Some people scoff at skateboarding, thinking, “Really, how tough can it be? Is there more than just standing? Is it true the board does all the work?” When you’re just starting, you may be thinking these questions. If you don’t already know, you’ll discover very quickly that there’s more to skating than merely standing on a moving board. You’ll need some skill, and you’ll need to practice to get it.
How much practice is needed?
A lot of practice will be needed. Hold-off on attempting the advanced tricks though, it’s important to work on the fundamentals first. Next up, some really important things you’ll want to know if you’re new to skateboarding.
It’ll take a bit of practice to discover the best foot in front and back. It really does not matter which hand you are, left or right. But it is important to know which leg is your dominant or stronger leg. So try and visualize how you go about approaching things. Think back – when you kick a ball, which side do you do it with? Which leg do you normally begin with when you go up some stairs? Which leg/foot do you always use to catch yourself if you ever start to fall? The foot/leg you use will go to the back of the skateboard. It’s not about which direction you prefer to face, and it’s much more about which leg is strongest.
What kind of skateboard should I get?
Start with an inexpensive but very durable skateboard. High quality, beautiful skateboards can be outrageously expensive. They’re so pricey you won’t want to get them dirty! That’s the reasoning behind getting a cheaper board for beginners. These are typically thicker boards on sturdier wheels. These boards will be able to take the pounding and abuse the beginner skater will give it. ABEC skateboards are the way to go because they’re more newbie friendly.
Stopping is actually pretty complicated. In the beginning, it might be better to just drag a foot to slow down. Or you can practice taking small steps with one of your feet to slow you down–think of it as a reverse push off. What this does is take small steps in the reverse direction.
This isn’t great for your feet but it should do the trick. When you’re better, you can stop yourself quite smoothly by dragging the tail-end of the board. Oh, and if you’re going fast, tail grinding is not recommended.
There’s much more to skateboarding than simply riding on a flat board. Believe it or not, skateboards are a legitimate way to travel and they provide you with hours of entertainment. You’ll learn better and faster if you’ll only open up your mind to learning skateboarding as a skill.