Learning to skateboard can be both exciting and terrifying. Check out the 20 best tips for beginner skateboarders.
We all learn at different rates – at school, at work and throughout our lives. And skateboarding is no different.
For example, some people improve their surfing skills faster and then struggle with basic skateboard maneuvers.
Others start skating as children and then absolutely fail at their baptism on the wool – it’s natural and good.
No one is good at anything when it starts, but your second skateboarding session will probably be much better than the first.
One of the great things about skateboarding is that you can actually start riding confidently, spinning and stopping your board after a week of training.
However, there are a few tips you should follow to make it an enjoyable, fun and highly addictive outdoor experience.
Remember, you are never too young or too old to start skateboarding.
So, take a board, be smart and remember that repetition is key to improvement and safe driving.
Consider the following tips. They will make you a better skater.
1. Get the right skateboard
Visit your local skate shop and ask for advice. They will help you choose the best board for your weight / height and riding level.
You can choose full skateboard or assemble the parts you want (deck, trucks, bearings and wheels).
Eventually you will get a skate that meets your needs.
2. Wear thick socks
Protect your ankles from being hit by your skateboard. Wear a pair of thick and long socks that will cover your shins.
You can also turn them over to cover the ankle. This is a simple but convenient tip that will minimize unnecessary pain.
3. Get the right skate shoes
Shoes are an essential part of a skateboard – not only because they are cool and stylish, but because they will definitely stimulate your progress.
You will also want to wear a pair of skate shoes that are comfortable and do not wear out after a few sessions.
4. Wear a helmet
Everyone falls and is injured while skateboarding – this is inevitable.
If you are still finding your balance and getting used to rolling on flat surfaces, wearing a helmet is a smart safety option.
Professionals wear helmets and knee pads. Moreover, it will increase your confidence levels.
5. Do not skate in the rain
Skateboards and water usually do not mix. If you’re still used to skating, slippery surfaces can be your worst enemy.
So, avoid skating on wet days or after a lot of rain. Water is also not a good thing for a wooden deck, metal parts and bearings.
6. Feel comfortable riding a skateboard
Spend time riding the board around without thinking about tricks and maneuvers – just walk around the neighborhood, along the promenade or in a skate park during less busy hours.
7. Learn to fall safely
Do not be afraid. You will fall, but most of the time it won’t hurt much.
One of the things that could help is actually learning and developing proper fall technique.
Try skating at low speed to a grass field, get off the board and run or roll over on the padded surface.
8. Consolidate the Basics
First things first, when you step on a skateboard, you have to learn how to press, turn, make a tick and slow down / stop.
Without mastering these basic riding skills, you should not progress to the first and most important trick of skateboarding – oli.
9. Practice stationary Ollie
The Oli is the basis of the skateboard. Beginner, intermediate and advanced skateboard tricks stem from the lessons learned with ollie.
Although it may take time to land for the first time, there is one thing that can dramatically speed up the learning process – practicing it stationary, for example on the grass.
10. Practice your position on Nolly, Switch and Fake
Everyone has a natural posture – a regular or crazy foot. However, skateboarders are often challenged to take a nollie, switch or fakie position in many cases.
This happens all the time, especially after running 180 or skating on a ramp. The faster you get used to these unnatural riding positions, the faster you will progress.
11. Set realistic goals
Make a mental list of tricks that you think can be easily performed and achieved, and avoid raising the bar too high.
Otherwise, the disappointment will take over and you may even consider giving up the skateboard.
The achievable stages are a stimulus for stimulation – accept this thinking.
12. Ask for advice
You can learn and improve your skateboarding skills faster by talking to fellow skaters.
Ask for advice. They will be happy to tell you and point you to what you are doing right and wrong and will help you refine your overall posture, leg positioning and upper body balance.
13. Don’t compare yourself to others
Everyone learns at a different pace. You may not be very good with pop shows, but your Ollie is probably better than most beginners you know.
Focus on what you are doing and don’t compare yourself to others.
14. Consolidate your progress
Make sure you land your tricks more than once before moving on to the next challenge.
Persistence is key to a good skateboard. After landing a difficult maneuver, repeat it over and over until it becomes a muscular memory.
15. Stay comprehensive
Once you manage to learn four or five tricks, continue to practice and train them on skate parks, flat and smooth surfaces, on the streets of your city.
Just because you’re practicing a new move now, be sure to include older achievements on your current tracks.
16. Do not try to impress others
The number one goal of skateboarding is to ride with pure pleasure.
One of the most common mistakes that novice skaters make is to try to show off while they are still in the early stages of training.
This is stupid and immature behavior that often comes with consequences. Remember that the more you show up, the more you will get hurt.
You don’t want to kill yourself by doing something you’re obviously not prepared for. Be humble and discreet – the desire to look cool is completely impossible.
17. Develop your own style of skating
There is an old saying that really applies to skateboarding – do not imitate, innovation!
Developing your own style of skating is paramount. You don’t even have to think about it – just let go and give free rein to your creativity.
Usually, the more skaters try to imitate their idols, the more they fall and get stuck in a zone of frustration.
Get rid of the standards and remember that there are no rules in skateboarding.
18. Take a picture of yourself
Whether you’re using an action camera or a smartphone, it’s always a good idea to capture your early movements with a skateboard.
You can use them to ask for advice and tips and adjust your tricks and postures. This is a great learning tool.
19. Have fun
There are many good reasons to start skateboarding, but the rule of thumb to embrace it 100 percent is definitely to have fun.
This does not have to be an obligation or something you have to be good at. Even on a competitive and professional level, a skateboard should be something that brings you joy.
So, go out, skate with friends and meet new people – this is life (skateboard).
20. Never give up
There are good and bad and good days. Just because today wasn’t a good day doesn’t mean you’re giving up skateboarding.
Remember this – never be discouraged by something you can’t do, because practice will take you where you want to go.
Trial and error are part of the game. Embrace it, progress and move your skating skills to a whole new dimension.