While the board itself may be the most indispensible piece of skateboarding equipment, there are other thing like protective gear which are equally important and knowing about them can add to both the fun and safety of the sport. Let’s begin our look at skateboarding equipment with the skateboard itself â€“ there are various kinds of boards for different uses â€“ speed racing, freestyle, slalom etc. and using the right boards for the right application can improve both your performance and your safety. Before using any type of skateboard the rider should check for damage in the form of broken or loose parts or cracks in the board surface and so on â€“ these could lead to serious accident. The wheels suffer the most from wear and tear and need to be regularly inspected for any signs of damage and if anything is found, the board should not be used till the required repairs or replacements are made.
There is no way of being certain that you will never get hurt while skateboarding, but using the right type of protective gear will less the chances of any major injury. Among the most common protective skateboarding equipments available are helmets, padded shorts and padded jackets, as well as padded guards for the hips, elbows, knees and wrist and also special gloves that protect the hands from cuts and scratches in the case of a fall. While a great deal of protective gear is designed to look good, that must always be a secondary aspect â€“ the ability of the gear to protect the wearer from injury is of the utmost importance. Since there are no government performance standards for skateboard equipment, finding the best in terms of quality can often be difficult, given the huge range of brands on the market.
However there are some general guideline that can help you to make the right choices. Jackets, track pants and guards are meant to protect you when you fall so ensure that the padding on them is thick enough to offer protection. It should also fit properly â€“ to tight and your movements will be restricted and too loose and it could slip of during an accident leaving you unprotected. Make sure that your helmet covers your skull and stays in place with a chin strap that does not move around. Avoid fancy helmets designs that can limit your vision â€“ these can be extremely dangerous.
It is worthwhile to spend time visiting websites devoted to skateboarding and skateboarding equipments and reading the reviews and user comments. These user accounts are based on experience and are generally good guides on the quality of the products they discuss. How well you perform and how safe you are depends on both your skill as well as the kind of skateboarding equipment that you use.