Skateboarding is one of my passions. In fact it’s one of my biggest interests. I started skating in the 80s when Tony Hawks and the other legends were raising stars. I still remember my first skateboard that had some cool skull logos on it.
I felt like the coolest kid on the block!
But when you’re new to skating it can feel overwhelming? What gear do I need? What board?
Let me help you out!
Right off the bat, you won’t have the capacity to do all the tricks that you see the skateboard stars do on YouTube. It takes a considerable amount of training, plus a lot of discipline. I know, that new XBox game can be fun, but if you want to be able to skate you need to put the time in.
First you need a good board. Let me help you choose!
In case you’re serious about taking a stab at skateboarding, you’ll need a legit board. That board you saw on Amazon with Mickey Mouse characters on will likely accomplish more damage than teach you how to skate! We suggest that you visit a pro skate shop where the staff know what they’re talking about.
The most vital bit of skateboarding question is the skateboard itself. Surprise! A decent skateboard comprises of various individual parts, first there’s the deck – this is the bit of wood which you stand upon. The length of the deck can vary enormously from smaller sizes to longboards. For those who are beginners we suggest the standard 30 inches (80 centimeter) board that has two raised parts at each end (kicktails). On the deck itself there’s something called hold tape – this is the dark sandpaper-like material that gives firm friction to your shoes, so you don’t fall off the board so easily.
Attached underneath to the deck are two metal trucks. Those are the axles of your board that enable you to turn the skateboard when you’re rolling. Trucks comes in a variety of sizes and can be fixed or extricated to give diminished or expanded movement. For novices we suggest a more tightly truck, to make sure you’re not wobbling while you skate.
Last but not least are the wheels. Wheels can differ in shapes and sizes, with some wheels being better for offroad or specialized skating, while bigger wheels are better to cruise or going fas. We suggest to begin in the mid-ground with 56 to 61 mm wheels.
Finally, if you’re not comfortable riding a conventional board I recommend buying an electric skateboard. With an electric board you’ll have more control and can focus on the balance. And in my opinion it’s more fun. The guide in the link has several beginner boards, and that’s where I bought my Boosted Dual+ board.
The Skateboard Shoes
Shoes are very important for skateboarding, you won’t get much of anywhere if you use flip-flops. I recommend a leveled shoe with a lot of padding and protection around the lower leg. In case you’ll be doing a lot of skate tricks, your lower legs will take a great deal of damage so purchasing appropriate shoes will spare you a considerable measure of agony later on!
The Safety Gear
Your safety is very important. It may not be the coolest thing on the planet, but protective gear will spare you from a great deal of pain and agony later on. When you begin with skateboarding you’ll tumble off the board a couple of times so wear defensive knee-cushions, elbow cushions, wrist-gear and a protective helmet.
Bonus: Where to Skate?
In addition to your skateboarding gear, where and when you skate will impact how safe you’ll be. Try to locate a safe skate-pit in your local neighborhood, that’ll give you the correct surface to skate on. Just skate when the climate allow it, if it’s showering intensely or snowing don’t go skating, your wheels can slip, the grasp tape will not working correctly and you’ll tumble off. No one likes that!