wax Has Many Uses
The importance of the wax does not end in the adaptation of the spots, because with it you can avoid the "Wheel bite" that occurs when a wheel comes into contact with the deck during a turn, stopping the forward motion. This causes a skateboarder to lose balance and/or fall off the board.
5. Always Carry a T-tool
Never forget a "T TOOL", it is a multipurpose tool that has the three screw sizes used for skateboarding and usually have a screwdriver. This tool will become your best friend, because you don't know when you will have to adjust something.
6. Keep Spare Bearings While Skateboarding
Bearings to spare! Every time you install a set of new bearings keep the old ones in your backpack, if some day you one of them breaks, you will not be stranded because you will have your supplies with you.
7. Learn How To Find Spots
Always stay connected, in the digital age it is almost impossible to run out of information about places to roll. Platforms like SkateSpots or even Google Maps will keep you up to date every time you get to a new city.
8. Practice At Different Spots
Try as much as you can to practice at different spots, this will help stimulate your creativity and that your brain does not get stuck in a pattern. You will appreciate this when you face something unknown in a competition.
9. Manage Your Frustrations
When you finish a practice routine and you can’t perform a trick, remember to review all the tricks that you already handle perfectly, let your brain run with the achievements you already obtained and not with a momentary failure.
10.Skate With The Right People
Don't compare yourself to others, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Surround yourself with people to learn, no to compare.
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