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Do you wear a helmet when you ride a bicycle, jump on a skateboard, or Rollerblade? If you don’t, Choices would like to introduce you to Nolan Mayer, 20, of Medfield, Massachusetts. Nolan is not an amateur at the sport; he has been skateboarding for seven years.
But one day last summer, Nolan made a huge mistake when he decided to not wear a helmet whileskateboarding at a park with friends. For almost the whole day, Nolan skated without incident, performing trick after trick, including the kick flip, a basic move in skateboarding. “I’d been landing the trick all day,” Nolan tells Choices. “I was doing it perfectly.”
But his luck ran out when he tried a kick flip one last time. Nolan’s board slipped out from under him, sending him off a ramp and onto his back. “I can only guess that I caught the board and it shot out from under my legs,” Nolan says. “But I don’t remember.”
It’s a good thing that he doesn’t remember what happened because things got scary. Nolan’s head slammed into the ground, fracturing his skull. In addition, he suffered partial hearing loss and aconcussion. He ended up in the hospital for three days.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are nearly 61,000 skateboardinginjuries each year. In 2004, it was reported that 18,743 of those were head injuries. Wearing a helmet goes a long way in preventing serious injury. “A helmet is a basic device used to limit the amount of injury to the skull and brain from a fall,” says Dr. Norman Rosin, a pediatrician from Needham, Massachusetts.
Look up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s … a Hawk! With a skateboard under his feet, Tony Hawk practically flies across the skate park. Every twist, turn, and jump looks effortless. “The Birdman,” as he is often called, is training for this summer’s Boom Boom HuckJam Tour–an extreme sports tour that features skateboarders, motocross riders, and BMX bikers who perform daredevil stunts. And this summer, the stunts promise to be more daring than ever.
As Hawk glides over the smooth, sloping surface of the skate park, he starts to think about his next move. Having invented almost 100 stunts, Hawk knows what makes a good trick–and how to land it safely. To accomplish his amazing feats, Hawk has to practice constantly–and keep some basic science in mind.
The first ingredient of any skateboarding trick is the ollie, a simple jump off the ground. Getting a skateboard to lift off the ground and stay under your feet is a lot harder than Hawk makes it look.
To start, Hawk bends his knees. By crouching slightly, he lowers his center of mass, or the point of his body where his weight appears to be concentrated. This gives him more control over the board. [Read more…]
Legendary 1940s and ’50s surfboard design pioneer Bob Simmons, one of the most innovative and forward-thinking surfer/shapers in the sport’s history, was fascinated with displacement hull theories, concaves, multi fins, rail contour and rocker. But he was obsessed with weight. Through his experimentation with then-exotic materials like balsawood, plywood/Styrofoam laminations and polyester resin, Simmons almost single-handedly took surfing from plank to performance.
“In the 1940s Bob Simmons cut the weight of surfboards in half,” says renowned Santa Barbara shaper/innovator Rennie Yater. “It took us another 30 years to do that again.”
Surfboard design’s story
In fact, from the earliest days of surfboard design, weight–most importantly the lack of it–has been one of the most significant components of innovation. In ancient Hawaii heavy koa wood olos may have been fine for the royal heavies, but for the masses it had to lighter weight alaia boards, carved from much lighter wili-wili. Boards were still hewn from solid wood when in the 1930s Tom Blake, after first experimenting with bored-out and decked boards, designed his first hollow, framed machine, trimming in some cases at least 60 pounds off the contemporary boards. Since then we’ve been on a constant quest for the gossamer surfboard, experimenting with a number of techniques that have included balsa laminates, polyurethane foam and fiberglass, less stringers, light wood stringers, no stringers, lighter fiberglass, deck-patches, even less fiberglass, carbon fiber fins, less fiberglass still, sanded hot coats, and finally epoxy/composite and I-beam structures. And yet for all this continuing obsession with weight, very few surfers stop to consider the role weight plays in surfboard performance, other than less is better. But is this really the case?
“Weight is a design issue that every engineer finds himself coming up against,” says Rick Hammon, of Rusty Surfboards. “Weight affects inertia. Inertia means motion, and with a body in motion, the heavier it is the harder it is to change direction. So when you reduce the weight and the easier this becomes. A surfboard moving through the water is simply an engineering program. And so weight is essential.”
For most design/manufacturers this means paring a board down to its absolute minimum volume.
“We’ve done everything we can to reduce weight, working with lighter blanks, cloth, fins,” says Hammon, a shaper at Rusty since 1988. “Our average team board is down to just over five pounds. But to cut the weight down any more, you’re talking about grams, not pounds. And with the contemporary materials we’re working with, that’s difficult. Initial change is always radical and cheap. But the further you get into it, trimming off a gram or two gets more and more expensive.” [Read more…]
They call him Andy Mac. And he’s one the best skateboarders on the planet. Andy Macdonald has won the world championship title seven times. He holds a Guinness world record for the longest skateboard jump: 56 feet 10.75 inches. His likeness is even on a U.S. postage stamp (although his face and name don’t appear).
One sunny afternoon last November, six Scouts from Troop 362 in El Cajon, Calif., gathered at the Misslen Valley YMCA Shatepark, a humongous skateboard playground Macdonald helped to design. He spent the day teaching the Scouts skate tricks and sharing stories about the importance of safeskateboarding. The Scouts learned a lot. Read on and you can, too!
BRAIN BUCKET BASICS
“I want to thank everybody for rocking their safety gear today,” Macdonald said to the Scouts as they gathered around. “And this is the most important one here-the lid.” Macdonald points to his trademark ProTek yellow helmet. “I’ve had some experiences hitting my head over the past 17 years,” he says. “But I probably wouldn’t be here today if I wasn’t wearing my helmet.”
Helmets help protect your head when you wipe out. “When you fall back and smack the back of your head, that’s the knock-out button,” Macdonald explains. “I’ve seen a lot of my friends get knocked out, and it’s no fun.”
Always wear your helmet, making sure it fits snugly and covers your forehead. And fasten your chinstrap when you skate. Your helmet is useless if it doesn’t stay on when you wipe out.
After Macdonald’s safety talk, it was time for the Scouts to start skateboarding. [Read more…]
Skateboarding is a tricky sport to master, and getting the hang of it can mean a lot of bruises. Start with basic tricks and work up to harder ones. Here are three tricks. Try them after you’re comfortable riding and pushing on your skateboard. Wear proper safety equipment and skate while an adult or trustworthy adolescent is watching! And don’t forget to pick yourself the best longboard brands.
THE OLLIE (a beginner trick)
When doing an ollie, the skateboard leaves the ground and stays connected to the rider’s feet. Follow these steps, but remember they have to be done almost simultaneously.
- Roll forward. Position your back foot high on the tail of your board and your front foot in the middle. The edge of your big toe should touch the edge of the board.
- Squat down like you’re trying to jump really high.
- Now jump! As you jump, do a few things: Press down on the tail like you are trying to squish a grape (3A).When the front of the board starts to rise up, slide your front foot forward so the side of your sole scrapes the grip tape (3B).
- As you slide your front foot forward, level out the board.
- Keep your balance centered over the bolts. Bend your knees as you land to absorb the impact.
- Roll away and think about the air you just caught!