5 Mistakes Beginner Skaters Make

VL skate outlines the five mistakes beginners make when trying to land new tricks and how to avoid them! The first two are not fully learning the trick and moving on too fast. These two go hand in hand! Muscle memory is the most important thing when getting a new move down. You can try it 100 times and land it 20 times out of that but without creating the proper muscle memory, you won’t be able to retain the trick. The third mistake outlined in this video is losing motivation. It can be discouraging to try something over and over again and not get it, but you can always move onto a different trick and come back to the one you are stuck on another day! The fourth mistake is getting burnt out. If you feel yourself getting tired or frustrated-take a break! The fifth mistake is comparing yourself to others. The only person you should compare progress with is yourself!


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Braille Skateboarding: Skateboarding Made Simple

You have probably heard of Aaron Kyro, professional skater and Youtube Star. He is known for his Youtube Channel called Braille Skateboarding, where he has many tutorials and skate videos based of his own self-taught methods. In this video above, Aaron helps you build a solid foundation for all of your skating and fundamental tricks. He covers turning, stopping, and everything in between. These are the fundamentals Aaron goes over before diving into the most common tricks-ollies, frontside 180’s, backside 180’s, pop shove it’s, front shove its, heelflips and kickflips. Stick with Aaron and his strategical order of learning the art of skating, and you will go far! Or at least, improve.

Kids and Minis Category Added Just in Time for the Holidays

The holiday season is approaching! We’ve been printing and shipping your custom designed skateboards and longboards for that special someone for a while now, and one of the most frequently asked questions come November and December is what type of board to buy for your son, grandson, goddaughter, etc. We get regular messages along the lines of “What type of board to I buy my 13 year old 5″7′ son”?

New Category: Kids and Minis

We have the answer for you! We have polled our skating experts and put together the best boards for our beloved kids, grandkids, godchildren, baby cousins.. you get the picture. Any of these boards are great options for beginners and/or teenagers and younger.

Gift Card Option

If you decide on the board but you’re unsure about the design, you can always get a gift card and let the recipient know the board you decided on and they can make the design. You can even print out the image of the board to show them the shape & specs!

Check out our selection of kid friendly and mini boards here!

An Easy Way to Get Better at Skating

In this video, created by the guys of Braille Skateboarding, they teach you how to critique yourself in order to learn from your own mistakes when trying to land different tricks.  They share what their riders do behind the scenes to help each other improve from their mistakes and ultimately master different tricks. They share with us their technique of  having a friend film you, watching it back in slo-mo to break it down, and recognize exactly where you are screwing up so you can learn from those mistakes!

Become the Next Whatever Skateboards Designer

CALLING ALL ARTISTS

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If you’ve ever wanted to see your original artwork on a skateboard, now is your chance. We are looking for the next Whatever Skateboards designer. We want someone who screams creativity and originality as well as someone who is stoked on skating.

So this is our open call to all artists and designer to enter our skateboard design contest. We want to see what you’ve got!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Design a custom deck on our website with your own original artwork.

2. Post your custom design on your Instagram with the hashtag #whateverdesigner and tag @whateverskateboards. Be sure to follow our account and tag some friends.

Contest will run until the end of July and a winner will be announced on our Instagram on August 1st.

Design Your Board

Add Custom Grip Tape to Your Deck

Create Unique Designs on Your Custom Grip Tape

Kickflip your deck into shape with your own personal custom grip tape. Add personalized features to your board like unique logos or handcrafted designs sketched by you. Whateverskateboards.com offers an array of design options allowing personal artistry to come to life. No skateboard will ever be the same with the option to design your own grip tape, trucks and wheels! You can be as simple or complex as you want. Awaken the pro skater in you with a killer custom skateboard for your easy riding.

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Unleash Your Creative Mind

Jab into your originality as a skater and find what drives you to skate. With your passion, designing your own grip tape can become a way to get you back into your roots with skateboarding. Nicknames, logos, graffiti art, personal sketches, brand names, pictures are just simple starters to think about with your custom grip tape. Now you can think of designing both sides of your skateboard and what contrasting colors look best together. The top of the skateboard is something people see first which is a great way to sponsor names or extend your brand to the pros.

Style Your Ride

Getting your name out to the public can be challenging but with custom grip tape you can design fresh logos that attract riders from all around! When you design your skateboard or long board custom designs always look amazing because no one else has seen them before. This way when you’re cruising down hills, riding the pipes, or doing tricks on a rail both sides of your skateboard are visible. Attracting others attention just got twice as easier than before so styling your ride would give your status as a rider ample leeway in the direction of your skating career.

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Check out these pro skaters from the Tampa Pro 2016 Finals and their personalized custom grip tap!

2016 Downhill Longboard Events

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Focus and Speed

Downhill longboarding is a form of boarding that takes a lot of skill and focus. When going at speeds of 30, 40, or even up to 70mph on a longboard, you really got to hone in on the moment. The world record for speed currently stands at 80.83 mph and is held by Mischo Erban. Go Mischo, the fastest longborder in the world! That definitely would be a hair-raising scene to witness at downhill longboard events.

For all you longboarders that like to ride the mountains and hills, and for those who like to spectate, we at Whatever Skateboards put together a list of the top downhill longboard events coming up this 2016.

 

Downhill Longboard Events 2016

2/27 – MAGIC CITY MAYHEM GARAGE RACE in Miami Florida
2/28 – REY DE LA MONTAÑA FESTIVAL OF SPEED in Tarmatambo Peru
3/26 – CENTRAL IOWA DOWNHILL SHOWDOWN in Ledges State Park Madrid Iowa
5/3 – LAUNCH in Linden Australia
7/1 – Sector 9 The Whistler FREERIDE NO HANDS RACE in Whistler Canada

Women’s Events

And for all the women out there who love to shred, there is a great downhill longboard event going on in Sintra Portugal. For 8 days there is a WOMEN’S LONGBOARD CAMP #1 being held right by the sea on the Atlantic coast.

Top Five Reasons Custom Longboards Are Awesome

Longboarding is the merge between skateboarding and surfing. It resonates with that free spirit lifestyle of cruising and taking it easy. Being relatively new, longboarding has come a long way and has branched out to many styles like downhill riding, freeride and freestyle. Freestlye, which involves dancing, is just as enjoyable to try out as it is to watch. For more intense riding, there is freeride and downhill longboarding, which takes a lot of focus and skill. Moving at speeds over 30mph on a board really brings you into the moment! With custom longboards, you can choose the shape, trucks, and wheels that suit your longboarding style.

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Choosing the Right Shape Matters

Any longboard is good for cruising around town. I’ve seen people with longboards slightly larger than a skateboard, to ones that look like they bought a 5 foot plank of wood from Home Depot and attached some trucks and wheels to the ends. Whatever Skateboards doesn’t have one that large yet in the collection, but there is definitely a wide selection to choose from. We have direction boards, double sided, top mounts and drop through to choose from.

Custom Longboards Make a Great Gift

To all you longboarders out there, how stoked would you be if you received a custom longboard as a gift? Surprise a longboarder with a custom board, and you might just win over their heart.

The Creative Process

Taking the time to design a custom longboard is a part of a creative process. Longboarding is an art form, therefore crafting the board should be an art form too.

One And Only

Obviously, with a custom longboard, you will be the only one with that one of a kind longboard.

Style

When you ride, you got to ride in style. With a custom longboard, you get to put that personal touch into your very own board.

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Winter Deal on a Custom Skateboard

Winter is winding down as we are in the last month of the cold season. It’s the month of love, and if you are looking for a unique gift for your boyfriend, or girlfriend, we have what you need! A custom skateboard is a thoughtful and awesome gift for any skater girl or guy. Here at Whatever Skateboards, we have a special deal for you. You can use this coupon code upon check out to receive 10% off your order. Coupon Code: THANKU

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He Was a Skater Boy

Do you remember that song that use to play on the radio? It was about a skater boy that was denied by a popular pretty girl in high school. She was secretly into him, but did not want to let anyone know to save her reputation. A few years later, she ended up seeing him on TV playing at a rock show. Bummer! The song is a love story with a twist of fate, where the girl form high school is left with regrets and lost him to the girl who saw the skater boy who he really was. If you were lucky enough to catch a skater boy like Avril Lavinge was, then we have the perfect gift for him. A custom skateboard is also a unique gift for any skater girl!

Designing Custom Skateboards

What is awesome about Whatever Skateboards is that you can design whatever you like! We have a lot of designs that you can choose from in our gallery. Along with being able to pick available designs, you can also tweak the designs to make them your own. If you are looking to create your own, you can upload personal images. There are also text and background tools on our site to help you with designing.

Unique Gifts

One of the best things about a custom skateboard is that it is a unique gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend. They will be the only one with that special gift and will appreciate the time you took with designing it for them. We have a lot of different skateboard models to choose from and a lot of different colored wheels to choose from. Anyone receiving a custom skateboard would be stoked!

 

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New Complete Options for Custom Longboards

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Create Your Own Custom Longboard

When shopping for a longboard, you are not only looking for the perfect steeze, but also the perfect ride! It all really depends on a few factors… Are you a casual rider that cruises on the streets and boardwalks? Then you want something that glides well and is easy to turn on. If you been practicing your crosswalk along with other dance moves, you want a longboard that is not directional and that has plenty of room. Maybe you are a crazy one that loves to ride fast down mountain roads! In that case, you want a good steady board that has sturdy trucks that won’t wobble. With our site, you can create your own custom longboards from scratch, picking the model, the right trucks, and perfect wheels. Plus, you get to create your very own unique design.

New Complete Options

We have updated our inventory and now there are new choices of wheels and trucks. We carry a variety of Paris Trucks that come in a wide selection of size and colors. Paris trucks are our trucks of choice, because of their top performance. We personally tested these trucks here at Whatever Skateboards on our custom longboards. We have discovered that they are smooth, the paint does not chip easily, and that they provide controlled turning without speed wobbles. As for wheels, we carry the Divines Wheels line with many colors to choose from. This makes it easy to match the wheels to your custom longboards. The colors choices range from, bright colors of red, sky blue, purple. yellow, green to more muted colors of dark blue, black and grey. We now also carry our own line of Restless wheels too!

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Custom Longboards – From Start to Finish

From start to finish, the whole process of a custom design is what makes Whatever Skateboards stand out. We know that each person who creates a longboard for themselves or as a gift, puts a lot of thought and care into crafting the perfect ride! Our team works hard to create a quality board that is perfect for each unique rider. We believe that riding is an art and that making the board should be too!

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