Things you probably shouldn’t do on a skateboard, that you probably will anyway.
Hi guys, Ed here again. This month I’m going to talk about some things that you probably shouldn’t do, but are really fun when you do them. There is various reasons that you shouldn’t do these, which I will go into. I’ll also say how you can make it safer if you do decide to do any of them.
I’ve mentioned hillbombs in a previous article, if you haven’t read it you can read it here. Basically a hillbomb is just skating fast down a hill. The reason you shouldn’t do this is because its very easy to go past your comfort zone and end up going too fast. If this happens when you fall off it’s going to hurt. But if you want to make it safer for yourself, there’s a few things you can do. First put some pads and a helmet on (for obvious reasons) other precautions you can take are finding a hill that isn’t to steep or long for you. If you’re still unsure if a hill is too big or not, start at the bottom of it then gradually work your way up the hill with each run, so no different to how you would treat learning to go down ramps. You can also find a quiet hill with no pedestrians or traffic to worry about, if this is difficult to find get a friend to spot for you so they can tell people to wait to the side as you come down, this will make it much safer for everyone involved. Finally find a hill with a long run out so that once the hill has finished you’ve got plenty space to slow down before you crash into a wall or something.
Skitching is the act of holding onto a car while it drives. I shouldn’t need to go into too much detail to explain why this one is a stupid thing to do, but it’s great for when you get good at bombing hills, as the walk back to the top can get annoying, but if you’ve got a car to drag you back up, it’s not so bad.
If you are going to do this and want to make it safe, do it on a closed road or private land with a friend driving, also don’t go right behind the car, you need to be able to see what’s coming up in front of you, hitting a surprise pothole at 30mph is not going to be fun.
Put your trucks on backwards
If you’ve seen this months video on Urban Surfer’s Youtube channel, you’ll see that me and Kettle had a game of skates with the trucks put on backwards. What makes this so different is that when you go to turn right the board will turn left and when you go to turn left the board turns right, its surprisingly difficult to ride. If you’re going to do this, start off slow, because you are going to fall off
Get in a bowl or a mini ramp with a load of friends and see who the last one standing is the winner. To make this game safer, have less people and go slower (that way isn’t as fun though)’
Wax the floor and have a powerslide competition
Don’t do this in a skatepark! Go somewhere that nobody skates, as you don’t want to be responsible for the injuries it can cause to someone who isn’t expecting the floor to be waxed.
Once you’ve found the perfect area, get a candle, rub it on a strip on the floor then see how hard you can powerslide. This Is great fun to do, but if you lean too far back or go too fast you’re going to get a surprise knock to the back of your head from the floor.
Use your friend as a skateboard
Get your friend to lie down on a board, then try use the board as normal. Me and peter did this a while ago, I’d love to see what you guys can do with it! Here’s two of the tricks me and peter got while playing with this
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