Welcome to my In-Depth Presentation. This year I decided to skateboard because I saw it as a fun opportunity to learn something new. As a kid I always saw the older kids at the skatepark do tricks and just ride skateboards and I thought it was so cool. At the age of 8 I tried getting into skateboarding but it just didn’t feel right.
This year I decided to try skateboarding again. I am so glad I did because skateboarding for me now has become a peaceful and fun way to get around rather than walking. A bad thing about skateboarding is that it can only be used on concrete and not dirt so I still prefer to use my bike because it can be used anywhere. Even though it can only be used on concrete I definitely recommend you give it a try. The fear of not having something to hold onto while riding, will quickly disappear once you can ride it and realize how fun it is.
Flipping Skateboard while jumping on it Click Here to See Video
This task was by far the easiest of all my tasks. The whole idea at first was a bit sketchy; however, as soon as I overcame this feeling the task was quite easy. I fell down twice when trying it on concrete. I then attempted to do this on the carpet and it was much easier. I got used to the motion and then when I could do it 100% of the time on carpet I went on concrete and tried again. As soon as I tried on concrete again it was the easiest thing to do.
Falling of the Sidewalk on Skateboard (Angle 1) Click Here to See Video
Falling of the Sidewalk on Skateboard (Angle 2) Click Here to See Video
This task was very weird for me. It took me multiple days to get comfortable with just the idea of doing this task. It was such an awkward thing to do. At one of my sessions with my mentor, my mentor held my hands so I could do the motion successfully and get a feel for it. After this session it was my responsibility to practice myself. Thanks to my one friend practicing this move was not that difficult.
Riding Right Foot 180° turn continue to ride on Left Foot Clcik Here to See Video
This was my hardest task of all and I still cannot do it correctly or as fluid as I would like. This task needed a bunch of basic components to be mastered in order to put them together into one move. I first got comfortable with making stationary 180° turns. After this I continued to get used to riding on my right and left foot. Once I had all these components down I had to put them together. The hardest part was putting them together and making them smooth. I quickly learned that making a turn in motion such as a 180° was quite difficult. This was the hardest part of putting them together as the take off at the end was quite simple.
Riding Down a Hill Click Here to See Video
At the beginning of my mentoring sessions, I had an overall idea of how to ride a skateboard. I specifically, needed help with putting my knowledge into practice. After 15min of practice with my mentor I was already riding the skateboard relatively comfortably. After I practiced riding a lot, riding down hills really is a matter of your speed, balance, and the type of skateboard you have. The type of skateboard I used in the video didn’t have great bearings meaning it went quite slow so it was easy to control. The other type of skateboard I have called a cruiser is way to difficult to use on hills for me at the moment is because it picks up speed very quickly and requires a much better balance.
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