skating experience will def help...no need to plan all this lalala, just go out there, have fun, see if you like it and don't damage yourself too much. got some skate wristguards? bring em...
Actually I don't. I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but I was one of those idiots who never bought any safety equipment(my wrists wish I had guards) and just tried not to fall. Luckily I never rode any big features.
All this skate talk actually brings up another question. I skate regular, mostly cause everyone else I knew did, and I never thought to try any different. But I found some of those "footedness tests" and every time I've tried them, it comes out as goofy. Should I change, or just go with my skate stance?