Ottawa-Gatineau Skateboarding




Written by Steve Garcia

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Background

Skateboarders having fun

The skateboard has become a standard item of equipment for many young adults. With the growing popularity of skateboarding since it's invention, the skateboard can be associated with youthful energy and adventurousness. In essence, skateboarding may be a solo sport but boarders usually hang around in groups while performing stunts or runs.

It takes coordination to apply balance and grace to master the sport of skateboarding. The fitness benefits as a result of skateboarding are that the joints and the stability of ligaments around the knees and ankles are strengthened. This is in part to the running, boarding and stunt performance involved in skateboarding.

In the late 1950s, the skateboard was invented as a means of surfing outside of water. The idea stemming from surfing enthusiasts, frustration on relying on the weather conditions to surf. The first skateboards were basically the bases of roller skates nailed to the front and back ends of wooden planks.

Sksyrboarder Standard maneuvers for skateboarding include the 180, 360 and the "Ollie". The "Ollie" was invented by Alan Ollie Gelfand and the manoeuvre involved leaping into the air while having the board stay flush with your feet.

With skateboarding growing popularity, more and more specialized skateboarding parks are being built. Some in which formal competitions are being held such as the popular extreme sports competition, the X-Games.


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Equipment

When choosing the right equipment for skateboarding it is important to be selective. Skateboards vary depending on the styles of riding you wish to do. Things to pay attention to when choosing a board are the skateboard deck, the trucks (components, which the wheels are attached to), and the wheels, which is the most critical element of a skateboard as it provides functionality and safety. The prices can range from $20 - $200. Other equipment includes helmets that are designed specifically for skateboarding, and protective pads for your knees and elbows and wrist supports. Wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothing and investing in a good pair of skateboarding shoes adds to the skateboarding experience.

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Where


Contact your local parks & recreation department

Skatepark

Location

Description
Andy Shields Park 1448 Meadow Dr Outdoor - Mobile
Blackburn Park 200-202 Glen Park Dr Outdoor
Centennial Park 5572 Doctor Leach Dr Outdoor
Malvern Park 100 Malvern Dr Outdoor
Mcnabb Park 435 Bronson Ave Indoor - Summer
Metcalfecommunity Centre 2785 Albert St Outdoor - Mobile
Orleans Recreationcomplex 1490 Youville Dr Outdoor all concrete park, with everything well waxed. Features a big quarter pipe, a real slick and steep bank, two bank to banks in the corner, a small grind block, a bigger grind box, a longer grind box, and a big fun box in the center with 3 rails, on small, big, and a bigger rail
Osgoode Communitycentre 5660 Osgoode Main St Outdoor - Mobile
Splash Wave Pooland Park 2040 Ogilvie Rd Outdoor
Stittsville Arena 10 Warner-Colpitts St Indoor - Summer
Walter Baker Park 100 Walter Baker Pl Outdoor
Centrepointe-"The Fountain" Woodroffe west of Baseline Rd Nepean. Everything is waxed, with some low ledges , some higher ledges, and some rail.
Sk8City D2-2212 Gladwin Crescent, K1B 5N1 Phone: (613) 737-9619. $3 for pads / $10 for a session from noon-5 pm or from 5pm-9pm, or $15 a day from noon-9 pm . $50 per year for a membership plus $5 each time. Canteen & pro shop

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