2011-09-03 Very very beginning skateboarding - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
I am not a pro boarder. In fact I am a very late fan of the sport. This is more a diary than anything else, although comments and suggestions are appreciated. I'm going to try to keep track of how I do (and what I do) from season to season; what works and what fails; and how I improve over time.
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2011-09-03 Very very beginning skateboarding

Posted 09-04-2011 at 03:01 PM by Donutz

Started today. I found my snowboarding helmet and removed the snowboarding-related stuff like the ear covers and the goggle-strap hook on the back. I should get a proper summer helmet when I get a chance. Also some gloves and maybe knee pads.

Anyway, first time on the board was in my garage. The floor's nice and flat, controlled environment, and no audience . The first thing I ran into is my skating has to be different. I skate by pushing on my heel edge in snowboarding, but that just feels wrong on a skateboard. But toe-edge pushing feels weird. Mind you, I need to be able to do that when snowboarding, so I think this is going to be some valid cross-training.

I just went back and forth in the garage for a while. Nothing fancy, very little turning. Tightened the trucks a few times. Then I tried the most tentative bit of braking using the tail. Almost lost it. So instead I tried practicing just lifting the nose a bit, then lifting the nose and turning a bit. Finally got confident enough to try a braking maneuvre. It ain't pretty, but I didn't dump it.

Takeaway from the first session is that you don't just hop on the board and go cruising around, unless you've got some experience from something else that transfers (snowboarding doesn't). The skateboard is way less willing to stay under you. So an hour or two of just short glides and light turns on the flat is a good idea.
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