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Skatepark offers lessons

 

Last updated 4/28/2011 at Noon

Skatepark president Roger Harrell teaches a young skateboarder some basic skills at the Fallbrook Skatepark.

FALLBROOK – On April 9, beginning skateboarders looking to hone their skills enjoyed a free basic skate lesson held at the Fallbrook Skatepark located at the Boys & Girls Club. A full class of 20 youth, between 6 and 13 years old, learned safety skills and basic skating moves from Fallbrook Skatepark Inc. (FSI) President and former Skateboarder Magazine publisher, Roger Harrell.

First, Harrell talked to the group about the importance of wearing a helmet and how to safely stop. Afterward, they determined if they skated regular footed (left foot forward) or goofy footed (right foot forward) as well as how to balance and position themselves on the board. Following that, each skater worked with Harrell individually on the half-pipe which was donated by Hartcorn Construction.

Skating up one side of the wooden ramp and down to the other side they got a feel for good body positioning and balance. Several experienced teen skaters, currently Fallbrook Skatepark members, were also on hand to assist other novices teaching the basics of the “Ollie” and kickflip.

The turn out and the demand were so great that more lessons are being scheduled starting in May. Parents can consult http://www.fallbrookskateparkinc.org for more information and call (760) 473-4659 or email projectskatesafe@aol.com to reserve their spot. Space is limited to ensure a valuable experience.

 

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