Board Sportsby Isabel Thomas
The tricks, stunts, thrills, and spills of boarding add up to a culture that is addictively cool. Make sure it's on your radar! Inside you'll find these features: Star Story Read about the life of skate legend Tony Hawk. Five-Minute Interview Find out some awesome boarding tips from On the Radar expert and skate pro Geoff Else. Feel It Experience the
The tricks, stunts, thrills, and spills of boarding add up to a culture that is addictively cool. Make sure it's on your radar! Inside you'll find these features: Star Story Read about the life of skate legend Tony Hawk. Five-Minute Interview Find out some awesome boarding tips from On the Radar expert and skate pro Geoff Else. Feel It Experience the exhilarating rush of mountainboarding!
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If you know all about Tony Hawk, otherwise known as "The Birdman," you might just have a touch of board mania. By the time he was twelve, his "skills had earned him a sponsorship deal with Dogtown skateboards." The rest is boarding history. Speaking of history, the sport began in the 1940s when surfers created a board they could ride on the sand. X-treme board sports are definitely not a new phenomenon, but continue to grow and change. There are many different kinds of boards including mountainboards, the common skateboard you might use when you are a newbie, the longboard, and kiteboards. Many people feel that "board sports are more than a hobby, they can be a way of life." Naturally, other people totally disagree and feel that boarding should be banned in public places. Perhaps you have your own opinions, but you'll be able to read those of others, for and against boarding. Boarding can be a relatively inexpensive sport, but safety pays in many ways and you should make sure you invest in some protective gear when you buy your first board. Helmets, wrist guards, and pads for your knees and elbows will keep you safe when you have the beginner blues and take all those spills when you try to master the ollie. There are step-by-step instructions and photographs in this book that will help you learn this trick. There are many reasons you might want to at least try the sport (in addition to its cool factor). It is a relatively inexpensive sport to get into, you can board in many locations, you can "improve your balance, stamina, and coordination skills," and it's a sport that is easy to learn and fun to practice. In this book you'll also meet up with other boarders (Geoff Else, Tony Hawk, James Johnson, and Lucy Adams), you'll learn how to do several tricks, learn "skate speak," you'll read about skate stunts, and several boarding fast facts. This is a fast-paced, fun book about board sports for the newbie to boarding. The layout is exiting and speaks to the younger audience who is either new to the sport or wants to learn more about it. The book is generously illustrated with action oriented photographs that will engage the reader and encourage them to practice their boarding skills. The ollie and the kickplip and meticulously demonstrated in accompanying photographs and step-by-step instructions. Watching YouTube is obviously a plus, but the breakdown of these beginning moves is excellent. The text is also action oriented and is not in standard paragraph form, but rather dances around the pages capturing the excitement of the sport. In the back of the book is an index, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. This book courtesy of the publisher.