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.
Place your dominant foot on the back portion of the flat body. Aim your toes toward the front of the board.
Place your other foot on the ground.
Lift your less dominant foot slightly off the ground and gently transfer your weight to your dominant foot on the board.
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.
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.
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.
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