Champaign, IL—Skateboarding is attracting people in record numbers, helping eliminate the negative stereotypes some people have long held about its participants. Legendary skateboarder Per Welinder thinks one reason for this growth is the way skateboarding mirrors the diversity of our society. “You can find people from all walks of life at any typical skatepark,” says Welinder, author of the new Mastering Skateboarding.
Balance is maintained by adjusting your center of gravity. Bending your legs lowers your center of gravity and makes you more stable, whereas standing tall raises your center of gravity and makes you less stable. Keeping your center of gravity low and your stance wide is fundamental to good skateboarding.
The nose manual is a staple trick for all experienced street skaters. In the nose manual, as you might expect, you do a wheelie on the front wheels instead of the back. The biggest challenge with nose manuals is that the weight of the board is behind your center of gravity.
Put on your knee pads and make sure they’re comfortable but tight. The second most important thing is learning how to knee-slide out of a bail. Unless you’re wearing thin slip-ons, you shouldn’t feel the slide in your feet.
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