Intimidation or fun? Why not both? Flammers here form CIB Yorkshire in England. I have been playing around on rails for a good year now and although I can get on, slide and get off I wouldn’t say I had mastered the skills yet. And that’s ok! All in good time... Tell you what though, I do enjoy the feeling of sliding a rail no matter how far I travel! Like most of the stuff we try in the skate park there is usually a way to break it down and approach it from a beginners point of view, and rails are no exception. It doesn’t need to be intimidating, find a nice low rail or build your own for ultimate satisfaction. (See my build idea on Dog Days magazine website)
Here are my top tips for getting started! We all begin somewhere right!
For those of you who are still new to the bowl, knowing where to start can be tricky business. I've compiled my thoughts into a list of top tips. These are some of the things I wish I knew or was grateful to be told in my earlier days in the park. Check out our other blogs for more useful information before you take it to the transition. Please note, these are personal tips based on my experience. Feel free to include your own in the comments session below!
You're feeling inspired and want to learn to park skate, but you've got no idea where to start!
We hear too many stories about new skaters who head to the skatepark and dive right in without any preparation... bail, and spook themselves right back out of the skatepark. We understand that would leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth and can often lead to local derby leagues banning skaters from participating in park skating.
This bums us out big time so we’ve compiled some helpful advice for park noobs to help ensure you have a positive skatepark experience and build a strong lasting relationship with the sport. If you have any fun tidbits for new skaters post them up in the comments and we'll get them added in.
It’s good to know the rules and etiquette before you show up. So, before you go tear it up, here are some basic guidelines to help you ease into the flow of the skating world. Please note, this list is not definitive. We just want to list out some basic guidelines so that you, and all the skaters around you, can have a wicked experience. Keep these points in mind and you’re solid, but above all else, stay safe and have a good time.