What’s the coolest way to get around town?
There’s nothing wrong with A and B, but if you answered C, then keep on reading.
Skateboarding has been cool since 1955 when Marty McFly invented the sport (not really, but it’s one of the great skateboarding scenes in film):
Besides using skateboards to outrun bullies like Biff Tannen, they can be used for everything from transportation to entertainment to physical exercise. And it’s an activity for those of all ages, skill levels and professions. Don’t believe us? In Falmouth, where one of our two Board Stiff stores are located, a 46-year-old physician (Dr. Keith Bleiler) is leading the charge to bring a Venice Beach-style concrete skate park to the Cape Cod community.
So where should you start? First, check out our blog post from last spring that details the basics – skateboard types, skateboard length, skateboard maintenance, footwear and local skate parks – for beginner, intermediate and expert skaters.
To add to our tips here is another simple rule: safety is of utmost importance. According to this recent Philly.com article, in 2012 over 80,000 children under the age of 19 visited a U.S. emergency room to treat a skateboarding injury. If you’re injured, you won’t be able to skate so protect yourself; wear a helmet, pads, wrist guards and a mouth guard.
Here’s another: be adventurous. This may seem contrary to the first, but skateboarding is all about experimenting. And it can be artistically beautiful as Spaniard Kilian Martin showed us in his latest inspirational short film Searching Sirocco.