5 Tips for Summer Skateboarding in Metro Phoenix
Ms. Phoenix via Flickr Some local Skateboarders taking a breather after a long day of skating.
3. Keep Your Gear On
When it comes to clothing and accessories in the summer, oftentimes less is more. Normally skating safe involves wearing a helmet, maybe pads if you feel so inclined. The problem is, during the summer those protective items become especially uncomfortable and undesirable. That being said, it is still worth keeping them on. Just because it's hot out doesn't make it any more or less likely that your helmet could keep you from a serious injury. No matter how hot or uncomfortable it may be, it's just not worth it. Keep your helmet on.
2. Skate Early or Late
This particular tip may seem like something of a no-brainer. Either get up in the wee hours of the morning or head out in the evening. Sure, it's still going to be hot out, but not having the sun beating down on you makes a world of difference. Most of the skateparks around the Valley are open from 7 or 8 a.m. until at least least 8 p.m., with places like Desert West staying open until 10 or later.
This is good advice in general, but it's especially important for those planning to do physically demanding activity in Arizona during the summer. The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking between 2 and 3 liters of water per day under normal conditions, with a recommended additional 5 ounces for every 10 minutes of physical activity. So when going out to skate, make sure to bring plenty out with you or skate somewhere with easily access to water.