8 Skatepark Tips For Beginner Skateboarders
If you’re a beginner skateboarder who’s starting to go to the skatepark, check out these 8 skatepark tips I have for you below. If you don’t want to embarrass and/or hurt yourself, make sure you actually use these tips next time you’re at the skatepark.
When I first started going to skateparks it was an intense experience…
First of all, we didn’t have a skatepark in my town yet, so we would have to get driven to the skatepark. One time me and my friend convinced his dad to drive us to the skatepark in the city, which is the skatepark you see in the picture.When we went though, it was packed with skaters and bikers.
It’s so fun going to a new skatepark and having new obstacles to skate. The thing was, me and my friend were both beginner skaters who could only do a couple tricks. And because we didn’t want to look stupid trying to skate the entire park, we skated the flat rail and that was it.
We drove 45 minutes into the city to skate a flat rail …do you see how ridiculous that is? It shouldn’t have been like that.
If you’re afraid of embarrassing yourself by falling off your skateboard or intimated of the other skaters better than you, use these tips to forget about what others think about you and land the tricks you want because you choose to.
8 Tips For Beginners Skating at the Skatepark
- Go to the skatepark in the morning – As you can tell in the picture the park was empty when I showed up, because I went early morning. That’s the best time to find the skatepark empty if you’re nervous skating with a bunch of skateboarders on the park.
- Make new friends – Make friends with the best guys on the skatepark. Knowing the local skaters is a sure way of feeling comfortable when showing up to the skatepark. Show respect and usually you’ll get respect back. Skateboarding with skaters better than you are is also a really good way to become a better skateboarder.
- Warmup before going ham – This is especially true if it takes you 30 minutes or more to drive to the skatepark. Jumping on your skateboard and trying your best tricks right away can lead to some ugly wipeouts. Stretch your legs out if you have to. Do whatever you have to the loosen up and feel relaxed.
- Respect the skatepark – It doesn’t matter where you’re skating at, respect the park. You can’t expect to get very inspired when there’s trash all over the skatepark. The same goes for graffiti. Ugly graffiti or writing stupid things on the skatepark does good for no one. On the other hand, when there are graffiti masterpieces or properly painted obstacles happening, it’s inspiring …and being inspired to skate is what we want.
- Trust your gut – Listen to what your intuition tells you. If you have a bad feeling about a certain tricks don’t do it. Skateboarding IS about stepping outside your comfort zone and avoiding unnecessary wipeouts. Sometimes wiping out is part of the learning experience. That’s just the way it goes, but you can avoid a lot of nasty wipeouts just by trusting your gut.
- Keep your head up – When there’s a skatepark full of skaters and bikers make sure you know what’s happening around you. Be sharp. Watch out for yourself by keeping your head up. Wait your turn to skate an obstacle. This is common sense but it’s worth saying because I’ve seen too many kids crashing into guys only because they weren’t looking where they were going.
- Focus on having fun – Skateboarding has everything to do with having fun. If you’re not having fun you shouldn’t be skating. You can’t expect to learn very much when you’re not having fun. Focus on having fun and doing fun tricks. Sure – try new tricks, but don’t let yourself get stressed out when learning them.
- Flow with the go – There’s usually a certain flow to the skatepark. You have to be aware of that flow and go with it. That means you can’t be stopping in the middle of the skatepark. If you want to sit down for a minute get off the skatepark. Standing or sitting on a skate obstacle just puts you in the way of other skateboarders. If you don’t land your trick, flip your board over and keep going. Flow with the go.
Well, that’s it. These are tips that will make your experience at the skatepark a lot more fun if you use them.
When you go to the skatepark you should be able to skate everything you want. Practice your tricks at home so when you get to the skatepark you have some tricks you can throw down. Don’t be afraid of trying new tricks at the park though. If you wipeout – so what – get up, learn from your mistake and make it right. Don’t feel embarrassed if you wipeout. Every true skateboarder has wiped out more time than they can count. It’s all part of the process.
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Until next time, keep skating, and have fun!