Hey, Falling IS stopping!
Join us for a beginner’s skateboarding lesson at Skate School in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Joe Lehm. I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about getting on a board yourself, but believe me, if I can do it, you can do it! It’s a lot of fun and a good workout, too. I’m so grateful to Joe for sharing his expertise with us. I would never have been able to do this much without getting the fundamentals from an expert!
When you watch the video, you’ll notice that Lizzy K. is wearing Converse here. These are the preferred shoes for learning to skateboard! Know why? It’s because they are flat and you can feel the board beneath your feet. Running shoes and other sports shoes with thick, supportive foot beds are not as well suited to skateboarding!
Safety equipment is super important at Skate School. As Joe says, “You may only need your helmet one day a year. You just don’t know which day that is!” The secret to a long skateboarding career is safety first. When you’re just starting out, choose a longer board. It will give you more stability. Short boards are better for tricks.
At the Skate School, there is actually a professional skate board team! After our lesson, one of the members came by for a little ramp time. Just warming up he was going all the way to the top of these ramps. You may never acquire the skill it takes to perfectly execute some of the skateboarding tricks you’ve seen in competitions and YouTube videos, but at your very first lesson you can learn to:
4. Step Off
We also learned to:
Fall on our knees (which may also be a way to stop)
Determine whether or not we are “goofy foots”
Adjust our feet on the board
Roll over a change in terrain (go up or down a small ramp)
That’s a lot for a first lesson, don’t you think? We feel confident that we could learn tons from Joe! You can get more info on Skate School at: http://skateboardsafety.com
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Photos by: Warren Keating
Special thanks to: Joe Lehm, Santa Fe Skate School and John Feins, TOURISM Santa Fe.
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