Tips to ensure your child is skate park ready POSTED ON 12/02/2019
If your child is raring to get started on half pipes and bunny hops, before venturing out we have some top tips to check through to ensure that they are skate park ready.
Make sure that they have a scooter that’s worthy
By this we don’t mean the latest colour or the newest model. Instead is it safe enough to perform tricks on? Ideally you need a scooter that is designed for this type of adventure. Lower handlebars and reinforced decks like the Micro Stunt scooters (see them here). While our Maxi Micro’s and Sprites have been rigorously tested to withstand a gauntlet of challenges it is probably best to leave them at home for now.
2. Complete your scooter MOT
Just like a car or a bike, scooters need a little TLC every now and again and TLC is just that… Test (T), Look (L), Clean (C). Find out here what you should look for to ensure that their scooter is skate park ready.
3. Heads up! Wear a helmet
4. Pick a quiet time
The skate park can be a really popular place to hang out especially in the holidays and at weekends. For your first time, try to pick a part of the day that is quieter such as the mornings. The general rule at the park is to look out for others when riding but you don’t want your child to feel rushed or overwhelmed so I would leave hanging out at the busy times till they are a bit more confident on their scooter.
5. Don’t try anything too risky too soon
It’s temping to ignore the basics and launch straight into it, but it really isn’t a great idea. Encourage them to stick to the simple stunts and smaller ramps and work up gradually.
6. Keep tricks at the skate park
As tempting as it is to leap off pavements and for children to build their own ramps at the park it is best to avoid doing this. It can be dangerous to try out tricks anywhere but the skate park not only for themselves but others around them.
7. Have fun
Of course most importantly, ensure they (and you) grab your smile and have fun. Watching your child can be a bit of a nail biting experience especially for the first time. Lots of smiles and encouragement will work wonders for everyone’s confidence.
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