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How to Properly Secure a Skateboard Ramp

 Posted on: August 7th, 2014

For any skateboard ramp, it is highly recommended that you 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 cause injuries to the user. Below are three of the best ways to secure a skateboard ramp to a solid surface such as asphalt or concrete, as well as tips to secure a skateboard ramp for use with snowboarding or sand-boarding.

Securing Skateboard Ramps with Asphalt Anchor Screws

Each brand skateboard ramp will be packaged with a set of asphalt anchor screws and washers to fix the ramp in place through the pre-drilled mounting points at the corners of the ramp. Simply drill the anchor screw into any asphalt for a firm grip in seconds.

Securing Skateboard Ramps with Sandbags

Asphalt Anchor Screws are designed only for asphalt and will not work with concrete. To fix the ramps to a concrete surface, it is recommended to pre-drill pilot holes and use proper concrete anchor screws from a 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 than concrete, the screws can pull up with the right amount of force, especially on a very warm day.

Securing Skateboard Ramps with Sandbags

When using anchor screws isn’t a viable option, we recommend using heavy sandbags to keep the ramps from sliding during jumps. Simply place one or two sandbags behind the ramp in a location that will not affect the initial launch, trick, or landing.

Securing Skateboard Ramps with Plywood

Another way to keep skateboard ramps in place is to strategically position 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. Adding plywood to the rear of a ramp may also create a smoother transition from the ground to ramp and elevate the launch angle slightly.

Securing Skateboard Ramps with Sandbags

Securing Skateboard Ramps with Grind Rail Extensions

Certain model skateboard ramps like the Skate Ramp and Rail Kit include an attached grind rail. You must firmly secure the grind rail support to the surface as well as the ramp. 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.

Securing Skateboard Ramps for Snowboarding Jumps

To use a skateboard ramp for use when snowboarding, dig the ramp into the snow then cover and pack snow around and on the ramp if the snow is dense enough. Groom the surface for smooth launches between jumps. Survey the area for enough room to safely jump and land.

Securing Skateboard Ramps for Sand-boarding Jumps

Dig the ramp into the sand and then cover the ramp in sand. The most important part of using a skateboard ramp for a sand-board ramp is to make sure the landing area is solid and level. Align the ramp to an angle you feel comfortable jumping from and ensure that 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.