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Matt Sefton

Riding / turning

When you start skateboarding, the first thing you should learn is riding, turning and keeping your balance while doing so.


(Videos by Skate4Him & JackO)

If you don't know where to put your feet on the board, read more about stances & foot positions first.

There are a few ways to ride your board. The next chapters will discuss every option.

Pushing

The most frequently used way to ride a skateboard is pushing.

Leave your front foot on the board, and use your back foot to gain speed by pushing off the ground. You can stear a bit with your front foot.

Always keep your legs sort of together. If you don't, you might end up in a split when you're riding fast.

Some people prefer to push with their front foot, and leave their back foot on the back bolts. This is called pushing mongo and it's not a good thing, because it takes more time to get your feet ready for a trick, so you lose some speed. Try to push normal, if you really can't learn it, there's no shame in pushing mongo, it's just a small disadvantage.

Turning

To change direction while riding, you can just lean to either side of the board to go in that direction. The looser your trucks are, the faster you will turn (though you'll lose some stability).

The second way to turn is a kickturn. To do a kickturn, you push a little on the tail with your back foot, and swing the board to the direction you want to go with your front foot while your front wheels are in the air.

Kickturns can also be done on ramps, but you should wait with that untill you're very comfortable on your board.

Tic-tacs

Tic-tacs are a sequence of small kickturns to alternating sides.


First you make a kickturn to the right, then to the left, then right again, etc...

This might look a bit silly, but it's actually a way to get forward at low speed. Like when your buddy is two board lengths away, you can just tic-tac over to him, instead of pushing.

And of course it's a good way to practise your board stability.

Practise!

Time to practise the things you just read. Take your time to get comfortable on the board, because it's really important.

Grab your board, cruise around for a while and practise some tic-tacs.

Please press "Like" if this helped you

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snap
snap
good ideas :D :D

15 June 2009 at 17:42

good ideas
skater_die
skater_die
i just learned to tic-tac this week after i broke off the nose off my last board, and it really does work! pretty cool

20 June 2009 at 13:18

i just learned to tic-tac this week after i broke off the nose off my last board, and it really does work! pretty cool
MadCroc41
MadCroc41
Now i gotta go riding tonight!

11 August 2009 at 10:23

Now i gotta go riding tonight!
thioclark
thioclark
thanks

16 August 2009 at 13:28

thanks
deago488
deago488
i can never turn left just right i dont kno wat 2 do bout it the only way i kno how to turn left is if i loosen my trucks and lean...

16 September 2009 at 00:12

i can never turn left just right i dont kno wat 2 do bout it the only way i kno how to turn left is if i loosen my trucks and lean...
ForeverDGK
ForeverDGK
Pushing normal is harder because u cant move ur front while pushing because then the board would move with ur foot.

5 November 2009 at 22:46

Pushing normal is harder because u cant move ur front while pushing because then the board would move with ur foot.
23377
23377
YOU CAN ALSO TURN BY PUSHING YOUR BACK FOOT DOWN ON THE BACK OF THE BOARD AND THEN MOVE IT

3 January 2010 at 17:29

YOU CAN ALSO TURN BY PUSHING YOUR BACK FOOT DOWN ON THE BACK OF THE BOARD AND THEN MOVE IT
dinjaDONUT
dinjaDONUT
i like those tips ^^ thnx ;D

27 April 2010 at 15:50

i like those tips

thnx ;D
MaudMonster
MaudMonster
I like it. but:O I can't kickturn:O

5 May 2010 at 16:38

I like it.

but

I can't kickturn
HoshinoYumemi
HoshinoYumemi
Turns one way may be harder than turns the other way; I personally can turn a lot tighter comfortably heelside than toeside, since I'm used to having my weight on my heels than my toes. Shifting your weight helps, as does just getting comfortable with being in the awkward position. This problem makes for a hilarious path when I carve down a hill; my heelside cuts are straight across the road, but my toeside cuts are off at a really open angle.

8 May 2010 at 14:50

Turns one way may be harder than turns the other way; I personally can turn a lot tighter comfortably heelside than toeside, since I'm used to having my weight on my heels than my toes. Shifting your weight helps, as does just getting comfortable with being in the awkward position.



This problem makes for a hilarious path when I carve down a hill; my heelside cuts are straight across the road, but my toeside cuts are off at a really open angle.

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