How to Stand on a Skateboard

Skateboarding is an awesome sport that several people would love to get into. Yes, skateboarding can be difficult, but the reason why people have so much trouble learning how to skate is because they don't even stand on the board properly! Hopefully, this article will help.

Steps

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    Forget about everything else. Mentally slap yourself and forget about tricks, flips, and even pushing the board. If you can't even stand on it, tricks are way out of the picture.
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    Find a safe practice place. Place the board on a flat asphalt surface. In order to stand on the board, you can't have it rolling down a hill. If you want, before you try the asphalt, try carpet or grass. It's softer and more reliable.
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    Know your stance. You need to figure out your skateboard stance, whether you are goofy (right foot forward) or regular footed (left foot forward).
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    Position your feet. This part is what messes up most newbies. Put your front foot on the back two bolts or right on the front truck. Put your back foot on the curve of the tail.
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    Balance. Skateboarding is all about balance. This is why we check the type of board, stance, and foot placement that suits you best. You need to keep your weight down on your feet so that you can control the board. Be sure to spread your legs and use your hands to help you gain more balance. You can stand up straight if you feel comfortable with it, but you can also bend your knees bearing in mind that this lowers your center of gravity.

Tips

  • Set the board in some grass or on the carpet in your living room and try standing on it, jumping on it, or whatever you want. Try balancing only on the front or back wheels, standing on the board, and moving your feet into different positions. Get used to the feel and size of your board and get used to standing on it.
  • Always wear safety gear!

Warnings

  • When standing on a skateboard, don't lean in any direction too much. You will fall over!

Things You'll Need

  • Skateboard
  • Helmet
  • Elbow pads
  • Knee pads
  • Wrist guards
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Any flat surface

Article Info

Categories: Skateboarding