Without any shred of doubt, one of the most exciting activities for people of almost all ages today is skateboarding. This is true for all countries and nations of the world. Wildly popular, truly exciting and very energetic, very few other sports or adrenaline-inducing activities compare to skateboarding.
Now that we have established that skateboarding is very attractive, it must also be stated that not everyone can do magic with a skateboard. However, the good news is that even the most prolific and most talented of skateboarders today were once amateurs. They all had to master the basics of the sport. For those who are amateurs today or those who are just showing interest in this activity, this piece will focus on all you need to know about some of the most important basics of skateboarding.
If you want to be successful in skateboarding or any other board sports for that matter, it is essential you start simply by mastering the most basic techniques. Then with time, you build on these fundamental steps and become so good that you can even invent your own customized styles. That is how all the best of skaters started.
Once you have concluded in your mind that skateboarding is for you, the next thing for you to do is to focus on your balance. In skateboarding, this is done by ensuring you have one foot in front while the other is directed backward. This is important because while the front foot gives you the needed balance, the back foot will allow you to change direction while also allowing you to drive the board. This is the stage that you lock down what is called your ‘comfortable stance.’
If you are not sure how to get your perfect stance, tell your instructor or even a friend to assist you by giving a gentle push. Try this over and over until you have mastered your position. The next step after this is to start moving, but this should be done gradually. You must get familiar with the feel of the board then you master it one step at a time. At this stage, all you are doing is just trying to find your balance and getting a deeper connection with the board.
The next stage is how you become a master of the pavement. Remember, at this stage, it is not best to hit the surface with all the force and speed. One step at a time, while figuring out the grip you have with your stance which you have adopted earlier. By the time you have done this severally, you will have a more ‘professional grip’ of the skateboard. Once you are fully confident of this, you can then attempt to make a few low jumps.