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Skateboarding DVD Video Review:Learn To Ride A Skateboard

Learn To Ride A Skateboard - DVD Skateboarding Snowboarding skateboard snowboard DVD Video Review Five Star skateboard DVD review rating

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Released: 2007
Rating: 5 Stars


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Eric Muss-Barnes, Holly Lyons, Madylin Sweeten, Sawyer Sweeten and Sulivan Sweeten.

Learn To Ride A Skateboard is a very unique DVD in a couple of ways. For one, it doesn't suck - which is a grand feat for any instructional skateboard video. Two, it's free! That's right all you pay for is shipping and handling (about $7) and you can make as many copies as you want - there's no copy protection on the disc.

Eric Muss-Barnes and female pro skater Holly Lyons want everyone to see this DVD. They decided the best way was to give it away for free and allow skaters, shop owners and everyone else to make copies for friends. Pretty cool, eh?

Who Should Watch This DVD?

One problem with instructional DVDs is they rarely tell you what will be covered or what skill level they are designed for. Some people have never stepped onto a skateboard in their lives and others are looking to perfect their kick-flips. These are two very different skaters and require different levels of instruction.

Learn To Ride A Skateboard is for beginners. If you look at the stars of this flick, you'll see some names that aren't recognized as part of the skate community (Who the Hell are all these Sweeten people?). The premise of this DVD is to take a group of kids who've never skated and turn them into skaters. For unknown reasons, the "kids" from the TV show Everyone Loves Raymond were recruited as guinea pigs for this skate experiment. If you're like me you won't even remember that the family on that TV show even had kids. So anyway...

What You'll Learn

Learn To Ride A Skateboard starts out by identifying all the parts of a skateboard and how to assemble them. They even talked about the benefits of wider decks as opposed to the popsicle-stick decks that seem so popular today. I was impressed that they even spent some quality time on how to apply griptape. In fact they took the time to discuss customizing your griptape. Why be boring? Do something cool and different with cutouts, markers and creativity. They drove home an excellent point.

The second section deals with riding, turning, starting and stopping. At this point we see the two boys progressing as their older sister flails in a state of unbalance. Ultimately one hopes she'll get it and will prove that this disc can indeed teach anyone to become a skateboarder. The instructors take it slow and show you everything, but they do it in a way that isn't obscenely boring. This is a very well constructed video.

Finally we are taken into a variety of parks and they show us how to analyze the terrain and determine the height and radius of the different transitions. This section really impressed me as few instructional vids to into this sort of detail, yet these facets exists in EVERY skatepark.

Chick Flick?

Yes, Holly Lyons is a girl and technically speaking she skates like a girl. After all, she IS a girl. However, that phrase doesn't mean anything. Don't label this disc as an instructional flick for girls. It isn't! It's for anyone who is starting out and wants to learn the basics. I've been skating since the late ‘70s and picked up several tips that had never occurred to me... Thus proving you're never too old to learn or to skate.

The instruction is split up between Eric and Holly. They both offer perspectives together on all the topics.

There's an intermission in which they interview a bunch of skaters from 13 years old to mid 40's. Each person talks about how they got into skating and their various occupations. From teenage students to 40 year old plumbers, everyone can (and should) skate. That includes you!

Check out their website for details on getting your nearly-free copy!

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