How to Balance on Your Skateboard

If you are new to skateboarding, one of the first things you will need to learn is how to balance on your skateboard. What might sound like an easy feat is often much more difficult once you try it for yourself. You won’t be able to learn to ride or do tricks until you first learn to balance.

Learn your stance- If you try to just hop on a skateboard with no previous background in it, you might find yourself wobbly at best and eating pavement at worst. Most people struggle with how to balance on a skateboard because they don’t know your stance. So you’re first step is to learn that stance.

Regular stance: If you skate with your left foot forward, facing to the right, then this is a regular stance.

Goofy stance: If you skate with your right foot forward, facing to the left, then you are in a goofy stance.

If you’re not sure which you are, then you just need to try both and see what feels most natural. Most people stand with their writing hand behind them and the opposite foot forward. However, not every skater finds the dominate hand method ring true in skating. For example, I am right-handed but I skate goofy. I also do many other things with my left hand such as eating and brushing my teeth.

Another way to test is to take a running leap and the foot that you lift off with is usually your dominant foot, which is what you will most likely prefer when pushing the skateboard. Try them out until you pick a stance you are comfortable with.

Get on the board- Once you know your stance, it’s time to get on the board and give it a try. Keep your weight on your feet and try to stand up straight on the board. Spread your legs out on the board and bend your knees some to lower your center of gravity and find your balance. Remember to use your arms to help balance you as well.

Practice balancing- Now that you have these basics down, you can practice balancing on your board while standing, rolling and then turning. When you master those, you are ready to learn to skate. Remember to wear your protective gear and equipment and always skate in a safe location. Now you’re good to go!