Having a skateboard means that you can enjoy doing nifty tricks and stunts, going to places quicker, or just riding it to feel the chill. If you have received your first skateboard as gift or bought one just to start skateboarding, you should be excited and ready to use it.
Though you have seen other people ride on their skateboard without any problem, for you it is a challenge.
Don’t worry though because this is our guide on how to ride a skateboard and tips to better yourself while riding outdoors.
Before You Start To Ride A Skateboard
If it is your first skateboard before you worry about riding it, you have to think about what kind of skateboard to get. Choosing the right skateboard for you would mean you are confident in using it because it would be perfect to your riding style.
For now you only need to know that there are different kinds of skateboards and depending on your riding style, purpose and kit you will be to make a better choice.
We have also compiled a list of best skateboards for beginners in 2017 to select one already.
Protective Gear Is Important!
Once you feel that you have chosen the right board for you, you now have to first wear your protective gear for protection and even when you become good with your skateboard it is a good idea that you still continue wearing your protective gear.
When you are just starting of, you will fall a lot. Just making sure that you are aware of that. Don’t be afraid though because with protective gear and at learning speeds there is not a lot that can happen to you.
Protective gear includes helmet, elbow pads and knee pads.
Also, have the appropriate shoes because if you don’t then the footwear that you have might not stick to the grip tape. Once you are all setup and are prepared, then you should find a nice place for you to practice with someone or just by yourself.
Let’s Learn, How To Ride A Skateboard!:
Once you have everything set from your protection gear, skateboard and place then the first thing you have to learn is how to stand properly on your board.
Basically one foot is used to balance yourself on the board while the other is used to push you forward. Before you start riding you will have to know which foot you prefer to do what.
A simple way to know which foot is balancing is you can ask someone to push you and as you fall forward notice which foot you use to bring balance. That foot will be your balancing foot.
Once you know which foot you will be using you can follow one of three stances and get started.
There are three stance for you to do it.
Regular footing where you got your left foot forward and your right foot in the rear this would mean that your right foot is the one that will do the pushing.
Second one is called the goofy foot where you put your left foot backward and your right foot forward and that your left foot will do the pushing, the opposite of regular footing.
Another one is called the mongo footing where you use the forward foot to push.
Once you know your footing it’s time to get on the board and get going.
Riding The Skateboard
This is what it is all about, so if you are an absolute beginner then take your time with it and get comfortable with it. If you were a snowboarder or surfer this step will be a lot easy for you.
- Place your balancing foot in position and a bit parallel with the board.
- Use your other foot to gently push off so that your skateboard can move.
- Place the foot that pushes onto the board so that both feet are on the board, bend your knees slightly so that you will have balance that you need.
- Try this method a couple of times with key focusing being maintaining balance.
- If you have a hard time balancing, then you can always try to practice your balance by walking on the lines of your tiles.
Once you get the hang of it it is time to learn how to make turns.
How To Turn Your Skateboard
Once you are on the board and cruising at a comfortable and gentle speed if you want to make a turn, you should try turning your board gently by shifting your weight.
When you want to turn right, you would shift your weight forward and if you want to turn left you should rotate your ankles back. It depends on which side you are facing but the basic idea is that the skateboard turns towards the side which has pressure applied on.
When practicing this method you have to make sure that there will be fewer people or no people at all so that you wouldn’t hit anyone when you try to make a turn and also make sure that you are in a place with fewer things in your surrounding so that you wouldn’t hit it also.
If you have a hard time with this, you could practice by getting a flat board with no wheel and with it you practice how to make the left and right turns.
Now you know how to ride on your skateboard, how to make the left and right turns but now you should learn how to stop riding your skateboard. This is extremely important for obvious reasons but more so when you start riding at faster speeds, knowing how to stop your skateboard quickly will be essential.
How To Stop A Skateboard
There are 2 basic ways to stop when riding, since you are a beginner you can start with the first one but as you become more comfortable and start to go faster you will have to use the second one.
1. Putting foot down: When stopping all you have to do is just put your pushing foot down when you are starting to slow down.
2. Scraping the tail: Another way for you to stop is when you shift your weight to the back and scrape the tail of your skateboard to the ground and break the speed.
Some Important Things To Remember
You should never try to stop using your foot when you are at high speed because it is dangerous and you might get hurt.
When stopping make sure that you are wearing appropriate footwear like proper shoes so that you wouldn’t get hurt when you put your pushing foot down.
Falling Properly To Avoid Injuries
Though it is inevitable that you will fall during your first few tries on your skateboard, you should still learn how to fall properly so that the damage wouldn’t be too great.
When you fall you have to get used to putting your arms out but keep them loose so that you can use them to cushion your fall, roll out anytime when you fall so that it will hurt less but you might scrape yourself and bail out if you see something going bad.
So if your skateboard is out of control, then you should just jump off to lessen any more danger you are facing.
Don’t be afraid to fall a few times or some scratches here and there. They are all part of the process.