What comes to your mind when you hear the word skateboarding, if you are an enthusiast or even a mere novice then everything from a 360˚ flip to many of the skateboarding greats such as Tony Hawks or Danny Way? The farthest thing from your mind, however, was keeping yourself safe especially when you are attempting to successfully pull off a triple kick flip, but we are here to help you look after yourself at all times.
Safety really should be one of your key concerns, if you disagree remember the fact that this one body of yours has to last you for your entire life, hence why while you are out there hurtling down the sidewalk or pulling ten thousand and one tricks out of nowhere, you should be keeping your safety in mind.
Probably the most obvious and easiest way to protect yourself is through wearing a helmet, some of the most common injuries experienced within the world of skateboarding, is injuries to the head. Now while many of these injuries can be mere scratches or cuts that are easily fixed with a couple of stitches, however, there are far more serious cases that can lead to cases of brain injury, hence why you need to invest in a proper helmet that will shield you from a variety of situations.
Even worse is that some head injuries can lead to you contracting symptoms such as a temporary loss of vision, a reduced ability to be aware of your surroundings, anxiety attacks and the loss of basic motion within your limbs. This can often lead to the patients having to be cared for by someone else, as they will be entirely dependent on them for everything, from washing their bodies to walking down the corridor.
One of the other things that you need to watch out for should you want to skateboard in ordinary suburban areas, is namely cars and other people. Getting knocked over by a fellow motorist while on a skateboard can be a life-threatening situation; therefore the best option is to make use of demarcated parks and communal areas within your neighborhood that has set up skate parks or ramps for your leisure. This way the threat of traffic and external danger is greatly minimized.
Another reason to make use of specially built parks and ramps for your skateboarding, is that if you use any surface you happen to come across you run the risk of skating on a poor surface and therefore falling and ultimately, injuring yourself. In addition, skate parks have the obstacles removed from them therefore you are less likely to fall over something or crash into an obstacle while moving or attempting to pull off a trick somewhere.
Your safety gear list is not done with simply wearing a helmet however; you will need to wear wrist guards and kneepads, along with pads for your elbows, which will help protect all of your joints and ligaments. If you really want to push the boat out and indulge with all of the safety tips then be sure to look into securing a variety of extra gear for your skateboarding such as hip pads, skateboard gloves and of course, jackets with extra padding which will serve not only as a means for protection against the elements but will help to lower the likelihood of severe damage against injuries when falling off your skateboard.
A further point for you to consider is none other than your shoes, those little covers around your feet aren’t mere decoration, oh no these little gems can be the main difference between you nailing a double kick flip or landing in the emergency room with a broken jaw.
Hence your shoes cannot be any ordinary pair of kicks, oh no you are going to need a pair that has gum rubber and not ordinary rubber in order to allow them to stick to the board and not slip off. Another point to bear in mind with shoes is that the shoes you buy have to be closed; otherwise you might just end up with a broken toe.
Another piece of gear that may not have crossed your mind as yet is a mouth guard to further protect your jaw in the event that your face decides to attack the ground; a little unfortunate but face-planting concrete is an experience that most of us will have at some point in our lives.
Finally before you see an old stairway, an abandoned house or a pool that has recently had the water drained out of it and think that you have landed the proverbial jackpot, well when it comes to skating venues at least, be sure to check out the structure. The railing could collapse under you and then all of a sudden you no longer have your front teeth or worse. Hence we advise keeping safe at all times, especially when there is an increased chance of danger such as a large number of cars.
The iconic image of surfers tend to involve something of an endless tan, hair that is blonder than ever from constantly being kissed by the sun and just a general air of excitement that comes from living life on the edge. What is most certainly left out of the picture is sunburns, peeling skin, a blood red nose and hair that is as dry as a rock because of continually being thrashed by the saltwater and whipped by the wind. However, there are ways to combat these after effects of surfing and to keep you looking in perfect shape, today we decided to explore them and help you look like you’ve spent hours worshipping the sun not being mauled by it.
It all begins with something that everybody should be doing anyway; regardless of whether you are spending the day riding away your problems out in the water or if you are sitting at your desk in an air-conditioned office, sunscreen is an essential part of our beauty regimen. However, if you are spending your time out on the ocean this becomes an even more critical part of your routine, regardless of how the weather outside may look the water is not only absolutely fantastic at reflecting the sun’s rays back onto your skin but can also easily wash off sunscreens that are not up to par.
Covering up with a wetsuit, or a t-shirt and leggings are absolutely essential to minimize exposure to the sun and then using waterproof sunscreens and multispectral sunscreens that cover all forms of the suns radiation will really help keep you covered while out on the waves. Other ways you can protect yourself include, surfing at non-peak hours for sunlight, hint hint the early hours of the morning just around sunrise and late into the evening heading towards or just after sunset, to help reduce the amount of sun exposure you receive.
Maybe a 5am wakeup call it is then, catch the surf with little worry of too many others out at sea and protect your skin while you’re at it. However, if you find yourself in an awkward situation where instead of looking like a tanned mythological god, you look more akin to a tomato; fear not there is hope for you yet. Tomatoes and green tea will be on your dinner menu. Tomatoes have been proven to be effective at reducing the harms of sunburn, so pull out the pizza, pasta, toasted sandwiches or even a salad for your next meal. Just make sure you have a generous helping of tomatoes.
Green tea is known to help alleviate the swelling, redness and tension of your sunburn, so make sure to wash down your generous supply of tomatoes at dinner with a cup of green tea to make certain your sunburn will be more of an annoyance than a full-blown pest. When wandering down the aisles of any beauty department, you will see a section within the hair care category that is allocated to beachy hair and sun-kissed blonde, this probably has to do with people like surfers who so often are blessed with natural highlights and hair in effortless tousled waves.
While there is a different side to this story, for starters, the salty seawater, combined with the wind and the sun relentlessly beating down on your head can leave your hair feeling dry and bedraggled, rather than shiny and soft. You might be wondering at this point how on earth surfers deal with these kinds of problems, there is a secret of course, but don’t worry we will reveal what it is.
I’m sure you’ve guessed it already, the well-kept secret that is loved by many a surfer to keep their locks long, soft, and shiny is none other than leave in conditioner and we aren’t talking about putting in a little every now and then. Oh no, if you plan on hitting the waves on a regular basis, you will be applying leave in conditioner on a routine basis. This wraps up a couple ways you can best protect yourself from the sun while out in the water, so next time you head out don’t forget to stash some sunscreen in your car.
While yoga might not be the first thing in your mind when it comes to improving your performance as a surfer, snowboarder or sports enthusiast in general, the evidence is in that yoga might be the most essential piece of your arsenal to date. Aside from having the correct board, yoga has been recognized by many from the everyday surfer hobbyist to those within the professional industry as a great way to improve your skills and increase your mental, as well as physical responsiveness.
The 11x world champion surfer, Kelly Slater practices yoga routinely, while other surfers attribute their ability to surf big waves, as tall as six-storey buildings due to their yoga devotion. Many yoga teachers themselves have seen the benefits yoga has to offer surfers and other athletes, alike. Therefore, there are many sports specific yoga retreats being organized by many of the top yoga practitioners throughout the world, for example, Shiva Rea has yoga retreats for surfers.
Surfing and yoga are somewhat similar in many regards; both disciplines require their followers to be able to balance well, have workable strength and flexibility to execute all of the necessary movements. There are many lessons that yoga imparts, which are vital while surfing, learning to control your breathing, being able to hold positions for long periods of time and being stable for the whole duration of that time are all extremely crucial for sports such as surfing where balance is key.
Yoga has the additional benefit of lending mental clarity and control over the mind, which can give unparalleled advantages regardless of whether you are about to surf, snowboard or enter an extremely stressful situation. The ability to eliminate all external factors and distractions, while focusing on only what is essential in order to execute the required task will help to further any surfers or athletes performance out in the world.
Yoga helps surfers to achieve the most optimal body composition as well, which will only help you with your surfing in the future. Yoga can also be used as an effective way to warm up and cool down before and after you hit the waves, it is also a great way to minimize the chance of injury, as it helps to loosen up your muscles before you begin your workout. While you may have some apprehensions about yoga, as it’s seen in many ways as a spiritual or mystical experience, however really it’s a science that has been 5000 years in the making and therefore we will share with you some of the most essential positions to improve your surfing.
Downward dog, this position is renowned throughout the Western world and is probably the poster position of yoga; this easy position will help you in stretching your shoulders and calves. It helps to reduce your back pain, elongate and strengthen your entire spinal cord and also helps to lower stress through the soothing of the entire nervous system.
If you have insanely tired arms after paddling, the eagle pose will aid you in strengthening your upper arm muscles and will help you have not only longer paddle sessions, but more effective energy conversion during the time you are out in the water, as well. The garland pose is a fantastic way of stretching out your lower half of your body; this particular pose is an amazing way to help prevent cramping in your hips during long sessions out in the ocean.
Four limbed staff pose is similar to a pushup, this particular pose is an excellent way for you to increase the speed and effectiveness with which you perform your pop ups on the surfboard. In addition, this pose will help you to increase your supper body strength, which will be beneficial for surfing, as well as a variety of other sports too.
Finally, warrior pose is similar to the position taken when standing upright on a board, it not only stretches out your full body but also helps to strengthen out your body, and this will also be a great way to improve your balance and mental focus while balancing.
Yoga is the secret to be more engaged and effective in surfing, snowboarding and the like. The only thing left to ask is; when will you be pushing out your next downward dog?