How hard is it to learn to skate

Learn to skateboard - that's how it works

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You've probably seen skaters before and noticed that skating looks so easy on you. The first attempts on a skateboard are unfortunately not that easy for most people. With our tips and a bit of perseverance, you will soon notice: Skateboarding is not that difficult!

Is skateboarding difficult? Not with the right equipment!

If you want to learn to skateboard, the right board plays an important role. Not every board is equally suitable for beginners. Advanced skaters in particular use skateboards with special features. Such boards are initially not suitable for you as a beginner. To get started you will need:

  • A suitable beginner skateboard with steady leadership and a straight board. With loose tours it is much more difficult for you to keep your balance.

  • Skate shoes: You should wear suitable shoes when skating. This means that they should have a flat, even sole. We recommend Vans or Etnies skate shoes.

  • Protective gear: Especially at the beginning you will hardly be able to avoid one or two falls. Therefore, protect yourself with good protective equipment. These include: elbow guards, knee guards, wrist guards and of course a helmet. A helmet with a smooth surface and a tight chin strap is ideal.

Skateboarding - 5 tips for beginners

If you have the right equipment, this is a good start. But now it's time to practice, practice, practice. With these tips it will not be difficult for you and you will soon have your first successes:

  1. For your first attempts, choose an area with a concrete floor that is as smooth as possible. Your board rolls particularly well here and pushing off is much easier. As soon as you have a little practice and become more confident, you can also dare to venture on slightly more uneven surfaces such as asphalt.

  2. First and foremost, you have to learn how to keep your balance on the board. To do this, it is important that you find a good position on the board. There are practically no regulations for this. Once you have found a good position in which you can stand safely on the skateboard, keep it! In order to find and practice a good standing position, train while standing. The best thing to do is to go to a meadow first. Here the skateboard can practically not roll away.

  3. The next step is to practice starting and rolling. To do this, as described above, choose a surface that is as flat and smooth as possible so that you can roll easily. Push off with one foot in as large, even steps as possible. This makes it easier to find balance than with small, short steps. In order to change to the driving position, the moving foot must be in a sideways position. The front foot remains in front of the board. Assume an upright posture and bend your knees slightly.

  4. You turn corners by shifting your weight to the left and right. The more pressure you apply, the tighter the curve will be. Start slowly here too and gradually increase.

  5. Just like starting, braking and stopping safely is part of skateboarding. At slow speeds you can simply stop with your foot by placing your foot on the ground. Pay attention to your balance. Advanced skiers usually use the rear fin of the skateboard to brake.

As with all things, practice makes perfect when learning to skateboard. It is helpful if you orientate yourself towards advanced users or ask them directly for tips. As soon as you can safely ride, steer and brake on your skateboard, you can gradually try your first tricks and stunts. We wish you a lot of fun!

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