How to Ride a Caster Board

Two Methods:Slowing DownLocomotion Techniques

A caster board looks like a skateboard but you ride it more like a snowboard. That's because the two narrow platforms that you put your feet on have wheels underneath that can rotate independently of each other. Once you get moving, you can maneuver the board without ever taking your feet off of it! But this arrangement can take a little getting used to. If you think it looks awesome but you seem to always end up on your behind, don't worry! Relax, and start at the beginning.


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    Place your caster board next to a sturdy, stationary object that you can hold on to. It can be a pole, a beam, the back of a bench, or in the best-case scenario, a friend's shoulder.
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    Know which end is the front and which end is the back (otherwise known as the nose and the tail, respectively). Unlike a skateboard, a caster board will not work if you try to use it backwards. Usually, the front (nose) is not as long and narrow as the back (tail).
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    Place one foot (normally, it's your left foot) on the front platform (nose) of your caster board. Make sure your foot is directly above the caster wheel, centered on the platform, and straight across the board.
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    With your foot on the front platform, tilt the caster board until it is level with the ground.
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    Hold on to your support as you place your other foot directly above the caster wheel on the rear platform. Again, make sure it's centered on the platform and straight across the board.
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    After you get your balance, begin to twist your body back and forth, so that the caster board makes a "fishtailing" motion. You should begin to move!
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    Let go of your support and practice making short trips. Master moving in a straight line without holding onto anything. This should take a good hour of straight trial and error.
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    Push off with your rear foot without support. Just before your rear foot goes on the tail, use it to push off and give your body momentum, then quickly put your back foot on the platform.
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    To turn, twist your front foot in the direction you want to move. To make your turn extra tight, twist your back foot in the opposite direction at the same time. You will have to lean into the turn to maintain your balance.
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    To move sideways, tilt both halves of the board in the same direction.
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    Really the only way to slow down without getting off the board is to zigzag.
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    To stop, make a 90-degree turn, and just step off the board.
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    Keep practicing!

Method 1
Slowing Down

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    While going moderate speeds or riding downhill, carve to control your speed or slow down. The most effective carve for speed control is a turn made by tilting the front foot while concentrating on keeping your back foot flat. You will know when you have it right because you will feel yourself slow slightly and you'll hear your front wheel roll noisily.
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    When carving, keep your weight evenly distributed on your feet, or else one of your wheels will kick out from beneath you and you'll crash.
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    If you don't have room to carve, alternate swinging your back foot in front of you and behind you to turn your board 90 degrees. Lean back and push against your board each time it's turned 90 degrees.
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    To stop quickly, bail off your board and run.
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    If you are going faster than you can run, you're screwed. Try to carve or bail before this point to control your speed, because when you're going too fast, you don't want to carve for fear of falling. Try to ride out your speed or bail into grass.
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    If you're skating on a sidewalk, grabbing trees, street signs, or telephone poles (if you have gloves or wrist protectors!) as you pass is an effective way to slow down.

Method 2
Locomotion Techniques

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    While going slow or up a short, steep ramp, shuffling your feet will give you good power, but it's tiring.
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    For cruising on flat land or up slight inclines, concentrate on lazily twisting your hips and letting your feet follow as you shift your weight back and forth. This conserves energy and let's you go a decent speed.
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    When you're going as fast as you can on flat land and snaking your board wastes too much movement, use this advanced technique: Push both of your feet forward at the same time without turning. Tilt both feet toward you so your board strafes back under you. Push both feet behind you without turning. Strafe the board under you again. Continue waving your board back and forth like this while keeping your board pointed straight forward at all times. This technique keeps you cruising at the highest speeds without snaking that would slow you down, but it isn't usable at low speeds and has no power to accelerate or climb hills.

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