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Best Gifts For Skateboarders

Clueless as to what to buy your skater? Don’t know an ollie from a 360 flip? No worries! Whether its holiday gifts, birthday presents, or just a little something from you to say, “YEAH, DUDE! SICK!,” Board Blazers has you covered. Read on to browse our comprehensive gift guide for skaters everywhere!

 

1. SAFETY GEAR - You knew our top pick had to be safety related. You can’t skateboard without your noggin, so protect that head! Pick up this durable skating helmet for adults, or this rad head protection for the wee ones. An enormous amount of would-be serious head injuries are avoidable if your skater is wearing a properly fitted helmet. Don’t be without it! And while we’re at it, pick up some knee and elbow pads to soften the blows to their joints. We dig this sweet set with gloves for kids and adults (always check sizing charts for accuracy, or head to your local skate shop to make sure items fit correctly for maximum safety!).

 

2. SKATE LIGHTS - We aren’t going to make you as safe as a helmet, but a little more visibility never hurt anyone, plus you’ll look sick doing it! We’re biased, but we’ll go ahead and say they’re the best out there. Grab some Board Blazers right here.

3. SKATE MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION - If you can’t be out riding all the time, you can at least read about it, am I right?! While there are loads of choices out there for this one, luckily for you, we've created a handy guide for choosing the best skate magazine based on your skater. Check it out here!

4. SKATE SOCKS - This is an easy slam dunk, and awesome add-on or stocking stuffer. Socks won’t break the bank but will make your skater feel like they just took their ride to the next level. We always dig the classic Thrasher socks, but here is another awesome choice!

5. SKATEBOARD STAND – Tired of multiple boards rolling haphazardly around your garage? Problem solved. The Parking Block is like a portable parking space for your board that can travel with you wherever the shred session takes you. We love it!

6. GO PRO – Want to make your skater’s whole life? If you’ve got the cash to drop, a GoPro is definitely an incredible way to go. This lightweight, durable camera is the choice of action sports lovers everywhere for documenting their adventures. Your skater is sure to give you a big, “Thanks, brah!” for this one!

7. SKATEBOARD – There are SO many choices out there for skaters! Longboard, penny board, skateboard, you name it. If you’re not sure which to pick, feel free to peruse our handy guide to buying an inexpensive skateboard online.

8. UPCYCLED SKATE GEAR – is going green your thing? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. There are incredible options out there now for anything (seriously, anything) upcycled from skateboard decks. These phone cases are super sick, and every skater we know would dig these sunglasses! You could even pick up a sick skateboard shelf for your shredder to store their boards, helmets, and gear.

9. BUILD-AT-HOME RAMP – Is your skater more adventurous? Perhaps a budding engineer? Why not plan to spend some quality time together and grab one of these build-at-home ramp setups? You’ll get some one-on-one time, the chance to use tools, and at the end of the afternoon, your skater will have his or her very own ramp to work on their tricks! No worries about their safety because you’ve already got them in a helmet & safety pads, right (see #1 and #2)?

And while there are endless gift ideas for your skater, we think that these 9 round out a pretty stellar list. You can’t go wrong with these choices! Happy gifting!


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The Most Essential Safety Gear

Skateboarding can be an easy, fun, and healthy activity. It can prove to be a very effective means of transportation in crowded cities or around college campuses, but like any other activity that involves high speed and balance, not wearing the right kind of protection can prove to be a bad idea. While it’s very important to understand that the faster you go and the more extreme tricks you try the harder you will fall, injury shouldn't be a part of skating. Remember: everyone falls, so keep a good attitude and don’t let it ruin your skating fun. Here’s a list of the most essential skateboard safety gear you’ll need (and might thank us for later).

Helmet

Whether you are riding a motorcycle, bike, or any other vehicle that goes fast, a helmet is definitely the first accessory you should put on the shopping list. It’s the top priority for safety gear. As simple as it is, the helmet becomes a vital layer between your skull and the hard surface you are riding on. There is no excuse for letting your helmet accumulate dust at home. Forget about the stereotype that wearing a helmet makes you look like an astronaut. (Yet, I always thought being an astronaut was cool). A quick search on the Internet can render countless stories where the only notable consequence of a skating accident was a broken helmet. Imagine if those people decided against wearing helmets on those particular days. Of course, kids can be hard-headed sometimes (helmet pun!), so we’ve also compiled a list of the best ways to get your kids to wear a helmet.

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Skate Shoes

Although you might not consider shoes part of the safety gear for skateboarding, they are able to make the difference between a good and bad ride. Safety is not restricted to cushioning against falls. Most falls are caused by a loss of balance when turning or doing tricks. The main culprit for this is the sole of your shoes. In order to better control the movement of the skateboard underneath, you should be able to transmit movement commands from your body to the board. Skate shoes have flat soles that provide the maximum surface area to contact the board, offering improved control. Special shoes can be found in shops dedicated to skateboarding, but you should not be surprised to find regular pairs of shoes, especially those made by Vans and Converse, that work just as well. Plus, this video explains how to extend the life of your skate shoes:

Knee Pads

When falling off a skateboard, the knees and wrists are the most exposed parts of the body. Bruised knees aren’t battle scars, they’re a sign that you need knee pads. Wearing knee pads is not something just for kids or inexperienced skaters. Even seasoned riders will appreciate the information KidsHealth has compiled a lot of useful information regarding knee injuries. Putting the knee first is a normal response to limit the impact height, but it can cause very ugly injuries. Therefore, it is crucial to have protection on your knees.

Elbow and Wrist Guards

Elbows and wrists are some of the most commonly injured body parts when skating. Again, the greatest risk is joint injury. Wearing elbow pads and wrist guards can prevent or limit all kinds of skateboard-related injuries. The next time you’re hurtling toward the pavement, you’ll thank us. Not all pads have to look bulky though – here’s a list of the best skateboard pads to wear.

Skate Clothing

To prevent inventible road rash after a nasty fall, skaters often prefer long pants and long-sleeved shirts. This is an awesome way to make safety look cool. By combining the latest styles, most popular brands, and your own creativity, you can stand out while riding safely! Of course, make sure not to pick clothing that’s too restrictive, so that you have plenty of freedom of movement when riding. Baggy clothing is often popular with skaters, but be sure not to wear clothing that’s so loose that it drags on the ground or gets caught in your board.

At Board Blazers, we strive to make riding as safe and fun as possible. Leave us a comment below and be sure to check out our other blog posts for other ways you can maximize your skateboarding experience. Give us a quick like on our Facebook page at facebook.com/boardblazers. Safe skating!

 

About The Author:

Yogin Patel HeadshotYogin Patel is a serial entrepreneur who currently attends Arizona State University. At the age of 16, Yogin became an independent marketing consultant, along with an avid blogger and online marketer. In the past year, Yogin has worked with several small businesses, including local restaurants, hotels, and personal brands. He builds clean websites, ranks businesses on the first page of Google, and manages social media for brands. In his free time, Yogin likes to read thought-provoking books and play basketball with friends. To learn more about Yogin, or to get in touch with him, go to YoginPatel.com, or add him on his LinkedIn. Yogin blogs at Doolid.com.


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