Try not to fall down while standing on the board. There's no right or wrong way to stand on the board, so place it somewhere stable, like grass or even carpet, where it won't roll away, and figure out what feels best to you. Place one foot in front of the other, with the truck screws roughly aligned:
- You have your left foot forward and your right foot forward if you have a regular foot. In most cases, this means pushing with your right foot and riding with your left.
- Attempt to push away. To create momentum, stand on some level concrete with your forward foot and take a long, even step with your back foot.
- Beginners frequently take several short "stabs" before getting started, rather than long pushes, when they first begin. You should push off with a longer sweeping motion, which will smooth out the ride and keep you balanced.
- Shift into a riding stance. When you get going, shift your riding foot sideways, as if you were standing when the board was still on the grass, and bring your pushing foot up to rest lightly on the back of the board's fishtail. To learn to balance correctly, your knees should be slightly bent, but you should be standing upright with a straight back.
- Your forward foot should be just behind or on the front truck screws in a proper riding stance, and your back foot should be near or on the tail of your board. This is the safest and most stable riding stance, and having your back foot on the tail makes a quick kickturn much easier.
When you're first getting started, this is the most difficult thing to learn, but the good news is that once you figure it out, you'll be riding successfully! No need to be concerned!
- Learn how to turn around. Depending on your stance and whether you want to turn right or left, you'll shift your weight forward or back from the ankle to turn. The amount of pressure you use will be determined by the tightness of your trucks and the distance you want to turn. Practice getting started, shifting into your riding stance, and then safely executing a turn without falling off on a level surface. This is the most common type of turning, and it is referred to as carving.
- Kickturning is a very useful skill for quickly avoiding something or making a tight turn that carving can't reach. Apply slight pressure to the tail with your back foot (to lift the front wheels off the ground) and pivot your body in the direction you want to turn. This should be accomplished in a single motion. If you apply too much pressure to the tail, the board may slip out from underneath you. Also, doing this while speeding downhill is probably not a good idea.
Try to come to a halt. There are numerous methods for stopping a skateboard, many of which are more advanced. The most straightforward method for a beginner is to either gradually slow down and stop by placing a foot on the pavement, or to execute a tail stop.
To tail stop, shift your weight to your back foot and stand on the tail of the board, grinding the board to a stop with the tail. Some people dislike doing this because it wears down the back tail, but many skateboards, particularly flat cruising models, have a plastic stopper to assist you in stopping, making it a good option for beginners.
Acquire the ability to fall. There has never been a skater who has not fallen off the board. It can be discouraging, but learning how to fall correctly can help you avoid serious injury. Always wear a helmet to protect your head, and try to use wrist guards to absorb the brunt of most falls and avoid the nasty scrapes that are a part of skating.
- Running over small pebbles that jam up the wheels or hitting a crack that causes you to lose your balance are the most common problems. Keep a close eye on the terrain while skating, but keep your eyes up as much as possible to stay balanced.
- Make sure you're not duped into trying something you're not prepared for. If you're just trying to learn how to stop without falling down and you're out skating with a bunch of dudes ollieing down a flight of stairs, you could end up seriously injuring yourself. Slow down. You'll get there in the end.
View a variety of skating videos. Skateboarding culture revolves around skateboarding videos. On the Internet, compilation videos and tutorials are widely available for free. There are virtuosic displays of skating prowess as well as beginner-friendly hints and tips. Aaron Kyro and Andy Schrock, for example, have excellent tutorials and information on their YouTube channels. With videos, you can learn how to do more advanced technical things and tricks.
Skate downhill if you dare. Allowing gravity to assist you is an important part of becoming a more advanced skater. It can be intimidating the first time you go downhill without having to push, so learning to work with it and maintain control of your board is a good skill to learn early on.
Crouch lower on the board and use your arms to keep from swaying side to side to stay balanced. Keep your ankles as still as possible because smaller movements produce larger swings at higher speeds, making it more likely that you'll lose your balance.
When you're ready, try some tricks. You might be ready to try a trick or two once you've gotten comfortable on the board and can stay on it without falling down on a regular basis. After all, it's what you've been working toward! The following are the best and most simple tricks for beginners:
- Shove-it (not a pop shove-it; you don't pop into the air)
Continue skating. Do not give up! It takes time and effort to become a good skateboarder. You won't be able to learn it overnight, but if you take it slowly and practice as much as possible, you'll improve and become more comfortable on the board. Make an effort not to become discouraged.
There are good, bad, and indifferent days. Just because you didn't have a good day today doesn't mean you should stop skating.
Never get discouraged by something you can't do because practice will get you there.
The game requires a certain amount of trial and error. Accept it, improve, and take your skating abilities to new heights.