How to Stop a Skateboard

Four Methods:Back Foot Heel MethodThe Shoe MethodThe Tail MethodPower slide

Want to stop on a skateboard without hurting yourself?

Steps

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    Going at normal speed, just jump off to the side (least dangerous) of your board.

Method 1
Back Foot Heel Method

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    Get comfortable taking your back foot off the board at your average speed.
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    Start to gently lower your back foot towards the ground, as it gets close let your heel touch first and start to apply very minimal pressure.
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    Add more pressure until you have slowed down enough. If you are comfortable enough you can use your entire foot but it is easier to start with the heel.Then you put the pressure of your leg on it

Method 2
The Shoe Method

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    While skating put your front foot on the bolts.
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    Turn your front foot so that your toes face the nose of your board
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    Take your back foot off the board, and place it very lightly against the ground, slowly putting more pressure on the ground until you have came to a stop

Method 3
The Tail Method

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    While skating, place your front foot on the front trucks, with the side of your foot facing the tail, and go into a Manual
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    Press down on the back tail, so that in gently touches the ground
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    Continue slowly putting pressure on the back of the board until you stop

Method 4
Power slide

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    The powerslide is the hardest way to stop at first but it is the most efficient. All you need to do is put your front foot over the bolts closet to your kickturn direction.
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    Then you need to place your back foot on the tail offset it slightly to give the board a push. Now put the your weight on your back foot and whip your back foot forward and lean backwards slightly.
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    Now turn your hips back to there original position to go straight make sure you don't revert all the way around.

Tips

  • Like all skateboard tricks, its best to practice these methods while stationary and then while moving

Warnings

  • The tail method will eventually wear out your tail making them weaker and is more dangerous
  • Powersliding will eventually wear out your wheels. They'll wear out faster the softer they are.
  • If your foot isn't correctly placed while attempting the tail method, the board may go flying out from underneath your feet
  • The shoe method will eventually wear out your shoe
  • Powersliding is hard to learn at first and requires slick wheels - rubber and especially urethane wheels have lots of slick so you may find it harder if your using a nylon compound.
  • This may get you hurt bad if you don't do the shoe stopper

What You'll Need

  • A Skateboard
  • Shoes, preferably with a decent amount of grip.
  • Safety gear such as knee pads, elbow pads, hand gloves and most importantly, a helmet

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Categories: Skateboarding