Having the Guts to Skate Your Local Skatepark With No Worries

360-flipSo you want to learn how to skate the skatepark without falling and embarrassing yourself in front of the better skaters?

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:

  1. Kickflip
  2. FS/ BS 180
  3. Fifty-fifty Grind
  4. Boardslide
  5. 360 Flip

Being able to land those tricks should give you the respect you’re looking for …if you can do them well.

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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.

Conclusion

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!

 

4 comments

  • So I’m a 17 year old girl now and I love the feel of just riding around on a skateboard. I’ve skated just leisurely for 4-5 years on and off. I spent a solid few months trying to Ollie and could just never get the hang of it so I got discouraged and stopped, because obviously that’s a very basic skill needed to skate. I’d love to just cruise around a skatepark, but that just seems so pathetic to me. Even though it’s because I got into the sport late and at a time where I really care what people think. Is it bad to go to a skatepark just to cruise around and have fun where there aren’t cracks all over the road??

    • Hey Briannah, no it isnt bad to just cruise around the skatepark, I remember riding my scooter at the park for the first time, i just rode as if i was on the street but this time in the park! who cares what people think of you. You dont have to be a pro at skateboarding to go ride at a skatepark. It took me years to get the feel of the park but look where i am now! Number 7 best scooter in america with several championship wins! Search me up on youtube @Tanner Fox 😉

  • 2. Show up early – otherwise it might be difficult to cruise around without snaking others esp. if they are moving a lot faster. I have found skaters are surprisingly friendly, not like the aggressive image they sometimes have. They might be able to give you some tips on how to progress in a way that isn’t too scary too!

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