Written by Steve Garcia
The skateboard has become a standard item of equipment for many young adults. With the growing popularity of skateboarding since it's invention, the skateboard can be associated with youthful energy and adventurousness. In essence, skateboarding may be a solo sport but boarders usually hang around in groups while performing stunts or runs.
It takes coordination to apply balance and grace to master the sport of skateboarding. The fitness benefits as a result of skateboarding are that the joints and the stability of ligaments around the knees and ankles are strengthened. This is in part to the running, boarding and stunt performance involved in skateboarding.
In the late 1950s, the skateboard was invented as a means of surfing outside of water. The idea stemming from surfing enthusiasts, frustration on relying on the weather conditions to surf. The first skateboards were basically the bases of roller skates nailed to the front and back ends of wooden planks.
Standard maneuvers for skateboarding include the 180, 360 and the "Ollie". The "Ollie" was invented by Alan Ollie Gelfand and the manoeuvre involved leaping into the air while having the board stay flush with your feet.
With skateboarding growing popularity, more and more specialized skateboarding parks are being built. Some in which formal competitions are being held such as the popular extreme sports competition, the X-Games.
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When choosing the right equipment for skateboarding it is important to be selective. Skateboards vary depending on the styles of riding you wish to do. Things to pay attention to when choosing a board are the skateboard deck, the trucks (components, which the wheels are attached to), and the wheels, which is the most critical element of a skateboard as it provides functionality and safety. The prices can range from $20 - $200. Other equipment includes helmets that are designed specifically for skateboarding, and protective pads for your knees and elbows and wrist supports. Wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothing and investing in a good pair of skateboarding shoes adds to the skateboarding experience.
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Contact your local parks & recreation department
705 Matheson Blvd. E.,|
in North East Mississauga
on the east side of Iceland (whch has four ice rinks, a high performance training facilities) is this a Skateboard park. Tel: 905-615-4680, Fax: 905-615-4681 |
The elements of Mississauga's Skatepark feature many of the favoured street spots around the City along with other park elements such as transitions, banks, 1/4 pipes, funboxes, varied ledges, varied rails, gaps and a bowl! Open from sunrise to 11:00 P.M
|Clarkson Community Centre||2475 Truscott Drive, Mississauga||A smaller skate park geared towards the beginner level skater.|
|Churchill Meadows||3715 Thomas Street, Mississauga||A smaller skate park geared towards the beginner level skater.|
|Huron Park||830 Paisley Blvd W., Mississauga||A smaller skate park geared towards the beginner level skater.|
|Malton Arena||3430 Derry Road East, Mississauga||A smaller skate park geared towards the beginner level skater.|
|Port Credit Memorial Park||22 Stavebank Rd. S., Mississauga||A smaller skate park geared towards the beginner level skater.|
|Jim Archdekin Skatepark||With a 5ft Tall Quarterpipe To Quarterpipe 90-Degree Hip, 5ft Quarterpipe, 5ft Tall Spine, 3.5ft Tall Pyramid With 18" High Grind Ledge, 4ft Tall Quarterpipe To Bank Hip With 1' Tall Quarterpipe Extension 16ft Long Grind Ledge With 1ft Tall Extension|
|South Fletcher's Sportsplex Park||500 Ray Lawson Blvd.||Two 3ft Tall Bank To Bank 90-Degree Hip, 2ft Tall 3-Way Pyramid With Two Grind Ledges, 4ft Tall Bank With 1ft Tall Grind Ledge, 3ft Tall Mini Ramp (Halfpipe)|
|Memorial Skatepark||5ft Tall Quarterpipe, 4ft Tall Spine, 4ft Tall Quarterpipe, 3ft Tall Concrete Quarterpipe, 2ft Tall Concrete Pyramid With Grind Ledge And Rail, 4ft Tall Concrete Bank BANK, 4' Tall Concrete Bank, 8' Long Concrete Grind Ledge|