The first time you ever step onto a skateboard is either a love or hate relationship after falling off repeatedly. You want to tame the beast or risk looking like a fool trying to fit into a culture you’re not willing to put the work into. You’ll learn to love falling down, or bailing, because even the pros fall down regularly. You’ll learn to nail your tricks more consistently, sure, but if you’re not falling down, that means you’re not taking risk and you’re just coasting along. This isn’t to scare beginners, it’s a way of saying “it’s okay to suck, we’ve all been there.”
Protect Your Neck
While safety is seen as lame or just something OCD people harp on about, it’s more of a sign of maturity and respect for the sport than anything. Safety includes the pads, the helmet, and awareness. Your lack of safety in-turn puts others at risk at a skate park. The number one mistake new skateboarders make at a skate park is being too cautious, followed by not taking safety serious enough. If you are setting up a skateboard trick, always survey your surroundings and make sure no one is going to interfere or potentially cross paths.
If you thinking about setting up that trick again or thinking about backtracking, never stop in the middle of the park without having a clear understanding of your surroundings. Most collisions between skaters are avoidable, because someone or both parties were not paying attention to those outside their periphery. If you keep moving and with purpose, you are less likely to run into accidents, than if you are stationary and left with no time to react.
Take it Easy
If you find yourself going hours and hours without a break, you can be at a real risk for fatigue as a skateboarder. When we are tired, we tend to over-correct and underestimate things much more. It is perfectly fine to push yourself past your limits, but don’t take risks while your body is sore or if you’re not properly hydrating yourself. Muscle cramps are no joke, especially if you’re all by yourself with no one around to provide immediate relief. Most skateboarders would rather suffer a bloody knee or elbow than to be crippled by a muscle cramp. Not to mention that if you cramped up in the middle of a trick, you could very easily fall down in the worst way possible, causing further injury.
Stay safe out there, for your own health, and for the sake of other’s. You’ll earn mad respect if you show you are looking out for your fellow skateboarding brothers, not just gassing them up when they land a sick skateboard trick.