How to Skateboard Uphill

by Izzy Barden
Skateboarding can be fun for all ages.

Skateboarding can be fun for all ages.

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The modern-day skateboard is a flat body with a front and back that are slightly upturned. The typical stance for flat or down-grade surfaces is to place your dominant foot on the upturned back portion of the board and place your other foot on the front of the board, applying even pressure with both feet. However, the proper stance for skating on an uphill grade is slightly different and requires placing the majority of your weight on only your dominant foot.

Step 1

Place your dominant foot on the back portion of the flat body. Aim your toes toward the front of the board.

Step 2

Place your other foot on the ground.

Step 3

Lift your less dominant foot slightly off the ground and gently transfer your weight to your dominant foot on the board.

Step 4

Begin thrusting yourself forward by sweeping your less dominant foot across the ground and maintaining the majority of your weight on the board. Use short and powerful strides to achieve balance and forward momentum.

Step 5

Place both feet on the board in the proper stance described in the introduction any time you achieve a speed that is fast enough to maintain a steady momentum.

Step 6

Move your dominant foot back to the flat portion of the board and drop your other foot to the ground any time you begin to slow and require more pushing effort.

Tips & Warnings

  • The more severe the uphill grade, the harder and more often you will need to push yourself along.
  • Wear a helmet and other protective gear while skateboarding to stave off potential injury.

About the Author

Izzy Barden began writing in 2010 for various websites, specializing in golf and tattoos. He was awarded the Russ Morrison Golf Scholarship in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he attended Santa Barbara City College to study journalism and later dentistry at University of California, Los Angeles.

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