Skateboarding: How to learn the basics during lockdown

With lockdowns and social distancing, we’ve all had to become a little bit more creative with how we exercise.

No weekly game of football? No problem – we all remember the toilet roll keepy-uppy challenge. Joe Wicks kept us active over the internet with his online PE classes, and who needs a gym when you can lift tins of beans?

But what if you were looking for something a little bit different? Well, you can now try your hands at the newest Olympic sport, all from the comfort of your own home.

Definitely don't try grinding on rails in your living room!

Skateboarding has been around since the late 1940s and early 1950s and is thought to have begun in California, USA when surfers were looking for something to do when the waves were flat - it was first knows as sidewalk surfing as a result.

There are now more than 11 million active skateboarders in the world and the industry is thought to be worth almost $5 billion US dollars – and the sport is set to take its biggest step yet with its first inclusion at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021.

So it’s the perfect time to find out whether you’re regular or goofy, how to ollie and what tic-tacking is.

We spoke to skateboarder Jess Winter from Blackpool. 25-year-old Jess first started skating 10 years ago but stopped when she moved to a different city through a lack of confidence about skating in a new place with new people.

Two years ago, she saw an advert for a girls-only skating night and hasn’t looked back since.

“Before I knew it, I was surrounded by amazing people, meeting up to skate, building new friendships and getting my confidence back.”

Last year, Jess earned her Level 1 Coaching Skateboarding Sessions qualifications with Skateboard England because she wanted to pass on the skills she’s learned over the years – and now she’s got some top tips for you on how to pick up the basics, whether you try it indoors or in your garden.

Wherever you choose to get started, make sure you have permission if you’re doing it in the house and take all the safety precautions that you can. If you’re trying it outdoors, remember to stay safe and follow all social distancing guidelines for where you live and you might want to grab a helmet or some pads too.

WATCH: Learn to skateboard during lockdown from your living room with Jess

When social distancing is further relaxed in the future, there are skateparks all across the country and Jess says everyone is welcome.

“Hopefully when we’re on the other side of this, we’ll see more people at skate parks, local skate shops, indoors, we can’t wait to be all back together.

“Skateboarding is family, we all look after each other other, I know that I’ve been taken care of for the last 10 years. Hopefully if you guys have learned some tricks on your carpet then you can put those into practice!”

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