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 kickflip, 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 by wearing a helmet, some of the most common injuries experienced within the world of skateboarding are 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 knee pads, 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 kickflip or landing in the emergency room with a broken jaw.
Hence your shoes cannot be an 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.
Granted, there probably is no such thing as “the worlds best skater”, and there are probably as many opinions as there are skaters. Whenever the subject is discussed people often get flared up, but the fact is the best skater in the world are probably the one that is having the most fun. But still, we all have that one personal favorite. Mine is the one and only Daewon Song, and here is 5 reasons why:
1: He seems like he is having the most fun
In the Epicly Later´d episode Daewon himself takes us through some of the footage from his Love Child (1992) part, and it really shows how freaking awesome he is. He humbly explains all of the classic things he has been involved with, from the first hardflip, the picnic table “era”, the cheese and the crackers etc. His track record with a skateboard is truly beyond amazing, but it’s clear that he values the good times more than titles, tricks, and trophies.
Here you can see him try to recreate his lovechild part + plus some extra goodies
2: He has innovated skateboarding for many years
Every since day one, Daewon Song has marched to a different beat. He has always done his own thing, and as a result, he has helped push skateboarding in a number of ways. Most iconically is his unique approach to lines, which is often a good blend of crazy technical tricks in all sorts of conditions. His radical thinking varies from changing wheels mid trick, creating and skating street obstacles on the mini ramp, and just flipping the board I every possible direction, from manual to manual. He has perhaps raised the bar in skateboarding more than anyone else.
His part in cheese and crackers had everybody thinking wtf?
3: He is versatile
He can most certainly hold his own in a mini ramp and in the bowl, we have seen him make gnarly tricks on top of big trucks, and we all know what he can do in the streets, so its safe to say that he is a very versatile skater. Yes, he rarely skates rails, verts or death-defying stairs but is this really necessary in order to be the greatest? Besides, we think that he could if he would. But again, he doesn’t seem to skate in order to get respect, but in order to have fun.
Here are a pretty gnarly part for the nonbelievers
4: He has got a ninjalike style
He flips so smooth and fasts its hard to ignore the fact that he is lightning fast and precise. He is a manny flip master, and it really seems so easy for him. It seems so natural for him to pull out any tech trick, it almost feels like the board is an extension of his body. Not many can pull off the tricks he can, with such ease and smoothness. Maybe its because he cuts his bushings, or because he wears the same shoes til they are full of holes, but the fact is, he is looking damn good on a board.
5: he is still going strong
He has been skating for well over 30 years, but he is still going crazy skating up to 3 times a day. If you don’t believe me check out his Instagram. He even skates in the rain. How many skaters do you know ho does that? He says that one of the reasons why he is still having such a great career is because he doesn’t go super big, which is also perhaps a great lesson to all the young shredders out there: staying safe will give more time to shred in the long run.
Heres some footy from his Instagram