Skateboarding is a thrill, lifestyle, and athletic activity. It has gained popularity over the past couple decades and many people have started riding a skateboard for the first time. These circumstances have presented the ubiquitous, all-so-common question, “How do I ride a skateboard?”
Part 1 – Getting Started
1.1.- Pick the Board Shape
—-You will need a skateboard that fits your body size and matched your skateboarding ambitions.
——-Most new skaters start with a regular skateboard. This is also called a “popsicle” shape. A popsicle board allows multiple uses for the board.
——-Some skateboarders opting for the hills and roads only will be more suited for a longboard.
——-Other novelty shapes may not be best suited for a beginner and could limit progression or board use.
1.2.- Find the Appropriate Equipment Size
———-Kids, ages 4-7, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) between 6.75″ and 7.25″
———-Kids, ages 8-13, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) between 7.25″ and 7.5″
———-Adults, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) 7.5″ or larger
- A beginner skateboard should cost between $60-$150. Buy a pre-assembled skateboard or ask the skateboard shop to set up board for you. As a beginner, the last thing you need is backwards trucks or bearing to stifle your learning progress.
- Don’t be fooled by the low prices of Walmart or Target skateboards. They will snap quickly and are hard to learn on. Go to a real skate shop.
- Try our skateboard size calculator
1.3.- Wear Appropriate Footwear
Safe skateboarding starts with proper shoes. Flat-soled shoes are imperative for board control and balance.
Never attempt to skate in sandals, clogs, boots, or footwear with a separate heel platform. Improper footwear could result in serious injury.
1.4.- Wear Safety Gear
Beginners must have a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards. There is no reason to negligently learn skateboarding without pads. Do not risk it.
A bicycle helmet is not a substitute. A skateboard helmet is more effective than a bicycle helmet because such a helmet has been specifically designed to handle skateboard crashes. Make sure the helmet fits your head properly. The under-chin strap should be fastened and the helmet should not wiggle.
Wrists must be protected. Wrist guards protect against some of the most common injuries for beginners.
1.5.- Find a Suitable Place to Learn
A level, concrete driveway or parking lot is a good place to start getting comfortable on the board. Make sure there isn’t anything in your way and be wary of cracks, loose stones, and potholes. Running over a little pebble can account for a whole lot of crashes, especially with hard wheels.
- Avoid getting roughed up on aged, cheese-grater pavement. If you can clearly see small gaps between the pavement rocks, it’s not a good surface for skateboarding. When choosing at ground surfaces, polished concrete will be the friendliest for learning. New or sealed asphalt is also suitable.
- Skateparks are great places to skate once you’ve got some experience. If you’re just trying to get the board to stay under you without falling down, parks might be a little intense. If there’s one in your area, go watch some skaters for tips, but stay on the sidelines.
1.5.- Get a Seasoned Skateboarder to Oversee You
The first day can be overwhelming. Despite watching every YouTube skateboard video, reading every “how to” article, and the perfect skateboard, learning skateboarding is always safer with expert guidance.
Call 800.403.2405 to Have an Expert from GoSkate.com Come Help You.
2. – Mastering The Basics
2.1.- Standing on the Board
2.1A Front Foot
- Determine which foot will be your front foot. Most people use their least dominant foot for the front.
-“Goofy footed” means the right foot is placed down first while the left foot pushes the skateboard forward.
-“Regular footed” means your left foot is the front foot as the right foot pushes.
Fun Fact #1
Why the name goofy?
-The stance names originated from surfing. The name Goofy is believed to be born out of the 1937 Disney cartoon, Hawaiian Holiday; a film in which Goofy goes surfing with his right foot first – hence the name – Goofy.
Don’t worry- there’s nothing goofy about riding this way!
2. Place the front foot on the board. Place it within the green area below:
The front foot has a 45-degree angle which will most adequately prepare skaters for learning to ride. A front foot perpendicular to the edge of the board is also acceptable.
Do not put your back foot on the board first!
2.1B- Back Foot Placement
- Place the back foot on the four screws (bolts), the green area, of the back of the skateboard. The back foot should be perpendicular to the board’s edge. Toes will face the edge.
2. Slowly slide the back foot to the skateboard’s tail while keeping a center of balance between both feet. The back foot will stay perpendicular to the side of the skateboard as shown in the photo above.
Notice the toes of both feet face the edge. The front foot may be slightly angled, as well.
3. – Start Pushing