35 is definitely not too old to take up a new sport, and that includes relatively "rough" sports like surfing or skateboarding. As with anything though, don't be stupid about it: take it easy at first, and don't expect to be able to pull the same tricks that the 16 year olds who have been riding since they could walk in a few weeks, or possibly even ever.
I've been riding for 5-6 years now and skating for longer, and I tried the same thing about 2 years into it. I found that the switch took a while to get used to, but once I had the muscle memory I could switch flawlessly. What I did, as silly as it sounds, was look in a mirror while standing on my board and looked at my stance. I analyzed the key points in ...
All types of boards, long and short, are prone to speed wobbles. Speed wobbles are the result of Self-Exciting Oscillation; at high speed the energy of your velocity will feed into the natural oscillation of your trucks as they try to return to their natural (neutral) position, continually increasing the amplitude.
There are two ways to reduce this effect:
I've searched the internet and found some really good "How To's".
Here's a list of video instructions:
Wade Desarmo, [0'34"], [0'52"]
and here's a picture by picture explanation on how to do a hardflip:
How to Do a Hardflip on a Skateboard - WikiHow
Having watched a few videos, I think the following is key to initiate the ...
have had a breakthrough with this trick and have landed a fair few. the method is all in the back foot but your front foot has to be practically pointing forward and quite far back on the board swipe the front foot out to the side and push your back foot away from you out in front as hard as you can. its should spin up and through your legs almost like an ...
To get higher ollies, I would suggesting resting your back foot on the very end of the tail and the front foot in the middle of the deck to allow for more slide. Popping as hard as you can and catching your board in the groove of the nose with you ankle practically resting in the groove will level the board out in the air. after this initial movement slide ...
Try putting your skateboard on something that your wheels cant move on such as grass or cobbled ground (definitely avoid sand and dry dirt) and try a few ollies or try lifting your nose into the air and staying in a "manual" position keeping your shoulders in line with the board and also making sure you have the right width of board if your toes or heel are ...
This is actually the exact same effect that makes a car burn out. Just instead of being stuck with spinning wheels, you're board is taking off leaving you to do the splits.
What's happening is actually the result of a combination of forces and differences in static and dynamic coefficients of friction between the board and your foot and between the wheels ...
The generally accepted solution is to accept that this will happen - you can minimise the risk by kicking the board backward when you bail, but most skaters would rather damage the board than accidentally get hooked up with a leash in traffic, or trip on the leash when trying to bail at speed etc. Boards are meant to take dings anyway.
That said, there are ...
The thing is, the wider your deck is, the faster you can go safely.
So if you just want to cruise, I would recommend a longboard, or, if that's to heavy and to big, a cruiser build skateboard.
That means a relatively wide deck (e.g. 8,125" or more) and propably some bigger and softer wheels... (something like 86A, 56-58mm)
With such a build, you will be ...
I think this has nothing to do with how the skateboards looks, but has merely got to do with the evolution of skateboarding and trends.
Looking at the skateboards in the videos, some boards look quite wide, and I would say it's less common this day to ride on a 11 inches wide board than it was back then (the film is from 1987). However, I think it would ...
I've been in the same position as you and hope I can shed some light on the subject:
I found that it wasn't super difficult to transfer over, but the major thing was the idea of bindings and boots. This is a major difference, as now your feet are attached to the board which will change you balance and how comfortable you are on a board. The technique is ...
So you are saying there is NO POP involved right? And its on flatground? Thats really confusing.
If theres pop involved its either FS or BS 180. No Pop? I guess you could call it a revert but you dont really lift either side of your board on reverts so that wouldnt really be what you are describing
According to the Toyko Olympics page for the skateboarding events, the park event is a more bowl-related course.
Park competitions take place on a hollowed-out course featuring a series of complicated curves – some resembling large dishes and dome-shaped bowls. From the bottom of the cavity, the curved surfaces rise steeply, with the upper part of the ...
Anything that will strengthen your lower body and core should be good.
Try doing some exercises that require balance as well, such as doing curls while balancing on one foot.
At first I want to say that any board is good as long as you have fun riding it. I have never skated Penny boards, but I wonder if you wouldn't be interested in trying a board that has grip tape if your present board doesn't have that. You will find a great difference in how you can control the board.
If you think that a new board would help you I would ...
Certainly safety would be a consideration. Also it means your board won't go flying in the event that you do fall. If you fall off, your board would continue going down. If you fall with the Velcro then you keep the board with you like a snowboard.
You can tighten your trucks to increase the speed at which they occur, bend your knees, get low and balanced to help ride through them and drag your foot - lightly and flat, beside the board - to slow down at high speeds (this will burn through shoes pretty good if you do it often).
Yes - they can be used. The bearing size is generally the same (with some exceptions, but those are always flagged up as such)
All you need is a wrench/spanner or pliers.
Undo the axle bolts holding on the existing wheels
Slip the old wheels off
Slip the new wheels on
Tighten up the bolts
In addition to what Casey mentioned, I think that jumping slightly in front of you helps. I find the board doesn't always land where you started - it's normally in front of you by about a half foot.
You'll notice that those who land it often jump forward in anticipation.. at least a little bit.
Firstly, as you know, the Tre Flip consists of using your back foot to scoop and flip while your front foot coordinates the slide off of the board in the right position. So if your back foot isn't kicking horizontally enough, you will not get the full 360 rotation. To get the full rotation, try kicking like you would kick off to push a scooter forward. If ...