After a while, using your skateboard only on flat surfaces can get pretty boring, especially when you know that there’s so much more that you can do! You might be tempted to test you skills on the rails and ramps you find all over the place in your city or town, but it might not be entirely safe – or, for that matter, entirely legal – to do so. You can get around this by taking advantage of a proper half pipe or quarter pipe ramp. |
These take their names from the early days of skateboarding when the ramps were made from sections of actual pipes. These days, they can be made from wood, concrete, steel, or a host of other materials, and they’re much better suited to their current purpose. In a lot of places, local skateboard haunts have these built in, but don’t fret if there aren’t any of those where you live. It’s easy enough to get your own ramp.
Lots of companies that cater to a skateboarder’s needs can be found online, and a quick search will show you that you have your pick of the very best in ramps and obstacles. The equipment of your choice can be delivered right to your door! If you’re a skateboarding DIY-er though, you’ll be glad that you can also find plans and instructions posted on various websites that will guide you through the process of constructing ramps in the comfort of your own home. Before you place your order or start collecting materials for your project, however, you have to consider what kind of ramp will work best for you.
A quarter pipe ramp has one curved slope, like what you’d get if you sliced a cylindrical pipe into four. By definition, it will be much smaller than a half-pipe built on the same scale. It is thus probably a better choice if you have limited space for both usage and storage. If you want to do more with them, extension kits that include platforms and safety rails are available.
A half pipe ramp can be improvised by making two quarter pipes face each other, though a more permanent fixture might be in order if you want to try out some really vigorous moves on your skateboard. This kind of ramp actually comes in a variety of sizes – from 4 feet to 20 feet in length– and there are models that can fold down to the size of an average ping pong table for easy storage.
Whichever type of ramp you choose, remember that there might be local laws and ordinances to consider. Check with your home owners association to learn what regulations exist concerning skateboard obstacles in your area.
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