Skateboarding became popular during the late 80s and early
90s. It’s considered both a hobby and a sport. While its popularity went down
in the last two decades, there has been a resurgence in the last few years. And
in a place like Qatar where all kinds of sports prosper, skateboarding can be a
great fitness activity. Not to mention, an alternative if you want to escape
from the traffic.
If you’re new to skateboarding, one of the hardest things to
do is to look for the right skateboard. Miller,
which can be found in Sports Corner stores nationwide, is a great choice. Miller
has a variety of high quality skateboards with different curvatures and stylish
designs. The boards are sturdy yet light, with rubber-shielded bearings, good
suspension and top-of-the-line wheels. These specifications allow easy sliding,
cruising, ramping and freestyling.
As a beginner, you should choose a bigger board so it’s
easier to balance. Skate boards also have different curvatures, the more
concave (bowl-shaped) the board the easier it is to control. When you’ve
mastered riding and handling your board, you can adjust the sizes and the
curvature. But for beginners, this is a safe bet.
Also, consider the shoes you wear. Professional
skateboarders usually wear stable shoes with good traction but still remain
flexible, so it won’t affect their movement, which is essential in controlling
the board. Shoes from Puma, Nike
and Adidas, which are also available in Sports Corner, are a good choice. If
you’re the fashionable type, nothing beats an Adidas Originals shoe and a
Miller board with a cool design.
Of course, safety should always come first so don’t forget
to purchase a few knee, elbow and pads and helmets when you check out Miller
skateboards in the Sports Corner store near you. Even if you’re skateboarding
on the rubberized pavements of Aspire Park or the parks in Doha, you’ll still
get some scraps and cuts. A little safety gear prevents all that.
Once you’ve get the hang of riding your board, and you’re
just casually cruising, you can eventually drop the elbow and knee pads.