Learning to ride a skateboard.

Today's youth are increasingly making a choice in favor of extreme sports. This gives her the opportunity not only to throw out the accumulated energy, but also to feel the release of adrenaline into the blood. Skateboarding belongs to the category of popular extreme fun today. Adherents of this sport proudly call themselves riders and are happy to demonstrate to others the most incredible tricks. It is not surprising that from year to year the number of people who want to stand on the board is steadily growing. To help beginners, we will give a detailed answer to the question of how to learn how to ride a skateboard.

Buying a board

First of all, the future rider needs to purchase a skateboard that suits his needs and interests. At the same time, design and visual appeal play a secondary role when choosing a product. The main emphasis should be placed on technical characteristics, on which the ease of use of the skateboard and the ability to perform various tricks largely depend. Any board consists of the following elements:

  • deck;
  • wheels;
  • bearings;
  • hangers, or tracks;
  • influenza;
  • Keys and mounting bolts.

Most experienced riders purchase these parts separately, matching them to the riding style they are using. Then skateboarders independently assemble the product that is most suitable for themselves. However, for beginners it is better to buy a ready-made board, having previously consulted with knowledgeable people. Many riders who value their time purchase sports equipment in online stores, guided by positive reviews or the level of popularity of the product on the Web. An example of a convenient electronic catalog of skateboards is presented at the link http://moskva.aport.ru/skejtbordy_skejty/cat5561.

When choosing a board, it is necessary to pay attention not so much to its price as to its quality. After all, it is from this parameter that the safety of a person standing on a skateboard directly depends. Low-quality parts will quickly fail, and a product from dubious manufacturers may soon delaminate and become unusable. All items should be carefully inspected and checked before purchasing the board. It is recommended to start with the deck, which is the top of the product. It is on her that the athlete stands when skating. Deck widths vary from 19 to 21.5 cm, length - from 78 to 83 cm. It is important to keep in mind that narrow skateboards are considered much more maneuverable. Whereas wide boards provide better grip, which means they have good stability. A beginner should give preference to the intermediate option. A board width of 20.3 cm will be sufficient.

As for the length of the product, it does not have much effect on the maneuverability and ease of use. The standard size of the board is about 78.5 cm. For a smooth change in the trajectory of movement, the athlete should transfer the entire body weight to the heels or toes, depending on which direction you need to make the turn (photo). It is also necessary to tilt the body there. Much in this case depends on the strength of the pressure. The larger it is, the sharper the angle of rotation will be.

A sudden change of direction requires the rider to have the skill of balancing only on the rear wheels. When riding a skateboard, you need to transfer your body weight to the supporting leg so that the nose of the board rises up. Next, you should make a jerk with the body in the right direction and again lower yourself onto the front wheels. It is quite possible for a beginner to do without this skill. To begin with, he needs to master and secure smooth turns, moving from normal driving in a straight line to a neat change of direction. At the first stage, training will not do without falls, but over time, the athlete will have tangible successes.

In conclusion, it is worth noting that learning to ride a skateboard will require a lot of effort and time from a person. Only constant practice and riding in the company of more experienced riders will allow you to quickly achieve noticeable results. Starting with straight-ahead driving and mastering balancing, you should gradually move on to smooth turns and driving on inclines. In the absence of experienced mentors, numerous video tutorials, presented in a wide abundance on the Internet, will help to learn how to skateboard.