The year 2020 saw a lot of older skaters picking up their boards again, this short guide is a way of bringing you up to speed with recommendations for getting back into it as an older rider.
Firstly, warm up! As we get older our bodies aren’t as flexible as they once were. Stretching is a great way to get ready for a skate or any type of activity.
Its also important to remember that you shouldn't come back to skateboarding with any expectations, just go out and have fun!
We recommend riding a slightly wider board than you may have been used to back in the day - 8.5” is a good width with trucks to match and some 55mm+ wheels. If you’re planning on just cruising at your local park or car park get some wheels around 95A-99A hardness, they'll be smooth and fast enough. If you want a set up as a mode of transport [cruiser] ride wheels 95A or softer. Ricta and OJ make some great softer wheels and we have some great cruiser completes here.
It's a good idea to have some safety gear as we don't recover as fast as we used to. We offer a range of safety products that can benefit older skaters - knee gaskets, for example, are a great way of offering some protection without being so bulky that they restrict movement. Wrist guards might be a good idea too, no one likes battered wrists-browse those here. We also offer some post-skate options for ageing skaters. If you want to go the full hog and get all the kit click here for our safety gear section.
Check out our YouTube channel for our some help learning, or re-learning some tricks.