Though casual skaters only ride between one and 25 times per year, there is a new trend in skating that might bring an abundance of people to the sport.
Electric skateboarding is the newest addition to the skate community and people of all ages are giving these high tech boards a try.
If you're thinking about breaking into the electric skateboarding community, you should at least know what it takes to operate one of these futuristic boards. Here are some tips for riding an electric skateboard for the very first time.
Get all the necessary safety equipment
Whether you're skating to work on an electric board or practicing tricks on a traditional board, you need to make sure you're wearing high quality safety gear. Doing kickflips, ollies, and other tricks without a helmet is bad enough, but since you'll be riding at much faster speeds while on an electric board, it's even more important that you protect and cover your head. Many electric riders use these boards to maneuver in and out of traffic on their way to work or school -- doing that without a helmet and other safety gear is downright reckless. Protect your head and protect yourself with proper safety equipment.
Find a comfortable stance
Before you go riding all over town on your new electric board, you need to work on your skating stance. These boards feel a little different than conventional boards so even if you're an experienced skater, you'll need to take some time to figure out what stance works best for you. If you're new to the sport entirely, you should take it slow and practice getting on, standing, and getting off your board before you go anywhere. Do a little online research to find out what are the most common stances and give each one a try until you're comfortable.
Start with short, straight, and level rides
Although the only way to improve your electric riding ability is to skate as much as you can, you don't want to rush right into complicated streets and going long distances. As you practice, find a stretch of pavement that is relatively smooth and ride up and down that road for a while until you get the hang of it. Empty parking lots are great for skate practice, too.