Pushing a Skateboard is the earliest maneuvering technique that a beginner learns. This is something that you have to master if you are a beginner and want to master skateboarding. This is one of the basic things that you might think that you do not need any information regarding, But Learning some basics related to Stance and Balancing may help you to learn how to push easily and effectively to be a master.
Let’s go through a brief tutorial:
Pushing on a Skateboard: Step-by-Step Guide
Position your Foot
Before learning to push off the skateboard it is very important to Position your foot correctly. The position of your foot would depend on your Stance (Whether you are regular or goofy). If you still don’t know which foot would be in front and which one would be your back foot, Then you should find out as soon as possible whether you are Regular or goofy.
Goofy Stance foot Position
If you are Goofy then Put your Right(Leading) foot on the skateboard deck and your left foot on the ground. Here your left foot, which is the back foot plays a major role in balancing yourself on the board and pushing.
Regular Stance foot Position
If your riding stance is regular then put your right (leading) foot on the deck and your right foot on the ground. Here your right foot, which is the back foot plays a major role in balancing yourself on the board and pushing.
Start with a small push:
If you are a beginner then you should start with a small push, which can roll you for about 2-3 feet. Regular stance riders push with their right foot. And Goofy stance rider pushes with their left foot.
Position your foot
If you want to learn how to push on a skateboard then, After a successful push, you need to position back your foot on the deck.
Take your back foot on the deck and position it above the back trucks and your front foot would be on the front bolts, and stand in the athletic stance.
Don’t stop after a successful push. Keep Pushing until you master it and make a good balance while pushing your skateboard. Small pushes on the skateboard always work to practice.
Once you become comfortable while pushing on your skateboard, You can start increasing speed. Becoming comfortable while pushing means you don’t lose balance when you try to push your skateboard and are also confident enough to increase speed. You may fall several times while Pushing hard but never give up.
Now you have learnt how to push on a skateboard. If you find it difficult balancing while pushing the skateboard, then you can also try other Things which are mentioned below.
You can try the following techniques to first maintain balance on a moving skateboard, After that, you can start pushing yourself.
Improve balance before start Pushing
Hold your Friend
You can hold your friend’s hand while you are standing on the skateboard. Once you feel stable, ask your friend to move you slowly. All you need is to find a friend whom you trust.
Roll through a slope
Find a smooth slope that is not too high and start rolling slowly from there. It would be great if you get something to hold like a wall or something else which is stable.
Let a friend push you
Just stand on the board comfortably and call a trusted friend. And tell him to push you slowly so that you can roll some distance. Getting a push from your friend would help you maintain your balance yourself.
So, these were some of the practical techniques that you can use while learning to push on the skateboard and improve your balance on the skateboard. You are not going to know if you keep reading tons of articles like this or even better than this. Only practicing those methods can help you be a master in Skateboarding. Just go and try it now.