While skateboarding and safety aren’t usually used in the same sentence the sport is not as dangerous as most may think following these 5 tips will lead to you being able to skate much safer.
Tip 1: Do not skateboard in the rain.
Any experienced skateboarder will tell you that rain is one of if the biggest obstacles in skateboarding and since England and rain are two peas in a pod it is best to learn this lesson early. When it rains the ground becomes slippery and when skateboarding this will make it so that your skateboard doesn't stick to the ground; leading to tricks becoming near impossible to land without falling. Not only this a skateboard is nearly all made out of wood and metal meaning that the rain will quickly lead to the metal rusting and the wood weakening (you might even have to buy a new board in the morning). So when it rains try find a dry spot to skateboard like indoor skateparks or even car parks.
Step 2: Wear appropriate shoes.
This tip might throw some newer skateboarders off guard but the shoes that you wear on a skateboard drastically impact on your ability to control a skateboard. This is why skateboard shoes have existed for over 20 years, brands like Vans, Etnies, DC and many others have made special shoes for skateboarding. Shoes that are bulky with limited flexibility will limit control over a skateboard and lead to injuries, while shoes designed for skateboarding are typically very flexible and durable. This means that rips and tears in the shoes will happen less frequently so you won't have to buy new shoes or fall as often.
Step 3: Avoid uneven and grainy surfaces.
Ground that is uneven and full of rubble is always best to avoid, this can include paths that have been gritted or non tarmaced car parks. The reason for not skating these areas is generally apparent to all skateboarders straight away; the ground is too uncomfortable to ride on. This reason is not the only negative as when you fall the rubbled surface will make the impact much more painful and can lead to the gentalist fall causing many more cuts and bruised. So while it might not be always possible try find the nearest smooth surface to practice skateboarding as it will make skateboarding much easier and enjoyable.
Step 4: Stay aware.
Awareness is a staple of skateboarding, to maintain speed and skateboard effectively you generally must have a clear understanding of your environment. If you are still new to the sport follow the these tips and you should be fine! Tip 1: Keep your eyes to the ground when riding (watch out for upcoming stones or bumps to avoid falling unexpectedly). Tip 2: Understand your surroundings (if you are in a busy area you will need to watch out for people walking by or other skateboarders). Tip 3: Do not chase your skateboard (when your skateboard flies away from you when you fall do not blindly run after it especially when near a road). Stop and look around first before going to retrieve it, you don't want to get hit by a car.
Step 5: Wear a helmet.
Last of the tips, when practicing new tricks especially when on a skatepark, wear a helmet. Not only will it make you more confident when skateboarding and lead to you being able to land the tricks faster but it will also keep you safe. No skateboarder at the park will care about your helmet and most might even be jealous of you. So now you are upto date on how to keep yourself safe go outside and skateboard and if it's raining have a look at some skateboard videos on youtube you might even be able to learn a new trick!