Children's Skateboarding: Facts & Ideas

Expert advice and interesting facts

Interesting facts about Children's Skateboarding: Facts & Ideas

  • A “jump” from flatland is called an Ollie, a name which originated from its inventor Alan Gelfand (…It was his nickname!)
  • The highest recorded Ollie was 45 inches high! (That’s more than a meter!)

  • Even the Unites States Marine Corps have had a go at skateboarding, for special manoeuvres and training.

  • The first outdoor skate park was built in Florida in 1976. This changed the sport to include vertical tricks as well as traditional flatland ones.

  • Skateboarding was banned in Norway between 1978 and 1989 due to a number of injuries. Norwegian skaters were so devoted; they began constructing places to skate in the woods.

  • The first international skateboarding competition was held in Anaheim, California in 1965.

  • The first skateboards weren’t great – they needed handles to steer! Nowadays, they are constructed so that the rider can steer by leaning over.

  • Apparently, when skateboarding, your wrists are the most vulnerable parts of your body to injury (so be careful!)

  • More than half of all the skateboarders in USA are in California!

  • The deck of a skateboard is usually made from 7 layers of plywood maple.

  • It is important to get to know your safety gear! 100,000 injuries happen a year to skateboarders who haven’t done so!

How to pick a skateboard instructor about Children's Skateboarding: Facts & Ideas

When you are looking for someone to teach your child Skateboarding what points should you consider?

Is the person recommended and approved by KalliKids or has someone you trust used them in the past?

Do they teach individually or in groups? Which approach would suit your child best?

Should you go and buy some equipment before the lesson or can they lend your child a board and safety wear initially until you’re sure your child is going to continue?

What clothes should your child wear for skateboarding? Freedom of movement is very important as is protection from falls. Can you get some advice before you hit the shops?

Qualifications about Children's Skateboarding: Facts & Ideas

Qualifications of instructors

There is currently no national governing body for Skateboarding in the UK but there are regional centres and local instructors.

Learning from the activity about Children's Skateboarding: Facts & Ideas

  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Posture

  • Strength

  • Large/Gross motor skills

  • Focus

  • Creativity

  • Patience

  • Discipline

  • Independence

  • Self confidence

You might be surprised to learn how good skateboarding is for your child. As well as being a very sociable sport, skateboarding can go a long way in developing their creativity, confidence and bravery. Their legs and core get a good workout and it provides them with a healthy, quick and free method of getting to school or their paper delivery route. Additionally, your child can get much handier with some self-taught construction and manufacturing as a skateboard has a lot of interchangeable moving parts and need regular maintenance.

Famous people about Children's Skateboarding: Facts & Ideas

Tony “The Birdman” Hawk (born May 12, 1968) is one of the more famous skateboarders, having over 10 video games, his own skateboarding company, his own TV production company and his own clothing lines. Hawk was hugely successful during his career as a professional skateboarder, pioneering the sport in many ways. He was the first person to ever land a 900 degree spin (that’s two and a half rotations!) and the second to land the difficult trick the McTwist. He doesn’t compete in tournaments anymore (although he does still ride) and is much more focused on various charity work.

Shaun White (born September 3, 1986) is actually better known as a superstar snowboarder and even has two Olympic gold medals for the sport but has learnt that these skills could be transferred to the skateboard. He has been very successful as a skateboarder and he too has his own video game. White made friends with Tony Hawk when he was just nine and was then mentored by him and managed to turn professional by just 17.

Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins (born September 21, 1989) is one of the most successful female skateboarders, though not without struggle. She has faced many difficulties including various injuries, surgeries and the loss of her father when she was quite young. However, this has not stopped her from winning several gold medals at the Summer X Games and many other medals too. She is also typical of a young surfer who wanted to ride even without waves, having started surfing at the age of six. She was always very athletic and took up a huge range of sports including skateboarding when she was bought a membership to a youth club by her brothers when she was still six. She has even been included in several of Tony Hawk’s games!

Jason Lee (born April 25, 1970) is the star of over 40 films including The Incredibles, Alvin and the Chipmunks and the sequels! However, this was not how Lee started out – has was a skateboarder from the age of five. He began as a professional skateboarder, co-founding a skateboarding company which produced videos. Lee has since revamped the company with help from friends and focuses on using it for good causes along with a lot of
supporting charity work.

YouTube about Children's Skateboarding: Facts & Ideas

Building a skatepark on the Southbank.

Among the most influential skateboarders the industry has ever seen, Bob Burnquist is still innovating. In his new webisode series, Burnquist grants his fans exclusive access to the private domain in which so many of his contributions to skateboarding were born, his backyard in Southern California, better known as "Dreamland."
Completely breathtaking.
Rodney Mullen’s flatland.

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