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Old 01-22-2009, 04:55 PM
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When starting out skateboarding it is very important to make sure you have the right gear in order to prevent injury. Skate shoes are a must as they have a thick, flat sole that provides more cushion and better grip. Skaters should always wear a helmet along with knee pads. The helmet and pads are the number one way to prevent serious injury while skateboarding. You can also wear elbow pads and/or wristbands for added protection.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:20 PM
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Before you can be the next Tony Hawk, you must first become comfortable with your board. At first, simply stand on the skateboard while in a patch of grass or on the carpet in your house. Get used to the feel of the board underneath you. Move your feet around to different positions on the board including putting all of your weight on either end of the skateboard at one time. Once you get used to the size and feel of your board beneath you, you can move on to more advanced skateboarding techniques and tricks.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:21 PM
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Much like in baseball, where you have to determine whether you bat/throw right-handed or left-handed, in skateboarding you have to decide whether you are going to lead with your left foot (called the Regular stance) or right foot (called the Goofy stance). When standing on the board, see which way feels more natural to you. You want your stronger, more dominant foot to be your back foot.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:21 PM
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Next, you will need to learn how to push. This is the primary way of starting your motion on a skateboard form a standstill. Always use your back foor to push as it is the regarded proper method. There are different styles of pushing that can be learned after the basic push has been mastered.
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After learning how to push, you will need to know how to turn. The best way to turn is to really bend your knees to get low and then turn your board using your feet. This is one of the basic skills that will help you when learning more advanced skateboarding tricks.
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When learning how to skateboard, start with one of the easiest of all the tricks called the Ollie. It is the groundwork for most of the more advanced tricks and makes sense to learn early. Once you master the Ollie, you'll be able to conquer other skateboarding tricks much easier.
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Skate smartly. Mistakes by yourself may not only hurt you but can hurt others in the area. Avoid colliding with other skaters. Don't perform dangerous stunts that are above your skill level in an attempt to show off. Be mindful of where other skaters are and try to give them room to skate and do their own tricks.
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Footbraking: Start slow when learning how to footbrake. DO NOT try this while moving at a fast speed. Work your way up to a faster speed to prevent falling and injury.

Start off by turning your toes to face the nose (front) of the board. Your chest should also be facing toward the front. Put all your weight onto your front foot as you keep your back leg straight and slowly lower it to the ground. Basically, all your weight should be on your front leg, while keeping your body centered and dragging your back foot to slow yourself down. Applying light pressure will slow you down more gradually, while heavier pressure will slow you down quickly.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:23 PM
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As with everything in life, practice makes perfect. Repeating the skateboarding tricks over and over is the only true way to master the techniques. Start with a few of the basic tricks, and once you've got those down, add a more advanced trick to your repetoire. Make sure you practice properly and nail the correct method of doing each trick. If you practice incorrectly, then you will preform the tricks incorrectly.
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It's easiest to practice on carpet or grass to keep your skateboard from rolling while getting used to your new tricks. Of course, some people find it easier to learn skateboard tricks while moving. Just remember; you fall a lot when first learning new tricks.
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Skateboarding on a ramp at a skate park is much different than skateboarding down your driveway or street. So if you think you are ready to conquer the sloped curves of the ramps, here are a few skate tips to help you out. First thing to remember is to always keep your weight placed on your front foot. Your front foot is always the foot that is leading in the direction you are going. As you go up and down the slopes of the ramp, your front foot will alternate between your left and right feet. Next, remember to always keep your knees bent as this will help lower your center of gravity and keep you balanced. It will also makes your legs act as shock absorbers to lessen the impact of the bumps to your body.
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