The Benefits of Skateboarding

Skateboarding is gaining popularity in many places around the world. A 2002 report by American Sports Date found that there were 18.5 million skateboarders in the world. Children, teens, and young adults alike are hitting their local skateboard shops for new skateboards or dusting off their old longboards and reviving vintage skateboard decks to get back into this exciting sport. And here’s proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks – here I am riding my first ramp at the ripe age of 30!

Watch out Tony Hawk!!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to ride a skateboard, you can have no better start than a one-on-one skateboard lesson with a professional coach. Once you learn the basics of how to ride a skateboard safely – where to place your feet on the skateboard, how to balance, push and stop – you can quickly pick up more advanced tricks that will soon have you dropping in on ramps, getting air with ‘ollies’, kick-flipping, Carveboarding, having fun and last but not least – developing the ‘cool’ factor that every skateboarder has.

Carving feels just like surfing on cement!

Skateboarding, like many other sports and activities, has many great benefits. For starters, skateboarding gets people off the couch and outside being active. Children who begin skateboarding at an early age learn to love physical activity and will often enjoy the health benefits of that activity for years to come. Skateboarding is also an ideal cross trainer for other sports such as surfing and snowboarding.

Other benefits of skateboarding are:

• Improves balance, coordination and flexibility
• Develops muscle strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness
• Encourages visualisation and goal setting
• Increases concentration, focus and persistence
• Promotes individuality and creativity
• Promotes teamwork and group participation
• Builds confidence, social skills and self esteem
• Teaches sports competence and develops skills required for multiple sports
• Teaches sportsmanship and fair play
• Develops life skills such as independence, a positive attitude & respect for others
• Skateboarding is good for the soul!

Skateboarding is a great way for kids and teens to make friends and connect with people with similar interests. You can even get the whole family in on the action with a Family Skateboard Lesson! And for the most part, skateboarding is an inexpensive hobby to enjoy. So, if you’ve ever thought you’d like to give skateboarding a go – book a lesson today for guaranteed FUN!

Skateboarding Rocks!

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3 Comments

  1. blank skateboards
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    I had no idea that skateboarding was so beneficial. Thanks for sharing the info!

  2. Gym fit outs
    Posted July 23, 2012 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Awesome shots. Skateboarding born sometime in the 1950s when surfers in California wanted something to surf when the waves were flat. I just wonder though which is safer between the two?
    Anyway they both seem really exciting.:)

  3. Arielle Nakache
    Posted July 23, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your recent comment! I’ve just asked my skateboard-husband-coach which he thinks is more dangerous of the two sports and he reckons that both sports have equal elements of fun, thrill and danger! All depends on the level of measured risk-taking and the conditions of the environments that that the skater or surfer subjects themselves to. Either way, I think the danger is part of the appeal of these sports and I’ve been able to take on both in a very low-risk way in my 30s, and have a huge amount of fun!

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