While you only really need your skateboard to skate, there are a few accessories and tools on the market that will really help you. Most of these items are for when you’re out on the town and skating around the street, though some of these accessories will help you to learn how to skate and stay safe!
It’s important for every skateboarder to have a “skate kit”. Just like a First-Aid Kit will have medical supplies, your Skateboarding Kit should have all the supplies that you may need during a day of skateboarding at the park or on the streets.
If you are missing any of the accessories from our list, don’t worry about it; We are happy to help you get set up! You’ll notice that all of these accessories can be purchased from our Shop. Braille is you’re one stop shop for skateboarding gear, and that’s why we created this post.
The purpose of this list is to give you an idea of what you should bring with you when going out to skateboard. These accessories will not only ensure your Skateboard stays in working order, but they will also help keep YOU in working order! On that note, let’s get right into the list…
Helmet & Safety Gear
Safety first! Although it may not seem like it, Braille and our whole crew take safety extremely seriously. Safety really is first. This is why we’ve included Helmet and Safety Gear first in this list!
There is nothing worse than hurting yourself while skateboarding. When you’re injured, that means you’re going to be taking some time off from skateboarding. This would be enough to drive any skater insane. We recommend safety gear to skateboarders of all levels. If you’re just starting out, safety gear is even more helpful.
The safety provided from the gear can help you build confidence. The last thing you want to do is to hurt yourself and sustain an injury, however, falling down comes with the territory. Since we know without a shadow of a doubt that we’ll be falling down when learning to skateboard, we will always recommends wearing safety gear.
Protect your head with a helmet, protect your wrists with some wrist guards, and use pads to protect your knees and elbows. As you gain more confidence and skills you may feel more comfortable with taking some or all of the safety gear off.
Baby steps! You should definitely pick up the safety gear as a beginner, and eventually, you’ll be clearing gaps wearing whatever you like.
Now that you’ve got some gear to keep yourself safe, the next accessory you’ll need is a tool for adjusting the different parts of your skateboard. If only there was some kind of multi-purpose tool specifically made for skateboarding… Oh, wait! There is such a tool, and we are here to tell you all about it!
Whether you’re at the skatepark or out in the streets, a skate tool will help you out in a pinch. These tools fit all the screws and bolts of your board and make it super easy to tighten trucks, swap out wheels, and even set up an entire skateboard. Every skater should have one of these with them at all times!
The best part? Skate Tools are pretty cheap! You can get them from most local skateboard shops for around $15-$20. Don’t feel like making a trip to your local shop? Don’t sweat it, we’ve got you!
We offer a professional 5-in-1 Skate Tool that can be purchased from our shop. Go ahead and pick one up today! We’ll ship it out to you as fast as we can so you’ll be able to adjust your board to your liking A.S.A.P.
Non-Abrasive Grip Tape
Non-abrasive grip tape is taking the skate world by storm. If you’re learning to skate and don’t want to completely destroy your shoes, Non-Abrasive Grip Tape is a great option. While it may be a little more expensive than traditional grip tape, Non-Abrasive Grip Tape will last longer and it’ll end up saving you a lot of money in the long run, since you won’t be going through skate shoes nearly as fast.
The rubber grip tape works with the rubber lining on your shoes, so you still can get the flick on your tricks, without the worry of destroying your brand new shoes. With the rising price of skateboarding shoes nowadays, you’ll quickly realize how budget-friendly Non-Abrasive Grip Tape is once you give it a try!
If you have a fresh deck that needs some grip, we recommend picking up a sheet of this Grip Tape from our shop. Check out this Non-Abrasive Grip Tape Test video we made, and place an order today!
The safety gear will take care of you, the skate tool will take care of your board, and the non-abrasive grip will take care of your shoes. Is there anything left to take care of the obstacles that we skate on? There sure is! Show that grind box some love and apply a glorious layer of wax to keep you sliding and grinding…FIRST TRY!!!
Whether you’re street skating or skating at a skatepark, wax is a must-have. No one likes grinding a ledge that is too crunchy or sliding on a rail that is straight-up sticky. Wax is used on surfaces and ledges so that you can slide or grind smoothly along the surfaces/ledges with your board and/or trucks.
If you find yourself getting into your slides and grinds then immediately losing speed, wax is sure to cure what ails you. For use on benches, rails, ledges, etc… Just make sure you don’t add too much wax to the obstacle you’re skating! Too much wax can cause injuries and be difficult to remove, so using just a bit at a time is best, as you can add more when necessary.
By this point, your Skateboarding Kit should be almost complete. We even have an accessory that will help you progress in your skateboarding and learn new tricks and skills! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, we aren’t making any of this up, folks. That’s right! Our video tutorial series is a must-have accessory that will take your skateboarding to the next level.
Skateboarding Made Simple
Last, but definitely not least, is Skateboarding Made Simple. These tutorials are INCREDIBLE! SMS takes you through each trick and breaks them down step by step. Skateboarding Made Simple makes it so easy to learn to skateboard and has helped thousands learn to skate. If you’re just starting out, or are having trouble with your tricks, SMS is the right thing for you!
Additionally, Skateboarding Made Simple is available as a DVD, instant digital download & on iTunes & Google Play. Go ahead and check it out to progress even faster with your skating!
What do you keep in YOUR skate kit? We want to see! Take a photo or quick video tour of all your gear. Bonus points if you have Braille accessories! Tag us on Instagram @brailleskate and use #brailleskate and #brailleskateboarding for a chance to get your photo featured on our website and social media.
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