Guide to Skateboarding

Last update: 27/03/2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- Getting Started. Here’s what you need to go skateboarding.

Skateboard: A complete skateboard (deck, wheels, bearings and trucks) will cost you between RM150 and RM550.

You also need to affix a grip tape to the top of the board.

Grip tape provides traction so movement from the feet is transferred to the board.

Safety gear: Helmets, elbow pads and knee pads

Skateboarding shoes and apparel: There are many brands available but names such as Vans, Lakai, DC, Etnies, Volcom, Converse and Emerica are the rage.

Venue: There are skateparks in almost every urban centre throughout Malaysia.

The popular ones in Kuala Lumpur are located at the Bukit Kiara Sports Complex, MBPJ Rakan Muda Sports Complex and the Taman Batu Metropolitan Skatepark.

For many skateboard enthusiasts, the Shah Alam Extreme Skatepark is the ultimate venue to show off their skills.

You can also read up on skateboard happenings and events at www.skatemalaysia.com

Local talents: Local skaters like Joe Ipoh (Johary Fitry Khairudin), Padin (Ahmad Fadil Musa), Foo Art (Mohd Fuad Saifullah Khairuddin) Ah Thong (Thong Kar San) have acquired a reputation for their skills.

Finally, a word of caution: cuts and bruises are the norm in the initial stages at least, so be prepared.

Happy Skating!

-- BERNAMA