Skateboarding is an activity that involves riding on a skateboard. The skateboard is typically made up of a deck which is a piece of rectangular shaped plywood, that is attached to 4 small wheels underneath. Today, the newer versions feature a number of other components. Skateboarding is either a type of recreational activity and for others an extreme sport. It is rarely used for transportation and the person that participates in these activities is known as a skateboarder or skater.
The first step for skateboard beginners is to choose the correct board and gear. For beginners, it is always recommended to choose a heavy and thick deck along with less of a curvature. With this type of board, it is easier to maintain control and stay on the board. As you start to improve your skills you can change over to a deck that is thinner with a concave shape.
You should also check on the trucks. If they very tight unscrew the kingpins. Once you have done this, ensure that the kingpins have been fitted correctly. A truck that is fitted well, makes it easier to turn which will lower the risks associated with falling off. When it comes to protective gear, you should invest in skating shoes, wrist braces, a helmet, along with knee and elbow pads.
Now that you have your board and gear, the following step involves becoming comfortable with your skateboard. Position the board on a surface that is non-slippery such as carpet or grass. Now start to experiment with a few of the basics such as standing in different positions and jumping on and off the board. You can also practice learning to balance on the rear and the front wheels.
From here you can make a decision on your skating style or stance. The three general stances include the viz, which is the regular position where you skate with your left foot facing forward, the goofy, where your right foot is facing forward, and the mongo foot, where you push off the ground with your back foot. For beginners, it is better to start with the viz or the goofy style.