My hobby is skateboarding this is a worldwide sport in the X games. Skateboarding was invented a long while ago by Australian surfers when there weren’t any waves they attached wheels to their surf boards and ‘land surfed’. There has been many historic moments in skateboarding like when Tony Hawk did the world’s first 900 degree spin (2 ? urns) in the X games competition also Danny Way jumped the opening gate for the great wall of china also the latest historic moment is 16 year old Mitchie Brusco was the youngest to perform in the X games and also he was one of the only people to do a 1080 degree spin (3 turns). There are many makes for skateboarding from the most common of Plan B to the less know of Fracture but each skateboard is made the same its what the board is coated with which counts for the ‘pop’. Pop is the bounce of the skateboard deck the higher it bounces the more pop it has the better the pop the easier the trick is.
There are two different stances regular (left foot forward) and goofy (right foot forward) this can be determined by which hand you write with if your right handed you are regular and if you are left handed you are goofy but this isn’t the same with everyone though certain people can do things better there opposite side. Skateboarding tricks are very complex even starting with the Ollie (hop) because the foot positioning is very difficult to grasp but the easiest trick is in vert (ramps) it is when you grab the board in mid-air and this easy grab is called the Indy grab this is where you grab the board just behind our front foot.
There are a few key components to a skateboard like there is the deck (wooden part you stand on) trucks (metal that holds the wood and the wheels together) nuts and bolts (holds wheels to trucks and holds trucks to the deck) wheels (parts that make the skateboard move) bushings (help the skateboard to move and also they are located in the trucks) baseplate (attached to the deck and the trucks) kingpin (holds the trucks to the baseplate).
Different truck tightening affect the way people ride if your trucks are loose then you would probably prefer street skating because it’s easy to manoeuvre but with vert skating its more or less straight lines because its ramp to ramp there are many different ramps like there is a drop in which is a vertical drop ramp which can be in different sizes like from 3 foot to 20 foot a different ramp would be a jump box which is as it states it has a drop in one side and flat bank on the other, a flat ank is sloped ramp for beginners to build confidence, another ramp would be a fun box this is a ramp with a rail in the centre, a rail is metal pipes/cuboids the people jump on with the skateboard but land on the trucks and or the deck the last ramp to mention is a spine this is a double back drop in which is used to grinds and or jumping over.
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