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Please find below our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
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- What is SkatesZone.com?
SkatesZone.com was created in 2017 by Jesse Silva and Ryan Knox.
Our site is something we always wanted when we were starting out as skaters - a place for skaters to find honest and independent reviews of everything to do with skateboards and skateboarding.
You can read more about us here.
- What is skateboarding?
Skateboarding, known as skating, is a sport and recreational activity that involves riding and performing tricks on a skateboard. Some people use skateboards to travel around and some people even consider it an art form (like us!). Skateboarding culture has been influenced by countless skaters over the years, some of whom have become famous celebrities like Tony Hawk. It has been estimated there are over 11 million active skaters in the World. In fact, skateboarding has become so popular that it will be represented at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo for the first time!
- What is a skateboard?
A skateboard is a type of sports equipment used for skateboarding. A skateboarder, known as a 'skater', moves the skateboard, known as a 'board', by pushing with one foot with the other foot balanced on the board or by moving their legs in 'structures'. A skateboard can also be used by just standing on the deck while on a downward slope and letting gravity do its thing. These days you can even get electric skateboards!
- What is a skateboard made of?
Most skateboard decks are made of glue and wood (usually 7-ply maple, often from Canad), but some are made of composites, aluminum, nylon, Plexiglas, fiberglass, foam, and other materials. They are usually decorated by screen-printing and often customized by skaters.
- What are the parts of a skateboard?
A skateboard has 3 main parts: a deck, trucks and wheels. The deck is the part of the skateboard that you stand on. The trucks are are the metal T-shaped pieces that mount onto the underside of the skateboard and keep your wheels and bearings securely attached to the deck. The wheels attach to the axles on the trucks and are usually made of polyurethane. You can check out our reviews of the best decks here, the best trucks here and the best wheels here.
- What is skateboard grip tape?
Skateboard grip tape is the rough sand paper like layer of tape that's applied to the top of a skateboard deck so that a skater's shoes can grip the board. Skaters often cut patterns into their grip tape before applying it to make their skateboards unique and to help them easily tell between the 'nose' (front) and the 'tail' (back). For more information, check out our guide on the best grip tape to buy.
- What does a skateboard cost?
The cost of a skateboard varies from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Skateboards come in many different sizes and shapes for different types of skating. For more information, check out our guide on how to choose the right skateboard.
- Is skateboarding dangerous?
Like any other sport, skateboarding does have its risks and can be dangerous. Skaters do get injured sometimes (quite often actually) and these injuries can range from light to severe, although most are only grazed elbows and knees. Some of the most common skateboarding injuries include sprains, strains and fractures of the body, most often the arms, legs, neck and body. For more information, check out our guide on skateboarding safety. (Coming soon)
- Is skateboarding illegal?
Where in place, skateboarding laws generally restrict or prohibit skateboarding as a recreational activity depending on the time, manner, age of person skateboarding and location in which skateboarding may take place, but it's not actually illegal as such. Thankfully, there are a lot of skateparks around and they're often free to use! For more information, check out our guide on skateparks in the US, Canada and the UK. (Coming soon)
- What are skateboard bearings?
Skateboard bearings are round ball bearings that mount the wheels to the axles on the trucks, either made from steel or ceramic. Each wheel has 2 bearings. Some people get really hung up on bearings and, whilst they do have a rating system and it's true some bearings can help you go a bit faster, from our experience the best skateboard bearings are ones that are clean and well-oiled. Simply put, if you want to ride like a dream, keep 'em oiled and clean! You can check out our reviews of the best bearings here.
- How long does it take to learn to skateboard?
How long is a piece of string? Just kidding. If you want to learn to push and ride, then you can do that in a few days, maybe a couple of weeks. If you want to learn a particular trick, then you could do that in a few weeks. If you want to become really good at skating, and we mean really good, then you need to practice every day for a few hours for a few years! Fortunately, there are a lot of websites out there to help you learn - one of our favorites is Braille Skateboarding. YouTube is also a great place to find skating videos. If you're interested, check out an up-to-date list of the best skaters in the World here.
- What is the history of skateboarding?
The history of skateboarding is really interesting. Skateboarding probably started in the 1940s or 1950s when surfers in places like California in the US wanted something to do when the waves were flat and was called 'sidewalk surfing' at the time. Skateboarding as we know it today started in the early 1980s and it has become more and more popular since then. For more information, check out our guide on the history of skateboarding. (Coming soon).
- What is skateboarding culture?
Although derived from surfing, skateboarding quickly developed its own rich culture. Skateboarding culture is quite often known as 'punk' or 'skate punk' and has a style and language of its own that is always changing and evolving. Skateboarding also has a strong global following and community that is really fun and cool to be a part of.
- What should you wear when skateboarding?
We know that wearing safety gear may not look that cool, and to be honest we don't wear everything all of the time, but regardless of whether you're a child or an adult, every skater should wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads and shoes to stay safe and prevent injuries when skating. This is really important if you're a beginner as you can (and will!) fall off your board and hurt yourself! You can check out our guides on the best helmets
here, the best wrist guards
here and the best knee pads and elbow pads