by Staff Writer
Whether you're doing tricks at the skate park or simply getting around town, skateboarding can be a fun hobby to get into. While learning how to ride skateboards can be tricky, once you get the hang of it, skating is a fantastic pastime for anyone of any age. When you're getting started though, you're sure to have plenty of questions about skateboarding and skateboarding gear. The following tips can give you answers to common questions about skateboarding.
Is there a best way to fall while skateboarding?
Falling correctly is an important part of skateboarding. One thing to remember is to run out of a fall. If you know you're going down, attempting to run with your board will often keep you from falling completely or at least prevent serious injury. Another thing to remember is to not catch yourself with your hands. Even though this is a natural instinct, it can lead to broken wrists. It's much better to roll when you fall, landing on your shoulder and back. It's a good idea to practice falling so it comes more naturally when you take that inevitable spill.
Do I need to wear protective gear for skateboarding?
It is always a good idea to wear protective gear while skateboarding, especially if you are doing tricks or skating half pipes and ramps. You'll probably want to invest in a set of pads, which includes knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards, especially if you are just learning how to skate. Even the smallest fall on asphalt or pavement can be painful. A helmet is the most important part of your protective gear. Even if you choose not to wear pads, it is recommended that you always wear a helmet while skateboarding.
Do I need to wear special shoes when I'm skateboarding?
Technically, you do not need to have special shoes, but shoes specifically designed for skateboarding may help you skate better. Skateboarding shoes have flat soles that can grip the deck securely and are also wider than other shoes. Some skateboard shoes also have built-in padding to help protect your feet and ankles when doing tricks. Another good feature of some skateboard shoes is flaps that cover the laces, making you less likely to crash and burn because of a wayward shoelace. The bottom line is that you don't need special shoes, but if you have a pair, they will probably help you skate better and enjoy yourself more.
What tricks can I do on a skateboard?
The more practice you get, the more tricks you'll be able to do on skateboards. There are a few basic tricks to start working on right away. The Ollie is typically the first trick you learn, which involves kicking the back of the board down as you slide the front foot up the board and jump at the same time. You may also want to work on kick turns, board slides, kick flips, 50-50 grinds and truck stands.