For the first time in years I decided to step onto a board again.
I've had this toystore skateboard for say 15 years, from when I was a kid.
It's this "old school" shaped board I guess, wider, rounded off at the front with a short edge and this "tail" at the back, with wheels of about 53mm.
I showed it on a forum once and they said to just ride the heck out of it.
And yes, it's cheap, but it should be fine for practice at least.
The only issue might be that the wood is starting to go, although it gives it a cool "worn/vintage" look, and the wheels are probably a bit hard.
What I want to do really is... well, I'd like to do a lot, but I'd be happy with being able to just ride around with ease.
Now, I thought it would be easy to get a feel for it, but it's not really coming.
Do you have any tips? For like stances, where I should put my feet, more to the front, more to the back, right at the point of the wheels or whatever.
One of the biggest problems is that I keep "tripping" over my front foot or leg.
That my balance goes over the center of my front foot and I fall forwards, which simply causes me to step off in front of or next to my board.
No harm done, except for the fact that I'm off my board and bummed out cause I can't help it.
It might help if I put my front foot to the left more, but that causes me to steer to the left of course.
And when I put my foot more horizontal, it just feels like I might fall at any moment.
Well, maybe my body is aimed too "forward" instead of horizontal, I don't know.
Another thing is that I can't seem to keep rolling for very long, no matter how hard I push.
This might be caused by the board, I'm not sure. I'm also not very heavy or big.
So what are the critical points to look at to gain a good balance on a board?
Edited by Damage Inc. on May 27 2012 9:35AM