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Beginner tips for the ramp

There are so many things that I wished that I had known when I first started ramp skating! I thought that I'd just go there and drop in (don't do that, it will hurt, unless your a way better beginner than I was), but as with all things, there are ways to prepare yourself. I'm in no way an expert, but here are some things that I wish that someone would have told me before I started.

Before you go to the ramp

Check out some tutorials on YouTube or Instagram (please see the other pages in the website and the previous post for links).

When to skate at the ramp as a beginner

Early mornings are the best if you're a beginner! Since you'll probably want to work on the basics, you'll want to hog a piece of the ramp for yourself, which just isn't possible when there are other people there who also want to skate. Also, it's not as intimidating to go there when there's fewer people around (the cool kids usually don't show up until later).

What to bring with you to the ramp

The essentials for me would be something like this:

  • Helmet

  • Kneepads

  • Wrist guards

  • Elbow pads

  • Water bottle

  • A small broom or something like it to remove pebbles (or you will fall)

  • A small towel (if it's hot outside - because you will sweat)

  • Baby wipes (the ramp is usually quite dirty and it's nice to clean off your hands)

  • A first aid kit - or at least some band aids

  • Mobile phone (to call someone if you take a fall or to just film yourself to see how you could improve, a tripod could be helpful too)

  • A skatetool (sometimes the wheels come loose)

  • Friends! Everything is more fun with friends!

I also like to bring a little bluetooth speaker, so that I can listen to music while skating (but ask the other skaters if it's OK before you start blasting music).

How to start

  • Pumping! Get into the middle of the ramp, skate forwards and bend your knees as you go up, then push back and go backwards, bend your knees when you get to the transition and then push to go forwards again. This sounds easy, but usually takes some praciticing to master. Once you can pump up to the coping, then you're ready for the next step.

  • Toestop stalls. When you get to the highest point going forwards, then you put your toestops down and angle your hips forward to stall. Their are lots and lots of variations of toestop stalls to try once you've mastered this.

  • 180 jumps. You should try to master this on a flat surface first, but it's actually easier in the ramp with the momentum that you get.

  • Once you've mastered the above, then it's my opinion that you've gained enough "ramp balance" to start working on dropping in (I'll write a separate post about tips for dropping in, since that's what I had the most problems with).

Ramp etiquette

There's a certain type of etiquette that goes with ramp skating and that I hadn't figured out when I started (sorry all cool skateboarder dudes that I incidentally insulted).

  • Don't hog a space - take turns! Even if you were there first, even if the others are so good that they don't need the mini part of the ramp, even if you're just getting a hang of what you're working on.

  • Don't drag sand and pebbles into the ramp - they can be quite dangerous if the wheels get stuck on them.

  • Leave your stuff far in on the sides, so that they're not in the way for other skaters.

  • Pick up your trash - if there are no trash cans, take it home with you (yes, I'm a mother..).

  • Cheer the other skaters on! Talk to them and encourage them.

  • Kids are.. difficult. They don't always understand that they can't go running around at the ramp or that they have to wait their turn. Be kind to them, but if there's a problem, talk to their parents.

Remember to have fun, drink lots of water and don't forget your sunscreen! If there's anything that you've think that I've forgotten to mention, don't hesitate to tell me so!

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