By Logan Heidenreich:
Skateparks can be an intimidating place to practice skating, biking, or… scooting. The people there are already more experienced than you. You are scared to try anything because you will get hurt, and you are not that good at flat ground and other tricks yet. You know what? None of that matters. Skateparks are meant for you to go and practice, try new things, and become better!
If you are scared to try anything, take it one step at a time. Practicing on ramps is a good place to start. There you will become comfortable with simple maneuvers and it will be good for your confidence. Skateparks are also a good place to get better at flat ground, and in my own experiences, other skaters are usually happy to help you figure out what you are doing wrong with your tricks.
If you are afraid of getting hurt, you can wear knee and elbow pads. The big thing with this is that you should not be afraid to get a little hurt. IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.
You must avoid feeling bad about yourself when watching other people do their thing. A lot of people are guilty of this. They will watch somebody do something super hard and think, “I could never do something like that.” But that is you lying to yourself. Get out there and try something you have never done, practice what you already know, and get better.
Whether you ride a skateboard, scooter, or bike, the skatepark is the best place to build your skills. There is no reason to feel like you cannot go to your local park. Plus, one of the coolest and most tight knit communities is the skatepark.