Most people perceive skateboarding as an activity for young people. To become a professional, you need to begin learning your basics at an early age. However, many adults still want to fulfill the dream of learning how to skate – and adults face some unique challenges when it comes to picking up the craft.
Here are five major things to consider to learn skateboarding as an adult.
Mistakes and injuries happen, but kids’ and teenagers’ brains are wired to learn and grow by making repeated mistakes. As adults, we feel pretty confident and comfortable in our established areas of interests. Not only does that make learning new skill difficult, but it means we often second guess our ability to learn. We fear to make mistakes in ways we didn’t in our younger years.
As reddit user ericteti points out: “Although it's harder to think this way as an adult versus being a kid, follow through with the trick. Going for it but then getting iffy halfway through is how you end up hurting yourself.”
It should be evident – this is an important life skill, and one we often forget as we grow older. Proceeding confidently usually produces a smoother landing. Mistakes happen: you have to roll with it or get hurt.
Ever hang out at a skate park? If you’re over 25 and think it seems kind of weird to do that as a newcomer, you’re probably right.
That said, consider this:
Tony Hawk is almost 50 years old. Do you think he’d be laughed out of a skate park? Don’t force yourself to head to the park if you’re not comfortable: there are plenty of private instructions and indoor options, allowing you to move past any embarrassment and beat this challenge.
As an adult, you have some serious advantages when it comes to skateboarding. Young people often face challenges when it comes to the financial aspects of skateboarding. Even though it’s not the most expensive hobby, you still need to think about the cost of a board and grip tape. Assuming you want to skate in a designated area, you may need to pay to enter an indoor skate park as well. (Some areas have plenty of legal outdoor skating zones – others do not – that depends on your location and its laws.)
The other main advantage you have: affording professional lessons.
Seems weird, right? The ‘90s are back in fashion and media like Stranger Things and Guardians of the Galaxy strikes that nostalgic chord with adults born in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
As it turns out, skateboarding is a huge part of that nostalgia for many adults.
Think about it – you probably had a skateboard. If you didn’t, you probably wanted one. What reasons held you back? Maybe your parents didn’t approve. Maybe you thought skating was just for the boys.
Padding. Lots of padding. Say goodbye to your impression of loose-fitting clothes and lack of safety equipment. Safe skateboarding requires padding and helmets. The good news: you’re not going into this alone – it’s required of every student and it’ll help you take risks.
Besides, you’re not really going to feel comfortable committing to those moves unless you feel safe, and all the safety gear makes that happen.
3rd Lair skatepark instructor Travis Wood notes that adult skaters tend to be a bit “more fragile,” but that they internalize instructed tips more easily than kids, who prefer to learn on their own when it comes to skateboarding.
Are you ready to get out there and try skateboarding? Make sure you grab that old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles skateboard and take a lesson with a pro.Have you tried it already? Leave a comment below and let us know all about your experiences.