I will never be super professional on a skateboard. That’s okay. I started skateboarding for other reasons. After just three days practice I feel a big positive impact on my life. Let me show you my first goofy skateboard video and explain why I started skating being 35 years old.
Already as a kid, I had a mini skateboard but never established advanced skills. It was just for fun. Since a few years, I was thinking about a restart. And just a few days ago I did it!
New start in China
Just one week and a half ago I came to China for the next three months. My brother lives and works here – and he has a longboard (it’s like an XXL skateboard) – if that is not a calling!
Why did I wait so long to restart skateboarding? Honestly, I don’t know why. It doesn’t even matter. I have to focus on the present – not on yesterday or tomorrow. What counts is that I finally took action. I’m young enough, feel fit and motivated – so why not?
Here is how I developed my beginner skills within only three days:
Longboarding – DAY 1
Hahaha – I was so scared, I had to grab a handrail to keep my balance and to be able to place my feet on the board. I was afraid to fall. My brother was holding my hand and I started to roll and have fun. About one hour later I dared to stand free-handed and roll a few meters – still very wobbly though…
CONCLUSION: I was full of adrenaline and proud of myself that I took action!
SEE ME GOOFING ON THE LONGBOARD – WATCH THIS VIDEO:
Longboarding – DAY 2
When I was going to the gym I used the time to practice a bit on the street and warm up – facing my first obstacles on the uneven ground. So it was a mix of walking and skateboarding, using every (more or less) even meter of the sidewalk and street to practice balance.
CONCLUSION: I had no big success feeling, but felt already more confident on the skateboard.
Longboarding – DAY 3
On that day I asked a friend who skates since two months to join me and show me some basics. What a great decision! She told me I was doing it wrong!
I was “skateboarding like a surfer” because I didn’t change the position of my front foot at all – and was wondering why it was so hard to change the direction while rolling. To be able to turn and keep balance you need to place both of your feet parallel to each other. It helped me to speed up a bit and turn easier.
CONCLUSION: After two and half hours I felt nicely exhausted, more familiar with the board and very motivated to go on!
SEE HOW CONFIDENT I’M LONGBOARDING AFTER ONLY THREE DAYS:
Here are the reasons why skateboarding changes your life
- You overcome fear and gain new confidence
- You stay fit and train new muscle groups
- You spent a lot of time outdoor
- You make new friends and socialize
- You build up more willpower and discipline
- You have tons of fun!
Skateboarding influences and changes my life similar to surfing. Read about my crazy two first surf lessons here: COMPLETELY CHANGE YOUR LIFE WITH SURFING.
Warning – Skateboarding is dangerous
Skateboarding – doesn’t matter if you go with a classic skateboard or beginner friendly longboard – you risk hurting yourself badly. It is recommended to wear protective gear – such as a helmet, knee and elbow pads.
Is there any age limit?
You may wonder if you’re too old to learn skateboarding. It depends. Read this article to find out why.
Stay inspired, Kathrin
Did you ever give skateboarding a try? Are you motivated to learn it? Leave a comment below!
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