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How to Push on a Skateboard

Learn how to push on a skateboard from competitive skateboarder Nate Cohen in this Howcast skateboarding video.


So if you're goofy-footed, your front foot is going to be directly over the bolts, not too much more forward, not too much further back. If they're too far forward your board is going to tip up and you're going to fall over.

The same thing for the back foot. If you put too much weight on the back, you want to make sure your weight goes down on the tail and you don't fall backwards. So you want to keep your pressure going down towards the ground.

So as you push, you want to make sure your back foot also ends up right over the bolts. The same thing for the front feet, like I said.

And if you're pushing, you're going to be able to transition from having your foot like this to turning it sideways so you can cruise, move around, you can lean heel side and toe side, or you can be doing tic-tac.

Some people like to take big pushes. Some people like to take a bunch of small ones. So it's really up to you.

If you feel like you want to push, you got to get somewhere fast, go for it.

If you're going down a hill, you might want to even be doing a little foot braking in between a few pushes just to regulate your speed.

So if you feel more comfortable going fast, get some more pumps in there.

If you're not sure yet, you're probably going to be putting a lot of weight on that at first, but after that you're kind of transition, slow it down. You'll get more comfortable. You'll get those big kicks in there and you'll get around where you need to go just fine.

And that's how you know how to push.

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