Skateboarding is a great way to meet new people and get a workout, but it is critical that you follow all of the rules of skateboard safety. This is a great sport, but it can be dangerous if you are ill-equipped. The good news is that there are only a few things you need to do to ensure that you are safe as you ride.
Not all skateboards are created equal. For example, there are boards for street riding and boards for mountain riding. These are both quite different. It is important to know which type of skateboarding you will do and then get the best board for it. (Click here for the hottest gear!)
Get a skateboarding helmet. Be sure you are not wearing a bike helmet or any other helmet that is not skateboarding specific. It should fit snugly and the strap should be fully secured.
You want skateboarding shoes. A pair of running shoes is just not going to cut it as skateboarding is rough on shoes, as well as your ankles and feet. The right shoes can help protect you.
Elbow and knee pads are important to prevent breaks and fractures. These should fit snugly, but not too tight, and should have a plastic shield.
Mouthguards are also something to consider. These can help to prevent broken teeth if you fall and hit your head.
Where to Skateboard
In terms of safety, where you ride is probably the most important decision you will make. First, do not ride in the street. Getting hit by a car rarely ends well. When it comes to parks and empty pools, get to know the surfaces before riding. For example, if the pool is not in good shape, or if the park has lots of cracks and broken rails, these should be avoided.
Quick Safety Tips
Regardless of your level of experience, there are a few things that should be done before you step onto your board. First, check the board for cracks, loose wheels and other potential issues. If there is an issue, do not ride on the board until it is fixed.
You also want to check your other gear to make sure that they are in good shape and will be protective.
Lastly, know the place you are skating in. Look around for potential hazards, such as big cracks in the ground and loose bolts and screws in equipment.