AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Students received other tips like basic mobility, safer ways to ride and how to fall down. They practiced some tricks such as how to “olly,” which is where the skateboarder pushes off the board with enough force to lift his or her board off the ground. Under her pink helmet with black polka dots, 9-year-old Francesca Buragulia was in her first month of skateboarding and was learning basic manuvering. “I’m still learning, it’s really hard,” she said. Just like any other sport, Morgan believes skateboarding can help improve a person as a whole. “It keeps them busy mentally and physically,” he said. “It teaches them many things about success and failure, and different ways to approach challenges. “It taught me everything I know. My approach to everything is all because of skateboarding,” he said. However, Morgan believes that skateboarding is different than most sports because it emphasizes the individual. “It’s all about the individual. You’ll see all these different styles of skateboarders, everybody has a different image, their own style. That’s what is cool about it, everybody is original.” Later, during the day, participants descended into the “bowl,” an empty pool-like arena, a favorite for skateboarders. Many of the younger students fell, but they had pads on and picked themselves up unharmed. Morgan has been teaching skateboarding to children ages 7 and 8 at the skate park for two years. His classes start again July 8. There are two classes, Getting Started and Basic Tricks, that run every Saturday for five weeks. Whittier Comunity Services sponsored Wednesday’s event, a first for Whittier. Ages 4 and up were invited to attend for free instruction. Free skateboarding T-shirts, hats, stickers, and magazines were donated by skateboarding companies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Local skateboarders rode around the concrete playground at the Whittier Skate Park on Wednesday to celebrate “Go Skateboarding Day.” Aaron Morgan, president of a skateboarding instruction company, The Proper Technique, was giving free skateboarding lessons to the 10 to 15 local youths who attended. Most of the participants were newcomers to the sport. They first circled the skate park, showing off their abilities, while Morgan assessed how they were doing. He demonstrated the proper stance.