Skateboarding for Beginners Part 2: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

In our first video, first-time skateboarders learned how to safely step on and off their skateboard. The second video in the USSEA Learn to Skateboard Series helps beginner skateboarders master their stance and determine which foot will be placed at the nose of the board.

Your skateboarding stance is based on natural coordination and individual athleticism. 

WHY DOES YOUR SKATEBOARDING STANCE MATTER?

Your skateboarding stance assists in keeping you balanced. Skateboarders who don’t know their stance may progress slowly and could be at greater risk for falling off their skateboard, even seriously injuring themselves. 

Most of us are born with natural coordination; we write with a certain hand, throw with a particular arm, etc. Your lead foot will organically feel more comfortable, putting your best foot forward. 

USING MY SKATEBOARD AS A GUIDE?

The nose of your skateboard is home to your balancing foot, while the tail of the board supports your back foot when it’s not in a kicking motion. See below.


Next, we’ll help you identify which foot is your balancing foot.

HOW DO I FIND MY SKATEBOARDING STANCE?

Have you kicked something before? A soccer ball or rock on the ground? To quickly determine your skateboarding stance, beginner skateboards are encouraged to take part in a kicking test. 

Find a ball suitable for kicking (this is NOT the time to whip out your regulation bowling ball). A soccer ball or stuffed animal will do just fine. 

As you prepare to kick, take notice of which foot is planted on the ground as your kicking foot swings forward. The planted foot is the foot you will place at the nose of your board and will serve as your front, balancing foot. 

In skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding a left foot forward stance is referred to as “regular,” while a right foot forward stance is called “goofy.” 

No, this isn’t a joke. Since the beginning of board sports the right foot forward has been called goofy and is considered a badge of honor in the skateboarding community.

TIPS AND REMINDERS

Keep children safe by providing a hand to hold the first time they step on a skateboard and as they gauge their skateboarding stance. 

BEGINNER SKATEBOARDING AND LEARN TO SKATEBOARD DAY

Beginner skateboarding techniques are an intricate part of Learn to Skateboard Day, a national event that takes place during the third weekend of May. Helping kids find their stance is just one of the techniques your child will learn at LTS Day.

Skateboarding educators around the country are hosting Learn to Skateboard Day events in their communities on Saturday, May 16, 2020. 

Organizing an LTS Day is simple and affordable. Click here to learn more about how to host!

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