How to Get Back Into Skateboarding: 10 Essential Steps

Jumpstart your skateboarding journey after a long break with these 10 effective steps. Get back on board and reclaim the thrill like never before!

Have you ever found yourself reminiscing about those kickflip and 50-50 grind days while staring at your long-forgotten skateboard? Getting back on the board isn’t as daunting a feat as you may presume, trust me. I was in the same position not long ago, experiencing an over-decade-long skateboarding drought and then hopping back in. Let’s start our ride by understanding how life, aging, and body dynamics can affect your skateboarding journey. Ready to relive the adrenaline and breeze of skateboarding? Let’s roll!

Is it possible to rekindle your skateboarding passion?

Rekindling your skateboarding passion is not only possible but also a rewarding journey. If it’s been a while since you last stepped on a skateboard, it’s essential to start slowly and reacquaint yourself with the feeling of riding. You might need to update your gear, ensuring your skateboard is in good condition. Setting realistic goals is crucial; don’t expect to perform the tricks you used to immediately.

Image of a man bending to tie his shoe lace and pick up his skateboard. Source: unsplash
Image of a man bending to tie his shoe lace and pick up his skateboard. Source: unsplash

Consistency is key, so allocate regular practice time to regain your skills and confidence gradually. To stay motivated, seek inspiration from skateboarding videos, social media, or by attending skateboarding events. Joining a skateboarding community, locally or online, can provide support and tips. Safety should always be a priority; wear protective gear, especially when revisiting tricks and jumps.

To stay motivated, seek inspiration from skateboarding videos, social media, or by attending skateboarding events. Joining a skateboarding community, locally or online, can provide support and tips.

Challenge yourself to learn new tricks and explore different skate spots to keep the experience fresh. Ultimately, the most important thing is to have fun and remember why you fell in love with skateboarding in the first place—for the sheer enjoyment of it. Embrace the process, and you’ll likely find your passion for skateboarding reignited.

My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

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My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

I had my board stolen a few years ago and was forced to quickly replace it with a complete. I got one with an Enjoi deck and loved it so much that I still buy the Whitey Panda deck each time I need a new deck. This complete with budget-friendly, beginner-friendly parts, but I still swear by it.

How to get back into skateboarding

Stepping back on your board after a hiatus might feel like learning to walk again. But with the right steps and a dash of patience, you’ll shred quickly. Below is a well-curated roadmap to help you navigate your return to the skatepark.

1. Understand the toll of life, aging, and body dynamics

Don’t disregard the changes your body has gone through over the years. Skateboarding is a physically demanding sport, and as you age, the risks of injury escalate, and recovery time broadens. I learned that the hard way myself, thinking it’d be just like the old days, only to end up with a bruised heel and cracked ribs. It’s important to ease into the sport and gradually rebuild your stamina and skills.

Understanding this will help you set realistic expectations and avoid injury, ensuring a smoother transition back into skateboarding. And remember, it’s not about how fast you can reach your old level; it’s about the thrill of the ride and regaining that connection with your board.

2. Tune your competitive attitude

In your earlier days, friendly competition among skater buddies was the norm. That competitive attitude can still exist but in a toned-down version. After all, your prime concern should be getting home in one piece. I know how easy it is to forget that while attempting a crazy trick!

Resisting the urge to jump straight into complex tricks can go a long way. Start by riding and trying basic stuff. As you grow more comfortable and in control, gradually increase your difficulty levels. This transition has worked well for me, and it hasn’t come at the expense of a second set of injuries!

3. Arm yourself with the right gear

This might seem like a given, but having the right gear is an integral part of your comeback. If, like younger me, you were plagued with terrible bearings and a waterlogged board, think twice before picking up that old skateboard again. A complete, high-quality setup will make a massive difference in performance and stability immediately.

Considering the luxury of a well-paying job that most of us now have, investing in a solid choice of skateboard is worth the bucks. From fancy trucks to a sick-looking deck and even whiter-than-a-Colgate-smile wheels, the right equipment can genuinely boost your experience. Check out my detailed buying guide for skateboard components for some helpful guidance.

4. Consider protections

Remember to protect yourself against injuries. Especially if you’re an older rider, protective gear is not just an option; it is a necessity. I get it; it might not feel as cool as going bare, but trust me, landing sketchy without knee pads isn’t ‘cool’ either.

I always recommend wearing quality knee pads and a helmet, especially when you go for the risky, technical stuff. Check out this link to keep your skateboard and yourself in good condition to minimize risks and maximize fun.

5. Begin by cruising around

An excellent strategy to rekindle your skateboarding journey is to begin by cruising around. This is a great way to regain your balance and confidence on your skateboard. Even small victories like making clean 180s or hopping curbs can kick-start the process of muscle memory.

Cruising can be more than just a leisure activity. Select the right wheels that allow you to do a couple of tricks while you cruise around. Guide yourself to this helpful post on choosing a cruiser skateboard to aid your smooth ride. Skateboarding is an incredible sport, and just because life happens doesn’t mean it has to stay out of your life.

6. Enjoy the process, not just the outcome

One thing to remember on your comeback trail is to focus on enjoying the journey and not just the outcome. Yes, it’s fun to land an impossible trick or nail a perfect grind, but the real joy lies in the process.

Let’s be real here: learning (or relearning) a trick can sometimes get frustrating. But suppose you keep your eyes on the bigger picture. In that case, the pure exhilaration and independence of being on a skateboard—the minor setbacks along the way—suddenly become a lot more tolerable.

7. Stay committed

Following your decision to return can be challenging and requires a definite commitment. Weather constraints, busy schedules, or a crazy fall can derail your plans.

Having a fixed schedule for skateboarding can be beneficial for keeping you committed. Whether it’s early morning rides or post-work sessions, find what suits you best and stick to that timetable. Consistency plays a key role in regaining your previous skateboarding flair.

8. Explore different skateboarding styles

Curiosity is the key to a wholesome skateboarding experience. Exploring different skateboarding styles can help you expand your capabilities. I used to be more of a street skater back in the day, but now I mainly skate transitions.

Sometimes, just mixing it up can reignite that inner zeal. If you always stick to the street, try some park or vert; change can be refreshing.

9. Celebrate your progress

A vital part of your skateboarding journey is to acknowledge and revel in your progress. Use minor victories, whether getting back on board after a hard fall or successfully executing a tricky maneuver, as a reason to celebrate. These moments will keep your spirits high and fuel your skateboarding journey.

10. Never be afraid to ask for help

Finally, don’t hesitate to ask for help or guidance. Skateboarding has a supportive community filled with people who are happy to help. If you are struggling to get that kickflip right or want to understand the dynamics of a certain trick, ask!

Image of a man riding a skateboard. Source: pexels
Image of a man riding a skateboard. Source: pexels

Dos and don’ts of returning to skateboarding

Before diving back into skateboarding, consider these crucial dos and don’ts to guide your ride.

Ease into skateboardingOverestimate your ability
Embrace protective gearNeglect safety
Start with basic tricks and cruisingRush into complex tricks
Stay committed and consistentLose patience and focus.
Celebrate progressIgnore small victories
These dos and don’ts are just guiding lights in your skateboarding comeback journey.

Additional skateboarding comeback tips

Here are a few more tips to effortlessly cruise back into your skateboarding journey:

  • Moisturize your joints before and after skating to avoid stiffness
  • Incorporate stretching and mobility exercises into your routine.
  • Eat a balanced diet to support your newfound active lifestyle
  • Connect with local skateboarding communities for support and motivation
  • Don’t shy away from taking lessons if needed

A day in my skateboarding journey

As someone who’s lived this comeback journey, the ride has had its fair share of ups and downs. Sometimes, I wanted to quit, especially after nasty falls or failed attempts, but I kept reminding myself of my love for the sport. One of my worst fears was losing confidence in executing even the most basic tricks, like ollies.

Chasing the adrenaline rush, we often forget that the real charm of skateboarding lies in the journey itself. So, embrace every fall, every bruise and every triumph, because that’s where the real essence of skateboarding is!

However, holding my nerve and persisting through each fall and bruise has made my reconnection with skateboarding not just more meaningful but infinitely more enjoyable as well. So, if you’re contemplating getting back on board, go for it! Trust me; you won’t regret it. Also, please take a look at the best skateboard videos ever made for some inspiration; it never fails to pump up my energy!

If you are a visual learner, check out the video below from YouTube.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Kick-starting your skating passion can raise several questions. Here, I answer a few commonly asked questions to ease your transition back into the world of skateboarding.

Which type of skateboard would be best suited for a comeback?

When resuming skateboarding after a long break, starting with a cruiser can be a smart choice. Cruisers are adept at cruising around, an excellent phase to regain balance and confidence. My post on choosing a cruiser skateboard provides a more detailed guide.

How can I prevent injuries when I resume skateboarding?

Investing in proper protective gear is crucial to preventing injuries. This includes a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads. Following the dos and don’ts outlined in this blog can also help prevent undue injuries.

Can I regain my skill level like in the old days?

With consistent effort and patience, regaining your old skill level is achievable. However, it’s essential to avoid hastiness and enjoy the journey.

Final thoughts

Getting back into skateboarding is an amazing journey that takes you back to the days you loved. It’s about pushing your limits, captivating yourself with those small victories, and cruising through with passion. Have you encountered any other great tips or ideas that have helped you get back into skateboarding?

And did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below. I read and reply to every comment. If you found this article helpful, share it with a friend, and roam around my full blog for more tips and tricks on skateboarding. Thanks for reading, and see you at the skatepark!

Key takeaways

This article covered how to navigate your comeback to skateboarding smoothly. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Right gear and protections are crucial.
  • Begin with just cruising around.
  • Keep your competitive attitude in check.
  • Acknowledging your progress can boost your morale.
  • Stay committed to your decision.
  • Reach out to the skateboarding community if you need help.

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Steven Portrate
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