Stunt scootering might have been looked down upon and considered a fad amongst skateboarders and the like, but stunt scootering has held out and is now just as much of a renowned professional sport as any other. There are prizes to be won, lucrative sponsorships to be had, and a lot of thrills to be sought. Interested in starting? That’s wonderful!
Use this quick guide to introduce yourself to all the key information you need to know before you start your stunt scootering career:
1. The Equipment You’ll Need
You can’t stunt scootering without a scooter, and a regular scooter won’t do. There are two kinds of scooters on the market; the kind that is marketed towards commuters, and those interested in extreme sports. When you start your stunt scootering career, you’ll need the proper equipment. The chances are high that the scooter that you might already have in your garage won’t cut it. You’ll need thin wheels and a higher deck in order to get to the more advanced tricks. Buy it from the start of your journey, and you’ll become familiar with the scooter and how to perform awesome stunts with it.
There are many kinds of professional scooters though. So you’ll want to choose one based on your ability and your interests. Worried about the cost? Don’t be, you can find ranges of cheap stunt scooters that do exactly what you need them to, and from the top brands in the industry. By visiting skates.co.uk, you will see that price does not have to be reflective of quality, there are inexpensive options from top brands.
If you don’t know the terminology, you’ll get tripped up when you ask someone for help with selecting the right scooter for you. The part of the scooter you stand on is called the deck. Headsets are necessary to pull off stunts and aren’t found in commuter scooters, as they are needed to make the scooter spin (think BMX bikes). Then there are the forks: you can choose either threaded or threadless. Threadless is the preferred choice, as there are more choices available. You will want to familiarize yourself with what each piece of the scooter does and what it is for so that when you choose your scooter, you know what you want.
3. Tricks for Beginners
The tricks for beginners include simple jumps. Work from the bottom until you get better (and braver). The learning process will take time and will more than likely include a lot of cuts, bruises, and scrapes, so be sure to wear a strong helmet at all times and other protective equipment.
With enough practice, you could be truly incredible and join the greats at the top of the ISA World Final results – it all starts somewhere, after all. Get up when you fall, try things out a thousand times over until you finally get it right. Remember, when you see success, you
don’t see the hard work that got them there. Never be discouraged by someone who is “better” than you. Know that you still have more to learn instead.