Watching other skaters cruise past while executing neat tricks is fun and inspiring. Until you pick up your shiny new skateboard. The truth is, the skateboard isn’t thrilling until you have at least mastered the basics and yes, there is a proper way to skateboard.
All the expert skaters you know had to learn it and you do too.
So what are the first things to put in place for proper skateboarding?
- Get a standard-issued skateboard of good quality. Cruisers have a longer and flatter body that makes them more stable and rideable for beginners. Classic skateboards, on the other hand, have curved noses and tails with concaves that are perfect for tricks.
- Always ride with appropriate safety gear. This includes a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads.
- Skate with appropriate footwear. Converse, Vans, Airwalk are great brands to get the perfect skate shoes from.
- Get a tutor. Having one will help you through most of the mistakes new skaters make during their novice days.
- Find a good place to skate. Having the right location for one’s level of expertise is important. This applies to having a safe area; it will save you a lot of injuries.
To skate properly, skaters must be comfortable on the board first.
- Put the board on the ground and place your foot on it. Try to balance on the board without falling. If your left foot naturally keeps coming forward with your right at the rear, this means your stance is a Regular stance. If the reverse is the case, then it means your stance is goofy.
- Getting your skateboard in motion is done by placing your foot slightly straight on the board instead of sideways. Your other foot should be used to push off at a slow cruise gently. Remember your skateboard has wheels. Going too fast if you’re not an expert skater is risky. Proper skateboarding means your foot won’t always be on the ground when moving. Practice placing your rear foot back on the board just ahead of the tail curl.
- Unlike other equipment on wheels, skateboards do not come with a braking mechanism. This means it has to be done manually. A proper braking technique in skateboarding involves placing your foot on the ground and increasing pressure until you come to a stop.
- To turn while skating, flex your knees and shift your weight. Keeping your knees flexed will help your center of gravity stay low to the ground, and ankles will pivot the deck as you lean in. Turning depends on how loose your trucks are.
- , but be sure your fall is safe by wearing the right gear. This would keep you from getting serious injuries asides the regular scrapes and bruises. Learn to maintain a relaxed stance with all moves on your skateboard. Don’t wait before jumping off the board if you see something going bad.
How To Execute Skateboard Tricks The Right Way
This article will show you how to perform basic tricks in skateboarding.
Pop the board up into the air by shifting your rear foot on the tail of the board and land on it safely. Bend your knees before lifting your body while your skateboard is on the ground. First, try to pop the board while stationary before performing it in motion.
Pop shove it 360
Slightly raise your front foot up on the skateboard and slowly scoop the tail of the board using your back foot. You can turn your board 180 degrees in the air.
Kick-flip includes lifting up the wheels of your board 180 degrees from the ground. It can be performed by reclining on the skateboard to raise the nose.
Heel-flip is kick-flip done in inverse. Start in an Ollie position and use your rear foot to lift the face of your skateboard from the board before you jump. Flick the board while in the air.
These include Nose Stall, Rock to Fakie, Axle Stall. Lip-tricks are easy to learn but require months of experience.
Proper skateboarding makes your experience fun and rewarding. Be sure to also do safety checks on your board before riding it.