Learn to Ride a Skateboard

Learn how to ride a skateboard.

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Skateboarding is a very challenging sport and involves a lot of determination. When you start you have to find out whether you are “goofy” or “regular”, which is your stance on the skateboard. “Goofy” means that your right foot is up the front of the skateboard, and you are pushing of the ground with your left foot. “Regular” is the complete opposite, so your left foot is up the front and your right is at the back, pushing of the ground.

It doesn’t matter what one suits you e.g if you are best at goofy stay with goofy, just because the other stance is “regular” you should not feel intimidated that most people are the regular stance, the legend tony hawk skates goofy. Ok so once you have your stance sorted, you are going to learn how to ride your skateboard (push off). Place your front foot 2 inches behind the front bolts (if it doesn’t feel right move your front foot on top of the front bolts).

Now you are going to push of with your back foot and place it just behind the back bolts (tail). Start off with light pushes, once you get the hang of it try pushing a little harder and even more pushes. Remember skateboarding is a hard sport and will take time.

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  1. Belen Resto
    Posted March 24, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Hi i got a skateboared and i have no clue how to start. My freinds are really good, so qant to learn hoq to skate. I odnt wanna learn how to do tricks untill i know how to just go forward after pushing.

  2. michael bevin
    Posted March 27, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    yes…. that is what I’m teaching

  3. sarah hatcher
    Posted April 6, 2007 at 10:55 am

    hey Belen Resto,
    When I first got my board i didnt no how 2 ride it either. all i did was go sk8n every day. all u have 2 do is find a comforatable balanceing point. hold on 2 something that stays still and stand on your board for a comfortable spot. pull your self along the steady thing. one u did that go outside and push off with one foot pointing straight and the other foot off the board pointing straight and start pushing. once u get to a comfortable speed put the foot thats off the board on the board with it pointing over. slide your foot that was on b4 pointing to the same side the other foot is pointing. Then just start 2 go faster and faster until your compfortable with it. Then start doing tricks. P.S. when u start to do an ollie do it in the grass first. do the footwork sitting down.

  4. G.P
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    How do you turn in sk8boarding? I can only go straight! I would love to sk8 because my freinds can. PLEASE HELP ME OUT!!!

  5. michael bevin
    Posted April 20, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    hey G.P to turn you have to lightly push down on the tail of the board the swing it to the direction you want to go,but dont over spin it.
    p.s get your friends to help you if your still having trouble.

  6. Taco Jon The Third
    Posted December 5, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    skateboarding rules man!!!! i can 360flip off a 2 set!! xoxox

  7. Clynsha
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 2:12 am

    hey ive gt a sk8brd bt i dnt knw hw 2 ride it

  8. Zachary
    Posted February 19, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I need some help riding my skateboard help me???

  9. gregory
    Posted February 20, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I need help doing an ollie, kickflip,and other tricks to

  10. Rafael
    Posted February 28, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    i just wanted to learn how to skate but i dont know what to do really i have a board now so im gonne give it a try

  11. Lochlan
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 4:57 am

    i need help rideimg one of those surfboard shaped boards

  12. john
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 2:45 am

    hey i just got a skateboard i can ride fairly well. how do u ride on roads tho? i c everyone doin it but there is so much gravel i always fall when i try wut should i do?

  13. Madison
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    i love skateboarding its the best sport ever and yes guys i am a girl.i cuold beat you any day any ramp any place.

  14. ramon
    Posted May 6, 2008 at 1:37 am

    thanks that really helped me.

  15. Talya
    Posted May 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    when i fisrt started skateboarding it was hard and I hated it intil this boy named Jose showed me how to skateboard it was much easier know i am working on my tricks that is the real challenge so you really helped me thank you very very very munch it reallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy helped

  16. dino fred
    Posted May 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    the guide is good, but how do you turn?

  17. DAVID
    Posted May 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm


  18. samuel
    Posted May 27, 2008 at 2:21 pm


  19. stacey
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    i forgot 2 ask u ,
    is a bumpy road or a smooth road better to ride on?
    cuz my street road is so bumpy it would hurt ur feet just 2 walk on it and my drive-way is smooth but it’s on a hill. so which 1 is the BEST 2 ride on??

  20. bryce
    Posted May 31, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    ive got a tip for all you guys who say they dont no how to start. STOP WASTING TIME ON THE INTERNET AND JUST PRACTISE OUTSIDE!

    your not going to get any where by looking on the internet

  21. skylar ell
    Posted June 10, 2008 at 10:43 am

    i do not need help

  22. monique
    Posted June 13, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    how do you stop?

  23. Emily
    Posted July 2, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I love this site.

  24. Emily
    Posted July 2, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    I love this site alot,But how do I ride a skateboard
    without falling off of It????????????????????????????
    And how do I stop????????????????????????????????????

  25. Nikola
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 4:01 am

    guys i’ve been skating for almoast 5 days and i am pretty good at riding it.but my triks are awfull,i am goin to start learning them
    today but to start skateboarding all you need to do is practise.im 14 years old and i havent fallen yet.i have great friends that supported me when i learned and they kept me company so i wasnt alone.i think its better to ride on a smooth road than a bumpy road.stopping is not to hard either to drag your foot on the ground-it take time to get used to or to pop the tail-only on smooth surfaces,or as a last resort jump off the skateboard

  26. i need help
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    i can ride and keep my balance and all that but tricks are my weakness i was once saw skating and asked to join a bunch of kids in a trick contest. and i said ok. they wer all really good and i had no tricks. they tried to teach me and i cudnt even ollie. HELP ME!!!!!! plz?

  27. siddharth
    Posted July 23, 2008 at 2:17 am

    hey, i love this site butttttttttttt i want to turn my skate board when i am riding it ,pleeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee teach me

  28. MVSRN
    Posted July 24, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Hey !! this site’s amazing !! ummm …. i just got this board , a thaiwan make and i tried it in my room …. its sorta big …. and i dunno ….. the board was all wobbly . I’ve never ridden one before . and m from india where these boards practically dun exist !! duh ….. so , i felt the board tilted laterally !! like lengthwise … and i so felt i was gonna fall off !!!! and … m gonna gift it to me bro fer jis b’day …. so i gotta teach him a few decent tricks ….or atleast stay on the board for a while !!

  29. Jazz
    Posted July 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    i have always whanted to learn to ride but my mom wouldnt pay a hospital bill i just got a skate board today and it is very fun i want to learn more about thank goodness i havent fallen yet haha mom

  30. Sian
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 4:44 am

    Hey, I really like the idea of sk8boarding but i need some tips on where to buy one.

    I also thinnk that people shouldnt think that girls can’t ride:(

  31. Jocy
    Posted August 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    yea hi am a girl..14 and ugh.. i am getting a skatebord from my onlder cuz, but yeah like everyone eles i have no idea how to ride it :(
    i can stand on it.. but when i go to put my foot down i loose my balance. hah sounds lame but it’s true.
    anyways plaese help :)
    p.s this site is pretty sickk (Y) :)

  32. KARAN
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 5:41 am

    HEY I HAVE TRIED IT VERY HARD BUT COULDN’T REACH TARGET PUT NEW TRIKS IN THIS SITE ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………PUT NEW TRICKS……………………….

  33. duh
    Posted August 13, 2008 at 1:49 am

    if you have no freinds the can help you then someone just telling you isnt much help go to youtube or something and watch it happen

  34. ...
    Posted August 23, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    I sill don’t get is. How do you stop???

  35. .............
    Posted September 3, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    you stop by pushing on the tail and let it grind on the ground

  36. marco
    Posted September 27, 2008 at 12:17 am

    i bought a element and i dont know how to use

  37. James A
    Posted October 13, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    is their a weight limit to riding a skateboard? just asking

  38. seth
    Posted November 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    i got a bord two days ago an i been riding around a parking lot, can u just give me sum tips on where u put ur feet?

  39. giovanni morina
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    u rent a real skateboarder (loser)

  40. Ashley F.
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    I don’t have a skateboard, but i want to learn how to ride. Selena Gomez, my idol, rides… and she inspired me. My brother has a skateboard, but he doesn’t really know how to ride either… my next-door neighbour is teaching him. I really want to learn, and when i’m good enuf, i would like to get my own board. Tomorrow morning(Thanksgiving) i will try you instructions, and hopefully they will help. I would also like to know what brand you’d recommend, for a girly girl.(Plan B, DG, Birdhouse???) I wanted to add, i know how to use a ripstik/wave board, and i’m not sure if that helps… but i hope it does. ONe more question, should i get a classic skateboard, or one of the ones that are really high up from the ground? what’s best when you just want to skate without doing and fancy tricks?
    -ashley ____
    (____) = Skateboard

  41. ANDY MAN
    Posted November 28, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I got a sk8board, but all I can do is move and I can Hardly do that!!! I really need help on how to go fast and how to kickflip! P.S. I can ollie and manual.

  42. GREASE/45
    Posted December 6, 2008 at 8:59 pm


  43. grease
    Posted December 6, 2008 at 9:01 pm


  44. Steven
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    i can ride the skateboard very well, but i m not able to gain speed.
    whenever i ride the skateboard, it always stops!
    Help me .
    I want my skateboard to keep on rolling without stoping

  45. the destroyer
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 12:06 am

    your teaching sucks!
    and your stupid writing!
    shut up and do your work!

  46. Froggy
    Posted December 25, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I just got a sk8 board t-day and i want to do an ollie but i cant get the board in the air? does n-e1 no how?

  47. Hazza
    Posted December 28, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I cant ride i got it for xmas and have no idea how to ride!

  48. rockindunks101
    Posted December 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    how do you get over bumps n stuff. i always mess up on those

  49. jakob
    Posted December 31, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    i can ollie and kickflip and all that junk on the carpet, but its snowy outside so wen i go outside will it be a lot harder since its less stable…and moving?

  50. dave
    Posted January 22, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    i’ll teach all of you

  51. dave
    Posted January 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    to turn all you’ve got 2 do is lean to eather side of the board.
    the looser the trucks are the easier it is to turn.For you who
    looses balance trying to push just keep on practicing and it soon.and Jacob , it is just as easy to do it moving , no guts no glory.

  52. obl1v10n5
    Posted January 25, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    i have a probelm makeing money on here can u message me and help me out

  53. u wish u new
    Posted January 25, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    i got a skateboard 3 days ago and i can ride and steer but i can’t gain speed it just stops some1 helppppppp!!!!!!!!!!!11

  54. gaylord focker
    Posted January 25, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    if you want to Ollie Stand on the board with your rear foot placed on the tail and your front foot between the middle of your board Place the ball of your rear foot in the middle of the board so that when you push the tail down, the ball of your foot feels the pressure.
    Place your front foot nearly straight across the board.
    Practice pushing down as fast as you can with your back foot and putting all your weight on the tail. This is the initial motion of the trick.
    Notice that the harder you push, the more your board wants to keep going up once the tail is on the ground. You will use that motion in the next step.

  55. james Beggs
    Posted February 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    it took me only one day to learn so if u need help just send me a messages and i will answer

  56. sabalabdingdong
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm


  57. Posted March 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    i dont know how to turn but i know hoe to pivit

  58. Beatrice
    Posted April 12, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    does surfboarding n skateboarding relate in sum ways?

    +++how do uu turn?

  59. cool girl 95
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Thanx ppl!! this ite really helped! i now know how to push off, turn and stop!! thanx to all the ppl who gave advice!! and to those who criticize this site, just keep ur comments to ur self!! and yes i am a girl and girls can ride skate boards and i am a master tech decker!!

  60. cool girl 95
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 7:14 am

    i forgot to say if u need any tech deck tips then just post a message!! :D

  61. Wanna-b-sk8er-Gyal. t¤^^¤®¤(tamara)
    Posted April 19, 2009 at 7:34 am

    COOL GIRL 95
    please answer my question.
    Hi im gonna buy a sk8board 4 my Bday.so i can learn To ride. Wanna learn tricks and just want a board With a plain deck cause im in to skull designs and stuff. I want a cheap long lasting board that takes any thing i throw at it. So any good skate board shops in wolverhampton england. Ps not keen on buying on line
    pss what board is good for a girl which is 9stone and 5foot5and a half

  62. Wanna-b-sk8er-Gyal. t¤^^¤®¤ (tamara)
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Sorry. Ment not into skull designs

  63. kabir
    Posted June 25, 2009 at 4:52 am

    i noe hw to ride,nd turn the skateboard bt i cant stop.i tried to do the tail stop bt i fel so badly dat my back is still painin,plzz help..

  64. pratik
    Posted December 25, 2009 at 4:47 am

    i want to ride a scateboard just guide me pls i m having gr8 fond of it
    my e mail is

  65. Anand
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 8:56 am

    i just got a skate board but dont know to ride it .

  66. christian
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    why dont u people just go out and practice i pratice every day and i learned many tricks like the fakie 360 pot shuv- it with a back side 180 body all im trying to say is its not gona help to go on the inter net cuase ur not gona get anything out of it

  67. Annalise
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

    hi, the boy i really like is amazing at skateboarding and i would like to impress him by learning how to skateboard but the only thing is i am really rubbish so have u any tips for me

  68. luke fisher
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 1:08 am

    i got a skate bored but i do not now how to stay on it to start pushing the bored please help i just want to now how to ride before i do heppes of tricks somebody please help

  69. haheba
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 7:08 am

    its so hard Icant

  70. nabmi
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Im just 11years old and i know how to ride it

  71. Wendy
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Hi im wendy i used to skate when i was 12 but had a car crash and stopped. I juz started skating in september again and i can stand and push off but im having trouble turning and going faster over bumps. I can balance and stop juz fine and im teaching myself so far i iuz wana know how to do these things im not worried about tricks too much. If anybody lives in omaha, nebraska plz help me learn! I rly wana skate again. P.s. My skateboard is old had it since i was 12 so it mite break soon lol. Plz tell me how to skate my number to text to 14026375491. Pkz help!

  72. Mirena
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Hi can sumone help me skate? I juz need to know how to go faster and do an ollie ive been practicing non stop but id like to have sumone teach me.

  73. mk1234
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I absolutely love skateboards and yes I am a girl I love this lesson

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