2. Stand on your skateboard

Stand on your skateboard – Transcript

Today I’m going to teach you how to stand on, and get off your skateboard. We’re not rolling along just yet, we’re covering the absolute basics of skateboarding first so we don’t have any accidents when we start rolling along.

This is our skateboard. Now, the first rule of skate school is to put your feet on the bolts, here and here. Foot position is the most important aspect of riding your skateboard safely, and learning tricks.

Find somewhere safe where you can practice the steps I’m about to show you, somewhere the board isn’t going to roll about all over the place, like carpet or grass. We start in our push position, we should have learnt this in the previous video about your stance. There’s four steps you’ll need to learn to safely get on and off your skateboard

The first is to put your back foot on the bolts. Remember the first rule of skate school. Put your feet on the bolts. This position is an in-between step and we shouldn’t stay in this position too long, as we are not too stable in it.

The second is to get into the riding stance. To do this we turn our front foot, we lower our centre of gravity and we have our arms out, for balance but also to be prepared for any eventuality. Now, the key movement we need to practice here is the turning of the front foot. The foot needs to pivot on the ball of the foot here. This leaves our foot in the correct position. Don’t pivot on the heel or toe, or our foot ends up in the wrong position. Hanging way over the edge of the board. We’re going to practice turning our foot until it becomes second nature.

OK, when we’re riding along, we may want to do a few things, stop. or push to go faster. How do we do that? We reverse the steps we’ve just learnt. We turn the front foot to face front, our body turns too, and now we are ready to take our back foot off the board.

Lastly off comes the front foot. We are now back in our push stance.

Drill these steps over and over again until they are second nature. Safety on our board depends on our ability to get our feet in the right position quickly.