Equipment To Use While Skateboarding

By: Jim Brown

When skateboarders are practicing new tricks, it would be safe to assume that they would not consider using a new skateboard to do the tricks. One would assume that they would use an old skateboard that has plenty of pings and dings in it that were caused by many spills and thrills. Those assumptions would be dead wrong. Most skateboarders prefer to use new skateboards or one less than a few months old.

The equipment that skaters prefer to start out with is most often a balance trainer. There are several branded models of balance trainers out there, and they come in various colors and sizes. A skateboarder must develop a sense of balance while standing on a skateboard and will not be able to complete any tricks until the skateboarder is completely comfortable and sure of how to handle the skateboard.

Balance trainers are skateboards that are equipped with a roller. They let the skateboarder get the feel of skating in conditions that mimic those that a surfer might encounter in the ocean. They also imitate the movements that a surfer might do when they are skimming the waves at the shoreline. Surfers will most often develop a sense of balance by using skimmers and wakeboards in shallow waters.

A balance trainer is easy to recognize because it is a skateboard that features tips that are turned up at each end. Some models have been equipped with safety features that many advanced skateboarders would find inconvenient. There are many athletic sports that could benefit from the balance training that is derived from this piece of equipment, and people find that it is easy to stash the balance trainers away while traveling because they are not big and bulky but are longer than regular skateboards.

When a skateboard wants to train to perform tricks such as kickflips and ollies, they need equipment that is not going to lock up or roll. Many skateboards come with various blocks that can be attached to the side of any skateboard and they will allow a skateboarder to perform tricks with fewer worries. Most skateboarders need equipment that will allow them to train continuously throughout the year and there is skateboarding equipment that is suitable for all weather conditions.

Most skateboarding equipment that is used for training must be able to withstand a lot of abuse because a new skateboarder is sure to make many mistakes before they refine their skills. Skateboard manufacturers realize this and have manufactured many training devices that are low cost which makes them easy to replace. Some skateboards will need to be refurbished with a new deck made from rubber after only a few months of training.

There are many replacement parts available for skateboards and the rollers are one of the first items that skateboarders will choose to replace. Many skateboarding wheels will become chunky after a few weeks because the skateboarder has been using it on a street and the contact with concrete and rock has taken its toil and made the skateboard unserviceable until new rollers are attached. Rollers come in a variety of colors and can be easily replaced in a matter of minutes.

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