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Learn how to skateboard with this Howcast video series for the beginner skateboarder.
You Will Need
- A skateboard
- A helmet
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
- Proper shoes
- Common sense
Make sure you’re comfortable with your board. Smaller skaters usually use shorter, narrower boards to give them better control.
Give your skateboard a good once over: check the deck – the wood board you stand on; trucks – the metal hardware that attaches the wheels to the deck; the wheels; and grip tape to make sure everything is in working order.
The most important piece of safety gear is your helmet. It should fit snugly but comfortably, and should never block your vision or hearing. Always remember to buckle the chin strap.
Wear knee and elbow pads, especially if you plan on doing tricks. Even when you’re just skating around your neighborhood, they offer great protection.
Don't forget wrist guards. These special gloves feature plastic or metal splints that run along the undersides of your wrists and palms. The extra support helps keep you from breaking your wrists in the event of a fall.
Wear proper shoes. Footwear should be closed-toe and slip-resistant.
Use common sense. Make sure your skating surface is smooth and free of rocks and debris. Don’t stop in front of other skaters, and stick to skateboard parks or other familiar areas. Alleys, streets, and unfamiliar spots may have uneven terrain or too much traffic. Remember: your safety and the safety of those around you is your responsibility.