How To Create Your Own Skate Spot at Home
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been having severe skate envy over all the cool skate setups people have been constructing in their houses. So many skaters have been making rails and customising them with cute patterns. Others have been getting creative and whipping up their own portable skate floors to dance on. Some have been straight up skating every available object they can find. Whatever style of skating you want to improve at, chances are there is a way for you to make progress at home.
To motivate you to set up your own haven of skate, we thought we would share 3 cool ideas that you could use to keep on rolling through to the other side of isolation.
Portable hard surface
Maybe you live in a house that doesn’t have tiles or wood. And maybe your driveway more closely resembles Mt. Everest than a nice, smooth skate court. If that’s the case, it’s no need to hang up your skates. You can make your own skateable surface with fairly minimal effort. Here’s how!
What you’ll need
– Enough plywood for the skate area you would like to have. Ply generally comes in sheets of 2400mm x 1200mm. Two to four of these pushed together make a pretty decent sized practice space. However, if space only permits one, then you’ll still be able to practice some things.
– Optional: piano hinges, drill, screws, paint/lacquer.
How you’ll do it:
If you’re just using one piece of plain ply, it’s as easy as putting it down on your carpet/grass/other soft surface and voila, start skating! If you’d like to paint your ply, make sure it is completely dry before you skate on it.
If you would like to fix your pieces together but still be able to fold them away, you can attach piano hinges to the sides of your ply pieces using a drill.
A skate rail
There’s loads of ways you can build your own skate rail. Some people have just been putting a piece of PVC pipe or metal rail on the ground to start sliding at the lowest level possible. However, I really love Whippa’s easy to follow tutorial. Check it out below.
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Think outside the box
Chances are your house or your street has lots of skateable stuff that maybe you’ve never looked at with your 8-wheeled lenses. For example, a step or a gutter is a perfect place to practice stalls and jumping. Stand facing the step and start by placing one foot on it at a time. Work up to jumping onto it and stalling it, and maybe even turning your head and shoulders to 180 off it. Then, you can practice jumping up and landing on it with both feet flat. Add fun variations like landing on one foot, or a toe stop. There are lots of options.
Remember if you’re going to skate the furniture, make sure it will hold your weight, and that it belongs to you. We’ve heard more than one story about broken desks and coffee tables.
Whatever you decide to include in your home skate spot, remember all time on wheels is good time on wheels. Sometimes skating in smaller spaces, or on smaller objects reminds us to get back to basics and perfect our fundamental skills.
If you’re still lacking motivation, check out Marea from Colombia’s incredible DIY in-house skatepark. Happy skating everyone!
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