Building block skills
Steps to rolling into a bank
Assume riding stance
The most important thing about rolling into a bank is to have a solid riding stance. So we should get used to pushing off into a nice and wide stance, with our back foot extending onto the tail of the skateboard, and we should be in a low stance, ready to put our hands down if we need to stabilise ourselves.
Next we need to get our front trucks over the edge of the bank. The key here is to lean forwards, and counter that instinct to maintain weight on the back foot.
After that, just stay on. Don’t jump off your board. Use your hands on the ground if you need to stabilise so we learn from our mistakes.
Pumping to get/kill speed
Once you are comfortable with this try pumping, to get more speed. To do this put more weight on the front leg as you go over the edge. After all four wheels are on the slope transfer the weight to your back leg while you straighten your legs. You should feel yourself pick up more speed. Reverse this to kill speed.
Try taking it to a steeper bank and/or a bank with less of a flat section and more transition. Then try riding up the bank and coming out backwards or fakie.
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