Longer lasting decks
Decks aren't cheap, so keeping them alive as long as possible can save you a lot of money.
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You can break your deck with just a flatland ollie (it really happened to me). The best way to land is with both feet exactly above the trucks. If you land with your back foot on the tail again you have a big chance of snapping your tail.
You can also put one foot above a truck and put all the pressure on that truck (if you do this and you put your pressure wrong you can still snap your tail).
I personally land on the far back bolts with my back foot and on the far front bolts with my front foot.
Just remember to not put pressure on your tail/nose.
Secondly it's important to bend your knees when you land so you stress you board as less as possible.
Never try darkslides on a rail:
- Your deck will bend.
- Your griptape will be ruined at the sides.
- Because you deck is concave, you will slide on the sides, so the pressure on the sides is pushing it upwards while your legs push it downwards. Result: a lot of stress on your deck and litte cracks will apear in your deck. You won't see them at first, but after a lot of darkslides your deck will easily break with some boardslides (again, this happened to me).
This only applies for doing darkslides on rails, if you really want to do darkslides, do them on boxes.
If you are a serious freestyler and you like your deck then don't do the following tricks:
- Pogo hops
- Pogo spins
- Truckstand hops
- Truckstand spins
It will definately ruin your tail.
Don't do powerslides on rough terrain, your wheels will be ruined soon.
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Don't scrape your tail while in manual or to slow down, your tail will become thin and eventually break.
Skateboarding is about having fun, if want to do these things anyways go ahead, have fun, but your deck will break faster.
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