Just like skateboarding, freestyle skating, snowboarding, or BMX... Scooters are not reserved for 7-year-old kids moving down the streets or the rushed businessman using it as an essential means of transportation (although of course Oxelo applauds their initiative ;-)), scooters are much more than that!
Have you heard of “Trottriders"? These extreme athletes do sensational tricks on skateboards and even in the street.
In short, over the past few years freestyle scooters have become THE ultimate urban board sport!
Whether you want to have fun in the street going down small obstacles and doing a few simple tricks like the bunny up and the 180, or whether you want to push your limits with more advanced moves at the skatepark... Even if you learn certain tricks quickly, you should know that others will be harder to master and require months of practice... No worries! With a little bit of work and patience, you'll do it!
So before mastering the essential tricks of freestyle scooters, here are a few simple tips to make progress and be comfortable on your scooter.
Before getting on, don't forget your protective gear and helmets for freestyle scooters. Besides protecting you effectively, it'll help you feel more at ease as you learn so you'll have way more confidence going into the trick.
CHOOSING YOUR STANCE* : THE RIGHT POSTURE ON YOUR FREESTYLE SCOOTER
Just like on a skateboard, there are two different ways to position your feet on the deck!
To find out which one - goofy or regular - you just need to get on the board and position your feet naturally, in the direction that feels most comfortable to ride in.
HOW TO KICK
Once on your scooter, there are two ways to push forward with your foot (also called “kicking”).
If you are goofy, you'll push with your left foot.
If you are regular, you'll push with your right foot.
You can also push with the opposite foot - that's called a "mongo push" - but it's better not to get in that habit! ;)
IF YOU'RE GOOFY
IF YOU'RE REGULAR
BRAKING YOUR SCOOTER
Once you've maxed out your speed, you'll need to learn how to slow down!
You can do that in two different ways: The first, and the most logical, is to brake with your scooter's brake. But you should avoid using it too often, since it will quickly wear out the rubber on your wheels!
Another alternative braking method: simply use the bottom of your shoe!