Electric skateboards are commonly used for daily commuting and cruising around for fun. Sometimes you may wonder, "Can I perform tricks on an electric skateboard, similar to a regular skateboard?" The answer is: "Yes." But not all tricks are suitable for an electric skateboard due to its weight. Electric skateboards are heavier than regular skateboards, so you may need more practice to perform tricks on an electric skateboard. However, there are still some easy tricks that you can do on an electric skateboard. In this blog, we explore how to do tricks on an electric skateboard.
Tips Before Practicing Tricks
1. Wear a Helmet and Pads
Safety is the priority when riding electric skateboards. Before embarking on your riding session, it's imperative to wear a helmet and protective pads no matter what terrain and how long duration. Remember, your life doesn't have second chances.
2. Confident with the Basics
Before attempting tricks, ensure you're confident in basic electric skateboard maneuvers. Mastering acceleration, braking, and smooth turns is crucial. Familiarize yourself with the board's responsiveness to your weight shifts and learn to maintain balance at various speeds.
3. Practice on a Flat Surface
Start your trick journey on a flat and smooth surface. An open parking lot or a quiet street can provide an ideal practice area. A level terrain allows you to focus on the mechanics of the tricks without the added challenge of navigating hills or uneven surfaces. It's crucial to avoid practicing tricks on roads with traffic to ensure a safe and uninterrupted learning environment.
5 Easy Electric Skateboard Tricks
1. Hippie Jump
The "Hippie Jump" is a classic skateboard trick that involves jumping over an obstacle without the skateboard leaving the ground.
How to do:
• Select a Suitable Obstacle: Choose a low obstacle, such as a crack in the pavement, a small stick, or a similar object. The goal is to start with something that doesn't require a significant jump.
• Prepare and Position Yourself: Approach the obstacle at a suitable speed, with your feet placed in a comfortable riding stance on the electric skateboard. Keep your weight centered over the board.
• Bend Your Knees: As you approach the obstacle, bend your knees to prepare for the jump. This will give you the necessary spring to lift your body over the obstacle.
• Jump: At the right moment, spring up with both feet, lifting your body over the obstacle while keeping the electric skateboard beneath you.
• Pass through the Obstacle: Ensure that both the electric skateboard and your body pass through the obstacle without making contact.
• Land Smoothly: Prepare to land back on your electric skateboard smoothly. Bend your knees as you descend and aim to land with both feet squarely on the deck.
Longboard dancing involves a combination of fluid footwork, cross-stepping, spins, and other maneuvers to create a visually expressive and stylish performance. It is a form of freestyle riding that allows riders to showcase their creativity, balance, and control on the board. Here are three basic dancing steps you can perform on an electric longboard:
• Cross Step:
2.1. Begin by putting the front foot next to your back foot.
2.2. Shift the front foot to the heel side edge, initiating a side carve.
2.3. Allow the back foot to cross over the front foot during the side carve.
2.4. Move the front foot back to its original position at the front of the board, and transition into a toe side carve. Finish in the same position you started.
• 180 Step
2.1. Start with a side carve.
2.2. Place the front foot on the other side of the board, parallel to the length of the board.
2.3. Shift your weight to the front foot, allowing the back foot and body to rotate around, completing the 180 step.
• Peter Pan
2.1. Begin with a side carve.
2.2. Place the front foot on the opposite side of the board, parallel to its length.
2.3. Put the back foot over the front foot on the side carving, and repeat these steps to continue the Peter Pan motion.
3. Shuvits A "shuvit" (or shove-it):
Electric skateboard or regular skateboard spin 180 degrees under your feet.
3.1. Foot positioning: Place your feet in a comfortable stance, with the front foot slightly angled.
3.2. Pop the tail: Use your back foot to pop the tail down while simultaneously using your front foot to scoop the board in a spinning motion.
3.3. Rotate your body: Allow the board to complete a 180-degree spin while your body remains centered.
3.4. Land with balance: As the board completes the rotation, land with both feet and maintain your balance.
4. Ghostride Kickflip
4.1. Front leg steps off the board.
4.2. Back foot flips over the board.
4.3. Land on the board with both feet.
5.1. Propel your skateboard into the air by utilizing a crack and forcefully driving your wheels against it.
5.2. As your wheels make contact with the crack, it causes your board to pop up, creating the illusion of executing a Nollie.
Safety should always be a priority no matter what kind of tricks you do on electric skateboards or just daily commute. Don't forget the protective gear when hopping on the electric skateboard, including a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads. Ensure you're practicing in a controlled environment away from traffic, pedestrians, and obstacles. Learning tricks on an electric skateboard is a rewarding journey that enhances your riding experience.