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Skateboarding – One of
the Most Exciting and Skilled Board Sports
by: Ben Ruhland
If you’re looking to get into a board sport why not try out
skateboarding? Let me guess you and your friends go out on weekends
looking for something to do but you’re bored stiff. Well I can guarantee
you skateboarding is a sport you’ll never be able to give up on once you
get into it. It’s a board sport that can have a steep learning curve
depending on the person but most people can pretty much master the basics
within a couple of months.
Skateboarding has developed quite a bit in recent years. For decades
when skateboarding was in its infancy, it was seen as an activity
performed by youngsters, mainly rebel kids. In these earlier years
skateboarders were perceived as outcasts who went around vandalizing other
people’s property by skating on it. It is becoming more understood these
days but it still has a long way to go before people will fully understand
the skill and dedication that goes into this sport.
The basics of skateboarding like pushing yourself along the street are
easy to learn but once you get into the tricks and manoeuvres such as the
most basic trick, the ollie, it takes quite a bit more practice to master.
You need to learn the ollie as it’s a fundamental move that is combined
into the majority of tricks where the board leaves the ground. The ollie
is what could be considered a “jump” where the skateboard and the rider
leave the ground with the board under their feet. To really master this
basic move it can take a natural skater up to a year to really get it
When learning to skateboard some protective gear can go a long way to
ensuring your safety as you can expect to take many falls when first
starting out. A decent helmet, some elbow pads and knee pads will give you
the safety you’re looking for and a little extra confidence knowing you
won’t get too hurt when you fall. You can buy this protective gear fairly
cheap from most skate shops and even some general purpose stores.
It’s easy to get nervous when first starting out on a skateboard
because your balance will most likely be very out of tune. But don’t
worry, every single skater you see out there on the skate park doing all
those big moves, grinding rails, doing big grabs on the half pipe, they
were all just like you when they started out. It’s a sport that takes a
lot of dedication, and it relies on practice. If you put in the hours
you’ll be popping kick flips in a matter of months. So go out there and
get practicing, it’ll keep you busy for many years to come.
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