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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.

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GregAlvarado
GregAlvarado
Practicing is the key for all tricks

8 November 2011 at 14:49

Practicing is the key for all tricks
dallas11
dallas11
i got the kickturns dwn

9 January 2012 at 18:54

i got the kickturns dwn
nick123el
nick123el
haha, i never heard of the tic-tac before, but it is indeed useful. thanx! :)

11 March 2012 at 04:00

haha, i never heard of the tic-tac before, but it is indeed useful. thanx!
mykel
mykel
nice :D

5 April 2012 at 01:54

nice
Buzzzzzby
Buzzzzzby
Nice

18 August 2012 at 08:21

Nice
fitri298
fitri298
nice...

23 September 2012 at 07:13

nice...
jehova9798
jehova9798
this helps alot (L) (Y)

30 September 2012 at 02:47

this helps alot
nighthawkv2
nighthawkv2
omg thank this is so helpful cant wait till i can get enough points for a skateboard (N)

4 November 2012 at 00:34

omg thank this is so helpful cant wait till i can get enough points for a skateboard
popshuvmast
popshuvmast
thanks man for the tips.

7 December 2012 at 15:43

thanks man for the tips.
removed__
removed__
I actually push mongo but I don't think that it effects my skating at all as of right now.

11 January 2013 at 15:58

I actually push mongo but I don't think that it effects my skating at all as of right now.

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