Fear of Falling in Skateboarding

Fear of Falling in Skateboarding

You may knowing terms like shredding skateboard. We’re going to talk about what you can do to get over the fear and finally start landing the tricks that you’ve been too afraid to try. So, we’ve all been there before. You’re ready to start trying to learn a new trick and you’ve learned all of the prerequisites, but when you roll up and start to pop the trick, something in the back of your head tells you to abort the mission, and you end either up running off of the board, kicking the board out from underneath you when you’re in the air, or when you go to land, one of your feet just refuses to stay on the board and you land with one foot on the ground, and for whatever reason, you can’t get past the fear of keeping both feet on your board long enough to land the trick.
Alright, so let me go ahead and start this whole conversation off by telling you something that you might not be all that excited to hear: If you want to learn how to do new tricks, you first have to learn how to fall while trying them. So, hopefully you’re already doing this, but if you’re not, go ahead and make it a habit to only try tricks that you’re already comfortable falling on. It’s okay to go a little bit outside of your comfort zone, but you really shouldn’t be risking breaking a bone or getting a concussion every time you try a new trick. It’s really step one to the whole process.
Once you can do that, you can really focus on putting the rest of the trick together so that you can land on the board and rollaway. Alright, so let’s say you are, like I was a couple of years ago, trying to learn how to do a blunt stall to fakie. Now, for the blunt to fakie, the scariest part is when you ollie off the coping and try to land back inside the ramp, and when you do that, it’s very easy to just take your back foot off while you’re in the air and safely put it on the ramp, so that you can avoid having to face any real danger of the board hanging up or shooting out from underneath you.
So, as you can see in this clip, that’s exactly what I started out doing, and to help get myself psyched up enough to really commit to the trick, I went ahead and strapped on a helmet. Alright so how do you go from just being able to just pop the trick to being able to actually land on top of the board? You’ve probably already guessed it, but sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and get that inevitable first slam out of the way. Now I realize that it kind of sounds like I’m telling you to just go outside and risk getting yourself injured, but keep in mind that what I’m really saying is to first, make sure that the trick that you’re trying is reasonably within the limits of what you can safely fall from, and then go ahead and give the trick an honest attempt, landing with both of your feet on top of the board, accepting the fact that you’re probably going to take a hit on that attempt. Once you do that, assuming that the fall you just took wasn’t a day ender, everything about the situation changes dramatically.
It’s like a switch flips inside your head that goes from “Oh, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do this trick” to “I know exactly what I need to do to land this trick and it’s about to happen here in the next couple of tries. ” So first off, now you don’t even have to really be afraid of falling any more. You just did it, and it turns out it wasn’t quite as bad as you were making it out to be in your head.
For most people, the fear of falling is less about being scared of having to deal with the pain of falling down than it is not knowing exactly what will happen when they do fall. Getting that uncertainty out of the way can play a huge role in allowing you to continue learning the trick.

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