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Beginner and Intermediate Skateboarding
Skateboarding is many things – an activity, a creative outlet, a style, a culture, and so much more. Perhaps more importantly, skating is for everyone. It doesn’t matter who, how old or how young you are, there is a type of skateboarding for you. These sessions are open to all ages. All you need is a skateboard, a helmet, and a desire to ride.
This 6-week program will introduce beginners to skateboarding and build on the skills acquired in the Skateboarding for Beginners course. Young people will be separated into two groups by skill level. Beginners will have little to no experience and focus on basics such as pushing, riding, turning, jumping on the board, riding ramps and learning to ollie, the foundation of all street skateboarding (def. a jump performed without the aid of a takeoff ramp, executed by pushing the back foot down on the tail of the board, bringing the board off the ground). Intermediate participants have a bit more experience focusing on tricks and continuing to develop their ollies into other tricks and application such as ollie 180s, pop-shuvits, kickflips, and grinds on curbs and ledges.
The instructors will always begin with technique with all participants before moving into applying those techniques with both group and individual instruction.
*If you have any questions about equipment, please make plans to attend our workshop on Saturday, September 25 from 1:30-3:30pm at the Billerica Recreation Department. This 2-hour session will introduce parents and young people to skateboards. We will cover terminology, how to choose the right board, safety equipment, all setup components, and building new skateboards together. There will be a t-shirt giveaway and the skateboards we build together will be raffled off at the end of the workshop!
**Please reach out to the Billerica Rec Department for more information!
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
About the Instructors
Scott Patrick Wiener is a Billerica resident who began skateboarding in 1988 and continues to skate street and miniramp because he just can’t stop. He previously held positions as an art educator at colleges and universities in Massachusetts before focusing his career on service as a non-profit professional at YouthBuild USA and Everyone Can Skate, LLC. Upon discovering the Billerica skatepark, he fell in love and is honored to serve the community in partnership with the Recreation Department.
Scott Patrick Wiener
Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer
Everyone Can Skate, LLC
Douglas Joseph Rodney began his life in skateboarding in 1996 and is known around his circle and the “nollie master”. He currently works as the Personal Trainer Manager at Planet Fitness in Burlington and is the founder of the education-based skateboarding non-profit, Everyone Can Skate, LLC. In addition to skating the Billerica Skatepark 3+ times a week, Doug’s goal is to introduce as many young people as possible to the supporting community and empowering creativity of skateboarding.
Douglas Joseph Rodney
Founder, Co-Executive Director and Chief Development Officer
Everyone Can Skate, LLC