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  • Writer's pictureWill Ermish

Adults Can Learn to Skateboard Too!

Adult riding a skateboard in a parking lot

Are you an adult who's always wanted to learn to skateboard but feel like you're too old? Do you find yourself saying things like, "I'm not as young as I used to be," or "I don't want to break a hip"? Well, I'm here to tell you that you can learn to skateboard no matter your age, and I'm going to make it funny so you'll be laughing all the way to the skatepark.

First things first, let's address the elephant in the room: falling. Yes, falling is a risk when you're learning to skateboard, but guess what? It's a risk at any age. The difference is that when you're younger, your body bounces back quicker, and you're less afraid of falling. But as an adult, you're more likely to have responsibilities like a job or kids, and you might not be able to afford to get injured. But fear not! There are ways to minimize the risk of injury while still having fun.

One way to minimize the risk of injury is to wear protective gear. I know, I know, you don't want to look like a dork in front of all the cool skateboarders. But let me tell you, wearing a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards is a lot cooler than a trip to the emergency room. And besides, with all that gear on, you'll look like a futuristic superhero. So suit up, and let's get shredding.

Another way to minimize the risk of injury is to start small. Don't go straight for the big ramps and halfpipes. Start with something simple, like cruising on flat ground or rolling down a gentle slope. Once you feel comfortable with that, you can gradually move on to more challenging terrain. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was Tony Hawk's skateboarding career. Take it one step at a time, and you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Now, let's talk about age. You might be thinking, "I'm too old to learn to skateboard. I'll look ridiculous." But the truth is, skateboarding is for everyone, regardless of age. There's no age limit on having fun and learning new things. And who knows, you might even inspire some of the younger skateboarders at the park. They'll be like, "Wow, look at that old guy/gal ripping it up on a skateboard. I want to be like them when I grow up."

Speaking of inspiration, let's talk about some famous skateboarders who started later in life. Did you know that Neal Unger didn't start skateboarding until he was 60 years old? And now he's a sponsored skateboarder and travels the world doing demos and competitions. Or how about Cindy Whitehead, who started skateboarding in the 70s and is now a skateboarding icon and founder of Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word. If they can do it, so can you.

And let's not forget about the health benefits of skateboarding. Skateboarding is a great form of exercise that improves balance, coordination, and cardiovascular health. Plus, it's a fun way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. So not only will you be learning a new skill, but you'll be doing something good for your body and mind.

Now, let's address the haters. You know, the people who might look at you funny or make snarky comments when they see an adult learning to skateboard. First of all, who cares what they think? You're out there having fun and doing something you enjoy. And second of all, they're probably just jealous that they don't have the courage to try something new themselves. So ignore the haters and keep doing your thing.


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