How to Ride an Electric Skateboard

Just purchased an electric skateboard and ready to give it a go?  Before you run outside and attempt to take on that hill, there are a few tips and bits of advice that you may want to read.   

Safety 

As electric skateboards have evolved over time, the more powerful and fast they got.  Wearing the proper equipment in the event of an accident should always be followed.  You should always invest in a quality helmet that you know will help defend your head just in case you take a spill.  Knee, elbow, or shoulder pads are also highly recommended to avoid scraping or further injuring those areas.  Make sure you’re also wearing the proper footwear.  If you need to dismount your board, do so carefully; don’t jump off of a moving board with sandals.   

Stance 

Once you have suited up and have all of your protective gear on, you can focus on riding the board!  If you have never ridden a skateboard or longboard before, you will need to find a posture that’s most comfortable for you.  Most riders use a regular stance which features your left foot in front with your toes slightly facing forward towards the front of the board.  Others may use what’s called a goofy stance.  This means you ride with your left foot in the back at the tail end of the board.  Try both out and choose what’s more comfortable.  Either stance works! 

Riding 

Now that you’ve figured out how to stand on your board, you’re ready to ride!  If you’re a more advanced rider, you may already know the previous steps pretty well.  However, if you’re new to electric skateboarding, then you may find that there are some differences from the traditional push board..   

Stopping and starting are probably the biggest differences.  With motorized longboards, you don’t have to push anymore (unless you run out of battery of course).  You will be able to control the speed of your board with your fingers via the hand controller.  All you have to do is turn and carve.  Stopping is also different.  Instead of foot braking, you can stop with your hand controller.  Practicing on a smaller and not busy street can help you get used to this new way of stopping.   

You are now ready to ride!  Remember, use caution and safety first.  After making sure your protective gear is all set up, practice and make sure you have a good handle on the mechanics and movements of your board.  To see some of our boards, visit our electric skate boards page today!