Every skateboarder once in their life is going to crash; it could happen subtly or he/she could plummet. And as a beginner, a skateboarder is destined to fall more than once.
Skateboarding is super fun and exciting, but this thrilling sport has its risks. Skateboarders must wear safety gear at all times to save themselves from any potential serious injuries. However, one thing is for sure, you will fall and you will get hurt, but you will only be successful if you do not quit.
Without cool tricks and fancy jumps, skateboarding is no fun; so, make sure you wear this gear for protection. We’ve put together a list of the primary skateboard gear components so you can have all the fun you want in peace. Using the appropriate gear definitely minimizes the impact of injury and allows you to quickly get back up. Enabling you to stay in the game for the next crash.
Jokes apart, here’s an honest tip for beginners: You’re going to fall. You might even get injured. But do remember to always get back up, gear up, and keep moving forward. It’s only your passion that drives you during your darkest moments. So, make sure to gather some inspiration along the way.
A good helmet can be your savior while skateboarding. It protects your head, basically your brain, and ultimately, your life. Don’t even think of placing your foot on the skateboard without a good helmet if you’re a beginner. If you’re a pro and competing in a skateboarding competition, you won’t even be allowed inside the ring without a helmet.
Look, if you end up breaking a bone, it’s definitely going to heal in some time. But a head injury is more serious. So, a helmet is one of the most important protective gear for not just skateboarding but many other sports as well.
All it takes is a small stone to make you fall to the ground and boom; you’re in the emergency room. All this for skateboarding without a helmet, quite a heavy price to pay, don’t you think?
So, invest a little to protect yourself from serious head injuries. Buy a good helmet that fits well. There should be enough room to add or remove the soft pads to make them fit well. It shouldn’t move here and there. It is of no use if it doesn’t fit and stays loosened. You matter. Your life matters.
These can easily be called the second most important safety gear. Knee pads are built with a thick plastic cap on the top and soft padding inside to minimize the pressure when the skateboarder falls. These knee pads will protect your knees from severe cuts or scrapes and also prevent you from gravel burns. As beginners fall a lot, and knees are one of the parts of the body on which the pressure falls, they reduce the body weight impact too. When professional bowl skaters lose the flow while jumping from heights as high as 8ft from the ground, kneepads allow them a safe landing and a sliding surface after which they can easily get up, back on their skateboards. They don’t just serve as knee protectors but also help in stunts and tricks while skateboarding.
When we are falling, or about to fall, not just of a skateboard, in general, the human reflex action is to put forward our hands and try to save ourselves from falling. This puts the entire body weight on our wrists. Crack, it goes and we end up with a broken wrist. The chances of falling are very high in number while you are learning to skateboard. This means you will put your wrist in danger numerous times during the learning process. It takes years to learn to fall properly, on some fleshy areas of the body like the arm or the back. Wearing good quality wrist guards will provide support to your wrists, avoiding twisting of the wrists and reducing the full body weight impact significantly.
Elbow pads are also important protective equipment. Just like the knee pads, they are also made up of hard plastic on the outside and have soft pads inside. The straps must be tied properly over the elbow. They protect you from breaking your arms or your elbows when you fall backward or sideways.
Skateboarders wear special kinds of shoes to ensure smooth board flips and ollies. They are flat bottomed and smooth from the sides to make maximum contact with the grip tape and deck. Skateboarding shoes are close-toed. While practicing balance regular running shoes can be worn but while doing or learning to do the tricks skateboarding shoes should be worn. This will ensure smooth skateboarding reducing the risk of falling.
For young and healthy people padded shorts aren’t important because the lower body is strong enough that the body can bear the force without breaking or fracturing the hip or tailbones. For older or heavier skaters, both men and women, padded shorts serve as an extra safety feature in the protection of the hip or tailbone area. Sometimes pro skaters also wear these while doing dangerous skating tricks.
Goggles or shatterproof glasses
Skateboarding is an outdoor sport. If you do not wear contacts your vision must be pretty clear. For pro skaters, while they skateboard at high speeds, there’s always a risk of debris getting into your eyes. You can’t stop and rub or wash your eyes in the middle of skateboarding. Skateboarders choose to wear goggles to protect dirt from getting into their eyes. They must be made of unbreakable material so when the skateboarders fall, it doesn’t break and get into their eyes or cut other exposed parts of the body.
A few other things need to be kept in mind before you jump onto your skateboard just to grab something from the store, hang out by yourself in the park, practice your skill, or have a competition amongst your friends. Thoroughly check your skateboard before you start riding. Check for loose wheels, broken or cracked parts. Have a look at the edges and do not ride if they are sharp enough to give you a cut. Clean it every time you use it to avoid grease or dirt which may tend to reduce friction or disbalance you while you ride.
Above all, you have got to understand that everybody has limits. Sure, you can push them, one at a time. However, if you are a beginner, we would advise you to skateboard at lower speeds and practice under supervision. Do not try stunts without guidance. Don’t try to show off or take chances.