How to Skateboard Without Bailing
- SELECT GEAR TO SHOW YOUR STYLE
Old school: Your dad’s old deck you dug out of the garage (don’t forget to lube those bearings)
Longboard: Beach master or bomber. The ultimate cruiser with least amount of effort
Penny: Speed & agility, easy to carry and stash
Fish: Keeping it real, chilled and stylish
Street: Rough riding for the park rats
Heelys: Not acceptable under any circumstances
- PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT
Skill level practice is highly recommended – you don’t want to run over your next potential hook up at Mono or end up with stitches and a cast for O Week. The only way you’ll get better is by hitting the pavement. Car parks or the flat driveway is ideal.
- SHAKA BRAH
Ride with people that are better than you. This will make you better faster, by trying to keep up with ol’ mate Johnny across the hallway whose more talented and popular than you. Get amongst CUBA to link up with likeminded shredders and venture out to cool, skateboard-y places.
- KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Steez is critical, don’t try a quadruple rodeo stacker flip in front of a crowd or at peak hour between lectures as it has a few likely outcomes:
- You nail it – the crowd goes wild and you now need UC Security to drag the girls off you so you can get to your next lecture.
- You just land it – looks like you were traying to impress, and you probably narrowly avoided taking out your lecturer, not classy.
- You bail – the most likely outcome, grazed and soaked after pulling your prized deck out of the stream. Hoping nobody recognizes you, best head home for some more practice.
- WEAR DEODERANT
Nobody likes sitting next to a smelly board rider in a lecture theatre.