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Ultimate Guide to Skateboarding At Night

ultimate guide to skating at night

What do you do when the sun is already setting but you're itching to skate? You can just say "not today" but you're no quitter. The truth is skateboarding at night can be one of the best times to skateboard – as long as you're properly prepared.

I'll take you through a quick journey of why you should consider skateboarding at night and then give you tips for how to stay safe while skating at night.

Why Skateboard At Night

So, why should you start skating at night?

  1. The Streets are Empty

Once the sun starts going down, people head home and there are less cars on the road. For the night skater, this is perfect.

After dusk is when you'll be able to gently cruise down some of the best streets near you without the threat of a car running you over (as long you're prepared – see below!).

  1. Peaceful

Personally, I always find night skating to be very peaceful and theraperapeutic. There's something about the streets being empty and being the only one skating around that is very relaxing to me.

If you're riding with your crew, it can feel like you guys are the only ones out there.

  1. Only Available Time

For some people, this isn't an issue but if you have classes all day, sometimes skating at night is the only time you can get out on the streets. Skating at night is perfect because you can go for a quick 1 to 2 hour session then come home and fall asleep.

  1. Great Time to Practice

It can be sometimes be nervewracking trying to nail a new trick and failing in front of a lot of people.

If you get nervous easily, go at night where there will be less people around - giving you much more space to practice.

Places to Skateboard at Night

Some skaters want to start skating at night but aren't quite sure where to go. So let's go over some of the best places to skateboard at night.

  1. Garages

An absolute classic. Nothing beats a good garage run. Take the elevator all the way to the top and then skateboard or longboard all the way down.

Just remember to watch out for those sharp corners and prepare for them well in advance.

best places to skate at night

Parking garages are probably the most popular places to skateboard at night because that's the time when they are the least occupied. At night, you don't have to worry about cars suddenly backing up and hitting you. The garage should be empty.

  1. Skate Parks

Although it depends on your local skatepark hours, many skateparks will stay open after sunset and are great places to skate at night.

skateparks at night

Most skateparks have a multitude of lights meaning that they're well lit and protected places to skate. At night, most skateparks are also less crowded than during the day giving you more chances to practice that hard trick you've been having difficulty landing.

  1. City Streets/On-Campus

While you may not be able to go near these places during the daytime due to the number of cars and people on them, you'll be able to skate these in peace at night.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of gliding down an empty city street on your skateboard. If you decide to go this route though, make sure you're adequately prepared and visible to those around you.

  1. Parking Lots

Parking lots can be one of the safest and best places to skateboard at night. While, during the day, they'll be filled with cars, at night they should be empty giving you plenty of space to skate around and practice your skills.

I still remember one of my fondest memories of skating in college was the empty stadium parking lot. The parking lot was on a big hill and at night time, it was absolutely empty.

We would go down there after dinner and skate around for hours.

For more of the best places to skateboard at night, see our article here.

How to Skateboard At Night

To make sure you're visible to cars, you should be adequately prepared before you go skateboarding at night.

Your specific choice of gear and necessary equipment for skateboarding at night can be different depending on where you're planning to go. That said, here's some of the basics:

Wear Reflective Clothing

I get it. Your favorite color is black and you like dark washed jeans. However, in a black t-shirt and jeans, you will be invisible at night. Cars won't be able to see you until they're right about to hit you.

Many cities and counties have strict requirements about this but the core of it is: wear reflective clothing. If you don't want to wear one of those dorky safety vests (I mean, who does?), then try to wear bright colors like white, yellow, or even bright red.

Have a Skateboard Helmet

Whenever you get on a skateboard, you should be wearing a skateboard helmet and skateboarding at night is no exception. If anything, wearing a helmet while skateboarding at night is even more important than it is during the day!

skateboard helmet for night skating

I don't think I need to go this into this too much because every skater should know this by now: wear a helmet.

Use Skateboard Safety Lights

You've got on your reflective clothing and a helmet and you think you're ready to skate. Not quite! How will you even see the road in front of you? If you're not skating in a very well-lit area (and even if you are), you need skateboard lights for night skating.

I may be a little biased but I love using Board Blazers skateboard lights for skating at night. These lights are small and easily attach right underneath your trucks. They produce an underglow effect that will draw attention to your board and help keep you visible at night.

Just look at the difference between skating at night without Board Blazers and with them installed

best skateboard safety lights for night skating

Use A Headlamp for Skateboarding

One important piece of equipment that many skaters forget until they're out there is a proper headlamp! While your skateboard lights will help light the way in front of you, a headlamp is the cheapest, easiest, and most effective way to light up the road.

With the right headlamp, you'll be able to see and avoid potholes and easily navigate through dark alleys and streets.

For skateboarding, make sure to choose a headlamp that can attach to your helmet. While there are some specifically designed for skateboarding, you can actually find much cheaper alternatives if you look for them.

I'm particularly fond of this headlamp style from GearLight which is available on Amazon for less than $20.

 skateboard light

These type of lights are multipurpose so they can easily be used for skateboarding at night, camping, or other outdoor activities.

Skateboarding at Night: An Overview

Once the sun goes down, the fun really starts. At least, that's what I think.

It's simple really.

  1. Find a place to skate at night
  2. Make sure you're prepared & visible to those around you
  3. Go shred for hours

And that's it. Any questions? Let's hear from you in the comments!

Where do you like to skateboard at night? And how do you make sure you're visible to others around you?


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How to Skate in Style

 

The skater style is the one that takes a large chunk of what is considered today as streetwear. Picture the 70s in America where the skaters were recognizable thanks to their ripped jeans and totally destroyed Converse paired with oversize sweatshirts and t-shirts and hats with visor.

 

Clothing for Convenience?

For skaters, being skilled in doing their own skate tricks is essential and to do so they must imperatively wear clothes that are comfortable to ensure freedom of movement. Although it may happen that skaters wear more tight-fitting clothing, these are always made with materials that allow them total freedom of movement.

The right shoes

This also applies to shoes: skaters prefer sneakers that have a good grip on the ground. Despite the increasing number of street style brands around, it is advisable to stay on the classic brands to get a more authentic look.

The sneakers par excellence used by skaters are Converse and Vans. Especially the latter is now defined as the brand of street style and skater style.

Summer options

Baggy jeans - or more generally wide pants - are associated with skaters’ style, but they are not always the best choice. During warmer seasons it is preferable to choose shorter trousers (cargo shorts), maybe in camouflage style.

Try to find those that have a loose fit and a lot of pockets.

1. They're very comfortable.

2. You can store stuff in your pockets not in your backpack

 

Winter options

 

As for the winter season, on the other hand, the choice really becomes very wide because in the last few years jeans and baggy pants have returned to fashion even for girls, like boyfriend jeans. In addition, wide-leg jeans are now in fashion even if they are washed out, torn or worn out. This makes them even more comfortable being a garment that you don't have to worry about too much. For men, even cargo pants prove to be an excellent alternative to baggy jeans.

 

Flannel shirts

 

A bit vintage inspiration but perfect to match the skater style are the flannel shirts. They can be found cheaply in vintage stores but are now also available in major clothing chains around the world, generally always at affordable prices.

 

Whether worn unbuttoned over a t-shirt, or on a pair of skinny jeans (but elasticized!), even closed up to the last button, they give the outfit that extra touch of '90s inspiration to our skater style, which today turns out to be more current than ever. You just have to try it!

 

Skater T-shirts

 

When you look at a skate style you will see that the main thing is its edgy and loose fit tones. The latest trends do match those retro styles with a more baggy fit (like oversized t-shirts and skinny trousers or vice versa). The difference is that the skater style is entirely inspired by the 90s. All the clothes are loosely fitted. This, therefore, applies to t-shirts also. With a monochrome black or white t-shirt, you can't really go wrong because those are neutral colors, which go well with everything. But don’t give it too much thought; skaters do wear all the colors. It is a vibrant culture.

 

Skate clothing as a fashion

Many of us have clothes attributable to the skater style in our wardrobe. But what do we mean when we talk about skater style? This style is preferable first of all, obviously, to skaters. Skate clothing is a fashion since the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, when Avril Lavigne released the song “Sk8r Boi” she became one of the pioneers of the skater style.

 

Indeed, at the 2016 Paris Fashion Week, Dior showed off its fall/winter collection by decorating the runway as if it was a skate track. With their various clothes inspired by style but, of course, revisited in a haute couture style, they became the first big fashion house to present skate style to the masses.

Rightly (or not, for fans of the genre) the skater style is no longer confined to skate ramps and is today a real fashion, even if this makes the skaters who practice this discipline look a little twisted. So you don't necessarily need to know how to skate or to own one to be able to wear this style well.


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10 Ultimate Skateboarding Apps

If you’re a skater, you’ve probably got a smartphone, and the typical apps installed: Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat… all the usual apps for skating are great. But to get the very most out of each skate session, we’re bringing you the best ten skateboarding apps you’ve never heard of! From games to tracking apps, to education to skate spot locators, it’s all here! All of these apps are available for both apple and android devices; some are free, and others charge a minimal fee. Let’s get going!

Skatespots

First things first – you’ve got to know where you’re headed to shred. Everyone has their favorite spots, but this app uses crowdsourcing to share the skate knowledge with everyone! As a user, you can view and add geo-tagged skating locations – everything from skate parks to a rad curb you love can be shared with all of the apps users. Skatespots is super helpful especially when you’re traveling, or have moved to a new place. Instant skater knowledge at your fingertips! For best results, use the map feature to zoom in to your desired area, hit “reload” and watch the locations populate in front of your eyes. Don’t forget to add your favorite spots to the app so that other users can find and enjoy them too!

 

Shreddit: Skateboarding

Another way to find a sick skate locale is to use Shreddit, the skaters' version of Facebook. While it’s not as intuitive when it comes to locating potential skate spots (if that’s your only use for an app, go with Skatespots), but it gets the job done. Plus it’s a killer online gathering community for all things skateboarding. You can follow skater friends and celebrities, plus watch skateboarding tutorials and lessons if you’re trying to master that next trick. This app covers a board spectrum of needs for every skateboarder, plus it’s just fun to hang with your online crew.

Riders Skateboarding

If you’re looking to learn or perfect you trick skateboarding game, this is a must-have app. Covering a broad swath of extreme sports (skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, etc.), make sure you download the app specifically for skateboarding when you’re getting started. You’ll be able to view instructional narrated video lessons, watch user clips of others performing the trick, and eventually upload your video once you have something to share. And if you’re new to skate speak, hit up the dictionary function – it’ll keep you up to date on all the must-know lingo, bro.

Skatematic Skateboard Videos

While we’re on the subject of videos, check out this app that has anything and everything related to skateboarding in video format. It lets you watch any of the videos from skatematic.com. You’ll never again be without your inspiration from Thrasher, Transworld, Huf, and many more! It’s like Hellaclips in app form; unlimited access to any skateboarding video at any time. Sick.

 

Ride

With Electric skateboarding quickly growing in popularity, the Ride app has burst onto the scene at the perfect time. Allowing you to connect your Eskateboard to your mobile device wirelessly, you can now track you ride! Taking down every detail from route to speed, Ride will give you all the data you could ever need and more. You can share your rides with other users and track your progress over time. It’s an incredible tool for growth in the sport, but also fun when you just want to kick it and fly down the pavement.

Skate Dice

If trick skating is more your jam, enter SkateDice. The four spinners (think slot machine style) will randomly select tricks for you to perform. If you think you’ve mastered it all – think again! SkateDice will keep you on your toes with new trick combos as often as you tap your finger. The four spinners represent stance, frontside/backside, spin, and kickflip/heelflip. Each combo of four is challenging and fun to attempt. If you’re looking for a rad Saturday at the skatepark, look no further! And if you’re into the game of S.K.A.T.E., adding this to your game would be…a game changer (see what we did there?)! Try rolling different combos and see who gets to S.K.A.T.E. first!

Quik

Often people assume that you need expensive and complicated software to edit photos and videos – not true! Quick is an example of an easy to learn, easy to use, and low-cost video editor that no skater should be without. It can take raw GoPro footage and turn it into professional looking content in minutes. If you want to level up your Instagram or YouTube game, you NEED this. While it might not have every single option that the expensive software would, it does have all the tools you need to make your vids look rad, and you can do it all from your mobile device!

Colorstory

Similar to Quik, Colorstory is like photoshop light for your mobile phone. The worst picture can come out looking magazine-quality in seconds. All of the standard photo editing features are here and more. The one-touch curve editor alone is outstanding. Plus it comes preloaded with piles of amazing filters, and the ability to choose their intensity. Ever sat on Instagram trying to make your shot look sick and thought of a tool you’d love to have? It’s in this app, we promise. No pro photography skills needed – snap a pick, and a few clicks later it’s looking like skateboarding gold.

Skate Nerd

So you're into gaming? While this app won’t have you digitally skateboarding in dream locations (but keep reading, we’ve got you covered there!), you will grow your nerd quotient for skate knowledge! Like the Jeopardy of skateboarding, this app has trivia from the entirety of skateboard history. If you’re new to the sport and looking to learn, or an old pro who thinks he knows it all, try it out and test your skills. How many levels can you master?

 

Touchgrind Skate 2

We have to have a mobile skateboarding game, and this is far and away the very best. The game is fingerboard based, and you control the board by tapping and sliding your fingers across the screen. You can skate in a variety of dream locations and compete against yourself, the computer, and other users. And don’t worry about the hokey computer game music – you can play your own iTunes, Pandora station or Spotify playlist while you digitally shred.

Skate Space

Ok, we get it: the English translation is terrible in this game. But really, who cares? If you can look past the grammar, this is the most expansive and customizable skate simulator available. You can design your own skate park, make a custom character, and pick the perfect trick list. Then, share your creations with friends and skate them together in real-time. Yeah, the stamina meter is dumb. But this game is still the best reflection of the personality, free spirit, and endless possibility that defines skating in the real world. 

While there are tons of apps for skateboarders out there, these are our top pics for quality and usefulness. We hope they take you to places you’ve never been and help you master the trick you’ve been after for ages. So what are you waiting for? Download an app and get out there!


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10 Skater Girls to Follow on Instagram

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These women are way more than chicks doing tricks – they’re skilled artists, savvy businesspeople, and socially-conscious influencers too. Instagram has become the place to spread the stoke about skating, share an empowering message, and even start a business. Follow these 10 accounts who are redefining what it means to #skatelikeagirl:

1. @sierra_prescott

Sierra is arguably the BEST skater to follow on Insta, male or female! Her mix of artful, authentic, and awe-inspiring photos are bright, cheery, and classic. The old-school vibe in her feed usually features her tall socks, bold colors, and hands high in pure joy. Sierra skates anything you throw her way – longboards, shortboards, or penny boards. This is what skating’s all about!

2. @paulinaeriksson

There’s a reason Paulina was one of our first Board Blazers team riders – her Instagram is filled with beautiful places, beautiful skating, and yes, beautiful people. Follow Paulina around the world, from Spain to Stockholm, and she’ll show you what it means to be a boss and #skatelikeagirl. With consistent, perfectly-edited photos, Paulina’s Instagram is the feed you wish you had.

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3. @elise_crigar

Whether on land or on water, watching Elise ride is pure joy. A self-described “artist, skateboarder, and designer,” Elise is always inspiring, passionate, and positive. Her designer’s eye influences her feed, which features classic shots, beautiful locations, and some of her custom graphics. Living it up, chasing her dreams, and inspiring others – all in a day’s work for Elise!

4. @pacifictribeskateboards

This one’s for the guys. Pacific Tribe builds stunning wooden boards, but they’re nothing compared to the stunning women who ride them featured on this account. Company owner/builder/photographer Mark Swan is a master craftsman and has an eye for attracting attractive people to showcase his creations. Beautiful women on beautiful boards is a beautiful combination.

5. @nataliepluto

Natalie has long been a top YouTuber, known for her always-entertaining longboard freestyle instructional videos. But she’s becoming Insta-famous now too, thanks to some of the most crazy #longboarddancing clips you’ve ever seen. The epic edit she posted from Venice Beach in October 2018 has remained one of the most popular #longboarddancing clips of all time. Natalie isn’t just pushing the envelope of longboard freestyle – she is the envelope!

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 (Photo credit: @nataliepluto)

6. @louisemaurisset

Louise is blowing up Instagram, for good reason! Originally from France and now skating in Dana Point, CA, Louise radiates joy, energy, and happiness. Her new lifestyle brand Surf Locos has a similarly positive outlook too, donating a portion of their sales to ocean conservation programs to keep the good vibes going. It’s hard not to smile watching Louise shred!

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7. @elizabethskate

This is one of the prettiest pages on Instagram. All of Elizabeth’s photos are perfectly matched with a gorgeous aesthetic, showing off her skills, the boardwalk, and promising #beachvibes all year. Don’t miss her story too, where she shares a peek into her life behind all the skating, sun, and sand. It’s hard work making skating look this easy!

8. @leticiabufoni

You can’t talk about #skatergirls without mentioning Leticia Bufoni. Arguably the most famous female skateboarder of all time, Leticia’s channel is fun, fresh, and freewheeling. Yes, Leticia is mainstream, but watching her win skate contests, travel the world, and build her brand is inspiring. It’s wild to watch how far professional skating can take you, and watching Leticia crush it is the definition of #goals.  

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9. @grlswirl

Ok, we know this isn’t a person. But this “women-run community, business & sisterhood” is more than a skate crew, it’s a movement. There are girlswirl groups across the county, and this chapter in Venice Beach, California is the OG. Grlswirl’s mission is “to empower women through skate.” Clearly, they’re accomplishing that goal. Give them a follow, go to a group skate near you, and get on board!

10. @longboardgirlscrew

Like Girlswirl, Longboard Girls Crew is a passionate group of real women committed to real change. Since starting in Madrid in 2010, these women have organized Girls Meets, built a business, and brought attention to female longboarders across more than 180 countries. Watch the TEDx talk given by the group’s founder, Valeria Kechichian, and join them to “ride the shift” at longboardgirlscrew.com. Skate on!

Bonus: @boardblazers

We’re way more than just The Original LED Underglow Board Lights®. For guys and girls, young and old, we’re a community of all things skate. Not Insta-famous (yet), but want to featured by our account? Grab a set of lights, post some pics with #boardblazers, and you can be our next skate star!


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