How To Ride An Electric Skateboard
We understand that learning to ride an electric skateboard can seem frightening at first. That's why we've put together this article to settle your anxieties and provide you with some helpful tips on how to get started. Continue reading to learn all you need to know about riding an electric skateboard.
1. Wear The Appropriate Safety Gear
Whether you're riding an electric or traditional skateboard, having the right equipment and clothing is vital. This includes helmets, knee pads and elbow pads. Wrist injuries are common in skateboarding as when we fall, we almost always reach out with our hands to protect ourselves, so you may want to wear gloves to prevent tearing your skin. As head injuries can be life-threatening, it's vital to wear a well-fitted helmet too. While it shouldn't be too tight, make sure it's level and stable enough to stay in place and resist violent shakes or hard blows.
2. How To Accelerate Properly
Most electric skateboards have a remarkable accelerating capability. So, it's risky to accelerate when you're not ready or equipped. When accelerating, expect your weight to move rearward. Bend your legs and kneel down a little. As a result, the rear leg muscle is able to stiffen up even more when your bodyweight transfers backward. It also reduces the centre of gravity, resulting in a less abrupt weight transfer.
3. Learn To Brake Correctly
The motion of braking on an electric skateboard is similar to that of increasing the throttle. When braking, expect your body weight to be moved forward. So lean backwards a little, bend your legs and stoop down a little. It lowers the centre of mass, allowing a less intense weight transfer. As a result, you'll want to make sure your front foot is steady, somewhat tensed and positioned to brake.
4. Your Skateboard Stance
If you've ever skateboarded before, you're undoubtedly already familiar with the different stances. If not, 'Goofy' and 'Regular' make up two of the more common ones. Goofy-footers push with their left foot and skate with their right foot at the front of the board, while regular-footers do the opposite. Since most individuals are right-handed, 'Regular' is the most common stance as the dominant foot is often at the back. However, beginners should go with the stance that feels best.
5. Get Practicing
Start the motor gently on the lowest level. Before you begin to accelerate, try to relax your muscles by bending your legs for greater balance and extending your arms outwards. Feel free to change your stance if it feels strange now that you're actually riding.
Founded on the Gold Coast, Epic Skateboards is proud to provide all of the necessary accessories, including chargers and hand controls, for our high-quality electric skateboards. We're always on call with our legendary knowledge, and our love for the board ensures you're receiving a piece of equipment built for optimum pleasure. So make sure to get in touch with our expert and friendly team at Epic Skateboards for more guidance and support on buying and riding electric skateboards today.