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Aug 7, 2012

Skateboarding Gear Essentials

By Belinda Romano

Looking for a fun and exciting way to be outdoors and get active? Why not give skateboarding a try? From action sport to art form, a means of transportation to recreational activity, skateboarding is a versatile form of exercise for children and adults alike. Mastering the skateboard does take some practice, but with a little time and some persistence, you'll be on your way to grinding and catching air in no time! Just make sure you do it somewhere safe, like a skatepark. But before you hit the pavement and jump on your deck, we've rounded up seven must-have skateboard gear essentials to put you on the right track.

Skateboard

With so many skateboards to choose from, you're bound to find the one that's perfect for you.  Maple Masters 80's Skateboard, available in-store at Target. Read: A Buyer's Guide to Skateboards.

Helmet

The most important and necessary piece of equipment you'll need for skateboarding is a helmet. Don't go without one! Protec Classic Helmet, $51, available at Amazon. Read: Which Type of Helmet Do You Need?

Elbow & Knee Pads

Equally as important as a helmet, elbow and knee pads will protect you in case of an unexpected fall. Mongoose Youth Gel Pads, $13, available at Walmart.

Skate Shoes

Not just any shoe will do when it comes to skateboarding. Be sure you pick out some kicks that are comfortable, provide support, and have great traction. Vans TNT 5 Skate Shoes, $60, available at Proboardshop.com.

Replacement Kit

When you're out skating long periods of time, a few quick repairs become necessary. A handy replacement kit will have you covered. Royal OG Low Replacement Kit, $7, available at Active.

Skate Tool

You didn't think you'd have to make those skateboard repairs with your bare hands, did you? A skate tool will do the job for you. Reflex Utili-Tool Skate Tool, $20, available at Amazon.

Skate Wax

For the advanced skater who likes to grind on leges, railing and other tricky surfaces, skate wax is a must. Element Skate Wax, $4, available at Department of Goods.

  • Skateboard Gear Essentials
  • Skateboard
  • Helmet
  • Elbow & Knee Pads
  • Skate Shoes
  • Replacement Kit
  • Skate Tool
  • Skate Wax
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