Is 40 too old to start skateboarding?

If you’re a little bit older and worry if it’s too late to start skateboarding, simply go for it. There are many elderly skaters that never skated until their 30’s. You’re probably not as flexible as you used to be and your body can’t handle hits like a 20-year-old. So when are you too old to learn skateboarding?

You’re never too old to learn electric skateboard skateboarding, at least while you’re still healthy and in acceptable physical form. There is no age limit, whether you’re in your twenties, thirties, forties or even fifties. It could be a little humiliating when you start skating at your 30’s or 40’s but practise makes perfect.

Your initial days will be awkward but as soon as you start striking the correct balance you’re in for a tonne of fun. Learning a new skill takes time so think about when and where you’re you’ll be practising.

If you only practise once a week it will take a substantial length of time before you start seeing improvements. Try to practise at least two times a week depending on your own goals. If you only want to be able to bike you should be OK. Once you got the feel of it you might want to learn certain techniques, but I wouldn’t force anything and wait till you’re ready.

Learning tricks is physically difficult and very intricate. Only try this when you’re in good shape and grasp the basics! Being able to bike confidently is really enjoyable, don’t rush yourself into something you could regret. Keep this in mind when are older and start skating

Respect your body and don’t take too much danger.

Wear protection at all time, you will fall!

You have an elevated chance of injury and mending takes longer.

If you’re starting up skating again after a long period (like 10-15 years you’ll probably not be able to go back on your prior level immediately soon. I had a sabbatical for 8 years and it took me a long to go back to where I left off. To be honest I’m not as competent as I used to be but the sensation of freedom and success gets me motivated.

If this is you, take it easy! I learnt the hard way and suffered some serious bruises. I’m not in my twenties anymore and mending takes a lot longer than it used to. I damaged my heel and bruised my ribs before I decided to take it easy. Nowadays I just keep it at the fundamentals, only when I feel in control I try to execute the tougher things. I learnt I can enjoy myself just as much while keeping myself safe.

It Takes Time

Skateboarding isn’t something you’ll learn in a few days, especially as an adult. Younger skaters will take up skating faster in general but you need time and effort before you go anywhere. Try to skate at least 3 times a week for an hour or two, more is ideal but that could be challenging due of commitments like job and family.

Beginners are more susceptible and get wounded more often. Ankles, knees, hips, and elbows are frequent to injury. Don’t forget your head, you’ll need a brain to skateboard therefore wear protective gear. Also, you’ll fall harder if you carry a bit extra weight.

Skateboarding in Your Twenties

You might think you’re too old to skate but honestly, don’t worry about that. You’re still in prime and (I hope) in fantastic form. Learning to skateboard in your early twenties is absolutely normal. You definitely won’t become a pro but that doesn’t mean you couldn have a lot of fun. There’s still plenty of time to learn aggressive skateboarding, quit saying you’re too old!

Skateboarding in Your Thirties and Forties

Here’s when age starts to matter. Maybe a little early for hair sprouting out of your ears but you need to take some extra measures. I’m in my forties and when I fall, it typically hurts. I damaged several ribs and hurt my heel in a short period and understood I had to slow down. I basically keep it at the fundamentals and only execute challenging things when I have a nice day.

Skateboarding in Your Fifties

I only know one skateboarder in his sixties but he started when he was young. I would encourage to pick up longboarding if you’re in your fifties and want to start skating. There’s less danger involved and at that age, you want to avoid risk as much as possible.