How To

How To: Treat a Heel Bruise

Heel Bruise

Heavy Duty Heel Bruise

A heel bruise is quite possibly the most common injury for skateboarders, next to a rolled ankle of course.  They are the bane of our existence.  More often than not, the illustrious heel bruise goes untreated.  They linger for so long, and go untreated partly because average doctors don’t regularly see these types of injuries or know how to treat them.  Unless you see some sort of specialist, your heel bruise is likely to hang around much longer than it really needs to.  Whether it is severe enough to warrant a visit to the doctor’s office or just an average heel bruise from a weekend of jumping down stairs, there is a way to speed up the healing process and not just sit around and wait.

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Skate Hacks: How to Prevent Your Board from Chipping

No one likes a board with chips, especially if you chip it within the first few days of buying it.  Not only do chips affect the way the board skates, but they also leave a lingering bummer feeling knowing that the board integrity is forever damaged.

Chipped Board

Chips = No Good

Are you tired of chipping your boards as much as we are?  Luckily for us, there is a solution.  While this method may not completely prevent your board from chipping, it will elevate the chances of your board coming away intact after your next bail.

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Skate Hacks: How to Deal with Wheelbite

Wheelbite

Wheelbite

Remember that time you stuck a perfect (insert flip trick) down that (insert stairset or gap), but got wheelbite and didn’t roll away?  Wheelbite plagues us all, and yet most of us go about our lives not doing anything about it.  Instead of bowing out and accepting defeat, why not combat it?  Tightening your trucks is never any fun, buying riser pads doesn’t always help, and getting new bushings is never pleasant either, but there is an alternative.

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How To: Strengthen Weak Ankles

Ankle Injury Rehab

We’ve all had our fair share of ankle injuries over the years.  The older you get the more frequent and long-lasting these injuries become.  In an effort to curb some of the heartache felt from extended periods off your board, we have listed a few exercises that will help you recover faster and, hopefully, help prevent future injuries.

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5 Contest DON’Ts

After having entered and judged a countless number of contests, I have compiled a small list of some of the most looked down upon tricks that could cost you that spot on the podium.

1.  Pressure Flips

They died out in the 90s for a reason.  Unless you are Nate Sherwood, you need to give these things a rest.  Actually, even he needs to forget how to do them.

 

2.  “Fatty to Flattys”

Fatty to Flatty

Fatty to Flatty

See that ramp that everyone else is landing in?  It was put there for a reason.  We get it, you are just too cool for that other ramp.

 

3.  Pop Shuv-It Tailgrabs

Real flip tricks aren’t your thing?  That’s totally cool, but don’t go flinging your board around, grabbing it and putting it back under your feet thinking you can get away with it.  Learn real tricks.

 

4.  Benihanas

Benihana

Benihana

“They look so cool,” said the longboarders and scooter kids standing around.  Contrary to their belief, they don’t look that cool.  The benihana falls under the “circus trick” umbrella.   There is even an Instagram account dedicated to showcasing the atrocity that is the benihana.

 

5.  Fly-Outs

Fly Out

Fly-Out

While the rest of this list can be argued over, no one likes fly-outs.  These are the red-headed stepchildren of the “Fatty to Flatty.”  We’ve all been snaked by that one person who just wants to see how many decks he can air over coming out of the bowl onto flat.  Give it up kids, land back in that tranny!

 

These words may sound harsh, but we are just trying to help!  Remove these tricks form your contest run arsenal, and you will thank us later.

How to Fix a Crack

 

Every skateboarder, at one time in their life, has come across a crack while trying a trick (no, not this crack).  Some cracks are small and manageable, while others are large and a complete road block to anything you might be trying.  It is every skateboarders worst nightmare to find the spot of your dreams only for it to be completely ruined by some debilitating crack.  There are ways to combat these ruthless cracks, though.  At some of the more popular spots in your area you may have seen some funny little pink lines running through those cracks making them that much more bearable.  Here is a little insight from us here at BuySkateShoes.com on how to create those pretty pink crack killers.

 

First things first, you are going to need to find a spot that you deem worthy of spending money to make skate-able. To get the best results, make sure that the two slabs of concrete, separated by that degenerate crack, are level with each other so that when you do fill the crack, it will be flush. Giving the crack a thorough cleaning is very important because it will help the Bondo settle into the concrete instead of sticking to the possible twigs, pebbles and pine needles that’s probably occupying your crack.

 

Crack In Sidewalk

Crack In Sidewalk

What You Will Need

  1. Duct Tape, Painter’s tape or anything similar
  2. Can of Bondo
  3. A paint stick or any kind of stick to mix the Bondo
  4. An old forgotten card you no longer care about hidden deep in your wallet

 

How To Fix A Crack

Supplies For Fixing A Crack

The next step would be to identify your intended area by surrounding it with tape. Personally, I like to tape off an area of about half an inch to a full inch on either side of the crack. From experience I have found that Duct tape and painter’s tape work the best. Just like painting a room or car, taping off the area in which you intend to fix will make for a cleaner crack fill. Remember, the least amount of Bondo used, the better. This stuff dries pretty quickly, so try your hardest not to get any of the Bondo outside of your taped-off area.

 

Tape Around Crack

Tape Off The Area Around Your Crack

Now that you have identified the crack, cleaned it out and taped it off, it is time to start mixing the Bondo with the tube of hardener. You can make this crack killing concoction using the little bowl that comes attached to the top your can of Bondo. You will notice that you have an entire large can of Bondo and only a small tube of hardener. This is because you will not need to use a lot of hardener. Pour your desired amount of Bondo into the bowl and then squeeze out roughly a tenth of that amount of hardener (see photo). Begin mixing the two with your paint stick, or the twig you found in the grass, until it is a nice pink color.

 

 

Once your mixture is ready, it is time to pour. Again, make sure that you are not dripping or smeering the bondo outside of your strategically placed tape, this could result in lumps of dried Bondo surrounding your crack.

 

 

Once you have that pretty pink goo poured, bust out that old dusty card in your wallet that you don’t care about. Use the card to spread the Bondo across the crack evenly. Make sure you properly dispose of the excess Bondo that will accumulate on the card. It would truly be a shame to spend all your lunch money on fixing this crack only to have little lumps and bumps of dried Bondo lying around to mess you up.

 

 

When you are done spreading and smoothing everything out, wait roughly 5 minutes for everything to settle. After the 5 minutes, you are safe to go ahead and remove your tape. In 20-30 minutes your crack will be ready to handle the abuse of your skateboard and you’ll be able to put the finishing touches on that sponsor-me tape.

 

Leave as little evidence of your job as possible. If your spot is a bust and your Bondo job looks pretty amateur, the business owner might even goes as far as to remove the Bondo from the crack to keep people from skating there. By making your Bondo job look as professional as possible you run a lower risk of having people remove your Bondo job.

 

Crack Filled

Final Product

 

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