E-SkateTips: How to Skate Like a ProWhether you’re a newbie on an electric skateboard or a seasoned pro, it is always a smart idea to brush up on your e-skate skills. The last thing you want is lose balance or wipe out on your board. Follow our tips and tricks, and you’ll be skating like a pro in no time.
Before You Ride
Always wear a helmet, and any other protective gear such as gloves and pads. It is important to protect all major parts of your body that are susceptible to injury if you were to fall, especially your head.
If you are new to riding, find an open space with smooth pavement, such as a parking lot, to practice. Start out slow- do not rush into fast speeds and busy locations. Gradually increase speed, and become comfortable with the balance and controls.
The way you stand on a board is up to your preference. Think of it as the hand you write with, where some people use the right and some people use the left. Neither way is wrong- it’s just simply up to preference and comfort-ability. Stand on the board in a way that feels natural, either left or right foot forward.
- Left foot forward is referred to as “regular stance”
- Right foot forward is referred to as “goofy stance”
Since electric skateboard riding is very similar to manual skateboard riding, we find it extremely beneficial to understand basic Skateboard techniques, such as kick pushing and footbraking.
You can kick push the board and coast down hills with ease. Kick push up to speed from a dead stop and when riding at slow speeds. This will help maintain battery for when needed, such as riding uphill. Start with front foot pointing forward and bring back foot off the deck making it parallel to the front wheels, slightly off to the side. Push your foot against the ground to propel the board forward, making sure to avoid your back wheels. Repeat as necessary. Place foot back on the deck and re-position stance to your comfort.
It is important to understand how to manually brake on the skateboard. Reposition your front foot to point forward and bend your knee. While facing straight, place foot to the side of the board in line with the front foot. Touch your heel to the ground first and slowly roll through your foot applying pressure forward until the foot is flat. Do not allow your foot to drift too far back or it will hit your rear wheel.
One of the most popular skateboard techniques is carving. When carving, a rider looks as though they are making an S shape with the board, swiveling side to side. Although this technique originated on long non-electric boards, carving can be done on an electric skateboard. The trick is to make sure to use your whole body, not just your feet. Keep your knees bent and arms out. Rotate your torso and front shoulder in toward your toes. At the same time, rotate your hips, placing pressure on your toes. This will help accomplish a successful toe-side carve. Then, turn heel-side (behind you) by turning your front shoulder up and out. Once you become comfortable with the basic carving, you can add your own style into it, for a more personalized ride.
Always practice safety first, and be patient while riding. Looking like a pro will come with time and practice. It is not about how many times you fall, but how many times you stand back up. Happy riding!