Welcome to BeSkateboard! Today, we’re going to delve into the fascinating world of electric skateboarding. As a professional skateboarder with years of experience under my belt, I’m thrilled to guide you through your journey. Together, we’ll explore the art of mastering an electric skateboard ride.
We’ll cover the basics, such as how to get on and off the board, how electric skateboards work, how to ride them, and some tips for staying safe on the road.
So whether you’re an experienced Boarder or just getting started, read on for all the info you need to start cruising the streets on an electric skateboard. So read on, and learn how to master this awesome mode of transportation!
How to ride an electric skateboard
Now that you know how an electric skateboard works, learn how to ride one. The process of getting on and off is very similar for any type of skateboard; the only difference comes when you start riding.
Understanding Electric Skateboards
Before diving into the how-tos, let’s understand what an electric skateboard is. Much like traditional skateboards, they’re boards with wheels, but they come with an electric motor. Powered by a rechargeable battery, they can reach impressive speeds and are controlled by handheld remote or weight-sensor control. This blend of technology and sport makes electric skateboarding a thrilling activity that fuses thrill and utility.
Getting Acquainted with Your Electric Skateboard
The first step towards becoming a proficient rider is to familiarize yourself with your electric skateboard.
- Deck: This is the part you stand on. Its size and material can significantly influence your ride’s stability and comfort.
- Motor: Housed underneath the deck, this powers your board.
- Battery: The energy source for the motor.
- Wheels: They impact ride smoothness and speed.
- Remote Control: Allows you to control your speed and braking.
Understanding these components will not only help you ride better but also assist in maintaining your electric skateboard.
Mastering the Basics
Now, let’s move on to the exciting part – learning to ride.
Find Your Stance
Are you a “regular” or a “goofy” foot? In skateboarding terms, this means finding out which foot you naturally place in front. To find your stance, consider how you’d naturally stand on a traditional skateboard or which foot you’d lead with when sliding across a smooth surface in socks.
Learn to Balance
Start by stepping onto your electric skateboard, with one foot near the front and the other towards the back. It’s recommended to practice your balance on a soft surface like grass or carpet to prevent the board from moving.
Control Your Speed
Once you feel comfortable, it’s time to power up. Begin with the slowest setting on your remote control and gently push the throttle to start moving. As you grow more confident, you can gradually increase your speed.
To steer an electric skateboard, lean your body weight towards the direction you want to turn.
Master the Art of Braking
Braking is a crucial skill. Start slowing down early and give yourself plenty of time to stop safely.
How To Charge The Battery On Your Electric Skateboard
There are multiple ways to charge an electric skateboard, depending on the make and model, but they mostly involve using a charger cord (similar to what you would use for your phone) to plug the board into an outlet.
If your board uses a battery pack, learn how to take it off and put it back on properly. If you’re not sure how to do this, learn more about the battery system and contact customer service for further instructions.
How To Brake On Your Electric Skateboard
If you’re new to electric skateboarding, learn how to brake before you learn how to accelerate and go forward.
When riding forward, learn how to slow down or stop the board by applying pressure with both feet (using your front foot for power and pressing your back foot down) to press the brake button on your remote control.
If you do this, learn how to apply pressure with one foot while simultaneously pressing the other foot down to learn how to brake without power. This is the method most commonly used.
How To Ride An Electric Skateboard Uphill
Playing near hills or mountains for the first time requires learning how to ride your board uphill.
By shifting your weight towards the front of the board, between both wheels. This will cause the motors to work harder and help you to go uphill faster.
How to Make Sharp Turns On Your Electric Skateboard
Just like with any board, learn how to turn by leaning your weight over one direction or the other. Lean forward slightly on turns if you want to learn how to turn quickly. Lean back slightly on turns if you won’t learn how to turn slowly or stop in place.
Tips For Beginner Electric Longboard Riders
- Choose the right skateboard for your needs
- Start by practicing in an open, empty space
- Get comfortable with balancing on the skateboard before moving on to anything else
- Learn how to stop – this is an important skill that will help keep you safe
- Be patient and take your time – don’t try to do too much too soon
Safety Measures While Riding an Electric Skateboard
Electric skateboarding, like any sport, has its risks. Below are some safety measures to consider:
- Wear protective gear: Helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads can save you from severe injuries.
- Inspect your skateboard: Regularly check your electric skateboard for any wear and tear.
- Follow traffic rules: If you’re riding on streets, abide by traffic regulations to ensure safety.
Frequently Asked Questions
While it may take some practice, most people find that they can comfortably ride an electric skateboard within a few days.
It’s generally not recommended. Although some boards are designed to be water-resistant, riding in wet conditions can still damage the electronics and make the surface slippery.
Speed varies based on the model, but some electric skateboards can reach up to 25-30 mph.
By following the steps and advice outlined in this guide, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of electric skateboarding. Remember, practice is key, and safety should always be your priority. So, strap on your helmet, step onto your board, and embrace the exhilarating world of electric skateboarding.