Hello, and welcome to the facepunch skateboarding thing, here you can discuss all that shit you were discussing in the ‘Skateboarding’ thread, but I shall post content in this OP!
I have bolded important bits for easy viewing.
Okay, lets get this rolling
Well, skateboarding has been around for years, the shape has changed massively and the jeans have got skinnier, (I think.) But what is it?
Skateboarding is the art of standing on a piece of wood with wheels on it and pushing yourself along with one foot, you can do tricks, show off to friends, go fast down hills and have fun! Skateboarding is a great way of socialising, who needs these, eh?
But why Jimbojib, why skateboard when I can BMX, or rollerskate, or drive?
Er, well, there is no reason really, I suppose a BMX is easy, there is less satisfaction from bunny hopping, even I can do that, but with an ollie I’m like ‘Yeah man, I just made my board go up in the air!’ Rollerskates are fine, but I suppose there is less to do, sure you can grind down rails, but it’s not as, well, it’s your choice,
Your first board
So, you’ve decided you want to do skateboarding, but where to begin?
It’s best to ask someone you know, or if you’re alone, don’t be afraid to head to a local store, but make sure it’s local, big brand shops will just employ anyone, but a local one will, or at least should, be run by skaters or people who know their shit.
The riders height is the first mesurement
Under 4’ = 29” or smaller
4’ to 4’10” = 29” to 30” long
4’10” to 5’3” = 30.5” to 31.5” long
5’3” to 5”8” = 31.5” to 32” long
5”8” to 6’1” = 32” to 32.5” long
Over 6’1” = 32.4” and up
The width depends on what you're doing, wider for cruising, like a long board, they raind from 7.25 to 8" but can go bigger or smaller.
The deck is the bit you stand on and has the cool stuff on the bottom, if you are going to buy everything apart, I suggest mini-logo as a good starter deck. When skating it’s good to remember that those scratches really don’t matter, don’t hold back because you like shiny things.
The trucks are the metal bits with the axis on which attaches to the deck and has the wheels on. For a decent truck set I recommend fracture and Enuff, for starters as they are cheap and good, don’t be upset when they wear out though
You know? Those round bits you roll around on? Yeah? Well, these are a tough decision, really only you can make, it all depends on what you’re doing.
Wheels are measured in a-scale e.g. 100a or 95a, this is known as the durometer, the diameter is of course how high it is.
Here is some info I pulled off the web:
Transition / Vert
Larger skateboard wheels roll a lot faster, and when riding ramps this is what you want. Try 55-65mm size wheels (though many ramp skateboarders will use even larger wheels -- try something like a 60mm wheel first, as you learn), with a hardness of 95-100a. Some wheel makers, like Bones, have special formulas that don't list durometer, like the Street Park Formula.
Street / Technical
Skateboarders who like doing flip tricks often like smaller wheels, as they are lighter and closer to the ground, making some skateboarding tricks easier and faster. Try 50-55mm skateboard wheels, with a hardness of 97-101a. Some brands, like Bones, make special Street Tech Formula wheels that also work very well, but don't have a hardness rating.
Both / All Terrain
You'll want something in the middle, with slightly softer skateboard wheels. Try a wheel size 52-60mm, with 95-100a hardness. This should give you a balance between speed and weight.
Usually cruising wheels are much larger for speed (64-75mm) and much softer for riding over rough terrain (78-85a). Other wheels for cruising are available, such as huge dirt wheels with knobs, but these aren't recommended for skateboards (try longboards or dirtboards).
Tricks and actually riding
Okay, so you’ve got you’re board, some mates possibly and you’re ready to roll, but what to do?
Well, first look at what everyone else is doing, unless they’re morons, in which case head to Google and look at ‘basics’ but here is one piece of advice: For now, forget about ollies and those cool tricks, you must learn to walk before you learn to run.
List of tricks, off the top of my head
Ollie, a simple trick which is the base of all other tricks, you get your board into the air, level out, land.
Kickflip, Like an ollie but you kick with one foot to make the board spin, and land.
Heelflip, see above, but in the other direction, with your heel.
Stall, Simple, onto a curb with all your weight on one side, so that all the wheels come off the ground and you're bassicly standing on the curb but with a board inbetween.
Finger Flip, You ollie, then use your hand to spin the board around and land.
360 flip, guess.
Impossible, I really have no idea how to explain this, look up some videos.
Pop Shoveit, Ollie your board 180 degrees around, but you stay the same direction, then land on the board once it has turned.
Regular - Left foot at the front
Goofy - Right foot at the front
Mongo- right foot at the back, push with left
Fakie - Other way round on mongo?
that’s all folks! Please, PLEASE say if you think anything should be added
Here I shall post a list of skaters, please say if you want to be added, with the information I shall put for myself and others
Jimbojib – Used to do a lot, now not so much, can ollie and pop shove it and all that, but not as good as lots of people.
iusehax - DUnno
Hamm0 - Not an angry emo dick head, because skaters aren't.
So I shall leave you with this: