i would say don't do it
im slowing down, my coordination is getting worse and im healing slower .
Yes. And highly embarrassing.
Oh fuck right off.
No, but It will be extremely embarrassing
34 is not fucking old, Christ on a bike. I mean BMX is seen as a "young person's" sport and has a 46 year old still kicking ass.
Don't do this. You're old, and it's a lot harder to heal from injuries. And have you been to a skate park recently? Do you really want hang out with 12 year olds? Do you really want to be seen as a guy that hangs out with preteens.
There are other active hobbies outdoor hobbies associated with an older crowd. Start rock climbing or something.
If I learned something today is that ageism is still a thing.
Or just wear appropriate protection, because fuck getting hurt as a price of looking "hard".
As a 39 year old....Im gonna say 'don't do it', not because I don't think you could learn it, or have fun, or would look stupid, I just know that how much stuff hurts increases exponentially between age 30, and 40.
When I was 30, I was in perfect condition, thought I'd cruise through my 30's. Now Im 39, and while I appear to be in fine health, and Im in shape still, so many bumps and bruises have turned into nagging pain that doesn't go away ever / or comes back too easily.
A hobby with less potential to 'fall hard' often, would be my suggestion. Gravity will turn its back on you soon.
But if you do, good luck, and shred stuff man.
Go for it OP. Get out there and shred, it'll likely do you the world of good.
You're 34, if you want to start a new hobby and get in shape while doing it, JUST DO IT.
My only advice is to wear protective gear and have fun.
The thing that's tough for me is i ride normal on the snowboard but I'm goofy on the Skateboard.
I'm ok if i never get any real tricks down but if i can get around quick I'll be happy
Be a little careful and have a blast.
I think there's a big benefit with YouTube now to learn tricks.
Go for it dude.
I skated for a good 10-15 years but stopped a few years ago due to age or whatever, but having turned 30 last year I fell in love with it again and have been skating again this year.
I have the experience to fall back on, but skaters are generally very welcoming, especially if you find a group of people in their 20s at your park.
I'd probably nail down the basics before going to your park, ollies are a necessity. It's not easy to learn, but one you get the Ollie, everything else starts to fall into place.
Back in the day I remember reading Thrasher and learning to Ollie and took me forever (and I was still never really very good).
I think things like this will seem less weird if you were legitimately able to grow up doing whatever. Video games used to be just for kids but since we all grew up with it, it's not as odd to see a middle aged person playing them. That's because we're kinda living in an era where people are doing all the things they did when they were younger and not really growing out of stuff. If people do "grow out of stuff", it's often because they just didn't have enough time to keep up with it or got out of shape or whatever.
Get a bike instead and join the MAMIL-club (middleaged men in lycra). Much less risk of injuries
As the title says. Im 34 and looking for a hobby. I used to rollerblade alot as a teenager but never really tried skateboarding apart from knowing how to do a stationary ollie. As i get older i feel like im slowing down, my coordination is getting worse and im healing slower but i dont want to give up being an idiot just yet.
I dont want to do x games. Just drop in to a half pipe. Couple of grinds on a pavement.
Will i die, or break bones? Has my time passed?
Should add, im going through a bit of a slump. Doc has said its depression or fibromyalgia. Ive put on a bit of weight. The dr said any exercise will help hugely. But the gym is so boring. I never stick it out.
I still have a board, and I'll take it out every once in a while, even as someone who was a skilled skater, I still feel out of my depth on a board now.
You would need to start with the very basics with someone who knows what they're doing and can teach you. Make it a daily activity and be prepared for a lot of scrapes, bruises, and sprains. It's doable, but would require some serious dedication.
I bought a board went to a nearby park at twilight when no one else was around, then I just practiced skating on their basketball court. The court was smooth with no chance of getting caught on something and falling over, and was big enough to practice my balance. I did this everyday for 2-3 weeks straight. One day I decided I was comfortable enough to skate home from the park and it was a great feeling. After that I'd skate everywhere just for fun. Every night after work I grab my board and just skate around the neighborhood to decompress. Don't be afraid to learn!
I'm an avid cyclist and that sucks. It really depends on where you live, though. When I was living in Los Angeles, people just assumed you were destitute if you rode your bike everywhere. I heard it all, from constant little comments from co workers like "omg do you need a ride home, why don't you have a car!?" to more blatant "are you saving up to buy a car?" -- Not to mention the constant stares from people in cars while you're waiting at a light, like people can't believe what they are seeing. A guy on a bike! Who knew?
People think I'm a manchild because I ride a bike.
Meanwhile, my bike was worth 5+ of their car payments and I did/do have a car. I don't understand people sometimes.
I live in Portland, Oregon now and I don't deal with that nonsense anymore. A large percentage of the city commutes on their bikes and I never get a second look.
Well certain skate parks require pads.
Whatever people say about padding, dont wear those.
It'll only make injuries worse and you'll be even less comfortable when learning the basics.
Just so we're clear, that doesn't go for wearing a helmet.
What injuries would be worse? The ones that pads wouldn't protect against, like ankles and shins?
I always feel like intensive physical activities are out of bound because injuries do take longer to heal.
But there's still so much things I haven't tried or experience enough.
FLAT GROUND is your friend
You are not going to be chucking your carcass down 16 stair gaps/rails at that age, nor have the urge, skill, or motivation to.
Flat ground skateboarding is comparable to riding a bicycle, skiing, unicycle, etc...
You probably have a better chance at getting hurt trying to start up basketball, baseball, or any team sport at that age than trying to kick-flip a skateboard.
I say go for it!
I don't know really, just don't listen to the people telling you not to do it because it's embarrassing.
Also GAF's leading millennial
It's mostly a US thing, you'll get comments from people while riding a bike. "Did you drink too much and lost your car?!?!! LOLOLOLOL"
how? Is it like a BMX bike or something?
I don't see how anyone can think this when people all over the world and of all ages ride bikes.
You should do it.
Before you don't have enough time.
I've always wanted to learn haha I'd say go for it! You're an adult, do what you want with your time!