Choose a board that suits your interests. Skateboards can be cheap or expensive and come in all different sizes and styles. The two main types are regular classic skateboards and longboards. Check out your local skateboard store or the appropriate website to find the right one for you.
Classic skateboards have bent noses and tails, (front and back) and they have a concave or bend, which is handy when performing tricks. They come in different sizes, most are about 80 cm long and 20 cm wide. These are boards for those who want to skate in skate parks or on the street and eventually do tricks.
Longboards or cruisers have a long and flat deck. The boards differ in length, but can be twice as long as classic skateboards, making them more stable and suitable for beginners. It is almost impossible to do tricks on it, but if you just want to skate or go down slopes, it would be a great choice.
A beginner skateboard costs anywhere from $50 to $150. Ask to have the proper suspensions and wheels picked out for you right at the store. Remember, NEVER buy a skateboard from Walmart or Toys R Us. It will fail quickly and is hard to learn on. Go to a specialty store for skateboarders.
Pick the right shoes for you. Skateboarding shoes are usually sold under brands like Vans, Airwalk or Etnies. They have hard edges and a flat sole, ideal for holding the board. While you can use regular sneakers for this purpose, special shoes will be much more comfortable.
Never train in sandals or flip-flops. Your foot should move easily, and you should be comfortable in your shoes. Otherwise you can easily injure your foot or fall.
Wear appropriate protection. When you first start skateboarding, you will fall. Probably many times. Consider buying a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads to keep you safe from falls and collisions. This is especially important for beginners. In some states, like California, a skater is required to wear a protective helmet while skateboarding.
Make sure the helmet fits you well. Before you go to the store, measure the circumference of your head around your brow arches. Buy a helmet that fits you snugly.
There is nothing wrong with protection. It's important to protect yourself from head injuries.
Find a good place to practice. A floor, concrete driveway, or parking lot is a good place to start. Make sure there are no cracks, rocks, or potholes in the path. You can fall if you trip over a small pebble, especially if the board has stiff wheels.
A skate park is suitable for those who have gained some experience. If, standing on the board, you are still trying to keep your balance, then the park may be irrelevant to you. And if there is such a playground nearby, then observe other skateboarders first, but stay outside of it.
Consider having someone more experienced give you some lessons. Chances are your dad won't be able to perform "shove it," so ask someone if you can watch him. Bring in a few newbies and discuss how good he is. And then you have a teacher.
Training without friends can lose the essence of skateboarding. If you have a few skateboarding friends, learn from their experience. If you learn skills from people you know, it will be much better than learning one-on-one or lessons from the internet.
Choose the right stance. Put the board on a flat surface and learn how to put your feet correctly, try not to lose your balance. Put your feet on the deck, at a slight angle turn outward at about the level of the suspension bolts.
The "regular" foot position is when the left foot is in the front and the right foot is in the back. This usually means that the right foot will be the pushing one.
The "goofy" stance is when the right foot is in front and the left foot is behind. This means you will use your left foot to push off.
Rock back and forth a little bit to see how the wheels move and what effect you have on them. Make yourself comfortable.
Learn how to fall properly. At first, all skaters fall a lot. It's part of the sport. So it's important to always be in protective gear and learn how to fall properly. To avoid serious injuries - but not the light abrasions and bruises that are sure to be present as a skateboarder's calling card - you can learn a few techniques to help keep yourself safe.
Take your hands out, but keep them close. If you fall hard, the risk of seriously damaging your wrist or ankle is greater in this case than when you use your hands, thereby cushioning your fall.
Tumble every time you fall. You might get scratched, but that's nothing compared to falling flat.
If something goes wrong, "eject". If you move too fast and can not control the skateboard, just jump off the deck on your feet or fall into the grass. You shouldn't be on a board that you have lost control over.