You can browse all the sites you want when you need to find skateboarding tips, but the truth is that most of the sites – although for beginners – tell you all this gibberish and at the end of the day you are still left in the dark, because most of the time you don’t understand what they are saying. That is the truth. They don’t take the time to define a thing and that makes things useless and hard to understand.
The thing you have to understand is that you are able to go downhill facing any direction. You can do this backwards – your toes pointing uphill and the back of your body facing the direction you are traveling. The truth is that it is up to you what you choose.
Let’s look at Uphill Edge. It is very important that you apply pressure to your board’s uphill edge. This means, if you are traveling downhill backwards, the pressure applied will be your toes on the board. This technique is called Toeside and the reason is quite obvious. So, if you are traveling downhill and facing downhill, your heels will apply the pressure to the board. This is known as heelside. It is very important that pressure is not applied by your toes when facing downhill, because then you will tip over and eat snow.
Stopping a board is similar to the way hockey players stop. All you have to do is manipulate the board so that it becomes perpendicular to the ground and then quickly dig in the uphill edge. Heelside will require you to dig in your heels. In order to slow down, you basically need the same technique, but with less pressure than stopping.
Turning is the most important. Practice by having your board perpendicular to the ground and then apply little pressure. See what happens. Now, in this position you ill pick up speed and go faster. In order to turn all you have to do is dig in your heels. What happens? You turn heelside. If you dug in you toes, it would have caused a toeside turn. Make sure that you pay attention to your surroundings, because your body goes where you are looking. Your head tends to turn and this is followed by you upper body and in the end, your hips. Try sticking your left or your right hand out. It will assist with your turn.
Make sure that you at least know the basics of snowboarding. Take it slow. If you fall, get up and do it again.
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