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Busting Skateboarding Myths!

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If you are skateboarder, you know there are lots of myths about skateboarding. Non-skateboarders have their misconceptions about the sport, but there are misconceptions floating around in the community, too.

In today’s blog, we are going to debunk a few of the most common myths within the skateboarding community!

MYTH: You can ollie higher with lighter boards.

  • This seems to make sense - the lighter the object, the easier it lifts, and the higher it goes - right? Yes. However, an ollie is not about lifting a board. It’s a complex combination of opposing forces.
  • The weight of your board makes almost no physical difference - the difference lies in your head. When you know your setup is a little lighter, your head does the rest - an effect called the placebo effect. In conclusion, you don’t need to worry about weight - it doesn’t affect your ollies enough.

MYTH: If you freeze your skateboard wheels, they will last longer.

  • When you freeze certain metals at extremely cold levels (-320 degrees), their molecular structures align and tighten. This rule does not apply to urethane, the material used in all skateboard wheels.
  • Even if you could freeze urethane to the point where its molecules realign, your freezer is never going to reach those temperatures. You will just make your wheels cold. This can create another placebo effect - knowing your wheels are cold will create a different mental experience for you, when in fact, nothing has changed.

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