Having the Guts to Skate Your Local Skatepark With No Worries
When I first started skateboarding, I remember getting dropped off at the skatepark and just standing there, not skating, because I was too afraid I’d fall or lose my board and have to chase it down.
I didn’t have the guts to skate!
If you don’t feel comfortable skating at the park yet, don’t worry, that feeling will pass.
After skateboarding for a couple more years since then, I’ve managed to do pretty well as a skateboarder and now it isn’t so intimidating when skating at new skatepark.
It can be the same for you.
Skateboarding should be fun and you aren’t having fun standing on the sidelines. So I’m going to help you out and show you how to charge the skatepark with confidence.
1. Get out of your head
Skateboarding is largely a mental sport and if you’re constantly inside your head you might psych yourself out of skating the skatepark. Don’t let that happen.
As soon as you show up to the skatepark, pick an easy obstacle to start with and do work.
Who cares what the other skaters think about you. Jump into the flow and do the tricks you came to do. Focus on having fun, landing tricks and learning how to skateboard.
2. Show up early
Showing up to the skatepark early has its advantages.
Because there’s hardly anyone there, this makes it the best time to practice your tricks and have fun, without feeling intimidated by other skateboarders. At the same time, you can get a good feel of how to ride the skatepark.
Personally, my favourite time to skate is in the morning.
It’s the only time of day where you can skate anything and everything you want without getting in anyones way, or anyone getting in your way. You can practice your tricks and master them without any distractions.
My advice isn’t to practice a 100 different tricks but rather pick two or three solid tricks.
Having a couple solid tricks to bring with you to the park gives you confidence, because depending on your choice of tricks, you can use those tricks on just about any obstacle.
Here are a couple solid tricks to learn for the skatepark:
- FS/ BS 180
- Fifty-fifty Grind
- 360 Flip
Being able to land those tricks should give you the respect you’re looking for …if you can do them well.
3. Master your craft
To become a really good skateboarder, you’ve got to master your craft.
When Rodney Mullen, the Godfather of Street Skating, started skateboarding, he became obsessed and practiced in his parents garage for hours each day. He spent all that time perfecting his flatland tricks and it began to pay off.
- He won the first freestyle contest he entered
- Got sponsored and joined a rad team of skaters
- Began World Industries Skateboards with a friend
- Won an award for Skater of the Year, and later
- Created Almost Skateboards company
And all this happened because he put in the time and effort to master his craft.
What I’m trying to say is, if you want the confidence to charge the skatepark, no matter who’s there, then you’ve got to practice… a lot. It’s as simple as that.
4. Focus on having fun
Skateboarding should always be anchored on having fun.
“Every win makes me more determined to win again, if I can just stay focused and have fun.” – Ryan Sheckler
Taking skateboarding too seriously can destroy the beauty in skateboarding. It’s not about getting noticed, getting sponsored, getting paid or anything like that.
We skate for the love of the game. By having fun, you are less stressed and more creative, which leads to better tricks and better style.
Focus on having fun and skateboarding success can be yours!
5. Don’t worry, be happy
Show up to the skatepark with that motto.
Don’t stress over a single trick. If you can’t land a certain trick within a couple tries, move on. It’s not worth stressing out – because if you’re not careful, you could ruin your entire skate session.
And if you have a nasty crash at the skatepark, like I did yesterday, walk it off and then pretend it never happened. Don’t let falling affect your mood. Choose to be happy.
Well there you have it. Hopefully this helps you overcome your fears and give you some new-found confidence. Skating different skatepark can be a lot of fun, but only if you’re actually skating.
Keep your head up, stay focused and have fun.
If you fall down, get back up and try again. You can’t let fear stand in your way of success. In order to succeed, you have to face your fears and learn from your failures.
Keep landing tricks and having fun!