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10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Skateboarding


Hi guys, my name is Justin Lauria, and today
we’re going to be going over the top 10 things that I wish I knew when I first started skateboarding. Alright, so the first thing I want you guys
to keep in mind is that you don’t have to be good at skateboarding to get good at skateboarding. Most people who’ve never tried skateboarding
before will assume that good skateboarders just have a natural talent for the sport,
but that they themselves are too uncoordinated to ever be able to do any complicated skateboarding tricks,
but the reality is, talented skateboarders are able to do what they do because of practice. If you think it’d be fun to ride a skateboard,
and trust me it definitely is, you can absolutely learn how to do it. Just remember that it feels impossible to
everybody at first, but you can cut out a lot time practicing things incorrectly if you
have a good mentor. On that note, let’s talk about number 2, which
is: the most danger you’re ever going to be in on a skateboard is probably going to be
the first time you step on one. The most common reason that people get injured
while riding a skateboard is that they’re trying something new that they’re completely
unfamiliar with, and not only do they not know how to keep their balance on the board,
but they also don’t know how to fall properly yet. Being able to fall without getting hurt is
without question an essential skill to have while riding a skateboard, so take your time
as you push yourself past your boundaries, and try your best not to get into any situation
where you wouldn’t be able to fall without getting hurt. Your very first time on a skateboard, you
should start off with the board on top of a piece of carpet, and once you move on to concrete, try to have someone stand or walk next to you so that they can catch you when you start to fall. And please guys, do me a favor and wear protective
gear. Alright so that brings us to number 3, which
is, skating by yourself can be a lot of fun, but skating with your friends is even better. One of the things I love about skateboarding
is that you are in complete control of how well you’re going to perform and you can still
have a great time even if your friends are too tired to come to the skatepark, but you
really should go out of your way to try to convince them to come with you, or just make
friends once you get there, because you’re going to have a lot more fun and the peer
pressure can really help you step outside of your comfort zone and learn tricks that
you might not have even known existed in the first place. Now, number 4 is a really important one: The
ollie is not the first trick that you should learn on a skateboard. Technically speaking, the ollie is actually
a pretty complicated maneuver that can take a good amount of time to learn, but it will
be a lot easier to do if you start out learning other maneuvers that will give you practice
with board control. For a full list of tricks that you can, and
should spend some time working on before you put a lot of time into your ollie, you can
watch the tutorials in this playlist. However, you don’t have to leave just yet;
I’ll put a link to that playlist right at the end of the video. Now, for number 5, this one is especially
for the skaters out there who are, like me, a little heavier than the average skateboarder. Learn how to land with your feet directly
over top of the wheels as early on as you can. Nothing breaks boards faster than landing
with your feet in the middle or on one of the edges of the board, and after you break
your board a few times, the sport can start to get a little expensive. Alright, so, on to number 6. Landing tricks and avoiding injury has very
little to do with luck. If you ever catch yourself thinking, “Man,
I really hope I get lucky and somehow pull this off without breaking my ankle,” you probably
need to reconsider what you’re about to do. Keep in mind that there is a reasonable amount
of risk that you should be willing to take, given your current skill level, and that it
will eventually increase to warrant you trying that really dangerous trick. Also, don’t fall into the trap of thinking
that even though you’ve spent the last hour trying something and haven’t landed it yet,
that adding another hour is going to make a whole lot of difference. Usually, if you’re ready to land a trick,
it’s either going to happen, or you’re at least going to stomp the board down in the
first 10 or 20 tries, so just remember that there’s a big difference between practicing
and killing yourself trying to land a trick that you’re not ready to do. Now, for tip number 7. You should always keep a skate tool and extra
hardware with you when you’re skating. The bolts that hold the trucks to the deck
have a tendency to come loose on you while you’re riding, so it’s really nice to be able
to keep them tightened down and also have the ability to replace them should one of
them break on you. I’ll leave a link to this tool in the description
below. Next let’s talk about the orientation of the
skateboard. If you skate a popsicle shaped deck like this
one: you might notice a slight difference in the width and the concave of the nose versus
the tail. Now most skaters will almost religiously keep
their back foot over top of what the manufacturer suggests is the tail, but you can just ignore
that suggestion altogether and skate both the tail and the nose equally. If you make it a habit to pop your tricks
off of both ends of the board, you can effectively double the amount of time you can ride it
before you start to get razor tail. For number 9, I want to tell you the 3
things you’re going to need to be able to enjoy skateboarding as a beginner. The first is going to be an appropriate pair of shoes. The second is going to be a real skateboard, not one that you can get from a department store like Wal-Mart or Target, and third is going to be a smooth section
of concrete. Without all three of these, your ability to
ride and do tricks successfully is going to be drastically reduced, and you’re going to
feel like skateboarding is not very much fun. Alright so finally, number 10 is: it’s
possible to take skateboarding too seriously. Always keep in the back of your mind that
failure is a huge part of this sport, and if you let it, it can really get under your
skin sometimes. Instead, know when to throw the towel in for
the day on something that’s causing you a lot of grief, and remember why you started
skateboarding in the first place, and focus on doing things that you enjoy and consider
fun. Alright guys, so now before you go anywhere,
I want you to go down to the comments section below and leave your own tip for someone who’s
just getting into skateboarding. If you enjoyed the video, consider subscribing
to the channel, and lastly guys, never stop improving.

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