Skateboarding has become my regular means of transportation over short distances for several months now. It is faster than walking and also a ton of fun. To commute easily, you will have to learn how to skateboard on rough surfaces. The truth is everyone tends to have their style, but there are a few tips and tricks you need to know.
Skateboarding is a sport that requires you to have the right equipment for different purposes. Rough surface skateboarding requires softer and wider wheels. You are also more prone to injuries riding on coarser surfaces, so safety is necessary. This post will help you with tips on how to skateboard on rough surfaces without getting hurt.
Get the right skateboard wheels for rough surfaces.
The key to rough surface skateboarding is big soft wheels. Soft wheels are great for cruising and coarse surfaces as they have more grip. They also require less effort to push and easily maintain speed. Harder wheels tend to go against objects on the surfaces, making them ill-suited for rough roads. Hard wheels are appropriate for much smoother surfaces and technical tricks. Wheels for rough surfaces also need to be bigger and broader, which means more contact for stability. Wide wheels also help when rolling up on a curb.
Understanding the measurements for smaller and wider wheels can be confusing, so get the wheels specifically designed for rough surfaces.
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Select a board suitable for rough surfaces
It would be best if you had a board that can fit large wheels. Assuming you are a beginner in off-park riding, a flat board is better balanced on rough terrain. Longboards and cruisers are also better as they offer more room for foot change, big wheels, and stability. Longboards may be too difficult to do tricks with, but they are suitable curving during street skateboarding. Cruisers are good for maneuvering against obstacles.
Wear protective gear
Skateboarding is no more dangerous, like any other sport. Therefore wearing knee pads, helmets, and elbow protection lessen the severity of injuries, no matter the experience level. Also, accidents are more likely to happen on rougher surfaces, and you have to always be on the lookout for unexpected cracks and bumps.
Your wheels must have fast rebound
Other than the hardness of the wheel, its rebound ability helps with riding on rough surfaces. Rebound means how fast a wheel takes to spring back to its original shape when it bounces off the ground. Wheels that rebound quickly are of much higher quality. The easiest way of testing a wheel’s rebound is by dropping it to see how it bounces. If it hardly bounces, it means it’s of lower quality. You will need wheels with enough rebound for rougher surfaces.
Wear appropriate skateboarding shoes
Choosing the right footwear is very imperative for any sport. Get yourself shoes that are most importantly, comfortable, light, and offer stability and protection for your feet. They need to be flat-bottomed with a good sole that has a grip on the board. There are also shoes specially designed for skateboarding.
Learn essential skateboarding tips
Before skateboarding on rough surfaces, you need to master essential skateboarding tips on a smooth surface. Rough surface skateboarding is a lot trickier and requires some experience. Falling from a skateboard is highly unavoidable even for pro-skaters; therefore, you must learn how to fall correctly to reduce the possibility of injury. Another trick that helps on rough surfaces is putting your weight on the kick-tail to lift your board’s front. This move enables you to roll over cracks more smoothly. Additionally, learn how to slow down and stop by sliding your push foot on the ground and applying pressure.
What Surfaces can you Skateboard on?
Besides the type of skateboard, the surface you choose to ride on can determine your skateboarding experience. You can skateboard on most surfaces; it depends on the type of skateboard and your expertise level. However, surface friction and skateboarding don’t go well together.
The best surfaces to skateboard need to be smooth yet have grip. The most common are plywood and concrete surfaces.
- Most indoor local skate parks have plywood surfaces that are much more gentle to fall on than concrete surfaces; hence, best for children. It can be smooth or sanded plywood. They are prone to weather deterioration, making them suitable for indoor skate parks.
- Smooth concrete surfaces are accessible in open skate parks and, therefore, the most common to use for practice.
- Smooth steel surfaces are also excellent for skateboarding as they offer massive impact resistance.
- There are also synthetic surfaces for formal skate parks, which have many advantages for riding. In addition to their superior grip, these surfaces are highly durable, dry quickly after rain, and fire-resistant.
The worst surfaces for skateboarding are:
- Wet surfaces- Wet surfaces are bad for the deck and also harmful to the skateboarder. The board will soak up the water and deform the wood. It may also form rust on your skateboard’s metallic components, such as the truck’s steel axle. The water will also make the board slippery and potentially cause a bad fall. The water also pushes dirt to mix with the lubricant in the ball bearing, making them faulty.
- Rough surfaces- The momentum on a skateboard is slowed down by uneven surfaces. Skateboarding on gravel can be dangerous if the skateboard is unsuitable for rough surfaces. The friction can cause the wheels to lock, making you fly off the board. Rough surfaces also wear out your wheels quickly, making it costly in the long run as you will have to replace them often.
If you intend to learn how to skateboard on rough surfaces as a means of transport and over long distances, you may want to consider an electric skateboard. Rough surface skateboarding may be difficult at first, but with the appropriate gear, common safety sense, and lots of practice, you will quickly master your style.