How to Master the Skateboard, Even if You Have Trouble Standing Up

Skate boarding is widely considered one of the most difficult extreme sports currently popularized in the mainstream. As such, many kids and teens flock to skate boarding as a way of expression, and a way to simply have fun.

But it isn’t as easy for some as it is for others. In fact, some people have enough trouble simply standing up on a skate board, never mind learning tricks like the kick flip or the 360 flip. If you are one of these people, and you want to wow your friends with your skate boarding prowess, then it is going to take some time, but know that it is very possible. In fact, thousands have mastered the skate board with the following, easy steps.

Step One: Balance

Balance is all about your core, meaning your abdomen. Your abdominal muscles contract and flex in order to help your entire body balance when you ride a skate board. The problem is, many people, especially those who find skate boarding to be overly difficult, do not quite have the knack of using their abs to balance.

So to help your balance along, you are going to want to practice flexing and contracting your abs—or blowing out, and hardening, your abs. Once you master this, try balancing on one foot. After mastering one foot, a skate board should be as easy as pie.

Step Two: Not Fighting Gravity

The number one mistake people make when trying to learn skate boarding at first is trying to fight gravity. The best skate boarders know, if not in terms, that gravity is always going to win. If you try and fight it, even for a simple Ollie, then you are going to find that skate boarding is unduly difficult, and almost impossible.

So, if you are an up and coming skate boarder, and you have mastered balance, now master gravity. Leaning forward and leaning backward doesn’t work as break or speeding; it simple moves your center of gravity. However, practicing and doing this precisely can help you to keep your balance on hills, and in vert ramps.

Step Three: Bending Those Knees!

Ever wonder why most skate boarders have their knees bent more often than not? It is simple, really; bent knees lowers the center of gravity and makes it easier to (1) maintain speed, (2) keep your balance in tricky terrain, and (3) reduces impact.

Landing with straight knees is a big no-no. It can cause fractures or dislocation of the knee, and can even result in tissue tears. Bending your knees when you land is important; it reduces the impact your body is subjected to greatly, and will allow you to prevent hobbling around in a few years’ time.

Step Four: Find Some Skate Boarding Friends

Friends can make the skate boarding process easier to learn, and more fun. Most importantly, they can also keep you out of harm. If you can help it, never go skating alone. Getting injured when you are by yourself can be deadly, as you may not be able to get help if you break something. Friends and cell phones are important to any skate boarder.

Part of mastering skate boarding is learning when and where you should or should not skate board. If you want to try a stair set on your skate board, then make sure there are others there with you, not because you will fall, but because on the off chance that you do, you want to be safe as possible.

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Jessica Hunter writes for who offer penny skateboards and penny longboards in all sorts of colors.

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