I read recently where the Queen of England is in her 90’s and still rides horses. Well that is impressive! As I quarantined in my yard, I watched a young man ride by on a skateboard with a straw brimmed lifeguard hat on. He looked relaxed and like he was having a good time. Something in me said, “You should give this a try!”
I should give a little background on my skateboarding history. I tried to skateboard once when I was a kid. I stepped onto my cousin’s skateboard and fell smack on my behind onto the cement garage floor. I never tried skateboarding again or wanted to until the other day when the guy in the lifeguard hat made it look so enjoyable. Being in quarantine also seems the perfect time to try something new.
I knew exactly who to go to for my first lesson. Believe me, I was not going to try this on my own! My son got his first skateboard at four years old. He is very patient and was more than happy to take on the task of teaching his mom how to skateboard.
I showed up at my first lesson wearing my Vans skate shoes and skate helmet instead of a lifeguard hat, eager to learn. We started off by discussing the parts of the board and what foot I naturally prefer for the board. I said my right foot. Apparently, that is called ‘goofy’ in skateboarding lingo. So I am a goofy skateboarder, which makes perfect sense to me. I am not naturally good at balance, so instead of falling on my behind again, I chose to support myself by holding onto my son’s shoulder. That worked and made me more confident.
By the third lesson, I was feeling better about things and just needed to hold my son’s hand. The next lesson came and I just needed him to spot me in case I fell backwards. Now, I am proud to say, I can skate on my own! I am working on my turns by leaning with my feet and my kick turns as well.
As with anything, to get better, practice is the key. I have been getting out there a little every day. Skateboarding really is a lot of work and uses a lot of muscles so I’m taking it slow, a little each day. I do not have the desire to jump, flip, or do anything crazy. I just find it fun to ride and work on my turns. My goal is to take the board to the boardwalk by the beach some day in the future when quarantines are a thing of the past.
I still have a lot to learn, however, I have improved so much in the short amount of time I have been taking my lessons. I am glad I decided to try something new even though it was a bit scary at first. I am thankful for such a good teacher as well. Happy Skateboarding!