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How To Jump With A Skateboard

Sep 1, 2008
Seeing skateboarders jump earlier, I thought that they tied the skateboards to their feet with an invincible strap. I later discovered that there is no string involved. It is just the work of nature coupled with lots of practice.

In physics, for every action there must be an equal but opposite reaction. This is what makes the skateboard lift off the ground without a ramp. It doesn't come easy and lots of continuous repeated practice is required. Before you start skateboarding, you should have protective gear. You must wear a knee pad, helmet, elbow pads, gloves and wrist pads for your own safety.

The Technical Aspect
The process starts with the skateboarder placing the board in such a way that it lies flat on the ground. The back foot of the skateboarder is supposed to be put at the tail end of the board. Three quarters before the nose, the skateboarder places his front foot.

When the skateboarder presses the board down with his back foot, the nose of the board will rise. The reason behind this is that the board pivots itself around the wheels at the back creating a near see-saw effect. Subsequently the skateboarder will slide his front foot in the direction of the nose of the board and at the same time he ensures that he jumps upwards. This procedure will make the board level out.

Way Down
To ensure that he lands the Ollie safely and as required, the skater is advised to ensure that his legs are extended and his feet firmly planted on the bolts found on the skateboard. This should act as a shock absorber, cushioning the skater from the impact of landing and it further prevents the skate board from rising up and subsequently hitting the skater on the face.

The impact might also send the skate board in another random direction, the previous procedure. Apart from ensuring that the skate board doesn't rise up it also ensures that it doesn't go in any other random direction.

How big or small the Ollie is, is determined by two factors. First, it depends on how high the skater is able to jump. Secondly, it depends on how far back the position of the front foot is just before the skater starts this whole procedure. The skater should ensure that he keeps contact with the skate board at all times because otherwise, he might lose control of the skate board and dangerously fall down.

Following these instructions carefully will ensure that you perform what normally looks like magic. If you would like to practice this form of skate boarding, then please start by trying out the carpet skating type. It involves standing without moving on the carpet. It reduces substantially the chances of someone falling. However, in any case if you fall then you can be guaranteed that you will not get seriously hurt.

Some people contend that this process of trying to learn skateboard jumping at home reduces the adrenaline drive that makes skateboard jumping fun. However, someone once said that to be forewarned is to be forearmed.
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