So you finally decided to take up skateboarding? Well, here is the deal. Learning to skateboard is hard. And embarrassing if you’re an adult. The skate park is teeming with unfriendly faces and danger zones for beginners.
That is why it is advisable to select a location that is not chaotic and dangerous. Large open spots with smooth pavements will do nicely; schoolyards and empty parking lots are also good choices for learning to skateboard.
The next move is to get a good board if you don’t already have one and get on it. For the first step in learning to skateboard, you have to determine which stance suits you better. Regular stance or Goofy stance. This means choosing which foot to put in front and which to put behind you.
If you feel more comfortable with your left foot in front, then your stance is Regular and vice versa for the Goofy stance. You could stand flat-footed and have someone nudge you. Your dominant foot is the one you put forward first and should be placed at the back.
Tips on beginner skateboarding
Where consistency is key. Determination will also help you through the difficulties in skateboarding. The reward is always gratifying.
Use Quality Gear
A low-quality board will frustrate your efforts and discourage you in the end. Choose quality equipment from only top skate brands.
Bend Your Knees
This will help you execute tricks easier. Bending your knees gives you the chance to adjust your balance before performing a trick.
Be Ready To Fall
This is an unavoidable part of skateboarding. Cruising around on a wheeled board calls for a lot of slips and scrapes to go with them. It’s safer to practice on grass to cushion falls and also to wear protective gear at all times.
Lacking this factor in skateboarding has caused many to quit. But not worrying about how good you look and diligently trying new tricks would earn you respect among other skaters.
All those cool super-fast moves you see at skate parks are executed with a bit of motion under the wheels. Learning how to skateboard means you have to get moving.
Here’s How To Push On A Skateboard
- Your front foot should be placed at a 45-degree angle behind or on top of your hardware bolts.
- Bend your front knee to enable your back leg to reach the ground.
- Push off with your back foot while balancing your weight on your front foot.
- Return your back foot to the hardware bolts at the tail area of the board.
You can smoothly stop your exciting first cruise on your skateboard by dragging your foot on the ground or foot braking. Similar to the technique of pushing, stopping involves balancing your weight on your front foot while bringing your back foot to the ground. Drag the sole of your foot on the ground instead of pushing, increasing applied pressure till you come to a stop.
How To Turn On A Skateboard
You definitely don’t want to simply go back and forth on your board, do you? Turning will come naturally as you practice. It is more of intuition than actual technique and your board’s trucks are designed to help you do so as you lean from side to side. When turning, there is the kick turn and the carving turn.
Kick turns are used to get around obstacles and turn sharply at slow speeds. Place your back foot on the kick tail and lean back slightly to raise the front wheels. Using your front foot, rotate the board in any direction you want.
Executing a carving turn involves getting really low on the board before leaning into your turn. Bending your knees in a relaxed stance will help you do this. Kingpin’s tightness should be adjusted until you find what is suitable for you.
While as a beginner, perfecting your push, stop, and carving techniques is a priority, you may also put some easy tricks into your practice routine. Drop-ins, manuals, and tutorial videos are excellent choices for beginners who would like to add a bit of flair to their style.