There is nothing wrong with skateboarding, but many riders find themselves burned out quickly. When they reach a point where they feel they can’t improve anymore, they feel as if they have hit a brick wall. Often, new riders are not paying enough attention to the fundamentals of the sport as they try too hard to improve.
Taking these simple steps will help you improve your skateboarding. The fundamentals will be instilled, you will gain more balance, you will learn how to get better at skateboarding, how to form, and you will learn new and improved tricks.
1. Learn How to Fall
It may sound cheeky, but the best skateboarders know how to fall. It’s common to stumble and fall a lot when trying to practice tricks on a board with wheels.
Knowing how to fall and land properly, however, makes it easier to practice without getting hurt. Following these guidelines will help prevent serious injury from a trick gone awry:
- It’s important not to land on your palms or hands as you could break your wrist. Protecting your wrists will help you with this.
- Run out of the trick.
- If you land flat on your face, you should roll over onto your back or shoulder.
- Make sure you have elbow and knee pads on to keep yourself safe by sliding.
The following tips teach different ways to fall and land without becoming seriously injured.
Landing on Your Palms is a Bad Idea
It is essential to follow the first rule. Falling on concrete or hard ramps is terrible because we naturally throw our hands out to catch ourselves. Because your wrists are small and easy to break, all of the force is being applied to them during the fall.
Run Out of the Trick
Running out of a trick requires that you run. You might find that you have stalled out while learning something new. If that happens, stop and run out of momentum. The intention here is to prevent a fall and give you the opportunity to try again.
You Should Roll When You Fall
A successful trick can also be reduced in force and momentum by rolling so a fall would be less painful. To roll off of a skateboard, tuck your arms in and flip so you land on your back. It is important to practice this technique on grass before practicing on skateboards.
Don’t forget to wear protective gear
Last but not least, wear knee pads. The front of these knee protectors is usually made from hard molded plastic to protect your knees. You don’t get hurt by a blunt impact with this plastic, which slides on a ramp or across the concrete.
2. Meet New People at Skateparks
Trying to learn new skateboarding tricks can be one of the hardest parts of learning. Some people succeed on their own, but the best way to be successful is to join a community. It is fun, social, and also a great way to learn new tricks while being corrected by others while skateboarding.
In addition to interacting with one another, meetings can also be a good way to learn new things. Others will have new tips to share. Consider the example of your friend performing a 360 toe flip and you performing a 360 hardflip. It is possible to teach and demonstrate new skills, and everyone can improve. By utilizing someone else’s skills, you also benefit.
It is also motivational to practice, improve, and go to the skatepark all the time if you have a dedicated group of friends.
Our strongest motivators are our communities, which is why we should be part of a skating community.
3. Develop Your Core Strength
The sport of skateboarding requires strong bones and joints, as well as flexibility. It is essential to build both strength and endurance if you are unfit or are just starting out. As well as skating every day, bodybuilders, cardio athletes, and those who do crunches can apply this knowledge.
It is beneficial to train your core. While on your board, you can gain greater balance and control, making it easier to avoid injury if you fall. You can also perform tricks more easily because your muscles are better controlled.
Several YouTube videos and guides are available to skateboarders if you have questions about core exercises. By focusing on abdominal muscles, lifting, sit-ups, and crunches are the best exercises. Having one or two dumbbells will suffice: you do not need a weight bench.
4. Become Familiar with Fakie and Switch
There may be parts of riding that are familiar to you, but you never learned how to fakie and switch. You can close off entire categories of skills and tricks by not taking the time to develop these skills. Learning how to skateboard backward or using a new stance is an effective way to get better if you are struggling to get better.
Meanwhile, it will be beneficial if Mungo pushing is avoided and if proper pushing habits are instilled. It may be easy, but Mungo causes you to forget some skateboarding basics. Taking the time to learn fakie, switch, and good form might be tough, but this is an essential component to improving your overall technique and showing off to your friends.
You shouldn’t worry too much if the switch stance is too difficult. Don’t worry about the Mungo, instead focus on Fakie.
5. Practice Every Single Day
A skateboarder can only get better by practicing every day. To improve your form and technique, you need to repeat the same moves over and over again. Drills don’t sound exciting, but they are essential for skateboarding. The ability to do this properly takes a large amount of time, but someone with good background inexperience has a major advantage over someone who neglects the basics.
No one can blame you for practicing in your driveway or garage if you are unable to get to a skatepark every day. However, you can improve your form even if you do not learn tricks on a ramp. During this time, you can experiment with new tricks, flips, and styles.
TIP: Select a skateboard that’s compatible with your riding style.
The process of mastering skating is similar to learning any new skill. It’s important not to focus too much on the outcome; you should enjoy the journey rather than only consider it as part of the process. By focusing solely on your ambitions to become the best you can, you’ll soon exhaust your motivation and your self-confidence.
Skateboarding may be another skill in which 10,000 hours as required. You should not worry too much and keep a sense of humor. Skating, for example, changes how those wires are connected in the brain without us being aware that we’ve done it. Our brains are wired in specific ways and certain activities (such as skating) change the way they’re connected. As you continue to improve, it is crucial for you to develop muscle memory.
Infusing these five steps into your skating will lay a solid foundation for you to improve relatively fast.
A better deck and wheel are those that you spend more time on. Be aware of how you perceive yourself, and make sure you push yourself to the limit.