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Surfskates are super fun boards to ride, they can be tricky at first but after a couple of goes you'll quickly progress and will be carving up the streets in no time! Read our top tips to help progress from beginner to advanced surfskater...
Lets tackle the basics for surfskate beginners, we will discuss:
With beginners and first time Surf Skate riders we always give the same mantra:
Don't skate it, SURF IT!
Where your head and arms lead, your hips and board will follow.
When you first step on a Surf Skate your first instinct is usually to ride it like a conventional skateboard, your upper body becomes rigid and your feet start to wobble, this will get you nowhere fast! New to Surf Skateboards? Check out our full range here...
The first thing to learn is to be loose and comfortable on the board, first standing and then rolling. From here you need to engage your surfing brain, these boards are designed to flow and turn just like a surfboard, so riding with this mindset is key. Mind surf the road ahead, look where you want to go and let your mind's eye lead the way.
Once your foot position and body posture are correct, then you'll be able to create forward momentum, accelerating the board with a tilting, 'pumping' action from heel edge to toe edge. Remember, the 'pump' is generated from upper body rotation/movement, so lead with your head, arms and upper body to get the board moving. With practice, you'll be gliding along and pumping effortlessly along the streets without having to push!
Now you can generate speed by pumping, it's time to work on those advanced turns! We will discuss:
Taken directly from surfing, the top turn is the natural partner of the bottom turn. After you have powered through a perfect bottom turn you can lean on the opposite edge, open up your arms and body to perform a stylish, top turn carve! Use your forward arm and shoulder to lead the way through the top turn, open your body and arms, keep turning your head in the direction you want to go.
Remember the mantra from earlier... Where your head and arms lead, your hips and board will follow.
As you exit the top turn, remember to lower your center of gravity and body posture and look ahead for your next turn. Here it is in action, pay attention to the body posture and where he looks:
Once you have your bottom and top turns dialed you can give the 'snap' a try! The snap is another maneuver taken directly from surfing. At the top of a wave the rider performs a very sharp turn that slides the back of the board out of the water, this is known as 'throwing the fins!'.
You can perform the same maneuver on a Surf Skate, sliding the back wheels out as you perform a fast sharp top turn. As you lean into a top turn, shift more weight on your front foot allowing the back wheels to become lighter. At this point, you want to push the tail out in front of you, the wheels should screech as they slide out!
To exit the maneuver, equalise your weight over the board and crouch down looking where you are going.
Cut backs are a super stylish surfboard maneuver that brings the rider back to the power of the wave. On a Surf Skate the same maneuver can be performed with the same style. Start with a strong bottom turn and flow into a top turn.
Now, instead of coming out of the top turn as normal, hold on to the carve longer, follow it round so you are now riding back in the direction you started the top turn, 180°. You'll really need to use your arms and head to hold the turn for longer, keep looking round and your body will follow!
You can then throw in another bottom turn to get you riding back in the right direction.
Get inspired, you can see more Carver Surf Skate in action on their youtube channel here...