Anonymous asked: I really love the 'thought' of skating, my brothers all skateboarded whilst growing up, and i've always wanted to do it, but 1. I dont have great balance (i'm all lopsided and stuff) and 2. I am terrified of hills/stones and going too fast... Yeah, whats your advice for getting over fears and stuff?
A lot of those fears may be related to the type of setup- and can be reduced by changing things up!
Here are some hints:
-choose a board with slightly bigger, softer wheels. These will be a little more forgiving underfoot, absorbing shock from rocks, cracks, and other imperfections. They will get rid of most “rattle” that you find with hard wheels. The hardness of a wheel is measured in durometer. 75a would be a soft longboard wheel, while 99a or 101a is standard for skateboards.
Remember that you shouldn’t pick wheels because you like the colour- for a lot of companies, different colours mean different hardnesses.
Some examples for skateboards: Bones Jared Lucas ATF (80a), Powell Peralta All Terrain Skateboard (80a), Landyachtz Street Hawgs (yellow or orange, 82a and 90a respectively), Abec Softball Sublimes, Divine City Slashers (all the duros are good, pick which one you want) or even some 3DM Cambria Slaloms (again, all the duros are reasonable).
Some examples for longboards: Abec Flashbacks (75, 78, or 81a), Abec ZigZags, Sector 9 Race Formula (yellow or blue), Landyachtz Zombie Hawgs (there are too many to count, go look them up), Cloud Ride! Freerides, or Cult Classics (though these are sideset which is a shame).
-tighten up your trucks a quarter or half turn, it will make it a little harder to turn, but a little easier to stay on top of. Or, spend a whopping 16 bucks to get some different bushings. Seriously, having a ton of bushings is one of the best things you can do. They’re cheap and you can combine them in all kinds of different ways to try new things.
For hills and speed wobbles, just take it slow. First learn how to airbrake (stand up straight, arms out, if you have a jacket, unzip it and let it catch the air), then footbrake (lower one foot flat on the ground and use the friction to stop you), and if you’re interested, sliding (learn a shutdown slide for stopping in out-of-control situations). Typically, you want to use them in that order, though sometimes if you’re going REALLY fast footbraking should be skipped and you should just slide.
And you know, when you’re just starting, you can always walk down the hills that are too big.
Wear a helmet, gloves, and knee pads. Play it safe.