Have you ever wondered how skateboarders can do tricks? Did your jaw dropped after watching their antics?
Well here’s their secret.
The secret of skateboarders
One of the most important stuff that a skateboarder should have is the grip tape. A grip tape is a sheet of paper with adhesive on one side and the other a surface as rough as sand. This is being applied to the top surface of a board to allow a skater stay on board while doing tricks.
A grip tape primarily comes in black but there are also different colors that you can choose from such as pink, yellow, checkered, camo and clear. There’s even a grip tape that uses green ink. These are ideal for those who are concerned of environmental protection.
There are some skateboards that already come with a grip tape attached but there are others that don’t. So whatever skateboard you are using now, you will definitely need a grip tape most specially if you’re new to skateboarding. You will need to grip or re-grip a deck. So you should also learn how to do it. Spend some time reading “how-to-do-it” materials or watching tutorials.
How a grip tape helps you do tricks
Remember that whether you’re a pro or a newbie, it is always recommended for you to use a grippy. A grip tape makes a skateboard and skateboarding complete. It may not be one of the parts of your skateboard’s system such as the deck, bearings and wheels but it is definitely a need once you skate. Without it, it will not be possible for you to do tricks like the ollie, drop-in or tictac.
These tricks may be easy. But without the grippy, you won’t be able to perform not even the most basic tricks. Using the grip tape will help you skate around the park with ease. It will help you avoid falling.
How to choose a grip tape
Choosing a grip tape is very important. There are things that you need to consider. Don’t just go for the cheapest, check first what it has to offer. Weigh your options.
If you would like to skate the way that professionals do, check how “grippy” the grip tape is. It should be “grippy” enough to make you stay on the skateboard.
Also choose a grip tape that has a 1.1mm thickness. These are the best grip tapes that you will find in the market. Other brands are only 0.6mm. Since the 1.1mm grip tape is broader, it’s more “grippy”.
There is a proper way of applying the grip tape. Don’t attach it to your shoes. Otherwise it will make your board all sandy. Choose a grip tape that will help you do tricks.