Skateboarding is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. It has been around for a long time and is considered an "extreme sport." This label may ward off a few people who are interested in learning how to skate. This is the common error among people because skateboarding can be fun without hurting yourself. The first step is to know how to properly stand on your skateboard. Here are some tips to help you on your first skating trip.
Make sure you know the type of board you are working with - There are three types of boards and there are different rules in learning how to stand on them.
1) Skateboard - A board that is around 32 inches long and the average width may be between 6-8 inches. Grip tape is placed on the surface of your board to prevent you from slipping, which ensures that your shoes do not slip when you're already riding your board.
2) Fishboard - This board is similar to the skateboard and it can be around 32 inches long. It is not very popular as it is an old type of board and is rarely produced or sold.
3) Longboards - From the name itself, this board can range from 4 to 6 feet long with an average width of 8 inches and above. Just like the skateboard this also has a grip tape but they have bigger wheels for faster speed.
Find out which stance works best. If you've seen people playing with their skateboard you probably have an idea that the trick is always in their stance. There is a "regular" position that is recommended for beginners but you still have to try what suits you best. The regular stance is when you have your left foot forward and "goofy" stance is when you're doing it the other way around. Figure out which stance suits you and bear in mind that this is a very important step. It's advised to try both stances by pushing yourself from a wall while on top of the board, making sure not to push too hard as you may fall.
Check your foot placement. There are plenty of things that can affect this such as your height, type of board and foot size. An easy way to check your foot placement is to find the screws on top of your "deck" (the deck is where you stand on in a board) and place your front foot below the lower set of screws and your toes almost on the edge of the deck. Place your other foot on top of the first set of screw on the "tail" (this is the curve that sticks out at the back of your board) of your board.
Balance yourself. Skateboarding is all about balance. This is also why we check the type of board, stance and foot placement that suits you best. You need to keep your weight down on your feet so that you can control the board. Be sure to spread your legs and use your hands to help you gain more balance. You can stand up straight if you feel comfortable with it but you can bend your knees bearing in mind that this lowers your center of gravity.
Once you get a hold of all these things, the only way to start enjoying this sport is to practice, practice, and practice!