If you are new to the world of skateboarding then you don’t have to worry because even pros have been there. If you practice just 1 hour a day or every other day then you can be very good at it within no time. You should focus on basic moves and technique to successfully float around on your skateboard rather than trying to learn the tricks straight away which will otherwise slow down your learning process and might even cause an injury. Get to know about all the different parts of your skateboard and learn how they affect your motion during skating.
You never learn to drive on a Ferrari but rather start with a cheap slow car which you wouldn’t regret to get an unfortunate bump on. In the same way, it is a better option for beginners to start with a reasonably priced, slow skateboard with a thick and heavy deck so it won’t hurt if you damage it. Buying an expensive skateboard is a bad idea because you never know if you want to keep skating after a couple of weeks and that might cause a huge waste of money. Also, expensive skateboards are usually very fast, which will make it difficult for you to learn skateboarding and you can also end up hurting yourself really badly.
Trucks of the newly bought skateboards are usually really tight which does makes the board more stable but doesn’t allow the rider to turn the skateboard. You can loosen your skateboard’s trucks by unscrewing the kingpins which will make the skateboard easier to turn. You can also ask the guy at the skateboard shop to do this for you, who will most probably have the necessary tool for this job.
You must always stand in the most comfortable position on the skateboard before you start pushing off. Most of the beginners, “push off” the “skateboard” in the forward direction instead of “pushing off” while standing on it, you can avoid this situation by keeping your pushing foot in front of your other foot on the skateboard, at all times. Adjust your front foot right behind the front bolts. When getting on the skateboard after a couple of powerful push-offs, you must turn the front foot already present on the skateboard sideways and adjust the other foot on the fishtail.
Once you completely understand the basic concepts of riding, you should try turning the skateboard left or right by putting a small pressure on your toes and heels.
Once getting good at it, trying turning the skateboard more by raising its front wheels a little bit and pointing the skateboard in the direction you want to turn by applying weight on the back tail of your skateboard. This is the most important part of skating; you should practice it until you are able to do circles on your skateboard. There are a lot of complex ways to stop the skateboard but the safest and easiest way for a beginner to stop is by grinding the tail of the skateboard on the ground, which will slow down its motion and will eventually make it stop.