In skateboarding, style is very important. You can learn all types of tricks but if you don't have your own style, they won't be as impressive. If you're having trouble improving your style or just don't know where to start, you're in luck. The following tips can help you improve your skateboarding style so you can get the most from the sport.
The first step is to determine what style you want to use. If you're not sure, watch some skating videos to learn a few different ones. Then, try them out until you find one you're comfortable using. After choosing a style, you can begin implementing it to your own skating.
Be Comfortable Skating
Before you can improve your style, you need to feel comfortable skating. This means that you must be comfortable with your board. There are many different types of skateboards designed for different types of skaters. For example, the concave (how much the board curves in from the sides to the middle) will vary considerably in the boards.
You need to find the one that suits you the best. You also need to adjust the trucks to suit you. Some skaters like them tight and others prefer them loose. Adjust yours until you feel the most comfortable. You want to have proper control of your board.
Learn how to control your board. If you expect to maintain a style, you need to be able to control how your board moves even when you're popping a high trick. If the board gets away from you, it's going to leave you wobbling around trying to get it back under control and style will be last thing on your mind.
In order to have control, you need good balance. Good balance requires you to lean your body in different directions to prevent yourself from falling. For example, if you're falling forward, lean backwards until you maintain balance. Bending your needs will help to absorb the shock of the board when you do tricks, which will also help you improve your balance.
Master Your Technique before Showing Off
Before performing a trick for others, learn how to do it correctly. You may still mess up sometimes but you should be able to do it right the majority of the time in order to do it with style. Now, the only thing that's left to do is practice, practice and practice some more.