Skateboard Ramp Securing Methods
For proper safety using any sport ramp, its important the ramp stays fixed in place to prevent possible injuries to the rider using the ramp. There are many creative ways of securing a skateboard ramp in place for safe use and we understand how variable conditions can be depending on the chosen location. Here we offer 3 methods to secure our line of skateboard ramps in place, ensuring of a safe and solid launch base able to adapt to most configurations.
Asphalt Anchor Screws
Each DiscountRamp LLC. brand Skateboard Ramp will be packaged with a set of asphalt anchor screws and washers which fix the ramp into place through the pre-drilled mounting points at the corners of each ramp. Simply drill the anchor screw into any asphalt for a firm grip in seconds. These screws are designed specifically for asphalt only and will not work with concrete. For fixing the ramps to a concrete surface, its recommended to pre-drill pilot holes and use proper concrete anchor screws available for purchase at a local hardware store. Please note that during continuous ramp use, depending on the angles and force applied to the skateboard ramps, it may be necessary to re-anchor the ramps into new holes. Since asphalt is a softer surface, the screws can pull up with the right force, especially on a very warm day. Click to enlarge the picture below for a detailed view.
When using anchor screws isn't a viable option, we recommend using heavy sandbags with the ramps to help keep them from sliding during jumps. Placing one or two sandbags behind the ramp in a location that will not affect the initial launch, trick, or landing. Using multiple sandbags may increase the ramp stability if you find it requires a little extra. Click on the image below to enlarge in detail.
Another creative way of keeping skateboard ramps in place is by strategically positioning plywood at the rear anchor area of the ramp. Plywood with a larger surface area will help weigh the ramp down and provide more ground friction to prevent the ramp from sliding. Also, by adding plywood to the rear of a ramp, it helps to create a smoother transition from the ground to ramp and elevates the launch angle slightly for a little extra height. Click on the image below to enlarge in detail.
Dig the ramp into the sand level enough for stability and then cover the ramp in sand. The most important part of using a skateboard ramp for a sandboard ramp is to make sure the landing area is solid and level. Align the ramp to an angle you feel comfortable jumping off of and check to be sure there is plenty of distance before and after take-off for carving and completing the board pop. Be sure to keep the jump area smooth and free of debris between each jump.
As with Sandboarding, using skateboard ramps for Snowboarding requires paying attention to similar details. Dig the ramp into the snow or ground level enough to add some extra stability and then cover the ramp in snow, which can be packed around and on the ramp depending on how dense the snow is. Groom the surface for smooth launches between jumps. Survey the area for enough room before and after the launch ramp to safely jump and land.
Grind Rail Extensions for Skateboard Ramps
Certain model skateboard ramps like the SK-904 include an attached grind rail. Firmly secure the grind rail support to the surface as well. This requires drilling into the foot plate to create holes for mounting. If drilling is not an option due to the surface, please use sandbags to help hold the grind rail in place.
Your safety is very important and for the safest use of any skateboard or BMX style ramp, it is highly recommended to fasten and secure the ramp to a solid surface to prevent the ramp from sliding, kicking out, or moving in any such way that may potentially cause injuries. We have suggested 3 methods above to secure our skateboard ramps in place but there are many creative ways to achieve the same result. Take responsibility and review the location where the ramps will be used, then take the steps necessary to ensure the ramps stay secure in place to prevent any possible injury.
*For further safety information regarding safe skateboard ramp use please view our Skateboard Ramp Safety page.