Motorized Skateboards: Tips for Not Wiping Out

October 12, 2017

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Skateboards have been a common mode of transportation for years. And like other modes of transportation, skateboards have evolved. Case in point: motorized, electric skateboards. A motorized skateboard is similar to a longboard, but with an electric motor attached.

Whether you're completely new to the skateboard world or consider yourself a pro, the electric experience of riding a motorized skateboard can take patience and practice. This article will discuss a few tips that will have you riding like a pro in no time.

Differences in Riding Regular and Electric Skateboards
While a motorized skateboard has many similarities to a longboard, there are also many differences. Two biggest differences are in how to stop and how to go. To start moving, there is no pushing required like with a normal board. The hand control that comes with the electric skateboard will let you decide how fast you want to accelerate and move. This just leaves steering up to you. Stopping is controlled with the motor as well. Just keep in mind that the board cannot come to a complete stop, so you'll have to use your feet to finish stopping. 

There are different types of skateboarding, some of which you may not be familiar with. Some of these include:

  • Downhill -- usually with a longboard
  • Slalom -- going around obstacles down a slope
  • Street -- on streets, sidewalks, etc.
  • Vertical -- on large ramps
  • Park -- at a skate park
  • Off Road -- riding a large board with your feet strapped in
Depending on the type of skateboarding you're planning to do, you'll have to figure out which motorized longboard is best for you. There's even an all terrain electric skateboard that would allow you to do pretty much any type of skateboarding. That being said, you are limited to the type of skating possible on a standard longboard.

Getting Used To Your New Electric Skateboard
After you get a new electric skateboard, you need to practice in a large, open space that won't have many objects for you to crash into.

Learning how to operate the handheld remote is crucial. Depending on the remote, it may let you shrink the speed range. Make sure you read through the manual to fully understand how your board works.

Once you've activated the board and the remote, step on the board and figure out which footing feels right for you. A "goofy" stance is when you lead with your right foot, and a "regular" stance is when you lead with your left foot.

Start applying power gently by using the remote. To begin, just try going in a straight line and stopping to get a feel for how the board works.

After you get the hang of it, try carving and playing around with the speeds. If your board has a reverse setting, test that out too.

Once you feel comfortable with the board, feel free to take it out to different terrains. Skate parks are a great way to meet other skaters and learn new tips and tricks. There are about 500 skateboarding parks in the United States, so you shouldn't have trouble finding one.

Just remember, safety comes first! Always be aware of your surroundings.

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