Skating or blading as it is also referred is a very popular form of art and expression amongst young people so it is a great time to get involved.
The first thing you need to decide is if you are going to perfect your skills on the skateboard or on roller blades. I suggest trying both forms of skating until you find which suits you best.
The next thing to do is start practicing. You may have friends that can loan you some gear if not go to your nearest skate supply shop and get some. To start with your blades or board doesn't have to be the best but make sure you have the best safety equipment.
Next thing to do is find an area you are allowed to skate. Many areas are now becoming no skating areas so find an area which is safe and one on which you are legally allowed to skate.
You may want to practice near you own home first away from the public whilst you learn the basics.
If you have friends that are in to skating get them to help you and give you advice.
If you don't have any friends that are in to skating do some investigating and find out where the local skaters hang out. Most towns and cities have skate parks or areas which are commonly known to be meeting places for skaters.
If you don't feel confident enough to skate in front of anyone yet just watch the others and pick up some tips.
There are many skating programmes like the X-Games which are now shown on many TV channels so be sure to watch and learn. If you can't find it on TV there are many skating DVD's on the market.
If you have the money you can construct your own skate ramp but make sure it is safe before using it.
Remember whilst you are learning to not try a trick or move that you know you can't land as this may lead to serious injury.
When you are confident start skating in public and showing off your skills.
Before you enter a skating event go along and watch one first so you know what to expect and then find one for you and enter.