Going around the circle last night during our Adult Basics Series, I heard several students tell a familiar story along the lines of "I've always wanted to do this and I felt like the time was right."
And this does seem to follow the general trend I've seen over the past decade or so. What was once the domain of teenage boys is now a much more diverse culture with participants of all ages, genders and walks of life. Perhaps the aging of skateboarding itself has helped bring about this acceptance. We have families skating together and crews of skaters making space for once marginalized groups within skating.
Central to SKATEYOGI's vision to celebrate our differences with peace and respect, we have always strived to create a nurturing environment for anyone to come and experience the joy of skateboarding.
I'm happy to say this fall we have our widest offering of skate classes yet. Whether you're a tot, kid, teen or adult, we've got classes and some of them outdoors at some of the best skate spots NYC has to offer. Just below we have a breakdown of all the times and locations as well as spots remaining as of today. Please email us with any questions.
Looking forward to skating with you soon!
So many choices!
"Interested in getting a board but not sure what size?"
Walking in to a skate shop to pick out a board for the first time can be a bit overwhelming with all the specifications you have to choose from. One important decision to make is board width. Among the standard popsicle shaped skateboard decks, this is the defining measurement. A narrower deck allows for tighter turns and more technical tricks while a wider board offers more stability.
For kids ages 6 and up, we recommend around a 7.5" deck. Even younger skaters can benefit from a narrower (and often shorter) deck around 7-7.25". For teens and older, standard decks range from 7.75-8.5" depending on personal preference. We've seen a lot of beginners do well on a 8" deck, offering a good mix of turning and stability. One nice thing about having our skate space and shop is that you can try out different setups to figure out what works best for you!
See you on the ramp!
A few days ago I had a phone interview answering questions for someone writing a magazine article on skateboarding. With skateboarding's upcoming debut in the 2020 Olympics, everyone is trying to understand this curious activity we care so much about.
Why does someone get into skateboarding?
For me, I was drawn to the seemingly pointlessness of it. You got to define your reason. Whether it was for creative expression or the feeling or the community, there was no predefined path – no rules.
So, how do you learn how to skateboard? There are some basic techniques to acquire, then lots of practice, combined with feedback, positive energy and inspiration. Skate videos are a great way to expose skaters to different styles and forms or skateboarding.
Even with the chance of becoming an Olympic athlete someday, I believe the creative pursuit is still a primary motivator. It's about the process, the moments you spend with your friends and the countless possibilities to learn and experience life.
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After watching The Search for Animal Chin (1987) all our campers were eager to make their own video! Take a look here and enjoy!
SKATEYOGI is closed from Sunday, 6/30 - Sunday, 7/7 for the holiday week. Hope you all have a great holiday with your loved ones.
See you when we get back on Monday, 7/8!
We just wrapped up a rad week of our second week of summer camp! You can still register for our camp! Come skate with us!!
You CAN do it!
You ever see a skateboarder cruising down the sidewalk, flowing so smoothly it looks like the board is a part of their body? It looks so easy. But then when you step on a board for the first time it feels so awkward even just keeping your balance.
Like many other practices, skateboarding takes a lot of work. Behind the effortless push of an experienced skater is countless hours of hard work and dedication. Landing a trick is the easy part. The process of learning the mechanics and falling over and over again is what really makes us skateboarders.
Anytime a student says “I can’t do this,” I ask them to add the word “yet” to the end of the statement. This helps reframe the challenge to help them to reach for the goal. Like my yoga teacher Jyll says, “We have to get uncomfortable to get comfortable.”
You can apply this same mindset whether practicing on your board, your yoga mat or anything else your striving to achieve in life.
Let’s get it!
Last weekend, we kicked off another round of 6-Week series and in circle time we went around and shared what we like about Spring. Quite a few mentioned that they were looking forward to skating outside in this beautiful weather so we decided to share a few of our beginner-friendly skate spots here in Brooklyn.
Please note that for skateparks in general, it is best to skate in the morning hours before it gets crowded.