How to Practice Skateboarding When it’s Raining?
For those of us who live where it rains or even snows for days, sometimes skateboarding outside, seems like it’s the only option left. In these hard times, you have to wake up your brain and start thinking of alternatives to keep skateboarding and improve your skillset.
So let’s see what options there are to keep skating and keep the spark. Here are a couple of places and ideas that will help you skate on the winter and rainy days.
Can you skateboard when it’s raining?
Skateboarding in the rain is not a good idea. It can be fun but it’s dangerous because is pretty slippery, and you should do it with an old setup that you don’t care about ruining, because water will ruin your whole skateboard.
I can guarantee that after one session in the rain the board will be fully ruined and the bearings also, the grip will come off, and the trucks they, gonna become rusty probably.
What to Do if your skateboard gets into the water?
First of all, you should try to keep your skateboard away from water as far as possible, and the best thing to keep your skateboard dry is to get yourself a Skateboard Rain Cover Bag. This one is a good example on Amazon.com
But if your skateboard is already wet – you should dry it. Depending on how long it’s been in the water, this might help. Just keep it in a dry place for some time and avoid riding it. It will be less durable when wet.
Places you can skate, when it’s raining
There are a lot of places you can practice skateboarding, some of them are obvious and others not so much. Indoor skateparks, abandoned buildings, underpasses, your garage or basement, and even your living room can be used for skateboarding during bad weather.
1. Indoor Skateparks
Indoor skateparks are everybody’s first thought when it comes to skateboarding when it’s raining, but not everybody has one in their city. Although, an indoor park is the best option that you can think of.
One of the best examples I could think of is Bryggeriet Skatepark, in Sweden.
2. Garages and parking places
These are other common places where skateboarders go skating in the winter and when it rains. You can find them almost everywhere, like Mall’s underground garages, Supermarket garages, and other buildings with smooth concrete underground, or closed parking lots, that are open for the public.
Most of the time is safe to skate there because there are big and you can find a place in there with no cars driving at all.
There are a lot of hidden spots, all you have to do is find them!
3. Skating in your garage
Skating in your own garage is highly convenient and doesn’t require going further than your property, which is another big plus in the COVID situation that we are currently in.
You can get a flat bar rail or build a small quarter pipe in there, some people even put a mini ramp in their garages and that’s the dream of most skateboarders, to have one in their garage.
4. Abandoned Buildings
This may not be the best place to go and depending on where you live, sometimes can be illegal, but abandoned buildings are a pretty good place to practice skateboarding. Explore urban landscapes, abandoned buildings.
If you are lucky in some of them you can even find D.I.Y spots built by other people.
If you see some needles, get the hell out!!!
5. Carpet Skating
If you completely don’t feel like going outside but still want to skate, you should try carpet skating. It doesn’t require much, only a skateboard deck without the trucks and wheels. You put it on the ground and that’s it.
You can also try putting a bottle full of water under the board, like that it becomes a balance board and you can practice manuals and your balance of course.
If you want to be more accurate to real skateboarding you should try “Soft Trucks”. These are trucks made of rubber, they imitate the real feeling of trucks, and you can put them on your board and it’s easier to “pop” tricks on the carpet with them. Here is a link if you want to buy them.
Alternative activities similar to skateboarding
If where you live, there are any skateparks, parking garages, or any other options to skate inside. Don’t worry, there is more skateboard-related stuff to do. Go grab some snacks, a bag of popcorn, and play some games, or watch some videos.
If you’re one of those lucky people who live near mountains, snow skating and snowboarding are great ways to keep yourself in a good shape.
There are several types of snowskates, but I recommend you to go for a single board. Snowskates are not just an expensive skateboard deck, they have special grooved plastic at the bottom and the grip tape is made of rubber, to keep you from slipping. If you don’t feel like spending extra money, an old skateboard deck works just fine.
Play Video Games
Nowadays there are a lot of Skateboard related video games, the most well-known out there are the “Tony Hawk Pro Skater” and “Skate” series.
Recently “Skater Xl” came on the market, and they claim it is the most realistic(simulator) skate game till now, while Tony Hawk’s series are more of arcade type gameplay.
But all games I mentioned above are amazing and super fun games, you should definitely try all of them and maybe decide for yourself.
Watching Skateboard Videos
When the weather is bad I always watch at least one full-length video, so it’s a
really good idea to watch some skate videos.
Skate videos can hype you pretty well and give a lot more ideas for spots you can skate and tricks you might want to learn.
But the sad truth is that skate videos can frustrate you as much they motivate you, because skateboard videos, just make you want to go out there and shred.
I recommend you watch: “Blind Video Days”, “Baker 3”, “Supreme- Blessed”, definitely deserves watching them.
This is another great alternative to replace the need to skate and it’s pretty close to the real thing, its not digital like the video games I mentioned before.
The real fingerboards are pretty expensive, but we all know about the cheap alternative “Tech Deck”, you can find one in almost every toy shop, they are pretty easy to find.
Over to you
In conclusion, actual skateboarding in the rain is a big No-No. Now after you have read everything, hopefully, you don’t have to go out and skate in the rain.