In order to understand what it is to skate, you have to go out and try it yourself. sure you may learn to to ride but try to lean something else. It might be a year until you make any progress. any one can play sports once you learn the rules but in skateboarding there is no rules. Self determination and good times lead your ambition. And years later you find your self with a great group of friends and bag of tricks with an investment into a well shared passion of skateboarding.