How To Ride a Penny Board

A penny board is a skateboard.It is lightweight and ideal for maneuvering on city streets.Since a penny board is lighter and shorter than a regular skateboard, you will need to learn how to use it.

Step 1: You should wear the right shoes.

Flat-soled shoes are the best for riding a penny board.If you fall, you want to make sure that your toes are not exposed.You can feel and grip the board with the flat sole.Vans or Chuck Taylors are good canvas shoes.

Step 2: Place the penny board on the flat surface.

If you have never learned how to ride a skateboard, this is important.If you want to prevent your board from sliding, place it on a flat surface.To lock the board in place, stand on a patch of gravel or grass.If you fall on gravel, it will be more painful, but these surfaces will hold you steady while you learn to stand on the board.For balance, hold onto something.Hold onto the handrail or wall to help you balance.

Step 3: Place your foot on the board.

The screws that connect your trucks to your board are behind your foot.This foot is not used for kicking and will always be in front of your other foot for balance.Your body should be facing forward.Skaters ride mongo, which means they push with their front foot.Mongo pushes by keeping his foot on the back of the board.Skaters will lead with their left foot and face forward.Goofy skaters have the right foot and face.

Step 4: Put your foot on the ground.

It should be placed as if you are going to kick it.Pick this foot up and down while you find balance on the board.You can balance on your board with one foot.If you feel your board wobble too much, tighten your trucks and know how far you can lean before you lose your balance.The metal parts of your board connect to the wheels and deck on the trucks.To adjust the trucks, use a unit tool for skateboards.When you feel a tightness, turn the tool to the right.

Step 5: The front foot needs to be adjusted.

You should move your front foot around on the board.Place your foot closer to the center if you are having a hard time balancing.When you feel your entire foot pressing down on the board, shift your dominant foot back using the ball and heel of your foot.When riding with both feet on the board, the more shifting you have to do when moving your front foot back and forth.The bottom two screws in the front of your shoe should be covered by your foot.The penny board is too small for an average adult to stand with their feet together.

Step 6: Go to a coasting position.

At a 45 degree angle, turn your foot to the board.Your back foot should be behind the truck to the edge of the board.The board will be parallel to the back foot.The lip curve meets the flat body of the board.Lift up your foot and turn it on the ball.Goofy skaters have the right foot at the front, while regular skaters use the left foot.

Step 7: The penny board can be moved to a flat, long stretch of asphalt or concrete.

When you first start riding, you will have less control than usual, so make sure there is no traffic when you are practicing.It is best to practice on a quiet street or empty parking lot.There is room for you to push a few times.The area you are skating on should not have large cracks, bumps or rocks.It’s a bigger challenge to balance on a penny board compared to normal-sized skateboards.If you want to do tricks on your board, you should switch to a larger board.

Step 8: Look forward.

If you want to find your balance, put your front foot on the board.Make sure you feel comfortable on the board by lifting your foot off the ground.Move your foot forward or back until you feel comfortable.

Step 9: Make sure both of your feet are facing in the same direction.

Kick off from the ball of your foot that is on the ground.Don’t go too fast.Most of your weight should be on the foot and leg of the board.The big front toe is where your weight should be.Keep your knee bent.

Step 10: If you want to kick, place the ball of your foot on the ground and push every few feet.

If you allow your foot to touch the ground for too long, you may lose your balance.Push off with the ball of your foot, like you are kicking dust backwards.When pushing, make longer strides.A long stride will make balancing easier.

Step 11: Start coasting.

Once you have gained enough speed, place your back foot on the board.You can see where you are going by twisting your neck at this point.Your back foot should be at a 45 degree angle to the board.If you have to adjust your front foot, slide it backwards or forwards using the outer edge of your foot.The four back screws are located where the lip of the board meets the body.Center your gravity in the middle of the board by keeping your knees bent.Your arms should be extended to help you stay balanced.

Step 12: Move between positions.

Transition between coasting and pushing until you feel confident in your balance.Practice a lot before you try penny boarding.You should be playing with the placement of your feet and the bend in your knees.When your coasting stance feels natural, make small adjustments.

Step 13: Put your front foot to the test.

As you coast, you want your front foot to be at an angle between 45 and 90 degrees.You should choose an angle that gives you the best control on your terrain, because you will be facing sideways.It feels good to keep your front foot straight.It’s important to find a comfortable place for your front foot because it steers your penny board and keeps it under you.

Step 14: You can get a feeling of your ability to turn.

While your trucks are tight, you will have limited ability to turn.It is better to keep the trucks tight until you feel confident in your balance, if you are still practicing kicking and coasting on the board.If you want to turn on your penny board, you have to shift your weight on the balls of your feet.Pressing down on either edge of the board causes you to turn.

Step 15: Allow your trucks to be loosened a bit.

You will be able to gain more flexibility in your turns.The large nut is located in the center of your truck.To loosen the nut, turn it to the right.You feel like you have more stability for balance with tighter trucks.Lift your board up to turn if your trucks are tight.Since the penny board is small, it will be easier to loosen your trucks.The loosened trucks allow the weight of the truck to be shifted on one side.The rubber parts on your trucks are colored.The large “T” shaped part of your truck is pivoted by the bushings.If you make your trucks too loose, it will make it harder to balance and the nut could get stuck if you hit rocky terrain.

Step 16: Kicking will help you gain more speed.

If you keep kicking, you will reach an adequate speed before your turn.You may not be able to make the turn if you are going too slow.You are likely to fall if you are too fast.You will feel your board wobbling if you are going too fast.Speed wobbles make it hard to turn your board as it may slip out from under your feet.Make large carves when learning how to ride a penny board.Take your time turning.If you are in an open area, slowly shift your weight to begin your turn.

Step 17: If you want to make a sharper turn, place your back foot up the lip.

Keeping your back foot in line with the board, slid it up the lip.You can use it on the back of the deck to turn at a sharper angle.The sharper you turn, the more you have to bend your knees.Make sure your back foot is on the tail to do a kick turn, a sharp turn where you lift the front wheels off the board and pivot.Put most of your weight on your back foot and swing the board with your front foot.

Step 18: Put more weight on your foot.

You should carve in the direction of your turn.On your turn, your front foot will guide the board.As the deck tips, the wheels will turn in a certain direction.Carving is when you guide your turns with your front foot.Normally, you turn your board this way.Your front foot does most of the steering as you shift the weight of your back foot for a carving turn.