20th July 2006
An email from Stephen –
I am 20 years old, and i just recently started skateboarding. I’ve been reading your articles, and they are really helpful. I am currently in a sport in college, and unfortunately i have to be a little bit cautious when it comes to skateboarding, because i don’t want to get hurt and lose my scholarship. However, i’ve been wanting to do it for a long time, so i decided to do just ride around on it, and maybe if i got comfortable enough, try to learn a few tricks, at least until i am done competing in my current sport.
My problem is that i’m having a hard time really getting completely comfortable with just riding. Sometimes i’ll feel pretty good, but then all of a sudden i’ll lose my footing. I think some of it has to do with my bow-leggedness, but i don’t think that should make much of a difference. It just feels like i don’t push off smoothly, like maybe i’m pushing off to the side or something. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks for the sweet articles.
Good on you for starting. I’m afraid I can’t help you too much with pushing off and riding around – I take it you’ve read this article? It contains pretty much everything I can give you on that subject. Other than that it’s just practice practice practice.
One other tip though is not to be too afraid of hurting yourself – that’s a sure way to make it more likely you will hurt yourself. A lot of skateboarding is the mental side, staying positive and when you move on to doing tricks being confident that you can land them solidly. If you start thinking about injuries, you will end up not putting 100% into staying above the board, and aside from not being able to land any tricks you’ll also put yourself in more danger because the board will be more likely to slip from under you. So, just keep that in mind.