skate park etiquette
In this episode Geoff will be teaching you the spoken and unspoken rules of the skate park.
We'd like to say a big thank you to Pitt Street Skate Park for letting us film in their super nice park and Geoff from Rubicon for his time and expertise.
skate park etiquette
keep swearing to a minimum
Part of respecting the skate park is respecting the people riding there, and as there will probably be a lot of younger riders, it is best to keep swearing to a minimum.
keep it clean
The skate park is dangerous enough as it is, so make sure to put your litter in the bin and keep the park tidy.
understand the skate park
The best way to understand a skate park is to stand back and watch the other riders.
show your support
Keep the positivity up and show your support to riders doing well with a fist bump or by tapping your board.
when is the best time to skate?
In the afternoons you are likely to get older and more experienced riders at the park, so if you go in the earlier hours you will have more of the park to yourself.
Snaking is when you drop in out of turn or you cut across a rider's line, by doing this you might throw someone off balance which might lead to an injury. Be aware of other riders and try to minimise the affect your riding has on other people.
don't get in the way
If you are a spectator or taking a break, make sure to sit in an allocated seating area or outside the park to keep yourself and other riders safe.
skate in appropriate places
Pretty self-explanatory, but if you are trying some flat land tricks, don't use the bottom of the bowl.
If you lose control of your skateboard, yelling 'board!' will let everyone know there is a stray board potentially coming their way.
ask before using wax
Wax is commonly used by skaters on rails and ledges, to help the board grind and slide easier, but every skater likes a different amount of wax. So be courteous and ask nearby skaters or locals if is alright to do so. If in doubt, apply the wax to your board or trucks instead.
ask for advice
Asking for advice can be really valuable so give it a go, most people at the skate park will give you a few pointers to help you out.