I’m sure you’ve all seen hoverboards in Back to the Future; but I bet you didn’t know they’re a real thing. In fact, it is quickly becoming one of the most popular activities among teens. It looks difficult, but it’s fun and exciting; and, with practice and some simple instructions, anyone can become a master.
Here are 5 tricks and tips to help you learn the ropes of the hoverboard.
1. Focus on Balance
First and foremost, you need to learn to master your hoverboard balancing. Having good balance is the key to using these boards with ease, and learning how to balance on one requires some practice.
But balancing on two wheels is different from balancing on a board, so don’t expect to perfect it immediately. It is something that is mastered through trial and error. Don’t be disappointed with a few scratches and falls, because it is all a part of learning.
The best way to balance on a hoverboard is to push your feet to the edges of the rims. Keeping your feet wide apart will improve your control.
Once you are able to balance, then you can move on to learning how to move forward and backward.
2. Practice Low Elevation
It is not easy to climb curbs while riding a hoverboard. Even if you are well trained, and have found this simple before, you may find it impossible. It is not possible to climb curbs of all height with these boards. However, there are some tricks you can use to climb a curb that is up to two or three inches high.
You can start by pushing your chest forward. This is a good technique for building speed, and by leaning forward you can climb the curb at the ideal speed. Trying to get over a curb at a slow speed would not work because you need momentum to go over it, and only good speed can provide it.
Another trick you can learn is to roll just one foot at a time, but to do this you need to have excellent balance. However, with this method, you do not have to worry about building momentum. It is also easier to prevent a fall using this method.
3. Use Hoverboard Accessories
Using various hoverboard accessories will make you an efficient rider, along with ensuring your own safety. More importantly, you must use specific safety accessories, such as helmets, and knee and wrist guards to protect yourself in case of a fall.
You can buy accessories of any brand, but make sure they offer you accident coverage (i.e. warranties providing you replacement accessories in case of damage). If you can, ask specifically if the warranty can be transferred to another person; if it could be, you can easily sell your accessories too.
4. Be an Efficient Rider
You can use several hoverboard accessories to make hoverboarding safer and easier for you, but a hoverboard is two feet wide, which means that they are not highly suitable when it comes to moving through tight spaces. But you can show off your hoverboard skills by mastering getting through tight spaces with the help of some simple tips.
If you know how to move backward and forward, turn sideways, learn S-moves, and learn to lean back on time, it can be like you’re on limitless pills. Your ride can be more efficient if you place either foot closer to the wheel and keep the board flat. This way you can achieve speed, while at the same time riding efficiently, and without any significant risk.
5. Master the Spin
If you wish to show off more hoverboard skills, then you should master spinning. It may seem like a professional move, but in truth, spinning is not the most difficult trick. There are just two steps:
- When you want to spin you just need to tilt one foot down while keeping the other foot flat.
- The speed of spinning can be increased by putting more weight on the tilted foot.
These are some of the easy and simple tricks to help you become a hoverboard pro. Mastering the hoverboard takes lots of practice, but with these tips, you can learn both quickly and safely.
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