Have you ever ridden a Skateboard? Well, riding an Electric Skateboard is quite similar to that, but you won’t have to kick to cruise. The motor will do that work for you. And with the help of the remote, you will be able to control the acceleration and brakes of the Electric Skateboard.
But unlike a regular Skateboard, you can’t perform many tricks on an Electric Skateboard as it has a heavier weight due to the battery and motor.
However, if we talk about speed, Electric Skateboards are much faster, and it gets effortless to climb uphill with motors.
Now let’s move on to the real topic. I have broken down the riding guide into steps.
- Steps to Riding an Electric Skateboard
- Tips to Ride Safely on an Electric Skateboard
Steps to Riding an Electric Skateboard
Step 1: Finding the Perfect Stance
Place your board down, place your feet but wait! Don’t start riding. First, learn how to have the perfect stance.
Placing the Feet
This is the major step to riding an Electric Skateboard. If you place your feet wrong, it will get difficult for you to ride. Here is an illustration of the two standing stances.
You might think which one is right. But there is no right and wrong. It depends on you. Just go with the stance you are most comfortable with.
Keeping the correct posture means keeping the perfect balance. And for that, you need to keep something in mind.
First, you should have your feet placed correctly. After figuring out your feet position, try to bend your knees slightly. But don’t bend them too much; otherwise, you may lose balance.
At last, if you think you are good to go, then move on to the next step. If not, then try to maintain a solid stance first.
Step 2: Get to know your Electric Skateboard’s Speed
Now that you’ve figured out the stance, it’s time to add some speed. Just don’t go learning in a crowded place or a road with bumps and cracks. And don’t get overwhelmed. Start accelerating slowly.
While riding, make sure that you lean a little to the front and put your weight on the front foot. At the same time, keep the rear foot stable.
Step 3: Learn to Turn
This is a little bit tricky part. And might take some practice to get used to. There are two ways to turn: Using the heels and using the toes.
If you use the heels in a regular stance, you will turn left, and if you use toes, you will turn right and vice versa in a goofy stance.
When you get used to turning, you will be able to kick turn as well. But don’t try doing it at the beginning.
Here is an example video:
Step 4: Learn how to Brake
This is the part where most of the beginners screw up. But don’t worry cause if you follow the guide, you will be good to go.
First, lean back a little because when you apply the brakes, your weight will be automatically shifted forward, then use the brakes gradually and at the same time bend your knees a little to maintain balance.
Step 5: Just Practice
Now you know the basics. The only thing you need to do now is just practice as much as possible. You can’t just become a pro by riding once.
Try out every riding mode of your board. Get to know your brakes. I’ll even suggest using the hardest brakes cause you don’t know when you might have to use them.
Before stepping on a skateboard, you should take some safety precautions because it is better safe than sorry. Also, make sure to research the laws about electric skateboarding in your area.
Tips to Ride Safely on an Electric Skateboard
1. Wear Safety Equipments
Make sure that you wear a high-quality helmet because falling on your head can cause severe damage. Some other safety gears you should wear are elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards.
Also, make sure that you are wearing shoes with a good grip. That would help you in maintaining balance and also making kick turns.
2. How to Fall with Low Impact
It is common for riders to fall while riding. But even when falling, it is better to know how to fall correctly to save yourself from severe injuries.
Here is a video Illustration:
3. Don’t Ride Beyond your Skill Level
It is foolish to ride at a speed that you can’t control. It is better to ride slowly rather than a broken wrist.
4. Be prepared for Anything
While riding, you don’t know what’s about to come. So it is better to bring your phone or have a card with some of your emergency contacts.
If you are riding at night, carry a flashlight so you can see the path properly.
Electric skateboards are fun and easy to ride. You just need some practice, and you will be good to go.
I hope you will become a pro-E-Skateboarder with the help of this guide. Just remember no matter what your skill level is, make sure to always follow the above-mentioned Safety Tips.
That’s the end of this article “How to Ride an Electric Skateboard”. If you think that I have missed some key points, feel free to suggest. Check out our article on E-skateboard vs E-scooter.
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