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Colin Gould

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.

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sk8junkie
sk8junkie
i push mongo. i've never tried to push normal before but i'll try :)

22 May 2011 at 12:41

i push mongo. i've never tried to push normal before but i'll try
sk8junkie
sk8junkie
i push mongo. i've never tried to push normal before but i'll try :)

22 May 2011 at 12:58

i push mongo. i've never tried to push normal before but i'll try
fliptriksk8ter
fliptriksk8te
kool tip i might try that :D

17 July 2011 at 08:59

kool tip i might try that
sammi10
sammi10
i want to but my mom want take me to a skate shop (H)

25 July 2011 at 11:17

i want to but my mom want take me to a skate shop
redrob5
redrob5
also if you fall off of your board dont sweat it just get back up and try again because you can do anything if you try! (Y) :)

28 July 2011 at 15:37

also if you fall off of your board dont sweat it just get back up and try again because you can do anything if you try!



skater_kaybee
skater_kaybee
i have a huge prblm wit my balance how can i practice balancing

17 August 2011 at 14:33

i have a huge prblm wit my balance how can i practice balancing
D1ll
D1ll
I think it would be good for beginers.

29 August 2011 at 02:22

I think it would be good for beginers.
TyBro
TyBro
Thanks (Y)

23 October 2011 at 00:28

Thanks
TyBro
TyBro
It gave me some good ideas ;)

23 October 2011 at 00:28

It gave me some good ideas
BlkSkaterboi23
BlkSkaterboi2
great basic tips

27 October 2011 at 03:32

great basic tips

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