Eric J Owens. Skateboards. April 15th , 2018.
Since becoming one of the top companies in the skateboarding industry, Element has created the Element Advocates. The group is made up of people that have the passion for skateboarding, and the positive attitude to mentor the younger generations of the world. Along with being a positive influence to kids across the United States, the group aims to spread the knowledge and meaning of the skateboarding community to the rest of the world, in hopes of developing a greater understanding of the skateboarding life style.
Helmet is of course the most important part of protective gear for a skater as it covers and protects the head. As you are aware, absence of helmet while skating can lead to serious injuries to the head or brain that can leave lasting side effects. Wearing helmet is therefore extremely important. And if you have practised skate boarding you would know that it could make you fall down quite a few times, especially in the beginning. Wearing a strong helmet therefore can help you save yourself from wounds and bruises on the head.
Think of your blades as knives. Now when you are moving, the movement is not like trying to cut the ice, it is more like youre trying to scrape with it. You need to bend your knees and push to the side and back, at a slight angle with your blades with your inside edges. That is what propelling you to move forward. Remember to keep your knees bent always. To go faster, bend deeper and create harder, longer pushes for good control. You might get out of control and go faster than you intended. The crucial part of stroking is the push, though. You should push on an inside edge. You dont want to be pushing on your toe-pick.
If youre really going too fast and you dont know what to do, just glide on 2 feet until you start slowing down keep your knees bent for balance. If you can, skate next to the boards and run your hand along the rails to help slow you down. In any case, keep your knees slightly bent . . . the tendency is to stand up straight when you feel like you are about to fall. This will actually make you fall. Keep those arms in control as in the clock position. Try not to flap your arms when youre about to fall. Learning to stop would be most helpful at this point.
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