Whether you skateboard with your family, friends, or alone. To get started you need to know how, where and what to use.
The first time you step on a skateboard you may just end up on the pavement. (We have ALL been there!)
For your first time on a skateboard, you need to know the basics. How to get going and how to stop and about the basic equipment needed to get started. Heyday has some excellent articles on how to get started.
The history of skateboarding dates back to the 50s possibly when surfboarders got the bright idea to put wheels on their boards when there were no waves. You can learn more about the history at Skatoramps.
If you are going to skateboard, you need to know the Lingo. Words like grind, ollie, and anti-rocker don't mean much to you if you don't know what they mean. You can learn the lingo here.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 26,000 persons are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year with skateboard related injuries. Those are BIG numbers - so of course safety is the key to this and any sport.
Here are the basics:
- Make sure your skateboard fits you properly and is made of sturdy materials.
- Make sure you wear a helmet, gloves, and elbow and knee pads. Long-sleeved shirts and pants can provide added protection.
- Keep all equipment in good, working condition.
- Learn to skateboard in an area where there is no traffic. The best place to go is a park that allows skateboarding.
- Don't skateboard or roller blade on public streets or sidewalks or in an unlit area.
- Look for clean surfaces, free of rocks, ditches and holes to help prevent injuries.