How to Ride a Skateboard?

Certainly, learning how to do with the skateboard when younger is much easier — because it’s all just plays at that point — that does not mean that adults cannot learn to do board as well. Acquiring a new skill isn’t easy. Skateboarding is indeed a very challenging, very exhilarating, and tremendous means to hang out with pals.

However, newbies could find skateboarding very hard and lose interest. Part of becoming an expert on something is working your way up. Starting with the basics and way to tougher things when you are ready. The same is true with skateboarding: lay a good foundation and you’ll see the results as you become a better and better skater over time.

Protective Gear

Protective Gear

As a beginner, it would appear to be harder than it is but believe me, the moment you step on that board, the rest is as cool as you imagined! If you ride on a skateboard, to the point you already know how to skateboard. But, before you go to your local skate park and test your board skills, you need to make sure you wear the right shoes and protective gear. Your shoes should have a large, flat-bottom which grips the skateboard better.

It is essential to procure a skate helmet for this kind of activity, which includes a reliable snug chin strap and smooth helmet surface to safeguard you from injury. It is almost a guarantee that you will fall a lot when you are just getting started so also get some wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads to guarantee your safety.

Once you become more comfortable on the skateboard, you will not need to wear these protective gear as often. Probably only whenever you are learning new tricks. Do not allow anyone to dictate you on skateboarders on not utilizing their protective gears, they do! There’s nothing dorky about dodging a costly trip to the emergency room.


Another important thing that you need to know about how to ride a skateboard is to determine your stance. If you like the feel of having your left foot forward, then do so, otherwise, put your right foot in front. Just keep in mind that whichever foot you choose to put in front, your back foot will be doing the pushing.

Locate A Decent Place To Skateboard


Getting started in an area that’s flat, not populated, and without traffic is a good idea. When you push off, your front foot should be facing forward while your back foot pushes. Such a technique will help you tighten the grip on the board and gets off the feeling that the board is getting away from you.

Remember to relax your body while you start off and bend your knees. You should go for long and smooth pushes every time. After grabbing enough speed, you should place your back foot behind the bolts on the board and shift your front foot for more side-on. Just go back and forth down the street.


Once you feel good, learn how to turn your board and get an overall feel of your board. To make a turn, you need to roll in a straight line. That is with a tiny speed at your back, the turn will be fairly natural. Then, lean in the direction of the turn and let the slight shift in your weight turn your skate. This will cause you to make a long, sweeping arc. When you feel comfortable riding around already, then go to a park that has transitioned and skate on some transitions and mild hills.

Small Ramps

Skating on a small ramp and at the same time skating on the flat place are quite similar. The difference comes in when ramp hitting comes in, there is the need to pay particular attention to your shoulders. The focus will be throughout the run must be on keeping the shoulders parallel to the ground. Bend the knees and then lean-to ramp angle, but be careful not to exaggerate — leaning too forward (or too far back) will likely leave you on your butt! Start on its smallest ground where you will find and then practice until you feel confident.



Another basic thing you need to know is how to stop. The most straightforward approach to stop as the beginner is a slide with pushing foot. Another way is to pin the tail of the board down touching the ground so the friction could stop it. There are different methods used for stopping a skateboard, but for beginners, we would recommend the use of the back foot to stop the movement.


Once you are really comfortable in moving while you’re on the skateboard and increasing speeds, the next turn that is worth your wait while to learn is a trick called “tick-tacking”. The tick-tack is the momentum wherein the activity is gaining maneuver that is achieved by swinging the front end of the skateboard from back and forth, right to left and left to right, like a pendulum.

Repeating this movement generates speed and forward momentum. Since you have reached a comfortable balance sense while moving and standing on the skateboard, the tick-tack must come in quite naturally and very easy to you. It is a great and awesome way to further escalate your sense of balance and agility while you are on your skateboard.


Busting manuals is all about balance. Like walking in a dangerous tightrope, you will need to really adjust and then shift your weight in lieu of the skateboard’s movement. The first practice should be on the grass, where the wheels would not slip out under you that easily. Put your weight over the tail of the board, trying not to touch the deck to the ground.

The nose of your board will lift up and you’ll need to focus on keeping your balance. The most important thing to remember is that as soon as you shift your weight too far back, your skateboard will shoot out from under you. Then, keep the weight over the back foot, and then lean the body forward to stay stable. The moment you feel the manual on the practice turf, do then the practice by the pavement. Go somewhere smooth, long, flat area for the practice but be sure to bring a helmet for your protection.

Even though you skate every day, get scratched, it will most likely take you weeks and then months to get yourself comfortable with all the different basic maneuvers. No one can be an expert in just one try. Do not set any goals.

Allow yourself to flow and go through the process and move really organically. You will then find the comfort level and it will all work out. If you’re rolling the road, feeling the hair being brushed by the wind and the vibration in your feet. Natural talent and dedication often dictate the differing speeds at which beginners gain skateboarding proficiency. It just feels good to cruise!

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