A Beginners Guide to Skateboarding – Hints and Tips
Whether it be used as a quirky mode of transport, a way of keeping fit or simply just as a fun sport, skateboarding seems to have remained just as popular as it ever was if not more.
Choosing the Right Board
Learning to stand and balance on the board may sound simple but can be quite complex when really analysed.
There are many guides available online to give a few starting tips such as:-
Displacing your weight and driving the board from side to side (carving) should help you to speed up and this is commonly referred to as `Tic Tac, Tic Tac`.
Wearing the Right Gear
There are many rider websites available which actually specialise in shoes that are good for skating, though be careful not to sacrifice practicality over design.
You can skate in regular shoes of course but it can be considered quite dangerous if you don't have the right grips on the sole. Skate shoes are designed with a large flat sole to grip the board better and many contemporary designs will have reinforcements on those parts of the shoes that are vulnerable to being worn down.
Many skaters might consider helmets to look `stupid` and so take the risk of not wearing any form of protection on their heads. Given the dangers that can be involved in skateboarding, particularly when riders graduate into performing high-risk tricks, it really isn't worth the risk. There are a number of well-designed helmets available and most skateboard parks will actually require you to wear one.
Skateboarding competitions are held all over the UK for amateurs and more experienced riders and 2008 marks the first National Skateboarding Championships held in the UK since the 1980`s. For more information all things skateboarding, check out Billabong Surf Clothing
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