Starting your life as a skateboarder is not easy getting pains, scratches and still stand up for doing skateboarding.
A passionate skateboarder will never stop, and one day they will succeed. Still while practicing skateboarding, everyone needs a guide who can teach them.
A pro skater words matter a lot because once they have gone through this pains and now they have become champion in this filed.
However, the real question is where you will meet these guiders not to worry about this because in this article you will be guided by 10 Experts who will share their experiences and tips that you must have to take care of while skateboarding.
1. Paolo Pica
The Method of Physical Assistance in the Teaching of Skateboarding
The physical assistance method or Full-Time method, conceived and described by Paolo Pica in the book Skate.
Metodologia Tecnicae Propedeutica degli Elementi Base dello Skateboard is based both on the modulating of the difficulties by splitting the maneuver being taught into successive steps, as well as on the physical assistance carried out on the pupil by the instructor during the whole learning process of the trick.
By assistance, we mean the physical support and guiding of the movements that the teacher carries out on the pupil acting to safeguard his safety and facilitate the execution of that action.
The physical support that the teacher gives the pupil and that represents his security is composed of a whole series of successive holds carried out for the entire duration of the action or only a part of it.
These holds can be carried out by the instructor on the pupil, by both, or by the pupil on the instructor.
Generally, we begin the study of a maneuver that entails the constant positioning of the instructor in front of the pupil during its execution to allow both to perform the holds.
The results obtained during this first stage will determine the trust the pupil places in the teacher regarding the chances of falling and of falling without getting hurt during the execution of the exercise.
The fewer chances there are of falling, or of falling without getting hurt, and the higher the trust placed in the teacher will be. On the other hand, the higher the chances are of falling and getting hurt or scared, the lesser the trust placed by the pupil in his ability and the teacher will be.
Once trust is established, the next step will involve a series of holds by the instructor on the student that, depending on the progress made, will gradually diminish both in duration and intensity.
Therefore during this second stage, considerable and prolonged support will be provided for the whole duration of the exercise, which at times may seem excessive concerning the difficulties that arise during the execution of the maneuver.
The purpose is to reinforce the previously earned trust and help the student to develop a relaxed state necessary to guide his movements optimally. Subsequently, both the intensity and duration of the support will be lessened and will be given only during critical parts of the exercise.
This second stage of the assistance ends when the teacher helps the pupil realize that the support he received was more psychological than physical, from the moment that the holds were minimal and thus not essential for the correct execution of the maneuver.
This awareness on the part of the student that he executed the plan by himself and not with the help of the instructor, projects him towards the third stage of the assistance in which the teacher follows the student step by step during the execution of the trick by physically supporting him or allowing the student to hold on to the teacher only when necessary.
During this stage, the instructor's support is mainly psychological, even though he still represents physical support in the case of a mistake.
The third stage of the assistance may be considered a focal point in the learning process in that it allows the pupil to reinforce confidence in his capacities, such that after a certain number of correctly executed attempts he requests to try the exercise on his own.
Once this stage has been mastered, the next step begins where the instructor's verbal directions guide the student in the execution of the trick entirely on his own. The instructor is at a distance that allows the student to perform the trick entirely on his own, but still close enough to provide physical support if needed.
For this to be effective, the practice of skateboarding intended as an educational system where “anyone can,” must be considered in its broadest meaning to address both the world of the non-disabled and that of the disabled, and integrate them.
For this to happen optimally, a teaching method is strongly needed that is suitable to learners' needs, based on the principle of accessibility and that allows a step-by-step learning process and the solving of problems arising relative to the acquisition of the technical gesture being learned.
Starting precisely from this principle of accessibility in 2016 it was born SKATING IN THE DARK, an experimental project of the Full-Time Skateboard Methodology, aims at developing a skateboard teaching methodology suitable for blind people and based on the physical assistance or Full-Time method.
SKATING IN THE DARK is divided into five steps:
a) Experimentation of the program on the researchers themselves to put them in a position of learning similar to that of the blind that is, blindfolded.
b) Testing of the program on a single blind student, testing the methodology, the learning time protocol and checking the autonomy of the student' skills alerted by an acoustic signal.
c) The check of the whole program on a group of blind people. This stage has a length of approximately 40 hours and is divided into 20 weekly 2-hour lessons, and will take place at A.P.D. San Paolo Ostiense, Roma.
d) The integration of the blind student, involved in the B point, in a group of people with no sight problems. This point aims at checking the blind student' self-skateboarding skills and the efficiency of acoustic signals as well, and it also aims at making future professional teachers able to work with blind people. Furthermore building a place suitable for both student categories.
e) The test of the same program on a “sample” group of students with no sight problems, but similar to the blind people group regarding age and lifestyle, to compare the learning time and ways.
In 2017 the project Skating in the Dark is the startup about SKATEBOARDING NO LIMITS a FISR project for disabled people skateboards teaching.
2. Chris Forgham
Ability to learn skateboarding is a soulful journey at any age; you may not realize it until you’re older. I skated in my youth, and have many fond memories of learning to skate, but it wasn’t until I had stopped skating for 20+ years that I realized I missed the freedom and fun that skateboarding can bring to your life.
It’s been a journey to learn to skate again as an adult; fun, frustrating and painful at times. If you want to learn to skateboard, you have to be patient and be willing to fail...and fall a lot.
Be sure, though, that the rewards are well worth it if you stick with it and land some of the tricks you may never thought you could do.
To all of the beginner skateboarders out there, here’s my advice.
Support your local skate shop. Don’t buy off the internet, go in and tell the guy or girl at your local shop you’re just starting out and need some help figuring out what to ride.
Also, try any and everything you can; skateboard decks, wheels, and trucks are all fun, and it’s really what feels right to you. You’ll be a better-educated skater going forward, and probably get some good advice along the way!
Be patient. It will take hours, weeks, maybe months to learn proper form, how to carve, and how to ollie. Don’t be afraid to fail and fall, as it will only help you become a better skateboarder.
Skateboard because you want to, not because it’s cool. It’s ok to be a fan of skateboarding, but if you're going to be a skateboarder, it’s going to take time and effort. Make sure you’re ready to commit to putting in the work of taking on a new sport.
Don’t worry about the good skateboarders around you; everyone has to start somewhere. When you’re at the skatepark, focus on your goals for your skateboarding session (balance, carving, learning to ollie, or whatever); this is your time to dial everything in.
It’s good to watch some of the good skateboarders to pick up techniques but otherwise, relax and enjoy learning to skate. It’s indeed a fun experience!
Lastly, don’t give up. Becoming a skateboarder takes dedication, and can be a lifelong journey. It’s one that provides excellent rewards, and you’ll discover a welcoming community of friends to help you along the way! Are you ready now? I hope you are! Get out there and skate!
3. Tommie Zam
I'm intended to teach you the very basics of skateboarding before the more technical and stylistic elements of skateboarding come into play.
What you should try to learn before you get to know what is arguably the most important trick of them all, the ‘Ollie.’ The basics include simple maneuvers of pushing, tick-tacking, manualing, front & backside 180, and ‘pop shuvit your skateboard.
I recommend learning the maneuvers listed above in that order. The basics as listed above will often take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to get comfortable with, so don’t feel like you’re in any rush. Enjoy the basics!
The ‘parts’ of a skateboard are a ‘deck,’ ‘trucks,’ wheels,’ ‘bearings, 'hardware & grip tape’. All parts come in a variety of shape, size, softness, and flex. You should customize your setup following how it is you want to skate. You should go to your local skate shop to get your gear & have them set it up for you, or you can set your skateboard up yourself.
Bio – A Japanese skateboarder who works at movie making industry and have been given lots of joy from skateboarding for more than 15 years. He made skateboarding tutorial website to show and share his appreciation towards skateboarding.
Do you know which trick you should learn when you start riding skateboarding? Riding skateboard brings you much joy to your life, but learning basics are the toughest part.
Majority of beginners try to learn "Ollie" in which you jump with your skateboard as soon as get started riding a skateboard but they end up quitting it because it is too hard to learn or they get injured.
Learning skateboard safely and efficiently needs specific steps to learn basics to get used to riding before you start learning Ollie.
Nollie Skateboarding is a website teaching skateboarding made by Japanese skateboarders who have been doing skateboard for 15 years and worked in movie making industry.
We take our professional movie making and computer graphics skills to provide all the basics, Ollie, and many other tricks with full movie, text, and image.
You can learn where to start, how to learn basics, get used to doing Ollie, and many other tricks watching a movie and reading text on our website.
5. Stefan Schrey
When starting out, I think the best thing to do is learn how to get about on the board and use it as a mode of transport before rushing into learning how to Ollie or kickflip. This will make you much more comfortable and stable on board, board control and balance are key.
Don’t expect too much too soon, unless you're natural the first few weeks might seem like slow progress, but after the initial balance and control aspect is out the way, you’ll start to pick up a lot quicker and get a feel for what you could tricks you might want to learn first.
Falling over is a good thing to master as you’ll probably be doing a lot of it.
Skating with other people no matter how good they are will always help as you will pick up a lot from just watching what they do.
Don’t give up too soon & good luck
Bio: I’m a co-founder of Loke (http://getloke.com), an iOS and Android app that connects skaters to sessions happening in their city. With 650 spots in NYC and over 12,000 worldwide, Loke is officially the most abundant skate spot resource in the world. Our focus is to build and unify the skate community, which makes me a particular authority to offer tips for up and comers!
1. Figure out if your stance is “natural” or “goofy.” Place your board on a surface it can’t roll, and try standing both ways. Which way feels better for you? That’s your stance.
2. Stand on your board sideways, but twist your upper-body to look forward. You should always have your front foot over the front trucks, and your back-foot slightly behind the back trucks, more-so on the back kick.
3. Never push with your front foot, that’s terrible style! With your front foot slightly rotated to face forward (but still over the front trucks), use your back foot to push back on the ground. Start slowly, with just one push before returning that foot to the board.
4. There are two ways to turn; First,) putting your weight over your toes will cause your board to verge that way while placing it over your heels will cause it to verge the other.
5. Second With your back foot on the back kick, put weight on it causing your front wheels to lift (You want to find the right balance, so your back kick doesn’t touch the ground). Now use your front foot to swivel either side, before weighing it down to return all wheels to the field. This is called a kick-turn and is the basis of skateboarding tricks.
Start slowly, pad up, and practice as often as you can. With these fundamentals, you’ll own the streets in no time.
*Wear safety equipment
*Keep your front foot over the front bolts
*Keep your back foot on the tail
*keep your knees bent at all times (never stand on your board with straight legs!!)
8. re:ply Skateboards
As a graduate music student, I've learned to appreciate creativity in lots of different forms, but have also determined that creativity not always falls under traditional forms.
Moreover, that's why I love skateboarding so much; it allows a skateboarder to channel their creativity and passion in whatever means they desire and also gives that person the opportunity to learn about themselves, other people and even different cultures while socializing and exercising.
Skateboarding has given me countless opportunities and life lessons, allowing me to travel, make lifelong friends and even create income through my company: re:ply Skateboards.
Through re:ply I've been able to teach people about skateboarding, creativity, and art, but more importantly how to create fun while thinking outside the box, showing children and even some adults that alternative activities can create alternative lifestyles transcending any limitations in gender, sexuality, age, class, race or religion.
Hopefully, in the not so distant future, more people will be attracted to what skateboarding and similar urban sports have to offer instead of struggling to comprehend the answer to the questions of: "What football team do you support?", alternatively, even "Who are you?"
Summarising I would say, in skateboarding ability levels don't matter as long as you can learn to accept the challenges and opportunities skateboarding has to offer you, personal, physiological, mental and social goals can be achieved.
9. The Board Blazers
To start learning a new trick, first search YouTube! There are short, straightforward tutorials for almost every trick. Plus, you can rewind over and over to learn at your own pace.
Trying to learn with friends can be fun, but peer pressure can also hold you back. Find an easy YouTube video on your phone, start practicing, and you'll be rolling in no time!
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