Riding a skateboard has become more popular throughout the years. When I was growing up all you had to do was stand up on the skateboard and roll, sounds easy enough as long as you have balance. Nowadays there are many different styles to riding a skateboard and tricks to attempt. If you are just starting out, however, here are basic instructions to get you started on your skateboarding hobby.
- First and foremost you'll need a skateboard. You could pick up a decent skateboard at your local Wal-mart but if you are more serious about skateboarding I'd suggest visiting your local skate shop. Ask the salesperson which boards they would recommend for a beginner. Stand up on the board to make sure you are comfortable with it, imagine yourself buying shoes. (You should try the shoes on before purchasing them so don't feel silly about standing on the skateboard to get a feel for it before you purchase it.)
- Now that you have a skateboard, one of the most basic things to do is called "rolling." Stand up on your skateboard and balance yourself, once you are completely balanced, pivot your back foot and give yourself a little push. Place your foot back on the skateboard where you started out and let yourself roll. Practice this move a few times to get used to the rolling feeling and balancing yourself on the skateboard. The more that you practice the easier it will be to balance yourself, after doing this a few times you can start pushing yourself off the ground harder which will give you more speed. If you feel like you are losing control or are going too fast you can slow the speed of the skateboard or stop it by leaning back onto the back lip of the board. It's the same effect as roller skating when you lean forward onto the brake.
- Now that you know how to get yourself moving on the skateboard and you know how to brake, you'll want to know how to steer. Once you've started rolling, if you want to veer to the right simply put your weight down on the right side of the board and you'll begin a wide turn.
- Once you have mastered the basic skill of "rolling" you can move on to learning tricks. Start hanging out at the local skate park and befriend some of the local skaters, they will be full of information on how to do the latest tricks. Remember to wear protective gear because you are sure to have a few spills and falls while you are still learning. Just like anything new, practice makes perfect; set aside free time each day to practice your skateboarding skills.