Welcome to the ultimate crash course on becoming an electric skateboard pro rider! Ever dreamt of effortlessly gliding through the streets, commanding your electric skateboard like a pro? Well, you're in the right place. In this blog, we will explore how to ride an electric skateboard from a beginner to a pro rider. Strap on your helmet, because today, we're delving into the preparation of riding your eboard, unveiling the basic skills of riding an electric skateboard, and ultimately, transforming you into an electric skateboard Pro rider. Ready to elevate your cruising game and hit the streets with style? Let's dive in!
Preparation Before Riding Electric Skateboard
1. Safety First: Wear Helmet and Protective Gear
Riding an electric skateboard is a thrilling experience, but safety always comes first. Consider your safety gear as your trusty sidekick, and always gear up before embarking on your electric skateboard travel. A helmet is non-negotiable, knee pads, wrist pads, and elbow pads complete the ensemble.
2. Choosing the Right Skate Shoes When Riding Electric Skateboard
Do you need flat shoes for an electric skateboard? The answer is YES! Select shoes with a flat sole and excellent grip. This ensures optimal contact with the electric skateboard deck, enhancing overall stability. This is crucial for maintaining control over the electric skateboard, particularly during acceleration, braking, and turns.
3. Familiar with Your Electric Skateboard Remote Control
Before hitting the road, you should be familiar with how to use your electric skateboard remote control. If you are a beginner and this is your first ride, please practice how to ride your electric longboard or shortboard on a safe and enclosed road before hitting the streets. Reading carefully the electric skateboard manual is helpful for you to figure out the remote function. The remote control for an electric skateboard typically allows you to power the board on and off, control speed (acceleration or deceleration), set cruise mode, adjust the board's forward or backward direction, and set wheel rotation speed and speed units. Nowadays, most electric skateboard remotes come with an LCD, where you can read information about the eboard, including speed, battery levels for both the board and the remote, as well as the total distance traveled (Odometer). When starting to ride, select the low-speed to ride. After you are familiar with the speed and brake intensity for each gear, you can choose the speed and brake intensity that suits you best for your ride.
4. Figure out the Forwards and Backwards Direction of Your Electric Skateboard
Before hopping on the skateboard, gently apply a bit of throttle to see which direction the electric skateboard is moving. Developing this habit can reduce the chances of unnecessary accidents and falls. While you can also check the direction on your electric skateboard remote control, if you accidentally reverse the direction of the electric skateboard, the direction may not align with what is displayed on the remote, increasing the risk of falling. The side close to the electric skateboard battery base faces forward, while the side close to the ESC (Electronic Speed Controller) faces backward. Therefore, it's essential to clarify the correct direction of your electric skateboard before riding.
5. Check Your Electric Skateboard Trucks and Settings Before Riding
Before you embark on your electric skateboarding adventure, take a moment to ensure that your eboard is tuned to perfection. The tightness or looseness of your trucks profoundly influences your ride. Tight trucks offer stability at high speeds but may reduce maneuverability. On the flip side, loose trucks enhance your ability to turn sharply but might feel less stable. Find your sweet spot—experiment with tightening or loosening until it aligns with your riding style.
Additionally, check the screws and battery power before riding. Before you hit the pavement, give your electric skateboard a quick once-over, tightening any loose screws you find. This step might seem minor, but it ensures that every component of your board is secure and ready for action. Always check the battery power of your electric skateboard and remote before venturing out. Most electric skateboard remotes can read the battery power; make it a habit to glance at it. If your electric skateboard has a swappable battery feature, you can bring a fully charged spare for extended adventures.
6. How to Stand on Electric Skateboard?
Much like in traditional skateboarding, you should find your comfortable stance before riding an electric skateboard. First of all, figure out which foot should be placed on the forward and which on the backward.
1) Regular Stance: The regular stance entails placing your left foot near the front of the board while pushing with your right foot.
2) Goofy Stance: On the flip side, goofy involves placing your right foot forward.
The best way to find your groove is to experiment. Stand naturally, have a friend gently push you from behind (in a safe environment, of course!), and observe which foot you instinctively use to catch your balance. That foot should be your lead foot.
• Foot Placement
Find a stance that feels comfortable and provides a stable base if you want to skate like a pro on the road. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, parallel to the length of the electric skateboard deck. Keep your knees slightly bent to absorb shocks and maintain balance. Keep your head up and look in the direction you want to go. This helps with balance and anticipation of obstacles.
1) Front Foot: Place your front foot near or just behind the front set of bolts that secure the trucks. The ball of your foot should be over or slightly behind these bolts. Angle your front foot diagonally across the board. The exact angle depends on your comfort and riding style. Many riders angle it at about a 45-degree angle. Keep a majority of your weight on your front foot for control and steering. This foot guides the direction of the board.
2) Back Foot: Set your back foot across the width of the board, covering the tail. The arch of your foot should be near the rear set of bolts. Your back foot can be more perpendicular to the length of the board. It provides stability and controls acceleration and braking. While most of your weight is on the front foot, ensure you have a balanced distribution. Avoid leaning too far forward or backward.
Start Riding Your Electric Skateboard
It is time to hop on your electric skateboard now!
1. How to Turn On Your Electric Skateboard?
Firstly, ensure you carefully follow the instructions in the manual to pair your electric skateboard with the wireless remote controller. Locate the power button on the back of your electric skateboard and press it until you observe indicators, such as lights or a display screen, turning on. If this is your initial experience with an electric skateboard, engage the brakes before stepping onto the board to prevent the rolling wheels from causing any issues. Many electric skateboards come equipped with a push-to-go function. To activate it, kick-push the electric skateboard, similar to a regular skateboard. We recommend you master the kick push skill. If your electric skateboard or remote runs out of power during a ride, you can use it as a regular board to reach your destination.
2. How to Accelerate When Riding Electric Skateboard?
Now, you have mastered how to make a balance on the electric skateboard and your eboard is ready to go. You should know how to safely accelerate. Apply gentle pressure to the throttle wheel or trigger. Most electric skateboards have a variable-speed control, meaning the harder you press, the faster you'll go, the same as the principle when driving a gas car and applying brakes. Gradually push the throttle to increase the speed, suddenly accelerating can easily lead to loose balance on the electric skateboard and result in a fall. Start with a low speed and gradual increase when you get used to the acceleration. Always ride within the speed limits specified by your electric skateboard's capabilities. Be aware of your surroundings, and prioritize safety.
3. How to Brake on Electric Skateboard?
Before braking, assess your surroundings. Ensure there are no obstacles, pedestrians, or vehicles in your immediate path. Similar to accelerating, apply brake pressure gradually. Sudden and harsh braking may lead to loss of control or accidents. Gradual braking helps you maintain stability and control. Electric skateboards with multiple speed modes or gears often have corresponding brake settings. When riding at high speeds, use a gentler brake setting to avoid abrupt stops. At lower speeds, you can use a more aggressive brake setting for quicker stops. Many electric skateboards feature regenerative braking, which converts kinetic energy back into electrical energy. This not only enhances the electric skateboard range but also contributes to the speed and performance.
4. How to Make Turns with Your Electric Skateboard?You have mastered acceleration and braking. It is time to learn how to make turns with your electric skateboard! Maintain a slightly bent knee and look in the direction you want to go when you want to make turns with your electric skateboard. Push the acceleration throttle, go forward, and adjust the center of gravity between your front foot and back foot.
• Toeside Turn (Frontside Turn):
1) Gently shift your body weight towards your toes, putting more pressure on the front part of your feet.
2) Use a carving motion by applying pressure to the toeside edge of the deck. Allow the electric skateboard to turn gradually in the desired direction.
• Heelside Turn (Backside Turn)
1) Gently shift your body weight towards your heels, and shift your weight slightly backward.
2) Use a carving motion by applying pressure to the heelside edge of the deck.
5. How to Fall Correctly When Riding Electric Skateboard?
When learning how to ride an electric skateboard, falling is unavoidable, and even experienced riders may encounter unexpected situations. We should know how to minimize the impact of falls, so it's important to know how to fall correctly to reduce the chances of getting injured.
As you start to fall, try to roll in the direction of the fall. Rolling can distribute the impact across your body, reducing the force on specific areas. If falling forward, tuck your chin to your chest to protect your head. Avoid using your hands to break the fall as this can lead to wrist injuries. As we mentioned before, always wearing appropriate protective gear can save your life, including a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards. These can significantly reduce the risk of serious injuries. When riding, be aware of your surroundings and potential hazards. Knowing what's ahead can give you time to react or avoid a fall. You can practice falling safely in a controlled environment, this can help condition your body's natural response and improve your ability to react in real-life situations.
6. How to Ride Electric Skateboard in the Night?
Riding an electric skateboard at night requires extra precautions to ensure safety. The most important is that make sure you're being seen by others.
• Wear Reflective Gear: Make yourself visible to others by wearing reflective clothing or accessories. Reflective vests, stickers, or bands can significantly increase your visibility in low-light conditions.
• Use Lights: Attach lights to your electric skateboard and/or your helmet. Front and rear lights increase your visibility to others on the road, and they also help you see the path ahead.
• Follow Traffic Rules: Abide by traffic rules and regulations. Signal your intentions clearly and be predictable to other road users.
• Ride Defensively: Assume that others might not see you. Stay vigilant and be prepared for unexpected movements from pedestrians, cyclists, or drivers.
• Avoid High-Traffic Areas: If possible, avoid riding in high-traffic areas at night. Stick to quieter streets or dedicated bike paths.
• Slow Down: Reduce your speed, especially if you're unfamiliar with the terrain or if visibility is limited. Slower speeds give you more time to react to obstacles.
• Stay Alert: Keep your focus on the road ahead. Minimize distractions and avoid using headphones that might impair your ability to hear your surroundings.
• Carry a Flashlight: Bring a flashlight or headlamp to illuminate your path when needed. This can be particularly helpful if you need to inspect your board or navigate challenging terrain.
Advanced Riding Skills for How to Ride Electric Skateboard Like a Pro
1. How to Carve an Electric Skateboard Like a Pro?
Carving is more than just turning; it's an expression of style on your electric skateboard. To carve effectively, distribute your weight from heel to toe while engaging your ankles. This technique creates smooth and flowing turns that not only look impressive but also enhance your control and speed. Find open spaces or empty parking lots to practice your carving skills. As you become more adept, you'll add a touch of finesse to your rides.
2. How to Do Tricks on Electric Skateboard?
Take your electric skateboard skills to the next level by incorporating tricks into your routine. Start with basic tricks before progressing to more advanced maneuvers, such as Hippie Jump, Dancing, Shuvits, Ghostride Kickflip, and Nollie. Always prioritize safety by wearing protective gear, and practicing tricks in a safe and open area. Tricks not only add excitement to your ride but also showcase your prowess as a skilled electric skateboarder.
3. How to Do Kick Turns on Electric Skateboard?
Kick turns are essential for navigating tight corners and changing directions swiftly. As you approach a turn, use your back foot to apply pressure to the tail, lifting the front wheels. Simultaneously, turn your shoulders and hips in the desired direction. Practice kick turns in a controlled environment until you can execute them seamlessly during your rides. This skill enhances your agility and responsiveness on the electric skateboard.
4. How to Foot Braking on Electric Skateboard?
Foot braking is a valuable skill for controlled speed reduction without solely relying on the electric skateboard's braking system. To foot brake, gently slide one foot on the ground, keeping your weight centered over the board. Start practicing this technique at lower speeds and gradually increase as you become more comfortable. Foot braking provides an additional layer of control during your rides.
5. How to Emergency Braking on Electric Skateboard?
In unexpected situations, knowing how to execute emergency braking can be a game-changer. Quickly shift your weight to the back of the board while gently squeezing the braking trigger on the remote. This technique helps you come to a swift and controlled stop, preventing accidents or collisions. Regularly practice emergency braking to ensure you can react effectively in unforeseen circumstances.