Skateboarding was first invented in California back in the 1950’s by a bunch of surfers who wanted to do something fun when the waves were too small to surf. Since then, it has become a popular hobby for many people around the world. Your child can start doing it and have fun right away. They can skateboard on the streets, or go to a park and practice their tricks.
We all have different needs and goals. Some kids use the skateboard to ride, while others use it to do tricks. Whatever the reason is, your child will start with the same process – the beginner’s way.
In this article, we will give you tips and tricks on how your beginner child can become a better skateboarder.
Practice Their Balance
For beginners, keeping their balance on a skateboard could be challenging. The moment they step on the board, it can move. When it moves, they might fall and hurt themselves.
Before they can start having fun, it’s best to practice their balance.
Let them stand on the board, one foot over the screws (for the trucks and wheels) and the other foot on the other side. You can hold their hands while they try to get on and keep their balance.
After that, they can start practicing kicking (pushing off the ground with one foot) as they balance their bodies while they move. Let them kick a few times, then put both of their feet on the board.
This activity will make them more confident riding their skateboard.
Wear Safety Gear
When skateboarding, accidents could happen. Your kids might fall or break their bones, even though they are confident.
Wearing safety gear can help as it can protect their bodies from fractures and dangers. As a parent, it’s also advisable to learn first aid. The safety gear can lessen the hurt, but it doesn’t mean there will be no more accidents.
Always let your child wear a good-quality helmet. Make sure that they fit perfectly and have a good cushion. The objective is to protect your child’s head yet still feel comfortable wearing one.
Additional gear, such as knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist pads are optional, but highly recommended.
Once your child becomes confident riding their skateboards, it’s time to let them learn how to turn. They can do carving turns and kick turns.
Carving turns is leaning side to side to steer in the direction you want to. They have to use their toes and heels to direct the board.
Use their front shoulder to point the direction they want to go, then apply pressure on your heels or toes, depending on the direction. Keep in mind that it won’t give you a sharp turn, so it’s not best to use it in one.
On the other hand, kick turns are used for sharp turns. They are also faster, so you can quickly turn. However, this needs the front wheels to launch from the ground. Your child must use their balance skills using this technique.
They can put their back foot at the tail and put pressure on it. As the front board takes off, they can turn their bodies to control the board in the direction they want to. Once they get the angle, they have to put the pressure back to the center of their body.
Set Realistic Goals
Once your child has gotten used to riding your skateboard, they can start learning tricks. The most common trick for beginners is the Shove-it. This requires the rider to spin the board 180º using their feet.
After that, they can start with Ollie – launching your board from the ground using their feet and landing their feet on it.
However, before starting any of these tricks, make sure that you set your goals. Try to practice each goal you have in mind before going to another; of course, it has to be realistic.
For instance, if you’re a beginner, you shouldn’t start learning advanced tricks right away as it will be impossible and could cause injuries and frustrations. Instead, start with small goals.
Keep in mind that skateboarding is an art, so no matter what trick you want to do, it’s valid.
The journey won’t be easy. However, it’ll all be worth it because as your child practices, they’ll be better. So, make sure that your child enjoys practicing skateboarding. Once they enjoy it, they probably won’t give up.
Remember to practice their balance and turning. They should also set realistic goals and, most importantly, make them wear safety gear.
Always be there for them to guide and teach them along the way, as this is also a perfect way for you to bond with your child, developing a strong, healthier relationship.