Get skateboarding

The first thing you need for skateboarding is (surprise, surprise) a skateboard, but although you can spend well over 100 pounds for a really good board you can get started with a board, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards for 50 pounds or less.  You might see skateboarders skating without safety gear but it really is not worth it because in your early days as a skateboarder you will spend a lot of your time falling off.  One little injury could mean weeks off your board and you wouldn't want that to happen!  It isn't worth spending a lot of money on any hobby in case you decide it is not for you, but give skateboarding a good try.

Remember all the expert skateboarders you see doing 'ollies' and 'kick flips' were beginners once.  There is nothing that beats watching other skateboarders and practicing yourself, but there are also websites where you can learn tricks (click here or click here for a couple of examples)  There is even a web site that has step-by-step instructions on how to perform all the  well-known tricks, as well as a skateboarding beginners guide (click here).  A good website for girl skateboarders is www.skatergirl.co.uk.

There are online shops where you can buy buy everything you need to do with skateboarding.  You  can do the searches youself to find these.  Skateboarding equipment is also available from toy shops, larger sports shops and well known catalogue shops, as well as specialist shops such as Hard Edge (the longest established skate shop in Reading, in Queen Victoria Street) which sells clothes (cool street fashion) and has a skate room downstairs with everything that you need to put together your own board as well as some completes. 

We have been secret shopping and have found another skater shop in Reading.  If you want to buy anything to do with skateboarding try Legends on the ground floor of Broad Street Mall.  Downstairs they sell clothes for guys and girls in all the top brands as well as skate shoes.  They have great skate hardware with everything you need for your set-up.  They have decks from £25 upwards.  (One of the decks is topped with Kevlar - the stuff body armour is made of - and is designed to be especially hard-wearing).  They have trucks, wheels, bearings, grip tape, skateboard tools etc. and you can put a decent board together for about £60.  There are knowledgeable staff in the shop to help you - ask for Darren - he knows everything about building your own board and has been a skateboarder for over 10 years.  Legends has a good range of complete boards for those just starting out and for intermediate skaters.  Unfortunately you can't try boards out before you buy them but the sales staff can help you make the right choice. 

Once you have your board you will need to know how to take care of it.  Sk8uk has information on choosing your first set-up, maintaining your board and gripping your board.

To see all the skate parks built by Wheelscape in this country visit www.wheelscape.co.uk . This site is worth checking out for good skate parks to try out.