In this guide, I will help you to get used to the skateboard if you are just getting started. To many beginners, it would take around 1 or 3 days to be familiar with the skateboard.
Don’t worry though, I will show you step by step and also share some tips for you to master skateboarding faster.
Let’s go! There are some interesting videos for your reference at the end, so don’t miss out!
How to ride a skateboard
From my personal experience, it is important to adjust your stance and how to stand on the skateboard for baby steps. I know it sounds a bit dump, learning to stand? However, don’t underestimate these steps.
You probably start to see my point from here!
As we grow up, we stand on our two legs firmly to the ground. Now you stand on a skateboard which tends to move around most of the places. Simply put, your leg muscles are not familiar with unbalanced standing movements.
Therefore, let’s just carry your skateboard and up it on a soft and mushy surface. For this example, it is best you put on your backyard’ grasses, or try it on a sandy beach or park. This prevents the wheels to roll and you can easily step on the deck without slipping.
Again, this step might seem unnecessary, yet it is very helpful for you to gain confidence. It also helps certain skateboarders to recover their balance after a tragic accident. Try to mess around while you are on it. Having both feets root on the deck’s grip tape, while you lean your body back and forward, or even different directions.
Getting the hang of it yet? If yes, let’s level up your playground!
I literally mean that part! You won’t skate anywhere with sand or grass. You should find a flat, preferably smooth, and put your skateboard next to something you can hold on to. For example, you can stand next to a tree, street lamp, tall pillars, etc.
This time, having you one hand to hold the tall object and one foot (of your stronger leg) stepping on the skateboard. Remember, don’t rush and take it slow. I believe you just have bought your new skateboard recently. Chances are the trucks and wheels are pretty new, and also super responsive.
While still holding on, adjust your balance with one foot on the board. Once you are feeling comfortable, try to put the other foot on the skateboard as well. Remember, at this point, you are still holding on to the tall object with one hand.
Now try to test your balance, shift your body to different directions, bend your knees a bit low, etc. Try to practice this exercise at least 15 minutes, it is teaching your legs and feet’s muscle to adapt to the new type of movement.
Once you are ready, let go of your hand and push lightly against the tall object. You will start rolling on the skateboard. Check your stance now! As your feet’s position will cross horizontally with the skateboard’s nose and tail.
Congratulations! You just have accomplished the first giant step. Now, as you are still rolling, I will show you how to stop the skateboard, with style of course!
Here are some cool ways to stop rolling on the skateboard:
- Jumping off the skateboard and lean down to pick up your skateboard while it is still rolling forward.
- Toe drive – by using half of your back foot (your heel) on the edge of the skateboard and the other half (your toes) slightly touching the ground. This makes like a break that will slow down the skateboard gradually.
- Tail drive – by leaning back and using half of your heel as a break. Transition part of your weight to your back leg, while having your heel near the edge of the skateboard tail. As you use the heel to stop the board, it won’t damage the paint and skins on the deck’s tail.
Now you know how to stop in style, you can try lowering your back foot to push slightly the skateboard forward. Get more practice on how to slow down and accelerate the skateboard once you feel comfortable first is very important.
Wow! You got the hang of it!
Now let’s learn more about turning! There are two basic ways to turn:
- Carving – this is the easiest way, assuming you are facing the left side of the skateboard while your back is facing the right side. You can turn left by transition more weight to your toes while slightly bending your knees to compensate the balance.
Do the same for turning right, but this time you shift more weight to your heels, while your upper body slightly leaning to the left to compensate the balance. As you can see here, the deck will slightly bend to one side and the whole skateboard will also bend along to the heavier side.
- Tick-tacking – Remember the tail drive move that you have learned before, now you just going to use it to maneuver around. Instead of putting your heel out for braking, you just need your whole back feet at the tail position of the deck.
Then slightly adjust the weight a bit to the back, leaving the nose deck lighter so you can use your front foot to steer left or right. Once you have steered, then transition back the weight as normal and keep on rolling.
That is it! You got all the basic movement to start skateboarding. Now you just need more practice to develop that muscle memory to your whole body.
How about skateboarding to work or school every day?
If you still struggle with certain steps, just watch these tutorial videos for better understanding.
Once you have mastered the basic movements, here are some beginner tips!
- Try to roll over some small obstacles like gaps, pebbles, and small corners. These will help you build up a strong foundation for other skateboarding styles later on.
- You should check and clean your skateboard at least twice a month. Treat it as your closest friend, cause it really is!
- Don’t rush to doing tricks if you have not gotten the basic movements or forms.
- Skate with your friends, share them with what you have learned and achieved. It is fun and creates a strong friendship for you.
- If some beginner tricks are too difficult to learn at first, break them down by each process. For example, when to kick, when to turn, when to flip the skateboard, and how to do these movements properly.
- Don’t get angry or frustrated if you don’t get the tricks after multiple tries. Skateboarding is all about fun, trails and errors, and experience.
- If you start to get angry or really upset, don’t punish your skateboard, instead, just call it a day. Try again tomorrow!
- Pick a style that you like and focus on that style until you feel satisfied and learned a lot. Don’t just think street skateboarding is cool, or later jump into vert skateboarding because it looks easier.
- Best to copy others’ techniques, master it, and modify it to your style! This helps your creativity and make yourself unique.
- Make friends, read more guides, observe the professional and always keep the “student” attitude. No one is considered a master of anything!
That is all boys and girls, I wish you have fun and good luck on your skateboarding journey.