Skateboards are great means of relaxation. They are eco-friendly, cheaper, and simpler to engage than most other domestic forms of transportation. However, it is not without its own fair share of potential problems.
For one, there is the risk of falling off. This mainly arises in case you are not properly balanced. Then there is the risk of inflicting injuries on others or damaging the equipment as a whole. These two are normally a by-product of not stopping at the time you are required to.
To be able to obtain the best ever experience and ward off the aforementioned issues, you have to familiarize yourself with the various ways and means of riding the skateboard. It is these maneuvering options that form the basis of our discussions here under.
Our focus in the proceeding discussions shall be to first of all highlight the various maneuvers. We are going to follow this by explaining how you may implement or actualize each of those maneuvers.
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Listed and briefly explained hereunder are the various maneuvers that you may possibly carry out in a typical skateboard:And remember also to keep accurate track of your progress from time to time. See and evaluate whether you have made any significant strides from the last time you attempted to conduct a given maneuver. This way, it will be possible for you to up your skills considerably.
Before even contemplating riding the skateboard, you have to determine which foot to place on the skateboard. Do you want to place both at a time or only one at a time? If it is one at a time, precisely which foot might you prefer?
As a general rule, place the one that coincides with your active hand. For instance, if you are left-handed, place the left foot and vice versa. While at it, be sure to let your foot be very stable first before even venturing on the next step.
You now have to embark on the core task of riding the skateboard. Kick off this process by finding the most suitable place to ride the machine. The sidewalks, pavements, and concrete driveways are perhaps the most suitable locations. Be sure that there is no traffic nearby or even small children.
In case you are a beginner, you are advised to consider practicing on a carpet, grass, or hard surface. This is due to the excellent traction that these surfaces confer to the wheels of the skateboards. You will hardly fall off or sustain any injuries.
Next, you will have to balance appropriately. To obtain optimal balance, be sure to center your feet immediately behind the bolts that adorn the deck of the skateboard. These bolts attach the truck to the plank. Additionally, you should always place your feet sideways rather than forwards.
Once you set your feet comfortable and stable, spread your arms on your arms. Keep your knees bent all the time. These two procedures lower your center of gravity. This way, you obtain better balance and enhanced maneuverability.
You now have to decide the right stance. Resist any attempt to imitate your friends and peers. This is because each person has a unique configuration and body shape. It is highly unlikely that the stance of your friend shall apply to you.
Some of the stances to think of are the regular and the goofy stances, respectively. The former arises when you skate with your left foot in the forward position. The latter on the other hand arises when you skate with the right foot forward. You might as well try out the mango stance. This entails pushing the skateboard with the back foot instead of the front foot.
To ride the skateboard, you have to push it appropriately. It is only through pushing the board that you will be able to ride it out and about as desired. To do this, settle on a given stance, first and foremost. Proceed to place your back foot on the ground.
Push the foot backward thereafter. Return your feet to the point at which you started. Roll forwards. As soon as you attain maximum comfort, push the board more forcefully to accelerate the pace of rides.
From time to time, you will inevitably have to turn the skateboard to the left or right. To do so, push the skateboard with your knees bent. At the same time, shift your weight on the opposite side. For instance, if you desire to turn right, shift your weight to the left side, and vice versa. This is by far the most daunting aspect of riding a skateboard. It requires a great deal of determination and practice to actualize.
There are two kinds of stopping. The first is the normal stopping. To stop normally, you have to stop pushing the skateboard and let it run with the energy it possesses already. It should stop in a matter of seconds from the time you stop pushing.
If you, however, plan to stop the skateboard abruptly, you have to do more. Take off your back foot. Let it drag onto the ground beneath. You may also consider dragging your heel as you become an expert with the skateboard.
Becoming an expert rider of the skateboard is not a mean feat. It requires a great deal of tolerance, consistency, and patience. This is due to its complicated nature and the fear that new riders confront.
To be able to become a complete pro, you may wish to carry out mock games alone or in the company of experts. Try and imagine the various case scenarios that you may confront as a rider. Tackle each of them using the combination of practices that you would in a real-life situation. You must also of necessity acquire the right skateboard and put on the relevant protective gears.