Skate parks help kids defy gravity.
Freya Williams suits up to skate.
Owner Joe Lehm shows how it’s done.
Lessons and equipment
Private lessons at Santa Fe Skate School are $25 for a half hour and come with skate homework. A three-visit membership is $25 and includes 3 hours of open skate time. Contact Santa Fe Skate School at 505-474-0074, or check out www.skateboardsafety.com to learn about equipment, private instruction, skate school, summer camps and more.
In Santa Fe, skateboarding equipment can also be purchased at Beyond Waves, 1428 Cerrillos Road, 505-988-2240; and at Initiate, 418 Cerrillos Road, in the Santa Fe Design Center, 505-603-8096.
- Skateboarding tips
Be safe and grow confident
Lehm suggests trying at least one class to learn the basics of safety, but if you choose to grab a board and go it on your own, here are some suggestions for all skaters to keep in mind:
• When starting out, a longer board provides more stability. It is easier to maneuver and better for balance.
• Always wear a helmet. If you’re skateboarding with a friend, bring an extra helmet, just in case your friend doesn’t have one.
• Wear wrist and knee protection at all times, and you’ll improve your skateboarding. Lehm’s theory is that you’ll not only stay safer, but you’ll try more challenging moves and with more confidence.
Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:00 am
Updated: 7:50 pm, Thu Apr 3, 2014.
Santa Fe Skate School teaches kids to fly
Head to Santa Fe’s newly renovated skate park on De Vargas Street any day of the week after school hours, and you’ll find young people carving, grinding or flipping boards. The crowds are proving skateboarding’s enduring popularity, and the city’s decision to improve this skate park for Santa Fe’s young people adds an option to skateboarding at Franklin Miles Park, off Camino Carlos Rey.
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Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:00 am.
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