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Is This How Skateboarding Is Supposed To Feel

Why would skateboarding be fun?

Skateboarding is one of those activities that doesn’t have a clear path to victory. It’s a creative process in which you manipulate your body. Tricks are just a name in which you define what you do on a board outside of just riding it. So why is it fun?Imagine the ability to have an open source tool in which your main focus is to just play. It’s a process of questioning and answering where there is no complete right answer on how to do ‘Skateboarding’.Many people and skateboarders alike try and define the act into some category or another, however, it is quite a blend of everything because it is so free forming. You have no boss. coach, or leadership and many ‘maneuvers’ or ‘tricks’ are effectively done by just actively doing it.What I love about skateboarding is there is no level of satisfaction per user. The person who conquers the ‘drop-in’ feels the same rush as the person who ‘kickflips the triple set’. It’s user specific. Your accomplishments are your own and build over time. People become addicted to this feeling of landing the trick because it’s a reassuring accomplishment and direct correlation of your effort. We names tricks but each one is slightly different. No style is the same and you are unique in your creativity and ability to play. Why would skateboarding be fun? Because you have the ability to approach it and be successful in only the way you know best. A direct reflection of yourself.

What explains the addictive feel of having a skateboard under one's feet?

I come at this from a slightly different perspective, having only started skateboarding fairly recently.I was trapped in my 20s. My body betrayed me, I had really young kids and I was on an academic treadmill that couldn't stop.About two years ago, my health had returned to the point where I was at about 22. I bought a longboard on a whim, and practiced in my neighborhood after 10:00 PM until I looked half-way competent with it. This summer I started seriously pushing my boundaries with bombing some long hills and working on slides. I'm not very good, but I can keep up with my girls on their scooters.Part of the rush is the inherent chaos of skateboarding. Pavement changes rapidly, there's other skaters, bikes, scooters and cars if you're bombing streets. Another, is the low barrier to entry. I ride a Nelson Manta Ray with Paris 180s and Volante Morgans. The whole package was under $200, and that involved indulging myself. You can skateboard on a teenagers budget, and the highest quality precision gear only makes marginal differences at the highest levels of performance. Last, the sport melds mind and body seamlessly. You can see what others do but nobody can teach you to slide, or ollie, or kick-flip. There's no hands on teaching method, you can watch and get corrections, but you have to do it over and over again to master it. So when you successfully slide around a corner, it's the fruit of hundreds of practices. The thrill of that, of riding right on the edge of chaos while your body is adjusting seamlessly ... that is pure adrenaline.

How are some people so good at skateboarding?

You have to absolutely live it, so having a group of friends who are similarly motivated really helps. You need to be brave. Even learning new tricks on a small ledge can feel sketchy and requires full commitment. With all of that going for you, you will get decent at skateboarding so long as you don’t get too many debilitating injuries. After that, natural-born ability determines who is good and who is really good.

Can it be to cold to skateboard?

weather dosent matter. skateing in the old cold is no diffrent then skateing in the heat. i feel it gets my adrenaline going every time i skate on the cold

What is exhilarating about being a skateboarder?

Dopamime.Skateboarding and longboarding require skills which makes it addicting and rewarding. One of them is balance. And the more you shred, the more you harness this skill.This is a BalBo balance board. Sorry, I don’t have any photos of me cruising and practicing (note: failing) flips.Later on, the skater might push his/her boundary to more advanced skills, such as (but not limited to), doing tricks, downhill skating, and dancing. All the while the skater’s dopamime levels spike up, making him/her more confident than she/he first started.The feeling of triumph when landing a trick the first time, then the second time, then another time combined with another trick. The rush of going downhill fast, knowing it could all go wrong any second, which makes you focus even more. And the chillness of cruising on asphalt, swaying your body and getting past people who look like zombies in their office attires/uniforms. This is what’s exhilarating about being a skateboarder/longboarder.

I feel like a loser when I skate!!?

I am a kinda sorta beginner i have only been skating for about a year and i can land my waltz half flip half lutz and salchow. But when i get out on the ice i feel like a huge loser compared to all the other people doing all of the bigger jumps. I train at the same rink as skate canada gold medalist Patrick Chan so when I watch him i feel especially low. Any pointers to make me feel better? Everyone says I have great potential but I am beginning to think that they are just saying it because they pity me! :'(

Figure skating - is there supposed to be a dominant leg?

Most people have a "dominant side" and a "stronger foot" -- that's what determines which direction skaters spin/jump. Skaters do have to master "forward" and "back" spins, which are done on different feet. However, those spins are done in the SAME direction - either ClockWise (CW) or Counter-ClockWise. (CCW) The sit spin you described is called a "change foot" spin - the skater spins on one foot then changes to the other foot, without changing from the CCW (or cw) direction.

That's different than spinning in both CW and CCW. I can spin in both directions on either foot, but I'm better CCW. It takes twice as much practice to "even out" the difference.

No, spirals are NOT always done with the same leg. The Moves in the Field patterns always have the skater do one, then switch and do the other.

All glides, lunges, stops, spirals, crossovers, and turns have to be mastered on both feet to give the skater more flexibility in their programs. Many synchro programs and skating shows require these skills with both feet / directions to simplify choreography.

If this is a sudden discomfort and you have your own skates, they might be wearing out or need sharpening. It could also just be force of habit - most skaters want to stick with what's comfortable and easy, so they don't practice the difficult side. I tend to wear out the Right Inside edge of my blades first since I do a lot of one-foot hockey stops using it, so the sharpener has to even out the edges every time.

What was your first skateboarding experience like?

I was 15 when I saw my neighbors kids, Gautam(10) and Kaushal(8), skating on a two-wheeler. Never had I seen A TWO-WHEELER SKATEBOARD before (this was before hover-boards became popular). How ignorant had I been all the while to not even know of the existence of such a thing?!I was beyond curious. Being the introvert I am, I began spectating their routine skateboard sessions for two weeks until I finally mustered the courage to ask them if they could teach me how to skateboard. They actually agreed.The two-wheeler skateboard apparently had another name, called Wave-board.We ran towards the parking lot below our building and I enthusiastically stepped my right foot on the two-wheeler with their help. I immediately lost balance and hit my right elbow on the concrete making a *thud* sound. “Look straight ahead or you’ll fall”, warned Kaushal.I stood up and this time managed to set both feet on the wave-board before going off- balance. After a series of *thud* sounds, I finally learnt how to stay still on it, without support.There I was standing awkwardly on a wave-board in the center of a car park, attempting to move ahead and let the wind flow across my face, but my lower calves did not move a muscle.Finally, after what felt like eternity (actually only 2 hours), I began actual ‘wave-boarding’. The feeling was ecstatic. With few days of practice, I could even take proper U-turns.The best part about this experience was making two new friends.