Fitting in at a new skatepark is stressful. You don’t know what tricks look cool on what obstacles yet, and you always feel like you’re in everyone’s way. Even if you land a hardflip down the 7-set, nobody is going to give you props if you haven’t earned your rep. So here’s some advice for moving up the skatepark hierarchy. Remember, without respect you’re basically a scooter kid.
1. Offer Free Trick Tips
Landing tricks is hard, and most skaters are too shy to ask for advice. Make it easy by grabbing their board when they are sitting down and showing them the proper technique. Works best if you have a Hockey board or Dime beanie on so they know you’re not just some random dude, but a homie “that knows wassup”.
2. Discreetly offer the goods
Help folks stay chillin by approaching everyone at the park and letting them know that 1) you got fat nugs, 2) they’re dank as fuck, and 3) it’s $40 a gram. After making your rounds, set up a blunt rolling station on the picnic table in the middle of the park so no one misses you.
3. “Gorilla Marketing”
People always want to stay on top of the trends, so make sure everyone at your park knows all about your upcoming brand. They’ll be eager to buy your patented grip tape, bushings, or wireless headphones at the park, but it’s better to stay exclusive and just tell them to follow your brand on @Instagram. Just make sure to remind ‘em who put them on ;)
4. Do Your Part
Say it with me, C o m m u n i t y. Skateboarding is all about looking out for the sk9 community, So even if you can’t skate every rail or ledge, don’t be afraid to wax something if you see someone sticking on it. Skating is like cooking: you can never have too much butter.
5. Keep It Real
You seen the movie KIDS? Those guys all became legends, so just do what they did. Keep the park up to date with that authentic urban feel by starting fights with skaters, spray painting your tag on the ramps, and spitting as much as possible to mark your territory. Respekt!
January 24, 2019 2:34 pm
January 24, 2019 3:13 pm
How to not earn respect at the skatepark:
1. Ask everyone to play S.K.A.T.E ?
2. Bum a cig off the guy who’s been filming for over an hour
3. Talk, mention or think about Braille Skateboards
4. Wasted at the skatepark (Buzzed is a different story)
5. Bring your girl to the park and complain that her presence is messing with yo’ tricks
January 24, 2019 8:01 pm
Braille skateboards is wack af
January 26, 2019 11:58 am
lol who would film at the park for over an hour
July 27, 2020 5:33 pm
You’d be surprised a guy at Tempe skatepark was once trying a tree down the biggest set(I forgot the number of steps) for an hour and a half, he landed it but later that day when playing a game of skate said he couldn’t nollie. Weird.
July 27, 2020 5:33 pm
January 24, 2019 3:49 pm
i don’t need respekt i need disrespekt.
January 25, 2019 1:03 am
finally! the encouragement i needed to start reaching out to skaters at my local park! thanks Jenkem for this advice, i’ll be sure to report back once i’ve achieved the mantle of “Skater Of The Year” through sheer street credibility