Traditional skateboarding skills are very important to learn and will help you get the most out of your Boosted board. You can kick push the board as you would any regular skateboard and coast down hills with ease. Not only will kick pushing be useful if you run out of charge, it can also be used to extend your range and improve your balance. If you can, try kick pushing up to speed from a dead stop and when you’re riding at low speeds. This will conserve a good amount of charge for when you really need it, like when riding uphill.
How to kick push:
- Start with your front foot pointing forward.
- Bring your back foot off the deck and then bring it parallel to the front wheels, slightly off to the side.
- Next, push your foot against the ground to propel the board forward, making sure to avoid your back wheels.
- Repeat if necessary.
- Put your foot back on the deck and reposition your stance to your comfort. Ride on!
- Start with small pushes. As you get more comfortable, extend your foot further and further forward to get a bigger push off.
- Be sure to put your foot far enough out to the side that you don’t catch it on the rear wheels. This is a common mistake that may cause you to fall.
- Your stance should be fluid and change as your balance shifts. Get comfortable moving your feet around the deck while riding.
- You might find you’re more comfortable pushing with your front foot while your rear foot remains on the board. This is called pushing “mongo,” and while it is discouraged by skaters, it isn’t necessarily wrong. However, footbraking mongo is very unstable. It results in more pushing power but less steering control, so we advise against it.
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