Island keiki learn to skateboard at Proper Rideshop

Living808

Skateboarding has been popular for decades, but the sport is likely to see even more growth after it makes its debut at the Summer Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020.

Many island keiki love to skateboard, and many of them received their training at Proper Rideshop.

Founded in 2011, Proper Rideshop is a full-service skate shop and youth development training facility in Kalihi.

“We start the kids off here at age 5. We teach them everything from safety to how to stand on the board, and then we slowly bring them from the flat ground up to the ramps, little by little,” said owner Matt Reynolds. “Skateboarding is considered an extreme sport, so pads, helmets, safety equipment is very important.”

Reynold’s son, Heimana, is a professional skateboarder and an instructor at the facility.

“I turned pro about two years ago,” he told Living808. “I come here and instruct and do shred sessions and skate with the kids a lot. It’s really fun.”

Don’t assume skateboarding is a boy’s sport. Reynold says 30 to 35 percent of his students are girls.

Proper Rideshop is offering camps for the summer.

For more information, go to http://properrideshop.com/.

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