As a child, nothing is cooler than skateboarding down the road or in the outdoors, and showing off in front of your friends. Kids love to glide freely and experience the rush skateboarding gives them.
Skateboarding is a skill that takes time to develop, and needs to be ingrained from a young age. Even a four-year-old can start skateboarding, but it is important that your kid has good balance before you teach them how to skateboard.
Teaching your kid to skateboard is a steady process, and needs preparation on your part, as well as, theirs.
Before You Start
Before you give your child a skateboard and start with the hardcore training, make sure you’re taking certain measures to ensure that your child has a good experience. Here are a few things to keep in mind before the actual training starts.
1) Choose the Right Skateboard
Learning skateboarding involves more Science than you think. While skateboarding, the child’s feet must be aligned bolt to bolt. If your child is young, then this width will be greater than the width of their shoulders, which can make skateboarding an uncomfortable experience. It will also make it harder for them to balance and ride the skateboard.
So, depending on the age of your child, and his or her height, get them a skateboard that will complement their height and make it easier for them to learn.
2) Ensure Your Child’s Safety
Before you start practicing skateboarding with your child, you need to ensure that your child has all the safety gear that they would require for riding a skateboard.
Skateboarding is not an easy art to learn when you’re a beginner; even more so when you’re a child, and are still learning the ropes of balancing yourself on your own two feet. Children are sure to fall several times in the process.
In order to prevent any serious injury, you must ensure the child is equipped with a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist pads. These will lessen the blow and allow your child to avoid injuries, motivating your child to try again and again.
3) Let Your Child get Acquainted with the Process
It is very important that your child has a little idea about how to use a skateboard before they actually start practicing.
Now, it is not important for you to be a professional skateboarder to help your child. All you need to do is get them a skateboard and let them try to figure it out for themselves for a few days.
This will help your child find the right footing, and he or she will be more comfortable with the skateboard when they actually get down to learning.
You can also let them watch a few skateboarding movies if you really want them to get a gist of the sport before diving into it. However, this is not a necessary condition.
Now that we have all the basics under control, we can move on to understanding how to actually skateboard.
Like mentioned before, skateboarding requires Science and proper orientation. So, here are a few easy steps you can follow to learn skateboarding.
1) The Correct Alignment
As an obvious fact, skateboarding is all about balancing. To become a pro at the sport, you must learn to correctly align your body with the board in order to get a perfect balance.
Most people make the mistake of moving their hips and waist to gain balance on the skateboard. This always results in failure as the waist and hips do not determine the alignment of the body.
Always use your head, hands, and feet for achieving the perfect balance. The head is the main cause of disbalance while skateboarding. This is because, when you move your head, you unconsciously shift the alignment of your body, making it unstable, and thus, losing your balance. So always keep your feet at the bolts, facing forward, and your head between them.
Also, do not flail your arms; keep them rigid at equal angles to provide correct orientation.
2) Push and Hop
The one thing that takes the maximum time to get right while learning skateboarding is the ‘push and hop’ trick. This is where you are the most vulnerable to losing balance.
Here, you have to take care of three things, the push that will move the skateboard forward, the hop that will land the back foot on the skateboard, and the right place that the back foot must land on.
Moreover, if you put too much pressure on the front foot, it could cause the skateboard to bend forward, and you may end up falling off.